Really enjoyed this video of a Simon Rose seminar relating to his PhD - “Improvisation, music and learning: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis”

So what's new over here? Had a mad busy weekend of musicking and being ill. Not the best combination, I'll admit... But still, gig went well, bass sounded lush, and we're on into a new week... Still ill...

@masu I'm not sure there is a good time for musicians to be sick :( I've been battling a cold for about 5 weeks, but it hit me full on on Saturday, just before the hardest gig of my life. So that was nice... :(

This gig is tonight. It coincides with me being the illest I've been this whole summer. I've been under the weather for weeks, but it's culminated in proper chills/aches/fever etc. today. So I'm on the lemsip and vit C...

It's been another bumper new album sales and new subscribers week on Bandcamp. Which is deeply pleasing and encouraging. Album is here if you want to hear it - - if you want yo buy it, the half price code 'bad50' is valid til the end of the weekend 🙂

@jkconnolly ha! Has it got the talking on it too? I seem to remember Dylan making a horribly tone deaf comment about wishing some of the money would go to US farmers? 🤔

@daibarnes haha! It got quite dicey at times - threats of violence on trains etc. All changed when David Beckham was photographed wearing one in Goa - the moronic response went from "that guy's wearing a dress, let's punch him!" to "wahey! David Beckham!" 🙂

@andielias @Doctor_J_ thanks! I really hate this framing as "creatives" vs tech platforms. I want Facebook to cease to exist AND I hate the BPI with the fire of a thousand suns. This actually hands the massive tech cos such a huge advantage over new companies. How will anyone compete? What's to stop existing platforms just overloading the servers of new platforms with spurious uploads and requests? It's horrible horrible legislation.

@daibarnes yup - my "get dressed up like a Boy George without a second thought" days were heady. The look Iost miss is the two years of wearing a sarong everywhere. Wish I still had the wasteline for it 🙂

Anyone got any links to a specifically music take on the negative impact of that horrible EU copyright directive? I very much appreciated @doctorow's writing for the EFF, but would be handy to get a music take...

@daibarnes sounds like the beginnings of a fun art project. 3 months to research and assemble the most badass outfit you can imagine. Add any other caveats that make it fun and creative for you 🙂

We'll fight in Europe's courts, too: there's no way that asking multinational corporations to send all of our communications to American data-centres to be analysed by algorithms and arbitrarily censored passes European constitutional muster.

Half price offer on my new album ends this weekend - head to and use "Twitter50" as the discount code for 50% off

...You're welcome to pay more for it too if that feels worthwhile and meaningful to you, such is the joy of listener-centric payment gateways 😊😊

So, as you may have read, the European Parliament voted today as follows:

#Article13 (upload filters)
Passed: 366 for, 297 against

#Article 11 (link tax)
Passed: 393 for, 279 against

(They also banned people taking unofficial video or photos of sports events ⚽ 🚫 📸 )

So, close but not enough 😟

However, this was not the final vote. There will be more negotiations and a final vote in spring of 2019.

I would advise following Julia Reda, one of the good MEPs:

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