MUSIC: Modern classical -- serialism, microtonality, spectralism, stochasticism. Jazz -- free, avant-garde, fusion. Extreme metal-- atmospheric/ depressive black metal, interesting death metal, drone/ doom/ sludge metal. Hip-hop -- abstract, East coast, jazz rap. Ambient -- dark, ritual, deep. Progressive/ avant -- Zeuhl, RIO, math rock/ core/ metal, djent, some Krautrock. Electronica -- electroacoustic improvisation, musique concrète, some glitch/ IDM. Noise -- power electronics/ noise, harsh noise, early industrial, noise rock. Post -- rock/ metal/ hardcore/ punk. Punk -- no-wave, crust, grindcore. ==========================
CINEMA: David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Andrei Tarkovsky, Alfred Hitchcock, Darren Aronofsky, Ingmar Bergman, John Carpenter, Joel & Ethan Coen, Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg, Terry Gilliam, Michael Haneke, Frank Henenlotter, Peter Jackson, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi, George A. Romero, Jan Švankmajer, Quentin Tarantino.
TELEVISION: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Armando Iannucci, Stewart Lee, Chris Morris, Peep Show, The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, Reeves & Mortimer, Sherlock, Spongebob Squarepants, The Walking Dead, The Wire.
MUSICAL THEORY: Aleatoricism (improvisation and indeterminacy), polyrhythms, dissonance, atonality, discordance, fusion, complete freedom. Additionally: composition, production and performance.
AUTHORS: Hunter S. Thompson, H.P. Lovecraft, Franz Kafka, J.R.R. Tolkien, William Burroughs, Philip K. Dick, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad.
CLOSEST TO MY HEART: Meshuggah, BBQs, Single Malt Whiskey, Ellie Shepherd.
Why does being at home wind me up so fucking much? Two hours… that’s all it takes. God help me if I ever have to move back home (which, luckily, is never going to happen). Time to do what I’ve often done in such situations: lie down, pitch black, Slint’s Spiderland in the headphones. The healing process.
On the bright side, today I went to visit my nan, who has just this week had eye surgery. It’s the first time she’s seen me as anything more than a dark blur for three years. Even though the first thing she said was “you look a bit stupid in a baseball cap”, I got a bit choked when she said it was the first time she’d properly seen how I’ve grown up at uni - which, as she then pointed out - isn’t much :)