Sunday, 5 July 2015

Its all go in The Studio

Hard at work trying to finish the new album. So here are a few images of myself and the team trying our best to tidy up the wobbly & twiddly bits plus also monitor the playback. 

Monday, 8 June 2015

Test Transmission Archive Reel 21

The summer is upon us, so its about time for another one of these. Bit slow at getting these done at the mo due to many other things going on (trying to finish of new album for Oct, and about to start on yet another side project) There was so much I wanted to put on this mix but just ran out of time. But enough of all that. This time we have music from Prufrock, Douglas E Powell, ESG, Micheal Fassbender, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Nolan Porter, Lighthouse, Malcolm Clarke and even something from my murky old past.
So until we all meet again. Have a nice summer, I might even have another mix ready for when the evenings get dark. I have been asked a few times if any of the Test Transmission Archive Reel Mixes are available to download. I am sorry to say that the answer to that is no. I decided for a number of reasons a long time back that the mixes would only be available on Mixcloud.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Cassettes Cassettes Cassettes Cassettes

The problem with Bank Holidays is that I really do not like them. To much traffic and all a tad to busy for me. So I/we have a tendency to stay in. The good thing about this is that I end up rummaging in the loft for hours on end, and sometimes find a few things that I forgot I had, like these four wonderful cassettes. All are in fantastic condition and do sound very good. So a rather good day so far.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Haunted Air

This rather wonderful book turned up at the Seatman house not so long ago. It would have been very rude not to let it in. It has now taken up residence on the shelf.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Broomway (Excerpt)

Yet another early mix and excerpt from the new album. The track is called Broomway. Inspired by the eerie public right of way to Foulness Island (MOD owned) The Broomway is a 10 mile (there and back) right of way that heads 300 meters out to sea onto the tidal flats of Maplin sands, then runs parallel with the Essex coast. For a really detailed account of walking the Broomway check out Robert Macfarlines book The Oldways

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Echopet this year

This track was put together by Jez Stevens and myself back in 2013. The idea was to work together as Echopet. Alas we did not really do anything about it. Then a few nights ago we got together to discuss getting Echopet up and running, and have decided to work on some music this Spring and Summer. And maybe even play live later in the year. In the mean time I have an album to finish and release by October, so best I crack on.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Robert Macfarline The eeriness of the English Countryside

A fantastic article from The Guardian by Robert Macfarline entitled The eeriness of the English CountrysideWriters and artists have long been fascinated by the idea of an English eerie – ‘the skull beneath the skin of the countryside’. But for a new generation this has nothing to do with hokey supernaturalism – it’s a cultural and political response to contemporary crises and fears. The starting point for this excellent piece is the M R James Ghost story A View from a Hill and Ben Wheatley's A Field in England. Definitely worth a read.

Friday, 20 March 2015

New Album Tracks Part 2 (Work in Progress)

Even more ideas, work in progress and swift mixes for the next album. The tracks are
I Wish I Wish, Once More with the Whirligig, Broken Folk, Thinking Doing & Moving, Waiting for Mr Fieldpole, My Morning Ritual, Race you to the Top. Now all I have to do is set about releasing it later in the year.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Something for the Autumn (maybe)

If all goes to plan (and it usually does not) and providing its mixed mastered and all the artwork etc is finished. This might be an Autumn release.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Test Transmission Archive Reel 20

At last Archive Reel 20!!!!! never thought I would in fact get to 20 of these. Who knows might make it to 30. This time round we have music from Seventh Wave, Luther Ingram, Soulless Party, Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, Advisory Circle, Carya Amara, Concretism, Jane Weaver, 10cc and quite a lot more. Anyway a tad busy for the next few months on the new album so I hope to get another Archive Reel to you all in the summer. In the meantime hope you enjoy all this. Until next time.........TATA

Saturday, 28 February 2015

THE ACTIVE LISTENER: Nine Questions with Keith Seatman

THE ACTIVE LISTENER: Nine Questions with Keith Seatman: Nine Questions is a new regular feature on the Active Listener, where we ask our favourite artists nine simple questions and get all sorts of answers

Monday, 23 February 2015

Waiting for Les Revenants

Have just recently re-watched the last episode of Les Revenants (The Returned) and I must say how very much I enjoyed the whole series. A while ago I did try to explain the series and why I liked it so much to a friend of mine. So here more or less is my shambolic after a few vodkas explanation of Les Revenants to my friend. "its Zombies, but not really Zombies!! the dead come back to life but they are not daft silly shambling decomposing things. They are just as confused as to why they are all coming back to life. It sort of reminds me of Twin Peaks in places, lots of very long slow conversations that are captivating and intriguing with lots of long pauses and intense facial expressions. Its all set in a French Alpine Village or Town and again like the Twin Peaks intro much is made of the landscapes, lots of vast forests mountains empty roads. Its very dark and bleak. The soundtrack is perfect, its by Mogwai, I will lend it to you (friend still looks interested in what I am saying, and has not walked of or yawned) the whole series is on Netflix, have a look. Its based on the 2004 French film They Came Back which was also called The Returned" Thats more or less what I said to my friend, it was also getting very late by then. I am very much looking forward to season 2 later in 2015.

Monday, 9 February 2015

The Boy from Space BBC Study Series

My Good friend Mr Palmer recently picked up these two BBC study series LPs and very thoughtfully gave one of them (The Boy from Space) to me. The music and spacey sounds for the album were produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshops John Baker & Dick Mills. Sadly there is not really a lot of music or spacey sounds on this album, but it is still a very enjoyable listen. The Boy from Space was written by Catweazle creator Richard Carpenter.