Dreamtime vs. Screentime

When I lived in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, things often happened backwards. In Wat Thamkrabok (a self-sustainable monastery of jungle monks, home to a secret method of extracting music from nature and an award-winning treatment centre for addiction) some things really do happen in reverse.  Most nights I would meet with some of the…

Eddi McPherson – A Soho Hero

The news that Eddi passed came to me via my friend Steve Furst, who also told me the news last year that Bernie Katz had passed.  I’m staying at a friend’s apartment in the east end of Toronto, looking out the window at the unwelcome cocktail of hail, ice and snow falling from the sky…

Bernie Katz by Andy Fallon, 2012

Bernie Katz – My Soho Hero

At least once a month for the last 3 years someone has always asked me “Is that the final nail in the coffin for Soho?”.  First it was Madame Jojo’s (before it was saved), then the working girl’s flats in Walker’s Court, Berwick Street market, The Stockpot, The Colony.  The list is endless.  I have…

Tim Arnold at L'Arena, Verona, Italy

An Italian Connection and the Power of Music

David Byrne recently published a brilliant article on technologyreview.com detailing the current changes we’re all facing regarding technology’s role in removing human contact.  Automated services from Facebook to Sky, Apple and beyond have become so advanced that many of us interact with algorithms more than actual real actions.  Having worked at Apple, I have witnessed…