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December 22: Beadnell Bay video

December 22, 2010
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December 22: On Beadnell Bay

December 22, 2010

Two new MP3s over at the Atheist Advent main site.

There’s a stupid pigeon eating the bird seed we put out for the pretty little wild birds on the window sill. Stupid pigeons! Still, I do like Istanbul pigeons.

Pigeons in Istanbul

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December 21: But to Mourn version 2

December 21, 2010

Here’s a better version of the song I tried to play at 8AM on Clifford’s Tower, York, with freeze-dried hands and a face full of frost; having missed the moon, which snuck behind the buildings with its face full of blood, so.

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December 21: But to Mourn (Solstice 2010)

December 21, 2010

I meant to record this with the eclipse in the background, but I came up to the tower too late.

Please stay tuned, gentle viewer, for a better version of this song, and the last few songs of Atheist Advent 2010. This is the grim time of year, oh viewers in the North; the year is dead; but it will rise again on the third day. An unspectacular rise, to be sure, with just a shade less darkness, but another opportunity nonetheless (Australian viewers, please insert the antonyms of all the relevant terms in all this — or go to Juice Media for something less leadenly Northern hemisphere, and basically a lot better musically and political than anything I have done).

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Solstice Eclipse

December 20, 2010

Astronomical coincidences full of beauty, and laden with portent for the sublunary realm. There’s a total lunar eclipse on the morning of the Winter Solstice. The Moon begins to pass through the cone of Earth’s shadow at 6.32am; the eclipse becomes total at 7.40am. The further north you are, the greater the opportunity to see the full eclipse before the moon sets. It may also be possible to see the rising sun and the eclipsed moon setting, both in the sky at once. You may need to be on Arthur’s Seat, or another handy mountain, to do so.

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December 19 and 20: Where the Cities Are, and For Leuce

December 20, 2010

Over on http://www.atheistadvent.com we’ve got yesterday’s tune and today’s. Today’s one is faltering and lo-fi. In fact, I came up with it a while ago, but it was a one-off recording and until I manage to work out the fingering and how to stay relaxed while playing, it will have to stay like this. Maybe I should have waited until I figured it out properly; but that might be never. And I think it’s worth taking the risk.

Hope everyone is keeping cool (e.g. in Australia), warm (e.g. Europe), and otherwise (elsewhere).

Ben

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18 December: Zoo Break

December 18, 2010

For lyrics – see www.atheistadvent.com

In other news: Captain Beefheart has died.