• Week #25/52: Fractures Signals #4; A Behemoth Comes Once More A Knocking…

    The Wickerman-Unstoppable Trading Cards-Binder-A Year In The Country
    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    The Wicker Man-Christopher Lee-Miss Rose-Unstoppable Trading Cards-autographed-printing plate-full set-reverse-300Back on Day #90/365 of A Year In The Country (which seems like a long time ago now) I wrote:

    I suppose there was a certain inevitability that The Wicker Man would come knocking at the door of A Year In The Country one morning…

    And when wandering various pathways that began with Fractures there was just such a further morning.

    The Wickerman has become such a “cultural behemoth (monolith? megalith?)”  that it can be a little difficult to know how to approach it.

    I think possibly one of the reasons for it gaining such stature is that it is probably one of the only examples of otherly pastoralism/folklore inspired culture that is both a rather quality product and which has genuinely crossed over/become a part of wider pop/popular culture.

    Something of a unique beacon then (in more ways than one).

    Back during that previously mentioned early morning visitation, I considered how all the various encasements, formats, reissues etc of such story telling would one day potentially become lost, or at least the ability to have them tell their tales may well, as the machines that play such things slowly expire and disappear from view/use.

    Such considerations were intertwined with the film’s own myth as being partly lost/incomplete/buried beneath motorways…

    …all of which brings me to a more recent stilled encasement.

    Back when, a paticular note of childhood was the collecting of themed stickers in especially produced albums.

    These would be say of a particular television series and for example five would be bought unseen in sealed packs.

    Each sticker had its own place in the album and as these came to be filled, by the unseen/sealed nature of the packs, you may well buy a pack and find that there were none in it which you still needed.

    Hence a “swapsies” eco system would develop in the schools of the land.

    The Wicker Man-Christopher Lee-Miss Rose-Unstoppable Trading Cards-autographed-printing plate-full set-reverse-300Such things are now as likely to be collected by “grown ups” as children.

    Which leads me to The Wickerman trading cards that were released a while ago.

    With these you can at least buy the full set outright but…

    …that is just the “base” set. There are a dizzying number of other collectible items including rarer chase cards, promotional cards, autographed cards, rarer autograph cards, film  cells, sketch cards, boxed collections, binders, plates used to print the cards, autographed print plates, master sets, mini master sets and so forth.

    If you flip them over, they also join together to form a particular image – further grist to the collectors mill.

    Where to start and end would be something of a problem.

    The binder for collecting the cards put me in mind of the film/television photo novel tie-ins that used to be released and which I am rather fond of.

    Essentially comic books that used stills rather than drawings. Popular on the continent where they were also known as fumées or ciné-romans.

    I often find myself hankering after a book collection of stills from a film if I’m particularly drawn to it but it is something that rarely seems to be done (I expect it would be a little costly), particularly for more cult/independent films – these Wickerman trading cards when placed in a binder being about the closest I have found myself perusing of late.

    An exception could well be the book version of Chris Marker’s La Jetée – which has parallels with The Wickerman in that it takes a nominally genre fiction and wanders somewhere else altogether with it – although in a way as that film was made up of a story created from still frames (rather than seamlessly flickering ones), it was already a form of photo novel / fumée / ciné-roman.

    The source of said trading cards (although there may well be something else there now). A dizzying array via the pecuniarised modern day version of swapsies. Stilled gathering and collecting from around these parts: Day #345/365: Photo romans and a lightness of touch.

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  • Audiological Transmission #25/​​52​​: Immersion – Coastline, Black Sky

    Grey Frequency-Dusk and Dawn Editions-front covers-A Year In The CountryRevisitation #1.

    Audiological exploration by Grey Frequency from the album Immersion.

    I have something of a soft spot for Grey Frequency and their album that we sent out into the world; their music has a drifting, dreamlike quality intertwined with a quietly threatening ominousness.

    Grey Frequency-Immersion-one off prints-A Year In The Country

    Or to quote myself, when listening to their work I have found that “I was travelling and tunnelling through… subterranean passageways, accompanied by a sense of bliss become dread, of creaking, lurking monoliths…

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    Or to quote myself further, it is music which “captures a sense of the lost futures and utopias which were once promised; those creaking monoliths are the sounds of the fading half-life of the utilitarian reinforced concrete structures which were once signposts and symbols of those futures and better days. This is music as collapsed edgeland industrial estates and wastelands, where the buzz of the pylons carry electricity to elsewhere, nolonger here and transmission centres have fallen silent.

    Considerations of the album can be found at Heathen Harvest:
    The whole thing looks as a discovery, a document, a forgotten memory or a souvenier – something you may find in an abandoned library, not in a record store…”

     

    Grey Frequency wanderings around these parts…
    Day #192/365: When Do We Dream? Cold Geometries and Grey Frequencies

    A previous revisiting:
    Day #346/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #1; a library of loss

    Related ocular signals:
    Day #362/365: Signals sent, signals received…

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    Immersion can be found at our Artifacts Shop and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and/or in its Day & Night encasements here and in its Dusk and Dawn encasements here.

    Grey Frequency’s home elsewhere in the ether can be found here. Well worth a peruse and wander.

     

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  • Week #24/52: Fractures Signals #3; A Dybukk’s Dozen Gathering (/Looping?) From Around These Parts

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    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    So, out of curiousity and leading on from Fractures, I thought I would have a wander around the various wanderings and pathways of A Year In The Country, to peruse and investigate how many visitings to the very particular year of 1973 there have been…

    Quite a few it would seem.

    Along which lines, below is a dybukk’s dozen gathering of such things from around these parts.

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    1) Day #87/365: Faded foundlings and Tender Vessels…
    …still something of a favourite… home made craft-isms that are just a touch or two unsettling.

    2) Week #2/52: The Tomorrow People in The Visitor, a Woolworths-esque filter and travels taken…
    …ah, that theme tune and intro still seems to quietly disquiet me…

    3) Day #343/365: Veils and Mirrors – forebearing, chanellings, rendings, listing of names…
    I have something of a soft-spot for Glynis Jones Veils and Mirrors… It’s a gentle, unsettling (that word again) piece of music that seems as though it has pierced/rended a very particular veil and is quietly, allowing other shadows to come through…

    4) Day #290/365: The first three minutes of Psychomania…
    How to describe Psychomania? A sort of British carrier bag zombie version of a biker film? That’s somehow or other getting there. Soon(ish) to have a brush and scrub up via the BFI/Flipside, which is nice.

    5) Day #271/365: The Spirit Of Dark And Lonely Water and a hop and skip to lost municipal paternalisms…
    Well, I don’t think it would be right to gather such things and times without wandering towards this. Terrifying a generation for generations. One of Fractures “conspicuous junctures and signifiers” indeed.

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    6) Day #267/365: Morning Way. Trader Horne.
    Ah and there was me thinking “After The Spirit Of… it will be nice to enjoy a touch of early 1970s explorative acid/psych folk” but… “Dreaming strands of nightmare, Are sticking to my feet“. Very lovely work nonetheless.

    7) Day #239/365: The jump cuts of hauntological antecedents…
    As accidental, hauntological, otherly graphic design goes, this is pretty much there…

    8) Day #160/365: Edgelands Report Documents; Cases #1a (return), #2a-5a.
    Wanderings amongst the indomatibilities of nature via The Unofficial Countryside. Further Fractures “conspicuous junctures and signifiers“…

    9) Day #195/365: World On A Wire; a curiously prescient Simulacron
    Ah, nothing like a touch of glamour amongst the grit. Admittedly, it’s all zeros and ones smoke and mirrors…

    10) Day #90/365: The Wickerman – the future lost vessels and artifacts of modern folklore
    Well, another “I don’t think it would be right to gather such things and times without wandering towards this” moments. Something of a cultural behemoth (monolith? megalith?). Considerations and gatherings of future departed encasements… Fractures “conspicuous juncture and signifiers” number 3 around these parts it would seem.

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    11) Week #3/52: I Still Dream Of Orgonon; A Book Of Dreams, the rarity of argent chains and moments of discovery…
    And still dreaming of such things. May well also include Ms (Mrs?) Kate Bush’s fond farewell when she stepped upon the boards once again. Pop(ular) music as cinema indeed.

    12) Week #6/52: Tomorrow’s People, further considerations of the past as a foreign country and hauntology away from its more frequent signifiers and imagery…
    Light-catchery from a “Paradise Enclosed” (to quote Mr Rob Young / Electric Eden).

    13) Day #303/365: Towards Tomorrow; a selection of cuttings from The Delian Mode, sonic maps, the corporation’s cubby holes and the life of an audiological explorer…
    Wellsprings inspired from and via banshee howls… To end on Fractures “conspicuous juncture and signifiers” number 4.

     

    A loop begins to form?

    “Sorry sir, your name’s not on the list, you’re not getting in.”

    “But I’m a plus one.”

    “Hmmm.”: Day #278/365: Dybukk’s Dozen of 1973; A Gathering, Conflagration and Surveying…

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #24​/​​52​​: Fractures – An Unearthly Decade


    Fractures-Week 24-British Space Project-Ian Holloway-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological exploration by The British Space Group from the album Fractures.

    BC-Fractures-Week 24-British Space Project-Ian Holloway-A Year In The Country-700Transmission sent, received, transmitted:

    Fractures via the wanderings, curating and broadcasts of Free Form Freakout.

     

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  • Spectral Containment Invitee #2; Fractures at The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop / Amongst the pages of The Belbury Parish Magazine

    Ghost-Box-Records-logo-Guest Shop-Fractures-A Year In The Country

    Following on from The Quietened Village’s visits around those parts, Fractures is now available amongst rather fine company at The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop.

    The compilation is themed around the notion that the year 1973 was a cultural and psychic tipping point. Contributors include…

    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, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

    The Belbury Parish Magazine-Ghost Box Records-Jim Jupp-Fractures-A Yaer In The Country

    In an intertwined manner, it can also be found amongst the pages and notifications of The Belbury Parish Magazine.

    Tip of the hat once again to Mr Jim Jupp.

     

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  • Fractures – Night and Dawn Editions Released

    Dawn Edition £12.00. Night Edition £25.00.
    Fractures-release date-all items-A Year In The Country

    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, 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.

    Fractures-release date-booklets-A Year In The Country

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

    Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether VictrolaNorman Records and The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop.
    Release date 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, print, 4 x badge pack and 2 x stickers.
    Fractures-Night Edition-front of box-A Year In The CountryFractures-Night-components
    Further encasement details:
    1) Booklet/cover art custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box with cover print.
    3) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).
    4) Black string bound booklet: 12 pages (6 sides printed);
    Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper, heavy card and semi-transparent vellum.
    Hand numbered on the reverse.
    5) 4 x  badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
    6) 2 x vinyl style stickers.
    7) Print on textured fine art cotton rag paper; numbered on the reverse, selected from one of 7 designs.

    Fractures-release date-prints

     

    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-back-A Year In The Country
    Further encasement details:
    1) Custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    2) Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.
    3) Back of one insert hand numbered.

     

    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.

    Fractures-release date-stickers-A Year In The Country

    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.

    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-release date-badge packs-A Year In The Country-hc

    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.

     

    Further Audiological Contents Details:
    1) The Osmic Projector/Vapors of Valtorr – Circle/Temple
    2) The Land Of Green Ginger – Sproatly Smith
    3) Seeing The Invisible – Keith Seatman
    4) Triangular Shift – Listening Center
    5) An Unearthly Decade – The British Space Group
    6) A Fracture In The Forest – The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska/Michael Begg
    7) Elastic Refraction – Time Attendant
    8) Ratio (Sequence) – The Rowan Amber Mill
    9) The Perfect Place For An Accident – Polypores
    10) A Candle For Christmas/311219733 – A Year In The Country
    11) Eldfell – David Colohan

    Artwork and encasement design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    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. These two compilations each have themes running through them, tying the music together and seemingly telling a story as they unfold.Terrascope on Fractures and The Quietened Village.

    Another excellent snapshot of current experimental music, showing the coexistence of darkness, strangeness, and profound beauty.Bliss Aquamarine on Fractures.

     

    Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether VictrolaNorman Records and The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop.
    Release date 13th June 2016.

     

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  • Week #23/52: Fractures Signals #2; An Intertwining Of Rather Fine Simulacras / The Work Of Ms Delia Derbyshire / A world out of tune / The Duke Of Burgundy / The Berberian Sound Studio / The Work Of Mr Julian House … And Music And Maths Of The Past But Also Very Much Of The Future

    Delia Derbyshire-Hook Films-Test Shoot-A Year In The Country
    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    Well, it’s a while since we have considered the work of Ms Delia Derbyshire around these parts…

    Recently(ish) I stumbled upon the image above at one of Rook Films homes in the ether. It was labelled with just:

    “Delia test shoot… watch this space”

    Rook Films, if you should not know, are a film company who have been iinvolved in the production of the likes of The Wickerman’s spiritual social realism/transgression progeny Kill List, the civil war revisitations of A Field In England and the dreamlike states of The Duke Of Burgundy.

    Well, I must say, interest piqued indeed.

    At the point of writing, I know nothing more about the image or any associated production but I must say it’s a rather fine simulacra/channelling of the spirit of Ms Derbyshire and her work and, well, I have something of a softspot for rather fine simulacras/channellings.

    Julian House-Intro-Peter Strickland-The Berberian Sound Studio-A Year In The Country

    It put me in mind of Mr Julian House’s creation of period recording tape packaging, studio schedules and the like from The Berberian Sound Studio; a particularly rather fine simulacra/channelling (which is something that could be said of the entire film indeed).

    Delia Derbyshire-Delia Derbyshire Day-Cargo Collective-Rook Films-Julian House-Berberian Sound Studio-A Year In The Country
    (Not a simulacra but still rather fine and evocative.)

    Which brings me to Fractures, the recent(ish) audiological exploration sent forth into the world from around these parts.

    In the Notes and Scribings for said work, Ms Derbyshire is quoted as saying “Something serious happened around ’72, ’73, ’74: the world went out of tune with itself” (1973 being the year she left The BBC and the now rather iconic Radiophonic Workshop).

    Which would seem to be a particularly succinct summing up of “…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…” (to quote Fractures).

     

    Various pathways and wanderings: The source of the rather fine simulacra/channelling of Ms Delia Derbyshire and her work. The source of interrelated rather fine simulacra/channelling elsewhere in the ether courtesy of Mr Julian House and to be found around these parts. The source of related music, maths and selective light-catchery.

    Ms Delia Derbyshire’s home in the ether / source of the Fractures related observation and her home in the ether all year round and but once a year.

    …and finally, the source of very much indeed:

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  • The Quietened Village / ether wanderings / a gathering of transmissions

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    Alongside its corporeal encasements at our Artifacts Shop and amongst the zeros and ones of our Bandcamp Ether Victrola, The Quietened Village has gone a-wandering and winding its way through the ether and is now available at various new(ish) fangled places to peruse and contemplate, including:

    Amazon / iTunes / Spotify / CD Baby / eMusic… to name but a few.

    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…

    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.

     

    Transmission sent, received, transmitted:

    It can also be found in fine company at Grey Frequency’s Ambient Collage #7.

    Grey Frequency-Ambient Collage 7-A Year In The Country

    …and has wandered away from these shores via the support of Mr Raffaello Russo and can be found amongst his scribings at Music Won’t Save You and also in further fine company courtesy of Mr Russo at Rockerilla magazine.

    And finally, it may well be nestled amongst considerations of fellow intertwined travellers at Bliss Aquamarine.

    Tip of the hat to all concerned…

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #23​/​52​​: Fractures – Triangular Shift

    Fractures-Track 23 of 52-Listening Centre-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological exploration by Listening Center from the album Fractures.

    Fractures-Track 23 of 52-Listening Centre-A Year In The Country-700Transmission sent, received, transmitted: Triangular Shift can be found upon the scheduled flights, wanderings, considerations of business/executive assistant funk and rather fine banter of Project Moonbase:

    Lovely/terrifying… which is what you want, that was what 1973 was like listeners if you weren’t there, I was… I think there was a hint of The Tomorrow People in that track. It was like a Tomorrow People pop song… I think also a bit more terrifying 1970s science fiction…

     

     

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  • Week #22/52: Fractures Signals #1; Flickerings From Days Of Darkness

    1973-Blackout-power cut-A Year In The CountryFile Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    In the Notes and Scribings that accompany A Year In The Country’s recent audiological exploration Fractures – which focuses on the unsettled times of 1973, it is noted that television broadcasts and the like from then:

    “…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…”

    Along which lines, (candle lit) light-catchery from back then.

    At the time due to a number of factors (energy shortages/industrial disputes/related attempts to conserve power etc), the UK underwent a number of power blackouts.

    My favourite image of such occurrences that I have come across is the one above: it seems to combine a mixture of noir-ish or planning on taking over the world villain-ishness 1960s Watersons-esque beatnik styling, all filtered through day-to-day life (in extraordinary times) and a good cup of tea…

    …and that’s before we get to the smoking cooling stacks in the background, which are structures that seem to be both particularly evocative of 1970s grit’n’grime and curiously ubiquitous back when…

    I’m curious as well, are these electricity plant cooling stacks? If so, it must have been irksome to have to make and pour your cuppa via candlelight, knowing that just a hundred yards away megawatts were being generated.

    I tend to think the lady in question is wearing sunglasses but maybe it is just how the photograph has caught her lenses. If they are sunglasses, they are a curious thing to wear when also spending the evening via candlelight.

    Either way, it adds to that just mentioned villain-ishness and beatnik cool.

    During such times and blackouts, work had to go on, along which lines…

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    Why does the above photograph make me think of Broadcast? Maybe it’s something about the striped top styling…

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    Were two candles atop your typewriter the height of luxury? Cutting edge technology? Considered decadence? Necessary? Show your position in the general hierarchy of things?

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    …and talking of cutting edge technology; keeping the phone lines running courtesy of gas powered lighting.

    Health and safety would have conniptions etc etc.

    In these heavily connected, silently crackling power dependent times, these are images that genuinely seem not just from history but as mentioned earlier, rather it as though they belong to a whole other existence/universe.

     

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  • Audiological Transmission #22​/​52​​: Fractures – Seeing The Invisible

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    File under: Year 2 – Audiological Transmissions

    Audiological exploration by Keith Seatman from the album Fractures.

    Fractures-22 of 52-Keith Seatman-A Year In The Country-700Transmission sent, received, transmitted: considerations of Fractures by Kim Harten at Bliss Aquamarine:

    Keith Seatman provides a soundscape that combines chilling, horror filmic drones with whooshing electronic bleepage straight out of a 1970s sci-fi movie…

    …excellent snapshot of current experimental music, showing the coexistence of darkness, strangeness, and profound beauty.

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  • Fractures – Night and Dawn Editions CD Album Pre-Order

    Dawn Edition £12.00. Night Edition £25.00.
    Fractures-Night and Dawn Editions-A Year In The Country
    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, 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.

    Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether VictrolaNorman Records and The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop.
    Pre-order from today 30th May 2016. Release date 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, print, 4 x badge pack and 2 x stickers.
    Fractures-Night Edition-front of box-A Year In The CountryFractures-Night-components

    Fractures-Night Edition-opened box-A Year In The Country Fractures-Night Edition-booklet 1-A Year In The CountryFractures-Night Edition-booklet 2-A Year In The Country
    Fractures-all black cdr-A Year In The Country
    Top of CD.                                                            Bottom of CD.

    Further encasement details:
    1) Booklet/cover art custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box with cover print.
    3) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).
    4) Black string bound booklet: 12 pages (6 sides printed);
    Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper, heavy card and semi-transparent vellum.
    Hand numbered on the reverse.
    5) 4 x  badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
    6) 2 x vinyl style stickers.
    7) Print on textured fine art cotton rag paper; numbered on the reverse, selected from one of 7 designs.

     

    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 Country
    Fractures-Dawn Edition-opened-A Year In The CountryFractures-Dawn Edition-back-A Year In The Country
    Fractures-white and black CDr-A Year In The Country
    Top of CD.                                                          Bottom of CD.

    Further encasement details:
    1) Custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    2) Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.
    3) Back of one insert hand numbered.

     

    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 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.

     

    Further Audiological Contents Details:
    1) The Osmic Projector/Vapors of Valtorr – Circle/Temple
    2) The Land Of Green Ginger – Sproatly Smith
    3) Seeing The Invisible – Keith Seatman
    4) Triangular Shift – Listening Center
    5) An Unearthly Decade – The British Space Group
    6) A Fracture In The Forest – The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska/Michael Begg
    7) Elastic Refraction – Time Attendant
    8) Ratio (Sequence) – The Rowan Amber Mill
    9) The Perfect Place For An Accident – Polypores
    10) A Candle For Christmas/311219733 – A Year In The Country
    11) Eldfell – David Colohan

    Artwork and encasement design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether VictrolaNorman Records and The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop.
    Pre-order from today 30th May 2016. Release date 13th June 2016. 

     

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  • 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?

    Wolfgang Buttress-TheHive-Be-One-Caught By The River-A Year In The Country

    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?)

    Milan Expo 2015-Wolfgang Buttress-TheHive-Be-One-Caught By The River-A Year In The Country-2

    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.

    Was Ist Das-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country

    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.

    Shindig magazine-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country

    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.”

    The Active Listener header-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country

    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.

    Include Me Out-Robin Tomens-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country

    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.

     

    Ghost-Box-Records Guest 2 stroke 2-The-Quietened-Village-A-Year-In-The-Country-2

    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


    Fractures 21 of 52-Sproatly Smith-A Year In The Country-1200
    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

    Ghost Box Records-Wood St Galleries-Pittsburgh-Justin Hopper-A Year In The Country
    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.

    Ghost Box Records-Wood St Galleries-Pittsburgh-Justin Hopper-A Year In The Country-2

    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:

    USB Memory Stick-Music-Corbel Stone Press-Richard Skelton-Autumn Richardson-srl10th-A Year In The Country

    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.

    The Quietened Village-Duskfall Edition-opened 1-A Year In The Country copy The Quietened Village-Duskfall Edition-opened 2-A Year In The Country The Quietened Village-Duskfall Edition-back-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village-all-black-CDr-A-Year-In-The-Country-
    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

    AT 20 of 52-Fractures 1973-Circle Temple-A Year In The Country-b
    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.
    Fractures-Night and Dawn Editions-A Year In The Country
    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?

    The-Village-Of-The-Damned-A-Year-In-The-Country-Midwich-Cuckoos-John-Wyndham-film-adapation-5b

    “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.

    Village-Of-The-Damned-Martin-Stephens-A-Year-In-The-Country copy-2b

    “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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