Saturday, 28 June 2014

Mix from the Black Meadow - Part 1 - 4th July - Garden of Earthly Delights

Coming next Friday (4th July) on Garden of Earthly Delights on CRMK) The Mix from the Black Meadow (Part 1).

A mix of spoken word extracts and tunes influenced by Black Meadow - including tunes from Ron Grainier, Bob Dylan, Storm Corrosion and many more... this will be followed by a mix created from tracks by the contributing artists to "Songs from the Black Meadow" later in the year... listen in!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Black Meadow: Songs from the Black Meadow - Artist of the Week

Exciting things going on in Black Meadow...

Black Meadow: Songs from the Black Meadow - Artist of the Week: To build up to the launch of "Songs from the Black Meadow" we will be celebrating the work of all of the contributors to this albu...

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Discovery - Concretism

I must sing the praises of Concretism. The brain child of Chris Sharp, this is a musical experience that is hard to match.

Utterly evocative of a lost time, an intangible sense of nostalgia pervades throughout its dark industrial heart. Haunting. If Vangelis and Kraftwerk had a soundbaby together that was wet-nursed by Goblin and weaned on a diet of Jarre and Broadcast what it produced would be nothing compared to this.

Float inside disused power stations, haunted hospitals, abandoned 70s industrial estates, avoid pylons and slavering dogs, watch Open University programmes in your kipper ties and wide collars. Place yourself in the testcard. You are entering the world of Concretism.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Stonewatching with Joe Kapp - A mix for "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

I was contacted a few months ago by Shane Quentin the showrunner for "Garden of Earthly Delights" a groovy mix show on CRMK. I had been mulling over mixes for a while having experimented with a live mix at Reading's Doubledotbash festival a couple of years ago (see Radio Vincent). I had finally managed to catch up with The Quatermass Conclusion (1979) of which the second episode "Lovely Lightning" is an utter classic. I used this as a basis for my mix. I used sounds captured from my father's old reel-to-reel tape recorder. In order to make a record of a church service sometime in the mid-eighties he recorded over Joe Loss and his Orchestra. because that tape was the wrong format and played at a different speed Joe Loss's work can still be heard underneath the sermons and calls and responses at a very reduced speed. 

It was broadcast on CRMK on Friday 23rd May 2014.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Discovery - Unearthing Forgotten Horrors

Hosted by Darren Charles this is my new favourite show. Superb - if you love your Giallo soundtracks, strange lost movie soundtracks and up to date weirdness then check this out. Visit the site here and check out some fabulous mixes below.

Unearthing Forgotten Horrors Radio Show 16-4-2014 by Darren Charles on Mixcloud

Unearthing Forgotten Horrors Radio Show 5-3-2014 by Darren Charles on Mixcloud

Unearthing Forgotten Horrors Radio Show 26-3-2014 by Darren Charles on Mixcloud

Saturday, 1 February 2014

A strange sound from the Black Meadow - "Our Fair Kids"

Made this with my children today. It is inspired by the tune "Our Fair Land" taken from "Tales from the Black Meadow" (composed by Kev Oyston). Am doing some work around this tune for a new project called "Songs from the Black Meadow". The use of loops is nicely spooky and for some reasons reminds me of something by Goblin. I wonder if anyone knows of the tune of which I am thinking?