The Constant Drumbeat of Terrible News (no date) by Allison Sommers.
• Nadia Khomami on Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty, an exhibition at the British Library. Related: Simon McCallum‘s potted history of LGBT characters on British screens. Elsewhere: writer and philanthropist Chuck Forester on gay sex in the 1970s.
• The Panic Fables: Mystic Teachings and Initiatory Tales by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Finally available in English, a collection of all the comic strips written and illustrated by Jodorowsky when he was living in Mexico in the 1960s.
• A trailer for the restored print of The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1961) by Karel Zeman. Related: collage designs by Graphic Manipulator for a Japanese collection of Zeman’s films.
• “Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, Tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis,” says James McConnachie.
• James Reith on “the Icelandic publisher that only prints books during a full moon – then burns them”.
• Mixes of the week: Wire 400 Mix #6 by Emptyset, and Secret Thirteen Mix 223 by Constantine.
• Mud And Flame: Penda’s Fen re-examined by Matthew Harle and James Machin.
• Tilda Swinton in a Leonora Carrington-inspired fashion shoot for i-D magazine.
• At Dennis Cooper’s: Spotlight on William Burroughs’ The Wild Boys.
• Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing by Simon Sellars.
• At Dangerous Minds: The Dark Rift by Jim Jarmusch’s Sqürl.
• French Underground Rock: 1967–1980; a Discogs list.
• Suzanne Ciani‘s favourite albums.
• Infinite artwork: Untitled, 2017
• Rip, Rig And Panic (1965) by The Roland Kirk Quartet | Panic (1984) by Coil | Flash Of Panic (1994) by Axiom Ambient
A mural for Forest For The Trees, 2016, by Yoshi47.
• “Who’s the real cunt?” Andrew O’Hagan on the Daily Mail‘s hypocrisies, Little England bigotries and omni-outrage in a review of Mail Men: The Unauthorised Story of the ‘Daily Mail’, the Paper that Divided and Conquered Britain by Adrian Addison.
• Deutschlandspiegel 198/1971: a short film at the German Federal Archive which includes footage of Popol Vuh (still in their electronic phase) six minutes in.
• A meeting of remarkable minds: a live radio discussion between Annea Lockwood and Pauline Oliveros from December 1972.
• The House In The Woods (aka Martin Jenkins of Pye Corner Audio) at Rare Air, Seattle, 14th May 2017.
• “Peaceful but not to be messed with.” Tony Naylor on how the bee came to symbolise Manchester.
• Mixes of the week: FACT Mix 602 by Deathprod, and Secret Thirteen Mix 222 by Yuji Kondo.
• Emptyset and Mouse On Mars’s Jan St Werner on space, time and the evolution of sound.
• At Indiegogo, a funding call for Subotnick: Portrait of an Electronic Music Pioneer.
• Shannon Taggart’s Camera Fantastica: an interview by Peter Bebergal.
• Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug.
• Mary Anne Hobbs‘ favourite albums.
• Bumble Bee Bolero (1957) by Harry Breuer | Bee Stings (1998) by Coil | The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull (2008) by Earth
Wasted Alice (2017) by Sonia Lazo.
• Brian Eno: “We’ve been in decline for 40 years—Trump is a chance to rethink.” An equivocal headline, and the usual misinterpretation from the hard-of-thinking, prompted Eno to issue a clarification. More Trumpery: Jonathan Meades wonders what kind of wall “The Lout” might want to build. Related: almost all of Meades’ smart and witty television essays may be viewed at MeadesShrine (click through to Vimeo for download links).
• “Once you’ve turned entire buildings into instruments as on Medium, and then you’ve made the ionosphere itself an instrument as on Signal, where do you go next?” Emptyset discuss their forthcoming album, Borders, and a change in their working methods.
• Christopher Burke & David Davis at Weird Fiction Review talk to Valancourt Books about reprinting neglected works of horror and gay fiction.
• At the BFI this week: All about Jim Jarmusch’s leading men, from Tom Waits to Bill Murray, and John Hurt (RIP): 10 essential films.
• “Claude Arnaud’s biography of Jean Cocteau shows how the artist lived a life nourished by infinity,” says Ricky D’Ambrose
• Sukhdev Sandhu on John Berger: “a pathfinder who was alive to the present”.
• Theodore Carter on Doll Part Art: Visual Feasts Made of Plastic Bodies.
• Count Backwards from Ten: Peter Bebergal‘s Top 10 Occult in Media.
• Books from Strange Attractor will now be distributed by MIT Press.
• Eero Saarinen, the architect who saw the future.
• Mix of the week: FACT Mix 585 by Niagara.
• RIP Maggie Roche.
• Hammond Song (1979) by The Roches | Losing True (1982) by The Roches | Keep On Doing What You Do / Jerks On The Loose (live, 1990) by The Roches
Études (2015) by Yair Elazar Glotman.
The work section of this website is still lacking the addition of some recent commissions but I have managed this week to get the albums section up to date. If I don’t talk about my work in the music world very much that’s because it’s been scaled down in recent years. I am still working regularly for the Subtext label, however, and the releases shown here are all the recent designs bar the latest one which will be out in February.
Almost all my work for Subtext involves preparing artwork I’ve been sent, and applying the relevant text information (or “label copy” as the big record companies prefer to call it). That’s generally easy work but the minimal style of Subtext means that some designs go through several iterations before everyone is happy with the results. The Signal album by Emptyset required the careful cropping and adjusting of James Ginzburg’s photos to get something that sat well in the square of the album sleeve. Almost all the artwork here was selected by the artists; if it wasn’t then it was prepared with their approval. The individual web pages show the full layouts, and also have all the necessary artwork credits.
As to the audio content, Subtext releases operate in the nebulous intersection between noise, drones, sound design and ambient music. The albums by Paul Jebanasam and FIS were featured this month on a list of the Top 30 Drone Records of 2016. See the label’s Soundcloud page for samples.
I’ll be posting another work update—if I get round to it!—next week.
Emptyset (2015 reissue) by Emptyset.
Signal (2015) by Emptyset.
Continuum (2016) by Paul Jebanasam.
Frenzy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2016) by Cevdet Erek.
Barotrauma (2016) by Eric Holm.
From Patterns To Details (2016) by FIS.
Blessed Initiative (2016) by Blessed Initiative.
Beautiful Void: Holy Void II (2015) by Andy Diaz Hope.
• “Feeling like a woman. Looking like a man.” Rick Poynor on the cover art for Nightclubbing by Grace Jones. Related: A One Man Show, Jean-Paul Goude’s essential film of Jones’ 1982 tour where many of the songs are better than their album versions.
• Crammed Discs’ revival of the Made To Measure series continues with the release in October of Blue Velvet Revisited by Tuxedomoon & Cult With No Name, a soundtrack from the Peter Braatz documentary about David Lynch’s film.
• “We were learning from point zero; we created something that wasn’t around before…” Hans-Joachim Roedelius talking to Bruce Tantum about his work with Cluster and Harmonia.
• “In the Shangri-La pool there are no floating impurities. Apart from myself.” Iain Sinclair swims in “the highest pool in Europe” on the 52nd floor of The Shard, London.
• From 2012: “Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific” by Benjamin K. Tippett.
• After 23 years of delays and bootleg versions, Backwards by Coil is being given an official release.
• “Relaxed terror”, “perky dismay” and “unspecified uncertainty”: library music at Scarfolk.
• Mix of the week: a 4-hour collection of favourite music compiled by Autechre.
• Masakazu Shirane and Reuben Young make a human-size kaleidoscope.
• “I always was a weird child,” says John Waters.
• A new version of Argent by Jane Weaver.
• Chaos Magic (sic): The Fashion Trend
• Void (2009) by Monolake | Void (2011) by Emptyset | Void (2014) by The Bug feat. Liz Harris