I have been gardening a great deal of late, mostly tomatoes as it goes, with some french beans and courgettes thrown in for good measure.
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?