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Hand of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 22/52

Artwork from Hand of Stab’s Black-Veined White album.

“Black-Veined White takes as its starting point the eponymous butterfly which was last seen in the UK in Rochester, the area in which Hand of Stabs work and explore, in the 1920s…” (Quoted from A Year In The Country.)

“Sharing a love of the history and sacred past of Medway Towns and surrounding countryside, and inspired by regular, often night-time walks through these spaces, they are creating a series of soundworks evoking and celebrating their essence.” (Text by Hand of Stabs.)

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Elsewhere at A Year In The Country:

 

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Hand of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 2/52

Artwork from Hand of Stabs’ Black-Veined White album.

“Black-Veined White takes as its starting point the eponymous butterfly which was last seen in the UK in Rochester, the area in which HoS work and explore, in the 1920s…

…it utilises precise textual descriptions of the Black-Veined White by L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz alongside poetry that considers these ‘air wraiths’ by Giles Watson, to create a journey whereby Hand of Stab’s hidden drones and textures create a form of (non-electronic) electronica played on and summoned from the land and soil, a journey which captures and summons the spirit of these winged creatures that have now departed from our shores.

Black-Veined White and the work of Hand of Stabs is a very particular, otherly form of cultural exploration and inquiry whereby the aggressive transgression of the likes of COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle and early Einstürzende Neubauten has evolved and spread deeply foraging roots to create work that is more pastoral in its themes but still very far from the centre of things.” (Quoted from A Year In The Country.)

“Hand of Stabs, from the South East of England, are a three-man collective who’s work draws inspiration from their exploration of local, often forbidden, landmarks. They create improvised sound pieces which can be simultaneously uplifting, difficult and intense using both traditional and homebuilt instruments.

Sharing a love of the history and sacred past of Medway Towns and surrounding countryside, and inspired by regular, often night-time walks through these spaces, they are creating a series of soundworks evoking and celebrating their essence.” (Quoted from Hand of Stabs.)

Hand of Stabs are currently having something of a hiatus. The poster for their final performance before that began is above.

As an image it seems to capture a sense of melancholy, reflection and the dock history of the Medway Towns particularly well, which rather suits Hand of Stabs background/inspirations and the nature of a “valedictory aktion”.

 

More details on Black-Veined White here and at Bandcamp.

Visit Hand of Stabs here.

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country:

  1. Day #155/365: Hand of Stabs… delving amongst the soil and roots for the hidden stories of the land…
  2. Day #349/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #2; the semi-random placing of England’s hidden reverse…
  3. Audiological Transmission #26/​​52​​: Black-Veined White (Excerpt #1) – Hand of Stabs

 

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Audiological Transmission #26/​​52​​: Black-Veined White (Excerpt #1) – Hand of Stabs

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Audiological exploration excerpt #1 by Hand of Stabs from the album Black-Veined White.

Back during A Year In The Country’s first spin around the sun, Hand Of Stabs created the work for our second release, which takes as it’s starting point:

…the eponymous butterfly which was last seen in the UK in Rochester, the area in which HoS live, work and explore, in the 1920s…

Prior to such things, around these parts we had taken a wander amongst their endeavours and titled it “Delving amongst the soil and roots for the hidden stories of the land…

I think that title came from this consideration of their work: “Their recorded music is resolutely experimental but also very listenable-to, it is both warm and unsettling and although often created in part with resolutely non-electronic equipment, it makes me think of electronica played on and summoned from the land and soil.

Often experimental musical work is rooted/deeply connected with/created in urban environments but to quote myself Hand of Stabs work could maybe be seen as an exploration of “subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land” rather than built up areas – though to be honest, I think to a large degree they draw from and create their own land / space / world.

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They’re not quite like anybody else. And all the better for it.

A different river indeed (to semi-quote Hand of Stabs).

Although, if I was to following intermingled tributaries I may well come to these springs / sources:

…when I think of Hand of Stabs I’m reminded of the likes of COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, maybe a touch of Einstürzende Neubauten and even Herman Nitsch. There seems to be some kind of line or continuum from such cultural explorers and boundaries pushers to these gents but HoS have replaced forms of aggressive transgression with something more pastoral in its themes, while still creating work very far the centre of things and which delves in the hidden.”

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Intriguing. Sometimes mystifying (in the best of ways). Prolific. Busy gents. Peruse their home in the social ether to see what I mean, wherein they may well be involved in documentaries on resolutely independent radio stations, performing in public libraries (hurrah!), improvisations amongst altar bells, providing work for 24 hour broadcasts of “music nobody has heard – in a place where nobody might be listening”, creating a dance accompanied performance around a piano left in the woods for a year…

Actually, listening to Black-Veined White again, what it actually made me think of in part, with its particular subject matter inspiration and spoken word scientific descriptions of a particular rare butterfly, was Peter Strickland’s rather fine, gently phantasmagoric (chimeric?) The Duke Of Burgundy and its own studies and academies of not too distant creatures.

Hmmm, curious. It predates that work somewhat but there could well be a further line drawn…

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A previous intertwined revisiting:
Day #349/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #2; the semi-random placing of England’s hidden reverse…

Hand of Stabs Ether victrolas: Bandcamp / Soundcloud.

 

Hand of Stabs Black-Veined White encasements around these parts:
Day #238/365: Artifact #34/52 released; Hand of Stabs Black-Veined White album – Night/Day editions

Day #331/365: Artifact #47/52; Hand of Stabs Black-Veined White CD album released – Dusk / Dawn Editions

…and at A Year In The Country’s Bandcamp Ether Victrola.

 

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Day #331/365: Artifact #47/52; Hand of Stabs Black-Veined White CD album released – Dusk / Dawn Editions

The CDs are now sold out but the album is available to download at our Bandcamp page.

Hand of Stabs Black-Veined White CD album. Dusk Edition £10.00.  Dawn Edition £12.00
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Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #2
Audiological contents: Black-Veined White (68:33 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.

Black-Veined White takes as its starting point the eponymous butterfly which was last seen in the UK in Rochester, the area in which HoS live, work and explore, in the 1920s…

…it utilises precise textual descriptions of the Black-Veined White by L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz alongside poetry that considers these ‘air wraiths’ by Giles Watson, to create a journey whereby Hand of Stab’s hidden drones and textures create a form of (non-electronic) electronica played on and summoned from the land and soil, a journey which captures and summons the spirit of these winged creatures that have now departed from our shores.

The resulting work is essentially a concept album about the extinction of the Black-Veined White in the British isles.

Black-Veined White and the work of Hand of Stabs is a very particular, otherly form of cultural exploration and inquiry whereby the aggressive transgression of the likes of COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle and early Einstürzende Neubauten has evolved and spread deeply foraging roots to create work that is more pastoral in its themes but still very far from the centre of things.” (AYITC)

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In their own words:

“Hand of Stabs, from the South East of England, are a three-man collective who’s work draws inspiration from their exploration of local, often forbidden, landmarks. They create improvised sound pieces which can be simultaneously uplifting, difficult and intense using both traditional and homebuilt instruments.

Sharing a love of the history and sacred past of Medway Towns and surrounding countryside, and inspired by regular, often night-time walks through these spaces, they are creating a series of soundworks evoking and celebrating their essence.

 

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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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:

Hand of Stabs-A Year In The Country 4HoS personnel:
electric guitar, cello: captain rex standish. percussion, tenor recorder, mandocaster: james worse.
velophone, electronics, bugle: jocelyn von bergdorff.
voice: Kyra La Rubia (De Coninck).

text used with kind permission: Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2008 onwards.
British insects: butterflies. Version: 29th December 2011.
www.delta-intkey.com/britin/pap/www/aporia.htm

&:
Black-Veined White (Aporia cratœgi). (Poem by Giles Watson, 2014.)

 

Artwork/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.

 

 

Box-set Night Editions and string bound booklet Day Editions also available.
See Day #238/365.
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Visit Hand of Stabs in the ether herehere and here.

Peruse Hand of Stabs at A Year In The Country: Day #155/365.

 

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 #238/365: Artifact #34/52; Hand of Stabs Black-Veined White album – Night/Day editions

The CDs are now sold out but the album is available to download at our Bandcamp page.

Hand of Stabs Black-Veined White album. Night Edition £25.00.  Day edition £18.00.

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Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #2
Audiological contents: Black-Veined White (68:33 minutes).

Available via our: Artifacts Shop, Discogs Audiological Archive and our Bandcamp Ether Victrola.
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 CDr, 18 page string bound booklet, 4x25mm badge set & waterproof sticker.

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Night edition details:

1)Booklet/cover art 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 signed by Hand of Stabs, hand numbered.
b) Hand bone creased cover.
c) 18 pages (9 sides printed).
d) Contains 8 images, one credits page.
e) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
f) Three inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
g) Three 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) Waterproof vinyl style 9.5 x 6.6cm sticker.

 

Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £18.00.

White/black CDr album in 10 page string bound booklet packaging.

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Day Edition Details:

1) Booklet artwork 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 signed by Hand of Stabs, hand numbered.
b) Hand bone creased cover.
c) 10 pages (5 sides printed);
d) Contains 4 images, one credits/image page.
e) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
f) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
g) One inner sheet is printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.

5) CDr held in protective fleece-lined sleeve.

 

Album credits:

Hand of Stabs-A Year In The Country 4HoS personnel:
electric guitar, cello: captain rex standish. percussion, tenor recorder, mandocaster: james worse.
velophone, electronics, bugle: jocelyn von bergdorff.
voice: Kyra La Rubia (De Coninck).

text used with kind permission: Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2008 onwards.
British insects: butterflies. Version: 29th December 2011.
www.delta-intkey.com/britin/pap/www/aporia.htm

&:
Black-Veined White (Aporia cratœgi). (Poem by Giles Watson, 2014.)

 

Artwork/packaging design by the AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

Additional photography by Stuart Ody of the New Brompton Postcard Co., James Worse and Sara Norling.

 

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.

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

 

Visit Hand of Stabs in the ether here, here and here.

Peruse Hand of Stabs at A Year In The Country: Day #155/365.

 

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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Day #155/365: Hand of Stabs… delving amongst the soil and roots for the hidden stories of the land…

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File under: Trails and Influences. Other Pathways. Case #23/52.

Now, Hand of Stabs are a curious and intriguing proposition, trio and well, phenomena.

In their own words:

Hand of Stabs, from the South East of England, are a three-man collective who’s work draws inspiration from their exploration of local, often forbidden, landmarks. They create improvised sound pieces which can be simultaneously uplifting, difficult and intense using both traditional and homebuilt instruments.

Sharing a love of the history and sacred past of Medway Towns and surrounding countryside, and inspired by regular, often night-time walks through these spaces, they are creating a series of soundworks evoking and celebrating their essence.

Hand of Stabs-A Year In The Country

Their recorded music is resolutely experimental but also very listenable-to, it is both warm and unsettling and although often created in part with resolutely non-electronic equipment, it makes me think of electronica played on and summoned from the land and soil.

Also, when I think of Hand of Stabs I’m reminded of the likes of COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, maybe a touch of Einstürzende Neubauten and even Herman Nitsch. There seems to be some kind of line or continuum from such cultural explorers and boundaries pushers to these gents but HoS have replaced forms of aggressive transgression with something more pastoral in its themes, while still creating work very far the centre of things and which delves in the hidden.

Hand of Stabs-A Year In The Country 3They often describe their work as Aktions and much of it exists only as a performance in a very particular time and space, often occurring in the green spaces and woodlands of this fair land. I find that somewhat refreshing in these days of zeros and ones where every single utterance and performance is recorded and pinned for posterity.

To intrigue the imagination, here are some of the themes and the ornithological soundtrack from one of their recent performances:

“…the demise of Beowulf, Medway estuarine piracy and fresh-water mermaids – with an awe-inspiring accompaniment from the cuckoos, nightingales, rooks, marsh harriers and herons of Northward Hill RSPB Reserve…”

While earlier in the year they collaborated on a performance, with dance accompaniment, based around a piano which was left in the woods for a year and played at the same time once a month, exploring and making use of it’s changing state.

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Well, if that doesn’t capture the attention of ones curiousity, I’m not quite sure what will.

They cut a very particular dash to. Nice jib chaps. Always appreciated around these parts.

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(The above photograph is of Hand of Stabs beside the ruined schoolhouse in the lost village of Elmley, Isle of Sheppey. Infrared photography by Stuart Ody of the New Brompton Postcard Co.)

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(Above photograph by Kevin Geraghty-Shewan.)

Hand of Stabs can be found in the 0/1 forests here. Piano In The Woods can be found here.

 

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Last Day of The A Year In The Country Sale

The A Year In The Country CDs etc are now sold out but the albums are available to download at our Bandcamp page, Amazon, The Tidal Store, 7digital etc and can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube etc.

The A Year In The Country books are now sold out at our Shop and Bandcamp page but they are available at Amazon UKAmazon US,  Amazon Australia and their other worldwide sites and also from Lulu.

The books may also available to order from other bookshops etc, please direct any queries regarding that directly to them.

Friday 6th May 2022, is the last day of the A Year In The Country sale. Many items are half price or less and quite a few are already sold out or are down to the last few or even very last copy, so if you’ve ever thought about about exploring the undercurrents or taking a quietened journey then now would be the time to do it.

All the remaining CD and cassette copies of the albums etc are now only at our Bandcamp site and they are sold out at our Artifacts Shop.

The A Year In The Country books are still available for sale at Amazon UK, Amazon US and their various other international sites and Lulu. They may also available to order from other online and bricks and mortar bookshops etc (please ask the bookshops etc directly if you want to do that).

The A Year In The Country albums are also available digitally at Bandcamp and/or the likes of Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon etc.

Which just leaves me to say thanks to a fair few people…

The performers who have contributed music to the A Year In The Country releases: including Grey Frequency, Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Circle/Temple, The Heartwood Institute, David Colohan, Pulselovers, Sproatly Smith, Hand of Stabs, Michael Tanner, The Straw Bear Band, Polypores, The Rowan Amber Mill, Spaceship, Time Attendant, Cosmic Neighbourhood, Keith Seatman, Widow’s Weeds, Kitchen Cynics, Listening Center, Alaska, Panabrite, Unknown Heretic, Phonofiction, Magpahi, Lutine, United Bible Studies, Bare Bones, Endurance, Sharron Kraus, Dom Cooper, Quaker’s Stang, Embertides, Howlround, Depatterning, The Hare And The Moon, Racker & Orphan, The British Space Group, Unit One, Sophie Cooper, Harriet Lisa, Neil Whitehead, Dave Millsop, Zosia Sztykowski, The Soulless Party, She Rocola, Assembled Minds, The Séance, The Howling (Robin The Fog and Ken Hollings), Gavino Morretti, Ken Patterson (Caedmon), Handspan and Folclore Impressionista.

The people who have sold and distributed the A Year In The Country releases and/or lent their advice: Jim Jupp of Ghost Box Records, The state51 Conspiracy in particular, Shaun Yule, Juno Records, Piccadilly Records, Psilowave, Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona, all at Norman records especially Ant and Phil and Justin Watson of Front & Follow.

All who have bought and supported the A Year In The Country music releases, books and artifacts and everybody that visits the website and/or shares etc posts elsewhere online.

Everybody who has written about A Year In The Country and reviewed the various releases, including amongst others John Coulthart, Simon Reynolds, DJ Food, Jude Rogers, Ben Graham, Ian White, Matthew Sedition, Grey Malkin, Massimo Ricci, Warren Ellis, Sukhdev Sandhu, Joe Banks, Alan Boon, Dave Thompson and Bob Fischer of The Haunted Generation. Also, all at Terrascope, Avant Music News, Music Won’t Save You, Starburst, Fortean Times, Rockerilla, Bliss Aquamarine, Was Ist Das?, Shindig!, The Wire, The Active Listener, Include Me Out, Wyrd Daze, Folk Words, Landscapism, fRoots, The Sunday Experience, The Golden Apples of the Sun, Electronic Sound, Both Bars On, Rue Morgue, Mojo, Folk Radio, Goldmine, Saint Etienne Disco, Diabolique, Bandcamp Daily, Quiet World & Wonderful Wooden Reasons, Incendiary, Violet Apple, 33-45, Radio Limbo, We Are Cult, Folk Horror Revival, Forestpunk, Whisperin’ & Hollerin’, A Closer Listen, Mind De-Coder, The Guardian, Moof and Psychogeographic Review.

All those who have included A Year In The Country released tracks in their radio broadcasts, podcasts etc, including, again amongst others, Stuart Maconie, Gideon Coe, Daniel Jago, Alistair Gordon, Nick Luscombe, James Papademetrie and Pete Wiggs of the aforementioned The Séance, and all at Evening of Light, Kites and Pylons, More Than Human, The OST Show, Syndae, Sunrise Ocean Bender, Fractal Meat, Flatland Frequencies, The Unquiet Meadow, Gated Canal Community Radio, Phantom Circuit, Free Form Freakout, The Crooked Button, Project Moonbase, Space Folk Horror Lounge, Awkward Moments, Pull the Plug, Pic n’ Mix, On the Wire and You, the Night & the Music.

Ian Lowey for the dab hand design and editorial work for A Year In The Country and also Suzy Prince for the equally dab hand editorial work (both of Bopcap Books).

Verity Sharp for inviting me onto BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and playing tracks from the A Year In The Country released albums and Rebecca Gaskell for her admirable production of the show, Gary Milne of BBC Archives for his compiling and curation of video spectres, Tales from the Black Meadow author Chris Lambert for the audio journeys he created to accompany the A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields book and William “Billy” Harron as always for accidentally pointing me in the direction of the undercurrents of folk.

Also my family for the ongoing support and to everybody whose work has inspired me on the wanderings, explorations and pathways of A Year In The Country.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to you all!

 

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Sale and A Final Wander Through The Restless Fields…

The A Year In The Country CDs etc are now sold out but the albums are available to download at our Bandcamp page, Amazon, The Tidal Store, 7digital etc and can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube etc.

The A Year In The Country books are now sold out at our Shop and Bandcamp page but they are available at Amazon UKAmazon US,  Amazon Australia and their other worldwide sites and also from Lulu.

The books may also available to order from other bookshops etc, please direct any queries regarding that directly to them.

There’s currently a sale at the A Year In The Country Artifacts Shop and Bandcamp site, with many items half price or less.

The CDs that are currently available there are the final copies of the albums and stocks are generally fairly limited, so if you’ve ever thought about taking a visit to the quietened village, a wander through the restless field, tuning in to the furthest signals etc then now would be the time to do it…

ayearinthecountry.co.uk/shop

ayearinthecountry.bandcamp.com

Featuring and thanks to…
Folclore Impressionista, Grey Frequency, Howlround (Robin The Fog), Sproatly Smith, The Heartwood Institute, Field Lines Cartographer, Pulselovers, The Séance, Vic Mars, The Howling (Robin The Fog and Ken Hollings), Magpahi, Cosmic Neighbourhood, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, Time Attendant, Mark Williamson (Spaceship), Sharron Kraus, Patterned Air / Assembled Minds, The Soulless Party, Depatterning, The Hare And The Moon / Widow’s Weeds, Dom Cooper (The Straw Bear Band etc), Handspan, Endurance, David Colohan, The British Space Group, Listening Centre, Hand of Stabs, Twalif X (Samandtheplants and David Chatton Barker of Folklore Tapes), She Rocola, Michael Tanner etc…⁣

Also thanks to Suzy Prince and Ian Lowey of Bopcap Books for the dab hand editorial work and all the people who have written about, broadcast tracks from, posted, shared and indeed bought the releases. A tip of the hat to you all!

“A Year In The Country quietly go about their business releasing beautifully packaged music that is influenced by folk, electronica, drone as well as by landscape, time and place. These compilations have themes running through them, tying the music together and seemingly telling a story as they unfold.” Terrascope

“[A Year In The Country has been building its] own otherworldly visions of Arcadian England. Both an exploration of a pastoral past and a rumination on a dystopian present… [the albums are] an almanac of unearthly sonics to tide you through the winter nights… audio Polaroids of a secret cartography… a gentle lullaby for post-dystopian dreams.” Shindig!

 

Index: Year 5

Click the links below to peruse the indexes for the different years of A Year In The Country:

All Years     –      Year 1     –      Year 2      –      Year 3      –     Year 4      –      Year 5      –     Year 6      –     Year 7      –     Year 8

 

The Changes / The Disruption – Notes on a Flipside of the Pastoral Conversation – Part 1: Wanderings 1/52 (And the Start of a New Yearly Cycle)
Grey Frequency’s Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 1/52
The Changes / The Disruption – Notes on a Flipside of the Pastoral Conversation – Part 2: Wanderings 2/52
Hand of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 2/52
Robert Macfarlane, Benjamin Myers, The Eeriness of the English Countryside and Unravelling of Dizzying Mazes: Wanderings 3/52
Michael Tanner’s Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 3/52
When Haro Met Sally, John Hughes, Stranger Things, Twins of Evil, Hauntology and Dark Seed – Parallel World Reimaginings and Phantasms: Wanderings 4/52
The Quietened Village – Preorder and Release Dates
She Rocola’s Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 4/52
Night of the Comet Part 1 – Shopping and Respect in “Empty Cities” at the End of the World: Wanderings 5/52
Howlround – Torridon Gate: Audio Visual Archive 5/52
Luciana Haill’s Apparitions – A Modern-Day Conjuring of Phantasms and Peering Down the Corridors of Time: Wanderings 6/52
Twalif X – Racker&Orphan: Audio Visual Archive 6/52
Night of the Comet Part 2 – Post-Apocalyptic Positivity in “Empty Cities” at the End of the World: Wanderings 7/52
The Quietened Village – Preorder
A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 7/52
The Debatable Lands, Undulating Waters, In The Sunshine We Rode The Horses and Ufology – Audio Undercurrents Part 1: Wanderings 8/52
Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 8/52
The Delaware Road, Mo’Wax, UNKLE, DJ Shadow, Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack, Boards of Canada, Moon Wiring Club, DJ Food, Belbury Poly, The Memory Band, Grantby, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Andrea Parker – Universe Creation and Spectral Lines in the Cultural Landscape: Wanderings 9/52
The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 9/52
John Carpenter’s Christine Part 1 – Anthropomorphisation, Magical Realism and Rock’n’Roll Dream Lovers: Wanderings 10/52
A Year In The Country – Spectral Fields – Wyrd Kalendar Mix 3 and the “What is hauntology? And why is it all around us?” BBC Archive Film
No More Unto the Dance: Audio Visual Archive 10/52
The Quietened Village – Released
John Carpenter’s Christine Part 2 – Autonomous Zones, Night Time Edgelands and the Restoration of the Natural Order: Wanderings 11/52
The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 11/52
Hot Fuzz aka Rural Weapon Part 1 – Flash and Spectacle Amongst the Bucolia: Wanderings 12/52
The Restless Field: Audio Visual Archive 12/52
Hot Fuzz aka Rural Weapon Part 2 – The Village Gone Rogue: Wanderings 13/52
From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 13/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 1 – This Brutal World and a Study of The Shape of the Futures Past: Wanderings 14/52
Undercurrents – Audio Visual Archive 14/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 2 – This Brutal World, Industrial Inspirations for Blade Runner, Memories of the Space Age and the Future Takes a Tumble: Wanderings 15/52
The Quietened Cosmologists – Audio Visual Archive 15/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 3 – J. G. Ballard and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and All Mod Con Dystopias: Wanderings 16/52
All The Merry Year Round – Audio Visual Archive 16/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 4 – A Return to the Experimentations and Aesthetics of This Brutal World and Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archaeology: Wanderings 17/52
The Watchers – Album Preorder and Release Dates
Audio Albion – Audio Visual Archive 17/52
Reflections on Brutalism Part 5 – A Curious Collector’s Piece and a Return to Acts of Enclosure: Wanderings 18/52
The Shildam Hall Tapes – Audio Visual Archive 18/52
Michael Radford’s 1984 Part 1 – The Privations of an Alternative Past, Present and Future, V for Vendetta and the Last Inch: Wanderings 19/52
The Quietened Village – Writing, Broadcasts and Traces of Ghosts
The Quietened Mechanisms – Audio Visual Archive 19/52
Michael Radford’s 1984 Part 2 – Pop Music Controversies and Pastoral Escape/Non-Escape: Wanderings 20/52
The Watchers – Preorder
The Corn Mother – Audio Visual Archive 20/52
Broken Folk, Is it Clearer? and Akiha Den Den – Audio Undercurrents Part 2: Wanderings 21/52
Grey Frequency – Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 21/52
A Midsummer Night’s Happening, Weirdshire and The Delaware Road: Ritual & Resistance – A Spectral Summer is a-Coming in: Wanderings 22/52
Hand of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 22/52
The Fountain in the Forest – Further Explorations of Hidden History, Timeslip, the Ending of Arcadian Idylls and Pulp Fiction Subversion: Wanderings 23/52
No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 23/52
The Watchers – Released
Stand By Me – The Undercurrents of an Unsupervised Journey Away from the White Picket Fences: Wanderings 24/52
Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 24/52
Brick High-Rise – A Rather Curious Lego Simulacra of Ballardian Transgression: Wanderings 25/52
She Rocola – Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 25/52
Looker and the Imagined Omnipotence of the 1980s Computer – Part 1: Wanderings 26/52
Howlround – Torridon Gate: Audio Visual Archive 26/52
The Watchers – Reviews, Broadcasts and Journeys amongst The Haunted Generation, The Unquiet Meadow, the Witching Hour and Other Flipside Furrows
Electric Dreams and the Imagined Omnipotence of the 1980s Computer – Part 2: Wanderings 27/52
Echoes And Reverberations – Preorder and Release Dates
Racker & Orphan – Twalif X: Audio Visual Archive 27/52
The Folk Horror Revival: Urban Wyrd Books – Exploring Hidden Narratives from Between the Forgotten Cracks: Wanderings 28/52
A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 28/52
Wolfen – Urban Decay, Sidestepping Genre Expectations, Lost Visions and a Brief Visit to The Keep’s Dreamscape: Wanderings 29/52
Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 29/52
A Very Peculiar Practice and Battles with the Old Guard: Wanderings 30/52
Echoes And Reverberations – Preorder
The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 30/52
Day of the Triffids Part 1 – The Farmers Becoming the Hunted: Wanderings 31/52
The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 31/52
Day of the Triffids Part 2 – Post-Apocalyptic Debate / Optimism: Wanderings 32/52
The Marks Upon The Land: Audio Visual Archive 32/52
The Prisoner Part 1 – A Visit to a Real Life High-Definition Dream: Wanderings 33/52
The Restless Field: Audio Visual Archive 33/52
Echoes And Reverberations – Released
The Prisoner Part 2 – Ongoing Battles and a Circle of Escape: Wanderings 34/52
From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 34/52
The Quiet Earth – Loneliness and Redemption in the Empty City Film: Wanderings 35/52
The A Year in the Country: Straying from the Pathways Book – Release Date 8th October 2019
Undercurrents: Audio Visual Archive 35/52
The Folklore on Screen, Folk Horror in the 21st Century, The Geographies of Folk Horror and Contemporary Folk Horror in Film and Media Conferences – A Return to Investigations of the Spectral Landscape: Wanderings 36/52
The Quietened Cosmologists: Audio Visual Archive 36/52
Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca, In Time and Anon – Striving for the Stars in a Brutalist Retro Future and Other Near Future Tales: Wanderings 37/52
All The Merry Year Round: Audio Visual Archive 37/52
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 1 – The Cautionary Warnings of Little Red Riding Hood and The Company of Wolves: Wanderings 38/52
Audio Albion: Audio Visual Archive 38/52
A Year In The Country at The Haunted Generation and Kites and Pylons
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 2 – The Company of Wolves, the Thwarted Pop Career of Danielle Dax and the Bridging of Worlds: Wanderings 39/52
The Shildam Hall Tapes: Audio Visual Archive 39/52
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 3 – Hollywood Dons the Red Cloak Once More and Reveals “What They Did Next”: Wanderings 40/52
Echoes And Reverberations Reviews and Broadcasts (and Something of a Revisiting of The Quietened Village, The Corn Mother, The Quietened Bunker, The Watchers, The Quietened Mechanisms and All The Merry Year Round)
The Quietened Mechanisms: Audio Visual Archive 40/52
The Dangers of Straying from the Path and Tales of Lycanthropy Part 4 – A Consideration of Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Company of Wolves and their Varying Degrees of Separation from Folk Horror: Wanderings 41/52
The A Year In The Country: Straying From The Pathways Book – Released
The Corn Mother: Audio Visual Archive 41/52
The Nightmare Man Part 1 – Cold War Paranoia, The Island as Restorative Balm and Unsettling “Other”: Wanderings 42/52
Grey Frequency – Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 42/52
The Nightmare Man Part 2 – Frankenstein-like Meddling, Vodaynoid Myths and Exploratory Portals: Wanderings 43/52
Racker & Orphan – Twalif X: Audio Visual Archive 43/52
Constructing The Wicker Man and Explorations of the Bright, Beautiful and Serene Anti-Horror of Summerisle from Back When: Wanderings 44/52
The Quietened Journey – Preorder and Release Dates
A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 44/52
Designed in the USSR 1950-1989 and Further Wanderings Amongst a Bear’s Ghosts: Wanderings 45/52
Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 45/52
Seph Lawless’ Abandoned Theme Park Images and the Duality of a Library of Loss: Wanderings 46/52
The Quietened Journey – Preorder
No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 46/52
In the Company of Ghosts – The Poetics of the Motorway Part 1 and The Joy of Motorway Service Stations – Considerations of Faded Futuristic Glamour: Wanderings 47/52
The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 47/52
In the Company of Ghosts – The Poetics of the Motorway Part 2 – The Romance of the Open Road in 1970s Chocolate Bar Adverts and the Stark Glamour of Radio On: Wanderings 48/52
A Year In The Country: Straying From The Pathways – Wanderings Amongst a “Haunted House of a Book”
From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 48/52
British Rail: Designed 1948-97 – Notes from an Impossibly Far Off History: Wanderings 49/52
Audio Albion: Audio Visual Archive 49/52
The Quietened Journey – Released
Woodshock – A Rudderless Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole: Wanderings 50/52
The Shildam Hall Tapes: Audio Visual Archive 50/52
Strange Invaders – Paranoia, Safety and a Gently Skewed 1950s via the 1980s: Wanderings 51/52
The Quietened Mechanisms: Audio Visual Archive 51/52
The Corn Mother: Audio Visual Archive 52/52
Edge of Darkness, Lost Futures, Mark Fisher, Look Around You, Moon Stallion and Universal Harvester – The End of a Yearly Cycle and Something of a Round Up: Wanderings 52/52

 

Click the links below to peruse the indexes for the different years of A Year In The Country:
Year 1     –      Year 2      –      Year 3      –     Year 4      –      Year 5      –     Year 6      –     Year 7      –     Year 8

 

Gallery: Year 5

Click the links below to view artwork from the various A Year In The Country galleries:

Year 1      –   Year 2      –     Year 3      –     Year 4      –     Year 5     –    Year 6     –     Year 7     –    Year 8

 

 

Year 5:
The images below are of artwork from the A Year In The Country released albums etc, some of which has not previously been displayed anywhere other than in the albums’ packaging.

Grey Frequency – Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 1/52

Hand Of Stabs – Black-Veined White: Audio Visual Archive 2/52

Michael Tanner – Nine Of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 3/52

She Rocola – Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh of the Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 4/52

Howlround – Torridon Gate (artwork by Howlround): Audio Visual Archive 5/52

Twalif X – Racker&Orphan: Audio Visual Archive 6/52
(The imagery for the release was created using photographs taken during the outing by Racker&Orphan which were than collaged and intertwined with original artwork by A Year In The Country.)

A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 7/52

Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 8/52

The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 9/52

No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 10/52

The Forest / The Wald – Audio Visual Archive 11/52

The Restless Field – Audio Visual Archive 12/52

From The Furthest Signals – Audio Visual Archive 13/52

Undercurrents – Audio Visual Archive 14/52

The Quietened Cosmologists – Audio Visual Archive 15/52

All The Merry Year Round – Audio Visual Archive 16/52

Audio Albion – Audio Visual Archive 17/52

The Shildam Hall Tapes – Audio Visual Archive 18/52

The Quietened Mechanisms – Audio Visual Archive 19/52

The Corn Mother – Audio Visual Archive 20/52

The Corn Mother – Audio Visual Archive 21/52

Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White – Audio Visual Archive 22/52

No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 23/52

Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 24/52

She Rocola – Burn The Witch / Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town: Audio Visual Archive 25/52

Howlround – Torridon Gate (artwork by Howlround): Audio Visual Archive 26/52

Racker & Orphan – Twalif X: Audio Visual Archive 27/52

A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 28/52

Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 29/52

The Quietened Bunker: Audio Visual Archive 30/52

The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 31/52

The Marks Upon The Land: Audio Visual Archive 32/52

The Restless Field: Audio Visual Archive 33/52

From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 34/52

Undercurrents: Audio Visual Archive 35/52

The Quietened Cosmologists: Audio Visual Archive 36/52

All The Merry Year Round: Audio Visual Archive 37/52

Audio Albion: Audio Visual Archive 38/52

The Shildam Hall Tapes: Audio Visual Archive 39/52

The Quietened Mechanisms: Audio Visual Archive 40/52

The Corn Mother: Audio Visual Archive 41/52

Grey Frequency – Immersion: Audio Visual Archive 42/52

Racker & Orphan – Twalif X: Audio Visual Archive 43/52

A Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels: Audio Visual Archive 44/52

Fractures: Audio Visual Archive 45/52

No More Unto The Dance: Audio Visual Archive 46/52

The Forest / The Wald: Audio Visual Archive 47/52

From The Furthest Signals: Audio Visual Archive 48/52

Audio Albion: Audio Visual Archive 49/52

 

Click the links below to view artwork from the various A Year In The Country galleries:

Year 1      –   Year 2      –     Year 3      –     Year 4      –     Year 5     –    Year 6     –     Year 7     –    Year 8

 

 

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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…

Electronic Sound Magazine-issue 21-Fractures album review-A Year In The Country

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.”

Electronic Sound magazine-issue 35-The Quietened Cosmologists review-A Year In The Country

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 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)

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)

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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 and David Colohan.

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.

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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, 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

 

Index: Year 2

Click the links below to peruse the indexes for the different years of A Year In The Country:

All Years     –      Year 1     –  Year 2     –      Year 3      –     Year 4      –      Year 5      –     Year 6      –     Year 7      –     Year 8

 

 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
Audiological Transmission #18​​/​​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village
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…
Audiological Transmission #28​/​​​​52​​: Fractures – Elastic Refraction
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