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These pages are all my own work. Unfortunately that may be a terrible admission. In these pages are various writings of mine, from the first part of my life story, to poems, to mad ramblings without excuse. Below the links to the articles is my blog. Not to be confused with the Techie Blog, this is random ramblings from life.

Rambling Rumination

Diving or Drowning Part I. The first part of my Autohagiography... up to the point where I first take ecstacy. The tale of how a polite, well mannered middle-class child became such a ruffian.....

Diving or Drowning Part II. The second part of my life story - the further fall....

Life in Romania. An article about living in Romania. This follows two visits in 2004 and 2005 to visit my wifes parents. Life is very different in Romania than it is here in Britain.

A Random Assortment. A short collection of my poetry. There's one or two gems buried in here.

HumanOS v1.3. Subtitled baby crocodiles, computers and the human personality. This is an article that compares the human mind to a computer operating system. It touches on artifical intelligence and the ages old Nature versus Nurture debate.

Christian Meditation. A short piece on Christian meditation - exploring living Spirituality with God.

Imagine Paradise. No its not about a large network of computers, its actually about Christian Community..... and why we bother.

The first is an article on the spiritual power of symbols and sacraments. The second one, is on what sort of truth we can expect to find in the bible - with a brief section providing one possible reconciliation between modern science and Genesis. They should both be understandable by 'beginners' to the subjects.

Quick 'n' Dirty HTML. Need to get a webpage up quick and never done any HTML before ? This article will get you up to speed with the basics, using a TABLE for layout. Not for those who want nice, standards compliant, XHTML and CSS...

Voidspace Story. My cyberpunk short story. Lovely imagery but very short *sigh*. Come and play in the Void !

Beginners Guide to Atlantis. My beginners guide for new players of Atlantis - the computer 'Play-by-eMail' game. Very useful if you`ve just started to play.

Good Music

emoticon:music On a recent trip to America I acquired an iPod mp3 player. I've long resisted the siren call of my gadget-acquiring-instincts to buy an mp3 player, figuring that as I didn't listen to much music I probably wouldn't use it a great deal.

As I commute almost two hours in each direction to get to work, I've had a lot of opportunity to use it and am really enjoying music again. I've been thinking about what makes good music. Not all music that is technically good is good music, and not all music that is technically not very polished is bad. I've come to the conclusion that good music is made up of three things.

  1. Technical Quality

    How well played are the instruments, how practised is the performance, how good is the timing and that sort of thing.

  2. The Energy

    All music carries an energy, a passion. It conveys an atmosphere and changes the way you feel. At least good music does. Smile The rave and trance music of the mid nineties carried a real energy. Either an energy that picked you up and thumped through all your senses, or a sound that you could drift off into and disappear.

  3. The Emotional Tone

    This is related to the energy a song has, but I think its a different thing. The essence of this, is how relevant is the music to you, how much does it speak into your life ? Usually the emotional tone of a song is in the lyrics, but not only.

Now, for music to be good it doesn't need to score highly in all of these areas. Any song that scores highly in two of these areas is likely to be good. The music of the guitar heroes is often very high quality with a real energy, and the fact that the songs don't mean anything [1] doesn't really matter. Some indie music can be rough, not polished at all, but it carries a genuine passion for life and the lyrics can be about something that means something to be. The emotional tone of the song speaks to me.

Any song that scores highly in all three of these areas is likely to be a classic. Smile

The only music I have at the moment is the music I listened to at University, and a few tidbits I've picked up along the way. Some of these are great, but I'm done with my angst and insecurity and I'm looking for music that speaks to me where I am in my life now.

[1]At best...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2007-04-22 22:07:45 | |
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