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.
Morrow, a new album by Ghostwriter and Michael Paine, will be released by Time Released Sound in December 2014. More details soon, in the meantime hear two tracks from the album here.
The sole Mabel Joy album, Wish I Was, has been reissued. Featuring me along with Tom Anthony, Matt Gale and Geoff Smith, it was originally released in 1993. Here it is.
Fred Judd’s pioneering 1961 book Electronic Music and Musique Concrète is republished by Foruli very soon indeed. Order it here.
For a well-informed and engaging six hour journey through the history of electronic music, try British-born but now New Zealand-based musician and broadcaster James Gardner’s series These Hopeful Machines, first aired earlier this year. Recommended.
October 4th marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of Geoffrey Household. Best known for the classic chase thriller Rogue Male, Household wrote dozens of other books over a fifty year period. Particularly good is an early 1980s effort, The Sending, which adds a supernatural undertow to the familiar pursuit plot device. Orion are reissuing much of Household’s catalogue, but it seems that so far this one is Kindle only.
The author John Cowper Powys died 50 years ago today, just under 10 years after his younger brother TF Powys. Both are Minute Book favourites, with TFP’s “Mr Weston’s Good Wine” and JCP’s “Glastonbury Romance” particularly recommended. JCP is eulogized on the Ghostwriter album, The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association. In the 1970s a publisher called Village Press reissued lots of Powys titles. It couldn’t have been much of a success as Village Press didn’t last long, and in the 80s the second hand bookshops along Charing Cross Road were awash with their brightly coloured paperbacks, usually at 50p a go.