What’s So Different About Now? – The Grand Gestures remix album

Manic Pop Thrills

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The Grand Gestures – Remixed (Chute Records)

I’ve always found remixes problematic. The idea of making something new from the original parts of a song has always seemed more interesting than the reality. In my experience, the number of remixes interesting in their own right is a small minority, never mind the handful that manage to surpass the original song.

So you can imagine that, whilst receiving a promo of the Grand Gestures ‘remixed’ album was nice, it was also … a little worrying.

Yet rather unexpectedly ‘Remixed’ is a worthy conclusion to the Grand Gestures saga. The key here is the varied and inventive approaches used on these 15 songs.

One approach is to speed things up such as on the Man Without Machines version of Grahame Skinner’s ‘Poster Boy’, yet equally Andrew Wasylyk’s Balearic mix of Gary Clark’s ‘The World Will Break Your Heart’ takes the opposite approach…

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The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

http://www.royalscottishacademy.org/

Painting

Celie Byrne

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RM Hubbard & D, oil on linen, 150 x 120 cm

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Celie Byrne, oil on linen, 40 x 40 cm

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Pauline Alexander, oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm

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Sanjeev Kohli, oil on canvas, 118 x 87 cm

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Emma Pollock, oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm

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Andrew Wasylyk, oil on canvas, 118 x 87 cm

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Graham Anderson Sees No Evil, oil on linen, 80 x 40 cm

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Graham Anderson Hears No Evil, oil on linen, 80 x 40 cm

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Graham Anderson Speaks No Evil, oil on linen, 80 x 40 cm

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Calamity Horse aka Craig McNeil, oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm

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Andrew Howie, oil on canvas, 121 x 121 cm

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Teenage Dirtbag, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

Jack & Chip, oil on linen, 120 x 90 cm

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I’m Only Sleeping, oil on linen, 60 x 90 cm

CELIA MARGARITA

Celia Margarita, oil on linen, 80 x…

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘Homing’ can now be seen at the Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline, Fife.

 

‘Homing’ at Hidden Door Festival

so we’re now pitched on site at hidden door festival with some music and spoken word going on during the day

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Why I am not Charlie

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imagesThere is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet them with violence is an offense against the spirit and imagination and culture that distinguish humans. Nothing mitigates this monstrosity. There will be time to analyze why the killers did it, time to parse their backgrounds, their ideologies, their beliefs, time for sociologists and psychologists to add to understanding. There will be explanations, and the explanations will be important, but explanations aren’t the same as excuses. Words don’t kill, they must not be met by killing, and they will not make the killers’ culpability go away.

To abhor what was done to the victims, though, is not…

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