Noise, drama, Jeremy Beadle’s noise research, the Darlington Quiet Town Experiment, and the earliest published story by Mark Gatiss

As a freelancer, many pitches and proposals become little more than yelps into an abyss. At the end of 2019 I’ve decided to relinquish a continually rejected article by posting it in full at the main Miraculous Agitations blog for people to read. Ironically, it’s about noise and the ways anti-noise campaigners promote their cause. In fact, like a nest of rejected Russian Matryoshka dolls, the blogpost also contains the essence of my BBC radio documentary pitch on anti-noise campaigning which has been rejected in various forms over the years. In all, the text implicitly questions how we process noise – in all senses of the word – and the paradoxical ways that noise might be countered (with passing reference to the instrumentality of celebrity and popular culture), all presented via deep archive archaeology. The core of the piece concerns The Darlington Quiet Town Experiment, one of the ‘noisiest’ anti-noise campaigns ever seen in Britain, and something I’ve been collecting material on for many years.

The odd synchronicities that often arise whilst engaged in long-running archival research is also in evidence – subtle links between disparate sources; ethereal silver cords amidst the noise. One unusual discovery was of the earliest published story by stage and television’s Mark Gatiss – ‘The Anti-Noise Machine’ – an extraordinarily rich science-fiction nugget penned by the writer/actor aged eleven.

Read more at miraculousagitations.blogspot.com : “Noise, anti-noise, drama, Jeremy Beadle’s private noise research, the Darlington Quiet Town Experiment, and the earliest published story by Mark Gatiss (set in the year 2023)”

‘Atomic-Consciousness’ (1892) – Fortean Times #341

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!

Coming soon – the Radionics Radio album

Radionics Radio album

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…

Radionics Radio: Preventing Zero Readings

This is an important announcement: The number of blank thought-frequency submissions now outnumbers the populated submissions!  Radionics Radio users please take note!

Users of Radionics Radio should carefully follow the instructions to ensure their thought-frequencies are entered into the app.  Bear in mind that zero readings are useless and cannot be sounded or broadcast.

Read more on this over at the Miraculous Agitations blog.

Radionics Radio Zero Reading

Avoid such zero readings. Without frequencies, nothing can be done.