Tuesday, August 31, 2004

 

Too Much Media

Just finished moving all my stuff out of storage and back into my new / old flat in Double Bay, Sydney. It's old 'cause I lived in exactly the same room from November 2002 - July 2003 and new because I've been away for 13 months, which actually seems a lot longer as I was in a lot of different places during that time. Am undergoing a very strange re-unification with all those boxes of stuff that I abandoned in Rushcutters Self Storage for so long, and like a deeper strata - the even more ancient boxes of stuff that I accumulated during my first stay in Australia - from April 1999 to April 2000, the stuff that never quite made it back to the UK. Cd's, books, letters, papers, vinyl records, minidiscs, cassette tapes, video tapes, DVDs even more Cds... on the whole, too much media.

Where the hell did it all come from? On every occasion I've arrived in Australia, I've done so with little more than a rucksack and a shoulder bag with a computer, but somehow I seem to have built up this huge residue of stuff... well actually it is pre-dominantly music related stuff - I have a terrible affliction, I am unable to pass the $10.00 Cd shop, without nipping in for a quick fix.

At the same time it is kind of reassuring, and gives a kind of sense of permanence, even though it is only stuff, it is stuff that's like a meeting with old forgotten friends. Well the dusty old 7" singles anyway - Cds I'm much more ambivalent about, I swear that thousands of years in the future, archaeologists, will come across huge bands of strata, made of nothing but discarded Cds, millions of them, hundreds of feet thick, and none of them will play , not a peep.

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