Saturday, 11 April 2015

Music for Children

Its not often these days that you can find a wonderful old record like this for £1.99. But my good friend Mr Palmer did, and like his previous purchase/find The Boy from Space he bought it and then gave it to me. I should point out that in return I have procured for him  some very fine and strange ales. If you are inclined to want a copy of this album, you could purchase a cd copy from the ever mighty Trunk records. The remastered CD version has 85 tracks.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Digital Music In The Home, pt 1.1

"Back in the 16-bit era Interactive media artist Toshio Iwai designed a SNES music composition tool that was to be released along with the SNES mouse in a bundle package, just like Mario Paint. There was even a US trademark filled for the game's western release under the name Sound Factory. Sadly, it never got released and has faded away from our 16-bit realities ever since.

"Until now, that is. A prototype cartridge showed up on eBay some time ago and the ROM was duly dumped. KiroBomber made it publicly available today"

from: Nintendo Life

As it says later on in that article, the sound and video together are mesmerising.  It reminds me of some of the earlier experimental audio-visual stuff that Simon Reynolds blogged about a while back.

Would also fit right in as background music in Adventure Time.

See also the Actually Released Electroplankton (2005 for the DS).

A bit too recent?  Not hauntological enough?  Watch the vid - there's the Vision On mascot jumping up and down on a hexagon, right there!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Catalogue Complet des Disques Classiques

Picked this up as part of a TEN FOR A QUID job in a charity shop.  It's a 7" single with a catalogue attached (or vice versa).  Was this common practice?  I've not seen one before.  Some groovy abstract covers within, but most exciting of all, a section devoted to the Prospective 21e Siècle series.  Avant-garde music in silver foil sleeves.  I'm getting a similar buzz off this to what I used to get from the hi-fi section of Kays catalogue when I was a teenager. *sigh*

Note that the fancy-sleeved 21e Siècle records were actually cheaper than a lot of the standard classical LPs.  22,90 F vs 34,90 F.  Qu'est ce que that all about?

Be nice to find the pop equivalent, all Yé-yé etc.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Hauntological Artefacts of the Future

Well?  I reckon this is pretty damned archetypal.  Published in 2006 and designed to be left hanging around offices and workplace kitchens (which was exactly where I found this one).

Read some of the extracts below and I think you'll get what I mean.  Check the jokey references in particular.  Has anyone coined a name for that strangely passive aggressive, informal, pally-but-not-really, style?  It's used all over the place now, and is part of a cloud of things that I've yet to see pegged as A Thing but which definitely IS: Innocent Smoothies, gentrified festivals, cupcakes, adverts featuring nice 20-somethings in an urban setting doing something creative together to a soundtrack of ukeleles, the rise of grammar fascism, the sudden trendiness of baking, knitting, old crafts etc.  Twee springs to mind, but it's a weirdly sensible, even puritanical version of it

Oh yeah, check the list of companies thanked at the end.  One in particular.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Horror In Wool

From a big stash that belonged to my late mother-in-law.  That balloon up there takes me back to family parties at my grandparents' house in the '70s - that scary, old-fashioned style of graphic (the face) was all over the party games that they had.  Same with anything that came from the local joke shop.  Stuff that looked like it came from the 1920s & '30s, and I'm sure it was just because nobody had bothered to update it.

Friday, 27 March 2015


The sworn mission of THE BRITISH ESPERANTIST is to bring you fascinating stuff, on a regular basis and at a competitive price. We have managed to do that twice this month, and we are very pleased with the results.

Firstly, we have the fifth issue of our flagship publication ‘The British Esperantist’. Within its pages you will find Lord Kitchener’s hand, twins in Felixstowe, and much, much more. 

The British Esperantist Issue Five

Secondly, we have a TBE first, a wholly (well, 95%) original publication called ‘Pseudoscientist’. It’s a limited edition magazine, written by Paul Bareham and brilliantly illustrated by Joe Blakey which covers everything from ESP to Big Foot and all cosmic points betwixt and between. We all have questions, THIS is the answer*.

If you want BOTH, please use the button below and save money and be twice as happy**.  

Pseudoscientist AND The British Esperantist 5

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mouth Music: Cathy Berberian Sound

Sound = Cathy Berberian performing "Sequenza III" by Luciano Berio (1965).  Lifted from the Open University LP "Twentieth Century Music III", as seen HERE

Be warned, the volume varies WILDLY.

Video = Daisy's Adventures in Edgeland.  Filmed entirely on location on the areas known in our house as South Pylons and North Pylons.  South Pylons is an area of farmland that was bought by the council as part of a big new housing development, but which cannot be built on because of the pylons.

For about four years now it has been a fantastic everyman's land of rough, lumpy, open space.  Open but *unregulated*.  Maybe it's that, maybe it's the pylons or maybe it's just the rough, untidy nature of it but very few people go there.  It's bloody great.

Luciano Berio

Re: the music - can any of you remember the first time you became aware of this sort of thing?  Of vocals used in a way that would have seemed *wrong* to innocent nipper ears?

I have a - probably false - memory of it always being 'in the air', as it were, but I suspect my first actual encounter with this sort of thing would have been the theme to Children of the Stones (by Sidney Sager).

What about you?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Miraculous Ornament

Lost between Belbury Parish, Copacabana Beach and HyRule Castle, there you'll find Euglossine.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Triple D Action

'But if you have tried many times without success then you will have to accept that you are one of the very few who cannot dowse (loser).'

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Boy from Space BBC Study Series

My Good friend Mr Palmer recently picked up these two BBC study series LPs and very thoughtfully gave one of them (The Boy from Space) to me. The music and spacey sounds for the album were produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshops John Baker & Dick Mills. Sadly there is not really a lot of music or spacey sounds on this album, but it is still a very enjoyable listen. The Boy from Space was written by Catweazle creator Richard Carpenter.