• Week #21/52: Be•One / Where Have They All Gone? (Subtitled Not With A Bang Or Whimper But Without A Buzz)

    Wolfgang Buttress-TheHive-Be-One-Caught By The River-A Year In The Country-3File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    One of the underlying themes of A Year In The Country is/has been in part an “underlying unsettledness to the English bucolic countryside dream“.

    If you should read the About page around these parts you may well find that unsettledness is due to fears of the end of days, announced via Two Brown Bakelite Boxes.

    Such cataclysms/depictions of tend to be particularly dramatic and devastating – wrought by man’s own hand and the conflict based departure of silver darts in the air.

    All rather heebie jeebie inducing.

    However, a while ago I came across the consideration that what if such cataclysms weren’t to arrive announced by banshee siren wails

    (Or possibly/apparently in the modern conveyance manner of text messaging amongst other such things: “Are you coming out tonight?” / “James Liked your photo” / “You have three minutes until the end of things – best look up old Protect And Survive instruction videos in the ether and build your inner sanctum rather quickly”. It would be funny if it wasn’t rather true.)

    …what if it was the quiet departure and demise of the bumble bees through a mixture of lack of biodiversity and the capital-induced-efficiencies of pesticides that made them lose their memories?

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    It’s an idea/worry that’s been wandering around the world for a while, I think one of the first times I saw it expressed creatively was in Douglas Coupland’s novel Generation A

    …and talking of creative expressions of such things, in a less overt manner is the Be•One album, wherein 40,000 bees accompanied various musicians in the creation of an album (or is it various musicians accompanied 40,000 bees in the creation of an album?).

    (How do you split the royalties between approximately 40,000 + 5 members of a band? Who gets the publishing?)

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    An intriguing, rather beautifully realised project that also involved a hive like installation that may well be wandering around the land (and which, along with accompanying ephemera, put me in mind in some manner of the structures of Phase IV here and there or possibly even the encasements of Howlround’s Ghosts of Bush).

    UK-pavilion-Milan-Expo-Wolfgang Buttress-TheHive-Be-One-Caught By The River-A Year In The CountryThe encasement of said musical element of the project is sent forth into the world via Caught By The River. Visit it/them here.

    Various other pathways: Be•One and its vibrations in the air here. Pulped paper printed reporting but actually in the ether here. Various visual representations here.

    If you should like to do things such as, well, eating and existing in the future, a consideration of the stopping of the use of rather bee-unfriendly pesticides may well be worth a moment or two. Such things can be found here and here.

    These rather busy chaps and lasses are somewhat important it would appear:

    If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” From a certain gent who is not known as being anything of a dunderhead.

    Also consider: where are all the hedgehogs? (Also here.)

     

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  • The Quietened Village – Duskfall Edition released / a gathering of transmissions / something of a return as a spectral containment invitee…

    Duskfall Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £13.00.
    All black CDr album in fold out bound sleeve with inserts and badge.
    The Quietened Village-4 albums-A Year In The Country

    Audiological Transmissions Artifact #2

    Available at our Artifacts Shop our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
    Normally ships in 7-14 days. Includes free UK postage.

    Audiological contents created by Howlround, Time Attendant, The Straw Bear Band, Polypores, The Soulless Party, The Rowan Amber Mill, Cosmic Neigbourhood, A Year In The Country, Sproatly Smith, David Colohan and Richard Moult.

    The Quietened Village-opened etc-A Year In The Country
    Further encasement details:

    Hand-finished and custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink by A Year In The Country.
    One insert is hand numbered, the badge is attached to the tag with removable glue.

    The Quietened Village-prerelease note-A Year In The Country

     

    Transmissions sent, received, transmitted from and via The Quietened Village:

    The Quietened Village-Terrascope-A Year In The Country

    A year in the country quietly go about their business releasing beautifully packaged music that is influenced by folk, electronica, drone as well as by landscape, time and place… The Quietened Village is generally sombre and ghostly, beautifully conveying a sense of loneliness and the passing of time…Terrascope, courtesy of Mr Simon Lewis.

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    A somewhat fine and rather beautiful handwritten consideration of / reflection on The Quietened Village can be found at Was Ist Das?.

    Further related transmissions courtesy of Messrs Papademetrie and Wiggs via the phantom seaside radio of The Séance.

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    Amongst the often lysergic considerations of Shindig!, courtesy of Messrs Joe Banks, Andy Morton and Jon Mills:

    For lovers of the sounds of nature, both violent and serene.”

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    Amongst further sometimes also lysergic considerations at The Active Listener:

    “...a compelling collection of complimentary pieces from a disparate band of artists… the beauty of this release is that even though the constituent parts are all very strong indeed and all worthy of mention, it’s as a whole that “A Quietened Village” impresses most, and it’s not just down to the music. AYITC’s releases are all meticulously packaged, with “A Quietened Village” proving to be no exception, its… editions boasting string-bound booklets, badges, stickers and all sorts of other goodies, not to mention carefully orchestrated visuals that perfectly accompany the music contained within.

    Tip of the hat to Mr Nathan Ford and fellow travellers for their ongoing support. Thankyou kindly.

    Via the scribings of Wire, wherein it may well be considered as “…post-hauntological folk” by Mr Dan Barrow.

    …and via the reflections and wanderings of Mr Matthew Sedition.

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    And finally, considerations of The Quietened Village courtesy of Mr Robin Tomens at Include Me Out – a place in the ether well worth a wander and an hour or two of your time indeed.

    The Quietened Village is available at our Artifacts Shop our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
    Normally ships in 7-14 days. Includes free UK postage.

     

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    As an interconnected aside, the Night edition of The Quietened Village is once again a visitor at the Ghost Box Guest Shop. Back instock would be the technical phrase I do believe. Thankyou indeed to Mr Jim Jupp.

     

    And as an actual final point…

     

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #21​/​52​​: Fractures – The Land Of Green Ginger


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    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Audiological exploration by Sproatly Smith from the album Fractures.

    Fractures 21 of 52-Sproatly Smith-A Year In The Country-700Transmission sent, received, transmitted: Fractures at Terrascope, courtesy of Mr Simon Lewis:

    “…a cloak of strangeness that gives a haunting sense of wonder…”

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  • Week #20/52: Pastoral Noir, if onlys, a seeking of names / the ether giveth and the ether taketh away

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    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    It’s a curious thing this ether of zeros and ones; a repository and index for/of all and also a source of “if only”s.

    A while ago I came across the Pastoral Noir exhibition.

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    It features work by Tessa Farmer, Jem Finer, Ghost Box Records, Tony Heywood & Alison Condie, Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton and Semiconductor and is guest curated by sometimes English Heretic explorer and inquirer Justin Hopper.

    It is is described thus:

    Through their visual, sonic and sculptural investigations into the English landscape, the artists in Pastoral Noir have discovered a dark and eerie place. Using science and language, memory and myth, these works immerse the viewer in uncanny landscapes both real and imagined.

    Interest piqued indeed.

    As a concept it provides for all kinds of foods for thought and sets the mind wandering and exploring in all kinds of directions.

    One in particular is the title of the exhibition itself: Pastoral Noir. There is such a disjunction between those two words, inferences, history and cultural reference points. Its use is part of a seemingly wider, ongoing process of experimenting with and searching for names that could possibly define such things, culture and explorations.

    (See also Day #85/365: Weirdlore: Notes From The Folk Underground and legendary lost focal points.)

    …talking of disjunctures and trails/wanderings/signposts from pastoral noir, two of the contributors released this musical encasement memory stick made from, well, the source of sticks:

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    It is both quite lovely and also seems to be a literal, physical representation of disjuncture.

    And those “if only”s in this particular instance? Well the exhibition was at Wood St Galleries in… Pittsburgh, which is a little away from the shores where I’m a-scribing.

    The ether giveth and the ether taketh away.

    Ghost Box Records-Wood St Galleries-Pittsburgh-Justin Hopper-A Year In The Country-4Scatterings/wanderings of/from Pastoral Noir:
    The buds are on the trees from Mr Hopper.
    A shadow filled Belbury transmission.
    Further if only.
    Zeros and ones disjuncture.
    Pastoral Noir: The primary source of if onlys.

     

     

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  • The Quietened Village – Duskfall Edition available for pre-order

    Duskfall Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £13.00.
    All black CDr album in fold out bound sleeve with inserts and badge.The Quietened Village-Duskfall Edition-front-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmissions Artifact #2

    Pre-order available today 18th May 2016. Release date 25th May 2016
    Available at our Artifacts Shop our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
    Includes free UK postage.

    Audiological contents created by Howlround, Time Attendant, The Straw Bear Band, Polypores, The Soulless Party, The Rowan Amber Mill, Cosmic Neigbourhood, A Year In The Country, Sproatly Smith, David Colohan and Richard Moult.

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    Top of CDr.                                                            Bottom of CDr.

    Further encasement details:

    Hand-finished and custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink by A Year In The Country.

    One insert is hand numbered, the badge is attached to the tag with removable glue.

    The Quietened Village-prerelease note-A Year In The Country

    Transmissions sent, received, transmitted:

    The music conjures roofless walls holding spirits not populations, skeletal spires pointing accusative fingers skywards, submerged shadows reflecting in water, crumbled remains wreathing a cliff’s base…Folk Words

    This evocative album offers a score for crumbled communities, abandoned villages and sunken spires, honoring history with quiet grace befitting its title.” Richard Allen, A Closer Listen

    … impressively coherent. Its themes are tackled with sadness, hope and respect for the past, and will almost certainly supply prescient pointers for the future direction of nature, society and art. If the new epoch sounds like this, we may not be condemned after all.” Thomas Blake, Folk Radio UK

    The album evokes a beautifully atmospheric pastoral reverie, and a ghostly sense of loss…” Belbury Parish Magazine, Ghost Box Records

     

     

    Pre-order available today 18th May 2016. Release date 25th May 2016
    Available at our Artifacts Shop our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
    Includes free UK postage.

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #20​/​52​​: Fractures – The Osmic Projector​/​Vapors of Valtorr

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    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Audiological exploration by Circle/Temple from Fractures.

    You the night and the music-radio show-mat handley-A Year In The CountryTransmission sent, received, transmitted:
    Signals by The Rowan Amber Mill from Fractures, accompanied by fellow travellers can be found amongst the  rather fine wanderings of You, the Night & the Music. Tip of the hat to Mr Handley.

    AT 20 of 52-Fractures 1973-Circle Temple-A Year In The Country-700Further details on Fractures here.

     

     

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  • Fractures – Dawn and Night Editions – Pre-Order and Release Dates

    Dawn Edition £12.00. Night Edition £25.00.
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    Audiological Transmissions Artifact #3
    Fractures is a gathering of studies and explorations that take as their starting point the year 1973; a time when there appeared to be a schism in the fabric of things, a period of political, social, economic and industrial turmoil, when 1960s utopian ideals seemed to corrupt and turn inwards.

    Audiological contents created by Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Polypores, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska/Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

    Both editions hand-finished and custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink by A Year In The Country.

    To be available via our Artifacts Shop and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
    Pre-order 30th May 2016. Released 13th June 2016.

     

    Night Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £25.00.
    Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 1 x print, and 2 x stickers.
    Fractures-Night Edition-front of box-A Year In The CountryFractures-Night-components

    Dawn Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £12.00.
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.Fractures-Dawn Edition-front-A Year In The CountryFractures-Dawn Edition-opened-A Year In The CountryFractures-Dawn Edition-back-A Year In The Country

    Notes and Scribings:
    Fractures is a gathering of studies and explorations that take as their starting point the year 1973; a time when there appeared to be a schism in the fabric of things, a period of political, social, economic and industrial turmoil, when 1960s utopian ideals seemed to corrupt and turn inwards.

    As a reaction to such, this was a possible high water mark of the experimentations of psych/acid folk, expressions of eldritch undertones in the land via what has become known in part as folk horror and an accompanying yearning to return to an imagined pastoral idyll.

    Fractures-Night Edition-landscape sticker artwork for posting-A Year In The Country-outline

    Looking back, culture, television broadcasts and film from this time often seem imbued with a strange, otherly grittyness; to capture a sense of dissolution in relation to what was to become post-industrial Western culture and ways of living.

    Such transmissions and signals viewed now can seem to belong to a time far removed and distant from our own; the past not just as a foreign country but almost as a parallel universe that is difficult to imagine as once being our own lands and world.

    Fractures-print for posting-A Year In The Country

    Fractures is a reflection on reverberations from those disquieted times, taking as its initial reference points a selected number of conspicuous junctures and signifiers: Delia Derbyshire leaving The BBC/The Radiophonic Workshop and reflecting later that around then “the world went out of time with itself”. Electricity blackouts in the UK and the three day week declared. The Wickerman released. The Changes recorded but remained unreleased. The Unofficial Countryside published. The Spirit Of Dark And Lonely Water released.

    To be available via our Artifacts Shop and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
    Pre-order 30th May 2016. Released 13th June 2016.

     

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  • Week #19/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #4/4a – Ocular Encasment And New Arrivals…

    Lost Villages-DVD-Henry Buckton-1st Take-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country
    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings
    Subsection: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #4/4a.
    Subcategory #1: Ocular Encasement And Envoyment Recordings
    Subcategory #2: Flickering Celluloid Tales Of Parish Tribulations

    “Ah, good to see this particular disc wandering off the shelves. Something of a rarity in amongst the books and bindings on the subject.

    “While you’re in the non-book encasement section of The Quietened Village’s venerable
    Library Of Loss, you may well want to peruse the re-interpretations of Mr Wyndham’s work.

    “I would recommend wandering back to 1960 indeed…

    The Village Of The Damned poster-French-A Year In The Country-Martin Stephens

    “If you wander over to the archival shelves, you may also find an interconnected intertwining. I would consider looking here:
    Day #173/365: “Douglas I’m scared”; celluloid cuckoos and the village as anything but idyll…

    “By the way, looking at your records, I see that the items you’ve borrowed are almost overdue. Would you like me to renew them?

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    “Oh, I didn’t realise the time, almost the hour of closing.

    “Yes, yes, must hurry, this evening the library shall be receiving a new set of explorations.

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    “We will need to catalogue and shelve them before public display but I must say we are rather looking forward to seeing what arrives.

    “We should be posting advance details in the library window rather soon…

    “In the meantime, The Quietened Village audiological explorations can be found here.”

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #19​​/​​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Separations

    The Quietened Village-Audiological Transmission 19-The Rowan Amber Mill-A Year In The Country
    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Audiological explorations by The Rowan Amber Mill.

    Transmission sent, received, transmitted: Separations amongst the airwaves and ether emanations;

    Freak Zone and BBC logo

    At Mr Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (accompanied by considerations of Mr Stewart Lee’s curating), cordially transmitted by a very particular venerable broadcasting corporation.

    Amongst wanderings through and via traditions at fROOTS Radio, courtesy of Mr Ian Anderson.

    The Seance radio show-James Papademetrie-Pete Wiggs-A Year In The Country

    At the gatherings of The Séance, courtesy of Messrs Papademetrie and Wiggs.

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    Other considerations and transmissions of The Quietened Village:

    In fine company via Test Transmission’s Archive Reels, courtesy of Mr Keith Seatman.

    Amongst ongoing wanderings at Wyrd Daze, courtesy of Mr Leigh Wright / The Ephermeral Man.

    Layered investigations at Folk Radio, courtesy of Messrs Blake and Gallacher.

     

    The Quietened Village-Night Edition-A Year In The CountryAvailable in corporeal form on The Quietened Village at our Artifacts Shop and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

    Also elsewhere in the ether at The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop and via the good folk of Norman Records.

    Further details can be found and perused here.

     

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  • Fractures – Coming Soon Indeed

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    Audiological Transmissions Artifact #3
    Fractures is a gathering of studies and explorations that take as their starting point the year 1973; a time when there appeared to be a schism in the fabric of things, a period of political, social, economic and industrial turmoil, when 1960s utopian ideals seemed to corrupt and turn inwards.

    Fractures-Night Edition-landscape sticker artwork for posting-A Year In The Country-outline

    Audiological explorations by:
    Circle/Temple (The Straw Bear Band / The Owl Service / Rif Mountain)
    Sproatly Smith
    Keith Seatman (Test Transmission / Found Objects)
    Polypores
    Listening Center (Elsewhere in the ether / The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale)
    The British Space Group (Ian Holloway / Quiet World / Wonderful Wooden Reasons / Wyrd Britain)
    The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska / Michael Begg
    Time Attendant
    The Rowan Amber Mill (Miller Sounds / The Book Of The Lost)
    A Year In The Country
    David Colohan (United Bible Studies)

     

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  • Week #18/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #3/4a – Light Catching Traces

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    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings
    Subsection: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #3/7a
    Additional Subsection: Light-Catchery Traces and Recordings

    Something of a wandering amongst light-catchery from/of lost homesteads…

    Along with Tyneham, Imber is a deserted village that was requisitioned for conflict training.

    In the 1960s and 1970s houses were built there, intended for use during such preparations.

    These houses have a very simplistic appearance and design and they have been described rather aptly by the authors of Uncommonly British Days Out as being like childrens’ drawings of a house.

    Connected to that, what they also make me think of is the forbidding and rather unsettling child’s-drawing-come-to-life house featured in the 1988 film Paperhouse (see here around these parts and here elsewhere in the ether).

    As a nice contrast to their utilitarianism, apparently there are still the remains of a bell ringing chart to be found on the walls of a local church.

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    In the area of Holderness, a number of villages and homes have tumbled into the sea due to coastal erosion.

    This is a very literal representation of the power of such things and how they can affect day-to-day life.

    Having said which, the photograph above seems nearer to something you might find in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian science-fiction film than real life and put me in mind of say a defence agencies headquarters felled by marauding other worldly invaders or perhaps, in a Planet Of The Apes-esque manner, by our own hand.

    It seems too solid, too substantial to have just, well, tumbled into the waves.

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    There is something particularly evocative about the reappearance of submerged buildings from villages that were flooded in the building of say a reservoir when the water level falls…

    …something almost mythical about the brief resurgence of these gently wraith like reminders of times, places and homes gone by, accompanied by a form of quiet resilience in the face of events.

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    …and returning to Tyneham, above is a public telephone box from the village.

    That this still exists beggars belief.

    Also, its design seems to be from some impossible previous age – to conjure up images and thoughts of previous eras’ imagined bucolic countryside bliss.

    …and in a belt and braces manner, considering what happened to the village, it has a “Closed” sign hanging inside.

    I feel that a question mark or two in amongst an exclamation mark could well be appropriate around now.

    A few pathways and signposts:
    Imber village in the ether here.
    Chimes once sounded here.
    Holderness light-catchery here in the ether.
    The departed returns
    Public telephony of Tyneham from here in the ether.

    The Quietened Village audiological explorations can be found here.

     

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  • Coming Soon: Fractures

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    Featuring Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska / Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #18​​/​​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Quopeveil

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    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Explorations by Richard Moult.

    The Quietened Village-Track 6-Richard Moult-700The Quietened Village at Richard Moult’s home in the ether here and here.

    Transmission sent, received, transmitted: amongst the wanderings of Landscapism.

     

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  • Week #17/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #2/4a – Further Encasements And Bindings

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    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings
    Subsection: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #2/4a
    Additional Subsection #1: Light-Catchery Traces and Recordings
    Additional Subsection #2:  Aerial Archaeology / Eidolonic Trace Recordings

    Something about this particular corner of The Library Of Loss that I find intriguing are the covers of a number of the volumes that stand on the shelves there: they often present images of the village as a rural idyll, tilting towards past times through the use of paintings or illustrations.

    Such representations could be taken to reflect a possible hankering after or wishing to restore this set of homesteads to their former standing and their inhabitants to hearth and home.

    (It may well also in part be from their being no photographs of the villages when they were lived in (or indeed photography as a technique may not yet have existed or been in widespread use).

    With the photographic covers, if only glanced at rather than closely inspected they might well be living, breathing villages or possibly merely isolated rural buildings.

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    Even the upturned (I assume) conflict training vehicle pictured in one of the Tyneham related covers – see here – could be discarded farming equipment, such as wouldn’t look all that out of place in many rural parts, where many of such things are left to slowly fade away in the landscape and amongst the rolling hills…

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    Another image of such volumes that I find intriguing is the one below.

    I think this could well be filed under Aerial Archeology and it shows the remains of a once gathering of homesteads now as literally but lines in the land:

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    The Quietened Village audiological explorations can be found here.

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #17​/​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Playground Ritual

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    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Explorations by Polypores from The Quietened Village.

    The Quietened Village-17 of 52-Polypores-A Year In The Country-700Transmission sent, received, transmitted: Playground Ritual in fine company at You, The Night And The Music #169.

     

     

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  • The Quietened Village Released / Corporeal Wanderings Commence / Spectral Containment Invitee / Ghost Box Guest

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    Well, the time has come for The Quietened Village to fly the nest and begin its corporeal (and sometimes zeros and ones) wander out into the world.

    Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola, the Ghost Box Guest Shop and Norman Records.

    Spectral Containment Invitee…
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    We are pleased to say that The Quietened Village is a visitor at the Ghost Box Guest Shop.

    The album evokes a  beautifully atmospheric pastoral reverie, and a ghostly sense of loss…

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    …and is mentioned in amongst the pages of The Belbury Parish Magazine.

    Tip of the hat to Mr Jupp and House for their support.

     

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    It can also be found at Norman Records. Tip of the hat to all the good folk there also, in particular Messrs Anthony, Ian and Phil.

     

    Preview The Quietened Village below:

     

    Encasement Details Re-Transmission:

    The Quietened Village-Night Edition-A Year In The CountryNight Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £25.00.
    Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack and 2 x stickers.

     

    The Quietened Village-Dawn Edition-A Year In The CountryDawn Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £12.00.
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.

     

     

    Notes and Scribing:
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    The Quietened Village is a study of and reflection on the lost, disappeared and once were homes and hamlets that have wandered off the maps or that have become shells of their former lives and times.

    Inspired in part by images of sections of abandoned, submerged villages and the spires of their places of worship re-appearing from the surfaces of reservoirs and lakes, alongside thoughts of dwellings that have succumbed to the natural erosion of the coastline and have slowly tumbled into the sea.

    Some of the once were and lost villages which were seedlings for this body of work still stand but their populations are no more, those who lived there evicted at short notice and never to return so that their homes and hearths could be used as training grounds for those who would fight during great conflicts between nations.

    Such points of reference have been intertwined with possibly more bodeful reasons for this stilling and ending; thoughts of Midwich Cuckoos-esque fictions or dystopic tales told and transmitted in times gone by and imagined/re-imagined in amongst the strands of The Quietened Village.

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    Audiological Contents Details:
    1) At The Confluence Of The Mitta Mitta & Murray – David Colohan
    2) Flying Over A Glassed Wedge – Howlround
    3) The Drowning Of Mardale Green – The Straw Bear Band
    4) Damnatorum – The Soulless Party
    5) Playground Ritual – Polypores
    6) Quopeveil – Richard Moult
    7) Separations – The Rowan Amber Mill
    8) Day Blink – Time Attendant
    9) 47 Days and Fathoms Deep – A Year In The Country
    10) Lost Villages Of Holderness – Sproatly Smith
    11) Bunk Beds – Cosmic Neighbourhood

    A further tip of the hat once more to all who have carried out and contributed audiological explorations and also to all those who have supported The Quietened Village, via scribing, transmissions, pecuniary interactions…

    Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola, the Ghost Box Guest Shop and Norman Records.

     

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  • Week #16/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #1/4a – (One corner of) A further library of loss…

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    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings
    Subsection: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #1/4a

    Well, as you may well have seen or noticed, around these parts we were recently(ish) involved in undertaking a project that took the name The Quietened Village which is …a study of and reflection on the lost, disappeared and once were homes and hamlets that have wandered off the maps or that have become shells of their former lives and times…

    Or to (re)quote Folk Words, work that “…conjures roofless walls holding spirits not populations, skeletal spires pointing accusative fingers skywards, submerged shadows reflecting in water, crumbled remains wreathing a cliff’s base…”

    All of which put me in mind of a collected library of loss which was previously gathered together around these parts in relation to the endeavours of Grey Frequency, whose work I said at the time tends to cause my mind to wander towards “…abandoned structures in the liminal areas where the edgelands meet rural landscapes…

    Tyneham village-Rodney Legg-A Year In The CountryAll of which brings me to 50°37′23″N 2°10′08″W / 50.623°N 2.169°W / 50.623; -2.169 or to be precise the abandoned / ghost villageTyneham village.

    Just before Christmas of 1943 Tyneham was commandeered by the military as it was to be used as part of firing range for training troops in the then near all-consuming conflagration.

    The villagers of Tyneham were given 28 days to leave and were to never return, despite promises that they would one day be able to.

    Apparently the last person to leave left this note on the church door:

    “Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.”

    Tyneham-A Tribute-Dr Andrew Norman-A Year In The CountryWhich I find just heartbreaking.

    A respectful tip of the hat to those who lived there across the generations.

    On which note, I feel there is but little more to say, apart from to position a signpost or two:

    Tyneham’s not-so-bricks-and-mortar home in the ether today here and amongst the not-so-ink-and-paper pages of an encyclopedia here. Mr Keith Seatman’s wanderings around those parts at Found Objects here.

    The Quietened Village audiological explorations can be found here.

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #16​/​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – The Soulless Party – Damnatorum

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    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Explorations by The Soulless Party from The Quietened Village.

    16 of 52-Damnatorum-The Soulless Party-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-700Transmission sent, received, transmitted: A Closer Listen

    …a score for crumbled communities, abandoned villages and sunken spires, honoring history with quiet grace befitting its title…”

     

     

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  • Week #15/52: Phase IV / a revisiting / the arrival of artifacts lost and found and curious contrasts

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    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    (As an aside it’s curious how often the word lost, its variations and related themes arise and appear around these parts…)

    It’s a (further) curious thing the (relatively) recent arrival of the modern day shellac encasement of the soundtrack to Phase IV.

    It takes one of the iconic images from the film and stamps it in a yet further indelible manner on the memory; this particular image tends to lead one to think of the film as a more overtly star-visitor traditionally fantastical sci-fi tale.

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    Phase IV, although in many ways fantastical in premise, as a cinematic piece of work and in its officially released form is actually quite a low key, almost downbeat, piece of near realism (well, as near to realism as you can get with its premise). Slightly documentary-esque in a way.

    (As a further-further aside and to quote myself, the premise is “Two scientists and one young lady they rescue are held hostage in a desert research facility by ants who seem to have gained some form of collective consciousness and higher intelligence.“)

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    But then this is a particular exercise in celluloid story telling that is full of such contrasts in imagery and tone; the day-to-day struggle of the scientists and companion against an intermittent backdrop of almost cosmic science fiction imagery and structures.

    Well, until it’s lost-found-now-quite-around ending, wherein all such strands dissolve into one of out there, out where imagery.

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    On a happy note, the film has had a recent(ish) brush and scrub-up courtesy of Olive Films.

    Though to keep the general balance of things, while the soundtrack has been encased and sent out into the world, the film’s long once-lost ending still avoids a widely available official envoying. Darned and tish.

    Earlier phases around these parts here.

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #15​/​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – The Straw Bear Band – The Drowning Of Mardale Green

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    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Explorations by The Straw Bear Band from The Quietened Village.

    015-The Straw Bear Band-The Drowning Of Mardale Green-Dom Cooper-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-700Transmission sent, received, transmitted #1: to be found amongst the wanderings, gatherings, scatterings and creations of Mr John Coulthart.

    Visit such things here.

     

    Transmission sent, received, transmitted #2: in fine company courtesy of Evening Of Light’s Cloudscape #61.

     

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