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Audiological Transmission #33​/​​​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Waiting For The Blazing Skies

The Quietened Bunker-David Colohan-A Year In The Country-1400-2

Audiological exploration by David Colohan from the album The Quietened Bunker.

The album is available via our Artifacts Shop, at our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.

The Quietened Bunker-David Colohan-A Year In The Country-BCTransmission sent, received, transmitted: intertwined cultural considerations and wanderings by John Coulthart at Feuilleton:

…The Cold War bunker is more than another empty space… a source of contemporary horror that doesn’t require any supernatural component to chill the blood.

 

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The Quietened Bunker – Night and Dawn editions released

The Quietened Bunker-Night and Dawn Editions-release date-A Year In The Country-2Audiological Transmissions Artifact #4
The Quietened Bunker is an exploration of the abandoned and/or decommissioned Cold War installations which lie under the land and that would have acted as selectively populated refuges/control centres if the button was ever pushed; a study and reflection on these chimeric bulwarks and the faded but still present memory of associated Cold War dread, of which they are stalwart, mouldering symbols.

Audiological contents created by Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, A Year In The Country, Panabrite, Polypores, Listening Center, Time Attendant, Unknown Heretic and David Colohan.

Both editions hand-finished and custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink by
A Year In The Country.

Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
Released today, 15th August 2016.

 

 

Night Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £25.00.
Hand-finished box-set contains: album on 1 x all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 4 x sticker pack & landscape format sticker.
The Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-front-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-all items-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-opened-A Year In The Country

The Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-inside of booklet-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-all-black-cdr-A-Year-In-The-Country
Further encasement details:
1) Booklet/cover art custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box with cover print.
3) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).
4) Black string bound booklet: 12 pages (6 sides printed);
Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper, heavy card and semi-transparent vellum.
Hand numbered on the reverse.
5) 4 x  badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
6) 4 x vinyl style sticker pack, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
7) 1 x vinyl style landscape format sticker.

 

Dawn Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £12.00.
Hand-finished 1 x white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.
The Quietened Bunker-Dawn Edition-front-A Year In The CountryThe-Quietened-Bunker-Dawn-Edition-opened-A-Year-In-The-Country-1

The Quietened Bunker-Dawn Edition-back-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-white-and-black-CDr-A-Year-In-The-Country
Further encasement details:
1) Custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
2) Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.
3) Back of one insert hand numbered.

 

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

The Quietened Bunker-Panabrite-A Year In The Country

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

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

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

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

Time Attendant-Crafty Mechanics-The Quietened Bunker-A Year In The Country-with stroke

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

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

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

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

 

The Quietened Bunker-Dawn and Night editions-opened-release date-A Year In The CountryFurther Audiological Contents Details:
1) Lower Level Clock Room – Keith Seatman
2) Drakelow Tunnels – Grey Frequency
3) The Filter’s Gone / The Last Man Plays The Last Piano – A Year In The Country
4) Aggregates II – Panabrite
5) Bunker 4: Decommissioned – Polypores
6) Comms: Seen Through The Grey – Listening Center
7) Crafty Mechanics – Time Attendant
8) Crush Depth – Unknown Heretic
9) Waiting For The Blazing Skies – David Colohan

Artwork / packaging design and fabrication by AYITC Ocular Signals Department

Audiological Transmission Artifact #4
Library Reference Numbers: ATA004N / ATA004D

 

“…a conceptual compilation of excellently eerie electronic music…” Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania and Energy Flash

 

Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
Released today, 15th August 2016.

 

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Audiological Transmission #32/​​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Crafty Mechanics

Time Attendant-Crafty Mechanics-The Quietened Bunker-A Year In The Country-with stroke

Audiological exploration by Time Attendant from the album The Quietened Bunker.

The album is available via our Artifacts Shop, at our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.

BC-Time Attendant-Crafty Mechanics-The Quietened Bunker-A Year In The Country-with stroke 2Transmission sent, received, transmitted: Considerations of The Quietened Bunker at A Closer Listen:

Time Attendant’s “Crafty Mechanics” contains the elements of a club track, but is not for dancing; it’s what a club might sound like if all the machines wound down. 

 

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Audiological Transmission #31/​​​​52​​: The Quietened Bunker – Aggregates II

The Quietened Bunker-Panabrite-A Year In The Country

Audiological exploration by Panabrite from the album The Quietened Bunker.

The album is available via our Artifacts Shop, at our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.

BC-The Quietened Bunker-Panabrite-A Year In The CountryTransmission sent, received, transmitted (or should that be scribed?): there’s a rather fine and lovely handwritten consideration of The Quietened Bunker at Was Ist Das?

Tip of the hat to Ned indeed.

Was Ist Das?-The Quietened Bunker review extract-A Year In The Country

 

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The Quietened Bunker. Night and Dawn Editions preorder.

Dawn Edition £12.00. Night Edition £25.00.
The Quietened Bunker-Night and Dawn Editions-front-A Year In The CountryAudiological Transmissions Artifact #4
The Quietened Bunker is an exploration of the abandoned and/or decommissioned Cold War installations which lie under the land and that would have acted as selectively populated refuges/control centres if the button was ever pushed; a study and reflection on these chimeric bulwarks and the faded but still present memory of associated Cold War dread, of which they are stalwart, mouldering symbols.

Audiological contents created by Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, A Year In The Country, Panabrite, Polypores, Listening Center, Time Attendant, Unknown Heretic and David Colohan.

Both editions hand-finished and custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink by
A Year In The Country.

Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
Release date 15th August 2016. 

 

Night Edition. Limited to 52 copies. £25.00.
Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 4 x sticker pack & landscape format sticker.
The Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-front-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-all items-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-opened-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-Night Edition-inside of booklet-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-all-black-cdr-A-Year-In-The-Country
Top of CD.                                                            Bottom of CD.

Further encasement details:
1) Booklet/cover art custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box with cover print.
3) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).
4) Black string bound booklet: 12 pages (6 sides printed);
Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper, heavy card and semi-transparent vellum.
Hand numbered on the reverse.
5) 4 x  badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
6) 4 x vinyl style sticker pack, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
7) 1 x vinyl style landscape format sticker.

 

Dawn Edition. Limited to 104 copies. £12.00.
Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.
The Quietened Bunker-Dawn Edition-front-A Year In The CountryThe-Quietened-Bunker-Dawn-Edition-opened-A-Year-In-The-Country-1The Quietened Bunker-Dawn Edition-back-A Year In The CountryThe Quietened Bunker-white-and-black-CDr-A-Year-In-The-Country
Top of CD.                                                          Bottom of CD.

Further encasement details:
1) Custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
2) Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.
3) Back of one insert hand numbered.

 

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

The Quietened Bunker-Night Editions-landscape sticker artwork-A Year In The Country

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

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

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

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

The Quietened Bunker-landscape artwork 3-A Year In The Country

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

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

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

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

 

Further Audiological Contents Details:
1) Lower Level Clock Room – Keith Seatman
2) Drakelow Tunnels – Grey Frequency
3) The Filter’s Gone / The Last Man Plays The Last Piano – A Year In The Country
4) Aggregates II – Panabrite
5) Bunker 4: Decommissioned – Polypores
6) Comms: Seen Through The Grey – Listening Center
7) Crafty Mechanics – Time Attendant
8) Crush Depth – Unknown Heretic
9) Waiting For The Blazing Skies – David Colohan

Artwork / packaging design and fabrication by AYITC Ocular Signals Department

Audiological Transmission Artifact #4
Library Reference Numbers: ATA004N / ATA004D

 

 

Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
Release date 15th August 2016.