A Year In Lists and Numbers and Graphs

Favourite Albums
Top Twenty (In Reverse Order)

Flying Lotus
20. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Balmorhea
19. Balmorhea – Constellations

@C
18. @C – Music for Empty Spaces

Oneohtrix Point Never
17. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal

Chris Abrahams
16. Chris Abrahams – Play Scar

DM Stith
15. DM Stith – Heavy Ghost Appendices

Toshimaru Nakamura
14. Toshimaru Nakamura – Egrets

Fennesz Daniell Buck
13. Fennesz/Daniell/Buck – Knoxville

Alva Noto
12. Alva Noto – For 2

Food
11. Food – Quiet Inlet

Four Tet
10. Four Tet – There Is Love In You

BJ Nilsen
9. BJ Nilsen – The Invisible City

Nils Molvaer
8. Nils Molvaer – Hamada

Third Eye Foundation
7. Third Eye Foundation – The Dark

Robert Curgenven
6. Robert Curgenven – Oltre

Caribou
5. Caribou – Swim

Owen Pallett
4. Owen Pallett – Heartland

Emeralds
3. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here

Various Artists
2. Various Artists – Cold Wave and Minimal Electronics

Sun City Girls
1. Sun City Girls – Funeral Mariarchi

Honourable Mention
Mark Van Hoen – Where Is The Truth
Matthew Dear – Black City
The Sight Below – It All Falls Apart
Swans – My Father Will Guide Me…
Abe Vigoda – Crush
Viernes – Sinister Devices
Royksopp – Senior
Supersilent – 10
Pantha du Prince – Black Noise
Autechre – Oversteps
Dollboy – Ghost Stations
Actress – Splazsh
Alex Smoke – Lux
Philip Jeck – An Ark for The Listener
Max Richter – Infra

Books Read (Fiction and Comics)

The Night Sessions – Ken Macleod
The Glass Books of The Dream Eaters – G W Dahlquist
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K LeGuin
The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie
Grandville – Bryan Talbot
Before They Are Hanged – Joe Abercrombie
The Last Argument of Kings – Joe Abercrombie
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre
The City and The City – China Mieville
The Genocides – Thomas M Disch
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days – Alastair Reynolds
Music of Chance – Paul Auster
A Quiet Flame – Philip Kerr
Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
Empire of the Sun – JG Ballard
Super Cannes – JG Ballard
Black Hole – Charles Burns
Crash – JG Ballard
In Praise of Shadows – Jun’Ichiro Tanizaki
Kingdom Come – JG Ballard
The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano
Altered Carbon – Richard Morgan
Berlin Parts 1 & 2 – Jason Lutes
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
The Crystal World – JG Ballard
Light – M John. Harrison
If On A Winters Night A Traveller – Italo Calvino
Inspector Imanishi Investigates – Seichico Matsumoto
Imaginary Magnitudes – Stanislaw Lem
Cocaine Nights – JG Ballard
Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Cerebus Vol 1. – David Sim
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.3 – Alan Moore
The Unlimited Dream Company – JG Ballard
All The Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy
Luther Arkwright Vol. 1 – Bryan Talbot
Who Killed Palmino Molero – Vargos Llosa
Beijing Coma – Ma Jian
Non-Stop – Brian Aldiss
Good-bye – Yoshihrio Tatsumi
Epileptic – David B
Nomad of Time – Michael Moorcock
Collected Ghost Stories – M.R.James
It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken – Seth
The Black Butterfly – Mark Gatiss
Chasm City – Alasdair Reynolds
The Murders In The Rue Morgue and Other Stories – Edgar Allen Poe

Books Read (Non Fiction – indicative only)

Bad Science – Ben Goldacre
Wild Places – Robert McFarlane
Leviathan – Philip Hoare
Sun Ra: The Lives and Times Of – John Szwed
Letters From America – Alastair Cook
How I Escaped My Certain Fate – Stewart Lee
Map Addict – Mike Parker
Art Worlds – Howard Becker
The Clubcultures Reader – Steve Redhead
Gender Trouble – Judith Butler
The Post Subcultures Reader – David Muggleton
Consumer Culture and Postmodernity – Mike Featherstone
Else/where Mapping – Janet Abrams
Music and the Creative Spirit – Lloyd Peterson
The Consequences of Modernity – Anthony Giddens
Music Scenes: Local, Translocal and Virtual – Andy Bennett
Resistance Through Rituals – Stuart Hall
Subculture: The Meaning of Style – Dick Hebdige
Lifestyle Shopping – Robert Shields
Goth – Paul Hodkinson
The Time of the Tribes – Michel Maffesoli
Writings on Music: 1965-2000 – Steve Reich
Bring the Noise – Simon Reynolds
Lipstick Traces – Greil Marcus
Clubcultures – Sarah Thornton
Haunted Weather – David Toop
Bad Book Club – Robin Ince

Writing

Short Stories
The Vacant Eyes of Minas (7700 words)
The Narratives of Perverse Fiction (7300 words)
The Dark Party (10080 words)
The Box (8200 words)
(all written for a potential compendium called In The Nothing of The Night, with the exception of ‘Vacant Eyes’ which is more of a creepy short in the style of M.R.James and Algernon Blackwood)

Subject Matter
Elderly cryptozoologists, mutes, transformative fiction, drug induced visions, fog in a box, Tangiers, whale bone architecture, Muslim libraries of North Africa, Surbiton, Edward Treehorn, a war 300 years away.

Longer Fiction
The Last Night Tree (15000 words added to draft, 65000 words total)

PhD
Introduction (9000 words)
Literature Review (12000 words)
Methodologies (5000 words)

Total Words Written in 2010
74280

Short Fiction Planned
Script of some variety, provisionally titled Thomas Brain
6645
Betsy Head Municipal Swimming Pool
Dawn of The Dogs
In The Nothing of The Night
The Abominable Lieutenant
Torn Gently, Limb from Limb

Music Recorded

The Provinces Project – Silk and Dogs
Election Special – Creeping Jaw Society
7 Misc. Unreleased Tracks – Creeping Jaw Society
Sky Attack Soundtrack – Creeping Jaw Society
Cimmerian EP – Heroines of the U.S.S.R
Orpheus and Eurydice – Heroines of the U.S.S.R
May 8th 2010 – Garcia Dances The Jttrbg

Weight Loss
Negligible

Pints Consumed
170 (as of Nov 15th)

Money Per Pint (Average)
£2.80

Money Wasted on Pints
£476

Games Played
Mass Effect
Fallout 3
Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts
Guitar Hero World Tour
Blue Dragon
Fallout: New Vegas

Live Music Witnessed (Considerably Down on Last Year)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Deerhoof
Tim Hecker
White Magic
The Ex
The Dead C
Black Dice
Francisco Lopez
Growing
Bardo Pond
Emeralds
Charlemagne Palestine
Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Keiji Haino
Flower/Corsano Duo
Borbetomagus
Oneida
Philip Jeck
John Butcher
Chris Watson and The Bee Symphony
Nils Lofgren
Neurosis
Daniel Menche
The Berg Sans Nipple
Tindersticks

Live Music Planned For But Subsequently Missed
Autechre
Caribou
Throbbing Gristle (the loss of Sleazy, and Genesis leaving)
Rangda (I was sat at Charlemagne Palestine)

Favourite Performance
John Butcher (despite the location)

Planets Not Viewed Through Astronomical Binoculars
Mercury
Mars
Saturn
Neptune
Uranus

Maps Purchased
4

Maps Used
0

Items Added to The Universal Index
19

Jobs Started This Year
3

Things Attempted For The First Time This Year
Making chutney
Lighting and maintaining a fire (intentionally…not like last time)
Programming effects in MaxMSP
Teaching

General Activity

Doing Some Form of Work Breakdown

Attitude Towards Work (My Attitude Should Be Off The Scale)


New Years resolutions
7

Initial Predicted Likelihood of Completion
Medium-High

Last Years Resolutions
Compile a hauntological archive – complete
Start a universal index – complete
Listen to the radio more often – complete
Read a work of fiction every week – complete
Write more than 1 short story – complete
Produce an album of dance music – complete
Lose weight – fail

Regrets
Not seeing more live music this year
Not changing my work pattern to something more constructive

Favourite Post-It note on office wall
‘Heavily pregnant Chinese girl hit by falling scaffolding’*

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* The girl that lives opposite, who I believe eventually had twins, used to walk up and down the street for hours on end for an unexplained but possibly pregnancy-related reason. The house next door to her’s had some roofing work done, and their scaffolding was shit. My imagination reached for the obvious answer.

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