Sarin Smoke - Smokescreen 2007
Underground psychadelic noise in side project of Tom Carter (Charalambides) and Pete Swanson (Yellow Swan)
1. Beneath the Paving Stone - The Beach!
2. Russian Waterfall
Lonnie Donnegan - 1978
Compilation of Donnegan’s releases put out on label ‘Music for Pleasure’ as a kind of introduction to his work. Lonnie Donnegan was responsible for more than 20 UK top 30 hits and was super famous before everyone became obsessed with the Beatles. Most renowned for his contribution to the resurgence of skiffle.
3. Stewball 1971
4. Battle of New Orleans 1958
5. Pick a Bale of Cotton 1962
Lakatos Gypsy Band - Hungarian Folk Songs and Dances 1960
6. The Cloud Descends
7. I fell asleep on the river bank
Pop Sike Dreams 1986
First released by Bam Caruso in 1984 as part of Rubble Series but reissued by Past & Present Records. 20 volume series is dedicated to 1960’s Brit Pyschadelic rock and ran from 1984 - 2002 - this record is volume two. Liner notes: “Regain your lost fluffiness with these wigged-out UK go-go party stoppers.”
8. The Talismen - You break my heart
9. The Pretty Thing - Walking through my dreams
10. Bo Street Runners - Love
Super Djata Band - de Bamako vol. 2 1982
Originally released 1982 then re-released on Kindred Spirits label in 2013. Zani Diabaté led the band having started musical career as a percussionist and then becoming guitarist and singer.
12. Zani diabate
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Colour 1979
Debut album from French no-wave artist who grew up in Lyon, started a landmark record store in Paris with Michael Estaban and then relocated to NYC when she was 21. The album itself had poor sales and a small distribution meaning if you did want a copy, you’d be hard pressed to find one. Now a lot more popular thanks to historical hindsight and reissues.
13. Jim on the move
Washington Phillips - What are they doing in heaven today? 2006
Texan Gospel singer who recorded between 1927-1929. Renowned for his zither accompaniment which he may have built or at least modified himself. His recordings existed as bootlegs until Yazoo Records put them together in a compilation in 2005 and then again when Mississippi Records released them on this record in 2006.
1. You Can’t Stop the Tattler - Part 2
2. Take Your Burden to the Lord
Jewish Folk Songs - Latvian SSR Chorus 1987
Collection of Latvian Jewish folk songs arranged by Latvian musician and ethno-musicologist Max Golding. Recorded in Moscow in 1987 and all the liner notes are in Russian. Interestingly this concert took place in the same year that the Singing Revolution started in Estonia - where the singing of national folk songs became an act of protest against USSR reign. The revolution eventually led to the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
3. Golden Peahen
4. When Rabbi Sings
5. Old Question
Steve Atkinson - Small Boats 2012
British folk recorded in Leicester in 81-82 but not released until 2012 in a limited 500 press.
6. Wheel of Fortune
Chants et Musique D’Algérie
Music from Algeria put out on a label called La Vox D’Algérie. No release date on record but thought to be somewhere in the early 70s. Liner notes are in Arabic and French… looking for a translation!
8. Chorale Feminine - Dakhli Messamei
Remmy Ongala and Orchestre Super Matimila - Nalilia Mwana 1988
Release from Remmy Ongala, a Tanzanian singer, writer and band leader nicknamed ‘the doctor’. Born in DRC (then Zaire, or even Belgian Congo), and from there brought Soukous style together with Tanzanian Ubongo (Swahili word for brain). Ubongo is ‘conscious’ music - Ongala renowned for political lyrics that explored social justice and race equality.
9. Ndumila Kuwili (Don’t Speak with Two Mouths)
10. Mnyonge Hana Haki (The Poor Have no Rights)
11. Arusi Ya Mwanza (A Wedding in Mwanza)
Broadcast - Work and Non Work 1997
First release on Warp Records for the indie electronica band from Birmingham. Put out as a compilation of early singles that were recorded before they joined the label.
13. The Book Lovers
Bunk Johnson’s Band -1945
The best trumpeter in New Orleans in the early 20th century. Lost his trumpet and teeth in a fight in 1931 but thanks to a late revival and some dentures was able to play again and record this EP
1. All the Whores Like the Way I Ride
2. You Always Hurt the Ones you Love
Deerhoof/ KIT - Split EP 2004
Limited release from San Francisco band Deerhoof and LA band KIT.
3. Deerhoof - Get Along with Little Doggies
13. 14. 15. KIT - Three Songs
Classroom Projects 2013
Compilation of music made for and by children in the classroom anywhere between 1967 - 1981. Put together by Johnny Trunk from Trunk Records
4. Helington Primary School - Examples of 12 Note Melodies
5. Sounds and Silence - Music for Cymbals
6. The Searching Years - Puppets
7. The Small Choir of St. Brandon’s School - Bright Eyes
Nâhawa Doumbia - la Grande Cantatrice Malienne
Malian music originally released in 1982 and then again by label Awesome Tapes from Africa in 2011. Doumbia was raised by her grandmother in Wassoulou, an area famous for producing Mali’s greatest singers. She’s renowned for her political lyrics - especially Malian Women’s Rights.
9. Kungo Sogoni
Kinnie the Explore - Self Titled LP 2012
Beautifully pressed and designed LP from Bournemouth band.
10. Scissor Dance
11. Mardi Gras
Anne Briggs - Self Titled LP 1979
Notorious folk singer, and notoriously studio-shy Anne Briggs in her first solo LP. All unaccompanied traditional folk songs apart from two of her own compositions.
12. Living by the Water
The Devil’s Music - 1979
Double LP release to accompany BBC documentary of the same name. Features ‘seminal’ blues music and musicians.
16. Edith Wilson - Yankee Doodle Blues
17. Little Brother Montgomery - I Ain’t got no Special Rider Now
18. Sam Chatmon - Sam’s Rag
Jerry “Boogie” McCain - Turn your Damper Down 1998
Blues musician and harmonica player from Alabama - this album is a compilation of his previous releases.
Run Uncle John! Run!
Turn your Damper Down
I Need Somebody to Love
Waikiki Beach Boys - Aloha Hawaii 1969
From the EMI label ‘Music for Pleasure’ an English reworking of Hawaiian music designed to be sold outside of record stores.
Little Brown Gal
Blue Tahitian Moon
Yamasuki - Yamasuki’s 1971
Single release from LP ‘le monde fabuleux des yamasuki’ an album from French producers Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger aping or inventing a Japanese aesthetic
Soweto Street Music Volume 1 1984
Compilation of music from Soweto in South Africa - the South West Township which was used to exclusively house black South Africans during Apartheid. Released while apartheid was still in place.
Kid Malume - Ingwavuma Blues
Philip Encobo - Lady Smith Jive
Amentkentshane - Angisenaba
Umazambane - Imali Impamde Yeson
27 Puñaladas ed #3 1986
Amazing zine from Seville in the 80s which includes an EP in its back sleeve. Features music from Cordoba and Granada.
El Ultimo Puente - Malcom Mcfly
Los Discretos - El Ultimo Viaje
Arden Lagrimas - La Ley del Silencio
Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts - Homecoming 1963
Blues novelty band with novelty song titles - apparently one of their less risque albums.
Harry Nilsson - Aerial Pandemonium Ballet 1971
A remix album released before remix albums were done. Nilsson reworked successful tracks from two previous LPs ‘Pandemonium Shadow Show’ and ‘Aerial Ballet’
River Deep Mountain High
Sleep Late my Lady Friend
On the 2nd September I trialled a new radio format on Resonance FM - Sonic Blind Dates. I want to break the radio habit of playing you what I know, and instead, listen to music for the first time together - you and I have no idea what’s coming up, and share it for the first time over the airwaves. It’s an experiment in shared listening. I’ll be continuing this in a regular slot very soon but for now, here’s the first programme:
Ambitiously named, the Sound Portal was originally designed by Arup for London’s 2012 Design Festival as a dedicated space for experiencing sound. Last year it was set up smack bang in the middle of Trafalgar Square, but is now located in the central courtyard of Chelsea College of Art and Design.
For the whole month of June, our work along with many more will be playing - you can check it out at any time, with a full schedule and more information available here.
Our piece - Strata - is a collaborative composition using London field recordings. Our starting point was to explore the physical structure of the Sound Portal through London’s own sound strata. My interest in the project was exploring what’s included, and excluded, from pure listening environments - what sounds we consistently try to ignore and forget, and how we can invite these sounds in to the Portal.
Sounding Space Symposium launch 5-7th June
On-site throughout the month of June
On this weekend at the Barbican Centre is Playing the Heygate, an audiovisual installation by LCC MA Students Sophie Mallett and Robbie Judkins. Made specifically for Nick Muhly’s A Scream and an Outrage, it explores new modes of orchestration and documentary. More info below or on the Barbican website
Playing the Heygate
Sophie Mallett & Robbie Judkins
Audiovisual Installation: Two channel sound (20 minute loop) + HD Video (11 minute loop)
“Something that’s hideous has become beautiful;
and something that’s beautiful has become hideous.”
- Nico Muhly
In 1974 the Heygate Estate offered a utopian possibility for urban living. Nearly forty years after its construction, it’s been both voluntarily and forcibly abandoned. For the past ten years the Heygate has been moving towards demolition as part of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration Scheme. As it stands now, it has no functional purpose but to await its own regeneration.
While the estate is no longer allowed to function as social housing, over the past few years it’s become the site of very different engagements with the space: an attempt to make the most of the past before it’s destroyed for the possibility of the future.
Playing the Heygate is an audiovisual installation created for Nico Muhly’s A Scream and an Outrage. Artists Sophie Mallett and Robbie Judkins make the estate both the instrument and the player: using contact microphones to turn surfaces, objects and spaces in to an urban orchestra. The installation not only documents these performances, but combines them with sound recordings and original footage from the estate in its current state of abandon.
Playing the Heygate seeks to explore how unique interpretations of scoring and instrumentation can offer insights in to familiar landscapes.
Cinematography by Beth Atkinson
Jez Riley French
If you’d like to find out more about the Heygate Estate and the regeneration scheme:
Robbie Judkins and Sophie Mallett are both completing their Masters in Sound Art at London College of Communication. Sophie is a audiovisual producer with a background in radio and improvisatory music. Her work explores emerging forms of documentary, the politics of space and participatory media. Robbie is an audio-visual artist and musician performing under the name of Left Hand Cuts off the Right. His work aims to create an immersive environment utilising DIY ethics and sources.
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the overnight ferry from athens to crete is a non-stop ride. until it stops. at its destination.
this is from the back of the boat in the dead of the night. it was lovely, and ridiculously hypnotic at the time, to look at and to hear. hope you get the gist. listen through headphones for hidden treats.