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Instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

I asked gths to interview me; here are my answers to his questions:
1. What's the best thing and worst thing about London compared with Melbourne?

The best thing: probably the fact that there's so much going on. As Disraeli said, London is a roost for every bird, and one realises the truth of that when one realises that there are two monthly shoegazer nights, regular electropop band nights and more indie nights than you can shake a stick at (albeit most of the "we play Franz Ferdinand/Bloc Party plus better-known/fashionable old bands" vein, though there are some decent ones too). Either that or the fact that London has a decent public transport system (it breaks down a lot, but even then, it's comprehensive), and plans to expand it even further (something that happens very grudgingly in Melbourne).

The worst thing: the taste of the tapwater; it has a vaguely soapy quality to it, and forms a slick layer on top of one's cup of tea. I've actually gotten into the habit of lugging bottles of water home from the supermarket.

2. Have you observed any kind of prejudice against Antipodeans in the UK? (This is a dumb question, but I'm just wondering because my impression is that snobbery against the colonials seems to be the last socially acceptable form of bigotry there.)

I can't say I have, though perhaps I don't come across as being stereotypically Aussie. I've heard anecdotes about Australians who go to London on working-holiday visas using the fact that they're far from home as an excuse to turn into Barry McKenzie, drink a slab of Fosters every night, try to crack onto any woman they encounter and so on, though I've avoided the Australian-specific watering holes (Walkabout and such) partly for this reason.

3. Who's your favourite typeface designer?

I must confess that I haven't really followed many of the new fonts recently. I rather like Neville Brody's geometric fonts from the 1980s, and going further back, think that Eric Gill's Gill Sans, and Johnston's London Underground lettering on which it was based, are classics.

4. You are suddenly imbued with the necessary chops to form a fair dinkum rock band with other similarly skilled performers. What's it called and what kind of music does the band play?

The Random Numbers; we play a sort of angular art-pop (not to be confused witn NME/Xfm/Carling art-rock), with equal parts 1960s film scores, Stereolab, post-C86 indiepop and shoegazer. Lots of layers, angular keyboard melodies, odd time signatures, and such, and possibly some incisive lyrics too.

5. Reform the UK electoral system.

That's easy. Preferential voting, and a proportional upper house. Lower-house electorates may remain preferential one-member electorates or have multiple representatives elected proportionally. If the latter, replace the proportional upper house with a chamber of citizens selected as for jury service, as Charlie Stross (I think) once suggested.
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Vampyros Lesbos - Droge CX 9
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On May 9th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC), hazyjayne commented:
Oh go on... I need chearing up/distracting...

The worst thing: the taste of the tapwater; it has a vaguely soapy quality to it, and forms a slick layer on top of one's cup of tea. I've actually gotten into the habit of lugging bottles of water home from the supermarket.

Soapy?!? Whatever... Prehaps you need one of these... (Cheaper in the long run than mineral water).
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On May 9th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC), bluestate replied:
Oh yes... that was one of my first purchases. Well, my housemates bought it. You get an OK cup of tea with it: much better than I get with the unfiltered water at work. Eeeergh. Scum floating across the top. Gotta drink it quickly or it sticks to the sides.
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On May 10th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
OK, here goes
1) What are the places in the world where you have always wanted to go sometime, and why?

2) Name three artists (of any sort) whom you find creatively inspiring. How do they inspire you?

3) Which is your favourite Belle & Sebastian album? Why?

4) If you could suddenly have any talent in the world, what would it be?

5) What would you say the differences between relationships with men and with women are?
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On May 25th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC), hazyjayne replied:
Re: OK, here goes
1) Oh goodness, do you have all day? I suppose Japan the most, as the culture seems so different, yet so similar in many ways – I would like to find out the differences for myself.

2) Photography – Jill Furmanovsky - The way she uses lighting is fantastic.

Music – Jarvis Cocker – I love his very descriptive style; it’s all in the details. And the fact he can be so seedy yet pull it off with class at the same time is great.

Film - Wes Anderson - The long takes that he does are gorgeous, and he has a great taste in music as a director.

3) Gahhhhh!!! That’s too hard. If I had to choose one it would have to be “Dear Catastrophe Waitress”. The harmonies are fantastic. And I suppose “If She Wants Me” is my signature tune of the first six months of this year.

4) Apparition. I spend far too much of my life just getting from A to B.

5) A) Women are much more communicative about what they want in bed,
B) Men never notice whether you have matching underwear on or not.
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On May 9th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC), fact244 commented:
"As Disraeli said, London is a roost for every bird"

The first and I suspect last time I will ever see Benjamin Disraeli quoted on LJ... not a bad thing of course.

Fire away with your questions ACB... I'm game.
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On May 10th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
OK, here goes
1) Your LiveJournal bio says "Two words: Peter Hook". Can you elaborate on that?

2) What are the best and worst things about working at a university?

3) What are the key attributes the musical artists you like have in common?

4) What effect has your height had on your life?

5) Imagine thast you have the ability to travel back through time and witness any three events in history. What would those be?
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On May 9th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC), reddragdiva commented:
Brita water filters are not optional.
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On May 10th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Your interview questions
OK, here goes:

1) Have you been doing much hobby coding recently? If so, what are you working on? What technologies/platforms do you currently find most exciting and/or interesting?

2) In what ways has fatherhood changed you as a person?

3) What has been your experience of the key differences between Britain and Australia, and London and Melbourne specifically? Do you miss anything about London?

4) How has your taste in music evolved over the years? What, if anything, has remained constant between the music you listened to then and now?

5) What do you intend to do once you have completed your PhD?
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On May 10th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC), ms_liv commented:
alright
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On May 12th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
OK... how about:

1) Would you say you are a particularly happy/emotionally stable person? Why/why not?

2) Why black metal?

3) What are the political/social issues that mean the most to you, and how?

4) Briefly describe your religious/philosophical worldview?

5) Where do you see yourself in 3 years' time?
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On May 10th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC), frogworth commented:
OK, go on, interview me.
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On May 10th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Your interview questions, Mr. Frogworth
OK, here goes:

1) How has your taste in music changed over the years? Which elements (or meta-elements) have remained constant?

2) Now that the Tories have the balance of power in the Senate (with religious-rightists ready to hold it should they lose a seat), how dark do you think this night is going to get? What hope is there?

3) If you had the choice between uploading your mind into a quantum supercomputer or remaining in your body with unlimited augmentation, which would you choose? What sort of virtual universe/augmentation would you opt for?

4) If you could get any artists to play support slots at your next gig, who would they be?

5) What can we expect from FourPlay in the near future?
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On May 16th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC), frogworth replied:
Re: Your interview questions, Mr. Frogworth
1) How has your taste in music changed over the years? Which elements (or meta-elements) have remained constant?
Being a little classical musician private school boy, I really only discovered "pop" music in my last year of primary school - age around 11. Started getting into Sting/the Police and Split Enz and what have you... I liked the Beatles.
Even from a young age, I was always into the "weirder" side of music... It took me a couple of years of high school to learn my way through the pop music of the last few decades and realise I didn't want to listen to that commercial shit after all. So because it was late '80s, or last couple of years of high school ('90, '91), before I started sincerely listening to Triple J (just before it started declining), I then had to learn my way through the last decade or two of adventurous experimentalism...
I guess therefore it was the mid-'90s before I totally cottoned on to electronica - I was maybe a couple of years behind on the Aphex Twin/Autechre type thing, and was a fan of Future Sound of London since about 1994. And I guess a Pop Will Eat Itself fan since around '91-'92? A *little* late on that one too.

I think since then I've picked up on the best of indie and latched on to the cutting edge of electronic/post-rock and what have you. My taste in the last 5-8 years probably hasn't changed much at all, except for discovering more and more klezmer/gypsy roots and so on. I've been a junglist for a good 10 years...
My tolerance for sappy pop has decreased over time, although I have gained a small appreciation of well-produced r'n'b - Timbaland productions on stuff like Missy Elliott and suchlike, although the elements I have always hated about r'n'b I continue to hate (baroque vocal shit etc)... I've also gained more of an appreciation of more jazz, especially the old old stuff, swing from before the big band era, early Duke Ellington, Miles's early electric era, etc...

2) Now that the Tories have the balance of power in the Senate (with religious-rightists ready to hold it should they lose a seat), how dark do you think this night is going to get? What hope is there?
I really don't know! We haven't seen yet! I try not to despair. I think that NGOs and the leftwing protest movement in general is going to have a lot more work cut out for itself, but this may be a good thing - more people getting involved in grassroots politics.

3) If you had the choice between uploading your mind into a quantum supercomputer or remaining in your body with unlimited augmentation, which would you choose? What sort of virtual universe/augmentation would you opt for?
I would remain in my body with unlimited augmentation - this is a really exciting prospect. Living in a virtual universe, uploaded somewhere, seems a bit pointless, and I'm not really into the idea of roaming around the physical world in artificial robot bodies... I like the meatverse, but I love the idea of a really information-rich enviroment, with fine-grained mental control...

4) If you could get any artists to play support slots at your next gig, who would they be?
I have to say, I don't really care... Playing on the same bill as some other band is a difficult thing - you want someone sympathetic and great but not too overpowering; with a band I really love, I'd probably rather go see them without being in the middle of the gig experience myself at the time...

5) What can we expect from FourPlay in the near future?
Am at the studio recording Trust with Magoo producing at the moment! Single hopefully in September/October, and we'll be recording the amazing new album at the same time. Some post-rock/almost folktronic-sounding stuff, some great indie-pop songs, a select few great covers, some bluesy jazz, a klezmer/gypsy/swing/tango piece, etc etc...
More remixes! Hopefully o/s touring next year but not promises!
Taking over the world... etc etc...
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On May 16th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC), frogworth replied:
Re: Your interview questions, Mr. Frogworth
PS I don't think I have the time to interview others at the moment, so I've just posted my answers here...
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