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Lent Day 1: Grateful Goodbye, Party, One Minute Manifestos - A Most Illuminating Tale
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 6.35 pm, Wednesday 9th March, 2011
Subject: Lent Day 1: Grateful Goodbye, Party, One Minute Manifestos
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As it is Ash Wednesday, here are the reviews from yesterday.

I listened to Grateful Goodbye by Yasushi Yoshida. I've blatantly put this first because I don't want to lose this generically titled gem of an album. The right kind of post rock instrumental soundscapey joy. Lovely to listen to, plenty of motion between the movements, lots of beautiful piano work and elegant processing (stuttering glitchy cut up pianos that didn't make me long for the sellotape to put the tune back together. Not particularly epiphanic, but thoroughly pleasurable.

I read Party by Tom Basden, which ran in Edinburgh in 2009, where I missed it, and at the Arts in 2010, where I missed it. Also subsequently adapted for radio, which I heard. Five wastrels attempt to form a new political party, although they can't decide on a name, let alone a leader. Duncan has turned up thinking it might be a party for his birthday and he acts as our everyman. It's a slighter piece than I expected. A classic Edinburgh hour with enough to keep you going through, a solid punchline into the curtain call, and enough loose ends to give the impression of more going on than just what you're watching. Jolly good stuff, what.

Here is Minifesto Number One: One Minute Manifestos.

It's not very good, but it's the low benchmark to improve from. For the record, this was one take of point camera at self, press record, waffle for one minute with little preparation and press stop. It was then trimmed to sixty seconds in windows movie maker and then saved from there with the default settings. It's a bit of a cheat, but I deliberately didn't put any effort into the processing so any improvements will be appreciated.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 1.23 pm, Thursday 10th March, 2011 (UTC)
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I like it! Good start :-)

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