Thursday, 29 April 2010

April is the Cruellest Month

I haven't so much let April slip by like March did, as not tell you- my loyal readers who so eagerly fill my comments box with non European characters that I instinctively mistrust, what I've been up to.

Well, I've displaced some of this 'bloggery time to You can find my posting there at, I like the five minute limit of it, and I may dabble in talking directly onto the thing like most users more in future, at the moment I'm mainly posting old recordings and new short bits of work there. Of course this development has also sent me into the dread clutches of twitter where most Audioboo users seem to spend their real lives (there I'm at

I've spent the last few weeks getting cross about the standard of political discourse in the country and have fled on a number of occasions to the BBC World Service - in the daytime, when Radio 4 is still on! Unbelievable!
It's been reassuring to hear news about the Greek economy and German politics and massive oil slicks rather than bulletins entirely devoted to dissecting the fallout from the entrapment of a politician who has been dismissive of someone in private.

You can also find this rather ace trail on there a lot at the moment.
It's the work of Ben Motley who used to produce the Comedy Club for Radio 7. I expect he'll get prestigious trailer awards for it.

The last couple of days I've spent working up a little audio demo for a comedy pilot, which has been interesting and helped remind me just how bloody useless vocoders are for most sound design jobs. More on that if anything comes from it.

Hope you're enjoying the new Doctor Who. I am. Episodes 1 and 4 have both been great, with episodes 2 and 3 only marred for me by some hurried, gappy plotting here and there, some surprisingly static direction and of course those rather odd shaped new Daleks which look distinctly clunky in profile. The regulars are great.

Next week I'll be presenting the Q&A for the new Chris Morris film, Four Lions at the Sheffield Showroom with producer and Warp boss Mark Herbert, so I'm looking forward to that a lot.

I think those are your highlights. The most intriguing development is this, though... Is it returning through the Darkness? Search me.