Archive for September, 2010

Counting Backwards #3

Counting Backwards is a new series of text-sound-performance events. It takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months at Fuel Cafe Bar in Withington. The third evening in the series takes place on Thursday 7 October 2010 with performances from Mick Beck, Stephen Emmerson andSonic Pleasure. The event also sees a special performance for the launch of Richard Barrett’sSidings, a new collection of poetry.

Start time is 7:30pm, and entry is free.

Mick Beck is an innovative instrumentalist and composer who plays tenor sax, bassoon and whistles. He is based in Sheffield. His current projects include Gated Community, a 15-piece workshop band exploring the interaction of composition and improvisation, and a number of other groups, collaborations and solo projects.

Mick has been on the free scene since 1980 has worked with musicians such as saxists J.D. Parran to Alan Wilkinson, guitarists Derek Bailey to Hugh Metcalf, percussionists Tony Buck to Steve Noble and Paul Hession, bassists Marcio Mattos to Simon Fell, pianists Chris Burn to Stephen Grew and Pat Thomas.

For more details of Mick’s activities, past, present and future see his website

Stephen Emmerson lives in the North of England and his work has appeared in Jacket, Great Works, Cake, Poetry Salzburg Review, nthposition, FREAKLUNG, SPINE, and The Red Ceilings.

He is the author of  ‘X’ The Arthur Shilling Press 2010, ‘Attack of the Gas Powered Angles’ KnivesForksandSpoons 2010, ‘Chimera’ Erbacce Press 2009 ‘Poems found at the scene of a murder’ ZimZalla (July 2010)

‘No Ideas But in Things’ By Stephen Emmerson & Chris Stephenson due out this winter.

Marie-Angélique Bueler, composer, studied at the University of Sussex and at the University of York. Her compositions have led to a whole host of orchestral performances including Dust Parade and Shiny Blues. Adding to the mix, Refry for solo accordion and Tumbling in Time, a spectacular duet for Chinese flute and Western flute, are evocative, timeless works representing only a tiny corner of her deliberations with sound.

Marie-Angelique also performs and records improvised music under the name Sonic Pleasure. When improvising she plays Bricks. BBC 4’s Woman’s Hour has been so fascinated that it has surveyed her music twice. She has worked and recorded extensively with Mick Beck, Derek Bailey, Alex Ward, Tony Bevan, Simon Fell, Lol Coxhill, Mark Browne and others. One such temporal and sonic moment was frozen as Limescale, featuring Derek Bailey (Incus Records). Her Facebook Fan page, Sonic Pleasure is at

An important part of the broad radical opposition to Islamophobia and the ConDem coalition’s offensive to bring back the welfare of the nineteenth century workhouse, Marie-Angelique lives and agitates in Levenshulme, Manchester.

Counting Backwards can be found at




Counting Backwards is Richard Barrett, Matt Dalby and Gary Fisher

Counting Backwards editors


Rise of the Idiots

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An 18 year old’s family are suing a teacher because aparently the teacher failed to tell said retard that electricity will electrocute you. Also, your heart is somewhere between your nipples. They say he has brain damage now but, frankly, how could you tell?

Nothing To Do With Arbroath: Student who electrocuted his nipples sues teacher and school for not warning him it was dangerous.

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Oh Edison, you intellectual property whore…

It was a dark and stormy night on December 18, 1908. Okay—maybe it wasn’t so dark and stormy. But it should have been, because that was the night Thomas Edison tried to hijack the motion picture industry.

“With his beetle brows, long wispy hair, and beatific look, Edison might have seemed the addled inventor,” writes the historian Neil Gabler, “but he was a shrewd businessman and a fearsome adversary who was never loath to take credit for any invention, whether he was responsible or not.”

But the old man wanted it all, so he assembled his rivals and proposed that they join his Motion Picture Patents Company. It would function as a holding operation for the participants’ collective patents—sixteen all told, covering projectors, cameras, and film stock. MPPC would issue licenses and collect royalties from movie producers, distributors, and exhibitors.

Ars Technica: Thomas Edison’s plot to hijack the movie industry

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New evidence suggests that heavy drinkers outlive teetotalers. How can that be?

A new study offers strong evidence that drinking alcohol, even in large quantities, may help extend your lifespan:

So drinking really helps you live longer?
It would seem so. In a large study of older adults, University of Texas researchers found that mortality rates were significantly lower for drinkers than for teetotalers. Among drinkers, heavy partakers (4+ drinks a day) had a higher morality rate than moderate ones (1-3 drinks a day). (Watch a report about the study)

What are the numbers behind this assertion?
The researchers followed 1,824 participants between the ages of 55 and 65 for 20 years. Just over 69 percent of those who had never drunk alcohol died during that time, 60 percent of the heavy drinkers died, and only 41 percent of moderate drinkers died.

Surely other factors come into play?
Undoubtedly — but the University of Texas did their best to eliminate as many as they could. The authors got their results by “controlling for nearly all imaginable variables,” including physical activity, general health and social and economic status.

So can we say alcohol is good for you?
We can’t go that far yet, say the study’s authors. The dangers of drinking to excess include mental impairment, increased likelihood of accidental injury, and dependency issues. In other words, says Amy Scattergood at L.A. Weekly, “drinking might increase your lifespan, but it can also screw it up in pretty massive ways if you’re not careful.”

Why does alcohol help you live longer?
Unfortunately, says John Cloud at Time, the reasons “aren’t exactly clear.” We know that moderate alcohol use can “improve heart health, circulation and sociability,” but there’s no firm evidence that shows why even heavy drinkers outlive those who abstain. Maybe it’s just because they’re more fun, says Max Read at Gawker. Heavy drinkers enjoy the “social benefits” that come with alcohol, whereas studies show abstainers run a high risk of depression. Everyone knows an active social life helps you live longer, and besides, “I’ve been the only sober person at a party, and let me tell you, it is depressing.”


Lightworks NLE open source update

Just a little follow up to the news that lightworks, the NonLinearEditor, is to be released as open source. It hasn’t happened yet. If you go here you can drool over the features and sign-up to be notified when it is released.

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