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Archive for January 4th, 2007

What are you optimistic about? Why?

Posted by Martin Poulter on 4 January 2007

The brainiest link of the year, every year, is the World Question Center, when publisher John Brockman sends a provocative question to dozens of top-flight intellectuals from the worlds of science, philosophy and culture. This year’s question is about optimism, and has resulted in many, many short essays that are well worth reading. An arbitrary selection: Howard Rheingold, Daniel Dennett, Stephen Pinker, Clay Shirky, Brian Eno and Cory Doctorow.

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The Return of the Deliverables

Posted by Martin Poulter on 4 January 2007

About nine months ago now, four musicians gathered for a day to improvise an album. We’d decide on a style of music and a scale, then just play whatever came into our heads. I’ve only just got round to doing the mixing and editing, so here are the first two tracks from the (as yet unnamed) second album of The Deliverables

These feature Ale Fernandez on tabla and acoustic guitar, Jim Cogan on bass, Paul Smith on electric guitar and myself on synthesiser. The first album, improvised in a similar way, was Live in Hawaii.

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