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Sasha Huber’s Haïti Chérie, for which I composed the soundtrack. The video is a response to the earthquake in Haiti, in January, 2010. Read more and get the soundtrack here.

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When filmmaker Antonio Diaz traveled to Detroit he met a 20 year old carpenter-cum-tailor who inspired this short film (which features ‘The Oak Settlement’ on the soundtrack). Diaz said, “I quickly realised that there is so much talent in that city with people that work with their hands but the rest of the world never gets to see their work.”

Of course it’s not just carpentry and tailoring that are in decline. Lots of traditional skills and techniques are disappearing. In Finland though, I had the chance to see traditional Finnish skills live on. From preparing intricate delicacies, such as Karjalan Piirakka, and foraging for berries to make jam, to knitting heavy-weight and utterly essential socks for the winter months. There are skills passed down to each generation, taught in schools and by parents and grandparents.

This video is inspiring because it’s a rare thing to see something being made. What’s more, it’s in the USA and that’s damn exciting. To see craftsmanship applied to constructing an object, to watch time pass as someone invests their experience in creating something useful. I want to see more of that.

What next?

1. See more things made by carpenter Paul P Karas

2. Follow filmmaker Antonio Diaz on Twitter

3. Listen to ‘The Oak Settlement’ from the Balloon Suite EP

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You’ll find my music in two Tate Modern projects at the moment. The first is a video for the TateShots series celebrating Damien Hirst. It features his college professor, artist Michael Craig-Martin. It’s fun to hear about Damien’s time at Goldsmiths in London, the very same college I studied composition at.

The other project, Tweet Me Up, is by Tracey Moberly and takes places at the Tate Modern’s Tank space. Tracey is using all sorts of social networking sites and communication tools, including Twitter, Instagram and SMS, to create an evolving digital exhibition. This means images, videos, sounds and words from across the world. If you’re in London on Friday, August 25th, go there to experience the work and listen to Tracey’s artist talk.

London’s Tate Modern is a significant place for me. I was lucky enough to wander in to the Turbine Hall back in 2003 whilst Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project was live. At the far end of the hall, which is a sort of aircraft hanger for art installations, Eliasson had affixed an immense, glowing orange disc. Attached to the ceiling was an equally massive mirror. In the warm glow, people lay down, fidgeted and squirmed as they watched their reflection above, or simply sat in quiet, satisfied meditation.

It was awesome. Not awesome in the surfer dude sense but awesome in the knock-you-to-your-knees, visceral, biblical sense. Staring into the sun, experiencing The Weather Project, really changed my perception of art. I finally understood that art could fundamentally move people. It could shake up the soul, take you by surprise and carve images and thoughts into your mind with a burning permanence.

What next?

1. Discover more TateShots videos over at the Tate’s website

2. Attend Tracey Moberly’s Tweet Me Up event at the Tate Modern

3. Watch this brief video of The Weather Project

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Kinfolk is a publication about small gatherings. One of these small gatherings happened in Oregon and they made a video about it with Pikku Karhu ja Tiikerini as the soundtrack. I’m not in the video but you will see several guitar players, a banjo player, various attractive people, a pear salad, a pipe and a rustic picnic.

One of my favorite things to do is eat: cooking something special and delicious, sharing food with friends, talking with friends about food. There’s some wonderful food here in New Orleans but Kinfolk’s video reminded me of the rustic food I miss from England and Finland: crusty fresh bread, Wensleydale and cranberry, Finnish berry pie and blackberry juice, ale (or even better, home-brewed sahti), salmon soup or sausages cooked on the fire after a summer sauna. I miss all of that.

What next?

1. Read Kinfolk’s magazine, it’s filled with beautiful photography and stories

2. Listen to more music like Pikku Karhu ja Tiikerini

3. Bake a delicious loaf of brown butter banana bread (to be shared with friends!)

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This is a one minute spot for Oh Yeah Studio, from last year, featuring some very electronic music which I composed.