Tuesday, 27 December 2011

VISION II by beautifulnoise/skin

Earth, Air, Fire, Water - What can we do to wake ourselves from the drug of sleep & delusion? How do do stop buying into greed and wake into the tender steps of authenticity in our own lives?

Taken from the album SKYCLAD

Music by beautifulnoise/skin
Film by Chris Robinson
Filmed on Super 8 & Hi8

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Black Trees by Beautifulnoise/skin

Black Trees is the new album from my musical alter ego beautifulnoise/skin. Recorded over many years, the guitar forms the heart of this lp, and we have had some amazing friends drop by to contribute.

If we did singles 'I Am You' would be out there rocking the airwaves for us, and we'd follow that with our whisky driven version of Hawkwind's 'Children of The Sun.' If it something more thoughtful you're after the progressive suite 'World World World' or the warm but cool title track should touch those deep places.

The solstice is the right day to put this work into the world. Put this on your headphones and enjoy these days of ours. If you can help get the word out by playing, reviewing, gifting this music you would be helping a lot.

BN/S now have a facebook page, please stop by and tell us your thoughts.

Ring Out Solstice Bells

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Nine Drive by Beautifulnoise/skin

A Few Minutes of Beautiful/Noise Visit the BN/S Facebook Page

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Elder Moon - 'Freedom or comfort which would you choose?'

'Freedom or comfort which would you choose?'

Written, Produced & Spoken by John Siddique
Music by Katie Chatburn
Animation and Concept by Daniel Spellman
Art Direction, Supervision, & Co-production by Walter Santucci

Elder Moon is one of a series of 13 animated films based on a sequence of poems from Recital - An Almanac (Salt). The poems are based on the Full Moons of the year and the Celtic mythology which names each moon after a letter in the ancient tree alphabet. Elder Moon is a Shamanic poem in that it seeks though the meaning of the text and the rhythm of the poetry to create a space in which awareness can evolve and healing can take place.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

A Roundup of recent interviews and interest

Hello There
we've done pretty well in getting the Full Blood word out there so far this year. Having readers who like to share the treasures of the books they enjoy is something wonderful that I thank the heavens for everyday.

We've collected all the recent online stuff together should you wish to see what some good people out there are saying, and what I have to say for myself in response.
Full Blood now has its own Facebook Page, please stop by.

Online interview on The View From Here:
Full Blood, Modern sexuality in an age of porn, Beauty myths & Nudity

Grace Curtis on becoming a Siddique reader
and the ideas on being human in the books

Online interview for Write Out Loud:
A life in poetry, Full Blood, Being a Bestseller, Having a readership who are not poets

A piece in India's The Tribune:
Full Blood, Travels in search of my father, Being a naked muse.

Five Sentences with Sarah Salway
The poet finishes the novelists lines, in a very fun posting.

Guest Blogpost - Dead Good Poets:
The poetry of war & these times.

Three Reviews of FULL BLOOD
The Times Higher Educational
DAWN - Books & Authors  Magazine from Pakistan
Writing Without Paper a wonderful literary blog from USA

An essay about the 'One Hundred' poems which name, with equal weight, British soldiers and Afghan civilians killed in the current conflicts.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

The Real Stories Are What Matter

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness - and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we're being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling - their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.- Arundhati Roy

I would add though that it is important to do the same even if you are the only one who sees that it is needed. It is hard to not be supported by the world around you, but art, literature, stories, are life itself, as much as raising children and loving other people and eating food. The important thing is to keep on keeping on, because in your heart of hearts it is life we are talking about.