The latest issue of The Wire (#409) contains my article on ‘psyphonics’ – the idealistic practice of attempting to embed idea, emotion and ‘thought’ within sound. A blogpost over at the Miraculous Agitations blog gives a little background to the idea. The Wire article charts how this romantic concept survives and even flourishes within modernity’s rigours.
A newly formed Psyphonics Facebook group now exists for anyone wishing to explore the idea further and share related music/recordings.
Two separate labels have just released limited edition LPs of Meadow House ‘tapedropping’ material (that is, music designed to be left on cassette – later CDR – in public places for people to pick up). They showcase the volatile, fun, idiosyncratic, daring, irritating, despairing and inscrutable styles that this mode of soundmaking has gravitated towards over the years.
Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle is on Public House Records, and This Should Not Be Happening is on Feeding Tube Records.
Background fluff pertinent to these releases is readable on the Miraculous Agitations main blog.
Artreview has published my lengthy review of Aki Onda’s Space Studies – an epic 5-hour performance at the South London Gallery – readable here.
My paper – ‘Failed Histories of Electronic Music‘ – appears in issue 2 (vol. 22) of Organised Sound. It brings to light some electronic music precedents that have never received detailed attention, if at all.
The background of the ‘failed histories’ concept is given in a new blogpost over at my Miraculous Agitations blog – click here. It raises many questions, including “why can’t I earn a living from my research?”
Oscillatorial Binnage will be performing at IKLECTIK tomorrow (13th June)! More details can be found on the Iklectik website: here. There’s a Facebook event page here. It forms the second in the series of Resonance Extra’s ‘Extra Nights’.
A posting over at the main Miraculous Agitations blog gives an idea of what to expect.
Here’s an impromptu behind-the-scenes photograph of us setting up for our rehearsal at the weekend:
Toby Clarkson, Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver
This month the Radionics Radio album – An Album of Musical Radionic Thought Frequencies – is released on Sub Rosa. An introductory blogpost can be found at the Miraculous Agitations blog.
The latest Fortean Times (June 2016, #341) contains my unmasking of the author of the strange 1892 book Atomic-Consciousness – a pseudonymously self-published semi-autobiographical book by an eccentric working-man who continually experienced what would later be termed (by Jung) synchronicities.
Over at the Miraculous Agitations blog I’ve posted two short accompanying blogposts (one on Atomic-Consciousness‘ bearing on Modernism, the other on keeping a synchronicity diary). If you haven’t already perused the full Fortean Times article those blog tit-bits probably won’t make much sense… So I hereby advise you to go and check out the latest FT issue: a Loch Ness monster special, also containing news of the phantom organist of Torquay, Scouse synchronicities, the curious career of Gabriele d’Annunzio, Avebury’s subterranean secrets, the art of designing crop circles… and much more!
Rustlings are underway for the release of the Radionics Radio album, containing various experiments allying radionic thought-frequencies to musical frameworks, with microtonal results! More details will follow soon.
In other news, there will be a Radionics Radio diffusion on June 22nd at Café OTO, with some thrilling other acts on the bill. Likewise, more details on this to come…
A new blogpost over at the Miraculous Agitations blog hosts a bit of 1920s oscillating action to coincide with the Fortean Times article, ‘Rogue Oscillators’ on the pre-history of the Theremin sound: an archetypal spooky sound effect. It also highlights the very beginnings of electronic music as a rustic folk art… Check out FT327 for more!
There is currently an issue with radionicsradio.co.uk, but it is still accessible via radionicsradio.resonancefm.com – as always, all thought-frequencies submissions are highly appreciated – experiments and diffusions are ongoing.