Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Face on Mars 1958

From 1958 The incredible retro-futurist comic artist Jack Kirby brings you...

...How did he know?

Saturday, 26 March 2011


I came across this on YouTube whilst searching for something completely different. I watched this at school and, ironically, the Betamax tape was of rather poor quality so to us the programme was in black and white with horizontal lines throughout. Even at a young age I wondered if that was all part of the show. I have looked for this before but to no avail. Judging by how long this has been uploaded to YouTube I think I had misspelled 'Interference' in my search.

Mrs P

William Shatner: Microworld

via Dangerous Minds

Friday, 25 March 2011

Radiophonic Bump

This has already been posted by another contributor, but hey - it's not every day of the year you get a whole weekend of Radiophonic goodness. I'll be there because (a) I live in Bristol and (b) I'm performing at the event, but also because (c) Dick Mills will be there, yes that Dick Mills, the one who did all those farty laser gun noises on those old Dr. Who episodes you used to watch and (d) so will David Cain (yes, that David Cain, the one who made this record). Delia will be with us in spirit, natch. This is the hauntological audio event of the year (oh shit, did I just say the 'H' word? - sorry) and attendance is mandatory. And that includes you, King Modulator. And you, Dolly Dolly. And no, there's no room left on my sofa for you to sleep over. See you in the bar. Mine's a pint.

For more details, go here.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Goodbat Nightman by Roger McGough

Many thanks (again) to af harrold for the scan. He's kind like that.

Oramics - a short film about Daphne Oram's synthesizer

Oramics from Nick Street on Vimeo.

Daphne Oram's started her Oramics project after she left the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1957, a project that focused on pure sound produced by visual images. There's also a Wire Salon event at Cafe Oto on 7 April about Daphne Oram (apologies if either have already featured on here). Thanks to John Cavanagh for the heads up.

Newgrange Passage Tomb, Ireland

From the outside, a giant curved mound of grass-topped earth encased in a modernist "Stalinist brutalist" exterior, as Neil Oliver recently put it on his telly programme. On the inside, claustraphobic and yet apparently similarly sharply-designed, and intact, apart from the stone-carved graffiti by 18th and 19th century tourists. Strangely, it's far from cosy, organic or earthy though. The look and feel is geometric - like the pyramids (Newgrange is only 500 years older). Built by hand, without concrete, by balancing carefully selected rocks to create a passage that was specifically angled to only receive sunlight over winter solstice, a corbelled roof, and three small recesses around a circular centre, it was pretty unexpected to feel like I was in a spaceship pod as much as a sacred space. Maybe a little too much reading about ancient astronauts and looking at the neolithic spiral art, but I like the idea that we go there to look back and connect, but it was built as much looking forward as for the ancestors.

(The UNESCO World Heritage sites of Newgrange, Knowth & Dowth contain a third of Europe's neolithic art, including lunar maps at Knowth. Save Newgrange are campaigning against the proposed Slane bypass road, which will run 500 metres from Newgrange.)

Unknown Worlds

Originally purchased from Dark they Were and Golden Eyed in 1979.
Within Unknown Worlds there were some amazing adverts 
which I hope to post at later date.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Suit You, Sir

"All done quite by coincidence of course, but the two things (Soviet TV ads and Destination) just sort of forged together like a dream" - Lost in Music blog.

Where are you now, Batman? A poem by Brian Patten

Thanks to af harrold for the scan.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Found Adverts..

Being as i am from Teesside (The Mecca of all Industrial Hauntology).. I thought i'd share with you some local advertising paraphernlia..

Please enjoy accordingly..

Monday, 21 March 2011

Malá Morská Víla

Czech fairytale masterpiece from 1976. Amazing sets, costumes, and music (the latter courtesy of genius composer Zdeněk Liška, whose score to the film was recently released on CD & vinyl by the good folks over at Finders Keepers). Recommended if you enjoyed Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Here is a link to grab the whole film with English subtitles (which doesn't exist on DVD - I had to add the subs myself). Very rare, so get it now while you can...

The Thirteenth Floor

While Mr Unmann Wittering is waxing lyrical about Action Comics, I'll take the time to mention one comic strip from two of the best comics from the 80's, Scream and the revived Eagle.

The Thirteenth Floor tells of a High Rise building that is monitored and controlled by a computer called MAX. Max is essentially the council block version of HAL 9000, and he holds the welfare of his tenants so close to his little circuit heart, that he'll do anything it takes to keep them safe... anything.

The entire Run of The Thirteenth Floor is available at Back From the Depths, along with other creepy  comics storylines.

Pierre Arvay - Images Symphoniques


Fanzine fun

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Morena y Clara

Approaching the Uncanny Valley from the human side, it's Morena y Clara.

Found on Holy Warbles.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

My Hero...

Following recent posts, some more shit you need to be dealing with...

(from home demo tape that only came to light in the age of file-sharing)

(first self-released 7", co-produced by Thomas Leer)

(extract from documentory about Rental's 1979 tour/collaboration with Danial Miller)

I wrote some / stuff about Rental back in the pre-youtube, pre-hauntology days, and recently 'collaborated' with him in a live mix for Concepto Radio.

Friday, 18 March 2011

More Thomas Leer

Following on from Phantom Circuit's Thomas Leer & Robert Rental post. I have decided that a bit more Thomas Leer would not go amiss.
Along with The Human League's Being Boiled, Throbbing Gristle's United and The Normal's Warm Leatherette. Thomas Leer's Private Plane/International was part of my introduction into DIY Electronic Music. Up to then I had listened to Tangerine Dream, Roxy Music
Kraftwerk. But these DIY Electro Musicians were making records at home and in bedrooms (in Leers case I believe Private Plane was recorded in his bedroom, hence the hushed vocals so he would not wake his sleeping Girlfriend up) All of a sudden Synth music could be produced cheaply. Inspired by these new DIY Electro Musicians I now wanted a Wasp Synth.  With its cut and paste cover Private Plane is a late 70s electro Post Punk classic. I should add that Private Plane still sounds amazing today.  Thomas Leer is still producing some very Exciting and interesting music.  

Spacemen Magazine

This is a strange one - I'm not a massive fan of 'classic' American science fiction, but this magazine is something different. I found it in Oxfam for 50p, which is unusual because I usually find the aforementioned to be rather pricey and denuded of interesting 'old' things. 'Spacemen' is subtitled 'The world's only space-movie magazine' and provides fans with details of new releases, information about old sci-fi and horror films, ads for related products and also features short stories. It looks like a forerunner of 'Cult TV' and publications like that. The copy I got hold of is dated 'June' with no year of publication, although closer inspection shows that 'March 1964' has been blanked out underneath the title. I love the floating woah-crazy style font used for the left hand content titles - very 'of it's time'.

I have a lot of things to put up both here and on between channels, but I'll offer a taster with these adverts. 'Famous Monsters' is a great name for a brand and the inclusion of a goatee and 'devil horns' is brilliant, much like the Mister T / Groucho Marx crossover they have pictured.

I love the breathless 'check-this-shit-out!' tone of this ad, especially the little bit that informs the reader that the traps '..will bite at (but will NOT bite off) more than it can chew - such as a finger or a pencil.' A useful H&S disclaimer, although not as useful as the celebrity endorsement provided by Charles Darwin, which seems to have been edited slightly. I may buy one at the weekend and recommend you do the same. FEED IT RAW BEEF!

UK Road Film

Perhaps because nowhere in Britain is more than a day’s drive from anywhere else if you put your mind to it, the UK road film is generally a species of art cinema, the inner journey of the traveller transfiguring the discovery of the landscape. In the traditional road movie, self-discovery takes place on the road. In the UK road film, no road can be long enough to put arrival out of the traveller’s mind, or the viewer’s. A road movie protagonist is tested by transition. A UK road film protagonist is tested by the threat of arrival.

The apogee of the UK road film’s resonance was the nineteen-seventies. At perhaps no other point in the history of film in the UK have the borders between modes of film practice seemed so porous: the impoverished state of the industry made commercial production almost as artisanal and economically uncertain a venture as experimental filmmaking; in this era Peter Sellers vehicles could sit on the shelf permanently while Stephen Dwoskin’s films received theatrical distribution. Never since has Rivette’s observation that narrative films are documentaries of people acting seemed so acute.

Sometimes, the UK road film is a film about people thinking about moving – roads of any kind scarcely appear in Barney Platt-Mills’ Private Road. At other times, the destination merges into the road, becomes defined as the catalyst of an emotional voyage. Take Me High has only begun when Tim Matthews (Cliff Richard), previously so much an item with the smoked-windowed Mini on whose roof he has perched to sing (before drinking champagne alone) becomes a Birmingham pedestrian and discovers the waterways. Ryker (George Lazenby)’s spiritual odyssey in Universal Soldier takes him from his career of perpetual travel for perpetual war to a life of rented rooms among the countercultural Left.

Radio On is something rather different. To relate to thought as one in transit, at home in liminal spaces, is an ambition already discernable in that film, despite the trauma of the occurrence Robert (David Beames) travels to confront; the logical conclusion of its drift the ceaseless movement of Petit’s later travellers.

Michael Gough (1916-2011)

Peter Pan and Friends