coldasice2Sure, It’s been a while but somehow I rarely get time to return here and post. Today I spent a while clipping video shot at last nights Sound is Sound is Sound event at Albany Theatre in Deptford.

We had a fine old time of it .. The Balloons, Cold as Ice, Aine O’Dwyer and Albert Newton were bookended with DJ sets from BPM and Vince. YT hung about with a camera and captured some tasty clips which are already up on YouTube Playlist so have a look yourself!



Little Bubble of Laughter has produced a sci-fi action comedy film INTRAFLUX, a short adaptation of ‘Intrafluxing The Matrix’. It’s written in quantum-python and based on a true programing event which was picked up on and given a new life of it’s own by code-meddler Crissalida during the sadly defunct Funix sessions.

TB, Darq and Vortex provide voice over to the proceedings which features some cosmic interaction and inspirational insights in to the life and times of operational code! You really should track down a screening and bathe in it’s spectacular light soon as.. in the interim check here for all the info.


Shuttering n Spluttering

Yet more poking about in DV tapes reveals a clutch of half forgotten live performances not least 40 mins with Cardiacs @ Astoria 2001 which has its momments.

Then there’s the return of Rezillos @ Garage with support by Goldblade..fronted by John Rob (TV spokesman for a genration) all a bit distorted but full of the buzz.

If you like the Rezillos try “Can’t stand the Rezillos


TB on Varispeed

This is a work in progress which re emerged during gold digging though the archive of DV tapes at deckspace. It features the bulk of my performance at Exploding Cinema show Shunderhai in 2004 – Area10 Peckham.

It was generated live with a very early Sony DV camera into a Panasonic MX12 vision mixer then feeding back from dual projections off the top of an old piano on to a huge cotton screen hung in the grimy space at back of area10. The material on tape was just half of the performance so I have simulated the dual projection by mirroring the sequences and generating a fresh HD master.

The music on the day was supplied by DJ’s whose names are forgotten now and was pretty good but I have replaced that with This Heat – Graphic Varispeed 33rpm which is exactly the correct length! There was so much going on that night in the main space I felt a bit cut off and only a few people watched as I worked. The booklet for the event is represented in the exploding cinema archive I remember having to tread carefully in the pitch blackness as behind me there was a live electrical feed poking out of the concrete floor!


Gold digging

Another afternoon with my head in kdenlive the great video editing for linux digitising and exporting sequences of feedback family stuff and a bit more live music from when I carried a camera everywhere..

So here is “tallbastard vs shunahai”

and a reminder that many more clips can bee seen on my youtube channel



(This video from 2000 or so)
Not only will The Balloons be playing a rare local show this afternoon at the Birdsnest 16:30 but later at 19:00 Jack Blackburn and the Conformists will take the stage and tear another strip off.. Both bands have become fixtures of my soundscape the former since I saw them play at Clapham 101 club with Cardiacs in 1980 and latter just last year around the time of this recording. Now more could be made of both, whose nerve jangling tick trigering abrasion have their place abongst the greats, more than many aquired tastes. see you if you make it!


Fresh Perspectives

Many thanks to all who made it to my 50th birthday garden party on Sunday 26th! What a great day with friends, a mountain of great food and drink and fantastic surprise presents ! (more on these later)

I was so flat out getting squeezed and chatting, failed to take a single image so luckily Yoshi was on hand with his large glass eye to take in the scene.. and how! you can see them all on his fab blog.

By the time darkness fell I was fully blissed out and more than ready to ignite Lurka’s 50 shot firework spectacular.

For those who missed out, sorry as I was quite slack posting invites into the correct channels in good time.

Hope to see you all again soon for more fun with friends. xx



Today I added the audio to a 10 minute feedback film I shot last week at Deckspace. The track is Sojourn and Saudade from Benefit Beats 2 by I am the Mighty Jungulator.

The film is the first result from a refreshed analogue video feedback rig that’s been Idle for a few years but has just been topped up with a matched pair of Sanyo video projectors. The mirrored projections to capture and feedback the camera make all the difference something we first tried this out at Shundahai an Area10 Exploding Cinema show in 2004, just 8 years ago!

Anyway here it is – Tallbastard vs. I am the Mighty Jungulator


Hand of Pope

This Friday 15th June is set to a busy one with the day starting early at Pete Popes funeral taking place at Hither Green Crematorium 10.45am followed by a gathering of friends and family from noon at The Dog and Bell where food and drinks will be served up to all in his honor.

Pete died of lung cancer in May after many months of failing health which followed a decade of declining fortunes. He was well known and loved for his straight forward thinking and action on social and community concerns in his beloved SE8 and is missed by all who knew him.

A further Session is planned for dispersal of his ashes on 24th June with a noisy marching band heading out from the Birdsnest to Ha’penny Hatch for 5pm. bring a drum or something else to bash!



Last Saturday I travelled to Ashtead to meet my mum at her sisters where I heard some cousins and aunties would be present. To my delight there were indeed many extended family members lunching and we shared the great many cakes and drank wine together.

lounging at the laguardasLater we viewed a DVD – Armstrong Archives I had with me of recently digitised family standard and super8 cini movies some filmed by my grandfather Claude as early as 1942. As a consequence of the gathering we exchanged emails with the good intent to remain to better contact and meet again sooner. On returning home I felt energised to the point I  built a family Armstrong blog into which I am inviting them all to contribute.

June 2021


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