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  • Audiological Transmission #34/​​52​​: She Rocola – Burn The Witch

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The CountryRevisitation #5.

    Now, we have something of a soft spot for this here track and its companion.

    In amongst the A Year In The Country releases it may well be a turning down more overtly folk horror (or should that be folk noir, more of which in a moment?) pathways, accompanied by the phantasmagorical remembering of childhood rhymes to be found in Molly Leigh, which is inspired by Ms Rocola’s…

    “…personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Transmissions sent, received, transmitted: the single garnered some rather fine considerations and scribing, a pairing of which are below:

    She Rocola conjures one the most bewitching releases of the last few months… Burn The Witch” begins with urgent stabs and wails of violin and an immediate sense of foreboding. Rocola intones the witches’ fate, vocal harmonies layering ghostlike amidst the baroque setting, her voice endlessly repeating “make her leave my mind”… a subtle but powerful spell. Inspired by “childhood memories and by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa” this is a hallucinatory and haunting piece of folk noir.

    “Second track “Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town” is a music box filled shimmer of dread, acoustic guitars casting spectral shadows under the repeated nursery rhyme mantra of the verse. The voice of the witch speaks, intertwining with the sounds of the children’s twisted game. It is both utterly unique and completely hypnotic; this is gothic folk like you have never heard before.

    By Grey Malkin (of The Hare And The Moon) at The Active Listener.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-revisiting-artwork-A Year In The Country

    … few 45s of the last couple of years can catch up with this one… Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town” is the kind of nursery rhyme you never learned at your mother’s knee, but which buried itself in your memory regardless, to peer out of the soil whhile you’re hopscotching past, and wrap bony fingers round your ankle; “Burn the Witch” is freakish fiddles (by Andrea Fiorito) that scratch behind She’s icy vocal and spectral harmonies, a Hammer film condensed to two minutes of sound and effects.

    By Dave Thompson (author of many a tome or two or hundred or so) at Goldmine.

     

    Burn The Witch wanderings around these parts:She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The Country
    Day #39/365: Burn The Witch by Ms She Rocola, a stately repose amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching

    The Victorian light catching in question is the photograph of Ms Rocola that accompanied the release, by Zoe Lloyd:

    a stately repose amongst the rural landscape and corn rigs, a folkloric meandering through the textures of Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville (this particular entrancing of the soul was created using light catching techniques from previous eras – traditional wet plate to be more precise)...

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-all versions-revisiting-A Year In The Country
    Night, Day, Arising, Owl Light and Dawn encasements:

    Day #273/365: Artifact #39/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD released – Night / Day Editions

    Day #280/365: Artifact #40/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town; The Arising Edition – archival print and 3″ CD released

    Day #304/365: Artifact #43/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town CDs released – Owl Light / Dawn Editions

     

    Burn The Witch (2014):
    Words; She Rocola. Music: Andrea Fiorito. Vocals: She Rocola. Violin: Andrea Fiorito.

    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Elsewhere in the ether: She Rocola. Mr Whitney.

     

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  • Day #304/365: Artifact #43/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town CDs released – Owl Light / Dawn Editions

    She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD.
    Owl Light Edition £6.00.  Dawn edition £8.00.
    She Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Dawn Edition-A Year In The Country-Owl Light and Dawn Editions
    Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
    Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
    Prices include free UK shipping. Normally ships within 7-14 days.

     

    The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

    Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

    The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

     

    Owl Light Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £6.00.
    3″ mini-CDr in see-through wallet sleeve.
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    Custom printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.
    Printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.
    Includes two card inserts in see-through plastic wallet.
    Back of the credit insert is hand numbered.

     

    Dawn Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £8.00.
    Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with insert and badge.
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    She Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Dawn Edition-A Year In The Country-back cover
    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.

     

    Credits:

    Burn The Witch (2014)
    Words: She Rocola. Music: Andrea Fiorito.
    Vocals: She Rocola. Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
    Words: She Rocola. Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
    Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola. Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

    www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

    www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

    Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

    Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

    The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

    More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

    www.zoelloyd.co.uk

     

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

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

     

    Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below.

     

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country 

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print and front of CD-A Year In The CountryAlso available as a limited box set Night Edition, string bound booklet Day Edition and The Arising Edition archival print and 3″ CD.

    Visit those at Day #272/365 and Day #279/365.

     

    Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

     

    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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  • Day #280/365: Artifact #40/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town; The Arising Edition – archival print and 3″ CD released

    She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town. The Arising Edition.
    Archival print and 3″ CD. £28.00. 
    Limited edition of 52.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print and front of CD-A Year In The Country

    Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
    Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

    Printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.
    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

    Free UK shipping. Normally ships in 7-14 days.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-scroll and CD-A Year In The Country

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-print-A Year In The Country

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    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-The Arising Edition-back of CD insert-A Year In The Country

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    The print features an extended version of the Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town cover artwork.

    Print size: A3; 42 x 29.7cm / 16.5 x 11.7 inches (includes 1.5cm / 0.6 inch border).

    Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper using true black archival Giclée pigment inks (museum/gallery quality inks – resistant to fading for 75+ years).

    Hand numbered and signed by the AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

    Shipped string bound.

     

    3″/8cm 2-track white-topped mini CDr, includes the songs Burn The Witch and Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town.

    CD insert is hand numbered and signed by She Rocola.

    Insert is printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper using true black archival Giclée pigment inks.

     

    Credits:

    Burn The Witch (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: Andrea Fiorito.
    Vocals: She Rocola.
    Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
    Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola.
    Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

    www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

    www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

    Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

    Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

    The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

    More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

    www.zoelloyd.co.uk

     

    The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

    Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

    The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

     

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

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

     

    Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below:

     

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country

    Also available as a limited box set Night Edition and string bound booklet Day Edition (see above).
    Visit those at Day #272/365.

     

    Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at
    Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

     

    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

    Grey Frequency-Immersion-Night Edition-A Year In The Country-2Hand of Stabs-Black-Veined White-Night Edition-boxset-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

     

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  • Day #273/365: Artifact #39/52; She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD released – Night / Day Editions

    She Rocola Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother town CD.
    Night Edition £22.00.  Day edition £15.00.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night and Day Editions side by side-A Year In The CountryAudiological Research and Pathways; Case #5.
    Audiological contents: Burn The Witch (2.20) / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2.41).

    Hand-finished albums available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

     

    Night Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £22.00.

    Hand finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x 25mm badge pack, 3 x vinyl style waterproof stickers.

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    Top of CDr.                                                            Bottom of CDr.

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    Night edition 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.

    3) Printed box cover print.

    4) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).

    5) Black string bound 12.8cm x 12.8cm booklet:
    a) Hand numbered and signed
    b) Hand bone creased cover.
    c) 12 pages (6 sides printed).
    d) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    e) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
    f) Two inner sheets are printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.

    6) 4 x 25mm/1″ badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.

    7) 3 x vinyl style waterproof stickers: 9.5 x 6.8cm, 7.2 x 6.8cm, 2.9 x 2.6cm.

     

    Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £15.00.

    White/black CDr album in 10 page string bound booklet packaging.
    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The Country
    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-Zoe Lloyd photograph with vellum overlay-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-Zoe Lloyd photograph-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-top and bottom of CDr-A Year In The Country
    Top of CDr.                                                         Bottom of CDr.

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    Day Edition Details:

    1) Booklet custom printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

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

    3) White/black CDr (white on top, black on playable side).

    4) Jute string bound 14.4cm x 13.2cm booklet:

    a) Hand bone creased cover.
    b) 10 pages (5 sides printed);
    c) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
    d) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
    e) One inner sheet is printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.
    h) Hand numbered and signed.

    5) CDr held in protective fleece-lined sleeve.

     

    Credits:

    Burn The Witch (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: Andrea Fiorito.
    Vocals: She Rocola.
    Violin: Andrea Fiorito.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney and Andrea Fiorito.

    Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town (2014)
    Words: She Rocola.
    Music: She Rocola/Joe Whitney.
    Vocals & Guitar: She Rocola.
    Bass & Toy Piano: Joe Whitney.
    Recorded and produced by Joe Whitney.

    www.soundcloud.com/sherocola

    www.flytowhitneysmoon.com

    Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

    She Rocola-Ellen Terry beetlewing dress-Zoe Lloyd-Mrs Nettleship-A Year In The CountryVictorian wet-plate photograph of She Rocola by Zoe LLoyd.

    Ms She Rocola’s dress is inspired by a beetle wing dress made for Ellen Terry in the 19th century. The dress was originally designed and made by Mrs Nettleship…

    The intention was to make the original dress “…look as much like soft chain armour as I could and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent… (it is) sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds“.

    More details via the Victoria and Albert Museum here and via electronic printed matter here.

    www.zoelloyd.co.uk

     

    The song Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town draws from Ms She Rocola’s own personal folklore and that of her home town; childhood experiences of chasing her playmates around Molly Leigh’s grave and the rhymes which accompanied such games. It is an audiological conjuring of hazy, sleepy small-hours memories and dreams from those times.

    Burn The Witch’s story is interconnected with those childhood memories and is in part inspired by formative viewings of late-night folk-horror films from in front of and behind the sofa.

    Here at A Year In The Country, we are proud to be able to send these stories out into the world.

    The story and mythology of Molly Leigh can be investigated further here.

     

    Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

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

     

    Preview Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town below.

     

    Previous wandering amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching with Ms She Rocola at
    Day #39/365 of A Year In The Country.

     

    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

    Grey Frequency-Immersion-Night Edition-A Year In The Country-2Hand of Stabs-Black-Veined White-Night Edition-boxset-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

     

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  • Day #39/365: Burn The Witch by Ms She Rocola, a stately repose amongst the corn rigs and Victorian light catching

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Zoe Lloyd-A Year In The CountryFile under:
    Trails and Influences: Electronic Ether. Case #3/52.

    And while we’re on the subject of folk horror (see Day #37/365 at A Year In The Country)…

    This is a song by a good friend and sometimes creative compadre Ms She Rocola (and her compatriots in sound).

    She sent me a link to it a while ago and it stuck in my mind like billy-o… it’s all glacial presentation, jade eyed jealousy and enchantment, slightly unsettling violins and a wandering off into the lost lives of the Pendle trials.

    Listen to the song here.

    It’s also accompanied by a rather fine photograph by Zoe Lloyd;  a stately repose amongst the rural landscape and corn rigs, a folkloric meandering through the textures of Sarah Moon and Deborah Turbeville (this particular entrancing of the soul was created using light catching techniques from previous eras – traditional wet plate to be more precise).

    View more here.

    Track credits:
    Music by Andrea Fiorito, Words by She Rocola.
    Violin: Andrea Fiorito, Vocals: She Rocola.
    Recorded by Andrea Fiorito & Joe Whitney 2013

     

    A hop and a skip to the future:

    Burn The Witch has been released as on a limited edition CD by A Year In The Country as part of our Audiological Case Studies series. View that at Day #272/365.

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country

    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-Zoe Lloyd photograph-A Year In The Country

     

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

    The Wicker Man-Witchfinder General-folk horror films

    The Wicker Man-1973-film still-villagers

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    “Folk horror is a loosely defined genre of fictional works which create an alternative, flipside view of the landscape and pastoralism; these works draw from and/or are frequently set in the landscape, creating unsettled and unsettling tales, in contrast to more bucolic representations of the countryside as a place of calm and restful escape.

    They may tell stories of the patterns underneath the plough, may include elements of a more hauntological nature rather than being purely rurally based and can take in the hidden, layered histories and atmospheres within places.

    There is often a sense of their inhabitants living in, or becoming isolated from, the wider world, allowing moral beliefs to become untethered from the dominant norms and allowing the space for ritualistic, occult, supernatural or preternatural events, actions and consequences to occur.

    As a phrase, “folk horror” conjures images of a trio of British films released between 1968 and 1973; Witchfinder General (1968), The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973).

    Looking back today such films could be seen as a result or offshoot of there being, at the time of their production, a growing interest in folk music and culture, which was accompanied by a romantic sense of wishing to return to and embrace simpler and more natural or rural ways of living.

    However rather than being an expression of such inclinations and idyllic bucolia, folk horror’s often bleak nihilistic nature and stories seem to be more an expression of the souring of related dreams and yearnings: a rural/folk reflected curdling of 1960s utopian optimism as it entered the 1970s.”

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

    Curse of The Crimson Altar-for one night only

    “…both Witchfinder General and The Blood on Satan’s Claw featured Tony Tenser as their executive producer… films which could be seen to have their roots and onscreen expression in both the more art inclinations of their directors (Michael Reeves and Piers Haggard respectively) and the exploitation aspects of their producer Tony Tenser.

    Although over time critical appreciation has tended to tip more towards the art side of things, without both sides of this coin one could debate whether these films would have existed or have come to be such resonant cultural artifacts…

    Tony Tenser, with his exploitation sensibilities, seems to have been partly responsible for a considerable portion of the late 1960s/early 1970s arrival of folk horror as he was also executive producer on Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968), which deals with some of the themes of folk horror (a rural setting, connections to the old beliefs and magic).

    This film is particularly memorable in its conjuring up of phantasmagorical occult scenes, which are made all the more striking by a film-stealing Barbara Steele as Lavina Morley, Black Witch of Greymarsh, who is dressed in striking, opulent and almost surreal folkloric garb, including a behorned headdress.

    She serves as mistress of the film’s woozily transgressive dreamlike ritual ceremonies, helping create almost a film within a film…”

    Black Sunday-film-Mario Bava-Barbara Steele

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    “The late 1960s to around the mid 1970s was the main era for the production of the initial, classic examples of film and television that have come to be known as folk horror.

    However, in terms of cinematic forebears, around 1960 there was a small grouping of horror and/or supernatural films which could be seen as being part of a lineage that would one day become or bring about what is known as folk horror.

    These include Mario Bava’s Black Sunday from 1960, also starring Barbara Steele, Jack Clayton’s The Innocents from 1961 and Roger Vadim’s Et Mourir De Plaisir (or Blood and Roses to use its American title) from 1960.

    Their tone and expression varies from the classic black and white gothic and grotesque horror of Black Sunday to the almost decadent aristocratic Technicolor sensuality of Et Mourir de Plaisir via the repressed supernatural hauntings amongst the reeds and willows of the British countryside in The Innocents.”

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    “On British television a number of series and plays were produced around a roughly similar period to The Wicker Man, The Blood on Satan’s Claw and Witchfinder General, which could to varying degrees be connected to the phrase folk horror.

    Such programmes could include the work of Nigel Kneale such as the pre-hauntological investigations of The Stone Tape (1972) and the nature terrors and conflicts of The Beasts (1976) and other notable series including the made-for-children but curiously disquieting likes of The Owl Service (1968) and Children of the Stones (1977).

    Alongside which the BBC’s Ghost Stories for Christmas, which often adapted M.R. James fiction, such as Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968), The Ash Tree (1975) and Play for Today broadcasts including Robin Redbreast (1970) and Penda’s Fen (1974), contain many of the themes of folk horror; landscape-set tales of the supernatural, the persecution of those who practice the old ways, the flipside and undercurrents of the land/history, rural isolation and sacrifice.

    You could also cast the net wider and include the Czech New Wave fantasia of Valerie and her Week of Wonders (1970) and the high-fashion fairytale-gone-rotten in the woods of Italian-made Queens of Evil (1970).”

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    “When A Year In The Country began in 2014, now-disappeared websites such as Folk Horror Review, which intermittently posted about such films and television as those mentioned above, felt like still fairly off the beaten track places: a wandering through the briars and undergrowth of a not overly harvested eldritch rural cultural landscape. This has changed somewhat in recent years.

    While not quite yet an overtly mainstream genre name, as an example of how embedded folk horror has become as a descriptive phrase and cultural strand, if you should type it into a search engine then many millions of results will be returned.

    Alongside which, a focal point of interest such as the website and social media group Folk Horror Revival has an online following which at the point of writing numbered in five figures, and in 2016 hosted its Otherworldly event at The British Museum.

    Folk horror has also become a legitimate area of academic research as shown by conferences/events such as The Alchemical Landscape and A Fiend in the Furrows, which have concentrated on associated areas of study, accompanied by screenings of related film and television.”

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    “In wider culture elements and influences of folk horror can be found in a number of areas and projects.

    This is particularly so within music, including the sometimes Midwich-ian or Nigel Kneale-esque parallel worlds of Ghost Box Records and projects such as The Book of the Lost (2014) and Tales from the Black Meadow (2013), which alongside other elements featured music intended to accompany imagined, layered backstories which draw from the tropes of folk horror.

    A song such as She Rocola’s “Burn The Witch” (released in 2014 by A Year In The Country) and its glacial, haunting tale of love and persecution could well be a soundtrack to a lost classic British folk horror film: one which may have accompanied the canonic trio of such things back when.”

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    “While the Marshlight Software computer game Edgelands (2017) takes folk horror themes into interactive realms and is described as a psychogeographical folk tale:

    “Magic and folklore… entangle the modern world… in an uncanny rustic adventure… you soon find yourself exploring an uncanny rustic twilight landscape in which familiar rural landmarks overlap with otherworldly occurrences, creating a dream-like blurring of the ordinary and the supernatural.””

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    “Over the years from but a few seedlings, folk horror as a cultural strand has created ever growing reverberations that are still being felt throughout culture and indeed which may now only be truly flowering and finding fully fertile ground.”

     

    Online images to accompany Chapter 6 of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields book, alongside some text extracts from the chapter:

    Details of the 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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    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

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    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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    “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
 Panda Pops Disco

    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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    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

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

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

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

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

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    Ghost Box Records logo/artwork.

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    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).

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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).

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

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

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

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

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

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    Ghost Box related artwork by Julian House.

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

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    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

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

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

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    The Wicker Man poster.

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    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.

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    A collage of images from Curse of the Crimson Altar.

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

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    Stills from The Innocents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Masthead for Folk Horror Review site.

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    Masthead for Folk Horror Revival site.

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

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    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.

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

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

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

     

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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.

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    Artwork from the Fractures album.

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

    Delia Derbyshire / The BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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    Images from the early 1970 electricity blackouts in the UK.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

     

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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.

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

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

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    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.

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    Broadcast and The Focus Group-Witchcults video-Julian House

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    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.

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

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    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.

     

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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

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    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.

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

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

     

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

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    The Wicker Man’s film certificate.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    (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).

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    (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.

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    (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.

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    (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.

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

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    (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.

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    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.

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

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    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.)

     

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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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    Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 3Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country 2Pendas Fen-David Rudkin-A Year In The Country

    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.

     

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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.

    The Pirahnas-Tom Hark-Jona Lewi-Stop the Cavalry-Frankie Goes to Hollywood-single covers

    (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.

    Ghosts in the Machine-Channel 4-1986-stills

    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.

    Kate Bush-Aerial-album cover artCloudbusting-Kate Bush-A Year In The Country

    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.

     Puffball-Nicolas Roeg-2007-A Year In The Country-3

    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.

    The Quietened Bunker-Night and Dawn Editions-release date-A Year In The Country-2

    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.

    Paul Virilio-Bunker Archaeology-Princeton Architectural Press-A Year In The Country-2b Paul Virilio-Bunker Archaeology-Princeton Architectural Press-A Year In The Country-3b

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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.

    Early-Morning-Hush-Folk-Underground-Bob-Stanley-album-CD artwork-Shirley Collins-Bob Stanley

    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.

    Fountain of Snow-Shirley Collins-Current 93 presents

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

    Horse Rotorvator-Coil-Englands Hidden Reverse-David Keenan

    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.

    Coco-Rosie-Arthur-Magazine-Devandra Banhart-Joanna Newsom

    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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    Randall-Hopkirk-Charlie-Higson-Tom-Baker-television series still

    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.

    The Wicker Man OST soundtrack-Jonny Trunk-Trunk Records-A Year In The Country

    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.

    Raiders of the Lost Ark-last scene-warehouseScooby Doo-unmasking

    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.

    Uncommonly-British-Days-Out-Robin-Halstead-Jason-Hazeley-Alex-Morris-Joel-Morris-Keith-Hardings-World-Of-Mechanical-Music-Apollo-Pavillion

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

    Uncommonly-British-Days-Out-Robin-Halstead-Jason-Hazeley-Alex-Morris-Joel-Morris-book-map

    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.

    David Sylvian-Gone To Earth-album cover art Secrets of the Beehive-David Sylvian-cover art-Vaughan Oliver-Nigel Grierson-23 Envelope-cover art David Sylvian-Taking The Veil-cover art

    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.

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

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

    Kate Bush-Never For Ever-album cover artJulian Cope-Fried-album cover artDavid Sylvian-Secrets of the Beehave-back coverTalk Talk-the colour of spring-album cover art

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

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    Poster/promotional artwork for Queens of Evil aka Le Regine or Il Delitto del Diavolo (1970), Tam Lin aka The Devil’s Widow (1970) and The Touchables (1968).

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    Stills from Queens of Evil.

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    Screengrab from Psychedelic Folkloristic website.

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    1960s/early 1970s (?) fashion by Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell.

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    Images from Czech New Wave film Daisies (1966).

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    Screenshot from Queens of Evil.

    The Wicker Man-1973-film still-procession

    Image of the procession in The Wicker Man (1973).

    Liefe & Lief-Fairport Convention-album cover art Comus-First Utterance-album cover art

    Cover art for the Liege & Lief by Fairport Convention and First Utterance by Comus.

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    Still of the giant inflatable bubble home from The Touchables (1968) film.

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    Robert Freemantle’s adaptation of The Touchable film and promotional still, also from the film.

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    Still from The Touchables.

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    Collage of stills from The Touchables.

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    Cover art for the Nirvana album All of Us, featuring the track All of Us (The Touchables Theme).

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    Posters for the film Performance (1970).

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    Stills from The Touchables.

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    Stills from Tam Lin aka The Devil’s Widow (1970)

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    Ava Gardner, Ian McShane, Stephanie Beacham and others  in stills from Tam Lin.

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    Still from the final sequence of Planet of the Apes (1968).

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    Director Roddy McDowell on the set of Tam Lin and as Caesar in Planet of the Apes.

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    Stills from Tam Lin.

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    Still from the opening sequence of the film Psychomania (1973).

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    Promotional still of Pentangle, who created some of the soundtrack for Tam Lin.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 23 can be viewed here.

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    Chapter 24 Book Images: Luke Haines – Our Most Non-Hauntological Hauntologist

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    Collage of images from Luke Haines and The Auteurs book, album, singles and videos.

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    Cover to the 1999 The Auteurs album How I Learned to Love the Bootboys.

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    Cover to Luke Haines’ 2006 solo album Off My Rocker at the Art School Bop.

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    Cover to Luke Haines’ 2011 solo album Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and early ’80s.

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    Covers for the three Black Box Recorder albums released between 1998 and 2003; England Made Me, The Facts of Life and Passionoia.

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    Cover to Moon Wiring Club’s Shoes Off and Chairs Away and a review in Uncut of the same album by Rob Young, author of Electric Eden.

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    Cover and promotional image for Luke Haines’ British Nuclear Bunkers solo album.

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    Tracklisting for Luke Haines’ British Nuclear Bunkers.

    Luke Haines-Bad Vibes-Post Everything-book covers

    Covers for Luke Haines’ 2009 and 2011 autobiographical books Bad Vibes and Post Everything.

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    Still from a promotional video made to accompany British Nuclear Bunkers.

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    Cover to Luke Haines’ 2015 album Smash the System.

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    Stills from promotional video made to accompany Smash the System.

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    Cover art to Earl Brutus’ single The S.A.S. and the Glam that Goes With It and the album Tonight You Are The Special One. Central image – promotional photograph of Earl Brutus.

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    Still from A Clockwork Orange from 1971.

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    The front and back cover artwork to The Auteurs’ single “The Rubettes” from 1999.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 24 can be viewed here.

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

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    Cover art for Tim Hart and Maddy Prior’s Folk Songs of Olde England Volume 1, featuring The Dalesman’s Litany.

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    Image from one of the vinyl editions of Folk Songs of Olde England, featuring Maddy Prior and Tim Hart in silhouette.

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    Packaging for the Night and Dawn editions of the A Year In The Country releases album Fractures, featuring Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska / Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 25 can be viewed here.

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    Katalin Varga, Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy – Arthouse Evolution and Crossing the Thresholds of the Hinterland Worlds of Peter Strickland: Chapter 26 Book Images

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    Still from the intro sequence to The Duke of Burgundy, created by Julian House of Intro.

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    Stills from Katalin Varga and Berberian Sound Studio.

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    Still from Berberian Sound Studio.

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    Still from David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, which shares a number of themes with The Duke of Burgundy; the stepping into an altered reality via recorded media and the degradation of its listeners, watchers and participants.

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    Poster for Berberian Sound Studio, by Julian House of Intro.

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    Stills from The Equestrian Vortex, a film within a film, created by Julian House of Intro;

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    Cover art to the soundtrack album for The Duke of Burgundy and a still from the film.

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    Stills from The Duke of Burgundy.

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    Still from the 1979-87 British television sitcom Terry and June – quoted by Peter Strickland as an influence on The Duke of Burgundy.

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    Still from Katalin Varga.

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    Stills from Josephine Decker’s Butter on the Latch film from 2013.

    Still from Katalin Varga.

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    The Scala Cinema in London and one of it’s poster format cinema programmes.

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    A still from The Duke of Burgundy – from a sequence influenced by Stan Brakhage’s Mothlight.

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    Stills from experimental film maker Stan Brakhage’s Mothlight film from 1963, which layered natural elements and insects to create a rapidly moving montage.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 26 can be viewed here.

     

    General Orders No. 9 and By Our Selves – Cinematic Pastoral Experimentalism: Chapter 27 Book Images
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    Poster and stills from General Orders No. 9 – the 2009 film by Robert Persons.

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    Artwork from God Speed You Black Emperors song “Dead Flag Blues” from their 1997 album F# A# ∞, which in some ways could almost be a companion piece to General Orders No. 9, with its sense of lyrically beautiful apocalyptic dread.

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    Publicity still for Andrew Kötting’s film By Our Selves (2015).

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    Still from By Our Selves.

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    John Clare as played by Toby Jones, who is accompanied by a straw bear and a vintage photograph of somebody wearing a folkloric straw bear costume.

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    Author Alan Moore with the straw bear from the film.

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    A still from the film, featuring the straw bear and Toby Jones.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 27 can be viewed here.

     

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

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    Film posters for Z.P.G. (1972), Silent Running (1972) and Soylent Green (1973).

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    Film posters for The Omega Man (1971) and Logan’s Run (1976) and DVD cover for the television series Noah’s Castle (1979).

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    Film poster for No Blade of Grass and two different covers for John Christopher’s The Death of Grass novel from 1956, which the film was based on.

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    Image from the title sequence for No Blade of Grass.

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    Stills of biker gang from No Blade of Grass.

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    Stills from No Blade of Grass.

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    Stills from No Blade of Grass’ non-conventional narrative sequences.

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    Overseas poster for Z.P.G.

    The screenplay was by Frank De Felitta and Max Ehrlich – the second of whom also published a novel based on the screenplay called The Edict in 1971 prior to the film’s release, the cover of which is shown above.

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    Overseas poster for Z.P.G. featuring actress Diane Cilento.

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    Lobby card for Z.P.G.

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    Campaign sheet/press book for Z.P.G.

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    Still from the end sequence of Z.P.G.

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    Still from the end sequence of Planet of the Apes (1968).

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 28 can be viewed here.

     

    The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham, Dystopian Tales, Celluloid Cuckoos and the Village as Anything but Idyll: Chapter 29 Book Images

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    French fim poster for The Village of the Damned, the 1960 film adaptation of John Wyndham’s 1957 novel The Midwich Cuckoos.

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    Stills from The Village of The Damned, including the iconic-ally eyed children.

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    Poster for the film version of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass and the Pit (1967).

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    Hardback cover for John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids book.

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    Promotional artwork for the final series of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass (1979) and the BFI DVD release of his The Stone Tape (1972).

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    Image from Village of the Damned, including Martin Stephens (second from right in the above still). Still from The Innocents (1961).

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    Still from the title sequence to the 1981 television adaptation of John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids and the television tie-in novel’s cover.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 29 can be viewed here.

     

    Folk Archive and Unsophisticated Arts – Documenting the Overlooked and Unregulated: Chapter 30 Book Images

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    Images from Folk Archive: Contemporary Popular Art (2005), the book featuring work collected by Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane.

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    Photograph from the Jeremy Deller instigated Procession through Manchester and the cover to the English Civil War Part II book.

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    Cover and images from Barbara Jones’ Unsophisticated Arts book, originally released in 1951 and republished in 2013 by Little Toller Books.

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    Cover and images from Barbara Jones’ Unsophisticated Arts book, originally released in 1951 and republished in 2013 by Little Toller Books and the poster of the accompanying Black Eyes & Lemonade exhibition (1951).

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 29 can be viewed here.

     

    Folkloric Photography – A Lineage of Wanderings, Documentings and Imaginings: Chapter 31 Book Images

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    Folkloric photography by Benjamin Stone from the late 19th and early 20th century, when he photographed British traditional customs.

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    Left: photograph by Benjamin Stone. Right: villagers from the 1970 Play for Today television drama Robin Redbreast.

    Published by Gordon Fraser in 1977 ( Isbn 0900406704 ) OUT OF PRINT. I have a few new or nearly new copies left. I am happy to sign and dedicate copies Email me for prices.

    Covers to the British folkloric photography books: Homer Sykes Once a Year: Some Traditional British Customs (1977), Sarah Hannant’s Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year (2011), Merry Brownfield’s Merry England – the Eccentricity of English Attire (2012) and Henry Bourne’s Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait (2015).

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    Image from Homer Sykes Once a Year, a collection of photographs from seven years of journeying around Britain, reissued in 2016 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

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    Procession and folkloric ritual photographs from Sarah Hannant’s Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids book.

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    Images from Merry Brownfield’s Merry England book of folkloric and traditional rituals, costumes, work outfits etc.

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    Images from Henry Bourne’s Arcadia Britannica, a collection of generally posed portraits of those in folkloric costume.

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    Cover and images from Charles Fréger’s Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage originally published in 2012 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

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    Actor in yeti/abominable snowman costume from 1970s British BBC television series Doctor Who.

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    Images from Axel Hoedt’s book Once a Year from 2013 which focuses on folkloric rituals and costumes from the Swabian Alemannic carnival known as Fasnacht, Fastnacht or Fasnet, a custom in southwest Germany.

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    Images from Laura Thompson’s Senseless photography series from 2016 in which she produced staged photographs of figures in the landscape dressed in costumes made from disposable manmade objects, which recall European folkloric or mythical costume but refracted through a science fiction-esque lens.

     

    Text extracts from Chapter 30 can be viewed here.

     

    To be continued throughout 2018…

     

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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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  • A Year In The Country at The Golden Apples of the Sun: Artifact Report #44/52a

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    The Golden Apples of the Sun radio show and site is one of my favourite places online to visit… on the shows you will find a vast range of music nestled next to one another and may well hear Brian Eno, Shirley and Dolly Collins, Broadcast, Tangerine Dream, The Focus Group, Keith Seatman, CAN, Leyland Kirby, Link Wray, Air, Devandra Banhart, Andrew Weatherall, Emerald Web, Kraftwerk, DJ Shadow, The Assisant, The KLF, Jon Brooks, The Hardy Tree and Jane Weaver to name but a few.

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    The shows are organised and curated by Claude Mono, often with guest hosts and throughout its eclectic music wanderings there are themes or strands that loosely often connect the shows, which are in part explorations of when the flipside or undercurrents of pastoralism meets the spectres and imagined parallel worlds of hauntology.

    Or to quote the show itself:

    “The Golden Apples collective is a small informed and passionate group of music-lovers who each Sunday afternoon (and via re-stream) curate a musical odyssey through psych-tinged realms such as pastoral folk, glitch, lo-fi electronica, hauntology and hypnagogic pop. Through blissful reverie and sun-dappled hallucinogenic soundscapes, find yourself transported to a world beyond time, where both past and future intermingle, and where sound rules supreme.”

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    The blog/site is also well worth a wander around and I will often find a number of semi-hidden cultural curios that have me planning to squirrel away some time to explore them (recently that has included links to the rare 2006 documentary The Eternal Children directed by David Kleijwegt that focused on what was known as weird or freak folk in the earlier 2000s and fellow companions – work by the likes of Antony & The Johnsons, Coco Rosie and the aforementioned Devandra Banhart).

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    Over the years the show has included a fair few tracks from the A Year In The Country releases and on the 10th September 2017 there was a show where “Claude visits A Year In The Country”, which featured something of a gathering of selections from the A Year In The Country releases, including David Colohan, United Bible Studies, The Rowan Amber Mill, Sproatly Smith, A Year In The Country, She Rocola, Circle/Temple and Sproatly Smith.

    The show then wandered off into music by sometimes A Year In The Country contributor Vic Mars, alongside the also aforementioned Broadcast, Emerald Web, Jon Brooks, Jane Weaver and Kraftwerk.

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    I particularly liked the above semi-scientific graph representation of the elements of the show.

    Anyways, I thought about now would be a good time to post a number of links to some of the previous episodes of The Golden Apples of the Sun that featured A Year In The Country releases.

    Originally broadcast on RTR FM, the playlists and streams are archived at the links below:

    Episode 337: Claude visits A Year In The Country: featuring Doineann, Fractures, Burn The Witch/Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town, The Quietened Village, In Every Mind, The Forest / The Wald, Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels & From The Furthest Signals

    Episode 200: featuring Doineann, Burn The Witch/Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town & Torridon Gate (United Bible Studies, She Rocola & Howlround)

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    Episode 266: featuring In Every Mind (A Year In The Country):
    “This sound journey is a true audio bell curve commencing with the vinyl crackle of dust from the nettles style original British acid folk, some US Espers-esque psych folk and prairie modern from Meg Baird and Speck Mountain…the show then meanders through the hazy electronica of Noveller, Lutine and Haelos heading towards a single epic extended high through 20 minutes of a most (in)famous Nurse With Wound and Stereolab collaboration. Over the bell curve and new West Coast meets East Coast from Heron Oblivion and finally some crystalline lo-fi timeless moments from the Golden Apples archives of 2010, 2011 and 2012.”

    Episode 295 & Episode 314: both featuring The Forest / The Wald (The Rowan Amber Mill, Magpahi & The Hare And The Moon):
    “Claude musically meanders through private press folk, funk and psych, some spiritual jazz and lo-fi electronic gospel, Balearic beats, baroque pop and electronica.”

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    Episode 315: featuring Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels (A Year In The Country):
    “…Claude returns and weeks of field study, archaeological digging, explorations of secret rural Holloways, learning the Rites of Mu and Hypnagogia all come together…its a strange beautiful musical trip….”

    Episode 336: featuring The Quietened Village (Listening Center)

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    Episode 273Episode 274 & Episode 335: all featuring Fractures (Circle/Temple, The Hare And The Moon & Polypores)

    Episode 219: featuring In Every Mind (A Year In The Country)

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    Episode 307: featuring Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels, The Dark Chamber EP & Wild Hope Flowers (A Year In The Country, Richard Moult & David Colohan):
    “This edition of the Golden Apples is hosted by Claude Mono. It commences with a soundscape from Under The Skin the unsettling sci-fi film that creates a strange brooding dystopian landscape within contemporary Glasgow and its surrounds. More soundscapes from A Year In The Country, Broadcast, Pram, The Dandelion Set, Stereolab and space-psych from Our Solar System…immersive listening…”

    Episode 335: featuring The Quietened Cosmologists (Unit One and Field Lines Cartographer)

    You can also visit The Golden Apples of the Sun at RTR FM’s website here.

    Tip of the hat to all involved. Much appreciated.

     

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  • A Year In The Country Artifacts / The British Library Sound Archive

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    File under: Artifacts / Preserved For Posterity

    Well, here’s a nice thing…

    There are physical copies of all the A Year In The Country audiological artifacts now present and correct at The British Library’s Sound Archive.

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    (You see that modernist building? Well, if you look really closely you may just be able to see a Night, Dawn etc Edition or two peaking out…)

    If you should not know, The British Library is a nationally owned building/institution in the centre of London (next door to St Pancras railway station to be precise), that is visitable by the public, wherein can be found copies of all books and periodicals published in the UK.

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    (For those times when you just can’t find anything to read / Tomorrow’s World looks at the latest in home storage systems.)

    Alongside that, they also selectively archive music, field recordings, film etc, which is where the A Year In The Country artifacts come in…

    Over the years they have amassed a couple or more records etc or to quote the British Library:

    “Over 1 million discs, 185,000 tapes, and many other sound and video recordings.”

    A crate diggers delight indeed.

    At the time of writing there are over 625 kilometres of shelves in the British Library and that’s apparently growing by 12 kilometres each year (that would be 388 / 7.5 miles in old money then).

    Blimey.

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    (Rumours of DJ Shadow trying to “accidentally” get locked in here over night have been widely exagerated.)

    There’s a lovely video of the sound archive by Wire magazine, where Nathan Budzinski interviews Popular Music Curator Andy Linehan, Audio Engineer/Conservation specialist Will Prentice, and Wildlife Sounds Curator Cheryl Tipp. Visit that here.

    (As an aside, the Wire footage of the sound archive shelves makes me think of the classic Twilight Zone episode where a chap who loves just being left to read find himself all alone amongst the bounties of a library in a post-apocalyptic world – well, it reminds me of that until the twist at the end of the episode.)

    You can search the Sound And Moving Image Catalogue here.

    If you should find yourself around central London, you can visit the Sound Archive in person and listen to items; details here. The British Library’s main home in the ether is here, the Sound Archive here.

     

    If it should be of interest to you, below is a list of all the A Year In The Country released items and editions in the archive:

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    Immersion by Grey Frequency: Audiological Case Study #1 (Dawn Edition)

    Black-Veined White by Hand of Stabs:  Audiological Case Study #2 (Dawn Edition)

    Nine Of Swords by Michael Tanner:  Audiological Case Study #3 (Dusk Edition)

    Doineann by United Bible Studies:  Audiological Case Study #4 (Dawn Edition)

    Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town by She Rocola:  Audiological Case Study #5 (Owl Light Edition)

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    Torridon Gate by Howlround:  Audiological Case Study #6 (Dusk Edition)

    Twalif X by Racker&Orphan:  Audiological Case Study #7 (Day Edition)

    In Every Mind by A Year In The Country:  Transmission Resonances: Volume 1 (Dawn Edition)

    Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels by A Year In The Country:  Audiological Transmission Artifact #1 (Dawn Edition)

    Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels by A Year In The Country: Audiological Transmission Artifact #1(Midnight Archaic Encasements Edition)

    Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels-Dawn Edition-opened-A Year In The Country-700The Quietened Village-opened etc-A Year In The CountryFractures-release date-all items-A Year In The Country

    The Quietened Village: Audiological Transmissions Artifact #2 (Night Edition)
    Audiological explorations by Howlround, Time Attendant, The Straw Bear Band, Polypores, Rowan Amber Mill, Cosmic Neigbourhood, The Soulless Party, A Year In The Country, Sproatly Smith, David Colohan and Richard Moult.

    The Quietened Village: Audiological Transmissions Artifact #2 (Duskfall Edition)

    Fractures: Audiological Transmissions Artifact #3 (Night Edition)
    Audiological explorations by  Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Polypores, The Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska/Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

    The Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-opened-A Year In The CountryNo More Unto The Dance-Dawn Edition opened-A Year In The Countrythe-forest-the-wald-dawn-edition-back-a-year-in-the-country

    The Quietened Bunker: Audiological Transmissions Artifact #4 / ATA004N (Night Edition) Audiological explorations by Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, A Year In The Country, Panabrite, Polypores, Listening Center, Time Attendant, Unknown Heretic and David Colohan.

    No More Unto The Dance by A Year In The Country: Audiological Transmissions Artifact #5 / ATA005D (Dawn Edition)

    The Forest / The Wald: Audiological Transmissions Artifact #6 / ATA006D (Dawn Edition)
    Audiological explorations by Bare Bones, Magpahi, Polypores, Time Attendant, David Colohan, Richard Moult, Sproatly Smith, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska, The Rowan Amber Mill, The Séance with Lutine, Cosmic Neighbourhood and A Year In The Country.

    Phew…

     

    A tip of the hat to James Tugwell of the British Library. Much appreciated.

     

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

    1973-A Gathering-A Year In The Country-4
    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

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

    Quite a few it would seem.

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

    1973-A Gathering-A Year In The Country-1

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

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

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

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

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

    1973-A Gathering-Morning-Way-Trader-Horne-Judy-Dyble-A-Year-In-The-Country-2

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

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

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

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

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

    1973-A Gathering-Peter-Reich-A-Book-Of-Dreams-Picador-1974-Kate-Bush-Cloudbusting-A-Year-In-The-Country-3

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

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

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

     

    A loop begins to form?

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

    “But I’m a plus one.”

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

     

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  • Index: Year 2

    Click the links below to peruse wanderings from various spins-around-the-sun:
    Index: Year 1 Index: Year 2 Index: Year 3 Index: Year 4

     

    Index: Year 2
     A Year In The Country-Year 2-Fractures 1Year 2… and so the wanderings begin again…
     Airwaves-Image 1 of 52-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #1/52: Airwaves – The Chatter Amongst The Land
    The Duke Of Burgundy-Peter Strickland-Julian House-Intro-A Year In The Country-1 Week #1/52: The Duke Of Burgundy and Mesmerisation…
     Airwaves-Transmission 2-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #2/52: Airwaves – A Cracked Sky
     The Tomorrow People in The Visitor-paperback book-novel-1973-Piccolo TV Times-Roger Price and Julian Gregory-5Week #2/52: The Tomorrow People in The Visitor, a Woolworths-esque filter and travels taken…
     Airwaves-Transmission-3-Night Mesh-A-Year-In-The-CountryAudiological Transmission #3/​​52: Airwaves – Night Mesh
    Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels-all editions-A Year In The Country-700Audiogical Transmissions Artifact #1: Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels CD released – Dawn, Dusk, Day and Night Editions
    Peter-Reich-A-Book-Of-Dreams-Picador-1974-Kate-Bush-Cloudbusting-A-Year-In-The-Country-lighterWeek #3/52: I Still Dream Of Orgonon; A Book Of Dreams, the rarity of argent chains and moments of discovery…
    Airwaves-Transmission-4-Flutter Once More-A-Year-In-The-CountryAudiological Transmission #4/​​52: Airwaves – Flutter Once More
    Bollocks To Alton Towers-Uncommonly British Days Out-Robin Halstead-Jason Hazeley-Alex Morris-Joel Morris-A Year In The Country-coverWeek #4/52: The Following Of Ghosts – File Under Psychogeographic / Hauntological Stocking Fillers
    Airwaves-Transmission-5-Fading From A Distance-More-A-Year-In-The-Country-landscapeAudiological Transmission #5/​​52: Airwaves – Fading From A Distance
    The Right Side Of The Hedge-Country Life Today-Chris Chapman-Ian Niall-A Year In The CountryWeek #5/52: The Right Side Of The Hedge – gardens where (should we?) feel secure and velocipede enhanced long arms…
    Audiological Transmission 6 of 52-Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels–Imparting-Received-1200Audiological Transmission #6/​​52: Airwaves – Imparting Received
    Tomorrows People-Jeremy Sandford-Ron Reid-1974-book-British festivals-A Year In The CountryWeek #6/52: Tomorrow’s People, further considerations of the past as a foreign country and hauntology away from its more frequent signifiers and imagery…
    Airwaves-Transmission-7-Songs From The Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #7/​​52: Airwaves – Songs From The Sentinels
    Blue Streak-British Space Progam-British Space Group-Ian Holloway-Quiet World-A Year In The Country-4Week #7/52: Eyes Turned Skywards; once streaks in the sky, almost futures and reverberations in the ether
    Airwaves-Songs From The Sirens-Midnight Archaic Encasements and Dawn Light Editions with tapes-A Year In The Country-Audiogical Transmissions Artifact #1: Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels cassettes pre-order – Midnight Archaic Encasements and Dawn Light Ferrous Reels Editions
    08-Airwaves-Transmission-8-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #8/​​52: Airwaves – Tales And Constructs
    Spaceship UK-The Untold Story Of The British Space Programme-Jim Jupp-Belbury Poly-Daphne Oram-Ken Hollings-Ghost Box-A Year In The Country-2Week #8/52: The Untold Story Of The British Space Programme and explorations by / courtesy of Misters Jupp, Hollings, Seatman and Mrs Oram…
    Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels-Eventide Ether Envoy-components-A Year In The Country-narrow cropAudiogical Transmissions Artifact #1: Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels Eventide Ether Envoy Edition download card set released
    09-Airwaves-Transmission-9-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #9/​​52: Airwaves – They Have Departed Once More
    Soviet Bus Stops-Christopher Herwig-Fuel-A Year In The CountryWeek #9/52: Christopher Herwig’s Soviet Bus Stops, echoes of reaching for the cosmos, folkloric breakfast adornment and other artfully pragmatic curio collectings, encasings and bindings…
    10-Airwaves-Transmission-10-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200-black fillAudiological Transmission #10/​​52: Airwaves – To Be Sheltered
    Stephen Coates-X Ray Audio-Strange Attractor-DJ Food-The Horse Hospital-A Year In The Country-2Week #10/52: X-Ray Audio, make do and mend and further resourcefulness from times and domains gone by…
    11-Airwaves-Transmission-11-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #11/​​52: Airwaves – A Measuring
    The-Quietened-Village-cover-artwork-David-Colohan-Howlround-Soulless-Party-Richard-Moult-PolyporesTime-Attendant-Sproatly-Smith-A-Year-In-The-CountryThe Quietened Village. Coming soon.
    Penguin Modern Poets-Julian House-Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age-A Year In The Country-2Week #11/52: The Modern Poets, otherly pastoralism and brief visits to flickering worlds…
     12-Airwaves-Transmission-12-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #12/​​52: Airwaves – For My Gentle Scattering
     The Ghost In The MP3-Takahiro Suzuki-Ryan Maguire-Ghosts Of My Life-Mark Fisher-hauntology-A Year In The Country-4Week #12/52: The Ghost In The MP3 and considerations of past/future loss
    The Quietened Village-boxes-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village. Coming soon indeed.
    Scott Walker-Tilt-The Farmer In The City-A Year In The Country-4Week #13/52: Farmer In The City, the impossibility of unknowing and particularly archaic/contemporary recording methods
    The Quitened Village-front of both editions-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village album: Dawn and Night Editions – pre-order and release dates
    The Quietened Village-AT 13 of 52-David Colohan-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #13​/​​​​52: The Quietened Village – David Colohan – At The Confluence Of The Mitta Mitta & Murray
    The Stone Tape-Radio 4-Nigel Kneale-Peter Strickland-James Cargill-Broadcast-Life On Mars-Andrew Liles-The Dark-A Year In The CountryWeek #14/52: The Stone Tape and a number of layerings…
    Howlround-Flying Over A Glassed Wedge-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #14​​/​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Howlround – Flying Over A Glassed Wedge
    TQV-preorder photo-3 in a rowThe Quietened Village. Available for pre-order.
    The Quietened Village-preorder-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #15​/​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – The Straw Bear Band – The Drowning Of Mardale Green
    Phase IV-soundtrack-Saul Bellow-A Year In The CountryWeek #15/52: Phase IV / a revisiting / the arrival of artifacts lost and found and curious contrasts
    16 of 52-Damnatorum-The Soulless Party-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #16​/​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – The Soulless Party – Damnatorum
    Tyneham-A Tribute-Dr Andrew Norman-A Year In The CountryWeek #16/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #1/4a – (One corner of) A further library of loss…
    The Quietened Village-release gathering-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village Released / Corporeal Wanderings Commence / Spectral Containment Invitee / Ghost Box Guest
    The Quietened Village-17 of 52-Polypores-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #17​/​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Playground Ritual
    The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-Hugh Lucas-Harry Gill-Dick Dawson-Hilda-Edmund Perry-Lost VillagesWeek #17/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #2/4a – Further Encasements And Bindings
    The Quietened Village-Track 6-Richard MoultAudiological Transmission #18​​/​​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Quopeveil
    Fractures-A Year In The Country-700 coverComing Soon: Fractures
    Imber village-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-2Week #18/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #3/4a – Light Catching Traces
    Fractures – Coming Soon IndeedFractures-Night and Dawn Editions-A Year In The Country
    The Quietened Village-Audiological Transmission 19-The Rowan Amber Mill-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #19​​/​​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Separations
    Lost Villages-DVD-Henry Buckton-1st Take-The Quietened Village-A Year In The CountryWeek #19/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #4/4a – Ocular Encasment And New Arrivals…
    Fractures-Dawn Edition-front-A Year In The CountryFractures – Dawn and Night Editions – Pre-Order and Release Dates
    AT 20 of 52-Fractures 1973-Circle Temple-A Year In The Country-bAudiological Transmission #20​/​52​​: Fractures – The Osmic Projector​/​Vapors of Valtorr
    The Quietened Village-Duskfall Edition-front-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village – Duskfall Edition available for pre-order
    Ghost Box Records-Wood St Galleries-Pittsburgh-Justin Hopper-A Year In The CountryWeek #20/52: Pastoral Noir, if onlys, a seeking of names / the ether giveth and the ether taketh away
    Fractures 21 of 52-Sproatly Smith-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #21​/​52​​: Fractures – The Land Of Green Ginger
    The Quietened Village-4 albums-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village – Duskfall Edition released / a gathering of transmissions / something of a return as a spectral containment invitee…
    Wolfgang Buttress-TheHive-Be-One-Caught By The River-A Year In The CountryWeek #21/52: Be•One / Where Have They All Gone? (Subtitled Not With A Bang Or Whimper But Without A Buzz)
    Fractures-Night-componentsFractures – Night and Dawn Editions CD Album Pre-Order
    Fractures-22 of 52-Keith Seatman-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #22​/​52​​: Fractures – Seeing The Invisible
    1973-Blackout-power cut-A Year In The CountryWeek #22/52: Fractures Signals #1; Flickerings From Days Of Darkness
    Fractures-Track 23 of 52-Listening Centre-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #23​/​52​​: Fractures – Triangular Shift
    The Quietened Village-01 cover-A Year In The Country-3The Quietened Village / ether wanderings / a gathering of transmissions
    Delia Derbyshire-Hook Films-Test Shoot-A Year In The CountryWeek #23/52: Fractures Signals #2; An Intertwining Of Rather Fine Simulacras / The Work Of Ms Delia Derbyshire / A world out of tune / The Duke Of Burgundy / The Berberian Sound Studio / The Work Of Mr Julian House … And Music And Maths Of The Past But Also Very Much Of The Future
    Fractures-release date-all items-A Year In The CountryFractures – Night and Dawn Editions Released
    Ghost-Box-Records-logo-Guest Shop-Fractures-A Year In The CountrySpectral Containment Invitee #2; Fractures at The Ghost Box Records Guest Shop / Amongst the pages of The Belbury Parish Magazine
    Fractures-Week 24-British Space Project-Ian Holloway-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #24​/​​52​​: Fractures – An Unearthly Decade
    1973-A Gathering-A Year In The Country-4Week #24/52: Fractures Signals #3; A Dybukk’s Dozen Gathering (/Looping?) From Around These Parts
    Grey Frequency-Immersion-one off prints-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #25/​​52​​: Immersion – Coastline, Black Sky
    The Wickerman-Unstoppable Trading Cards-Binder-A Year In The CountryWeek #25/52: Fractures Signals #4; A Behemoth Comes Once More A Knocking…
    Hand-of-Stabs-250-Black-Veined-White-inner-pageAudiological Transmission #26/​​52​​: Black-Veined White (Excerpt #1) – Hand of Stabs
    Shirley Collins-No Roses-A Year In The CountryWeek #26/52: Shirley Collins and further considerations of pastoral noir
    BC-Bunker-Dawn and Duskfall-coverThe Quietened Bunker – Coming Soon
    Fractures-transmission gathering-2Fractures – a gathering of transmissions
    Michael Tanner-Nine of Swords-inner page-2-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #27/​​52 ​​- Nine of Swords (Excerpt #1) – Michael Tanner
    Sapphire and Steel-ghosts in the machine-A Year In The Country-2Week #27/52: Sapphire & Steel, various ghosts in the machine and a revisiting of broken circuits…
    United-Bible-Studies-Doineann-print-artwork-croppedAudiological Transmission #28​/​​​​52​​: Helix – United Bible Studies
    Symptoms-1974-BFI-A Year In The Country-3Week #28/52: Symptoms and gothic bucolia
    The Quietened Bunker-Night and Dawn Editions-front-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker – preorder and release dates
    The Quietened Bunker-29 of 52-Keith Seatman-A Year In The Country-strokeAudiological Transmission #29/​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Lower Level Clock Room
    A-Pylons-A Hankering After The Past?-A Year In The Country-2Week #29/52: Hauntology and the genre that dare not speak its name
    Fractures-digital distribution and gathering-2-with strokeFractures – ether wanderings and a gathering of transmissions
    The Quietened Bunker-Grey Frequency-Drakelow Tunnels-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #30​/​​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Drakelow Tunnels
    The Quietened Bunker-secret bunker tourist road signs-A Year In The Country-2Week #30/52: The Quietened Bunker Archives #1; A Lovely Day Out / Not Your Average Des Res
    The Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-all items-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker. Night and Dawn Editions preorder.
    The Quietened Bunker-Panabrite-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #31/​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Aggregates II
    Blondie-Atomic-The Smiths-Ask-Nena-99 Red Balloons-Trailblazers-Sky Arts-A Year In The CountryWeek #31/52: The Quietened Bunker Archives #2; Songs For The Bunker – The Once Was Ascendance Of Apocalyptic Pop
    Time Attendant-Crafty Mechanics-The Quietened Bunker-A Year In The Country-with strokeAudiological Transmission #32/​​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Crafty Mechanics
    Wargames-1983 film-A Year In The CountryWeek #32/52: Bunker Archives #3: Wargames, Hollywood phantoms and phantasms and the only winning move is not to play
    The Quietened Bunker-Night and Dawn Editions-release date-A Year In The Country-2The Quietened Bunker – Night and Dawn editions released
    The Quietened Bunker-David Colohan-A Year In The Country-1400-2Audiological Transmission #33​/​​​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Waiting For The Blazing Skies
    Paul Virilio-Bunker Archaeology-Princeton Architectural Press-A Year In The Country-2bWeek #33/52: Bunker Archives #4; Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archaeology and accidental utilitarian art
    She Rocola-Burn The Witch-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Day Edition-front of booklet-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #34/​​52​​: She Rocola – Burn The Witch
    Danila tkachenko-Restricted Areas-Dewi Lewis Publishing-A Year In The CountryWeek #34/52: Restricted Areas – Further Wanderings Amongst A Bear’s Ghosts
    Howlround-Torridon Gate-Robin The Fog-Chris Weaver-A Year In The Country-all itemsAudiological Transmission #35/​​52​​: Howlround – Torridon Gate (excerpt)
    The Belbury Poly-New Ways Out-Ghost Box Records-Jim Jupp-A Year In The CountryWeek #35/52: Belbury Poly’s New Ways Out and strutting your stuff at the Panda Pops disco
    No More Unto The Dance-A Year In The CountryComing Soon – No More Unto The Dance
    No More Unto The Dance-both editions-A Year In The CountryA Year In The Country – No More Unto The Dance pre-order and release dates
    No More Unto The Dance-Night Edition landscape sticker 4-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #36​/​​​52​​: No More Unto The Dance – Dark Days
    Gone To Earth-1950-Powell and Pressburger-Jennifer Jones-poster-costume-A Year In The CountryWeek #36/52: Gone To Earth – “What A Queen Of Fools You Be”, Something Of A Return Wandering And A Landscape Set Free
    no-more-unto-the-dance-image-2-week-37-a-year-in-the-countryAudiological Transmission #37​/​​​52​​: No More Unto The Dance – Plaintive Resonations
    transmissions-sent-the-quietened-bunker-a-year-in-the-country-9b-with-strokeThe Quietened Bunker – A Gathering Of Transmissions
    Edge Of Darkness-1985-BBC A Year In The Country-4Week #37/52: Edge Of Darkness, stepping into the vortex, reshuffling and sweeping the board…
    No More Unto The Dance-Night Edition opened-A Year In The Country copyNo More Unto The Dance – Dawn and Night editions pre-order
    no-more-unto-the-dance-image-3-week-38-a-year-in-the-country-copyAudiological Transmission #38​/​​​​52​​: No More Unto The Dance – Future Dissolvation
    Like Haines-Maximum Electronic Rock N RollWeek #38/52: Mr Haines – “our most non-hauntological hauntologist” – the evidence mounts
    no-more-unto-the-dance-image-4-week-39-a-year-in-the-countryAudiological Transmission #39​/​​​​52​​: No More Unto The Dance – A Moment Of Optimism
    IBM 1401-A Users Manual-Jóhann Jóhannsson-A Year In The Country-1Week #39/52: An elegy to elegies for the IBM 1401 / notes on a curious intertwining
    no-more-unto-the-dance-night-and-dawn-editions-front-a-year-in-the-country-1A Year In The Country – No More Unto The Dance Night and Dawn Editions released
    no-more-unto-the-dance-track-5-a-year-in-the-countryAudiological Transmission #40​/​​​​52​​: No More Unto The Dance – When Did It All Break?
    john-paynter-toys-and-techniques-the-school-is-full-of-music-a-year-in-the-country-2Week #40/52: The School Is Full Of Noises and gazing into a utopian future…
    the-forest-the-wald-cover-a-year-in-the-countryThe Forest / The Wald – Coming Soon
    weekly-music-41-twalif-x-rackerorphan-folklore-tapes-a-year-in-the-countryAudiological Transmission #41/​​​52​​: Twalif X (excerpt) – Racker&Orphan
    butter-on-the-latch-josephine-decker-a-year-in-the-country-4Week #41/52: The Dark Pastoral Of Butter On The Latch
    the-forest-the-wald-both-editions-a-year-in-the-countryThe Forest / The Wald – Dawn and Night Editions Preorder and Release Dates
    the-forest-the-wald-weekly-track-01-magpahi-a-year-in-the-countryAudiological Transmission #42​/​​​​52​​: Hawthorn Heart – The Forest / The Wald
    robert-voit-the-new-trees-a-year-in-the-country-3Week #42/45: The New Trees
    the-forest-the-wald-weekly-track-02-polypores-a-year-in-the-country-1400Audiological Transmission #43/​​​​52​​: Deep Undergrowth – The Forest / The Wald
    all-hallows-quietened-bunker-transmission-sheet-rue-morgue-a-closer-listen-include-me-out-ytnatm-a-year-in-the-country-strokeThe Quietened Bunker – A Timely Gathering Of Transmissions
    broadcast-mother-is-the-milky-way-a-year-in-the-country-1Week #43/52: Broadcast – Mother Is The Milky Way and gently milling around avant-garde, non-populist pop
    the-forest-the-wald-night-edition-opened-a-year-in-the-country-250The Forest / The Wald – Preorder
    the-forest-the-wald-weekly-track-03-the-hare-and-the-moon-a-year-in-the-country-1400Audiological Transmission #44​/​​​​​52​​: A Whisper In The Woods – The Forest / The Wald
    the-touchables-1968-film-a-year-in-the-country-2Week #44/52: The Touchables and a pop-art pastoral playland
    the-forest-the-wald-weekly-track-04-the-seance-with-lutine-a-year-in-the-country-1400Audiological Transmission #45/​​​​​52​​: Trees Grew All Around Her – The Forest / The Wald
    quatermass-nigel-kneale-time-out-september-1979-a-year-in-the-country-4Week #45/52: Quatermass finds and ephemera from back when
    the-forest-the-wald-released-dawn-and-night-editions-a-year-in-the-country-bThe Forest / The Wald – Night and Dawn Editions released
    the-forest-the-wald-weekly-track-05-time-attendant-a-year-in-the-country-1400Audiological Transmission #46/52: Fantastic Mass – The Forest / The Wald
    midnight-movies-band-a-year-in-the-country-3Week #46/52: Midnight Movies, (re)findings, crumbling textures and a certain geometric otherlyness…
    airwaves-revisitation-1-a-year-in-the-countryAudiological Transmission #47/52: Airwaves – A Gathering / Revisitation #1a
     shirley-collins-death-and-the-lady-nick-abrahams-a-year-in-the-country-1Week #47/52: Shirley Collins voyages anew…
    quietend-village-track-48-of-52-a-year-in-the-country-1400Audiological Transmission #48/52: The Quietened Village – Bunk Beds / Revisitation #2a
    death-in-vegas-trans-love-energies-a-year-in-the-country-1Week #48/52: Death In Vegas, Trans-Love Energies and tumbling through the wormhole
    fractures-49-of-52-the-rowan-amber-mill-a-year-in-the-country-1400Audiological Transmission #49/52: Fractures – Ratio (Sequence) / Revisitation #3a
    the-forest-the-wald-transmissions-sentThe Forest / The Wald – A Gathering Of Transmissions
    veloelectroindustrial-edgelands-wasteland-photography-harworth-machine-a-year-in-the-country-2Week #49/52: The Wanderings Of Veloelectroindustrial
    the-quietened-bunker-revisiting-a-year-in-the-country-strokeAudiological Transmission #50​/​52: The Quietened Bunker – Comms: Seen Through The Grey / Revisitation #4a
    british-library-sound-and-moving-image-archive-itemsA Year In The Country Artifacts / The British Library Sound Archive
    monumental-folies-stuart-barton-book-1972-a-year-in-the-country-1Week #50/52: Monumental Follies – An Exposition On The Eccentric Edifices Of Britain (to give the book its full title)
    no-more-unto-the-dance-a-year-in-the-country-revisitation-5-1400Audiological Transmission #51/52: The Experiment Ends – No More Unto The Dance / Revisitation #5a
    deep-country-neil-ansell-a-year-in-the-country-1Week #51/52: Deep Country – Five Years In The Hills / Two Years At Sea And Becoming A Non-Rolling Stone
    the-forest-the-wald-52-of-52-revisitation-6a-a-year-in-the-country-1400Audiological Transmission #52/52: The Forest / The Wald – The Abney Ritual / Revisitation #6a
    roger-phillips-trees-of-great-britain-a-year-in-the-country-3bWeek #52/52: An Arboreal Collection Or Two And Hello And Goodbye…

     

    Click the links below to peruse wanderings from various spins-around-the-sun:
    Index: Year 1 Index: Year 2 Index: Year 3 Index: Year 4

     

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  • Day #353/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #5; an ether gathering of behind the sofa folk flickerings…

    She Rocola-Molly Leigh-inner booklet page-A Year In The CountryTrails and Influences: Electronic Ether. Case #49/52.

    (Retransmission:) If you should look closely amongst this particular year in the country you may well see that around these parts there has been activity which has involved the encasing of disturbances in the airwaves.

    Audiological Reflections and Pathways is inspired by those particular encasings and the related work/creators of said work…

    Along which lines, She Rocola’s Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town.

    When I think of those songs, my mind will sometimes wander along to flickering cathode ray and celluloid tales of what has come to be known as folk horror.

    Folk horror gathering-A Year In The Country

    In many ways there is a lot that fits/could fit into that particular category; as has been mentioned around these parts – and elsewhere before – in practise it often refers to a particular canonic trio of films – The Wickerman, Blood On Satan’s Claw and The Witchfinder General…

    …and then if I’m thinking of such things, my mind will often wander along to ether collections of such things and interrelated tales.

    …and as I gather interconnected intertwinings for this particular pathway and reflection I come to see that I have wandered amongst such stories from the shadows beneath the plough more than a time or two… and actually just how varied and multitudinous the outgrowths and gatherings of such stories is, beyond, including and quite possibly taking as its heart/centre that canonic trio…

    Along which lines, a dybbuk’s dozen of folk-horror gatherings (covens?), travellings and intertwining pathways around these parts:

    Day #21/365: In The Dark Half

    Day-18-In-The-Dark-Half-575-2012-Film-still-1-Alistair-Siddons-A-Year-In-The-Country

    Day #37/365: Folk Horror Review and a wander through a green and not always pleasant land

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    Day #73/365: A wander through A Field In England with Twins of Evil and other travelling companions…

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    Day #90/365: The Wickerman – the future lost vessels and artifacts of modern folkloreThe Wicker Man-Hessian Bag Edition-Insert-A Year In The Country-2

    Day #106/365: The whisperings of Willow O Waly

    Miss-Jessell-Clytie-Jessop-manifests-by-the-lake-The Innocents 1961-A Year In The Country

    Day #113/365: A box of rural horror films and glances at unlit landscapes…

    The Wicker Man-Blood On Satans Claw-Whistle and Ill come to you-Village Of The Damned-BFI 10 Great Rural Horror films-A Year In The Country

    Day #127/365: Robin Redbreast…

    Robin Redbreast-A Year In The Country-BFI DVD-1970-2

    Day #135/365: Kill List

    Kill List

    Day #181/365: Queens Of Evil; “What sort of conjurers are you?” – “Persuaders, your eminence, hidden persuaders.”

    Queens of Evil-1970-Le Regine-A Year In The Country 4

    Day #188/365: The Ash Tree; Sacred Disobedience, an unorthodox guidance and further fields In England

    The Ash Tree-David Rudkin-MR James-A Ghost Story For Christmas-The BBC-A Year In The Country

    Day #218/365: A wander around Red Shift, layers of history, the miasma/amber of cultural replications and associated reinterpretations/utilitarianisms

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    Day #313/365: A further slightly overlooked artifact; Tam Lin, a goddess abroad in the land and the end of utopian dreams?

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    Day #323/365: From flipsides of a coin to The Flipside; tales from behind the scenes of termagant hunting found in the ether airwaves after a walk through green and not always pleasant lands…

     

    Vincent Price-Michael Reeves-Witchfinder General-on set-A Year In The Country

     

    Elsewhere amongst the ether you could wander amongst…

    A further gathering of cathode ray and celluloid flickers.

    Fiend In The Furrows: an academic consideration/debating of such culture.

    A gathering place of discussion and collecting.

    A History Of British Folk Horror (tread gently)

     

    I feel that after travelling down the pathways of this particular day in this particular year in the country it may be apt to quote a certain aforementioned lionheartess:

    The first time in my life, I leave the lights on, to ease my soul…

    …and to once again pack among my belongings the thoughts below:

    “We were keen to conjure up the psychedelic witch party at the mansion scenario too, also to keep the idea ‘pop’ and tongue in cheek, very conscious of not becoming too dry.” (James Cargill)

    Encasing and envoying.

     

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  • Day #340/365: Image T/4; Folk-horror tropes and (re)visitations #4

    Image U4-A Year In The Country
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    A Year In The Country: Work

    …a (re)tumbling from She Rocola’s Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town.

     

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  • Day #339/365: Image S/4; Folk-horror tropes and visitations #3

    Image T4-A Year In The Country
    File under:
    A Year In The Country: Work

    …a further tumbling from She Rocola’s Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town.

     

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  • Day #338/365: Artifact #48/52; Michael Tanner Nine of Swords limited edition CD released – Dusk / Dawn Editions

    Michael Tanner Nine of Swords CD album. Dusk Edition £10.00.  Dawn Edition £12.00
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    Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #3
    Audiological contents: Nine of Swords (54.20 minutes).

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

    Custom printed and hand-finished by A Year In The Country.

    Michael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-inside of Dusk and Dawn Editions-A Year In The Country

    Nine of Swords was created by using nine tarot cards allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments which were played in the order of their drawing from the deck.

    Its method of creation recalls the random cut-up literary techniques of William Burroughs or automatic writing and the resulting work is a 68 minute journey which is a balm to contemporary intensity of input.

    No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of Nine of Swords; the music in the album was guided purely using the (non)choices of the turns of the cards.

     

    Also available as a limited edition Night boxset and Day string bound booklet: see Day #245/365.
    Michael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Day Edition-booklet-A Year In The Country

     

    Dusk Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £10.00.
    Hand-finished packaging; all black CDr in matt recycled sleeve with insert.

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    Top of CD.                                                              Bottom of CD.

    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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    Top of CD.                                                           Bottom of CD.

    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.

     

    Album credits:

    All music written & played by Michael Tanner.

    Recorded at Greenwitch 04/06/2014 using an X-Y positioned Beyer M101 and Shure SM57.

    4 x Water Bowls. 2 x Singing Bowls. 2 x Temple Bells. 1 x Cymbals.

    No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of this piece.

     

    Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

     

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

     

    An excerpt from this Audiological Case Study can be listened to via our Mark II Ether Victrola below:

     

    Visit Michael’s work at Day #120/365 of A Year In The Country.

    Visit Michael Tanner in the ether here: www.iamplinth.bandcamp.com
    (where you may also find him working under the names Plinth, The Cloisters, Taskerlands and The A. Lords).

     

    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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