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A Year In The Country Artifacts / The British Library Sound Archive

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.

(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).


(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:

Grey Frequency-Dawn Edition-opened 2-A Year In The Country copyHand of Stabs-Black-Veined White-Dusk Edition-opened 2-A Year In The CountryMichael Tanner-Nine Of Swords-Dusk Edition-opened front-A Year In The CountryShe Rocola-Molly Leigh Of The Mother Town-Owl Light Edition-A Year In The Country-all parts

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)

Howlround-Robin The Fog-Chris Weaver-Dusk Edition-front of sleeve disc and insertTwalif X-Day Edition-Orphan & Racker-A Year In The Country-inside of booklet 2A Year In The Country-In Every Mind-Dawn edition opened 2-audiological construct-transmission resonances volume 1

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)

Airwaves-Songs From The Sentinels-Dawn Edition-opened-A Year In The Country-700The Quietened Village-opened etc-A Year In The CountryFractures-release date-all items-A Year In The Country

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.

The Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-opened-A Year In The CountryNo More Unto The Dance-Dawn Edition opened-A Year In The Countrythe-forest-the-wald-dawn-edition-back-a-year-in-the-country

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.



A tip of the hat to James Tugwell of the British Library. Much appreciated.


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Day #346/365: Audiological Reflections and Pathways #1; a library of loss

Grey Frequency-Immersion-A Year In The CountryTrails and Influences: Electronic Ether. Case #46/52.
Audiological Reflections and Pathways #1

If you should look closely amongst this particular year in the country you may well see that around these parts there has been activity which has involved the encasing of disturbances in the airwaves.

Audiological Reflections and Pathways is inspired by those particular encasings and the related work/creators of said work…

Along which lines, Grey Frequency.

When I think of the work of Grey Frequency, my mind tends to wander to abandoned structures in the liminal areas where the edgelands meet rural landscapes…

…which then tends to make me think of a particular section of bindings and encasings; books which deal with the ruins and collapsations of society – books/projects which encapture the spectres that such places and structures represent, the dreams and aspirations of times gone by…

…in a way such volumes/work could be seen to be hauntological visual documents of the traces and remains of those dreams…

Along which lines, a dybukk’s dozen of a library of loss…

Abandoned Futures-Tong Lam-A Year In The CountryAbandoned Futures: Tong Lam
Ether / binding.
There is something almost science fiction like about the phrase abandoned futures… but the potential glibness of that is undercut by a somewhat harsh (brutal?) reality…
Soviet Ghosts-Rebecca Litchfield-A Year In The CountrySoviet Ghosts: Rebecca Litchfield
Ether / binding. Spectres of Empire #1.
To a degree with such work, there is almost a sense of it dealing with the spectres and remains of battles between empires during the Cold War…
Detroit Disassembled-Andrew Moore-A Year In The CountryDetroit Disassembled: Andrew Moore
Ether / binding. Spectres of Empire #2.
…a considerable body of such things deals with the collapsing/collapsed urban infrastructure of Western capitalism’s (high point?) dreams…
Lost Detroit-Dan Austin-Sean Doerr-A Year In The CountryLost Detroit: Dan Austin – Sean Doerr
Ether / binding. Spectres of Empire #3.
Last Days of Detroit-Mark Binelli-A Year In The CountryThe Last Days Of Detroit: Mark Binelli
Ether / binding. Spectres of Empire #4.
Yves Marchand-The Ruins Of Detroit-A Year In The CountryThe Ruins Of Detroit: Yves Marchand
Ether / binding. Spectres of Empire #5.
Modern Ruins-A Year In The CountryModern Ruins: Shaun O’Boyle – Geoff Manaugh
Ether / binding
….and so, away (directly) from such post automobile production tomes…
Julia Solis-Stages Of Decay-A Year In The CountryStages Of Decay: Julia Solis
Ether / binding
….and towards the tumbling, tumbled dreams of dream palaces…
Barter and Marbaix-States Of DecayStates of Decay: Daniel Barter – Daniel Marbaix
Ether / binding.
Abandoned Places-Henk Van Rensenberben-A Year In The CountryAbandoned Places: Henk Van Rensbergen
Ether / binding
….part of a growing series and small(ish) library in itself of work…
Abandoned Places-Henk Van Rensenberben-3-A Year In The CountryAbandoned Places: Henk Van Renbergen
Ether / binding.
Illuminating Forgotten Heritage-Josh Kemp Smith-A Year In The CountryIlluminating Forgotten Heritage: Josh Kemp Smith
Ether / binding. Spectres of Empire #6.
(Sub-category; heritage / +historical / ?)
It’s interesting how once you step back onto these shores, such work gains a less harsh sense… here these buildings are not abandoned but named as heritage…
Paul Talling-Derelict LondonDerelict London: Paul Talling
/ binding
…or considered derelict and containing signs of maintenance rather than ruins – there is a sense that there may still be a reprieve or a future life for them…

I suppose in a way, if I was to think of the British equivalent of such bound publications then I would be more likely to wander along to work that documented the discarding of people and communities, particularly in the early 1980s, rather than documents of buildings – Chris Killip’s In Flagrante comes to mind in particular.

Visit that here, here and in facsimile form here.

Visit Illuminating Forgotten Heritage around these parts here.

Visit a bear’s ghosts around these parts here.

Visit interrelated studys and “documentation of the fading shadows from defences of the realm” around these parts here.

Visit Cold Geometries around these parts here.

Peruse “…broken signals, wraiths in the ether from lost futures and utopias which were once promised; the sounds of creaking monoliths and the fading half-life of utilitarian reinforced concrete structures which were once signposts and symbols of those futures and better days…” around these parts herehere and elswhere in the ether here.