Monthly Archives: December 2013

100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers

I’d intended to post this video by Alonzo Mosley last November to celebrate two years of Frames Of Reference, but I forgot! It’s in the same spirit as the earlier Frames Of Reference video posted to mark our first birthday, … Read more

Hope Scope

There’s lots of hope around town. I’ve been noticing it for weeks as I travel the streets of London. This is Athlone Street, NW5 in Kentish Town.

King’s Cross Xmas Tree

The King’s Cross Laser Christmas Tree is the first of its kind, designed to bring two joyous celebrations together – Rave and Christmas. The tree itself is created by high powered lasers shooting across Regent’s Canal from the King’s Cross … Read more

Nativity Tree

A tree is for life not just for Christmas. David Hollington / The Rowley Gallery

The Holly & The Ivy

Our Christmas card this year at The Rowley Gallery is from a wood engraving by Howard Phipps. I can see holly in there and ivy too so here are a couple of complementary musical offerings as well… The first is … Read more

Mavis, Susan & Derek

Probably one of the best gigs of the year for me was the Tedeschi Trucks Bands at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ve known Derek Trucks’s music for the past ten years; he ranges from John Coltrane, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and … Read more

The Great Beauty

This is a trailer for my favourite film of 2013, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), a kind of modern day equivalent to Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, full of gorgeous and spectacular images together with a sublime soundtrack featuring … Read more

Spem In Alium

The Forty Part Motet is a sound installation by Janet Cardiff, a 40 track recording of Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis presented at The Cloisters in Upper Manhattan by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I heard about it from … Read more

By Your Grace

This recording was made at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco in 1971 by Paul Beaver & Bernie Krause with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. It was an exploration of the cathedral’s long reverb acoustics. Mulligan wanders through the space discovering constantly changing … Read more

California Dreaming

My first full day in California was a little inclement, in fact it poured with rain morning to evening only allowing a little light relief to get this shot of the iconic bridge. However it’s hard to be despondent in … Read more