• Wanderings #38/52a: The Moomins And The Seams That Keep Giving…

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    File under: Trails and Influences / Year 3 Wanderings

    I suppose that one day much of the semi-lost or unreleased music/cultural treasures will have been fully mined and there won’t be any more for archivists such as Jonny Trunk and Finders Keepers Records to seek out and send out into the world…

    …but that moment doesn’t seem to have quite arrived yet and things still seem to keep turning up.

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    Along which lines, there are some rather lovely editions of the Moomins soundtrack released by the just mentioned folk at Finders Keepers Records.

    I guess you could file The Moomins alongside other gently bucolic, quietly left-of-centre work such as Ivor The Engine, Bagpuss and possibly gently edgeland, quietly left-of-centre work such as The Flumps and The Wombles…

    …although when watching clips/episodes of the series, wheat they put me in mind of were the left-of-centre fantasies and fairy tales of some of the Czech New Wave (something I recently also said about Isabell Garrett’s animated film Bye Bye Dandelion).

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    Which may not be all that surprising, considering Finders Keepers/Finders Keepers history of releasing Czech New Wave related soundtracks such as Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Daisies (and I could also possibly wanders towards the woodcut-esque tales-from-the-forest covers of the Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word left-of-centre folk compilation albums, which were compiled by Finders Keeper-er Andy Votel).

     

    Intertwined wanderings around these parts:

    Day #164/365: A saggy old cloth cat and curious cultural connections…

    Day #247/365: Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word and voyages through other playful fancies from behind the once ferrous drapes…

    Audio Visual Transmission Guide #38/52a: Bye Bye Dandelion

    Elsewhere in the ether:
    Findings at Finders Keepers Records. Delvings at Trunk Records.

     

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  • Audio Visual Transmission Guide #38/52a: Bye Bye Dandelion

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    Well, this is a lovely thing… Bye Bye Dandelion, which is a short animated film by Isabell Garrett.

    It is a gentle, surprising film which tells the tale of attachment and loss between the central character and a dandelion they find.

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    The film has an ending that the first time I saw it I found genuinely quite shocking and after the lull of the film I was not prepared for… although then after this one brief, sharp moment of ending there seems to be a rebirth and expression of the cycle of life.

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    There is a quality to the film that is both timeless and contemporary and it put me in mind somehow of classic British television animation that I grew up with (Camberwick Green, Smallfilms etc) and yet also seems to connect with the spirit of European landscape and animation that I can’t quite put my finger on… Possibly a hint of the spirit of Czech New Wave films such as Daisies and Malá Morská Víla/The Little Mermaid.

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    (File Post Under: Cathode Ray & Cinematic Explorations, Radiowave Resonations & Audiological Investigations)

    Audio Visual Transmission Guide:
    Bye Bye Dandelion

    Local Broadcasts:
    Day #247/365: Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word and voyages through other playful fancies from behind the once ferrous drapes…

     

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  • Artifact Reports #38/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists Writing, Posts and Broadcasts

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    Some of the recent The Quietened Cosmologists album related writing, posts and broadcasts:

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    Vic Mars, Keith Seatman, Field Lines Cartographer and Poylpore’s tracks from the album were played on two episodes of Sunrise Ocean Bender’s radio show on WRIR FM. The show’s playlists can be found here and here and they can be listened to at Mixcloud here and here.

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    Mark Barton included the album in amongst his cultural wanderings at The Sunday Experience:

    “(Pulselovers’ Lonely Puck)… a wonderfully serene and affectionate love note mailed out from across the outer edges of the cosmos, a transmission from a long lost and forgotten outpost if you like, twinkle toned and radiantly awash in what sounds like shimmering cosmic church bell celebrations…”

    Visit that here and here.

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    The Quietened Cosmologists was also included in amongst some rather fine company at A Closer Listen’s Fall Music Preview. Visit that here.

    The Unquiet Meadow-radio show-Ashevill FM

    Field Line’s Cartographer and A Year In The Country’s tracks from the album were played amongst the furrows, pastures and fields of The Unquiet Meadow radio show on Asheville FM. Visit the playlists for those shows here and here and their home page at Asheville FM here.

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    While Front & Follow and The Geography Trip included Time Attendant and Polypore’s tracks from the album at another of their visits down the waterways and airwaves on their Gated Canal Community Radio show.

    Visit the playlist for that here and listen to the show at Mixcloud here.

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    In a rounding-the-circle manner (or should that be rounding-the-orbit?), the ever busy Howlround and Robin The Fog include the album at their Howlround site, in amongst their activities at Supernormal, The Delaware Road, Sonic Waterloo etc. Visit that here

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    …and at Robin’s own site here (where it can be found amongst the likes of the ten year compilation Lessons from Front & Follow and a centennial edition compilation from Tape Worm).

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    …and finally, in a further rounding the circle manner, Keith Seatman included the album at his Test Transmission Archive site, where you can find it nestled amongst the likes of his posts on The Cramps, The Focus Group, visits to decommissioned Cold War sites, his own releases etc. Visit that here.

    A tip of the hat to all involved, much appreciated.

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    The Quietened Cosmologists is a reflection on space exploration projects that have been abandoned and/or that were never realised, of connected lost or imagined futures and dreams, the intrigue and sometimes melancholia of related derelict sites and technological remnants that lie scattered and forgotten.

    It features audiological explorations by Field Lines Cartographer, Pulselovers, Magpahi, Howlround, Vic Mars, Unit One, A Year In The Country, Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, Time Attendant, Listening Center, Polypores and David Colohan.

    More information on the album can be found here.

     

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  • Ether Signposts #38/52a: Raymond Scott Diorama And Further Additions To The Electronic Innovators Family

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    As part of an ongoing series… a further example of 3D homages to iconic figures and innovators within electronic music…

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    And in an ongoing, well, who wouldn’t want one of these manner…?

    HeyKidsRocknRoll’s diorama of musician, inventor, composer and electronic pioneer Raymond Scott.

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    I particularly like just the standalone Clavivox (as invented by Raymond Scott)…

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    So, the family of such things so far…

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    (File post under: Other Pathway Pointers And Markers)

    Directions and Destinations:
    Extensive Raymond Scott information
    The HeyKidsRocknRoll Raymond Scott Diorama

    Local Places Of Interest:
    Ether Signposts #2/52a: Delia Derbyshire Handmade Diorama
    Ether Signposts #36/52a: Bob Moog Press Pop Figures And Synthesizer Discoveries
    Ether Signposts #37/52a: The Raymond Scott Figure, Something Of A Growing Family Of Electronic Music Innovators And A Dream Center Where The Excitement Of Tomorrow Is Made Available Today

     

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  • Ocular Signals #37/52a: Image K/2a

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    File under: A Year In The Country Ocular Explorations

     

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  • Wanderings #37/52a: Molly Macindoe’s Out Of Order And Partying Amongst Edgeland Ghosts

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    File under: Trails and Influences / Year 3 Wanderings

    Although I was never especially drawn to the free party scene for a night (day or week or two?) out, each to their own and I have found myself somewhat entranced by Molly Macindoe’s photographs and her book Out Of Order.

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    The book is a collection of her photography from the free party scene from over a number of years.

    The images in it seem to represent a culture that belongs to a true edgelands and quite possibly to that genuine rarity nowadays – a subculture that hasn’t been incorporated or subsumed within or by mainstream commerce.

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    To a degree it put me in mind of Tomorrow’s People book of photographs from free festivals in the 1970s but Molly Macindoe’s photographs seem to represent something much rawer, wilder, frontier like and unregulated.

    And although often the parties are shown as happening in the countryside, the photographs also seem to often be a document of partying/gathering amongst the ghosts and the discarded brutalist architecture of a more overtly industrial phase of Western society.

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    Intertwined wanderings around these parts:
    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…

    Elsewhere in the ether:
    Peruse the book amongst the ether here and at Molly Macindoe’s home in the ether here..

     

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  • Audio Visual Transmission Guide #37/52a: Here We’m Be Together

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    Here We’m Be Together is a short film by Tim Plester and Rob Curry, the makers of Way Of The Morris and The Ballad Of Shirley Collins, which is described as:

    A field-recorded encounter with some of the more eccentric folk rituals of the Norfolk Broads – as seen through the eyes of one indigenous storyteller.

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    It is an affectionate snapshot of a life of “good old times”, that is mixed with views of the landscape, travelling along and through the rivers, old abandoned or being rennovated rural buildings and brief or off in the distance views and snapshots of folk customs and the like.

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    The film is a heartwarming and uplifting but also seems to have a quiet, subtle sense of loss, a certain wistful yearning for lost ways and times and in an understated manner it explores a sense of the layered undercurrents of the tales of the land.

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    Connected to that sense of loss and the way that it is a view of very particular rural way of life that draws from/is connected to the past, it put me in mind in a way of Philip Trevelayn’s 1971 film The Moon And The Sledgehammer.

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    (File Post Under: Cathode Ray & Cinematic Explorations, Radiowave Resonations & Audiological Investigations)

    Audio Visual Transmission Guide:
    Here We’m Be Together

    Local Broadcasts:
    Audio Visual Transmission Guide #19/52a: The Ballad Of Shirley Collins Trailer and Wandering Amongst Shadowed Furrows/The Hidden Reverse

    Day #204/365: The Moon And The Sledgehammer in amongst the fields of the ether for less than a bakers dozen of teacakes…

     

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  • Artifact Report #37/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists – Pre-order

    Pre-order today 12th September 2017. Release date 3rd October 2017.

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    Artifact #5a

    Featuring audiological explorations by Field Lines Cartographer, Pulselovers, Magpahi, Howlround, Vic Mars, Unit One, A Year In The Country, Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, Time Attendant, Listening Center, Polypores and David Colohan.

    The Quietened Cosmologists is a reflection on space exploration projects that have been abandoned and/or that were never realised, of connected lost or imagined futures and dreams, the intrigue and sometimes melancholia of related derelict sites and technological remnants that lie scattered and forgotten.

    It takes as its initial starting points the shape of the future’s past via the discarded British space program of the 1950s to 1970s; the sometimes statuesque and startling derelict artifacts and infrastructure from the Soviet Union’s once far reaching space projects; the way in which manned spaceflight beyond Earth’s orbit/to the moon and the associated sense of a coming space age came to be largely put to one side after the 1969 to 1972 US Apollo flights.

    Available via our Artifacts Shop and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
    Dawn Edition £11.95. Night Edition £24.95.

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

     

    Preview the tracks at Soundcloud.

     

    Dawn Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £11.95.
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.The Quietened Cosmologists-Dawn Edition-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Cosmologists-Dawn edition-back and badge-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Cosmologists-Dawn Edition-opened-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Cosmologists-Edition-white-black-CD-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.

     

    Night Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £24.95.
    Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 4 x stickers, 1 x large badge.
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    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) 1 x large badge.
    7) 4 x vinyl style stickers.

     

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    Further audiological exploration details:

    1) OPS-4 – Field Lines Cartographer
    2) Lonely Puck – Pulselovers
    3) Chayka – Magpahi
    4) Night Call, Collect – Howlround
    5) X-3 – Vic Mars
    6) Voyages Of The Moon – Unit One
    7) The March Of Progress/Frontier Dreams – A Year In The Country
    8) 093A-Prospero – Keith Seatman
    9) Phantom Cosmonauts – Grey Frequency
    10) Adrift – Time Attendant
    11) Mléčný Perihelion Weekend – Listening Center
    12) The Amateur Astronomer – Polypores
    13) Landfall At William Creek – David Colohan

    Artwork/encasment design and fabrication by AYITC Ocular Signals Department

    Artifact #5a / Library Reference Numbers: A010TQCN / A010TQCD

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  • Ether Signposts #37/52a: The Raymond Scott Press Pop Figure, Something Of A Growing Family Of Electronic Music Innovators And A Dream Center Where The Excitement Of Tomorrow Is Made Available Today

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    Well, in a further example of 3D homages to iconic figures and innovators within electronic music…

    Press Pop’s figure of Raymond Scott.

    This could well be filed alongside Press Pop’s figure of Bob Moog and HeyKidsRocknRoll’s Delia Derbyshire diorama.

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    From composing music that would be adapted for Looney Tunes cartoons, to producing electronic albums of Soothing Sounds For Baby to the creation of a keyboard theremin, the Electronium that is considered to be the first self-composing synthesiser and an electromechanical device which he considered to be the first polyphonic sequencer.

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    The modern world may well sound somewhat different without this gent as he brought electronically produced sounds into the homes of America vis his patented electronic telephone ringers, alarms, chimes, and sirens, vending machines and ashtrays with accompanying electronic music scores.

    He created much of such things via his Manhattan Research project/company, which in a way that I rather like he described as:

    More than a think factory – a dream center where the excitement of tomorrow is made available today.

    (File post under: Other Pathway Pointers And Markers)

    Directions and Destinations:
    Extensive Raymond Scott information
    The Press Pop Raymond Scott Figure
    Loving To Skate With Raymond Scott and Jenny Jen (which rather made me smile and chuckle)

    Local Places Of Interest:
    Ether Signposts #2/52a: Delia Derbyshire Handmade Diorama
    Ether Signposts #36/52a: Bob Moog Press Pop Figures And Synthesizer Discoveries

     

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  • Artifact Reports #36/52a: The Restless Field: A Return Visit – Further Reviews and Transmissions

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    Something of a return visit to The Restless Field…

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    The album has had an indepth and layered review at Diabolique Magazine by Less Lee Moore:

    “…an exploration of those secrets that are kept within the earth, the trees, and the air…”

    Visit that here.

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    Finlay Milligan reviewed the album in issue 30 of Electronic Sound magazine:

    “…rips up the green grass of the idyllic countryside and forces you to consider the darker undergrowth. Beautifully unnerving stuff.”

    The print issue is sold out but the PDF is still available. Visit that here.

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    A consideration of the album can also be found amongst the explorations and wanderings of The England Project.

    “…utilising the drone, a modern musical phenomena with an ancient pedigree. They emerge from a world of the Radiophonic Workshop and the soundtracks of the hauntological and psychogeographic.”

    Visit that here.

    Evening Of Light-Cloudscape 70-logo

    Tracks from the album by Field Lines Cartographer and A Year In The Country can be found amongst the rather fine audio selections of Odile Strik’s Evening Of Light Cloudscape #70.

    Visit that here.

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    Graveney Marsh by Polypores and Black Slab by Time Attendant were played by fellow Restless Field explorer Mat Handley at his You, the Night and the Music radio show at Sine FM.

    Visit the online archive of the show here.

    In a rounding the circle manner, Pulselovers’ Badby 80 was also played on a You, the Night and the Music’s Delaware Road special.

    Visit that here.

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    And finally Field Line Cartographer’s Ghosts of Blood & Iron was played at The Unquiet Meadow by St. Cyprian and Ms. Pryscilla Atropine on Asheville FM as part of their journeys “…through psych-tinged landscapes of mutated folk & haunted electronica”.

    Visit the playlist for the show here, their home page at Ashville FM here, at Facebook here and their gatherings and findings at Soundcloud here.

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    Previous transmissions, reviews etc of The Restless Field:

    Artifact Report #14/52a: The Restless Field at Simon Reynold’s blissblog and the sunday experience

    Artifact Report #16/52a: The Restless Field at Flatland Frequencies, Syndae and whisperandhollerin

    Artifact Report #17/52a: The Restless Field at Sunrise Ocean Bender and John Coulthart’s Feuilleton

    Artifact Report #19/52a: The Restless Field Transmissions and Reviews

    Artifact Report #25/52a: The Restless Field at Goldmine/Spin Cycle, Bliss Aquamarine, Sunrise Ocean Bender and The Séance

    A tip of the hat to everybody involved. Much appreciated.

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    The Restless Field is a study of the land as a place of conflict and protest as well as beauty and escape; an exploration and acknowledgment of the history and possibility of protest, resistance and struggle in the landscape/rural areas, in contrast with sometimes more often referred to urban events.

    It takes inspiration from flashpoints in history while also interweaving personal and societal myth, memory, the lost and hidden tales of the land.

    The album contains audiological explorations by Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Bare Bones, Assembled Minds, Grey Frequency, Endurance, Listening Center, Pulselovers, Sproatly Smith, Polypores, Depatterning, Time Attendant, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

    Listen to clips/tracks from the album at our Soundcloud page and at the album’s Bandcamp page.

    Further details on the album can be found here.

     

    (File Post Under: Encasements / Artifacts – Artifact #3a)

     

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  • Ocular Signals #36/52a: Image J/2a

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    File under: A Year In The Country Ocular Explorations

     

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  • Wanderings #36/52a: The Wicker Man Revisited / Refreshed – The Long Arm Of The Lore

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    Now, there has been an ever increasing amount written about The Wicker Man and it could be possible to be a tad oversaturated with more considerations of the film…

    …but I recently(ish) read Vic Pratt’s article Long Arm Of The Lore about the film in a 2013 edition of Sight & Sound, at the time of one of the DVD/Bluray brush’n’scrub ups of The Wicker Man…

    And actually, it was a refreshingly calm, considered, reflective, contextual piece that made me pause for thought, consider and re-appreciate the film and its own stories and myths once again.

    In many ways it and the issue of the magazine could be a companion to the 2010 Sight & Sound with The Films Of Old, Weird Britain cover and The Pattern Under The Plough article Rob Young (and leading on from that, that article could also be seen as a companion to his Electric Eden book).

    Both articles explore a sense of an otherly Albion, of the undercurrents and layers of folk tales, customs and histories and their reflections within film, television, culture and music at various points in time.

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    Vic Pratt’s article is particularly good at placing The Wicker Man in the context of the early 1970s, the what-happened-next of 1960s utopianism and a yearning to return to more authentic, rooted ways – the interest in variations on folk culture being an aspect of such things.

    I particularly liked this sequence, its analogies and the way it intertwines folk, the romance of analogue recording techniques and the myths of The Wicker Man itself:

    “The archivists among us surely long to see a fully restored version of the film derived from 35mm elements, and the new Final Cut should almost provide that, bar a few mainland minutes. Yet folklorists must surely enjoy the flawed long version; that old variation in quality, the sudden grainy sequences, are textural scars that remind us of a checkered past. The multigenerational flaws of decades-old transfer technologies are embedded in the images. Forever incomplete, with something added, something removed, like an old folk ditty with lyrics honed and melodies reshaped by time, The Wicker Man remains splendidly imperfect, the perfect folk film artefact.”

    The article is available to read online but I must admit I enjoyed being able to stop a moment and read it in its original printed form (although it seems to be one of the more hard to find back issues of Sight & Sound, not unsuprisingly considering the cult status of The Wicker Man).

    (File under: Trails and Influences / Year 3 Wanderings)

     

    Intertwined wanderings around these parts:
    Day #4/365: Electric Eden; a researching, unearthing and drawing of lines between the stories of Britain’s visionary music

    Day #80/365: The Films Of Old Weird Britain… celluloid flickerings from an otherly Albion…

    Day #90/365: The Wicker Man – the future lost vessels and artifacts of modern folklore

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

    Elsewhere in the ether:
    Read the article here (which also includes an interview with director Robin Hardy).

     

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  • Audio Visual Transmission Guide #36/52a: The Girl With All The Gifts

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    So, there was me thinking “I’ll watch The Girl With All The Gifts, it’s only a 15 certificate, how worrying/scary can it be?”

    Ah, the answer to that would be absolutely terrifying.

    A 15? Really?

    I thought it was an interesting film, a layered intelligent take on the science fiction end of days genre that put me in mind of John Wyndham’s Day Of The Triffids, though I shan’t say too much more along those lines as to do do would give away the plot quite easily.

    Although, as is often the case with British genre cinema and television, it has that slightly clunky, less polished, almost Children’s Film Foundation air to it in comparison to the ultra-gloss production that Hollywood/US films and television have made me quite used to… here that works to good effect as the almost innocent/naive child acting style that is present in the film sort of disarmed me and made the actuality of the reality of the world it showed and the characters’ actions and drives within it all the more unsettling, jarring and unexpected.

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    One of the images that particularly struck and stayed with me from the film was a shot of an overgrown flyover with an electricity pylon in the distance. That kind of crumbling civilisation giving way to nature has been done a fair few times in cinema and television but here, as is true to the film to a degree, there was a quiet grace and subtlety to it.

    Despite the more visceral, unsettling aspects of the film, there is a kind of gentleness and sadness to the film rather than it being played for shock and sensationalistic horror.

    Although, it is one of those films that can haunt you for a fair while afterwards…

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    (File Post Under: Cathode Ray & Cinematic Explorations, Radiowave Resonations & Audiological Investigations)

    Audio Visual Transmission Guide:
    The Girl With All The Gifts trailer

    Local Broadcasts:
    Day #176/365: The changing shadows of the fictions of John Wyndham…

     

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  • Ether Signposts #36/52a: Bob Moog Press Pop Figures And Synthesizer Discoveries

    Bob Moog doll-figure-Press PopWell, I guess these figures of Bob Moog by Press Pop could be filed alongside HeyKidsRocknRoll’s Delia Derbyshire diorama in terms of three dimensional homages to iconic and innovative people within the realms of electronic music.

    Sadly they are sold out but a trawl online may still find one (probably at a somewhat inflated price I expect).

    For further Bog Moog related explorations I would recommend the issue of Electronic Sound magazine which featured him on the cover (the print issue is also sold out but it’s still available as a PDF) and also Hans Fjellestad’s Moog documentary, where Bob Moog intriguingly discusses how he felt as much that he was discovering something as much as inventing something when he created the synthesizers.

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    (File post under: Other Pathway Pointers And Markers)

    Directions and Destinations:
    The Bog Moog Figurine at Press Pop
    The Moog documentary and trailer
    The Moog documentary at Moog’s site
    Bob Moog at Electronic Sound

    Local Places Of Interest: Ether Signposts #2/52a: Delia Derbyshire Handmade Diorama

     

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  • Ocular Signals #35/52a: Image I/2a

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    File under: A Year In The Country Ocular Explorations

     

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  • Wanderings #35/52a: All Creatures Great And Small And Non-Chocolate Box Chocolate Box-isms

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    File under: Trails and Influences / Year 3 Wanderings

    So, All Creatures Great And Small…

    Over the last few years I’ve been slowly reading the various books in the series of James Herriot’s memoirs of his time and life as a country vet, beginning in the 1930s and progressing over the years…

    I’ve found them interesting as the television series is a sort of Sunday night, chocolate box, no alarms and no surprises take on such things – nothing wrong with that, a good break and escape is not a bad thing…

    However, the books, although not necessarily dark or gritty, present a much more real, visceral life and practice.

    Mortality and the very physical nature of the work of a country vet are told in a quite unflinching but not gratuitous manner – this is just how it is.

    Curiously, they are still rather restful in nature, despite this realism – sort of chocolate box-ish without being over sweet.

    I’ve been rather taken by the covers of the reissues by Tom Cole, which link together to form a set/one image and reflect the passing of time and life rather nicely – again in a sort of chocolate box-ish without being over sweet manner.

     

    Intertwined wanderings around these parts:
    Day #253/365: One For Sorrow; Helter skelter, hang sorrow, public minded urgings from times when the lights may well go out of an evening and heading towards Rocket Cottage-isms…

    Elsewhere in the ether:
    Peruse the book here.

     

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  • Audio Visual Transmission Guide #35/52a: Quatermass II Pre-show Warning

    Quatermass 2-1957-preshow warning-episode 4 the coming-2Between the diction, the vintage BBC logo and the language in which the warning is couched, the pre-show warning for 1957’s Quatermass II television broadcast seems like it is from a very distant time and place:

    “Before we begin the fourth episode of Quatermass II, we’d like to say that in our opinion it is not suitable for children or for those of you who may have a nervous disposition.”

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    I’m quite surprised it has survived in a way, what with television back then not being so pre-recorded and not archived in the way it is today.

    Quatermass 2-1957-preshow warning-BBC logo

    (File Post Under: Cathode Ray & Cinematic Explorations, Radiowave Resonations & Audiological Investigations)

    Audio Visual Transmission Guide:
    Quatermass II – Episode IV Pre-show Warning

     

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  • Artifact Report 35/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists Preview Clips Online

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    The Quietened Cosmologists album preview clips are online for listening to.

    Visit them at Soundcloud.

    Pre-order available 12th September 2017 at our Artifacts Shop and at Bandcamp.
    Released 3rd October 2017.

    The Quietened Cosmologists-CD album cover-A Year In The Country-1080pThe Quietened Cosmologists is a reflection on space exploration projects that have been abandoned and/or that were never realised, of connected lost or imagined futures and dreams, the intrigue and sometimes melancholia of related derelict sites and technological remnants that lie scattered and forgotten.

    The album features Field Lines Cartographer, Pulselovers, Magpahi, Howlround, Vic Mars, Unit One, A Year In The Country, Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, Time Attendant, Listening Center, Polypores and David Colohan.

    Further details on the album can be found here.

     

    (File Post Under: Encasements / Artifacts – Artifact #5a)

     

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  • Ether Signposts #35/52a: Laura Thompson’s Senseless And Creatures Of Modern Myth

    Photograph from the project SenselessThe Laura Thompson’s Senseless series of photographs seem to create an intriguing wordless narrative and to offer a glimpse into real world science fiction parable…

    They feature modern day handmade yeti like creatures/outfits, which recall folkloric costumes but are made from disposable manmade objects.

    The project in part is a reflection on how modern technology and ways of living can cause a literal deadening of the senses, as we tend not to develop particular senses due to nolonger needing them, taking as one of its starting points this quote by anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss:

    There was a particular tribe which was able to see Venus in full daylight, something which to me would be utterly impossible and incredible… Later on I looked into old treatises on navigation belonging to our own civilisation and it seems that sailors of old were perfectly able to see the planet in full daylight. Probably we could still do so if we had a trained eye.”

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    There is a quiet, subtle sense of melancholia, loss or being lost to the photographs, a sense of the creatures searching for something, some kind of sense of home, meaning or connection in the world (or should that be on planet Earth?).

    Photograph from the project Senseless

    They put me in mind of both some odd contemporary art house science fiction film (possibly filtered through a parallel world take on Doctor Who creatures from back when or creatures created for an alternate take on Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin) and also Charles Fréger’s photographs of folkloric costume and the way they show man being transformed into creatures.

    Photograph from the project Senseless

    Along which lines, Laura Thompson says this of her project:

    I began to look into various mythologies from around the world and the costumes associated with them and observed most involved the covering of the face and many times the entire body to transform the person into a mythical being. At the same time I was looking at urban legends and hoaxes such as Bigfoot and people’s obsessive fascination of these elusive beasts. What interested me most was that many seemed to be based on existing mythologies and the fact that many of these creatures, seemed to be trapped between two worlds. Bigfoot being the prime example is not quite human or animal so wanders on the fringe of both, not really belonging to either…

    Photograph from the project Senseless

    “…From these findings I began to create modern day mythological narratives in which I explore themes associated with the dislocation of our senses. It is centred on constructed “yeti-like” creatures made up of either disposable manmade plastic forks, earplugs, vinyl gloves, car air fresheners or compact mirrors, each representing one of the senses…

    Photograph from the project Senseless

    “These creatures have been consumed by these modern, materialistic items and as such can no longer sense anything at all. Neither human nor animal, they wander between worlds fitting in nowhere, yearning to be part of a world they no longer belong to, and becoming a creature of myth.

    Photograph from the project SenselessPhotograph from the project Senseless
    (File post under: Other Pathway Pointers And Markers)

    Directions and Destinations: Senseless at Laura Thompson’s website

    Local Places Of Interest:
    Day #69/365: Charles Frégers Wilder Mann and rituals away from the shores of albion
    Wanderings #18/52a: Further Not-Quite-So-Mainstream Pastoralism And 1970s British Science Fiction Costume And Effects Prototyping…

     

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  • Ocular Signals #34/52a: Image H/2a

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    File under: A Year In The Country Ocular Explorations

     

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