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Conversations Late at Night

Conversations Late at Night

By Simon James French
Deep chats between long-distance artistic collaborators Cody Ellingham and Simon James French who first met and started working together whilst living in Tokyo, Japan.

Cody is in New Zealand and Simon is in London. Join them as they talk about the creativity process, inspiration, wandering and everything in between.
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FOMO, being nostalgic for an old you, travelling America, Fragments and DERIVE Wanderer 10
Episode eight of Conversations Late at Night. Life seems to be returning back to normal in the UK post-lockdown but it's still difficult for many countries right now, especially New Zealand where Cody is right now. We chatted a bit about this in today's episode and also the feeling of FOMO or Fear of Missing Out, being nostalgic for an old you, the dream we both have of travelling America one day, SJF's new album Fragments that was just released and Cody's upcoming DERIVE Wanderer 10 magazine. ••• Links to a couple of things we talk about in this episode: Liminal Spaces SJF's new album Fragments: Bandcamp • Spotify • Apple Music Cody's DERIVE Wanderer Magazine If you like the podcast and would like to support it, please share it with a loved one. SJF's Patreon • Cody's Patreon
40:26
September 12, 2021
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, de-Googling and de-Facebooking life and using creativity as an escape hatch
Episode seven of Conversations Late at Night is a bit of a multi-topic episode but should make for an interesting listen. We talk about the brilliant Meditations from Marcus Aurelius and how to use it in your life, how to release social media's control over your life and the ways that Covid has inspired everyone to become a little bit more creative.. ••• Links of the things we talk about in this episode: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius SJF's fave • Cody's fave ProtonMail Joy at Work by Marie Kondo THX 1138 Logan's Run Brazil If you like the podcast and would like to support it, please share it with someone. SJF's Patreon • Cody's Patreon
53:49
August 22, 2021
Wander the Night: Kyoto and our relationship to that beautiful city
In this episode we talk about the latest city in our Wander the Night series; Kyoto. To experience Wander the Night for yourself please head over to www.wanderthenight.com. During lockdown we were both itching to get out and explore the world so this is what we made to remedy that. A beautiful collaboration of photography and music. We talk about how SJF created the music and how Cody's early wanderings led to the photo we ended up using. We also delve into our relationship with this magical city, whether we can really know the 'real' Kyoto as outsiders, exploring the city by using literature as a map/guide and not working in jobs that don't allow you to chase your creativity. If you like Conversations at Night and would like to support, please share it with a loved one. Alternatively, you can support by becoming a patron: Cody's Patreon • SJF's Patreon Say hello on Twitter: Cody https://twitter.com/codyellingham SJF https://twitter.com/sjf_tokyo
01:00:35
July 24, 2021
Zooming out on Life, new music from SJF, Wander the Night, HOPE and post-pandemic DERIVE
The fifth episode of Conversations Late at Night takes a meandering, but deep, journey through the recent work of artists Cody Ellingham and Simon James French. In this episode we hear a new track from SJF and talk about original DERIVE and how it was affected by COVID.  And please remember Cody's quote from this week: "A good creative life is like Mediterranean food; it's just basic ingredients put together well."  ••• A few links of the things we talk about in this episode: Wander the Night Glimmers [new track from SJF] The Soundscapes of Shanghai Benjamin Bardou Austin Kleon Brain Pickings Seth Godin's Newsletter If you like the podcast and would like to support, please share it with someone. Simon's Patreon • Cody's Patreon
01:05:43
July 5, 2021
NFTs, the Metaverse, The Hacker Ethos, Commune Living and Artist Retreats
The fourth episode of Conversations Late at Night from artists Cody Ellingham and Simon James French. In this episode we talk all about dipping our toes into the NFT world, The Metaverse, The Hacker Ethos as a way of life, living on a commune and hosting an artist retreat.  A few links of the things we talked about in this episode:  狂った一頁 (Kurutta Ippeji) • A Page of Madness Way of Ozu Malcolm Gladwell • Outliers DERIVE Moments (our NFT stuff) Village Kit Almost Perfect Tokyo Ting Shuo
48:20
June 14, 2021
Life on a narrowboat, moving to a (new) old city, New Zealand Nocturnes and personal development
The long awaited Episode 3. In this conversation we explore boat life, moving to a (new) old city, New Zealand Nocturnes, personal development and more.
58:12
May 28, 2021
Reconnecting with your senses and late night drives with Murray Cammick
In this episode we talked about Cody's recent trip to Auckland, his late night drives with photographer Murray Cammick, my upcoming projects, art residencies in Iran and connecting with your senses again.
01:06:05
February 12, 2021
The creativity process, late night wandering & the difficulty of keeping long-running projects alive
Listen to Cody Ellingham and Simon James French on a conversation that takes a journey through the creativity process, late night wandering in unfamiliar cities, returning home after years away and how to keep the magic of a long-running project alive.
01:19:47
January 16, 2021