After having dug the vegetable patch over the umpteenth time, with a variety of manure, compost and flavourings, I have been constantly amazed at what rises to the surface: a small 19th century glass bottle, screws, bolts, glass, olives (!) and stones of all shapes and sizes.
I believe the humble is the reason for this, constantly turning the soil over and bringing new objects to light.
I had a similar experience sifting through old files whilst backing up my hard disk, and I was reunited with random photos, images and videos. And I thought that this turning over of old material is actually very beneficial, aerating the soil over the soul and bringing up old projects and ideas to light.
Listening to Radio 4 on Friday, I heard an article about a symphony for 7 ice cream vans in Norwich, a moving tapestry of sound and nostalgia. ‘Fantastic’, I thought, and it unearthed memories of another project I had in mind: “Wildstream”, a live 24/7 streaming soundscape of three different countryside locations (a brook, a river and the sea).
Is there software out there that can dip into a folder of ideas and images, and randomly dredge out a daily dose of Previous?