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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Beside You

One of the joys of academic life comes in the form of conferences and similar gatherings. The last couple of days I've been at the Inaugural Interdisciplinary Conference of the Virtual Communication, Collaboration and Conflict (VIRT3C) Research Group at the University of Hull. We heard a couple of inspirational keynotes, and it was quite pleasant to see Alex Grech present his PhD research project in public for the very first time.

An event like this makes me see that things are coming along nicely in terms of bringing together my academic activities and my non-academic creative interests into closer dialogue. As you would imagine (if you follow this blog regularly) my weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is an essential part of this equation, so I gladly return to it regularly every weekend.

The 204th MMI podcast is a potpourri edition featuring different types of songs and acts that give a cross-section view of the current Maltese music scene. Opening with Richard Edwards' new pop song Diesel, we swiftly move on to Tini Kanzunetta from Freddie Portelli's new album Xammar, which was recently launched in Australia.

A new version of Porn: the Musical is slated open April 6 and run until May 1 with a non-Maltese cast at the London fringe venue Theatre 503 in Battersea Park Road. I thought this called for a song from Kris Spiteri's pre-Porn repertoire, so I've picked Here Comes the Band, which probably showcases his music prowess to the full.

Pink Pube has issued it's first release for 2010. Lucid Dream's is a dark debut offering from the new duo May We Ask You All For Silence...? The opening track is called Into for Asylums and for all I know there's no typo in that name. As with all other Pink Pube releases, this EP is also available as a free download from the net label's website.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just click here or listen to the podcast on the player right below this text.

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