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Mr Gaelic Punkt, Man of Many Faces.

Mr Gaelic Punkt, Man of Many Faces. by Farid Eff. I am sitting down with Gaelic Punkt, clarinettist extraordinaire with Forgotten Fish Memory Orchestra. We are in Vienna, in the kitchen of a house once lived in by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. … Continue reading

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Baroque Dada

In a recent interview with Odd Banner, he was asked which art movement he would most closely align with the aims and aesthetics of Forgotten Fish Memory Orchestra. He came up with the term ‘Baroque Dada’. That’s an interesting way … Continue reading

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Harumi, on a winter’s night….

Harumi, on a winter’s night, is walking through the narrow streets of Amsterdam. It is about 7 o’clock, the city is already dark. She is worried about being late so she quickens her step a bit, across Spui Plein, down … Continue reading

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– from The Book of the Dead. ‘It’s Your Funeral’.

You’ve heard of The Egyptian Book of the Dead. It doesn’t exist. What I mean by that is.. there isn’t a single definitive piece of text called The Book of the Dead. There are several, even many, old papyruses which … Continue reading

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A Rare Conversation with Odd Banner

Interview with Odd Banner, founder member of Forgotten Fish Memory Orchestra by Farid Eff. I am sitting in the Cafe Heim, in the Santos neighbourhood in Lisbon. It is a well loved unashamedly hipster establishment and I am nursing an … Continue reading

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Gurdjieff: Further adventures in the world of music.

At the Gurdjieff Institute, the study house could hold about 300 people. It was designed in the style of a dervish ‘tekke’. There was a stage at the front. From the balcony above hung various musical instruments (but which ones … Continue reading

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The Body of Universal Music, Vigorous and Beautiful, is not Assassinated by a Bit of Hiss

The music of Forgotten Fish Memory Orchestra and the solo work of Makmed the Miller has been in the public domain for almost a quarter of a century. It exists in different formats, CD albums, vinyl, available to download on … Continue reading

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Dieter Rams.

Many contemporary art and design theorists like to postulate the old maxim ‘Perfection in Design is Not Possible’. ‘Perfection in Design is a Bad Idea’. ‘Perfectionism is like an illness that will make your design weaker’. I have actually read … Continue reading

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Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina was the first woman in space. A hero of the Soviet people. At the age of just 26, in June 1963, she orbited the earth 48 times. In 1961 Yuri Gagarin had become the first man in space. This … Continue reading

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Tom O’Bedlam.

Tom O’Bedlam In 1620 an anonymous poem appeared in a book to be found in common circulation. It was in the genre known as ‘Mad Songs’. The poem called ‘Tom O’Bedlam’ was cited by the American literary critic Harold Bloom … Continue reading

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