Sunday, 28 December 2008


Angel by WATA

please just listen to this, it is my favourite song of the moment it is by Wata, she is the guitarist in supercool Japanese group 'boris' this is from the 'she's so heavy' single.. i just can't stop listening to this, kind of like godspeed you! black emperor meets robert fripp.. yes it is that good.

Friday, 19 December 2008

MAP TWO (electronic manifestos for people)- Various Artists

MAP TWO smaller

Throughout the 90’s I was really into the whole IDM thing, I was a huge fan of Black Dog Productions, Autechre, we used to go to Megadog – you get the idea. I had a friend, Stuart, who was quite the musical boffin, he put out a CD called MAP ONE kind of an Artificial Intelligence WARP listening music style thing, I will post that soon if I can dig it out. Hugely limited numbers, it sold out almost instantly. if you were in Manchester un those days and were into this type of music you’d hang out at TEN BAR know the guys from SKAM and VVM. It was my job to put the second compilation together, my taste even then was very wide, and I’d been playing some gigs on the improvised noise circuit and even went as far as recording some stuff with Merzbow for my ‘Meat and Bread Variations',’ so it was obvious that my mix CD would reflect a little of that more avant-garde side as well as the electronica. I’d sunk all my money into putting a couple of EPs out, and the distributer just never seemed to get behind what I was doing, so I just couldn’t afford to put MAP TWO out back then. It has sat in my archive box since then, all permissions from the artists in place. Some brilliant tracks and great artists have given their time and energy to this CD. Most of the tracks are exclusive to this compilation. Finally I’ve just decided to share the music. Please share and enjoy this labour of love.

MAP TWO electronic manifestos for people

Crystal – Jowonio Productions
Je Suis Salle - Noisemakers Fifes
13 - QWERTY    
Pinghaus (Jowonio Remix) - Multiplex 
Snug - Heatsink       
--------- - Locoder    
Audio Test & Demonstration - Manual Handling
Radiation-Induced Dwarf Rice Mutants - Big Block 454 
Devnull/Vacuum - Heatsink 
---------- - Locoder 
Mostar 7 - Amenti Suncrown & Jowonio Productions
Some Kosmic Rubicon - Xenis Emputae


gardens of the muses

the accounts are done, it must be time to rest, get christmassy.. read indulgent books, walk, take too long in the bath..

yes it is the end of the working year, time to go for cold runs, and get hot, hit the gym and trim up, and all those meditations missed, well they're missed but each day can hit the cushon now for a while, maybe even get a bit of buddhist study in. 

After visiting John Thewlis, my wonderful accountant, I celebrated the year end by just exploring and looking at gorgeous things in Roche Bobois, a lovely french store that has opened in Manchester. My usual after accounts treat is a slap up lunch and a romeo y julietta cigar, and the receipt goes to into next years tax pile, but this year I just wanted to see strong colour and think about inviting it into my home. I came out with a pair of  bookends of bronze-like horses' heads, didn't mean to buy anything, was just one of those impromptu artist date things, feeding myself up with beauty and colour. Sometime things make one's heart actually leap, it is very rare for this to happen, but these bookends did just that. so now there is one on my desk, and one on a bookshelf downstairs. The desk and the bookshelf being two of the most important places in my life, i figure they should both be beautiful inspiring places, gardens for the muses, and the heart and mind.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad
Originally uploaded by pablitoblue

lovely found pic on flickr..BLESS

desk landscape 16 Dec 2008

desk landscape 16 Dec 2008
Originally uploaded by John Siddique


The winter issue of Poetry Review arrived today, along with a cheque as payment for my poem. I always think of the character of Paul Varjak from Breakfast at Tiffany’s when I get paid for writing a piece.. perhaps I should go shopping then with Holly Golightly…

Staying Creative

snow zen stone water - hebden bridge
Originally uploaded by John Siddique

many people think a writer's job is to write. I think my job is to live, find a way each day to turn up at the desk, and to strip away things that stop one from living as fully as possible and being creative.. idealistic perhaps, but what else am I going to do. so it is with a twinkle in my eye that I consider creativity today. Hitting the meditation cushion certain has helped me all my life. I feel other forms of creativity needing expression outside of writing. Painting the lounge to make it nice for xmas, planting up a winter window box with cyclamen and hyacynth and ivy, and baking bread, and making beef stew, these will be my life poems for the next few days.. And I will read, DH Lawrence is calling me back to his poems at present.. and i will do my receipts for my taxes whilst listening to the Brandenburg Concertos.. it is all a life..

Wednesday, 10 December 2008


Originally uploaded by John Siddique

it's cold here in Hebden, so here's some chillies from the market in Jullundur to warm you up.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

John Siddique at Kritya - Portrait by Daniel Connell

John Siddique Portrait by Daniel Connell
Originally uploaded by John Siddique

Drawn by Daniel whilst I was reading on stage at the Kritya Poetry Festival in Chandigarh India. Daniel is quite brilliant, he worked throughout the festival turning out sketches of many of the poets in no time at all - yet capturing their spirits with lines and pencil and paper.

My setlist for Kritya was as follows

Desire for sight*
Cheap Moisturiser*
Which way round is the truth 

My poems were translated into Punjabi by the most excellent Mr Deed.

you can read poems by poets who read at the festival here

it was quite incredible to hear so many sounds and languages all united by the force of poetry and literature. Three incredible days of poetry. You can read more about Kritya here and here

The stuff of a life

Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss
Old Fat Furry Catpuss
Wake up and look at this thing that I bring
Wake up, be bright, be golden and light
Bagpuss, oh hear what I sing

A Thought for Nought

"Before you play two notes learn how to play one note - and don't play one note unless you've got a reason to play it." - Mark Hollis