Friday, 27 January 2012


'Everything seems to be aimed at making the viewer feel ill at ease, at giving him the impression that he is watching for the first time scenes from a life he never dreamed could have existed. Fellini has described his film as "science fiction of the past," as though the Romans of that decadent age were being observed by the astounded inhabitants of a flying saucer." Tullio Kezich

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


The Outer Church invokes the gnostic bomb on February 17th at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar in Brighton with a back-to-back screening of Patrick Meaney's documentary films Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts and Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods plus live actions from Old Apparatus, Pye Corner Audio (Black Mill Tapes Vol 3 out now) and Kemper Norton. Tickets are £5 in advance, get them here.

End Of The Line 2001

Found VHS tape commemorating the televisual Outside Broadcast Units of BBC Manchester.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Race into Space. Mars 1982

I recently strolled into an antique shop for a bit of a browes. Whilst strolling around and trying not to bump into and break anything, I found on a book shelve a large pile of Brooke Bond Picture card albums, all with full sets of picture cards stuck in them. Now for some time I have been after the Race into Space picture card album. The simple reason for this is because The Race into Space was my favorite Brooke Bond picture card album. When I was about 7 years old, I became quite obsessed about space flight and was convinced that by the 21st Century myself and my 21st Century future family would be able to pop into a travel agents and book a holiday on the moon or Mars. So on finding the Race into Space picture card album I new I had to buy it (despite the cost)  Once back home coffee made, I flicked through my prize find. The card album was perfect, dating from 1971  it had a full set of 50 cards. Some stuck in upside down, most of them a little bit wonky. What really struck me was the pure optimism and enthusiasm about the future of Space travel in the card album and at the time. Outlined were the NASA plans for Space Stations and Moon Bases by the late 70s and the 1st Manned trip to Mars in 1981, to return to earth triumphant in 1983. The Satellites and probes all had exciting and thrilling names like Explorer, Transit, Cosmos, Zond and The Grand Tour. With ideas and names like this being banded about back then, I realise now that my younger selfs ideas of holidays on the moon and Mars in the 21st Century, were not without at least some day dreamed substance. It is briefly mentioned in the card album that the Mars Mission and Moon Bases would be very expensive. Perhaps a slight understatement there. Anyway back home Coffee made I decided to have a read of The Race into Space book, I also decided to catch up with Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone from the previous Sunday. The featured album was The Mighty Sun Ra's Space is the place.  Maybe it still is.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

I See Sixties People

People watching - as fascinating in the sixties as it is now (although slightly more prejudiced to our tastes).

How many points did you score? More of lifes rich tapestry at between channels.

Marked card

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Rebirth Of The Outer Church

In case you happen to be in the vicinity, Brighton's The Outer Church reboots on Friday January 20th with rising Glasgow label Broken20. TVO and Erstlaub will be performing live, both in solo and collaborative configurations, with Production Unit (and also TVO) manning the decks. Despite the legend on James Moore's gloriously rendered poster above, John Cohen will not be performing live. He will instead be represented by a screening of his film Tar River while London's Tengui (Colony/Broken20/PercTrax) steps up with a set of deepest, darkest drone for your edification. In their infinite kindness, Broken20 will be giving away a free 3" CD to the first few down and a special download code for all. OCB20 will be irradiating Sticky Mike's Frog Bar (nicely Lovecraftian resonances there) from 7.30pm until late and you can buy your tickets either on the door (subject to availability) or in advance from here.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Time is Out of Joint


"Three live performances embrace the concept of Hauntology at the moment we skip an hour to mark the beginning of British Summertime. Based on the idea that there are numerous unrealized futures deriving from past points in history, Hauntology makes us nostalgic for a future that never was.

Working from recordings of demolished North East buildings, Ground Rhythms by Forest Swords is performed only once before being destroyed.

Inspired by Kubrick’s The Shining, 1920s ballroom dance, and human memory creation, The Caretaker creates dream-like music that slows down time.

Pye Corner Audio is influenced by nostalgia for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop of the 1970s. "

Part of the AV Festival 2012

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Something of Alice

Jonathan Miller's version of Alice in Wonderland may be difficult to top, but I recently watched Czech filmaker Jan Švankmajer's Alice (Something of Alice in the Czech) (1988) and would really recommend it. It's a subversive and surreal take on the story which only loosely follows the book rather than being a strict adaptation. That said, the surreal and creepy, though also playful nature of the film seems close to the book in spirit. As the essay in the DVD package says - Švankmajer really captures the idea of adolescence as a time of trauma in this hallucinatory film.

Alice is played by a real girl in the film most of the time, except when she shrinks into a Vicorian bisque doll. The white rabbit is a taxidermied animal come to life in stop motion animation - complete with leaking sawdust stuffing. There is also a creepy selection of animals created from skeletons, a pack of animated cards and some very uncanny sock puppets.The narrator says "it's a story for children, maybe" at the beginning and this is quite correct.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Patons Bazaar

Welcome to the wonderful world of Patons Bazaar. With Patons you can just about knit and crochet anything. I wish I had found this copy before Christmas. Think of all the presents I could have made for friends.