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John Dent

I was heartbroken to hear that the incredible mastering engineer John Dent sadly passed away before the New Year.

John was a true master and one of the kindest people I’ve met in the business.  He was so generous with his time and seemed to operate in pure flow while he worked – a rare and beautiful sight to behold.

For anyone who ever praised the sound of the LP, John worked behind the scenes and was responsible for making so many records sound the best that they possibly could.

My heart goes out to all his family and friends – a tremendous loss – he was one of a kind and will always be remembered.

Rest in peace, John D.

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Songs from the Tour Van

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A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted

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Amazing Grace (Amazing Chan)

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Nick Cave on Love Songs

I’d previously posted an excerpt of this lecture, but this recording is a treat for any fans of Nick Cave’s work or songwriting in general.

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Hello #14

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Nothing is Wasted


“Nothing is created.  Everything is transformed.” 

– Antoine Lavoisier

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On Freedom

(via Reham)

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La Busqueda del Presente

“Like every child I built emotional bridges in the imagination to link me to the world and to other people. I lived in a town on the outskirts of Mexico City, in an old dilapidated house that had a jungle-like garden and a great room full of books. First games and first lessons. The garden soon became the centre of my world; the library, an enchanted cave. I used to read and play with my cousins and schoolmates. There was a fig tree, temple of vegetation, four pine trees, three ash trees, a nightshade, a pomegranate tree, wild grass and prickly plants that produced purple grazes. Adobe walls. Time was elastic; space was a spinning wheel. All time, past or future, real or imaginary, was pure presence. Space transformed itself ceaselessly. The beyond was here, all was here: a valley, a mountain, a distant country, the neighbours’ patio. Books with pictures, especially history books, eagerly leafed through, supplied images of deserts and jungles, palaces and hovels, warriors and princesses, beggars and kings. We were shipwrecked with Sinbad and with Robinson, we fought with d’Artagnan, we took Valencia with the Cid. How I would have liked to stay forever on the Isle of Calypso! In summer the green branches of the fig tree would sway like the sails of a caravel or a pirate ship. High up on the mast, swept by the wind, I could make out islands and continents, lands that vanished as soon as they became tangible. The world was limitless yet it was always within reach; time was a pliable substance that weaved an unbroken present.”

– Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize Lecture (1990)

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