About 14 years ago I had a massive clear out (personal reasons) it was time to get rid of loads of old tat, things in boxes I would never really look at again. One of the boxes I cleared out was full of my old wonderful Dinky and Corgi toys. I went a slightly odd and had a year zero approach to these things and out they all went. I was recently given an old Dinky Toys catalogue. I was a tad excited about this and as I flicked through the catalogue I realised how many good toys I had had that were in the catalogue, I also realised that they all got binned in my moment of madness. So here for your amusement and my everlasting ongoing regret, are images from the catalogue of the Dinky toys I got rid of. I won't even talk about the full set of original Star Wars Cards.
My friend Mr Stevens and I will be playing live as Echopet at Splitting the AtomThe Green Door Store Brighton this Sunday (22nd) at around 5pm (give or take) We have had one rehearsal and have an idea of what we are going to do.........or not do which might be the case. Who knows???? our equipment might even work this time. Its Free!!!!!!!
Here we are with the 1st Test Transmission Archive Reel of 2017. We have
music from (but not necessarily in this order) Peter Howell & John
Ferdinando, Eno, Max Gregor, Obsil, The Glove, Johnny Flynn, Simon
Heartfield, Perrey & Kingsley, Bare Bones, Pram, Owl Service,
Ligeti, Jacky, The Séance with Lutine, Quintron and Jeff Mills. Hope
that keeps you all going. So until next time. TATA.
I have known Brian from Renaldo and the Loaf for a very very very long time. Our paths first crossed when I was in a little to known band called the Marilyn Monroes. I was very pleased recently when Brian invited me round to Renaldo towers to present me with a copy of the new Album. The first track I heard from the new album was A Convivial Ode, which has a lovely video, directed by the other half of EchopetMr Jez Stevens. Fans of the band will not be disappointed in the 21st Century Renaldo and the Loaf sound. Gurdy Hurding is a superbalbum, full of pitched voices, strange sounds, quirky instruments, odd timingswith a medieval feel and a wonderful production. This is the first album from Renaldo and the Loaf in nearly 30 years, the last being Elbow is Taboo and can be purchased from Klang Gallerie and The Ghost Box records Guests shop.
Here are 11 excerpts from all hold hands and off we go. all hold
hands and off we go is the 5th album of strange Electronics, Psych,
Radiophonics, Drone and quirky Folk by Keith Seatman. As on his
previous release (A Rest Before the Walk) Keith re-unites with North
Devon Singer/Songwriter Douglas E Powell for two tracks mr metronome and boxes with rhythms in. Release Date April 2017 CD and Digital download from Bandcamp. The tracks are a lighthouse might look long all hold hands and off we go skipping rope mr metronome* left behind or lost & dropped four steps at a time odd in a nightcap and cup tap tap boxes with rhythms in* with salt and candy please, is it you?
Out into the light sometime April-ish and again finds Mr Seatman forging alliances with Mr Powell for an album length sonic journey into the surreal, the strange and the sinister, a psychedelic pseance populated by waking dreams, nocturnal nightmares and supernatural forbearance, a melodic map of discovered Barrett-esque continents and hitherto beyond the eye magick lands. Trippy stuff. The Sunday Experience (Jan 2017)
Keith Seatman's science fiction landscapes explode with meekness that is undiscriminating as it is enthusiastic. Seatman is a talented sound designer, and it shines on his instrumentals. Wire Magazine 383 (Jan 2016)
Spellbinding, Captivating, Evocative Radiophonic keyboard compositions and electronic folk. Brilliant. Carl Griffin Electronic Sound Magazine (Dec 2016)
Seatman’s odd melodies sit with industrial repetition to convey the scares of the synth laden themes and incidental scene setting pieces of early 70s through early 80s kids TV Jon Mills (Shindig Magazine issue 39 2014)
"Seatman is a kindred spirit, and this is his most evocative and personal sounding work to date." Jim Jupp, (Ghost Box, 2013) Keith Seatman is someone whose music I first heard in the context of my old experimental music zine, ‘WonderfulWooden Reasons’ and who’s album left me craving more. His latest is an utterly glorious selection of filmic folk and ghostly electronica that is utterly mesmerising from first to last. Wyrd Britain (Nov 2015)
Hampshire’s Keith Seatman is a name that will be familiar to many from his previous albums such as ‘Around The Folly And Down Hill’ and ‘Consistently Mediocre And Daydreams’, both modern classics of spooked electronica and shadowy synthesised vignettes. If you have not already do take a journey through his back catalogue, there are many evocative and unsettling treasures to be found. Seatman is also known for his superb ‘Test Transmission Archive Reels', extensive mixes featuring vintage recordings, electronic and hauntological tracks and choice musical offerings. The Active Listener (Oct 2015)
I have always enjoyed Charles Dicken's Christmas story A Christmas Carol. So what better time of year than now to have a look at some book covers for A Christmas Carol. Have to admit the Pulp! the Classics cover is a fav and the last one is my own copy. Why do I like A Christmas Carol so much???? probably for the same reasons as yourselves. Very fond of a number of the films, the animated version form 1971 with the voices of Alistair Sim Michael Redgrave and Michael Hordern is a particular fav which can be viewed here. But never never risk watching the Albert Finney Musical version Scrooge which I saw many years ago and still bothers me to this day.
Another excerpt from the new album all hold hands and off we go, due for release in 2017. There are also plans for a 4 track ep late in 2017 and I have two tracks on another compilation, so busy times ahead. More on all this at a later date.
DARK OR DARKER SHIVERING OR NOT! If all goes to plan I will be playing at this event with Jez Stevens as Echopet Together we will be performing a 30 minute piece live. Using Synths Samples an Old tone Generator and all sorts of pther things we can get our hands on. You can expect noise feedback echos drone and video. An exploration of the urban supernatural, occult temporalities, uncanny architecture, hauntology, the phantasmagorical, the monstrous, supernatural cartographies and the psychogeographic imagination. A night of: audio visual performance, live electronica, spoken word, installations, interstitial architects, psycho-geographers, kinetic sculptors, live artists and theatre makers. With live performances from 7pm to 11pm followed by DJ's in the bar until 1pm. FREE admission though a collection may be taken during the night. This event is part of Darkfest, a celebration of creativity in Portsmouth, UK inspired by the Supernatural Cities Project. Coastguard Studio: Montague House, Clarendon Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 0SA facebook.com/events/1596815733948366/ one000plateaus.com/darkordarker/ facebook.com/1000plateaus/
Here we are with the last Test Transmission Archive Reel of 2016. I have
quite a lot on at the mo trying to finish the next album which is out
in 2017 so a tad busy. For your pleasure this time round we have Laurie Johnson
Ultravox Current 93 Hotlegs The Rowen Amber Mill Paul Ferris Cybotron
Concretism Implosion Ron Geesin Wire Broadcast The Gasman Dick Mills
Listening Center Moon Duo Pye Corner Audio Cramps Nico Mark Hollis
Pattern Forms and all sorts of audio oddness and shenanigans in between.
So until 2017........or if/when I get round doing another mix, wrap up
warm sleep tight against the old winter nights.
What a fine day it was indeed, despite the fact that a few days before I came down with a rather grim cold but thanks to some heavy duty cold and flu tablets and huge amount of throat lozenges I got through the day (should not have gone for drink the night before) Guest Speakers for the day were Andy Paciorek, Darren Charles, Eamon Byers, Iain Sinclair, Adam Scovell, James Riley and Gary Lachman. Also present and speaking at the Q & A was Shirley Collins. We were also very lucky to be present at the 1st Public Screening of Death and the Lady by Shirley Collins. Compare for the day was Chris Lambert (Songs from the Black Meadow)
Sadly I had to leave early to make a dash for my Coach so I missed most of the Q & A session where Jim Peters Darren Charles Andy Paciorek Sharron Kraus & Shirley Collins were joined onstage for this end session by Reece Shearsmith. I had a fine informative and wonderful day despite feeling grotty for the most of it.