Do you like X Mal Deutschland dear readers? Do you like your music raw, hypnotic & edgy?? Then try some RAKTA!! I discovered them on The Mick Mercer Show the other night & i immediately fell for their screamy shouty dreamy raspy soundscapes topped with added flange!! . Not much is known about them apart from the fact they come from Brazil & are female!! They do have a Facebook page & Music on Bandcamp. Maybe they have not had time to put up more information or maybe they just like to be enigmatic, who knows………..!
What is a Hang you may ask! Well dear reader i shall tell you! A Hang is a percussion instrument invented in Berne, Switzerland in 2000 by Felix Rohner & Sabina Schärer. The name comes from the Bernese German word for hand because hands are used to conjour out the sounds instead of mallets which would be used with steel drums. Because it is played using the hands the sound is usually softer & lot warmer & could be likened to a harp, bells or a harmonically tuned steel pan. The Hang does use similar principles to a steel drum but due to metallurgical & acoustic research by the inventors there is a difference in design,construction & sound!
Got that dear reader? Good! Now, i first heard of the Hang a few months ago when a friend of mine posted this video on Facebook;-
I thought to myself:- ”This sounds good, it sounds relaxing & evokes images of sunset, beaches, open fires, waterfalls, rocky pools, trees, fresh air, wilderness sans people” Everything sans people, a place i can go where i can be without restrictions imposed from within or without! Where i am at my most open & creative. So i did some Search Engining (I’m trying to ween myself off of using that well know term that alludes to web searches) & i found this video:-
Enthralled by the enigmatic playing i went in search of the Hang Playing Hedge Monkeys elsewhere on the interweb & i found this:-
There has been speculation & rumor that the festival has been cancelled. As i write this no clarity has been offered so i assume that the festival is still going ahead. For info please check the ALTFEST website/Facebook page & Twitter feed!!
”Are you an avid festival goer into Goth/Metal Music? Are you sick of the bland tired boring corporate slosh you’ve been served up since the dawn of time? Well this will be right up your musical alley! ALTFEST is the brainchild of the Owners of Club AntiChrist, a well known & established Nightclub in London. The nightclub, a monthly/bi monthly event caters to those who like a smorgasbord of Goth/Metal/industrial & fetish & once experienced is not forgotten. ALTFEST will have the same impression too & you will be asking:- ”When is the next one happening??”
So, if you are dying to see Cradle Of Filth, Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke, My Ruin, Uk Decay, The Eden House, Alien Sex Fiend, Satyricon etc & you are free from the 15th to the 17th August this is event NOT TO MiSS!!” All details are below;-
June 30th 2014 is the 120th anniversary of the opening of Tower Bridge. And to celebrate all visitors to the exhibition gained entry for £1.20 all day!!. I attended a press event on the day at 8:30am where we all had the opportunity to view the exhibition on the walkways & watch a video about the bridges genesis. So to inform you of some history, construction began in 1886 after a public competition was held to find the right design. The competition was won by Sir Horace Jones & in conjunction with civil engineer Sir John Wolfe it took 8 years to complete with 5 major contractors and 400 workers. Because London was getting bigger & busier in the late 1800’s a new bridge was needed get people & traffic to & from the bustling trading port in the east of the city.
The view is stunning & is only surpassed my modern architectural wonders like The Shard & The Gherkin which one can see from the walkways. 120 years ago people would have marveled at the view of the city from an elevated position & there would have been the added bonus of sail ships, steamers & barges busily negotiating their way up & down the waterway. The exhibition explains about different types of bridge construction & shows examples of bridges from around the world, how Tower Bridge works & history of the local area. On the West walkway there is another exhibition called ”The Sixties” which shows images of the people, places & events that shaped the 1960’s including photos of Twiggy, Mary Quant, Sean Connery, Mods, Rockers, John Surtees & Graham Hill. This exhibition is included in the entrance fee & is an extremely interesting view, i thoroughly enjoyed it!!
If you have not been to Tower Bridge before i’d recommend it! If you have a few hours to fill & you’re in central London then you can’t go wrong with the Tower Bridge Experience!!!
Figures of Construction workers on a girder in the North Tower.