Your Berlin is a Wonderland

Thanks to the Wonderland crew, I spent last week in Berlin touring a cross-section of the city’s most Berlin-ish urban developments. Berlin isn’t the city it was – the relentless teeth of global capital and recession angst have really started to bite in the last…

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ImprovE @ Bivsi

15. Oktobar 2014. Bivši Bar. ImprovE 2.22. Fight night. ROUND 1: Gastarbeiter vs Stang. ROUND 2: Lobotune vs Filtercutter. ROUND 3: Emily joins us on accordion. VERDICT: We all shake hands and part as friends. We got your recording of Round 1 right here. Post-production: Igor…

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Scene V. Dunsinane. Within the castle.

I originally submitted The tiger waiting on the shore to Nature magazine because I’d been enjoying the Nature Futures podcast. This week Nature selected the story for the podcast, and I had the pleasure of listening to Noah Baker read it. I have no idea…

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Danas Mirabilis

And so it came to pass that Aeon and Nature both published one of my pieces on the same day. The Humanitarian Future was difficult. The original article was trying to be three things: a potted history of the modern humanitarian sector, an outline of…

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What Savamala Sounds

I drove overnight from Belgrade to Herceg Novi, and then I fell off the map for about two weeks. Before we started driving, I went to the launch of the Savamala Soundwalk, the project put together by Kolektiv ImproveE2.0 and Zvučna mapa Beograda. Yeah, yeah, street…

New Track – Sedmina

I composed a track for this year’s Zvučne šetnje Savamalom (Savamala Soundwalk, if you don’t speak Serbian), made out of sounds sampled from a walk along Karađorđeva (with some additional samples from Freesound). “Sedmina” means “Seventh”, but it also means something else.

Paul Currion In performance at UK Parobrod, March 2014

No Place To Run No Place To

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a writer is to sit around waiting for other people to recognize your genius. There are two reasons for this: first, you’re not a genius; and second, people are idiots. (You may notice that these two…

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…

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.