I’ve got a chapter about the early days of Moog in Electrosound: machines, musiques and cultures, published in May to coincide with an exhibition in Paris about the history of electronic music. To my knowledge the first time I’ve been translated into French.
Very pleased that theatre writer, director, performer and sound designer Chris Goode has chosen ‘Strange Sense Of Liberty’ by the Strange Sounds Orchestra as the theme to his regular podcasts. The Strange Sounds Orchestra was a collaboration with Tim Conway, conceived in 2005 to record a one-off EP to accompany my book, Strange Sounds. Released at the time by Static Caravan as a vinyl 7-inch, long-since sold out, it is now available as a download.
Ghostwriter/Michael Paine’s 2014 album Morrow gets its first digital release here.
Today Minute Book is launching (To be carefully preserved.), a series of uncollected writings and recordings. Typically, this might be a piece of music that hasn’t been released anywhere else, or themed writings – some previously published, some not. Here’s the first entry – a collection of reviews of the great Bill Fay. More to follow at regular intervals through 2015 and beyond.
Morrow, the new album by Ghostwriter and Michael Paine is now available as a standard digipak (left) and a lavish art edition (below). Limited to 80 copies, the art edition comes in a hand distressed hardcover booklet, collaged with vintage photos, 1930s wallpaper samples, a mounted, hand stamped jigsaw puzzle, and a typewriter addressed, stamped CD envelope – all in a 7” square translucent envelope.
The special edition of just 80 copies will come as a hand distressed hardcover booklet, collaged with vintage photos, 1930s wallpaper samples, a mounted, hand stamped jigsaw puzzle, and a typewriter addressed, stamped CD envelope – all in a handworked, 7” square translucent envelope. Available for pre-order very soon indeed.
The Strange Sounds Orchestra’s sole release – a 2005 EP – gets a digital reissue with a previously unreleased bonus track. Formed to record a soundtrack for my 2005 book, Strange Sounds: Offbeat Instruments and Sonic Experiments in Pop, the SSO composed and performed entirely with dulcimers, test oscillators, theremins, stylophones, omnichords, a child’s xylophone, a metal ruler … and that sort of thing. More here.