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Simian Substitute Site for September 2006: Monkey Drummer

It's the first of the month, so it's time for another one of those hard-working posts that serves multiple functions: a link to a favourite monkey-related website, an open comment forum where anyone (but, it would seem, mainly Suze at the moment) can spout off about what's on their mind right now, and a quick note on site news and things to look out for in the near future.

You'll have noticed all the reposts in August related to our Japan visits in 2002 and 2004, and you've probably worked out by now where this is all heading. In fact, part of the reason why August was so repost-heavy was because The Belated Birthday Girl and I spent two weeks in Japan during the month. It was a fabulous fortnight with lots to see and do, and as soon as we get our heads back together again you can expect to read a number of reports on the subject. The more impatient of you may want to keep an eye on The Unpleasant Moblog, as our holiday snaps will probably be turning up on there fairly soon. (Ditto for a couple of samples of recent Japanese pop on the Audio Lair.) There should be some non-Japanese material on the way too, promise.

In the meantime, the Simian Substitute Site for September 2006 is Monkey Drummer, which will give you more details on the video embedded at the top of the page (larger version here). It's footage from a video installation by the astonishingly talented Chris Cunningham, with music by Aphex Twin (yes, I'm afraid the monkey is miming). The two have collaborated before, but this is probably the least disturbing work they've ever done together. If you want to check out the other films they've made, be warned that Windowlicker is just plain rude, while Come To Daddy just might prevent you from ever sleeping again. (And to think this used to be the kiddie-friendly bit of the site. Oh well.)

Anyhoo. Fancy a natter? There's a comment box down there, on the other side of some blatant whoring.


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