Week #14/52: The Stone Tape and a number of layerings…

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    File Under: Trails And Influences / Year 2 wanderings

    Well, that got me thinking about The Stone Tape again and in particular the (relatively) recent radio broadcast and adaptation of it.

    This was a production where the layering and backstory were at least as intriguing as the broadcast play itself.

    As a play, it was almost as if somebody had sat down with a very particular hauntological-esque wish list and created it as a piece of culture that didn’t need to actually exist in broadcast form, it just needed this layering, to be thought about and anticipated.

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    Six layerings:

    1) Place: I was particularly taken by the images of the location it was shot – the textures and contemporarily chic almost gothic horror of it all.

    2) Person: Peter Strickland as it’s director. Well, what more do I need to say? Spinner of very particular cinematic worlds and re-imaginings courtesy of the stepping through and never were of giallo sound recordists and imagined Jess Franco-esque/once-upon-a-never-was very particularly European fairytales/mesmerisations.

    3) Music: James Cargill of non-pop pop music-ers Broadcast, sometime Children Of Alice-r and previous Mr Strickland world creation collaborator and layer-er.

    4) Soundscape: Andrew Liles, England’s hidden reverse co-creator and aural sculptor.

    5) Script: Matthew Graham, one time creator of sort-of-mainstream-hauntology series Life On Mars.

    6) Listening: The Dark provide a communal listening experience for above layerings and to add another layering.

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    A further six layerings courtesy of a venerable auntie: Nigel Kneale’s Stone Tape in six facts.

    “Read all about it” (said in a 1920s New York paper sellers voice) here.

    Mr Dorans and “old hand” Mr Augood consider contemporary and past layerings and transmissions here.

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    An interwoven study of future haunted media around these parts here.

     

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