Ghosts Of Bush House

A few months ago a good of mine friend Robin Warren asked me to take some photographs for a project he was working on.

He had a plan to make a record made up of sounds recorded in and around the buildings of the BBC’s Bush House. Using only tape to record and manipulate these sounds. He documented doors creaking, opening, shutting and lifts moving.

I took my LCA+ and a few rolls of film. He lead me into various ramshackle rooms and insisted I snap doors, carpets, empty corridors and dusty mixing desks. As he pondered over the old Bakelite faders and the reel to reel tape machines collecting dust in the corner I admit I was a little skeptical.

 

Weeks later he excitedly clasped a test pressing of The Ghosts Of Bush and insisted we listen to it on my modest little stereo. As soon as the needle hit the groove and the echoey BBC pips opened, trailing off into a sinister reverberating tone, I have to say I joined the Robin Club of Excitement. What followed was 30 mins of sheer BBC Radiophonic delight.
Over the last month or so Ghosts of Bush House has been picked up by the likes of the Belbury Parish Magazine, Simon Reynolds, Invisible Spies, BBC6 music, The Quietus and various stations around the country. Last week the final pressing came back and you can see the final results, with my photographs right here.
If you’d like a digital download of this record go here.
For vinyl copies visit Robin’s website for further information.

 

 

Lost Film

Last year my dad decided to clear out some old junk in the loft. He found his old Box Brownie and passed it on to me. There was still a roll of film inside which most of us decided was probably going to be blank as it had been sat in a dusty box for years. I decided to take it to the lab anyway, not expecting anything much. Surprisingly this roll of film had been sat in the camera since 1987 and was in perfect condition. It shows me on holiday with my dad and an old childhood friend, David French, who died from CF in 1997. It also had a picture of my old rabbit and me dressed in an embarrassing cadets outfit. What’s strange is I actually have a vague memory of some of these photos being taken.  It was such a lovely surprise to find these, I’m almost tempted to hide a roll of film in a camera and hope I find it in another 24 years.

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Punk Posters Get Swissted

Mike Joyce is a designer from New York who has had the clever idea of re-designing old punk/indie band posters using a slick Swiss Modernist style. He uses the same Akzidenz Grotesk font throughout his series and has managed to create a collection of charming, playful and beautifully minimal designs. You can visit his personal site at swissted or you can purchase them from Llustre. Once I’ve bagged that trendy London apartment I’ll be buying a set myself.
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Simple Pleasures

It’s amazing what you can achieve in a few hours. I made this with the intention of using it as a background. I’m not going to use it but i quite like it.

 

Zoetropes!

Since discovering the wonderful work by Sculpture and seeing Stroboscope by Leif Maginnis at the Kinetic Art Fair, i have been inspired by all things looping and spinning. I have just tested out the first draft of my own, using images from photographs and shapes taken from the paper of a roll of 120 film. The results aren’t too terrible. Obviously, i need to adjust the focus and frame rate and add a few more things to it. Will post again when I’ve adjusted it.

 

OWN LABEL Sainsbury’s Design Studio 1962-1977

Every page from this Sainsbury’s own label collection brings a sense of warm nostalgia to my increasingly cold heart. The problem is, I wasn’t born until 1980 and this book follows a graphic history from 1962 – 77, long before I was even planned. In fact the only item I do remember is the crisp packets which were still being used when I was at primary school.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a certain age to appreciate a slice of history.  This book is absolutely crammed with beautiful, minimal graphic design, with bold flat printed colours and simple visual ideas that are generally lost today due to technological advances, stronger competition and an added pressure come up with newer and more “exciting” design concepts.

Leafing through the pages, it’s hard not to smile at the frozen peas and carrots box with green circles and orange squares scattered around the cover.

Trunk Records founder Jonny Trunk has managed to bring together this archive of a lost era in one beautiful book. If you have any interest in design and drool slightly at block colours and chunky Sans Serif fonts then get yourself a copy, turn your smartphone off and loose yourself to some pure nostalgia for a moment or two. For more information visit Jonny Trunk’s Official Website.

Beautiful Happy Things.

I am a complete sucker for retro 1950’s textile patterns and prints, so I was tres excited to find this Scandinavian company today called ISAK. They do especially lovely cups and mugs… family members take note, after all it is only 5 months until Christmas. 🙂

http://www.isak.co.uk

Hoofus – Something Something

Hoofus - Something Something

For 8 months I ran a weekly radio show on Resonance FM inviting people to send in their promos and weird projects to be aired and promoted. Unsurprisingly most of what I received was pretty forgettable tongue-in-cheek guitar based indie whining that sent me mildly insane. Hoofus on the other hand caught my ear instantly. Andre Bosman has managed to create his début album “Something Something” with a battered midi controller and some serious energy. Hoofus is a spew of boisterous, punchy noises with 8-bit melodies and a whole spectrum of clicks, bleeps, blunders and distortions in between. He takes the everyday malfunction of modern technology, cuts it up and hands it back to you as a four minute sound assault. “Peekay” consists of thumping and fractured rhythms and cheeky melodies that could have been extracted from a C64 “End of Level” theme. The last minute of this track is a pure and unsettling tone that lingers, “Has your computer frozen?” asked my inquisitive flatmate, “no it’s Hoofus”, was my reply. “Skeleton Click” is the most infectious of tracks with a grimy and aggressive rhythm and a blooping, stomping melody that is likely to make your eye do that weird twitchy thing, which may be deliberate as Andre’s label is aptly called Twitchyeye. Please buy this record and support Andre’s project, he generally plays live gigs in Norwich and I’m seriously considering booking a train ticket to see him. I don’t particularly like Norwich so he really must be good.

Hoofus “something something” is out now on twitchyeyerecords http://www.hoofus.com/Buy here: http://www.twitchyeye.co.uk/releases.html

My Fantoms

After teasing us with a series of collaborations with A Taut Line and The Advisory Circle, Hong Kong in the 60’s finally release their debut album “My Fantoms”. From the opening track it’s clear that Mei Yau Kan’swarm vocals fit perfectly against the tiny bossa nova beats and loungy synth experiments. The album has strong undertones of 1960’s library music sounds and twee french pop. The beginning of “Les Petits Chasseurs…” could quite easily be mistaken for a BBC Radiophonic Workshop recording by John Baker. This record is a gentle unassuming collection of whispy, dreamy pop songs and simple melodies that remind the listener that sometimes it’s the simplest records that stand out amongst the rest. Definitely recommended if your ears need some audio massaging.

Catch them live here:
19 August 2011
ODD BOX RECORDS presents “Which Way Is Up!”
The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RL
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