we are reasonable people

I’ve been an appreciator or what <a href=”http://ninjatune.net/”>Ninja Tune</a> produces since I came across Amon Tobin’s stuff in 2000. Being without regular, good FM radio has been one of the many bummers about being here. One small thing I found to fill the gap has been the <a href=”http://solidsteel.ninjatune.net/”>Solid Steel</a> weekly hour and half (or something) of _beatz_ overseen by the record label’s honchos,  Cold Cut & DK, and usually has a guest of some kind. Some of the mixes they’ve done over the last year have been sweet, especially a Beastie Boys special with DJ Cheeba. Also I thought it was a really cool move getting a bunch of the label’s artists’ music into the soundtrack for the computer game, ‘Sleeping Dogs’, which was released last year.

Anyway, Ninja even made the effort to track me down to this here website and emailing me a few new tracks from folks they’re working with. And they’ve said it’s alright for me to share with you. So, of the four, I liked this one the best: <a href=”http://www.sunnybreaks.org/werx/Moire-_Into.mp3″>Moire – INTO</a>. It’s very 1st world urban sounding. It’s the sound of London, baby! [I’ll leave that file there for a few months but not forever. More reasonable people, <a href=”http://www.hostcentral.net.au/”>HostCentral</a> already give me so much, I wouldn’t want to vampire their bandwidth.]

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It’s been a strange year for me listen-to-musically. My music library basically fucking broke when I tried to transfer the files for itune (on a mac mini) to itunes on a larger capacity windows box. Every song got a doppelganger, and the whole thing never really recovered. Also, the collection got so big and out of hand that I was losing control of it. I’m still kind of stuck using itunes and I’m really not happy with it. Electronic music files and the internet has introduced me to so much stuff I’d never have heard otherwise but it’s so easy to lose, or forget — so ephemeral.

The most serious problem I’ve had is tracks mysteriously disappearing from itunes. Eg. an album of 12 songs will be there and viewable in the itunes window, but when I go to click through them, 1 out of 12 will say, for eg. “The song “Windowlicker” could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?” and I say, ‘Yes, you better bloody well locate it’ but it’s nowhere on the computer. Yet, strangely, it’s still on the phone, from when the file was on the computer and copied to the phone. But I don’t think there’s any way for re-upload it from the phone to the computer. Thankfully, it’s not at the ratio of 1 in 12, but any loss is bad.

An internet search shows me plenty of other people have this problem but nothing’s being done about it yet.

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My attitude toward music has grown a bit hackneyed in the last 12 months too. Sometimes it just feels like a thing I use to distract my monkey-mind. I haven’t felt comfortable blasting the speakers in this apartment because the walls seem thinner and I don’t know the people living around me, whereas I did in 2011 (and I knew there was no one downstairs). I use music to blot out the noise of people on public transport — that ain’t good. And sometimes I get sick of all the old stuff I listen to habitually, but at the same time don’t feel like there’s any space in my life for new music either. For a long time I’ve been working on a theory that there’s only so much new music that I can connect with in any given period of life. There needs to be some new stimulus — like being in a new place, a new feeling, a new season, a new section of life, for the new music to attach to. It’s been slow going for me in those areas of late.

boxes and boxes

Packing day is done. And it was a lot less trouble than I thought it’d be.

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When I came to Korea I came with one large bag — not even a suitcase — just a cheap nylon bag I got from the Vic markets. And now there is 35 or something boxes and it all has to go in part of a shipping container. It’s nice being in the apt. with nothing here. I’d like to be a minimalist kind of person the whole time but it’s just not me. We don’t actually get on a plane til friday so there was a couple of things that had to stay back, like the mattress. It wasn’t coming anyway since 8 years of compression has left it pretty useless. Come Fri morn I guess we’ll either toss it out on to the footpath (pavement) or burn it. Thankfully the weather deities have been smiling on us and the last day and the next two has been/will be unusually mild. Tomorrow’s top: 14&#8451;  !!!

This meant that the heavy coat could go in a box, saving precious room in the suitcase — the suitcase I’ll be living out of for the next 1-2 months. Before getting back to Australia we’re off to Malaysia for two weeks, which I’m looking forward to. Most of all I think the food. Korean food is good but it does get a bit monotonous.

Manhunter (1986)

I watched this movie last night and quite liked it. It was based on a novel called The Red Dragon (I think) but adapted (written & directed) by Michael Mann, the guy who did Miami Vice, so his style is all over it but the subject matter is a bit darker in that it’s dealing with psycho-killers. This was going on about Hannibal Lektor when Jodie Foster was still in Highschool. But some other dude is the main villain in it, and here’s a picture of him:

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But he’s not a one-dimensional psycho and there’s a moment where it seems like he’s found mercy but his craziness gets in the way. I don’t know why films that have a stylised element like this get shit-canned so often, it’s not as if you ever go see a Hollywood movie for a dose of reality. I love this kind of depiction of the 80s and the soundtrack’s pretty good too.


I watched the first couple of episodes of The X Files the other night. That was 1993. *That was 20 years ago.*

Jan 17

Well here we are. January 17, 8 years ago I left Australia to try working in South Korea.

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Today I did my last little bit of teaching English here. For most of the hour I sat waiting and it seemed like it was going to be a no-show, but then the guy arrived. It didn’t matter much to me — I get paid either way. But it was a very quiet, unceremonious way to wind it down. Not that this means I am necessarily giving up on teaching English as a second language, or as a foreign language (although I might) but I am giving up on korea.

I feel like I’ve been here about three years too long. Without having learnt the language I’ve learnt as much as much about the culture as I care to and I have grown tired of it. That’s not really as bad as it sounds. I can remember having similar feelings of boredom with Geelong and Australia before I left to come here. One thing I can tell you I’ve learnt in this time about myself is that I am grateful to be a citizen of australia and be able to return when I want. Fourteen more days here.

During the last month I’ve spent more hours than I care to mention playing Skyrim and as I hurry about on the virtual plane going from one challenge to the next I can’t say I’ve stopped and taken a moment out to think about just how hard it would’ve been to create a sword in medieval or viking times. This guy is showing how long it takes to make a sword even with all the modern tech:

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I stepped out the door this morning at 6am and it was -18 degrees C (feels like -21). Living here has been a very concrete lesson in geography. Seoul and Melbourne are the same distance from the equator but whereas Melbourne is at the south edge of a continent that stretches north, where the delicious, heated winds come down from, Seoul is connected to a continent that extends north, where the icy insane winds roll in from. Siberia, I tell you. Siberia.