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  1. 1989 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Articulations (Aug. 1989). A rough-'n'-ready prehistoric blast from an obscure underground press, but I've always had a soft spot for this interview and reckoned it was definitely time for resurrection despite its bucolic publication context.OK, I admit it, Articulations was actually my own wee underground mag from the postgrad days! An early experiment with desktop publishing in an era before hard drives, my nascent media empire ran on WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS off a 720K floppy (Amstrad PPC 640!!!), plugged into a dot-matrix printer with a photocopy shop down the end of the street. I did register an official International Standard Serial Number, though (ISSN 0957-1582) — got to keep up appearances somehow! But, as with so many idealistic endeavours, it only ran to one issue. For some reason I am yet to comprehend, here's a PDF of the whole darn thing — go on, have a laugh (I sure did)…!!!
  2. 1990 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by The Musical Times (Sept. 1990), and made available here with many thanks for a PDF supplied by The Musical Times Publications. This was not only my first formally-published piece, but also the first of several features for The Musical Times — in this case hitting the front cover with a joyfully-big-nosed caricature of John Cage (click here for cover image) by David Smith. Looking back on it, my first canonic foray into the world of print was a bit of a scoop. I certainly dined out on this one for years!
  3. 1991 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Music Current (Feb. 1991), newsletter of the old Scottish Music Information Centre (Glasgow), now the Scottish Music Centre (Glasgow). A very brief extract from my interview tapes with John Cage recorded at the Musica Nova Festival (Glasgow, 1990). Fuller versions of the Glasgow material were published later in various places, not least the Tempo piece further along this list.
  4. 1991 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Cencrastus (Spring 1991). First in a series of interviews with contemporary Scottish composers commissioned by Cencrastus (woefully, now defunct).
  5. 1991 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Tempo (June 1991). Of the original series of published interviews I did with Cage, this is easily the best of the batch. Apart from anything else, it's taken from the final series of sessions we had together and by that time, we'd sort of got the hang of each other. And, of course, I was lucky to have caught him for those last rounds — he left us not too long after (12–08–1992). Which, with hindsight, made one of my closing questions rather more poignant than it otherwise might have been…
  6. 1991 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Cencrastus (Summer 1991). Continuing the series of interviews with contemporary Scottish composers commissioned by Cencrastus.
  7. 1991 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published in full by English Dance and Song (Autumn 1991) and simultaneously as straight text in Music Current (Sept/Oct. 1991) [copy available here], the local newsletter of the old Scottish Music Information Centre (Glasgow), now the Scottish Music Centre (Glasgow). The two editions of this article are made available through the generous archival & technical assistance, and kind permission of each periodical's editors.
  8. 1992 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Cencrastus (Spring 1992). Continuing the series of interviews with contemporary Scottish composers commissioned by Cencrastus.
  9. 1994 | External | Free | PDF
    A massive text-searchable PDF of my 2-Vol. 132,000-word PhD,I still find it insanely tattyfilarious that this whole thing was cooked up on WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS running on a dual-720K floppy Amstrad PPC 640 with no hard drive and naught but a dot matrix printer to make its bytes manifest to the mortal realm. Especially when that rickety gadget-pile sapped my postgrad soul of over £1K up front because it was all so tragically State-of-the-Art! Many moons hence, I stacked up all the floppies the thesis was on and ported their .WPD files over to .RTF & .DOC and then eventually HTML, building an online edition in those other wonders of modern science, first Netscape Composer (ooh, graphics) and then Dreamweaver (ooh, stylesheets). I suppose the natural way forward now would be to sanitise all that pre-Standards HTML and tweak it over to EPUB 'n' that. Or have I actually learned my lesson yet? I guess we'll see… scanned, processed and officially-archived by some long-suffering tech-moles at the Edinburgh Research Archive at the University of Edinburgh, one of whom definitely drew the short straw when my elephantine tome turned up in their scanning schedule! Thanks, tech-moles — a truly heroic effort!
  10. 1994 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Cencrastus (Autumn 1994). A historically bi-lateral review-article of two books and two CDs on Renaissance and Romantic musical Scotland: (1) Musick Fyne: Robert Carver & the Art of Music in C16th Scotland, D. James Ross; (2) Kinloche His Fantassie: Scottish Keyboard Music, William Kinloch, John Kitchen; The Scottish Autumn of Frederick Chopin, Iwo & Pamela Zaluski; (4) John Blackwood McEwen: Three Border Ballads, John Blackwood McEwen, Alasdair Mitchell & London Philharmonic.
  11. 1994 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Cencrastus (Winter 1994). CD Review of Airs for the Seasons: Scottish Music of the 1700s, David Foulis, James Oswald, The Leda Trio.
  12. 1994 | External | Commercial | PDF
    Published by Tempo (Dec.1994), now held at JSTOR.org. A minor side-swipe at the stuffy ol' traditional Music Analysis approach to a fantastically crazy English Modernist classic.
  13. 1994 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Parallax (1994), now held at Taylor Francis Online. However, the main link here is to my own pre-publication copy so's you can read it for free. Part-obituary, part-meditation on the suicide of my all-time favourite French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze. Given his life-affirmingly post-Freudian position, his critical analyses of the concept of closure and numerous other philosophical points, there were intriguing questions surrounding his choice of suicide.
  14. 1994 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by The Musical Times (Apr. 1994), and made available here with many thanks for a PDF supplied by The Musical Times Publications (NB: copyright images of Madonna and The Pet Shop Boys have been removed). Ah, those were very different, pre-Millennial times indeed! Just imagine it — popular music being taken seriously in stuffy old MT…??? Heavens forfend!!! Time to write A Letter to The Editor — and they did! Great fun!
  15. 1995 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by The Musical Times (Apr. 1995), and made available here with many thanks for a PDF supplied by The Musical Times Publications. By this point in my series of MT rants, my editor was rather enjoying shaking up his readers from their port-induced afternoon naps up in The Organ Loft!
  16. 1995 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published in Popular Musicology Quarterly 2 (June 1995), the analogue predecessor of Popular Musicology Online. Many thanks to Prof. Stan Hawkins for kind editorial permission to republish the original Popular Musicology Quarterly edition here in PDF format.
  17. "Pagan Airts: Reading Critical Perspectives on the Songs of Burns and Tannahill", in Critical Essays on Burns
    1995 (1998) | External | Commercial | Hardcopy
    Originally published in Scotlands 2.2 (Edinburgh University Press, 1995) and subsequently collected in Critical Essays on Burns, ed. Carol McGuirk (New York: G.K. Hall, 1998).
  18. 1996 | Local | Free | PDF
    An unpublished lecture originally given to the Oxford University Arts Society in March 1996, then vaguely tarted-up a tad for further use that, as far as I can remember, I never got round to doing (until posting it here).
  19. 1997 | Local | Free | PDF
    An unpublished symposium paper delivered at "Britpop: Towards a Musicological Perspective" (University of Leeds, 9th April 1997). Be warned, it's in a rather rough-'n'-ready condition, never having been sanitised for public consumption in print.This symposium turned out to be the most surreal event I ever organised, with what felt like half the world's media turning up to cover such a modest academic gathering (8 papers), including BBC outside broadcast units clogging up the venue for multiple live slots on its flagship Breakfast news show. There was even a slot on some Australian radio show, for some reason. This garbled piece in The Independent is only scratching the surface of the incomprehending media furore: Britpop's future blurred by angst (point of note, the quote attributed to me wasn't something I "said" at all, let alone to the reporter, just a lazy quote from the promo leaflet). But for years following the chaos, postgrad students from all over the place kept spotting this paper listed in the symposium notices that somehow stayed online, and I was sporadically pestered for personal copies of it. So, finally, here the damn thing is, released into the wild, warts 'n' all (and there's plenty of warts)!
  20. 1997 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Journal of Area Studies 10 (1997), now held at Taylor Francis Online. However, the main link here is to my own pre-publication copy so's you can read it for free.
  21. 1997 | External | Free | HTML
    Published by Critical Musicology: A Transdisciplinary Online Journal (1997). A curious offering that I was never that happy with, and one that I always meant to expand radically into something that vaguely made sense.
  22. 1998 | External | Free | PDF
    Published by New Formations 33 (Spring 1998) and held at Lawrence & Wishart. Review-article around Sanjay Sharma, John Hutnyk & Ashwani Sharma (eds), Dis-Orienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music (London: Zed Books, 1996).
  23. 1998 | Local | Free | PDF
    Originally a conference paper presented at "Music & Nationalism" (The Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, September 1998). Subsequently published by Celtic Cultural Studies: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal (now defunct). The copy here is more-or-less a rough PDF rip of the original online publication, minus a few audio files that accompanied some of the musical examples.
  24. "Borderlines: Bilingual Terrain in Scottish Song", in The Place of Music
    1998 | External | Commercial | Hardcopy
    Published in The Place of Music: Music, Space, and the Production of Place, ed. Leyshon, Matless, Revill (New York: Guilford Publications, 1998).
  25. 1999 | Local | Free | PDF
    An unpublished conference paper presented at "Wild at Heart and Weird on Top: the films of David Lynch" (University of Sheffield, 13th Feb. 1999). Un-re-edited & missing frontispiece images, but my log has something to tell you, so I thought I'd just include it here regardless.
  26. 1999 | External | Free | PDF
    Published by New Formations 37 (Spring 1999) and held at Lawrence & Wishart. Short book review: Andrew Blake, The Land Without Music: Music, Culture and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997).
  27. 2000 | External | Free | HTML
    Strictly speaking, not one of my texts, although I served as the original Internet Editor and designed & coded the rather Web 1.0 framework that, amazingly, it's still running on (at least at time of writing). When I eventually resigned, my golden handshake was to be kept on as an International Advisory Editor, which was nice! PMO is the online successor to Popular Musicology Quarterly (est. 1991) which was more-or-less run from the Popular Music unit at the old University College Salford, which is where I eventually got recruited to the board during my time there lecturing in Composition and Analysis on Europe's first ever BA programme in Popular Music. Glad to say, it was my proposal to take the old hardcopy PMQ and re-establish it online as PMO.
  28. "On Dialectics versus Deconstruction", in Music, Culture, and Society
    2000 | External | Commercial | Hardcopy
    Published in Music, Culture, and Society: A Reader, ed. Derek B. Scott (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
  29. "Liebestod: Sex, Death, and Wagnerian Androgyny", in The Limits of Death
    2000 | External | Commercial | Hardcopy
    Published in The Limits of Death, ed. Jo Morra, Mark Robson & Marquard Smith (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000).
  30. "The Political Parlour: Identity and Ideology in Scottish National Song", in Musical Constructions of Nationalism
    2001 | External | Commercial | Hardcopy
    Published in Musical Constructions of Nationalism: Essays on the History and Ideology of European Musical Culture 1800-1945, ed. Michael Murphy & Harry White (Cork: Cork University Press, 2001).
  31. 2001 | External | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft (2001), now held at European Journal of Musicology. The first in a series of 3 only-slightly-edited transcripts of my original interview tapes with John Cage, back in the day. If you've already read some of the previously-published Cage interview material listed here, you'll keep recognising passages here and there. Unfortunately, we never got round to digitising material from my last interviews with Cage, during the Musica Nova festival in Glasgow, 1990, although some of those sessions did end up published elsewhere.
  32. 2002 | External | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft (2002), now held at European Journal of Musicology. Continuation of the FZMw series of interviews with John Cage.
  33. 2003 | External | Free | PDF
    Originally published by Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft (2003), now held at European Journal of Musicology. Concluding the FZMw series of interviews with John Cage.
  34. 2004 | Local | Free | PDF
    An unpublished draft of a notice I'd originally meant to send off to one or two Scottish archaeological journals, but never quite got round to doing.
  35. 2007 | Local | Free | PDF
    A long-standing work-in-progress that seemed worth posting here regardless.
  36. 2009 | External | Free | HTML
    Published at Lothian Life Magazine (Apr. 2009), a wee foray into heritage journalism, I suppose.
  37. 2012 | Local | Free | PDF
    A long-standing work-in-progress that seemed worth posting here regardless.
  38. 2013 | External | Free | HTML
    My single-page digital model of how the ancient monument's earliest major phase functioned as a sun-clock of the seasons. Should be fairly self-explanatory (if you're a dedicated Cairnpapple nerd or even just familiar with the basics of archaeo-astronomy).
  39. 2013 | Local | Free | Kindle or EPUB3
    Originally published by Tormain Books (now defunct) and sold on Amazon for Kindle, now released into the wild for free. Mostly an exercise in proper poetry formatting for Kindle, which is almost always done badly, even by major publishing houses. Problem is, Amazon keep releasing software updates that mess with the rendering of the code they previously advised you to use, so every now and then, it goes all horrible until the next update either fixes things again or doesn't. Currently looks great on Kindle Fire, but somewhere along the line, the code totally broke on the Kindle App for Android. Typical Amazon!
  40. 2014 | Local | Free | Kindle or EPUB3
    Originally published by Tormain Books (now defunct) and sold on Amazon for Kindle, now released into the wild for free. Main point of this exercise was to experiment with digital music printing using SVG files, which allows for high-quality resizing on multiple device resolutions. It's mind-numblingly time-consuming, to say the least, and I can see why it's not caught on yet with the major music-publishing houses — way too expensive for commercial application!