I have Virginia Woolf and a rural childhood to thank for the idea that a handsome book was something that could be made swiftly, as needed. Reading her diaries at a young age, with no worldly experience to attach to what I was reading, I doggedly ploughed through rather than savoured them. And I became … Continue reading ELON MUSK’S IDEA OF A PRINTER ON MARS
NOW I CAN DO SMALL RUN PRINTING …. It’s been a long road and while I’m still some distance from a viable long term solution I’ve found a viable short term solution for printing my Sydney Opera House book. I’ve discovered that with commercial printers the cost of doing a test copy, or only a … Continue reading FIGURING OUT SMALL RUN PRINTING
THE NOTEBOOK AS MUSICIAN’S TOOL AND USEFUL MERCHANDISE … The photograph above is of Nick Cave using one of the bespoke notebooks that I make for him. The spine construction, which is inspired by the steps on the deck of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, which just seem to float, allow the book to … Continue reading Dreaming of Music Merchandising
Excerpt from Chapter One of Like a Living Thing: The Evolution of the Sydney Opera House Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard had also used the ambisonic software in 2009 to create a multi- dimensional sonic environment for Nick Cave’s narration of his novel The Death of Bunny Munro with music and sound effects. In 2011 … Continue reading Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Sydney Opera House
Press Release written by me, with Nick. He wrote the lyrics to this album in a notebook I made for him. (Facsimile shown here, that was part of a deluxe boxed set of the album) Also shown fully waterproof "rock writers reporters notebook" manufactured by me. Nick using one of my notebooks on the inner … Continue reading PUSH THE SKY AWAY ….
Why another Sydney Opera House book? Because there’s something new to say, that’s why. In 2012, while standing in the office of Arup’s onsite engineers in the westernmost construction hut up on stilts over the forecourt, I had an epiphany. On one wall was a massive screen with a live feed of the excavation in … Continue reading Why this Sydney Opera House Book should exist.
First published on the Huffington Post on 08/17/2010 Grinderman is the first great band of the Anthropocene Epoch. Their music is wild, primal, charming and funky and their lyrics are witty and clear-eyed observations of where we stand as a civilization at this moment in geologic time. “All of a sudden it seems impossible to … Continue reading Grinderman is the First Great Band of the Anthropocene Epoch