19 episodes

Flux Observer is a podcast about how works of art stay the same, and everything else changes. How do evolving context, the passage of years, and changes in our selves, affect our relationships with the films, music, and books that we once thought we knew? Each episode, Adam Wood revisits a piece of culture that has been in his life for 20 or more years, and discusses how his feelings about it have changed over time.

Flux Observer Adam Wood

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Flux Observer is a podcast about how works of art stay the same, and everything else changes. How do evolving context, the passage of years, and changes in our selves, affect our relationships with the films, music, and books that we once thought we knew? Each episode, Adam Wood revisits a piece of culture that has been in his life for 20 or more years, and discusses how his feelings about it have changed over time.

    #019 — The Distillers: Coral Fang (2003)

    #019 — The Distillers: Coral Fang (2003)

    How many Nirvana references will Adam manage to get into this discussion of his favourite record of 2003, and one of his favourites of all time? Happy birthday Coral Fang!

    • Ticket to 2004 Distillers gig
    • Garbage: ‘Girls Talk’ (2014)
    • 2020 Hallowe’en Special on YouTube
    • 2020 Christmas Special on YouTube
    • Hole ‘Old Age’ (1997) on YouTube

    • 39 min
    #017 — Metallica: Metallica (1991)

    #017 — Metallica: Metallica (1991)

    Hoo boy! On this episode Adam goes all the way back to 1991, to revisit the album that introduced him to a whole new world of sound: heavy metal. Join us, won’t you, for discussions of relative grooviness, Satanism, and… Tipper Gore? Caution: this episode contains experimental audio mixing techniques.


    Virginia Tech’s ‘Enter Sandman’ entrance
    Parental Advisory label

    • 36 min
    #016 — Fight Club (1999)

    #016 — Fight Club (1999)

    Is this thing on? Flux Observer returns from hiatus with a huge first episode of season two! First, some housekeeping announcements, and then Adam has fun going back to a movie that rocked his world, in a rat-infested cinema in 1999. Also mentioned:

    • Taylor Swift vs Pixies
    • Kurt Cobain’s hat
    • Signed photo
    • Adam’s undergraduate thesis

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #015 — The Strokes: Is This It (2001)

    #015 — The Strokes: Is This It (2001)

    In the early 2000s, Adam thought Fab Moretti was maybe the coolest person in the world. He was an artists and sculptor with dual citizenship, who spoke four languages, and made smoking in skinny denim and a crew-neck shirt look impossibly chic. He was also dating Drew Barrymore.

    Oh, and he was in a band, who put out a record in 2001 that single-handedly revitalised guitar-based rock music.

    • 20 min
    #014 — Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

    #014 — Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

    Climbing atop his soapbox, Adam attempts to persuade you — the listener — that Joe Dante’s comedy-horror(?) follow-up to his classic horror-comedy original is… one of the best sequels ever made!?

    Editor Adam’s note: somewhat ironically, there was a technical issue during recording of this episode, which has affected the audio quality throughout. A gremlin is almost certainly to blame.

    • 56 min
    #013 — The Fugees: The Score (1996)

    #013 — The Fugees: The Score (1996)

    Adam goes back to the album that served as his introduction to hip-hop, to celebrate the way in which it has deepened for him over time. He also offers an apology to anyone who has sneezed in his presence within the last 25 years.

    • 33 min

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A fun podcast about media and art from days gone by - a chance to reconnect with stuff you loved (or loathed, forgot or ignored) from when you were young.

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