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

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    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.

     

    (File Under: Encasments / Artifacts – Artifact #2a)

     

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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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  • Audio Albion – Wanderings Amongst the Airwaves, the Ether and Elsewhere…

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    A selection of some of the recent broadcasts, reviews etc of the Audio Albion album.

    Aside from the A Year In The Country connection, the below links etc are well worth a wander and peruse as, like a good jumble sale, you never know quite what else you might find when you’re rummaging.

    (PS Whatever happened to jumble sales? Largely supplanted by charity shops maybe?)

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    “A gorgeous collage of sound myths, emboldened stories and earthly sounds; a journey through the rims and roads of Britain.” From the review at We Are Cult, which joins something of a growing selection of other A Year In The Country reviews around those parts. Visit that here.

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    “On Stormy Point, contains a whistle recording made in one of the caves at Alderley Edge in Cheshire, an important location in the Rural Wyrd via the popularisation of its myths in the novels of Alan Garner… The Unquiet Grave by Widow’s Weeds… a marvellous interpretation of one of the spookiest English folk songs…”

    John Coulthart posted about the album at his feuilleton site, where it joins a fair old selection of other posts on A Year In The Country related work and releases. Visit that here.

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    “…purely acoustic rarefaction to aggregated loops, layered/solitary voices to morsels of modern folk melodies, palatable soundtrack-ish electronica to eerie nebula…” Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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    “Captured in locations as diverse as a derelict workshop in Holloway, Hereford Cathedral, a flood marsh in the Roding Valley and the cavern beneath Peveril Castle, the sounds of the surroundings are then blurred and blended into newly composed musical pieces – ambient nature overlaid by ambient sound, in which the former forms the backdrop that then drives the latter along.” Dave Thompson at Spin Cycle/Goldmine

    Music Wont Save You-Raffaello Russo

    “…tutti impegnati a scandagliare prati, foreste, foreste e panorami extraurbani, ricavandone una nuova eterogenea mappatura del territorio rurale britannico, attraverso narrazioni immanenti in un lungo periodo, costellato da stille elettro-acustiche risuonanti…” Raffaello Russo at Music Won’t Save You (and an approximate English translation can be found here)

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    “Audio Albion is the latest brilliant release in an ongoing project to map landscape and memory through eerie instrumentals and twisted takes on folk culture.” Jude Rogers at The Guardian; in the newspaper and the piece can also be found online here.

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    “The haunting spectral that is ‘Winter Sands’… fashioned in twilight twinkles, its dissolving dream like palette chartering as were, mystical waterways beyond the veil, it’s here where nothing seems real, to world’s where imagination and dream collide into a perpetually shifting cortege seasoned in ghostly carousels and macabre mosaics.” Mark Losing at The Sunday Experience

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    “…’music and field recording map of Britain’ featuring 15 tracks that incorporate found sounds from rural walks, semi-industrials ‘edgeland’ and liminal spaces between this world and the next… The compositions often suggest unseen images and unrevealed narrative…” Ben Graham in Shindig! magazine, issue 79

     

    And now the radio etc broadcasts:

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    Tracks from the album by David Colohan, Magpahi and Howlround were played on Graham Dunning’s Fractal Meat, amongst its audio scrapbooking of the likes of “sonic art and experiments, improvised music, textures and rhythms”. Originally broadcast on NTS, the show can be visited here.

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    Luke Sanger played a track by Bare Bones on Flatland Frequencies (and something of a welcome return for the show). The show was originally broadcast on Future Radio and can be found archived here.

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    Justin Watson of record label Front & Follow (always worth a look-see at what they’re putting out into the world) played tracks by Grey Frequency and Field Lines Cartographer on the Gated Canal Community Radio Show, where he was accompanied by Freak Zone and Late Junction producer Rebecca Gaskell. Originally broadcast on Reform Radio, the show can be visited here.

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    Talking of which… Verity Sharp played tracks from the album by Magpahi and Time Attendant on two separate episodes of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction’s, amongst the shows around-midnight sonic adventuring and wandering. Visit those here and here.

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    Johnny Seven played Vic Mars’ Dinedor Hill on Pull the Plug, alongside the rather finely monikered Making Tea for Robots. Originally broadcast on Resonance FM, the show can be visited here.

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    The Unquiet Meadow have been wandering amongst a fair number of the various pathways of Audio Albion and over four episodes have played tracks by Magpahi, Widow’s Weeds, Vic Mars and Pulselovers. Originally broadcast on Asheville FM, the show can be visited here.

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    Sunrise Ocean Bender played Pulselovers’ Thieves’ Cant on the also rather finely monikered On a Satellite’s Wing episode of their radio show. Originally broadcast on WRIR, the show can be found here.

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    Grey Frequency’s Stapleford Hill was played on sometimes A Year In The Country fellow travellers The Séance’s phantom seaside radio show. Originally broadcast on/via Radio Reverb, Totally Radio and Sine FM, the show can be found here.

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    Gideon Coe has played Vic Mars’ Dinedor Hill not once but twice on his show on BBC Radio 6. Blimey. Visit the shows here and here.

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    …and it was also played on the now decades longstanding On The Wire radio show (on the air since 1984, blimey again). Visit that here.

     

    Much appreciated and a tip of the hat to everybody involved in the above. Thanks!

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    Audio Albion is a music and field recording map of Britain, which focuses on rural and edgeland areas. The album features work by Bare Bones, David Colohan, Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer, Howlround, A Year In The Country, Keith Seatman, Magpahi, Sproatly Smith, Widow’s Weeds, Time Attendant, Spaceship, Pulselovers, The Heartwood Institute and Vic Mars.

    Further details can be found here at A Year In The Country.

     

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  • Audio Albion – Released

    Released today 29th May 2018. 

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    CDs available via our Artifacts Shop, at Bandcamp and at Norman Records.
    Dawn Light Edition £11.95. Nightfall Edition £21.95.

    Download  available at Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon etc.

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    Featuring work by Bare Bones, David Colohan, Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer, Howlround, A Year In The Country, Keith Seatman, Magpahi, Sproatly Smith, Widow’s Weeds, Time Attendant, Spaceship, Pulselovers, The Heartwood Institute and Vic Mars.

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    Audio Albion is a music and field recording map of Britain, which focuses on rural and edgeland areas.

    Each track contains field recordings from locations throughout the land and is accompanied by notes on the recordings by the contributors.

    The tracks record the sounds found and heard when wandering down pathways, over fields, through marshes, alongside rivers, down into caves and caverns, climbing hills, along coastlands, through remote mountain forestland, amongst the faded signs of industry and infrastructure and its discarded debris.

    Intertwined with the literal recording of locations, the album explores the history, myths and beliefs of the places, their atmospheres and undercurrents, personal and cultural connections – the layered stories that lie amongst, alongside and beneath the earth, plants and wildlife.

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

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    Dawn Light Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £11.95.
    Hand-finished white/black CD album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with fold-out insert and badge.

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    Further packaging details:
    1) Custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
    2) Includes 2.5 cm badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.
    3) 1 x folded sheet of accompanying notes from the contributors, hand numbered on back.

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    Nightfall Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £21.95
    Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CD, 2 x sheets of accompanying notes, 1 print, 3 x stickers and 3 x badges.

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    Further packaging details:
    1) Cover and notes 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 CD (black on top, black on playable side).
    4) 2 x folded sheets of accompanying notes from the contributors, printed on textured laid paper. Back of one sheet numbered.
    5) 1 x print on textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    5) 2 x 2.5 cm badges, 1 x 4.5 cm badge.
    6) 1 x 5.6 cm sticker, 1 x 3.5 cm sticker, 1 x 9.5 by 6.5 cm sticker.

     

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    Tracklisting:

    1) Bare Bones – Marshland Improvisation
    2) David Colohan – On Stormy Point
    3) Grey Frequency – Stapleford Hill
    4) Field Lines Cartographer – Coldbarrow
    5) Howlround – Cold Kissing
    6) A Year In The Country – The Fields of Tumbling Ideas
    7) Keith Seatman – Winter Sands
    8) Magpahi – Shepsters in the Yessins
    9) Sproatly Smith – Ethelbert & Mary
    10) Widow’s Weeds – The Unquiet Grave
    11) Time Attendant – Holloway
    12) Spaceship – The Roding in Spate
    13) Pulselovers – Thieves’ Cant
    14) The Heartwood Institute – Hvin-lettir
    15) Vic Mars – Dinedor Hill

     

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  • Audio Albion – Preorder

    Preorder today 15th May 2018. Released 29th May 2018. 

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    Available to preorder via our Artifacts Shop, at Bandcamp and at Norman Records.
    Dawn Light Edition £11.95. Nightfall Edition £21.95.

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    Audio Albion is a music and field recording map of Britain, which focuses on rural and edgeland areas.

    Each track contains field recordings from locations throughout the land and is accompanied by notes on the recordings by the contributors.

    The tracks record the sounds found and heard when wandering down pathways, over fields, through marshes, alongside rivers, down into caves and caverns, climbing hills, along coastlands, through remote mountain forestland, amongst the faded signs of industry and infrastructure and its discarded debris.

    Intertwined with the literal recording of locations, the album explores the history, myths and beliefs of the places, their atmospheres and undercurrents, personal and cultural connections – the layered stories that lie amongst, alongside and beneath the earth, plants and wildlife.

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    Featuring work by Bare Bones, David Colohan, Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer, Howlround, A Year In The Country, Keith Seatman, Magpahi, Sproatly Smith, Widow’s Weeds, Time Attendant, Spaceship, Pulselovers, The Heartwood Institute and Vic Mars.

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

    Download preorder available at Bandcamp. Available to download on release date at iTunes, Amazon etc.

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    Dawn Light Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £11.95.
    Hand-finished white/black CD album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with fold-out insert and badge.

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    Further packaging details:
    1) Custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
    2) Includes 2.5 cm badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.
    3) 1 x folded sheet of accompanying notes from the contributors, hand numbered on back.

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    Nightfall Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £21.95
    Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CD, 2 x sheets of accompanying notes, 1 print, 3 x stickers and 3 x badges.

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    Top of CD.                                                            Bottom of CD.

    Further packaging details:
    1) Cover and notes 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 CD (black on top, black on playable side).
    4) 2 x folded sheets of accompanying notes from the contributors, printed on textured laid paper. Back of one sheet numbered.
    5) 1 x print on textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    5) 2 x 2.5 cm badges, 1 x 4.5 cm badge.
    6) 1 x 5.6 cm sticker, 1 x 3.5 cm sticker, 1 x 9.5 by 6.5 cm sticker.

     

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    Tracklisting:

    1) Bare Bones – Marshland Improvisation
    2) David Colohan – On Stormy Point
    3) Grey Frequency – Stapleford Hill
    4) Field Lines Cartographer – Coldbarrow
    5) Howlround – Cold Kissing
    6) A Year In The Country – The Fields of Tumbling Ideas
    7) Keith Seatman – Winter Sands
    8) Magpahi – Shepsters in the Yessins
    9) Sproatly Smith – Ethelbert & Mary
    10) Widow’s Weeds – The Unquiet Grave
    11) Time Attendant – Holloway
    12) Spaceship – The Roding in Spate
    13) Pulselovers – Thieves’ Cant
    14) The Heartwood Institute – Hvin-lettir
    15) Vic Mars – Dinedor Hill

     

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  • The Quietened Bunker, Waiting for the End of the World, Subterranea Britannica, Bunker Archaeology and The Delaware Road – Ghosts, Havens and Curious Repurposings Beneath our Feet: Chapter 17 Book Images

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    “Abandoned and decommissioned bunkers are a subsection of utilitarian brutalist architecture that has come to gain totemic significance and to have a form of romance attached to them.

    This can take a hauntological form where Cold War bunkers in particular have come to represent and be symbols of the spectres of history.

    This connects with a central defining tenet of hauntological strands of interest: explorations of and fascinations with lost futures and areas of culture, artifacts, buildings, institutions etc. which are imprinted with spectres of those lost histories.

    In this sense such bunkers are physical embodiments of the (thankfully) lost futures of end of days conflicts: the unsettling and disquieting counterpart to social and municipal brutalist buildings from a similar epoch and the yearning for lost progressive utopian futures that they can represent…

    (They can be) a somewhat spectral reminder of the Cold War, in both a hauntological and fear-instilling manner.

    Or as writer, illustrator and designer John Coulthart has said bunkers are:

    “…a source of contemporary horror that doesn’t require any supernatural component to chill the blood.””

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    “Connected to (their) sense of futility or delusional projections of their effectiveness, in 2014 as part of A Year In The Country a themed album called The Quietened Bunker was released.

    This featured work by Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, A Year In The Country, Panabrite, Polypores, Listening Center, Time Attendant, Unknown Heretic and David Colohan and interpreted the album’s theme via recordings that included field recording subterranean ambience, paranoid industrial distortion, Radiophonic inflected electronica and elegiac end of days sequences.

    (The following is an edited selection of the accompanying notes for the album):

    “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.

    These bunkers could be seen as once modern fortresses – reinforced concrete and blast doors replacing moats and stone battlements…

    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…”

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    “(The Quietened Bunker) is part of a lineage of work that explores, is inspired by and documents bunkers, shelters and related infrastructure.

    The book Waiting for the End of the World by Richard Ross published in 2004 is part of this lineage. It contains photographs of active and decommissioned bunkers and shelters around the world, both those built by governmental/military organisations and by private individuals.

    One intriguing thing about some of the photographs of domestic shelters are the details of the way they have been made to feel homely and the amount of aesthetic consideration often given to their entrances, in the face of and opposition to what their occupants would be faced with if their intended purpose was ever called upon…

    (Richard Ross) found a sense of hope and optimism in their repurposing as clubs in St. Petersburg, Russia and how these have become places where people go to celebrate life rather than anticipate destruction.”

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    “Other photography-based work which explores such buildings and installations is more strictly documentary in nature, in particular that done by the British based Subterranea Britannica society. Subterranea Britannica’s members:

    “…study and investigate man-made and man-used underground places – from mines to railway tunnels, military defences to nuclear bunkers and everything in between.”

    They have published a number of comprehensive books featuring bunker-related work, including Nick Catford’s Cold War Bunkers (2010) and Mark Dalton’s The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts (2011)…

    Via its publishing activities, the collecting of archival material and photographs and notes from exploratory expeditions to locations by members which are viewable on its website, the society’s work represents a comprehensive mapping of these often once secret or inaccessible to the public places and infrastructure networks.”

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    “A predecessor to the above Cold War bunker related lineage of work is Paul Virilio’s book Bunker Archaeology, originally published in a French edition in 1975.

    This collects his photography and writing on the abandoned World War II German bunkers and related installations that lie along the coast of France.

    Along with their Cold War counterparts, these could also be filed as a form of brutalist architecture as they share a number of similarities in terms of the materials used and their aesthetics.”

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    “Viewed now they seem to almost be a form of accidental utilitarian art: something they share with the likes of similarly appreciated pragmatic constructions such as telegraph poles, pylons, Soviet era bus stops or even library music.

    Although they were created with a very practical intent, looking at them now they seem nearer to monuments or tributes, reminsicent of the Cold War era Spomenik memorials that Jan Kempenaers photographed and which are collected in his 2010 book of the same name.”

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    “With the structures in Bunker Archaeology, whatever their original intents, viewing them today they could be artifacts from an almost science fiction-esque future that never was, a form of hauntology possibly but one that steps aside from or precedes many of the more often referred to British cultural history related tropes.”

    (The original Planet of the Apes film from 1968 swims into view with its mingling of crashed future/past visitors and part-buried monuments to mankind’s folly.)” 

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    (Decommissioned bunkers are even) available to hire for events: one such of which is The Delaware Road event organised by record label Buried Treasure in 2017 and which accompanies their themed album of the same name.

    This event was deeply interconnected with hauntological themes and tropes, featuring a number of performers whose work has been to various degrees linked with such areas of work including Dolly Dolly, Howlround, Radionics Radio, Ian Helliwell and Saunders & Hill.

    It was described as an immersive mix of theatre, film and live music and some of the notes that accompany the event are reproduced below:

    “The Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch, in the Borough of Brentwood in the English county of Essex, is a large underground bunker maintained during the cold war as a potential regional government headquarters. Since being decommissioned in 1992, the bunker has been open to the public as a tourist attraction, with a museum focusing on its cold war history…”

    “This special performance takes place deep underground in a nuclear bunker, hidden in remote Essex woodland. The audience is free to explore the secret, cold war facilities where they will encounter a host of performers, experimental artists & musicians.”

    As with some of the bunkers in Waiting for the End of the World which have come to be used as clubs, this is a repurposing of such structures for entertainment or cultural purposes, albeit in this case a form of cultural exploration which explicitly refers to and explores the history of them rather than being more strictly hedonistic socialising and abandonment.”

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    “Returning more directly to the heritage and tourist industry repurposing of such installations, on British roads you can find official road signs that direct you towards the tourist destination of a “Secret Nuclear Bunker”, often appearing on the same sign as one which also points drivers to an industrial estate and various towns.

    Viewing these signs may bring kind of mental disconnect – a mixture of disbelief, humour and relief that we are no longer living in a political situation where these bunkers are considered necessary and possibly a touch of sadness, anger and grief for us having once done so.

    In part this disconnect is due to the very Britishness of names like Chipping Ongar and Chigwell that the road signs also point to.”

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    “Accompanying and interconnected with such road signs are the estate agent signs for when a decommissioned bunker has been made available for sale; the hoardings name the property for sale as a nuclear bunker and list its square footage and acreage of land.

    Begging the question: is this a buyer’s or a seller’s market?

    There is scarcity value to the property but presumably only a very limited number of potential buyers and allowable uses (data storage seems to be one such usage that is mentioned on these boards).

    It would be interesting to see whether these installations are listed on general commercial property websites, so that your search results might bring up a warehouse for rent, listed as having plenty of onsite parking and then a former secret nuclear bunker listed as razor wire and emergency air filtration system included.”

     

    Online images to accompany Chapter 17 of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields book, alongside some text extracts from the chapter:

    Details of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields book and the collection of its accompanying online images can be found at the Book’s Page, which will be added to throughout the year.

     

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  • Audio Albion – Album Preorder and Release Dates

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    Album preorder available 15th May 2018. Released 29th May 2018.

    Audio Albion is a music and field recording map of Britain, which focuses on rural and edgeland areas.

    Each track contains field recordings from locations throughout the land and is accompanied by notes on the recordings by the contributors.

    The tracks record the sounds found and heard when wandering down pathways, over fields, through marshes, alongside rivers, down into caves and caverns, climbing hills, along coastlands, through remote mountain forestland, amongst the faded signs of industry and infrastructure and its discarded debris.

    Intertwined with the literal recording of locations, the album explores the history, myths and beliefs of the places, their atmospheres and undercurrents, personal and cultural connections – the layered stories that lie amongst, alongside and beneath the earth, plants and wildlife.

    Featuring work by:
    Bare Bones
    David Colohan
    Grey Frequency
    Field Lines Cartographer
    Howlround
    A Year In The Country
    Keith Seatman
    Magpahi
    Sproatly Smith
    Widow’s Weeds (The Hare And The Moon)
    Time Attendant
    Spaceship
    Pulselovers
    The Heartwood Institute
    Vic Mars

     

    Preorders will be available at our Artifacts Shop and  Bandcamp.

     

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  • The A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields Book

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    Journeys in Otherly Pastoralism, the Further Reaches of Folk and the Parallel Worlds of Hauntology

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    “The first book of it’s kind to catalogue all these disparate strands, many of which cross over time and space to influence one another.” DJ Food575px by 1px line

    Available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Australia etc.

    Currently out of stock at our Artifacts ShopBandcamp page and at the Ghost Box Records Guest Shop.

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    Paperback: £15.95. Ebook £6.95
    338 pages. Author: Stephen Prince.
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    “An essential field guide to a distinct aesthetic that remains loosely defined, like a fluttering night moth that would die if pinned down.Ben Graham, Shindig!575px by 1px line
    “A new book caught my eye recently – the title A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields, that goes in search of the darker, eerier side of the bucolic countryside dream by looking at films of a certain genre, books, TV series, music; it is great to have this fascinating subject explored so thoroughly and brought together under one title.” Verity Sharp, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3dividing-line-just-black-a-year-in-the-country-620px

    A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields is an exploration of the undercurrents and flipside of bucolic dreams and where they meet and intertwine with the parallel worlds of hauntology; it connects layered and, at times, semi-hidden cultural pathways and signposts, journeying from acid folk to edgelands via electronic music innovators, folkloric film and photography, dreams of lost futures and misremembered televisual tales and transmissions.

    In keeping with the number of weeks in a year, the book is split into 52 chapters and includes considerations of the work of writers including Rob Young, John Wyndham, Richard Mabey and Mark Fisher, musicians and groups The Owl Service, Jane Weaver, Shirley Collins, Broadcast, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Virginia Astley and Kate Bush, the artists Edward Chell, Jeremy Deller and Barbara Jones and the record labels Trunk, Folk Police, Ghost Box and Finders Keepers.

    Also explored are television and film including Quatermass, The Moon and the Sledgehammer, Phase IV, Beyond the Black Rainbow, The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water, Bagpuss, Travelling for a Living, The Duke of Burgundy, Sapphire & Steel, General Orders No. 9, Gone to Earth, The Changes, Children of the Stones, Sleep Furiously and The Wicker Man.

    The book draws together revised writings alongside new journeyings from the A Year In The Country project, which has undertaken a set of year-long journeys through spectral fields; cyclical explorations of an otherly pastoralism, the outer reaches of folk culture and the spectres of hauntology. It is a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land.

    As a project, it has included a website featuring writing, artwork and music which stems from that otherly pastoral/spectral hauntological intertwining, alongside a growing catalogue of album releases.

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    “Author Prince has pulled together a mass of material culled not only from the website and its associated albums, but also a great deal more that was written specifically for the book. And the result is spellbinding.” Dave Thompson, Goldmine575px by 1px line

    “This incredibly well-researched book, which is obviously written by a man with an enormous passion for this subject, is probably as comprehensive as it is possible to be.

    “Stephen Prince’s densely packed tome covers everything from folkloric film and literature to electronic music to acid folk to folk horror to the dystopian fiction of John Wyndham and the classic unearthings of Nigel Kneale to the formation of under-the-furrows record labels like Trunk, Ghost Box and Finders Keepers.

    “If you’re already interested in folk culture and want to be astonished by how deeply its roots run, you’ll treasure A Year in the Country enormously.

    “Almost every one of the 52 chapters sideswiped me with a revelation that is already making me look at a genre I love with new, more appreciative eyes.

    “Books this culturally valuable don’t grow on hedgerows, so make sure you harvest it immediately.” Ian White, Starburst

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    An excellent compendium of Prince’s musings and meditations on all things wyrdly bucolic, uncanny, and elegiac, spanning a spectral spectrum from Richard Mabey to Zardoz, Virginia Astley to Sapphire & Steel.Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania and Energy Flash

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    Text extracts from the book can be visited here, which will build throughout 2018 to include all 52 chapters.

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    Book Chapter List:

    1. Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music: Folk Vs Pop, Less Harvested Cultural Landscapes and Acts of 
Enclosure, Old and New

    2. Gather in the Mushrooms: Early Signposts and Underground Acid Folk Explorations

    3. Hauntology: Places Where Society Goes to Dream, the Defining and Deletion of Spectres and the Making of an Ungenre

    4. Cuckoos in the Same Nest: Hauntological and Otherly Folk Confluences and Intertwinings

    5. Ghost Box Records: Parallel Worlds, Conjuring Spectral Memories, Magic Old and New and Slipstream Trips to the
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    6. Folk Horror Roots: From But a Few Seedlings Did a Great Forest Grow

    7. 1973: A Time of Schism and a Dybbuk’s Dozen of Fractures

    8. Broadcast: Recalibration, Constellation and Exploratory Pop

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    9. Tales From The Black Meadow, The Book of the Lost and The Equestrian Vortex: The Imagined Spaces of Imaginary Soundtracks

    10. The Wicker Man: Notes on a Cultural Behemoth

    11. Robin Redbreast, The Ash Tree, Sky, The Changes, Penda’s Fen Red Shift and The Owl Service: Wanderings Through Spectral Television Landscapes

    12. A Bear’s Ghosts: Soviet Dreams and Lost Futures

    13. From “Two Tribes” to War Games: The Ascendancy of Apocalyptic Popular Culture

    14. Christopher Priest’s A Dream of Wessex: Twentieth Century Slipstream Echoes

    15. Sapphire & Steel and Ghosts in the Machine: Nowhere, Forever and Lost Spaces within Cultural Circuitry

    16. Kill List, Puffball, In the Dark Half and Butter on the Latch: Folk Horror Descendants by Way of the Kitchen Sink

    17. The Quietened Bunker, Waiting For The End of the World, Subterranea Britannica, Bunker Archaeology and The Delaware Road: Ghosts, Havens and Curious Repurposings Beneath Our Feet

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    18. From The Unofficial Countryside to Soft Estate: Edgeland Documents, Memories and Explorations

    19. The Ballad of Shirley Collins and Pastoral Noir: Tales and Intertwinings from Hidden Furrows

    20. “Savage Party” and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased): Glimpses of Albion in the Overgrowth

    21. Uncommonly British Days Out and the Following of Ghosts: File under Psychogeographic/Hauntological Stocking Fillers

    22. Gone to Earth: Earlier Traces of an Otherly Albion

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    23. Queens of Evil, Tam Lin and The Touchables: High Fashion Transitional Psych Folk Horror, Pastoral Fantasy and Dreamlike Isolation

    24. Luke Haines: Our Most Non-Hauntological Hauntologist

    25. Tim Hart, Maddy Prior and “The Dalesman’s Litany”: A Yearning for Imaginative Idylls and a Counterpart to Tales of Hellish Mills

    26. Katalina Varga, Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy : Arthouse Evolution and Crossing the Thresholds of the Hinterland Worlds of Peter Strickland

    27. General Orders No. 9 and By Our Selves: Cinematic Pastoral Experimentalism

    28. No Blade of Grass and Z.P.G.: A Curious Dystopian Mini-Genre

    29. The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of the Triffids: John Wyndham, Dystopian Tales, Celluloid Cuckoos and the Village as Anything But Idyll

    30. Folk Archive and Unsophisticated Arts: Documenting the Overlooked and Unregulated

    31. Folkloric Photography: A Lineage of Wanderings, Documentings and Imaginings

    32. Poles and Pylons and The Telegraph Appreciation Society: A Continuum of Accidental Art

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    33. Symptoms and Images: Hauntological Begetters, the Uneasy Landscape and Gothic Bucolia

    34. The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water: Public Information Films and Lost Municipal Paternalisms

    35. Magpahi, Paper Dollhouse and The Eccentronic Research Council: Finders Keepers/Bird Records Nestings and Considerations of Modern Day Magic

    36. Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before: Whispering Fairy Stories until They are Real

    37. The Owl Service, Anne Briggs, The Watersons, Lutine and Audrey Copard: Folk Revisiters, Revivalists and Reinterpreters

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    38. The Seasons, Jonny Trunk, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Howlround: A Yearning for Library Music, Experiments in Educational Music and Tape Loop Tributes

    39. An Old Soul Returns: The Worlds and Interweavings of Kate Bush

    40. The Stone Tape, Quatermass, The Road and The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale: Unearthing Tales from Buried Ancient Pasts

    41 Folklore Tapes and the Wyrd Britannia Festival: Journeying to Hidden Corners of the Land/the Ferrous Reels and Explorations of an Arcane Research Project

    42. Skeletons: Pastoral Preternatural Fiction and a World, Time and Place of its Own Imagining

    43. Field Trip-England: Jean Ritchie, George Pickow and Recordings from the End of an Era

    44. Noah’s Castle: A Slightly Overlooked Artifact and Teatime Dystopias

    45. Jane Weaver Septième Soeur and The Fallen by Watch Bird: Non-Populist Pop and Cosmic Aquatic Folklore

    46. Detectorists, Bagpuss, The Wombles and The Good Life: Views from a Gentler Landscape

    47. Weirdlore, Folk Police Recordings, Sproatly Smith and Seasons They Change: Notes From the Folk Underground, Legendary Lost Focal Points and Privately Pressed Folk

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    48. The Moon and The Sledgehammer and Sleep Furiously: Visions of Parallel and Fading Lives

    49. From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, Wintersongs, Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails: Lullabies for the Land and Gently Darkened Undercurrents

    50. Strawberry Fields and Wreckers: The Countryside and Coastal Hinterland as Emotional Edgeland

    51. Zardoz, Phase IV and Beyond the Black Rainbow: Seeking the Future in Secret Rooms from the Past and Psychedelic Cinematic Corners

    52. Winstanley, A Field in England and The English Civil War Part II: Reflections on Turning Points and Moments When Anything Could Happen

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    A Year In The Country book-visual accompaniment-collage-Ghost Box Records-Broadcast-The Wicker Man-The Children of The Stones-The Changes

    An Online Visual Accompaniment

    Below is an online “cut out and keep” set of visual accompaniments to the chapters of the book, which will build to include all the chapters throughout 2018.

     

    Chapter 1: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music: Folk Vs Pop, Less Harvested Cultural Landscapes and Acts of Enclosure, Old and New

    Rob Young-Electric Eden-book covers-1st edition-2nd edition-US edition

    Left to right: the first and second British editions and the American edition of Rob Young’s Electric Eden book (2010-2011).

    Forest-Full Circle

    The gatefold cover and vinyl of Forest’s album Full Circle (1970).

    Kate Bush-Lionheart-vinyl-A Year In The Country

    The cover and vinyl of Kate Bush’s second album Lionheart (1978).

    The Wicker Man-construction-production photograph

    Construction scaffolding for statue in The Wicker Man film (1973).

    Ghost Box Records logo

    Ghost Box Records logo/artwork.

    Steeleye Span-All Around My Hat-single-1975-The Wombles

    The cover of one of the editions of Steeleye Span’s All Around My Hat single (1975) and characters from The Womble’s television series (1973-1975).

    Acts of Inclosure map-A Year In The Country

    A period map showing enclosure/inclosure of the land.

    Text extracts from Chapter 1 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 2: Gather in the Mushrooms – Early Signposts and Underground Acid Folk Explorations

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    Artwork from the Gather in the Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974 compilation album. Released in 2004 and curated by Bob Stanley.

    Gather In The Mushrooms album-folk-Bob Stanley-Vashti Bunyan sleevenotes image

    Once upon a time lost-lady-of-folk Vashti Bunyan as featured in the sleeve notes to Gather in the Mushrooms.

    Morning Way-Trader Horne-Judy Dyble-A Year In The Country-2

    CD insert cover for Trader Horne’s Morning Way album from 1970, featuring former Fairport Convention member Judy Dyble and Jackie McAuley.

    The Pentangle-Basket of Light-album coverThe Sallyangie-Children Of The Sun-Love In Ice Crystals-cover

    Left to right: Cover art for The Pentangle’s Basket of Light album, featuring their version of Lyke Wake Dirge and The Sallyangie’s Children of the the Sun, featuring a young Mike Oldfield and his sister.

    Forest-Full Circle-psych folk-acid folk-A Year In The Country

    Gatefold photograph from Forest’s 1969 self-titled debut album.

    Early Morning Hush-Folk Underground-Bob Stanley-album-A Year In The CountryEarly Morning Hush-Notes from the UK Folk Underground-album-inner sleeve artworkEarly Morning Hush-Notes from the UK Folk Underground-album-tracklisting

    Artwork from the Early Morning Hush: Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976 compilation album from 2006, also curated by Bob Stanley.

    Text extracts from Chapter 2 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 3: Hauntology – Places Where Society Goes to Dream, the Defining and Deletion of Spectres and the Making of an Ungenre

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    Text from the debate around whether or not to delete hauntology as a music genre on Wikipedia. Bottom left – artwork by Demdike Stare, bottom right Ghost Box Records artwork.

    The Owl Service TV program-A Year In The Country 2Children Of The Stones-TV series-A Year In The CountryThe Changes-1975-BBC-A Year In The Country-8

    Left-right: stills from the intro sequence for The Owl Service, Children of the Stones and The Changes television series.

    Daphne Oram-Radiophonic WorkshopBruton Music Flexi-Steens Dilemma-via James CargillSeasons-David Cain-Jonny Trunk-BBC-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: Daphne Oram and others working at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, flexidisc of an advert for Bruton Music library music company, the cover art for The Season album by David Cain and Ronald Duncan.

    Day 162-Hauntology-A Year In The Country faded 2

    Pye Corner Audio-Sleep Games-Ghost Box Records-album artworkPye Corner Audio-Stasis-Ghost Box Records-album artwork

    Left-right: cover art for the Ghost Box Records released Sleep Games and Stasis, both by Pye Corner Audio.

    Beyond The Black Rainbow-still-1

    A still from Panos Cosmatos’ film Beyond The Black Rainbow.

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    Chapter 4: Cuckoos in the Same Nest – Hauntological and Otherly Folk Confluences and Intertwinings

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    Left-right first row: The TV tie-in publication of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service novel, islanders in masks from The Wicker Man film and Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

    Left-right second row: cover art for the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Withcults of the Radio Age album, cover art for The Owl Service’s The View From a Hill album, a still from the intro sequence for the Children of the Stones series and a Ghost Box Records logo.

    The Owl Service-The View From A Hill-albumBroadcast and the Focus Group investigate witchcults of the radio age-album cover-warp records-Ghost Box recordsGather In The Mushrooms-Bob Stanley-The British Acid Folk Underground-album-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: cover art for The Owl Service’s The View From a Hill album – designed by Dom Cooper of The Owl Service/The Straw Bear Band/Bare Bones, cover art for the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Withcults of the Radio Age album – designed by Julian House of The Focus Group/Ghost Box Records and released by Warp Records and cover artwork from the Gather in the Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974 compilation album – released in 2004 and curated by Bob Stanley.

    The Changes-DVD cover-BFI-BBCAlan Garner's The Owl Service-DVD cover-NetworkChildren of the Stones-DVD cover-Network

    Nigel Kneale's The Stone Tape DVD cover-BFIThe Wicker Man-The Directors Cut-DVD cover-strokeDoctor Who-The Stones of Blood-DVD cover-Tom BakerDoctor Who-The Daemons-DVD cover-BBC-John Pertwee

    Left-right first row: DVD cover art: the BFI’s release of The Changes television series, Network’s releases of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and the Children of the Stones television series.

    Left-right second row: DVD cover art: the BFI’s release of Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape, the Director’s cut release of The Wicker Man, Doctor Who stories The Stones of Blood featuring Tom Baker and The Daemons featuring Jon Pertwee.

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    Members of the BBC Radiphonic Workshop.

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    Chapter 5: Ghost Box Records – Parallel Worlds, Conjuring Spectral Memories, Magic Old and New and Slipstream Trips to the Panda Pops Disco

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    Ghost Box Records logo and artwork.

    THE_BBC_RADIOPHONIC_WORKSHOP-album-BBC records and tapesSeasons-David Cain-Jonny Trunk-BBC-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: The Radiophonic Workshop album by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and The Seasons album – poems by Ronald Duncan, Radiophonic music by David Cain (the Trunk Records reissue cover art).

    Belbury Tales-Belbury Poly-Ghost Box-A Year In The CountryBelbury Poly-Belbury Tales-Rob Young-Julian House-Ghost Box Records-A Year In The Country 3

    Left-right: a poster that accompanied the Ghost Box-released Belbury Poly’s Belbury Tales album and the CD front cover.

    The Advisory Circle-Mind How You Go-Ghost Box Records-Jon Brooks-vinyl-A Year In The Country

    The sleeves and artwork for the vinyl version of the The Advisory Circle’s Mind How You Go album (revised edition).

    The Belbury Poly-New Ways Out-Ghost Box Records-Jim Jupp-A Year In The CountryThe Belbury Poly-New Ways Out-Ghost Box Records-Jim Jupp-inner-A Year In The Country

    The CD sleeve for The Belbury Poly’s New Ways Out album – design by Julian House, circle illustration by Jim Jupp.

    The Soundcarriers-The House Of Julian-Julian House-Ghost Box Records-2

    Artwork for The Soundcarriers Entropicalia album and accompanying poster, plus various Ghost Box related artwork.

    Ghost Box Records-Julian House-See They Await Us-A Year In The CountryGhost Box Records-Sketches and Spells-The Focus Group-Julian House-Rouges Foam-A Year In The CountryGood Press Gallery-Julian House-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: poster artwork by Julian House, the cover to Sketches and Spells by The Focus Group, exhibition poster by Julian House.

    Julian House-The House Of Julian-Ghost Box Records

    Ghost Box related artwork by Julian House.

    Ghost Box Records-Julian House-Summer Wavelengths-Retrospective and Q&A-Broadcast-Bob Stanley-A Year In The CountryThe Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards-Ghost Box Records-Julian House design

    Left-right: mandala like Ghost Box related artwork by Julian House and the album cover art for The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards.

    Broadcast and The Focus Group video still-A Year In The Country 2Broadcast and The Focus Group video still-A Year In The Country 1Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age-video-Julian House-1

    Video stills from #1: Witch Cults – collaborative work between Broadcast and Julian House to accompany the album Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witchcults of the Radio Age.

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    Chapter 6 Book Images: Folk Horror Roots – From But a Few Seedlings Did a Great Forest Grow

    The Wicker Man-Witchfinder General-folk horror films

    Left-right: stills from Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan’s Claw and The Wicker Man.

    The Wicker Man-1973-film still-villagers

    Still of islanders in folkloric animal masks from The Wicker Man.

    The-Wicker-Man-poster-1973-Anthony Shaffer-Peter Snell-Robin Hardy

    The Wicker Man poster.

    Barbara Steele-Curse Of The Crimson Altar-A Year In The Country 19

    Curse of the Crimson Altar still: Barbara Steele in as Lavina Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, who is dressed in striking, opulent and almost surreal folkloric garb, including a behorned headdress.

    Curse of The Crimson Altar-for one night only

    A collage of images from Curse of the Crimson Altar.

    Black Sunday-film-Mario Bava-Barbara Steele

    Poster for Mario Bava’s Black Sunday, featuring an illustration of Barbara Steel as Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda.

    Miss-Jessell-Clytie-Jessop-manifests-by-the-lake-The Innocents 1961-A Year In The CountryThe Innocents-O Willow Waly-George Auric-Isla Cameron-Finders Keepers 7 inch vinyl-Finders Kreepers-A Year In The Country 5

    Stills from The Innocents.

    Et Mourir De Plaisir-Blood And Roses-1960-Roger Vadim-Il Sangue e la Rosa posterEt Mourir De Plaisir-Blood And Roses-1960-Roger Vadim-6

    Et Mourir De Plaisir-Blood And Roses-1960-Roger Vadim Et Mourir De Plaisir-Blood And Roses-1960-Roger Vadim-4

    Et Mourir De Plaisir-Blood And Roses-1960-Roger Vadim-5

    Stills and posters for Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses, aka Et Mourir de Plaisir and Il Sangue e la Rosa.

    The Stone Tape-1972-logo credits-Nigel KnealeBeasts-TV series-Nigel KnealeThe-Owl-Service-TV-program-A-Year-In-The-Country-3b

    Left-right: introduction sequence images and text for Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape and Beasts and Alan Garner’s The Owl Service.

    The Owl Service-TV series titles-Alan Garner-A Year In The Country-1200

    Introduction sequence images for Alan Garner’s The Owl Service.

    The Children Of The Stones series-intro 3Whistle and I'll Come To You-tv drama

    Left-right: introduction sequence images and text from Children of the Stones and M.R. James’ Whistle and I’ll Come To You.

    The Ash Tree-David Rudkin-MR James-A Ghost Story For Christmas-The BBC-A Year In The CountryRobin Redbreast-A Year In The Country-BFI DVD-1970-2

    Left-right: image from David Rudkin’s adaptation of M.R. James’ The Ash Tree and Play For Today drama Robin Redbreast.

    Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country

    Image from David Rudkin and Alan Clarke’s Penda’s Fen.

    Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders seven inch-Finders Keepers Records-Record Store Day 2017-2Queens of Evil-1970-Le Regine-A Year In The Country 4

    Left-right: soundtrack artwork for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Queens of Evil aka Le Regine or Il Delitto del Diavolo.

    Folk-Horror-Review-larger logo

    Masthead for Folk Horror Review site.

    Folk Horror Revival-logo

    Masthead for Folk Horror Revival site.

    The Alchemical Landscape-Yvonne Salmon-A Year In The CountryA Fiend In The Furrows-Folk horror conference-Queens University belfast

    Left-right: photograph of an The Alchemical Landscape event and poster for A Fiend in the Furrows.

    Ghost Box Records-In A MomentThe Book of the Lost-Emily Jones-The Rowand Amber Mill-CD albumTales From The Black Meadow-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: cover art for Ghost Box Records’ In a moment… compilation album, Emily Jones’ and The Rowan Amber Mill’s The Book of the Lost and The Soulless Party’s Tales from the Black Meadow.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-all versions-revisiting-A Year In The CountryShe-Rocola-Ellen-Terry-beetlewing-dress-Zoe-Lloyd-Mrs-Nettleship-A-Year-In-The-Country-1px stroke

    Artwork and photograph from She Rocola’s Burn The Witch/Molly Leigh of the Mother Town, released by A Year In The Country.

    Edgelands-Marshlight software-Hoofus-3b

    Image from Marshlight Software’s “psychogeographical folk tale” computer game Edgelands.

    1-The-Wicker-Man-Witchfinder-General-folk-horror-films

    A collage created from a selection of the above Chapter 6 accompanying images.

    Text extracts from Chapter 6 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 7 Book Images: 1973 – A Time of Schism and a Dybbuk’s Dozen of Fractures

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    Packaging for the A Year In The Country released Fractures album.

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

    Artwork from the Fractures album.

    Delia Derbyshire in Room 12, along with her full panoply of equipment.

    Delia Derbyshire / The BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

    1973-Blackout-power cut-A Year In The Country

    1973-uk-power cut-blackout-the three day week-A Year In The Country-21973-uk-power cut-blackout-the three day week-A Year In The Country-3

    Images from the early 1970 electricity blackouts in the UK.

    The Wicker Man and Dont Look Now-double bill adverts

    Adverts from double bill cinema showings of Don’t Look Now and The Wicker Man.

    The Changes-1975-BBC-A Year In The Country 2

    A still from The Changes television series.

    Richard Mabey-The Unofficial Countryside-Little Toller Books-A Year In The CountryRichard Mabey-The Unofficial Countryside-The World About Us-documentary-Little Toller Books 2

    The cover of the first edition of Richard Mabey’s Unofficial Countryside and connected television footage with Richard Mabey.

    Dark and Lonely Water-2-A Year In The Country

    Still from The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water Public Information film.

    Psychomania 1971-screenshot-A Year In The Country

    Still from the introduction sequence of Psychomania.

    Judy Dyble-Delia Derbyshire-Vashti Bunyan-Shelagh McDonald-lost women of folk-elelectronic music

    Left-right: Judy Dyble, Delia Derbyshire, the cover to Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day and Shelagh McDonald’s Let No Man Steal Your Thyme albums.

    World On A Wire-1973-A Year In The Country

    Still from the Michael Fassbinder-directed German television series World on a Wire.

    Soylent Green-film poster

    Poster for Soylent Green.

    The Final Programme-1973-still-pinball-pop art

    The Final Programme-1973-film still

    Stills from The Final Programme.

    Blue Blood-1973-Oliver Reed

    Still from Blue Blood.

    Quatermass-1979-The Conclusion-Nigel Kneale-A Year In The Country 2

    Still from the title sequence of the final series of Quatermass.

    Text extracts from Chapter 7 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 8 Book Images: Broadcast – Recalibration, Constellation and Exploratory Pop

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    Image of Broadcast from an Invisible Jukebox article in Wire magazine.

    Broadcast-Tender Buttons-Warp-Julian House-Intro-A Year In The Country-72.tif

    Left-right: Warp/Tommy Boy promotional photograph and a further promotional photograph.

    The Children Of The Stones series-intro 2Sky-1975 British television-a year in the countryThe Owl Service TV program-A Year In The Country 3

    Left-right: stills from the television series Children of the Stones, Sky and The Owl Service.

    Broadcast and the Focus Group investigate witchcults of the radio age-album cover-warp records-Ghost Box recordsbroadcast-mother-is-the-milky-way-a-year-in-the-country-1

    Left-right: the cover art to the Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witchcults of the Radio Age and Mother is the Milky Way albums.

    Broadcast-Haha Sound-album art cover-Julian House-Warp RecordsValerie And Her Week Of Wonders soundtrack-BMusic-Finders Keepers-Trish Keenan-Broadcast-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: the cover art to the Haha Sound album and the Finders Keepers/B-Music edition of the Valerie and Her Week of Wonders soundtrack album, featuring sleevenotes by Trish Keenan.

    Broadcast and The Focus Group-2-I See, So I See So-2

    Broadcast and The Focus Group-Witchcults video-Julian House

    Broadcast and The Focus Group-2-I See, So I See So-5Broadcast and The Focus Group-2-I See So I See So-1

    Broadcast and The Focus Group-2-I See, So I See So-3Broadcast and The Focus Group-2-I See, So I See So-4

    Broadcast and The Focus Group video stills – collaborative work with Julian House of The Focus Group, Ghost Box Records and Intro design agency.

    The Tomorrow People-4 intro credits stills-1970sThe Owl Service-TV series titles-Alan Garner-A Year In The CountryCamberwick Green-opening sequence

    Left-right: Introduction sequence stills from The Tomorrow People, The Owl Service and Camberwick Green.

    broadcast-wire-magazine-a-year-in-the-country-4Shindig Magazine-Broadcast-James Cargill-Thomas Patterson-A Year In The CountryBroadcast-Trish Keenan-photograph

    Left-right: photograph from Wire magazine interview with Broadcast, spread from Shindig! magazine and promotional photograph of Trish Keenan.

    United States of America-band 2-A Year In The CountryUnited States of America-band 3-A Year In The CountryUnited-States-of-America-1200-2-band-3-A-Year-In-The-Country

    Left-right: cover art to The United States of America eponymously titled album, promotional photograph of the band, collage made from promotional photograph of the band.

    Mark Fisher-Ghosts Of My Life-Zero Books-hauntology-A Year In The Countrybroadcast-logo-a-year-in-the-country-2Broadcast-The Wire Magazine-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: the cover of Ghosts of My Life book my Mark Fisher, Broadcast logo by Julian House, Wire magazine cover.

    Text extracts from Chapter 8 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 9 Book Images: Tales from the Black Meadow, The Book of the Lost and The Equestrian Vortex – The Imagined Spaces of Imaginary Soundtracks

    Tales From The Black Meadow-A Year In The CountryTales From The Black Meadow-Professor R Mullins-Chris Lambert-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: tales from the Black Meadow album cover art and accompanying photograph from the album/project.

    The Book of the Lost-Emily Jones-The Rowand Amber Mill-CD albumThe Book Of The Lost-A Year In The CountryThe Book Of The Lost-1-A Year In The Country

    Left-right: The Book of the Lost album by Emily Jones and The Rowan Amber Mill cover art, accompanying photographs from the album/project.

    Berberian Sound Studio-Peter Strickland-Julian House-Ghost Box Records-Broadcast-A Year In The Country 5

    Berberian Sound Studio-Equestrian Vortex-Julian House-Peter Strickland

    Stills from The Equestrian Vortex introduction sequence in Berberian Sound Studio – sequence art directed by Julian House.

    Berberian Sound Studio-Peter Strickland-Julian House-Ghost Box Records-Broadcast-A Year In The Country 3Berberian Sound Studio-Peter Strickland-Julian House-Ghost Box Records-Broadcast-A Year In The Country 7

    Left-right: still from Berberian Sound Studio, poster art for the film by Julian House.

    Text extracts from Chapter 9 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 10 Book Images: The Wicker Man – Notes on a Cultural Behemoth

      The Wickerman-rating

    The Wicker Man’s film certificate.

    The Wicker Man-Dan Mumford poster-A Year In The Country 

    The poster for the 40th anniversary restoration and reissue.

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    Various covers of The Wicker Man DVD and VHS releases, alongside book and record cover.

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    Artwork for Willow’s Songs album of traditional British folk songs that inspired The Wicker Man’s soundtrack. Released by Finders Keepers Records.

    The Wickerman-Trading cards-A Year In The Country-9The Wickerman-Unstoppable Trading Cards-Binder-A Year In The Country

    The Wickerman-trading card collection 1-A Year In The Country

    The Wicker Man collector’s cards, folder and print plates.

    The Wickerman-RBeckettWickerman-A Year In The Countrynuada-wicker-man-journal-issues

    Left-right: poster artwork to accompany the 40th Anniversary soundtrack reissue and Nuada, a fanzine that focuses on The Wicker Man.

    The Wicker Man book collection

    Various covers of books written about The Wicker Man, the book of the music score and David Pinner’s Ritual which was one of the influences on the film.

     The Wicker Man OST soundtrack-Jonny Trunk-Trunk Records-A Year In The CountryThe Wickerman Willows Songs Gently Johnny 7 vinyl Record Store Day-Silva Screen International-A Year In The Country 2

    The first officially licensed soundtrack album, released by Trunk Records. A Record Store Day single of the soundtrack.

     Ritual-David Pinner-First Edition-Finders Keepers Edition

    The cover to David Pinner’s Ritual, reissued by by Finders Keepers Records.

    Inside The Wicker Man-Allan Brown-1st edition and revised edition The Wicker Man book-Allan Brown-A Year In The Country 2Your Face Here-Ali Catterall-Simon Wells-The Wicker Man

    Left-right: the covers of the two editions of Allan Brown’s Inside The Wicker Man book, the first page of the chapter on The Wicker Man in Simon Wells’ and Ali Catterall’s Your Face Here.

    Sight & Sound-2013-The Wickerman-2010-The Films Of Old Weird Britain

    Sight & Sound-2013-The Wickerman-2010-The Films Of Old Weird Britain-2

    Vic Pratt’s Long Arm of the Lore article on The Wicker Man, published around the time of the film’s 40th anniversary in the BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine. Also the cover of Sight & Sound which featured Rob Young’s Pattern Under the Plough article on the flipside of British folkloric film.

    Winstanley-1975-Kevin Brownlow-Andrew Mollo-A Year In The Country 10Akenfield film 1974sleep furiously-Gideon Koppel-Aphex Twin-A Year In The Country

    Derek Jarman-Journey to Avebury-still Patrick Keiller-Robinson in Space-film still Chris Petit-London Orbital-film still

    Quatermass and the Pit-Nigel Kneale-bluray cover artPendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 3

    (First row, left-right): stills from Winstanley (1975), Akenfield (1974) and Sleep Furiously (2008).

    (Second row, left-right): stills from Derek Jarman’s Journey to Avesbury (1971), Patrick Keiller’s Robinson in Space (1997) and Chris Petit’s London Orbital (2002).

    (Third row, left-right): the cover art for a Blu-ray reissue of Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and a still from Penda’s Fen (1974).

     The Sneaker Pimps-How Do-Willows Song-Becoming X-Spin Spin Sugar-Kelli Ali-The Wicker Man 

    (Left-right): cover art variations for Sneaker Pimp’s Becoming X album and Spin Spin Sugar, which featured How Do – a version of Willow’s Song. Cover art for a Record Store Day single issue of Willow’s Song/Gently Johnny.

     Kelli Ali-Rocking Horse and Butterfly

    (Left-right): cover art to Kelli Ali’s folk inflected album Rocking Horse on record label One Little Indian and self-released album Butterfly, which featured a version of Willow’s Song.

    Pulp-We Love Life-CD-back of cover-2001 Pulp-The Trees-Sunrise-CD single

    Forge Dam-Sheffield-Pulp-The Wicker Man-1Kill List-Ben Wheatley-A Year In The Country-4

    (Left-right, first row): back cover art for Pulp’s album We Love Life, which featured the song Wickerman, that included a sample from The Wicker Man’s soundtrack. Cover art to the sing Trees/Sunrise from the album.

    (Left-right, second row): postcard of location featured in Pulp’s Wickerman song. Artwork from Ben Wheatley’s Kill List film.

     The Wicker Man-construction-production photograph

    Photographs of the construction of one of The Wicker Man structures used in the film.

    The Wicker Man-1973-Production notes The Wickerman-lost scene in hairdressersWillow Umbrella-Christopher Lee-The Wicker Man-1973

    (Left-right): production details sheet, still from a deleted scene and behind the scenes photograph.

     The Wicker Man BBC Scotland On Screen 2009 

    Contermporary photographs of locations used in The Wicker Man.

    The Wicker Man-Cast And Crew-BBC 4-2005-b2

    The Wicker Man-Cast And Crew-BBC 4-2005

    The Wicker Man-Cast And Crew-BBC 4-2005-2

    Stills from the BBC 4 series Cast and Crew (2005), which focused on The Wicker Man.

    Sing Cuckoo- The Story and Influence of The Wicker Man Soundtrack-Gothic-The Dark Heart Of Film-BFIPlayer-BFI

    Sing Cuckoo- The Story and Influence of The Wicker Man Soundtrack-Gothic-The Dark Heart Of Film-BFIPlayer-BFI-Jonny Trunk

     Sing Cuckoo- The Story and Influence of The Wicker Man Soundtrack-Gothic-The Dark Heart Of Film-BFIPlayer-BFI-Stephen Cracknell-Mike Lindsay 

    Title and stills from the BFI documentary Sing Cuckoo: The Story and Influence of The Wicker Man Sound track.

    (Middle photograph: Jonny Trunk of Trunk Records. Lower photograph Stephen Cracknell of The Memory Band and Mike Lindsay of Tuung.)

    Text extracts from Chapter 10 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 11 Book Images: Robin Redbreast, The Ash Tree, Sky, The Changes, Penda’s Fen, Red Shift and The Owl Service – Wanderings Through Spectral Television Landscapes

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    DVD covers for the BFI releases of Reshift, Robin Redbresat and The Changes.

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    Still from Robin Redbreast and late 19th/early 20th century photograph of folkloric costume by Benjamin Stone.

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    Title sequence stills from The Omega Factor, Noah’s Castle and Quatermass (all released in 1979).

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    Stills from The Tomorrow People television series.

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    Cover art for The Modern Poets books from the 1960s and 1970s and artwork by Julian House of Ghost Box Records.

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    Stills from The Owl Service television series title/intro sequence.

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    Stills from the Children of the Stones television series title/intro sequence.

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    Stills from the television series Sky (1975) and below promotional literature.

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    Stills from The Changes (1975) television series.

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    Still from The Ash Tree television drama from 1975: M.R. James’ story adapted by David Rudkin.

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    Stills from Penda’s Fen (1974).

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    Stills from Red Shift (1978).

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    Pages from the Filming the Owl Service book published in 1970.

    Text extracts from Chapter 11 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 12 Book Images: A Bear’s Ghosts – Soviet Dreams and Lost Futures

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    Images from Jan Kempemaers’ Spomenik photography book/project – his photographs of structures that were created in Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 1970s as memorials to the Second World War but which now apparently are largely abandoned.

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    Images from Christopher Herwig’s Soviet Bus Stops book, published by Fuel.

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    Images and the book cover for Danila Tkachenko’s Restricted Areas book from 2016, published by Dewi Lewis Publishing –  the photographs focus on abandoned hardware, secret cities and installations from the Soviet Union during the Cold War period.

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    Ralph Mireb’s images of abandoned and incomplete Soviet era space shuttles (which are a curious simulacra of the American space shuttle in terms of design and can be found at the website Bored Panda).

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    One of Alexander Marksin’s photographs of discarded Soviet space shuttle wooden wind-tunnel models.

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    Soviet era hydrofoils and which were known as river rockets, made from the mid-1950s to mid-1970s.

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    The cover of Rebecca Litchfield’s Soviet Ghosts, a book released in 2014 which focuses on the extent of abandonment in the former Soviet Union and its satellite states in the Eastern Bloc.

    Text extracts from Chapter 12 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 13 Book Images: From “Two Tribes” to War Games – The Ascendancy of Apocalyptic Popular Culture

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    (Left-right): cover art for singles; Blondie’s Atomic, Nena’s 99 Red Baloons and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s Enola Gay.

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    (Left-righ)t: cover art for singles; The Pirahnas’ Tom Hark/Getting Beaten Up, Joan Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Two Tribes.

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    (Left-right): cover art for singles; Nik Kershaw’s I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Strawberry Switchblade’s Since Yesterday and Ultravox’ Dancing with tears in my eyes.

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    Cover variations for Nevil Shute’s 1957 novel On the Beach.

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    Video still from Blondie’s Atomic single.

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    Stills from the UK Government’s Civil Defence Protect and Survive information films.

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    Cover art for Kate Bush’s Breathing single and the Never for Ever album which included Breathing in its tracklist.

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    International variations of the posters for the WarGames film (1983).

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    Still from the1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; WarGames actor Matthew Broderick front right.

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    Stills of text created by the main computer in WarGames.

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    Poster artwork for the dystopic young adult orientated film The Hunger Games and the 1980s British television adaptation of John Christopher’s Tripods book series.

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    Still from WarGames showing the underground command centre.

    Text extracts from Chapter 13 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 14 Book Images: Christopher Priest’s A Dream of Wessex – Twentieth Century Slipstream Echoes 

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    Original hardback cover of A Dream of Wessex – painting by Paul Nash, published by Faber & Faber in 1977.

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    Toward the Unknown Region chapter of Rob Young’s Electric Eden book, which includes writing on a Dream of Wessex in a chapter which focuses on hauntological work, Ghost Box Records and arcane contemporary cultural explorations of the pastoral.

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    Artwork by Julian House for Ghost Box Records

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    (Left-right): original paper back cover of A Dream of Wessex, photographs of the inner flaps from the book’s dust jacket.

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    Still from the Sapphire & Steel television series, which shares a similar use of eerie or otherly faceless imagery with the paperback edition of A Dream of Wessex.

    Text extracts from Chapter 14 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 15 Book Images: Sapphire & Steel and Ghosts in the Machine – Nowhere, Forever and Lost Spaces within Cultural Circuitry

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    TV Times television listing magazine with Sapphire & Steel cover, ITC promotional material and promotional image from the series.

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    Images from Sapphire & Steel’s intro sequence.

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    Still of faceless character from Sapphire & Steel.

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    Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life book cover and still from Sapphire & Steel’s final television episode.

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    Publicity still from Sapphire & Steel’s final television episode.

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    Cover to Nigel Kneale’s novelisation of the final series of Quatermass (also written by him).

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    Screenshots of glitches from one of the DVD releases of Sapphire & Steel.

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    Image from the Channel 4 television series Ghosts in the Machine, a programme which compiled experimental video artwork.

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    Television listings magazine scan for the first episode of Sapphire & Steel.

    Text extracts from Chapter 15 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 16 Book Images: Kill List, Puffball, In the Dark Half and Butter on the Latch – Folk Horror Descendants by Way of the Kitchen Sink

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    French poster for Ben Wheatley’s film Kill List and still from one of its final sequences.

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    Still from one of the domestic scenes in Kill List.

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    Still from Kill List and the symbol which is carved into the back of the mirror.

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    Cover to Adam Scovell’s book Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange and images from the final sequence of the films The Wicker Man and Queens of Evil.

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    Poster for Nicholas Roeg’s film Puffball.

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    Record label for Kate Bush’s Aerial album, logo/still from the television series Grand Designs and the cover to David Keenan’s book England’s Hidden Reverse, which focuses on the work of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound.

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    Logo for the Play For Today strand of television dramas and stills from the Play for Today episode Robin Redbreast.

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    Newspaper adverts for the early 1970s cinema double bill of Don’t Look Now and The Wicker Man.

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    Images of Rita Tushingham from Puffball.

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    Film still (or possibly a publicity photograph) of Rita Tushingham from A Taste of Honey.

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    Covers for Kate Bush’s album Aerial and her single Cloudbusting.

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    Cover for Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes album and cover art for her film The Line, The Cross & The Curve.

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    DVD cover for Nicholas Roeg’s Devil’s Eyeball film, AKA Puffball.

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    Still from the film The Company of Wolves.

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    Poster for Alastair Siddons In the Dark Half film.

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    Stills from In the Dark Half.

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    Stills from Josephine Decker’s film Butter on the Latch.

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    Cover to the album of Bulgarian folk songs Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares which 4AD released in the 1980s and a still from David Lynch’s 2006 film Inland Empire.

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    Stills from Butter on the Latch.

    Text extracts from Chapter 16 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 17 Book Images: The Quietened Bunker, Waiting for the End of the World, Subterranea Britannica, Bunker Archaeology and The Delaware Road – Ghosts, Havens and Curious Repurposings Beneath our Feet

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    Photographs of decommissioned bunkers.

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    The Dawn and Night editions of the A Year In The Country released album The Quietened Bunker, featuring work by Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, A Year In The Country, Panabrite, Polypores, Listening Center, Time Attendant, Unknown Heretic and David Colohan.

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    The cover of Richard Ross’ book Waiting for the End of the World and photographs from the book.

      Subterranea Britannica-Cold War Bunkers-Nick Catford-The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts-Mark Dalton-logo and books

    Subterranea Britannica logo and covers to the books Subterranean Britain: Cold War Bunkers by Nick Catford and The Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Posts by Mark Dalton.

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    Images from Paul Virilio’s book Bunker Archaeology, featuring abandoned World War II German bunkers and related installations that lie along the coast of France.

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    Cover of and photographs from Christopher Herwig’s book Soviet Bus Stops.

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    Photographs from Jan Kempenaers book and project Spomenik, featuring former Soviet Union Cold War memorials.

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    Still from the final scene of the original Planet of the Apes film from 1968.

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    Flyer and map for The Delaware Road event featuring amongst others Dolly Dolly, Howlround, Radionics Radio, Ian Helliwell and Saunders & Hill. Organised by Buried Treasure, the event took place at Kelvedon Hatch decommissioned underground bunker.

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    The entrance to Kelvedon Hatch decommissioned bunker.

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    Road signs for decommissioned bunkers.

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    Estate agent’s sign for available for sale decommissioned bunker.

    Text extracts from Chapter 17 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 18 Book Images: From The Unofficial Countryside to Soft Estate – Edgeland Documents, Memories and Explorations: Chapter 18 Book Images

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    Photograph of an edgeland area from Karl Hyde and Kieran Evans’ Edgeland/The Outer Edges film and album project.

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    Photograph of discarded industrial equipment by Veloelectroindustrial.

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    Covers of the original edition of Richard Mabey’s The Unofficial Countryside and the Little Toller reissue with an introduction by Iain Sinclair.

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    Image from a 1975 television programme also called The Unofficial Countryside, which featured Richard Mabey.

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    Covers of the book Edgelands – Journeys into England’s True Wilderness is a 2012 book by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts.

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    CD and DVD covers from the film, music and photography project by Karl Hyde and Kieran Evans’ Edgeland/The Outer Edges and a still from the film.

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    Cover of Edward Chell’s 2013 Soft Estate and pages from inside the book.

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    Soft Estate artwork by Edward Chell, featuring plant life illustrations roadside verges/soft estate land laser etched onto brightly chromed exhaust pipes.

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    Paintings from Edward Chell’s Soft Estate project.

    Edward-Chell-Soft-Estate-Bluecoat-Cornerhouse-Little Chef-cafe

    Images from Edward Chell’s Soft Estate book, featuring artwork from the Soft Estate project in Little Chef roadside cafes.

    Text extracts from Chapter 18 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 19 Book ImageS: The Ballad of Shirley Collins and Pastoral Noir – Tales and Intertwinings from Hidden Furrows

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    Cover art and back cover text from the albums Folk Routes, New Routes by Davy Graham and Shirley Collins and The Harvest Years and Anthems in Eden, both by Shirley and Dolly Collins.

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    America Over the Water book cover design, in which Shirley Collins documents the time in the late 1950s when she went folk song collecting in the Southern States of the USA with Alan Lomax and a photograph from one of Alan Lomax’s song collecting journeys.

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    Cover art for Shirley Collin’s 2016 album Lodestar and the tracklisting.

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    Poster for the documentary film The Ballad of Shirley Collins, directed by Rob Curry and Tim Plester.

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    Images from The Ballad of Shirley Collins.

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    Cover and inner sleeve art for the vinyl edition of the No Roses album by Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band, featuring a photograph of Shirley Collins and Ashley Hutchings.

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    Artwork from the CD compilation Early Morning Hush – Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976 released in 2006, compiled by Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne and featuring Shirley Collin’s version of Poor Murdered Woman.

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    Cover art and CD of the Fountain of Snow compilation of Shirley Collins’ work released in 1992 by Durtro / David Tibet of Current 93.

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    Cover art of Coil’s Horse Rotorvator album and one of the covers of David Keenan’s book England’s Hidden Reverse, which focused on work by amongst others Coil.

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    Cover art to Shirley Collin’s collaborator’s Cyclobe’s album Sulphur-Tarot-Garden and a photograph of Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe.

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    Images from the book Haunted Air, compiled by Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and which featured found photographs of Halloween from previous eras.

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    Image from The Ballad of Shirley Collins trailer, featuring Shirley and Dolly Collins.

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    Images from the exhibition Pastoral Noir, curated by Justin Hopper and exhibited at Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh, USA in 2016.

    Text extracts from Chapter 19 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 20 Book Images: “Savage Party” and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – Glimpses of Albion in the Overgrowth

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    Images from the folkloric-esque “Savage Party” trailer of British youth-orientated soap opera Hollyoaks.

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    Photograph of band Stealing Sheep and images from the video to their Shut Eye.

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    Image of the band Coco Rosie from newspaper periodical Arthur, plus Devandra Banhart and Joanna Newsom.

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    Image from the “Halloween on Hollyoaks” trailer which was was in part a homage to Dario Argento’s Suspiria film from 1977.

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    Images from the Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) television series that was broadcast in 2000-2001, which was produced by Charlie Higson, who also wrote and directed some episodes and starred comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer alongside Emilia Fox and former Doctor Who Tom Baker.

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    Images from Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg’s Hot Fuzz film of 2007.

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    Cover art from the John Barleycorn Reborn series of dark Britannica compilation albums of wyrd, exploratory, underground etc folk that were released by Cold Spring beginning in 2007.

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    Images from Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

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    Rotating from top left: stills from The Wicker Man, The Monster Club, The Curse of the Crimson Altar and Penda’s Fen.

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    Tom Baker as Doctor Who in the 1970s.

    Gareth Thomas-Blakes 7

    Image of Gareth Thomas in the cult science fiction television series Blake’s 7 (1978-1981).

    The League of Gentleman-Royston Vasey sign

    Image from The League of Gentleman television series that was broadcast from 1999-2002.

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    Cover art of the Trunk Records release of The Wicker Man.

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    Image from Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Ken Russell’s film Altered States.

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    Image from the television series Doomwatch and Ken Russell’s Altered States.

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    Image from The Raiders of the Lost Ark film and the animated series Scooby Doo.

    Text extracts from Chapter 20 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 21 Book Images: Uncommonly British Days Out and the Following of Ghosts – File under Psychogeographic / Hauntological Stocking Fillers

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    One of the covers to ason Hazeley, Robin Halstead, Joel Morris and Alex Morris’ Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out guide book published in 2005.

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    Images connected to the places visited in the Uncommonly British Days Out books.

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    Map from the Uncomonly British Days Out books.

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    Cover of Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life book and inner sleeve jacket from one of the Uncommonly British Days Out books.

    Text extracts from Chapter 21 can be viewed here.

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     Chapter 22 Book Images: Gone to Earth – Earlier Traces of an Otherly Albion

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    Poster and costume design artwork from Powel and Pressburger’s film Gone to Earth.

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    Front and back cover of an edition of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth novel.

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    Stills/publicity image from Gone to Earth and Spanish film poster for the version re-edited at the instigation of producer David O. Selznick, which was known as The Wild at Heart (here translated as Wild Heart).

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    Still of Hazel Woodus, played by Jennifer Jones in Gone to Earth.

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    Still of the local squire and Hazel from Gone to Earth.

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    Still from the “Harp in Heaven” song sequence from Gone to Earth.

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    Sleeve and vinyl of the Finders Keepers Records release of the George Auric and Isla Cameron song “O Willow Waly” from The Innocents.

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    Collage of stills and still from the film Malá Morská Víla/The Little Mermaid.

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    Cover art from the Finders Keepers Records vinyl and download release of extra tracks from the soundtrack to Valerie and her Week of Wonders from 1970.

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    Cover art for Kate Bush’s Red Shoes album, a still from Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 film of the same name and cover art for Kate Bush’s film The Line, the Cross & the Curve.

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    Cover art to David Sylvian’s albums Gone to Earth and Secrets of the Beehive (the second of which has artwork by Vaughan Oliver and Nigel Grierson working as 23 Envelope) and his single A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil.

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    UK first and later edition and American edition over designs for Rob Young’s book Electric Eden.

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    Cover art for Kate Bush’s album Never for Ever, Julian Cope’s Fried, David Sylvian’s Secrets of the Beehive and Talk Talk’s The Colour of Spring.

    Text extracts from Chapter 22 can be viewed here.

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    To be continued throughout 2018…

     

     

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  • From The Marks Upon The Land to All The Merry Year Round… An (Almost) End of Year Gathering: Artifact Report #52/52

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    So, with the year and this year of A Year In The Country almost at an end, (almost) all that remains is to gather together the audio work and releases from the year…

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    Artifact #1a: The Marks Upon The Land / Wild Hope Flowers / The Dark Chamber EP

    A 60 page book that collected the artwork from the first year of A Year In The Country, accompanied by Wild Hope Flowers, a four track song cycle by David Colohan and Richard Moult (accompanied by Sophie Cooper) and The Dark Chamber EP by A Year In The Country…

    Oh and a free cassette copy of Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels by A Year In The Country.

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    The images in the book are part of A Year In The Country’s explorations of an otherly pastoralism, a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land – the patterns beneath the plough, pylons and amongst the edgelands…

    “The Marks Upon The Land… converts the bucolically familiar into something more eerie or even sinister, a series of widescreen mutations that create pareidolia spectres through symmetry and layering. Seen in isolation, these images are arresting enough but they gain power by being collected together, fashioning a statement of intent.”
    John Coulthart at his Feuilleton site

    “Two EPs and one full album offer up three very different explorations of, indeed, the marks that man has made on the land… United Bible Studies David Colohan and Richard Moult’s… Wild Hope Flowers is the gentle, mystic face, a self-described “elegy for layered histories” that is both sparse and fulfilling…”
    Dave Thompson at Spincycle / Goldmine Magazine

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    Artifact #2a: The Restless Field

    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.

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    Featuring 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.

    “…murky and ominous as befits the guiding thematic: places that are spectrally imprinted with past conflicts and struggles…”
    Simon Reynolds Hauntology Parish Newsletter at Blissblog

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    Artifact #3a: From The Furthest Signals

    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… soundtracks imagined and filtered through the white noise of space and time…

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    Featuring 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.

    “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.”
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    Artifact #4a: Undercurrents

    By A Year In The Country… a wandering amongst nature, electronic soundscapes, field recordings, the flow of water through and across the land and the flipside of bucolic dreams.

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    “…the chimes of a music box, the creak of a gate, the rush of the wind, the crackle of static, the turning of pages.  Cathode hiss and transistor hum from the bottom of the lake.”
    Dave Thompson at Spin Cycle / Goldmine magazine

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    Artifact #5a: The Quietened Cosmologists

    …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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    Featuring 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.

    “(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…”
    Mark Barton at The Sunday Experience (here and here)

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    Artifact #6a: All The Merry Year Round

    …an exploration of an alternative or otherly calendar that considers how traditional folklore and its tales now sit alongside and sometimes intertwine with cultural or media based folklore… travelling alongside straw bear and cathode ray summonings alike.

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    Featuring United Bible Studies, Circle/Temple, Magpahi, Cosmic Neighbourhood, Field Lines Cartographer, Polypores, A Year In The Country, Sproatly Smith, Pulselovers, The Hare And The Moon & Jo Lepine, Time Attendant and The Séance.

    “A Year In The Country… operating like some sinister rustic arts and crafts movement manifesting online via a Wi-Fi connected scrying mirror… an almanac of unearthly sonics to tide you through the winter nights.”
    Ben Graham at Shindig! magazine

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    Which leaves me to make just one (almost) final tip of the hat to all concerned… those who created the music, those who listened to and bought the work, those who wrote about and broadcasted it and all at Norman Records.

    Thanks and cheers!

     

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  • A Year In The Country at Electronic Sound – Wanderings Amongst Escapee Phantoms and the Layers Under the Land: Artifact Report #51/52a:

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    Over this year and last, the A Year In The Country album releases have received a fair old bit of support from Electronic Sound magazine.

    So, with the year coming to an end and this year’s final A Year In The Country release – All The Merry Year Round –  having recently been written about in issue 36, the last of the year, I thought that about now would be a good time to gather together the reviews in the magazine…

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    On Fractures: “A skillfully weighted blend of dark folklore and synthesised experimentation…”

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    On The Restless Field: “…a wonderfully curated concept album that rips up the green grass of the idyllic countryside and forces you to consider the darker undergrowth. Beautifully unnerving stuff.”

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    On From The Furthest Signals: “The ghosts are out of the machines.”

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    On Undercurrents: “The countryside is often over romanticised, usually by those who don’t live there. A Year In The Country has dug a little deeper and hit on something much more profound to end up, if you’lll excuse the pun, in a field of his own.”

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    On The Quietened Cosmologists: “Another issue, another release from the ever excellent A Year In The Country…”

    (Why thankyou, good sirs !)

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    On All The Merry Year Round: “And my, what a way to end 2017… Albion’s hauntology has never sounded so bewitching.”

    Which seems like something of a good note to end this post on.

    Thanks and a tip of the hat to all at and who have written the pieces for Electronic Sound, in particular Push, Neil Mason, Finlay Milligan and Ben Willmott.

    Also to everybody who created the music: Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon, Alaska, Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, David Colohan, Howlround, Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Bare Bones, Assembled Minds, Grey Frequency, Endurance, Pulselovers, Depatterning, Sharron Kraus, Magpahi, Unit One, Cosmic Neighbourhood, Jo Lepine and United Bible Studies and The Séance.

    Visit Electronic Sound here.

    The albums can be perused at our Artifacts Shop, Bandcamp and Norman Records.

     

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

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

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

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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.

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    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.

     

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

     

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

     

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

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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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