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Grey Frequency – Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 1/52

Artwork from Grey Frequency’s Immersion album.

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

…when I listen to Immersion it feels like a capturing of activity hidden deep below the surface of things, the inexorable power of nature and it’s movement/force against it’s own edifices and those of civilisation over many years; a capturing of the sound of those self-same rending and collapsing into the below. Lovely stuff.” (Quoted from A Year In The Country).

More details on the album here and at Bandcamp.

Visit Grey Frequency’s site here.

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country:

  1. Day #192/365: When Do We Dream? Cold Geometries and Grey Frequencies
  2. Grey Frequency’s Agrarian Lament Video: Artifact Report #23/52a
  3. Audiological Transmission #50​/​52: The Quietened Bunker – Comms: Seen Through The Grey / Revisitation #4a
  4. Week #49/52: The Wanderings Of Veloelectroindustrial
  5. Audiological Transmission #30​/​​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Drakelow Tunnels
  6. Audiological Transmission #25/​​52​​: Immersion – Coastline, Black Sky
  7. Day #346/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #1; a library of loss
  8. Day #362/365: Signals sent, signals received…

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lovely stuff.” (AYITC)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Visit Grey Frequency in the ether here.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Night Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £25.00.

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

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

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Night Edition Details:

1) All artwork printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

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

3) Printed box cover print.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £18.00.

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

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Day Edition Details:

1) All artwork printed using archival Giclée pigment ink.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Below is the video which accompanies the Hemlock Stone track:

Visit Grey Frequency in the ether here.

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

 

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

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

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

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Audiological exploration by Listening Center.

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

Available at Bandcamp and our Artifacts Shop.

 

Revisitation #4a.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Transmissions sent, received, transmitted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

A tip of the hat to all concerned.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Case #24/52.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And what are those monoliths? What is that sense of dread? Well, this is inherently hauntological music, in that it captures a sense of the lost futures and utopias which were once promised; those creaking monoliths are the sounds of the fading half-life of the utilitarian reinforced concrete structures which were once signposts and symbols of those futures and better days. This is music as collapsed edgeland industrial estates and wastelands, where the buzz of the pylons carry electricity to elsewhere, nolonger here and transmission centres have fallen silent.

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

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

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

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

 

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The Quietened Cosmologists – Audio Visual Archive 15/52

The Quietened Cosmologists is a reflection on space exploration projects that have been abandoned and/or that were never realised, of connected lost or imagined futures and dreams, the intrigue and sometimes melancholia of related derelict sites and technological remnants that lie scattered and forgotten.

It takes as its initial starting points the shape of the future’s past via the discarded British space program of the 1950s to 1970s; the sometimes statuesque and startling derelict artifacts and infrastructure from the Soviet Union’s once far reaching space projects; the way in which manned spaceflight beyond Earth’s orbit/to the moon and the associated sense of a coming space age came to be largely put to one side after the 1969 to 1972 US Apollo flights.

(Quoted from text which accompanies the album.)

Includes work by Field Lines Cartographer, Pulselovers, Magpahi, Howlround, Vic Mars, Unit One, A Year In The Country, Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, Time Attendant, Listening Center, Polypores and David Colohan.

“(Pulselovers’ Lonely Puck)… a wonderfully serene and affectionate love note mailed out from across the outer edges of the cosmos, a transmission from a long lost and forgotten outpost if you like, twinkle toned and radiantly awash in what sounds like shimmering cosmic church bell celebrations…” Mark Barton writing at The Sunday Experience, which can be visited here and here.

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

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country:

 

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From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 13/52

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

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

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

(Quoted from the text which accompanies the album.)

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

Above is the review of the album in Electronic Sound magazine.

“Sproatly Smith’s The Thistle Doll is superb dark psychedelic folk evoking a bygone age, and juxtaposing innocence and scariness in the manner of a fairy tale. Its inventive arrangement combines such instruments as flamenco guitar, toy piano, theremin and violin to maximum effect. Keith Seatman’s Curious Noises and Distant Voices is perfectly named, its machine-like clunks, whirrs and bleeps and faint snippets of background speech evoking the sounds one may overhear if wandering through some imaginary factory… The Hare and the Moon contribute a beautifully dark and atmospheric adaptation of the anonymous poem Man of Double Deed. They have set the words to a medieval-inspired, almost Middle Eastern melody, accompanying the song with an evocative soundscape… Listening Center close the album with an ambient piece that is almost otherworldly and evokes fond yet distant memories of something long lost.” Kim Harten writing at Bliss Aquamarine

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country:

 

A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields – A Visual Accompaniment

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Below is an online “cut out and keep” set of visual accompaniments to the chapters of the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Field book.

Paperback available at our Artifacts Shop and Bandcamp page.

Paperback and Ebook also available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Australia etc.

More details on the book at the A Year In The Country site here.

 

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

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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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Members of the BBC Radiphonic Workshop.

 

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

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Ghost Box Records logo and artwork.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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A still from The Changes television series.

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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.

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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.

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Stills from The Final Programme.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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