The Ploughman's Lunch

Postcards from a PhD


A few years ago circumstance found me in charge of a coach load of international students bound for Stratford-upon-Avon. After a couple of hours on the M1 we pulled into … Continue reading

December 22, 2015

Live Coding Performance

While being in a position where I get to spend a lot of time reading and writing about music is nothing but a joy, it is a rather solitary -and … Continue reading

December 6, 2015

Englishness (Part 1)

Feeling under the weather and living in a house which currently has no water or heating had a knock-on effect on study day last week and sitting in a chilly … Continue reading

December 6, 2015

(R)Eject the Tape

On Sunday evening I went to the cinema to see the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play The Lady in the Van. Afterwards, discussing the authenticity of the late 70s/early … Continue reading

November 25, 2015


It was only recently that I realised that the term ‘afrofuturism’ only came into use in 1994, coined by Mark Dery in his essay ‘Black to the Future’. In a … Continue reading

November 11, 2015

Better than the Original

I don’t seem to get out much these days, so weekend evenings for the last couple of months have mainly been filled with takeaways and BBC 4 autumn schedule music … Continue reading

November 8, 2015

Vinyl, death, resurrection and meaning

Just as one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I am learning the hard way that judging a paper by its title isn’t always advisable either. Even in the … Continue reading

November 4, 2015