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Michael Tanner’s Nine of Swords: Audio Visual Archive 3/52

Artwork from Michael Tanner’s Nine of Swords album.

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

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

No plug-ins or FX were used in the making of Nine of Swords; the music in the album was guided purely using the (non)choices of the turns of the cards.” (Quoted from A Year In The Country.)

 

“This is an album to focus on and to pay attention to, perhaps an album for late nights or early mornings; there is something contemplative at heart here, this music invites reflection. The glistening of the water bowls merges into the gentle waves of temple bells, at times creating a solid, reverberating mass whilst at others a more distant echo. There is great beauty in this recording, nothing is rushed and the sound is crystalline and pure. The world outside seems to grow quieter around the music, as if in step. This is not easy listening however, but a demanding and focused album which commands your complete attention. It deserves and repays this attention a hundred times over however with truly beautiful sounds, atmospheres and textures; consult the cards and sink into the shimmer of Nine of Swords – you will not be disappointed.” (Quoted from a review by Grey Malkin at The Active Listener.)

 

More details on Nine of Swords here and at Bandcamp.

Visit Michael Tanner’s work here.

 

Elsewhere at A Year In The Country

  1. Day #120/365: Plinth’s Wintersongs; a sometime walking companion for other landscape travellers
  2. From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, Wintersongs, Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails – Lullabies for the Land and Gently Darkened Undercurrents: Chapter 49 Book Images
  3. Audiological Transmission #27/​​52 ​​- Nine of Swords (Excerpt #1) – Michael Tanner
  4. Day #350/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #3; A balm to contemporary intensity of input…

 

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Audiological Transmission #27/​​52 ​​- Nine of Swords (Excerpt #1) – Michael Tanner

Michael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Night Edition-box set-A Year In The Country-lighterRevisitation #3.

Audiological exploration excerpt #1 by Michael Tanner from the album Nine of Swords.

This was the third album released in our first spin-around-the-sun and was created via a process whereby nine tarot cards were allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments and played in the order of their drawing from the deck.

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This is a 54 minute or so journey for which sonorous is particularly apt word; it is immersive and enveloping, while at the same time it seems to hint at a quietly shimmering darkness just on the edge of things – restful, drifting and yet…

New age might also be an appropriate signpost but probably nearer in spirit to say the expoloratory / experimental work which could be found on Light In The Attic’s I Am The Centre: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 than the more obvious tropes of such things.

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I think now would be a good point to hand over to the Nine of Swords related scribings by Grey Malkin at The Active Listener:

This is an album to focus on and to pay attention to, perhaps an album for late nights or early mornings; there is something contemplative at heart here, this music invites reflection. The glistening of the water bowls merges into the gentle waves of temple bells, at times creating a solid, reverberating mass whilst at others a more distant echo. There is great beauty in this recording, nothing is rushed and the sound is crystalline and pure. The world outside seems to grow quieter around the music, as if in step. This is not easy listening however, but a demanding and focused album which commands your complete attention.

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Considerations of Nine of Swords at Music Won’t Save You here:
“…ghostly sounds that evoke the English tradition… imbued with dark magic…” (translation courtesy of ether auto).

Earlier considerations of Mr Tanner’s early work around these parts:
Day #120/365: Plinth’s Wintersongs
…and to quote myself about such things, this “…could be loosely described as a kind of folkloric or pastorally themed ambient or even soundscape album but I don’t think it’s an easy piece of work to pigeonhole in such a way…

…in parts it may be a journey through a certain kind of pastoral reverie there is also something else going on amongst the hills and trees. There’s heartbreak in the pathways of it’s songs at points; Hearth makes my mind wander towards losses along the byways of life…”

A previous Nine of Swords revisiting around these parts:
Day #350/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #3; A balm to contemporary intensity of input…
(
Wherein I may well visit the aforementioned I Am The Centre and indeed wandered-from-the-centre new age work.)

Nine of Swords encasements around these parts:
Day #245/365: Artifact #35/52; Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords CD album – Night/Day editions

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

Mr Tanner’s Bandcamp Ether Victrola can be found here.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Also available as a limited edition Night boxset and Day string bound booklet: see Day #245/365.
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Dusk Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £10.00.
Hand-finished packaging; all black CDr in matt recycled sleeve with insert.

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Top of CD.                                                              Bottom of CD.

Artwork custom printed by A Year In The Country using archival Giclée pigment ink.
Hand numbered on the back of the insert.

 

Dawn Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £12.00.
Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with insert and badge.
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Top of CD.                                                           Bottom of CD.

Artwork custom printed by A Year In The Country using archival Giclée pigment ink.
Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on a tag which is string bound to the sleeve.
Back of the insert is hand numbered.

 

Album credits:

All music written & played by Michael Tanner.

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

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

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

 

Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

The library of A Year In The Country Audiological Research and Pathways series includes:
Case Study #1: Grey Frequency: Immersion
Case Study #2: Hand of Stabs: Black-Veined White
Case Study #3: Michael Tanner: Nine of Swords
Case Study #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 #245/365: Artifact #35/52; Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords CD album – Night/Day editions

Michael Tanner – Nine of Swords CD album. Night Edition £25.00.  Day edition £18.00.

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Audiological Research and Pathways; Case #3
Audiological contents: Nine of Swords (54.20 minutes).

Nine tarot cards allocated to nine sonorous, percussive instruments, played in the order of their drawing from the deck.

Available via our: Artifacts ShopDiscogs 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, 12 page string bound booklet hand signed by Michael Tanner, 4x25mm badge set & 8 x sticker set.

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Top of CDr.                                                                       Bottom of CDr.

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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 Michael Tanner.
b) Hand numbered.
c) Hand bone creased cover.
d) 12 pages (6 sides printed).
e) Contains 4 image, 1 image/credits and 1 credits page.
f) Front and rear covers are printed on 310gsm textured fine art cotton rag paper.
g) Two inner sheets are printed on 245gsm paper.
h) Two inner sheets are printed on semi-transparent 110gsm vellum paper.

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

7) 8 x 35mm/1.4″ waterproof sticker set contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.

 

Day Edition: Limited to 52 copies. £18.00.

White/black CDr album in 10 page string bound booklet packaging hand signed by Michael Tanner.

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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 Michael Tanner
b) Hand bone creased cover.
c) 10 pages (5 sides printed);
d) Contains 3 images, one credits/image page, one credits 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.
h) Hand numbered.

5) CDr held in protective fleece-lined sleeve.

 

Album credits:

All music written & played by Michael Tanner.

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

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

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

 

Artwork and packaging design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

The 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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Index: Year 5

Click the links below to peruse wanderings from the different years of A Year In The Country:

Index: Year 1      –      Index: Year 2      –      Index: Year 3      –      Index: Year 4      –      Index: Year 5

 

Index: Year 5:
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

To be continued throughout 2019…

 

Click the links below to peruse wanderings from the different years of A Year In The Country:

Index: Year 1      –      Index: Year 2      –      Index: Year 3      –      Index: Year 4      –      Index: Year 5

 

Gallery: Year 5

Click the links below to peruse artwork from various spins-around-the-sun:
Gallery: Year 1 Gallery: Year 2 Gallery: Year 3 Gallery: Year 4
Gallery: Year 5

 

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

 

 

To be continued throughout 2019…

 

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A Year In The Country at Electronic Sound – Wanderings Amongst Escapee Phantoms and the Layers Under the Land: Artifact Report #51/52a:

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Over this year and last, the A Year In The Country album releases have received a fair old bit of support from Electronic Sound magazine.

So, with the year coming to an end and this year’s final A Year In The Country release – All The Merry Year Round –  having recently been written about in issue 36, the last of the year, I thought that about now would be a good time to gather together the reviews in the magazine…

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On Fractures: “A skillfully weighted blend of dark folklore and synthesised experimentation…”

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On The Restless Field: “…a wonderfully curated concept album that rips up the green grass of the idyllic countryside and forces you to consider the darker undergrowth. Beautifully unnerving stuff.”

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On From The Furthest Signals: “The ghosts are out of the machines.”

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On Undercurrents: “The countryside is often over romanticised, usually by those who don’t live there. A Year In The Country has dug a little deeper and hit on something much more profound to end up, if you’lll excuse the pun, in a field of his own.”

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On The Quietened Cosmologists: “Another issue, another release from the ever excellent A Year In The Country…”

(Why thankyou, good sirs !)

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On All The Merry Year Round: “And my, what a way to end 2017… Albion’s hauntology has never sounded so bewitching.”

Which seems like something of a good note to end this post on.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to all at and who have written the pieces for Electronic Sound, in particular Push, Neil Mason, Finlay Milligan and Ben Willmott.

Also to everybody who created the music: Circle/Temple, Sproatly Smith, Keith Seatman, Listening Center, The British Space Group, The Hare And The Moon, Alaska, Michael Begg, Time Attendant, The Rowan Amber Mill, Polypores, David Colohan, Howlround, Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Bare Bones, Assembled Minds, Grey Frequency, Endurance, Pulselovers, Depatterning, Sharron Kraus, Magpahi, Unit One, Cosmic Neighbourhood, Jo Lepine and United Bible Studies and The Séance.

Visit Electronic Sound here.

The albums can be perused at our Artifacts Shop, Bandcamp and Norman Records.

 

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A Year In The Country at Music Won’t Save You: Artifact Report #41/52

Music Wont Save You-Raffaello Russo

Over the months and years Raffaello Russo has written about the A Year In The Country releases at his Music Won’t Save You site and in Rockerilla magazine a fair few times, most recently about The Quietened Cosmologists.

There have been links to the reviews at A Year In The Country before but I thought it would be good to gather together links to some of those reviews…

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Michael Tanner – Nine Of SwordsA Year In The Country – Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels / The Quietened Village

“Pratica ambientale e spirito folk si fondono nell’operazione, declinati nelle visionarie stille acustiche di The Straw Bear Band e di Sproatly Smith…” (From the review of The Quietened Village.)

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Fractures / The Quietened Bunker / A Year In The Country – No More Unto The Dance / The Forest/The Wald

“Il percorso attraverso i misteri di ambienti rurali abbandonati seguito attraverso sei uscite a tiratura limitata nel corso dell’anno dal cenacolo artistico dell’etichetta A Year In The Country ne ha condotto i protagonisti a esplorare luoghi reconditi, memorie cristallizzate in un altrove spazio-temporale e persino a inseguirne visioni spettrali proiettate verso uno spazio in(de)finito.” (From the review of The Forest/The Wald).

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The Restless Field / From The Furthest Signals / A Year In The Country – UndercurrentsThe Quietened Cosmologists

“Sempre più orientati alle componenti antropiche e post-industriali del paesaggio, gli itinerari tra suono e immaginazione del cenacolo artistico A Year In The Country segnano in “The Quietened Cosmologists” una nuova tappa dedicata alle visioni futuribili allegate a costruzioni funzionali all’esplorazione spaziale.” (From the review of The Quietened Cosmologists).

The Music Won’t Save You website is an archive of Raffaello Russo’s writing and features literally hundreds of articles and reviews that take in a wide, eclectic selection of music (looking at the indexes on the site is one of those “When does the gent sleep?” moments) and although largely in Italian, if you’re not fluent in that language they can be read in (fractured) English via online translation services.

Tip of the hat and thanks to him for the support.

 

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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 wanderings from the different years of A Year In The Country:

Index: Year 1      –      Index: Year 2      –      Index: Year 3      –      Index: Year 4      –      Index: Year 5

 

Index: Year 2
 A Year In The Country-Year 2-Fractures 1Year 2… and so the wanderings begin again…
 Airwaves-Image 1 of 52-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #1/52: Airwaves – The Chatter Amongst The Land
The Duke Of Burgundy-Peter Strickland-Julian House-Intro-A Year In The Country-1 Week #1/52: The Duke Of Burgundy and Mesmerisation…
 Airwaves-Transmission 2-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #2/52: Airwaves – A Cracked Sky
 The Tomorrow People in The Visitor-paperback book-novel-1973-Piccolo TV Times-Roger Price and Julian Gregory-5Week #2/52: The Tomorrow People in The Visitor, a Woolworths-esque filter and travels taken…
 Airwaves-Transmission-3-Night Mesh-A-Year-In-The-CountryAudiological Transmission #3/​​52: Airwaves – Night Mesh
Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels-all editions-A Year In The Country-700Audiogical Transmissions Artifact #1: Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels CD released – Dawn, Dusk, Day and Night Editions
Peter-Reich-A-Book-Of-Dreams-Picador-1974-Kate-Bush-Cloudbusting-A-Year-In-The-Country-lighterWeek #3/52: I Still Dream Of Orgonon; A Book Of Dreams, the rarity of argent chains and moments of discovery…
Airwaves-Transmission-4-Flutter Once More-A-Year-In-The-CountryAudiological Transmission #4/​​52: Airwaves – Flutter Once More
Bollocks To Alton Towers-Uncommonly British Days Out-Robin Halstead-Jason Hazeley-Alex Morris-Joel Morris-A Year In The Country-coverWeek #4/52: The Following Of Ghosts – File Under Psychogeographic / Hauntological Stocking Fillers
Airwaves-Transmission-5-Fading From A Distance-More-A-Year-In-The-Country-landscapeAudiological Transmission #5/​​52: Airwaves – Fading From A Distance
The Right Side Of The Hedge-Country Life Today-Chris Chapman-Ian Niall-A Year In The CountryWeek #5/52: The Right Side Of The Hedge – gardens where (should we?) feel secure and velocipede enhanced long arms…
Audiological Transmission 6 of 52-Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels–Imparting-Received-1200Audiological Transmission #6/​​52: Airwaves – Imparting Received
Tomorrows People-Jeremy Sandford-Ron Reid-1974-book-British festivals-A Year In The CountryWeek #6/52: Tomorrow’s People, further considerations of the past as a foreign country and hauntology away from its more frequent signifiers and imagery…
Airwaves-Transmission-7-Songs From The Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #7/​​52: Airwaves – Songs From The Sentinels
Blue Streak-British Space Progam-British Space Group-Ian Holloway-Quiet World-A Year In The Country-4Week #7/52: Eyes Turned Skywards; once streaks in the sky, almost futures and reverberations in the ether
Airwaves-Songs From The Sirens-Midnight Archaic Encasements and Dawn Light Editions with tapes-A Year In The Country-Audiogical Transmissions Artifact #1: Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels cassettes pre-order – Midnight Archaic Encasements and Dawn Light Ferrous Reels Editions
08-Airwaves-Transmission-8-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #8/​​52: Airwaves – Tales And Constructs
Spaceship UK-The Untold Story Of The British Space Programme-Jim Jupp-Belbury Poly-Daphne Oram-Ken Hollings-Ghost Box-A Year In The Country-2Week #8/52: The Untold Story Of The British Space Programme and explorations by / courtesy of Misters Jupp, Hollings, Seatman and Mrs Oram…
Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels-Eventide Ether Envoy-components-A Year In The Country-narrow cropAudiogical Transmissions Artifact #1: Airwaves: Songs From The Sentinels Eventide Ether Envoy Edition download card set released
09-Airwaves-Transmission-9-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #9/​​52: Airwaves – They Have Departed Once More
Soviet Bus Stops-Christopher Herwig-Fuel-A Year In The CountryWeek #9/52: Christopher Herwig’s Soviet Bus Stops, echoes of reaching for the cosmos, folkloric breakfast adornment and other artfully pragmatic curio collectings, encasings and bindings…
10-Airwaves-Transmission-10-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200-black fillAudiological Transmission #10/​​52: Airwaves – To Be Sheltered
Stephen Coates-X Ray Audio-Strange Attractor-DJ Food-The Horse Hospital-A Year In The Country-2Week #10/52: X-Ray Audio, make do and mend and further resourcefulness from times and domains gone by…
11-Airwaves-Transmission-11-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #11/​​52: Airwaves – A Measuring
The-Quietened-Village-cover-artwork-David-Colohan-Howlround-Soulless-Party-Richard-Moult-PolyporesTime-Attendant-Sproatly-Smith-A-Year-In-The-CountryThe Quietened Village. Coming soon.
Penguin Modern Poets-Julian House-Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age-A Year In The Country-2Week #11/52: The Modern Poets, otherly pastoralism and brief visits to flickering worlds…
 12-Airwaves-Transmission-12-Songs-From-The-Sentinels-A-Year-In-The-Country-1200Audiological Transmission #12/​​52: Airwaves – For My Gentle Scattering
 The Ghost In The MP3-Takahiro Suzuki-Ryan Maguire-Ghosts Of My Life-Mark Fisher-hauntology-A Year In The Country-4Week #12/52: The Ghost In The MP3 and considerations of past/future loss
The Quietened Village-boxes-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village. Coming soon indeed.
Scott Walker-Tilt-The Farmer In The City-A Year In The Country-4Week #13/52: Farmer In The City, the impossibility of unknowing and particularly archaic/contemporary recording methods
The Quitened Village-front of both editions-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village album: Dawn and Night Editions – pre-order and release dates
The Quietened Village-AT 13 of 52-David Colohan-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #13​/​​​​52: The Quietened Village – David Colohan – At The Confluence Of The Mitta Mitta & Murray
The Stone Tape-Radio 4-Nigel Kneale-Peter Strickland-James Cargill-Broadcast-Life On Mars-Andrew Liles-The Dark-A Year In The CountryWeek #14/52: The Stone Tape and a number of layerings…
Howlround-Flying Over A Glassed Wedge-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #14​​/​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Howlround – Flying Over A Glassed Wedge
TQV-preorder photo-3 in a rowThe Quietened Village. Available for pre-order.
The Quietened Village-preorder-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #15​/​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – The Straw Bear Band – The Drowning Of Mardale Green
Phase IV-soundtrack-Saul Bellow-A Year In The CountryWeek #15/52: Phase IV / a revisiting / the arrival of artifacts lost and found and curious contrasts
16 of 52-Damnatorum-The Soulless Party-The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-1200Audiological Transmission #16​/​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – The Soulless Party – Damnatorum
Tyneham-A Tribute-Dr Andrew Norman-A Year In The CountryWeek #16/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #1/4a – (One corner of) A further library of loss…
The Quietened Village-release gathering-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Village Released / Corporeal Wanderings Commence / Spectral Containment Invitee / Ghost Box Guest
The Quietened Village-17 of 52-Polypores-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmission #17​/​​​​​​52: The Quietened Village – Playground Ritual
The Quietened Village-A Year In The Country-Hugh Lucas-Harry Gill-Dick Dawson-Hilda-Edmund Perry-Lost VillagesWeek #17/52: The Quietened Village’s Library Of Loss; Volume #2/4a – Further Encasements And Bindings
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