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2015 a year – like every year – of great music

Celebrating the New Year and in response to those grumpy old men that lament the “death of music”, I’ve done the unusual thing for me of posting my top 5 albums of 2015 as just a sample of the great music that humans continue to produce with or without a corporate record industry.

The Deeper They Bury Me – interacting with the late Herman Wallace

The late Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, who spent 41 years in solitary confinement for an unconstitutional conviction, has more to share from the grave in an immersive interactive documentary.

The Creative Skillset Film & TV Launchpad

“Being an outsider is an asset not a hindrance.” Leslee Udwin, producer of East Is East and West Is West and director/producer of the documentary India’s Daughter, laid out what became a key theme of an amazing day of engagement, connections and huge talent.

Multipotentiality – having learned much

In her talk at TEDxBend 2015 author, entrepreneur, artist and career coach Emily Wapnick called on the audience to “ask yourself where you learned to assign the meaning of wrong or abnormal to doing many things”.

Young award winners beat off Soho competition

Back in August 2011, 14 young people came together to make the documentary feature Riot From Wrong. Now up against professional ad agencies, their recent promo for Teach First has won them the coveted Audio Visual Award at the Recruitment Advertising and Design awards.

Making Things in a Digital World

Just read an interesting paper from last year by David Gauntlett, author of Making Is Connecting. It discusses six theses that cut through the internet-is-bad vs internet-is-good for creativity debate.

Iemanjá na mistura

Up now on Mixcloud: Another Sunday digging through my music collection, finding themes and mixing. This time surfacing a lot of devotion to Yemanja, one of the deities or Orishas of the Yoruban spiritual belief system…

City of Conspiracy – Transmedia for Black People

Getting my toolkit together for some early stage concept development on a new transmedia project, I recently re-visited the website of Conducttr, a transmedia development platform. I was drawn to the strap line for a project by Hip Hop artist and author Jonny Virgo: “Dan Brown meets Harry Potter – with more black people”.

Permanent Revolution V2R

Time to share some music. Digging through the ‘vaults’ I found this mix I did for the second half of a contemporary dance production from Union Dance Company. The show was inspired by the gallery installation series of works I created using the title Permanent Revolution.

YMV Promo #1

The first YMV viral video cut together from some of the material generated at a preview gig at London’s Mau Mau and during our development residency at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects studio. It’s NOT a cover of the Dramatics song “In The Rain” – as much as we love the song. It’s in the very nature of YMV’s improvisation […]

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