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Mutations of Silence – the eerie electronic void in Maju

For seventeen years between 1990 and 2007 BBC Radio 3 had a very extraordinary show called Mixing It on air that was broadcast once a week and featured the most interesting music of the time which had an experimental bent. A poppier sound or edge was never unwelcome and yet routinely there was an edge […]

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R.E.M. – Part 2 – trace of the wild Lens

An untimely river, ‘Near Wild Heaven’ and Synecdoche New York (2008) Part 1 For a number of years, I hadn’t listened to R.E.M. much if at all. I came across Stipe’s performance a few years ago on late night American TV in remembrance of David Bowie, a solo sung version (above) of ‘The Man Who […]

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Wilden Times – A song

By way of Jay Griffiths, Wes Anderson, Rosie Swale Pope I’ve been working on an album of songs under the name Solar Violet for a number of years and the sound element has been finished for a good while now. While the album has been mastered by the peerless James Dunn of Cafe Oto, there […]

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Other Places Here – Wayward Pines (2015) and Twin Peaks

Perspectival beyonds to the social reality image in Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Wayward Pines. Wayward Pines is a US television drama that ran over two seasons in 2015-16, adapted from the series of books by US novelist Blake Crouch. The original plan was for the programme to have one season (understandable given the effectiveness […]

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French Wilds – The Cevenne

‘We’d been walking in the woods, with a real bounce to our step, in these most beautiful of days, with the light catching every breath and drifting cell of woodland being… We are entranced by the gentle strobing of the light between the trees, its funny so we laugh, the sound echoes in the trees, […]

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eerie calls the future

Last month here in the UK, BBC Radio 3 broadcast a feature documentary on the subject of the eerie by ‘New Generation thinker’ Will Abberley and produced by Sarah Cuddon. Sunday Feature: Into the Eerie (no embed) If you can get this, its worth a listen. While not going into or consistently following the deeper […]

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past the zoo of the definites – 2

 space life in ambient electronic music Spaces of being If spaces are a key expression within ambient music then it feels like from early on, a sonically expressive animacy (or sonic-presence-as-being) has been another.  Partly because as per Young/Zazeela there is the question of ‘forms of existence’ being involved with sound, I think different kinds […]