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  • Artifact Report #23/52a: Grey Frequency’s Agrarian Lament Video

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    File Under: Encasments / Artifacts – Artifact #2a

    The Restless Field-Dawn Edition-front-A Year In The CountryThe video to accompany Grey Frequency’s Agrarian Lament from The Restless Field album can be viewed amongst their other hypnotic audio visual work at their Youtube channel.

    Grey Frequency’s online home for their “ethereal ambient transmissions” can be visited here.

    Further details on The Restless Field album can be viewed here.

     

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  • Day #325/365: Artifact #46/52; Grey Frequency Immersion CD album released – Dusk / Dawn Editions

    Grey Frequency Immersion CD album. Dusk Edition £10.00.  Dawn Edition £12.00Grey Frequency-Dusk and Dawn Editions-front covers-A Year In The CountryAudiological Research and Pathways; Case #1
    Audiological contents: 01 Hemlock Stone (19:01). 02 Coastline, Black Sky (16:41).

    Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Discogs Audiological Archive and our  Bandcamp page.
    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

    Both editions custom printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.

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    Immersion was the first Audiological Research and Pathways case study that was sent forth at
    A Year In The Country and I am pleased and indeed proud to be able to return to it.

    Not least because it gives me the chance to return to the recordings contained myself. This is transportative music, something that sends and allows my mind to travel elsewhere; it is meditative and quietly unsettling.

    The phrase that comes to mind when I think of Grey Frequency’s work is broken signals; a scanning or overview of the ghosts in the airwaves, transmissions discovered via edgeland explorations and forays…

    …when I listen to Immersion it feels like a capturing of activity hidden deep below the surface of things, the inexorable power of nature and it’s movement/force against it’s own edifices and those of civilisation over many years; a capturing of the sound of those self same rending and collapsing into the below.

    Lovely stuff.” (AYITC)

     

    Dusk Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £10.00.
    Hand-finished packaging; all black CDr in matt recycled sleeve with insert.
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    Artwork custom printed by A Year In The Country using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    Hand numbered on the back of the insert.

     

    Dawn Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £12.00.
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with insert and badge.
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    Artwork custom printed by A Year In The Country using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on a tag which is string bound to the sleeve.
    Back of the insert is hand numbered.

     

    Artwork/packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department (utilising visual work/source material by Gavin Morrow).

     

    Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Discogs Audiological Archive and our  Bandcamp page.
    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

     

    Box-set Night Editions and string bound booklet Day Editions also available.
    See Day #224/365.
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    Below is the video which accompanies the Hemlock Stone track:

    Visit Grey Frequency in the ether here.

    Peruse Grey Frequency at A Year In The Country: Day #192/365.

     

    The library of A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series includes:
    Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
    Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
    Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
    Case Study #4: United Bible Studies: Doineann
    Case Study #5: She Rocola: Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town
    Case Study #6: Howlround: Torridon Gate
    Case Study #7: Racker & Orphan; Twalif X

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  • Day #224/365: Artifact #32/52; Grey Frequency Immersion album – Night/Day editions

    Grey Frequency Immersion album. Night Edition £25.00.  Day edition £18.00.

    Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #1
    Audiological contents: 01 Hemlock Stone (19:01). 02 Coastline, Black Sky (16:41).

    Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Discogs Audiological Archive and our Other Artifacts Etsy shop.
    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

     

    Night Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £25.00.

    Box-set contains: album on all black CD-R, string bound booklet, 4x25mm badge set, unique one off art print.

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    (Above: a selection of the 52 one-off prints.)

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    Night Edition Details:

    1) All artwork printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

    2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box.

    3) Printed box cover print.

    4) Fully black CD-R (black on top, black on playable side).

    5) Black string bound 12.8cm x 12.8cm booklet:
    a) Hand signed by Gavin Morrow of Grey Frequency, hand numbered.
    b) Hand bone creased cover.
    c) 12 pages (6 sides printed);
    d) Contains 5 images, one credits page.
    e) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    f) Three inner pages are printed on 245gsm paper.
    g) One inner page is printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.

    6) 4x25mm/1″ badge set contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.

    7) One-off art print:
    12.8cm x 12.8 cm, printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    Hand signed and numbered by the AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

    Each set contains a different art print, 52 designs throughout the edition.

     

    Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £18.00.

    White/black CD-R album in string bound book packaging.

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    Day Edition Details:

    1) All artwork printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

    2) Wrapped in wax sealed, hand stamped black tissue paper.

    3) White/black CD-R (white on top, black on playable side).

    4) Jute string bound 14.4cm x 13.2cm booklet:
    a) Hand signed by Gavin Morrow of Grey Frequency, hand numbered.
    b) Hand bone creased cover.
    c) 12 pages (6 sides printed);
    d) Contains 5 images, one credits page.
    e) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    f) Three inner pages are printed on 245gsm paper.
    g) One inner page is printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.

    5) CD-R held in protective fleece-lined sleeve.

     

    Artwork/packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department (utilising visual work/source material by Gavin Morrow).

    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

    Available at our Artifacts Shop, our Discogs Audiological Archive and our Other Artifacts Etsy shop.

     

    This Audiological Case Study can also be listened to via our Ether Victrola below and is available for futher perusing/purchase at our Bandcamp page.

     

    Below is the video which accompanies the Hemlock Stone track:

    Visit Grey Frequency in the ether here.

    Peruse Grey Frequency at A Year In The Country: Day #192/365.

     

    The full current library of the A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series:

    Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
    Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
    Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
    Case Study #4: United Bible Studies: Doineann
    Case Study #5: She Rocola: Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town

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  • Audiological Transmission #50​/​52: The Quietened Bunker – Comms: Seen Through The Grey / Revisitation #4a

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    Audiological exploration by Listening Center.

    bunker-revisiting-2-for-bandcamp-strokeFrom the album The Quietened Bunker, which also includes work by Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, A Year In The Country, Panabrite, Polypores, Time Attendant, Unknown Heretic and David Colohan.

    Available at Bandcamp and our Artifacts Shop.

     

    Revisitation #4a.

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    Notes and Scribings:
    The Quietened Bunker is an exploration of the abandoned and/or decommissioned Cold War installations which lie under the land and that would have acted as selectively populated refuges/control centres if the button was ever pushed.

    They could be seen as once modern fortresses – reinforced concrete and blast doors replacing moats and stone battlements.

    However, these subterranean fortresses would likely also have been places of entombment – somewhere that those who once ran the infrastructure and defence of the nation would watch the days pass as supplies dwindled and the inevitable time came when the air filters would give out, all long before the world would become habitable again.

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    Accompanying the main bunkers in the UK were a network of hundreds of small underground monitoring posts which would report on the size of an attack and the resulting fallout. Manned by volunteers, they were to be operational for just three weeks.

    The intention was that these would form part of a network of civil defence and management, accompanied by government issued Protect and Survive leaflets/broadcasts that would have offered advice on how to protect home and hearth via little more than whitewashing windows as blast protection and forming a shelter by leaning mattresses against an inner wall of your house.

    Looking back, such preparations can seem a reflection of some kind of madness or delusion in the collective consciousness and the halls of power – a tilting at windmills that was necessary to protect national psyches from the reality and aftermath of the sudden use and descending of mechanisms with almost indescribable destructive power.

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    Now it can all seem like a dream from another world, one where for a number of decades populations lived under the day-to-day threat of total annihilation and where millions was spent on this network of shelters and defences; preparations to allow fiddling once all had burned, such bunkers possibly being nearer to utilitarian national follies than fortresses.

    Indeed, today they are as likely to be signposted tourist attractions as operative defences.

    The Quietened Bunker reflects on these chimeric bulwarks and the faded but still present memory of associated Cold War dread, of which they are stalwart, mouldering symbols.

     

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    Transmissions sent, received, transmitted:

    “The Quietened Bunker is an exploration of the abandoned and/or decommissioned Cold War installations (i.e. my favourite places). And (spoiler) it’s brilliant – an absolute contender for my album of the year. Every single track is expressive of the theme, though they all take a different approach to presenting it.” Pete Collins at Both Bars On

    “Grey Frequency’s Drakelow Tunnels is comprised of desolate drones like wind whipping through a crumbling building, menacing hums and echoes, and a repeated three-note melody loaded with foreboding… Listening Center combines music reminiscent of 1970s synth pioneers with a darkly experimental edge… David Colohan of United Bible Studies contributes a soundtrack-esque piece that is stark yet beautiful, a sense of hope shining through the abandonment like flowers arising triumphantly through crumbling concrete.” Kim Harten at Bliss Aquamarine

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    From Rue Morgue, Shindig issue 59 and handwritten scribing by Was Ist Das?

    “Over the course of the album, the sounds blend beautifully together,  each seemingly tied to the next by a sense of loneliness and abandonment, creating a very melancholic collection that is very engaging with every artist playing their part in the mystery. To end it all, David Colohan takes the listener on a magical ride as “Waiting for the Blazing Sky” unfolds around you, a soft melodic slice of electronics that seems to float without form or purpose, summing up the cold war relics that inspired this excellent compilation.” Simon Lewis at Terrascope

    Other considerations and zeros and ones/frequency modulation broadcasts of the album can also be found at:

    The Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-all items-A Year In The CountrySeance Radio Show / Include Me Out / A Closer Listen #1 / A Closer Listen #2 / You, The Night & The Music #1  / You The Night & The Music # 2Evening Of Light / Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone / Nick Luscombe at Late Junction / Music Won’t Save You / The Crooked Button Radio Show / John Coulthart’s Feuilleton / Syndae #1 / Syndae #2 / The Sunday Experience / Gated Canal Community RadioSimon Reynold’s Retromania.

    A tip of the hat to all concerned.

     

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    A set of intermingled The Quietened Bunker wanderings can be perused via:

    Week #30/52: The Quietened Bunker Archives #1; A Lovely Day Out / Not Your Average Des Res

    Week #31/52: The Quietened Bunker Archives #2; Songs For The Bunker – The Once Was Ascendance Of Apocalyptic Pop

    Week #32/52: Bunker Archives #3: Wargames, Hollywood phantoms and phantasms and the only winning move is not to play

    Week #33/52: Bunker Archives #4; Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archaeology and accidental utilitarian art

     

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    Further details of The Quietened Bunker can be found around these parts here.

     

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  • Day #192/365: When Do We Dream? Cold Geometries and Grey Frequencies

    Grey Frequency-dark ambient-A Year In The Country 5File under: Trails and Influences: Recent Explorations.
    Case #24/52.

    For a while now I’ve been finding myself drawn to certain areas of what could be called ambient music and/or tonal drone instrumental music.

    I didn’t expect it, nor has it been a conscious decision but sometimes you look up and something has crept up on you.

    This isn’t necessarily ambient music in the more new age sense of relaxing background music… in the racks of (hardly now existing) record shops, this is more likely to be filed under dark ambient.

    In common with its lighter, brighter namesake, it is still music that you can let wash over you but at the same time it is often a much more experimental, subterranean form of this music than it’s sometimes blissful genre companions.

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    I’ve wandered why I’ve been drawn to such things, often in the past having been quite an appreciator of the traditional song structure, melody and lyrics… possibly in these days of cultural informational input, overload and the cutting up of culture and attention into tiny, tiny bits and pieces, the less invasive, longer in time duration, contemplative pieces that can be found in such music have become a refuge, a place where I can appreciate music but also let my mind wander and dream.

    And in the sense of being able to let your mind travel or absorbing music for an extended period of time, I’m reminded of what one of the originators of such things, Brian Eno, said when discussing ambient music; that he wanted to create music that you could use in the same way as you did light – it was just there and that you don’t necessarily want light to always be erratic, pulsing or strobing.

    I used the word subterranean earlier for a particular reason… often the music I have been listening to conjures in my mind a sense of being literally underground, of journeys through tunnels deep below the ground.

    Grey Frequency-dark ambient-A Year In The CountryOne of my favourite of such things is the work of Grey Frequency.

    I first came across their work via a visual medium, while tumbl(r)ing down particular hills in the valleys of zeros and ones… I thought, ah, here is somebody that is approaching a sense of unsettled pastoralism, childhood wastelands, post-post war architectural concrete brutalism and associated patterns/textures in a manner not too dissimilar to myself.

    And then I listened to the music and I was travelling and tunnelling through those aforementioned subterranean passageways, accompanied by a sense of bliss become dread, of creaking, lurking monoliths…

    And what are those monoliths? What is that sense of dread? Well, this is inherently hauntological music, in that it 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.

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    This is music and a project which, for me (and of course I can only talk for myself, I don’t know the intentions of its creator) is imbued with a sense of the cold war dread that accompanied much of my childhood, of a country and its infrastructure in a state of crumbling and decay. And this might sound odd but for some reason when I hear Grey Frequency, it reminds me of soundtracks to big budget science fiction films… but the foreign, outer places its stories traverse aren’t those of far future worlds, those otherly lands are now our own futures past and landscapes.

    Grey Frequency-dark ambient-A Year In The Country 6Grey Frequency is a multi-faceted project; music is at its core but it also takes in photography, lithographic print and video work. Its various manifestations can be found here (audio signals and physical artifacts), here (audio signals), here (static visual transmissions), here (cathode ray flickerings), here (ether connections) and here (compact communications).

    If you’re of a certain age and cultural inclination, you may also enjoy Retro Reverbs, which is built by Grey Frequency personnel; a scrapbook or source library of imagery all held in a well-worn, long-lost mass publication paperback cover (adults only, as such things may well say on the cover).

    You can take in the audio experience of Mr Brian Eno being interviewed by a picture book story telling, bearded, self-declared thaumaturge here, which is part of a chain reaction that was previously fed by Jon Brooks supporter and occasional appearer in these pages Stewart Lee.

     

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  • Artifact Report #46/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists – Further Reviews and Broadcasts

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    Some further reviews and broadcasts of The Quietened Cosmologists album, which 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.”

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    First up is a review in Electronic Sound issue 35 by the magazine’s Commissioning Editor Neil Mason…

    …that issue has a classic 1950s/1980s style 3D cover complete with red/blue anaglyph glasses, which is a nice touch and something of a nod to the lineage of 3D now that one of the latest incarnations of 3D in the home is largely coming to an end as manufacturers have mostly stopped making 3D televisions.

    The issue is available here and as part of a vinyl bundle here.

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    Next up is Dave Thompson’s review at his Spin Cycle column on Goldmine magazine’s site:

    “…a rumination on what might have been – the space missions that were promised, that were planned and then abandoned, or that never got off even the figurative ground in the first place… Disconnected voices from impossible distances, radio signals, muted melodies, ambitious hope and scientific daydreams…”

    Find the column here.

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    Andrew Young reviews the album at Terrascope:

    “Keith Seatman has beats a plenty like a wonky Kraftwerk after they have discovered Steve Birchall’s epic Reality Gates album, proper space rock… Listening Center  take us to a strange ticking otherworldy place, a place that feels at once vast and infinite, a haunting slice of space music… The record ends with Landfall at William Creek, David Colohan’s spectral hammered dulcimer peels away into the inky vastness of space, a beautiful end to a fine record.”

    Visit the review here.

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    We Are Cult included the album in a review round up

    “…it’s a cracking collection of electronica… about the abandoned, uncelebrated, and unrealised attempts to reach the stars… David Colohans desolate Landfall At William Creek perfectly evokes lonely space junk rusting in the wilderness… Keith Seatman’s 093A-Prospero is best described as a sort of interstellar Lieutenant Pigeon.”

    An interstellar Lieutenant Pigeon? Well, count me in (!).

    Visit the reviews round up here.

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    The Unquiet Meadow included Pulselovers Lonely Puck amongst some fine company on their show which wanders through and explores the further reaches of folk and where they meet the spectral concerns of hauntology…

    Originally broadcast on Asheville FM, browse the playlist here and the show’s site at the radio station here.

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    In a rounding the circle manner, some time A Year In The Country fellow travellers Pete Wiggs and James Papademetrie of the “phantom seaside radio” show The Séance have included David Colohan and Field Lines Cartographers tracks on two of their show.

    First heard via the airwaves at Radio Reverb and Sine FM, the episodes and their playlist’s are archived here and here.

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    In a further rounding of the circle manner, Mat Handley of Pulselovers played David Colohan, Time Attendant and Vic Mars’ tracks on his You, the Night & the Music show.

    That show was also originally broadcast on Sine FM. Visit the online archive for the episodes here and here.

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    The Gated Canal Community Radio Show, hosted by record labels Front & Follow and The Geography Trip, played Howlround’s track on their show.

    Originally on Reform Radio, the show is archived here and here and the show’s blog can be found here.

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    In an interconnected manner, Wyrd Daze included three tracks from the album on their Samhain Seance 6 : Triffid Witch mix, alongside tracks from Front & Follow’s 10th anniversary compilation Lessons and their Blow series, plus the likes of Leyland Kirby and The Haxan Cloak.

    The online archive can be found here and details of the mix can be found here. Wyrd Daze’s main site can be found here.

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    Previous reviews and broadcasts of The Quietened Cosmologists:
    Artifact Reports #37/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists Writing, Posts and Broadcasts
    Artifact Report #38/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists Writing, Posts and Broadcasts
    Artifact Report #39/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists at You, the Night & the Music and feuilleton
    Artifact Report #44/52a: A Year In The Country at The Golden Apples of the Sun

    A tip of the hat to everybody involved. The support is much appreciated.

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    The Quietened Cosmologists 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 can be found around these parts here, at Bandcamp here and can be previewed at Soundcloud here.

     

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  • Artifact Report #40/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists – Released

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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, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
    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.

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    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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    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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    “‘Mléčný Perihelion Weekend’ by Listening Center takes us to a strange ticking otherworldy place, a place that feels at once vast and infinite, a haunting slice of space music… The record ends with ‘Landfall at William Creek’, David Colohan’s spectral hammered dulcimer peels away into the inky vastness of space, a beautiful end to a fine record.
    Andrew Young, Terrascope

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    The Quietened Cosmologists’ features a dozen spectral suites, each exploring the various aspects, forgotten histories and what ifs of these golden age adventures… Pulselovers serve up ‘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… While last one for this brief ride, Field Lines Cartographer’s ‘OPS-4’ with its binary shimmer tones and vapour rubbed ethereal detailing, cuts a finite line between the enchanting and the eerie, a ghost flotilla perhaps a sonic spectre of sorts or rather more, an orbital occurrence with past visions looped on endless replay.
    Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience

     

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  • Artifact Report #39/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists at You, the Night & the Music and feuilleton

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    John Coulthart has posted about The Quietened Cosmologists and related pathways at his feuilleton site…

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    “The ruins of Britain’s own contribution to the Space Race—especially those like the abandoned launch-pad at High Down on the Isle of Wight—are all the more poignant for the gulf between their past ambition and present state of decay.”

    Visit that post here.

    It joins previous A Year In The Country related posts at feuilleton, including:

    UndercurrentsFrom The Furthest SignalsThe Restless FieldThe Marks Upon The LandThe Forest / The WaldThe Quietened Bunker and Fractures.

    You-the-night-and-the-music-radio-show-mat-handley-episode 215-A-Year-In-The-Country

    And in a rounding the circle manner, Mat Handley of Pulselovers whose work is featured on the album, played David Colohan’s Landfall At William Creek from the album on his You, the Night & the Music radio show.

    Originally broadcast on Sine FM, it is archived at Mixcloud, where it can be found amongst fellow The Quietened Cosmologists travellers Keith Seatman and Grey Frequency.

    Thanks to all concerned.

    More details on The Quietened Cosmologists can be found here.

     

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  • Artifact Report #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:

    Sunrise Ocean Bender-radio show-artifact report 37 of 52a

    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.

    Mark Losing Today-The Sunday Experience-The Restless Field-A Year In The Country

    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.

    A Closter Listen-logo-3 in a row

    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.

    Gated-Canal-Community-Radio-27th August

    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.

    Howlround-Robin The Fog-home page graphic-The Quietened Cosmologists

    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

    Robin The Fog-website banner

    …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).

    Test Transmission Archive-Keith Seatman banner-four in a row

    …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.

    Cosmologists-Night booklet-page 2 and Night edition

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

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

    The Quietened Cosmologists-Night and Dawn Editions-A Year In The Country
    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, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
    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.

     

    The Quietened Cosmologists-landscape artwork-2

    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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  • 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.

    The Restless Field review-Electronic Sound magazine-issue 30-photograph

    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.

    The England Project-logo masthead

    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.

    You the Night and the Music radio show logo-Sine FM-Delaware Road special

    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.

    The Unquiet Meadow-radio show-Ashevill FM

    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.

    The Restless Field-A Year In The Country-dawn editions opened

    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.

     

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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.

     

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  • Artifact Report 34/52a: The Quietened Cosmologists – Pre-order And Release Dates

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    Pre-order available 12th September 2017. Released 3rd October 2017.

    Will be available via our Artifacts Shop and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

    Artifact #5a

    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.

     

    Featuring audiological explorations by:
    Field Lines Cartographer
    Pulselovers
    Magpahi
    Howlround
    Vic Mars
    Unit One (Dom Cooper of Circle/Temple and The Straw Bear Band in collaboration with Al Hill)
    A Year In The Country
    Keith Seatman
    Grey Frequency
    Time Attendant
    Listening Center
    Polypores
    David Colohan

     

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  • Artifact Report #31/52a: From The Furthest Signals Reviews And Broadcasts

    There have been a number of new broadcasts and reviews of the From The Furthest Signals album…

    Electronic Sound magazine-issue 31-From The Furthest Signals review-A Year In The Country

    First up is a review in issue 31 of Electronic Sound magazine by Push: “The ghosts are out of the machines. Lock your windows tonight.”

    You can visit Electronic Sound and issue 31 here (there is also a rather generous introductory subscription offer for the magazine which can be found here).

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    Keith Seatman’s track Curious Noises and Distant Voices from the album was played on the Gated Canal Community Radio show which is presented and compiled by the record labels Front & Follow and The Geography Trip.

    The show is hosted by Reform Radio and you can find Keith Seatman’s track in some rather fine company (including a mix by IX Tab which wanders amongst the Hidden Reverse sides of music) at Gated Canal’s Tumblr site and at Mixcloud.

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    Max Reinhardt played Grey Frequency’s Ident (IV) from the album on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction show. Ident (IV) plays around 1:09 and the album is also mentioned around 1:19.

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    Visit the show here, where you can find Ident (IV) also in some fine company (including Anne Briggs, whose work is much appreciated around these parts).

    Sunrise Ocean Bender-radio show-July 2017

    Sunrise Ocean Bender played Polypores’ Signals Caught Off The Coast on their radio show, alongside the likes of Helios Creed, UFO and various wanderings amongst underground and space rock. Originally broadcast on WRIR FM the show featuring the track can be found at Sunrise Ocean Bender’s site here and also at Mixcloud.

    Bliss-Aquamarine-A-Year-In-The-Country-6 in a row

    Kim Harten reviewed the album at her site Bliss Aquamarine, where her indepth consideration of the different tracks can be found alongside an earlier review of The Restless Field. Visit those here.

    Thanks to all involved for their ongoing support: Push, Neil Mason and all at Electronic Sound, Justin and Rob of Gated Canal Community Radio, Max Reinhardt and all at Late Junction, Kevin McFadin of Sunrise Ocean Bender and Kim Harten of Bliss Aquamarine.

    Not forgetting those whose music is included on the album: Circle/Temple, David Colohan, Sharron Kraus, Time Attendant, Depatterning, Sproatly Smith, Field Lines Cartographer, Grey Frequency, Keith Seatman, Polypores, The Haren And The Moon, Pulselovers and Listening Center.

    Tip of the hat to all.

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    More information on From The Furthest Signals can be found around these parts here and the album can be previewed at Soundcloud

    It can be ordered at our Artifacts Shop, Bandcamp and Norman Records.

    Other reviews and broadcasts etc of the album by Music Won’t Save You, John Coulthart, Violet Apple, Dave Thompson at Goldmine/Spin Cycle, We Are Cult, Whisperinandhollerin, Flatland Frequencies and More Than Human, alongside earlier broadcasts by Gated Canal Community Radio and Sunrise Ocean Bender can be visited around these parts here.

     

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  • Artifact Report #27/52a: From The Furthest Signals Reviews and Broadcasts

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    The From The Furthest Signals album has been a-wandering (transmitting?) to various places of late including:

    Gated Canal Community Radio-Reform Radio-Time Attendant-A Year In The Country

    Time Attendant’s The Dreaming Green and Keith Seatman’s Curious Noises and Distant Voices were played on The Gated Canal Community Radio show, which is put together by the record labels Front & Follow and The Geography Trip and hosted by Reform Radio. Visit the show here.

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    Grey Frequency’s Ident (IV), Keith Seatman’s Curious Noises & Distant Voices, Pulselovers Endless Repeats/Eternal Return and Listening Center’s Only The End Credits Remain have made appearances on the Sunrise Ocean Bender radio show, which was originally broadcast on WRIR FM. Visit those episodes here and here.

    Flatland-Frequencies-banner-A-Year-In-The-Country-From The Furthest Signals

    Circle/Temple’s The Séance/Search for Mussel-Light was included on Flatland Frequencies radio show, original broadcast on Future FM. Visit that here (where there is also some rather fine 1972 Flamenco Moog introductory music).

    More Than Human Records

    While Time Attendant’s The Dreaming Green, Polypores Signals Caught Off The Coast and Listening Centre’s Only The End Credits Remain were featured on an episode of the More Than Human radio show, originally broadcast on CTR FM. Visit that here.

    And then to some of the From The Furthest Signals reviews…

    Mark Losing Today-The Sunday Experience-The Restless Field-A Year In The Country

    “Pulselovers whose ‘endless repeats / eternal return’ is adored in a twinkle toned orbital phrasing all shepherded and harvested upon a delicately whirling crystal cut sepia fantasia. Listening Center draws this latest report to a close with the aptly titled ‘only the credits remain’, a beautifully serene and widescreen cosmic sea spray dimpled in sleepy headed dream drifts, utterly touching and tender, need I say more.
    Mark Losing at The Sunday Experience

    Goldmine Magazine-Spin Cycle-Dave Thompson

    “It’s a gloriously uneasy listen, as likely to creep up with folk guitars and disconnected voices (Sproatly Smith’s “The Thistle Doll”) as it is to hiss softly on the edge of your consciousness while distant choirs howl at the stars (A Year in the Country’s “A Multitude of Tumblings”).
    Dave Thompson at Spincycle/Goldmine magazine

    Feuilleton-John-Coulthart-logo banner

    “This is an excellent collection, one of the best to date from A Year In The Country with pieces ranging from the folk-oriented balladry of Sproatly Smith to the deteriorating electronics of Grey Frequency. The album ends with a number by Listening Center, Only The Credits Remain, whose weightless harmonies wouldn’t be out of place on Apollo by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois.
    John Coulthart at feuilleton

    We Are Cult website logo

    The desolate chorale of Sharron Kraus’s Asterope sounds like the theme from Children Of The Stones has relocated to a far-flung, empty asteroid. The sublimely eerie The Thistle Doll from Sproatly Smith is probably the best track, sounding like it’s been partly taped-over with something you can’t quite make out, while the cosmic reel of The Hare And The Moon’s gorgeous Man Of Double Deed manages to be both crisply nearby and airily distant sounding.
    Martin Ruddock at We Are Cult

    Music Wont Save You-Raffaello Russo

    Tra i partecipanti a “From The Furthest Signals”, oltre ad habitué quali David Colohan, Time Attendant, Sproatly Smith, The Hare And The Moon, compaiono anche le sinuose modulazioni vocali di Sharron Kraus e le sature correnti droniche di Pulselovers, tutti partecipi di una incessante ricerca di A Year In The Country, da autentici rabdomanti del suono.
    Rafaello Russo at Music Won’t Save You

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    This music creates a world of its own which could be viewed either as defiantly anachronistic or as an example of cutting edge experimentalism… Either way, any attempt to quantify it in terms of modernity or tradition seems redundant or to miss the point. Better to think of as chronologically challenged and revel in its strangeness.
    Whisperinandhollerin

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    And in a rounding the circle manner, the album is featured at the Violet Apple website, which is dedicated to the life and works of author David Lindsay. Visit that here.

    Tip of the hat to everybody concerned. Much appreciated.

    From The Furthest Signals-A Year In The Country-Night and Dawn Editions openedFrom The Furthest Signals-Night edition booklets-A Year In The Country

    From The Furthest Signals takes as its initial reference points films, television and radio programs that have been in part or completely lost or wiped during a period in history before archiving and replication of such work had gained today’s technological and practical ease.

    Curiously, such television and radio broadcasts may not be fully lost to the wider universe as they can travel or leak out into space and so may actually still exist far from their original points of transmission and places of creation, possibly in degraded, fractured form and/or mixed amongst other stellar noises and signals.

    The explorations of From The Furthest Signals are soundtracks imagined and filtered through the white noise of space and time; reflections on those lost tales and the way they can become reimagined via hazy memories and history, of the myths that begin to surround such discarded, lost to view or vanished cultural artifacts.

    The album features audiological explorations by Circle/Temple, David Colohan, Sharron Kraus, A Year In The Country, Time Attendant, Depatterning, Field Lines Cartographer, Grey Frequency, Keith Seatman, Polypores, The Hare And The Moon, Pulselovers and Listening Center.

    From The Furthest Signals-landscape sticker-A Year In The Country

    More details on the album can be found here.

    Clips from the album can be previewed at Soundcloud and it can be ordered at our Artifacts ShopBandcamp Ether Victrola and Norman Records.

     

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  • Artifact Report #26/52a: From The Furthest Signals Released

    Dawn Edition £11.95. Night Edition £24.95.From The Furthest Signals-A Year In The Country-Night and Dawn Editions opened
    Available via our Artifacts ShopBandcamp Ether Victrola and Norman Records.
    Released today 27th June 2017.

    Artifact #3a

    Featuring audiological explorations by Circle/Temple, David Colohan, Sharron Kraus, A Year In The Country, Time Attendant, Depatterning, Field Lines Cartographer, Grey Frequency, Keith Seatman, Polypores, The Hare And The Moon, Pulselovers and Listening Center.

    From The Furthest Signals takes as its initial reference points films, television and radio programs that have been in part or completely lost or wiped during a period in history before archiving and replication of such work had gained today’s technological and practical ease.

    Curiously, such television and radio broadcasts may not be fully lost to the wider universe as they can travel or leak out into space and so may actually still exist far from their original points of transmission and places of creation, possibly in degraded, fractured form and/or mixed amongst other stellar noises and signals.

    The explorations of From The Furthest Signals are soundtracks imagined and filtered through the white noise of space and time; reflections on those lost tales and the way they can become reimagined via hazy memories and history, of the myths that begin to surround such discarded, lost to view or vanished cultural artifacts.

    Listen to clips from the album at our Soundcloud: Mark II Ether Victrola

     

    Dawn Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £11.95.From The Furthest Signals-A Year In The Country-Dawn Edition opened
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.From The Furthest Signal-Dawn-front cover-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signal-Dawn-opened-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signal-Dawn-back-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signals-Dawn-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.
    From The Furthest Signals-A Year In The Country-Night editions-2 copy

    Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 1 x large badge, 1 x round sticker, 1 x landscape format sticker.
    From The Furthest Signal-Night-front-A Year In The Country From The Furthest Signal-Night-opened-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signal-Night-all components-A Year In The Country From The Furthest Signal-Night-opened booklet page-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signals-Night-Edition-all-black-CD-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) 1 x large badge.
    7) 1 x round sticker, 1 x landscape format sticker.

    From The Furthest Signals-Night edition booklets-A Year In The Country From the Furthest Signals-Night Edition badge packs-A Year In The Country

     

    From The Furthest Signals-landscape sticker-A Year In The Country

    Further Audiological Exploration Details:
    1) Circle/Temple – The Séance/Search for Muspel-Light
    2) David Colohan – Brass Rubbings Club (Opening Titles)
    3) A Year In The Country – A Multitude Of Tumblings
    4) Sharron Kraus – Asterope
    5) Time Attendant – The Dreaming Green
    6) Depatterning – Aurora In Andromeda
    7) Sproatly Smith – The Thistle Doll
    8) Field Lines Cartographer – The Radio Window
    9) Grey Frequency – Ident (IV)
    10) Keith Seatman – Curious Noises & Distant Voices
    11) Polypores – Signals Caught Off The Coast
    12) The Hare And The Moon – Man Of Double Deed
    13) Pulselovers – Endless Repeats/Eternal Return
    14) Listening Center – Only The Credits Remain

    Artwork / encasment design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

    Library Reference Numbers: A009FTFSN and A009FTFSN.

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

    From The Furthest Signals-landscape image 1-A Year In The Country

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

     

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

    Artifact Report 25-52a-The-Restless-Field-Dawn-Edition-front-A-Year-In-The-Country-1600

    A selection of reviews and broadcasts of The Restless Field album…

    Goldmine magazine logo-Dave Thompson-Spin Cycle 2Dave Thompson has reviewed The Restless Field at Goldmine/Spin Cycle:

    …endlessly evocative, a series of sonic sketches hang as heavy as history.  Field Line Cartographer’s “Ghosts of Blood and Iron” is harsh, unforgiving electronics; Vic Mars’ “Mortimer’s Cross’ is contrarily gentle, an acoustic pattern and the ghost of woodwind.  Sproatly Smith’s “Ribbons” is barely audible for its first thirty seconds, but builds around sound and effects to conjure a sense of unfathomable menace; David Colohan’s “Beyond Jack’s Gate” is a mournful organ requiem that closes the disc with heart-stopping finality.
    Goldmine/Spincycle

    Bliss Aquamarine-A Year In The CountryKim Harten reviews the album at Bliss Aquamarine:

    …Bare Bones have links with The Straw Bear Band and The Owl Service, and tread a similar road to Stone Breath with the combination of medieval music and raw and dark Appalachian-inspired folk based around banjo and droning fiddle. Assembled Minds provide an electronic, beat-driven instrumental made with analogue synths; it could almost be called a dance track yet its cold, dark and somewhat experimental nature sets it apart from your average dance music by many, many miles. Listening Center’s whirring and chugging vintage synths conjure up images of a dystopian sci-fi movie from the 1970s. Pulselovers accompany a strong electronic melody with an effective mix of hypnotic pulsing chugging rhythm, spacey whirrs, atmospheric drones, and nature sounds.
    Bliss Aquamarine

    Sunrise Ocean Bender-The Restless Field radio broadcast

    More tracks from the album have been played on the Sunrise Ocean Bender radio show, amongst the likes of Sinoia Cave’s soundtrack for Beyond The Black Rainbow. It was originally broadcast on WRIR FM and the show is archived here.

    The Seance Radio show-wider logo

    And finally, Vic Mars’ Mortimer’s Cross and Time Attendant’s Black Slab from the album were played on two episodes of The Séance’s phantom seaside radio show. They were originally broadcast on Radio Reverb and Sine FM and are archived here and here.

    Thanks to Dave Thompson, Kim Harten, Kevin McFadin, Pete Wiggs and James Papademetrie for the ongoing support. Tip of the hat to them all.

    The Restless Field-Night Edition-landscape sticker artwork 2-A Year In The Country

    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

    The Restless Field-Night Edition-booklet artwork 3-A Year In The Country

    The Restless Field-A Year In The Country-dawn editions openedThe 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 Ether Victrola Mark II 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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  • Artifact Report #24/52a: From The Furthest Signals Pre-Order

    Dawn Edition £11.95. Night Edition £24.95.
    From The Furthest Signal-Night and Dawn editions-A Year In The Country
    Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and Norman Records.
    Pre-order 13th June 2017. Released 27th June 2017.

    Artifact #3a

    Featuring audiological explorations by Circle/Temple, David Colohan, Sharron Kraus, A Year In The Country, Time Attendant, Depatterning, Field Lines Cartographer, Grey Frequency, Keith Seatman, Polypores, The Hare And The Moon, Pulselovers and Listening Center.

    From The Furthest Signals takes as its initial reference points films, television and radio programs that have been in part or completely lost or wiped during a period in history before archiving and replication of such work had gained today’s technological and practical ease.

    Curiously, such television and radio broadcasts may not be fully lost to the wider universe as they can travel or leak out into space and so may actually still exist far from their original points of transmission and places of creation, possibly in degraded, fractured form and/or mixed amongst other stellar noises and signals.

    The explorations of From The Furthest Signals are soundtracks imagined and filtered through the white noise of space and time; reflections on those lost tales and the way they can become reimagined via hazy memories and history, of the myths that begin to surround such discarded, lost to view or vanished cultural artifacts.

    Listen to clips from the album at our Soundcloud: Mark II Ether Victrola

     

    Dawn Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £11.95.
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.From The Furthest Signal-Dawn-front cover-A Year In The Country From The Furthest Signal-Dawn-back-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signal-Dawn-opened-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signals-Dawn-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, 1 x large badge, 1 x round sticker, 1 x landscape format sticker.
    From The Furthest Signal-Night-front-A Year In The Country From The Furthest Signal-Night-opened-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signal-Night-all components-A Year In The Country From The Furthest Signal-Night-opened booklet page-A Year In The CountryFrom The Furthest Signals-Night-Edition-all-black-CD-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) 1 x large badge.
    7) 1 x round sticker, 1 x landscape format sticker.

     

    From The Furthest Signals-landscape sticker-A Year In The Country

    Further Audiological Exploration Details:
    1) Circle/Temple – The Séance/Search for Muspel-Light
    2) David Colohan – Brass Rubbings Club (Opening Titles)
    3) A Year In The Country – A Multitude Of Tumblings
    4) Sharron Kraus – Asterope
    5) Time Attendant – The Dreaming Green
    6) Depatterning – Aurora In Andromeda
    7) Sproatly Smith – The Thistle Doll
    8) Field Lines Cartographer – The Radio Window
    9) Grey Frequency – Ident (IV)
    10) Keith Seatman – Curious Noises & Distant Voices
    11) Polypores – Signals Caught Off The Coast
    12) The Hare And The Moon – Man Of Double Deed
    13) Pulselovers – Endless Repeats/Eternal Return
    14) Listening Center – Only The Credits Remain

    Artwork / encasment design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

    Library Reference Numbers: A009FTFSN and A009FTFSN.

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

    From The Furthest Signals-landscape artwork 2-A Year In The Country-2

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

     

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  • Artifact Report #22/52a: From The Furthest Signals – Clips Online

    From The Furthest Signals-clips landscape image-2
    File Under: Encasments / Artifacts – Artifact #3a

    From The Furthest Signals album clips are online for listening to.

    Visit them at our Soundcloud Mark II Ether Victrola.

    Pre-order 13th June 2017. Release date 27th June 2017.

    From The Furthest Signals-album cover art-A Year In The CountryAudiological explorations by Circle/Temple, David Colohan, Sharron Kraus, A Year In The Country, Time Attendant, Depatterning, Field Lines Cartographer, Grey Frequency, Keith Seatman, Polypores, The Hare And The Moon, Pulselovers and Listening Center.

    Further details on From The Furthest Signals can be found here.

     

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  • Artifact Report #21/52a: From The Furthest Signals – Preorder And Release Dates

    From The Furthest Signals-album cover art-A Year In The Country
    Pre-order 13th June 2017. Release date 27th June 2017.

    From The Furthest Signals takes as its initial reference points films, television and radio programs that have been in part or completely lost or wiped during a period in history before archiving and replication of such work had gained today’s technological and practical ease.

    Curiously, such television and radio broadcasts may not be fully lost to the wider universe as they can travel or leak out into space and so may actually still exist far from their original points of transmission and places of creation, possibly in degraded, fractured form and/or mixed amongst other stellar noises and signals.

    The explorations of From The Furthest Signals are soundtracks imagined and filtered through the white noise of space and time; reflections on those lost tales and the way they can become reimagined via hazy memories and history, of the myths that begin to surround such discarded, lost to view or vanished cultural artifacts.

    Audiological explorations by:
    Circle/Temple
    David Colohan
    A Year In The Country
    Sharron Kraus
    Time Attendant
    Depatterning
    Sproatly Smith
    Field Lines Cartographer
    Grey Frequency
    Keith Seatman
    Polypores
    The Hare And The Moon
    Pulselovers
    Listening Center

    Will be available via our Artifacts Shop and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

     

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

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