This photo is actually from BiH, but you get the idea.

A Resilient Serbia?

Earlier this year I gave a talk called “A Resilient Serbia?” at the 2014 Mikser Festival. The concept of “resilience” hasn’t really entered the culture in Serbia, so this was intended to be an introduction to resilience in the context of national recovery after the massive floods that struck the region in May.

So the talk – to a packed room, cough cough – was a quick tour through the post-flood situation in Serbia, the basic idea of resilience, and how we might use that idea in approaching the recovery and reconstruction of flood-affected communities. The response was generally positive, but (surprise!) government plans are unlikely to pick up on these ideas.

Unfortunately Mikser didn’t record any of the festival talks, which was a shame – there were some really interesting speakers. You can download a PDF file of my presentation and speaking notes from this link: A Resilient Serbia?

Talking about a Resilient Serbia

New track – Da Silva

Imagine that you’re trapped on a cruise ship floating in the middle of the ocean at night. You’re the only person on board, and there’s a light in the distance. This is polyrhythmic paranoia.

New track – Welcome to Fretstable

Alice Coltrane gets completely twisted in this track, with unrecognisable guest vocals from Marija Draskic. This is my hymn to the information age.

New track – The Soul Machine at Work

I was digging in my hard drives when I found the stems for this track – all the samples lined up with nowhere to go. Half a day later, and I got the Soul Machine to work….