Day #230/365: “Beyond the last places, the blanks on the map”; signposts to and from a deserted village

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    Trails and Influences: Electronic Ether. Case #31/52.

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    This is a sublime, haunting, moving piece of work.

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    I’ve just rewatched it and I feel slightly stunned. Sometimes you come across something that leaves you stunned and with words failing you. This is one of those times. I feel like I need to stop, step back and go and wander for a while, let what I’ve just seen and heard settle in my mind…

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    It reminds me of General Orders No. 9 in some ways (see Day #51/365), in that its a poetic visual take on the land and its stories. Something that feels as though it has many layers to it, not all of which will be easily unearthed or known.

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    To a subtle, minimal soundtrack a voice narrates as the film journeys across the land, water and through the fields. I don’t want to go into the story that it tells overly here, I think that should be left for the work itself…

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    …signposts to and from: a few years ago I came across some limited edition music releases that had been sent out into the world by Deserted Village and their work, world and travelling companions had intrigued me and kept playing around the corners of my mind…

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    …but I would tend not to know quite where to (re)start, the Deserted Village was a place with many visitors and which has sent forth many recordings…

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    …the writer and director of newlyborn is Dave Colohan, who is one of the co-founders of the Deserted Village label and the experimental folk(?)lorists United Bible Studies…

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    …and so this film became a (second) starting point. A signal and signpost to and from Deserted Village, United Bible Studies, the solo/collaborative work of Dave Colohan and Richard Moult…

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    So, with much more wandering still to do, here are but a few pathways which I have followed…

    Deserted Village. Recordings in the small hours and during gale force windsFor Fran, Etched In Glass & Water. The Shore That Fears The Sea.

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