Tuesday, 22 April 2014

All thats left of the once mighty Badge collection

Whilst having a rummage around in the loft the other day, I came across all that is left of my mighty badge collection. I say mighty because it was. From Jelly Tots and Rhubarb to UFO Punk/Post Punk, Star Wars (Where did they go??) and beyond. The Swell Maps and Undertones badges are a tad rusty. The reason for this is I fell into a river with these two pinned to my old black Harrington Jacket.  This lot I will hang onto.

Monday, 7 April 2014

2 Men Twisting in a Valley

A few weeks back, I headed West to Twister Valley North Devon to catch up with my friend singer songwriter and all round top chap Mr Douglas E Powell. When there I asked Mr P if he would be interested in writing some lyrics and singing on some new tunes/ideas that I am working on. Mr P said he would be very interested in doing this, so a new project is now looming for much later in 2014/15. After this discussion we adjourned to Mr P's studio to listen to records play some new tunes, and drink cider and ale (Doug Cider, me Ale)
Early next morning we had a stroll through Twister Valley, where I finally saw the Crackling Buzzing pole which Doug had sampled the year before. As usual a fantastic time in Twister Valley with Doug and his wonderful family.
Twister Valley
Wind Turbines for the Twister Valley Studio 
The Buzzing Pole
My new Friend

Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Lost Hour or Two

I have been informed that on March 29th I will be venturing into Southsea/Portsmouth to play a DJ set at The King St Tavern as part of The Lost Hour events. All looks and sounds very interesting so best I turn up. If all goes to plan I should be playing at about 5pm. If I don't turn up send out a search party, look for a sad looking chap wandering around lost and carrying a box of records hassling tourists for money.


Saturday, 8 March 2014

New Album Excerpts (May 2014 Release)



Here are some excerpts from the new keith seatman album Around the Folly and Down Hill. There are 12 tracks on the album but only 8 excerpts here for the time being.The tracks included here are The Inside Out Man, Future Usefulness & Happiness, Into the Well, A Specific Function, Play by the River, Susan’s Always Strange, The Binocular Boy,  A Gathering of the Odd. 
Written recorded and produced by keith seatman 
All instruments keith seatman 
Additional production jim jupp
Mastering by jack packer 
Around the Folly and Down Hill is available as a CD and Digital download from Bandcamp. 
by: K.S.Audio ksa 003
Release date: May 2014

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Alien Jams Sunday 23rd


Here is last Sundays NTS Radio Alien Jams with myself as guest. Had a great time, 
played some tunes, drank lots of coffee and met some very nice people. A rather grand day out.

Androgynous Mind. March 8th


I was on NTS Radio Alien Jams last Sunday and Chloe who presents Alien Jams told me about an event that she was promoting and taking part in.
Chloe is part of a collective of ladies organizing an International Women’s Day event at London’s Ace Hotel on the 8th of March that will incorporate both djs and performance art!

International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked as a holiday on March 8 in many countries across the world. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday somehow lost its political flavour, however we don’t want to forget its origins and want to celebrate the social and cultural achievements of the women of the world and also raise awareness towards mistreatment of women.

Excerpts from the event will be broadcast on the Alien Jams show on NTS Radio at 5pm on Sunday 16 March. Tune in to http://ntslive.co.uk/

DJs / sound collage:
Blenda Jaxxon (Castlemania)
Chloe Frieda (NTS / Alien Jams)
Hairy J Blige (Pop Twinette)
Hellenore (Resonance FM)
Lizatron (Dark Star)

Performances:
Daniella Valz Gen
Jemima Burrill
Kate Mahony
lili Spain
Silvia Ziranek

All proceeds will be donated to Eaves, a charity which helps women in vulnerable situations and campaigns for a society in which all women live free from violence, exploitation, objectification and discrimination.

Voluntary donations will gratefully accepted on the night or you can visit our justgiving web page to make a donation any time:http://www.justgiving.com/Jemma-Cullen1

You can find out more about the charity here:
www.eavesforwomen.org.uk

Monday, 24 February 2014

Keith Seatman"s Test Transmission Archive Reel 16


Been a tad slow with getting this together and do hope to get another one done by the spring. This time round we have Pink Floyd, Dolly Dolly, Gong, Cabaret Voltaire, Add N to X, Fuck Buttons, Bernard Cribbins, Spacedog/Belbury Poly, Jaco Gardner and way to many more to list here. Hope you enjoy this, TA TA.

Monday, 17 February 2014

NTS Radio Alien Jams Sunday 23rd Feb

Just a reminder that on Sunday (23rd Feb) I will be playing some tunes on NTS Radio Alien Jams at 5pm. I don't get out much, so it will be a nice day out for me. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Its a Load of Old Tat (but we do love that old tat)

Last year I was wandering around that emporium of useless Tat  Hawkin's Bazaar with my Daughter and her friend. For some reason at the time the two of them had decided that everything within Hawkin's was great and cool and was needed right now "please please"
When we did manage to get out of the shop I started to drift back in my mind to days gone by when a 10 year old me living in the city of Terminal Boredom got quite obsessed with some similar tat. This similar tat could be found within the pages of Marvel and DC comics. Yes for 45 cents (it was ads from the USA) I would learn to Hypnotize people, I could go into school and hypnotise my Teachers and friends into giving me money and good grades. Or I could buy some Xray glasses and never ever have to use a Hospital Xray Dept in my life because for $1.00 I had my own, and I would charge people for my Xray service. If I bought a Money Maker I could spend the summer break just making my own money, it was going to be that simple, I would be rich. Or maybe I should send of for an 8 ft Balloon because that would have just been really handy. I have now excepted that all this old tat was really needed, we needed it because It helped us kill 6 weeks in the summer. 6 weeks spent with your friends discussing what we were going to do with Giant Balloons Hypno Coins, becoming a Kung Fu master in a few days and other such things. Things which we were never really ever going to buy. Now I just have a loft full of different needy tat, Records/Cds, old laptops/computers, Synths/Keyboards, piles of old comics and books, things that will come in handy one day because "I just might need them". I never did order nothing from these ads but after much pestering I did get a Gat Gun and spent the rest of the summer in the Garden shooting at tin cans and some old Airfix Models (I should have kept them) These ad pages came from one of my many old copies of Tomb of Dracula.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Sun in her hand an Audio Doodle

A new tune, something thats in progress. Not a track of the next album (Album out in Spring) just some audio doodling that I have been working on. But just to confuse the matter this is the inside artwork for the next album.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Sonic Wonderland/Trevor Cox


Heard Trevor Cox on 6 Music today talking about his book Sonic Wonderland. Trevor is professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford and president of the Institute of Acoustics. In Sonic Wonderland, Trevor visits sewers, caves, tidal bores, burial mounds, sand dunes, concert halls. Creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, squeaking beaches, groaning waterwheels, frogs that croak in Mexican waves and Mayan pyramids that produce echoes that chirp like a bird. Trevor explores how sound is made and altered by the environment, and how we hear, perceive and react to sounds, and how sound and acoustics have inspired musicians, artists and writers. Trevor Cox will be talking about Sonic Wonderland at Rough Trade East at 7pm on Thurs 6th Feb.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Alien Jams NTS Radio

I am very pleased to have been asked to pop in and play some records on Alien Jams NTS Radio at 5pm on Sunday 23rd Feb. NTS Radio is a London-based independent radio station broadcasting live and worldwide from their base in Gillet Square Dalston London. Alien Jams is presented by Chloe Frieda every Sunday from 5-6pm focusing on electronic music throughout history, from early electronics to present day artists. So I am now going to spend the next few weeks trying to make a list of some records to play on the program. To be honest I did make a list and there was about 30 tunes on it, so def time to chop that list right the way down. Looking forward to all this very much.


Sunday, 5 January 2014

Gaslight Troubadours Clockwork Curiosities

Very much enjoying The Gaslight Troubadours debt album Clockwork Curiosities.  
The Gaslight Troubadours are Professor Singleton Purblind and Lon Lippincott; a modern day Burke and Hare of sample reconstruction. I 1st became aware of these chaps when a friend of mine heard them being played on The Late Junction. Not long after that I heard the track A Three Pipe Problem (full of old foggy london town Holmes and Watson Vampires and "read all about it orrible murder") played on The Freak Zone. As it states on the ECC records website  It’s ‘Carry On Screaming’ starring Vivian Stanshall, with a dose of The League Of Gentlemen thrown in for good measure. Mock horror with glitchy beats could be one, slightly loose description. If you like the idea of a Victorian DJ Shadow in foggy London equipped with top hat cape and cane with Spring Heeled Jack and Varney the Vampire lurking just round the cobbled street corner then The Gaslight Troubadours are def for you.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Seasons Greetings to you all

I have had a busy old year, what with one thing or another, so a big thank you
to everyone who bought played and reviewed my album Boxes Windows and Secret Hidey Holes.  Also thanks for the support and emails and comments with regards to the album and Mixcloud etc. Have a great break and holiday. See you all again in the New Year

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Dolly Dolly Antimacassar

The rather great smashing and super Dolly Dolly album Antimacassar is available from Exotic Pylon as a limited edition digipak CD or digital download. I suggest you go here to get a copy. Also here is some info from Exotic Pylon. TATA.
Exotic Pylon is overwhelmingly thrilled to present something very different and very special – the long-awaited debut album from a true original: Antimacassar by Dolly Dolly. 

Dolly (sometimes known as David Yates) is a Berkshire-based spoken-word artist, poet, events curator, radio playwright and belongs in the lineage of British surrealists. Antimacassar’s twisted insights were created via a process of cut-ups, automatic writing, and dream diaries channelling the skewed atmospherics of such luminaries as David Gascoyne and Roland Penrose after a collision with the Beats. At turns playful, darkly whimsical, disorientating and sharp Dolly Dolly’s words and voices destabilise familiar scenes into overcast alien shapes. Imagine if Tom Baker’s Tardis became a Stone Tape jukebox… 

Aiding and abetting Dolly on this maiden voyage are some of the finest artists from the UK underground: Ekoplekz, Position Normal, Moon Wiring Club, Regal Worm (an offshoot of I Monster), Time Attendant, Steve Christie and Language, Timothy! 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Shindig Spacerock

Have pre-ordered this from Shindig Magazine. Due out on Jan 16th, seems to be packed full of goodies Louis and Bebe Barron’s FORBIDDEN PLANET, JOE MEEK THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, PINK FLOYD HAWKWIND. GONG SILVER APPLES FIFTY FOOT HOSE, BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP  AMON DÜÜL II, NEU and ASH RA TEMPEL CHROME HERE AND NOW OZRIC TENTACLES SPACEMEN 3 LOOP SUN RA ASTRA THE HEADS and WHITE HILLS. Thats gonna be a lot of reading. Its only £6.50 available from here

Monday, 18 November 2013

Test Transmission Archive Reel 15 Garden of Earthly Delights Mix 8/11/13


Here is my final mix of the year. Which was recorded for the Head Gardener at The Garden of Earthly Delights CRMK Radio. On this end of year mix we have music from Carl Orff, John Foxx & The Belbury Circle, The National Jazz Trio of Scotland, Anne Briggs, The Greg Foat Group, Spectrum and much much more.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Vault: Music for Silent Gothic Treasures 13th - 14th December


From the Vault: Electronic musicians perform new music for 110-year-old Gothic films

The devil has the best tunes on Saturday 14 December when a collective of British electronic musicians perform new music inspired by rarely seen Gothic silent films from the BFI National Archive. The music and films will be brought together for the first time in Vault: Music for Silent Gothic Treasures at BFI Southbank as part of the BFI’s nationwide project GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film (8:45pm).

The ensemble was put together by Sarah Angliss, a composer, automatist and theremin player, whose singularly unsettling music was recently heard at the National Theatre as a tense underscore to Lucy Prebble’s The Effect. Angliss’ music for Gothic film will be performed by her band: recent Ghost Box collaborators Spacedog. They’ll be joined by Exotic Pylon’s Time Attendant (Paul Snowdon) who will be supplying a new work on simmering, tabletop electronics. There will also be some extemporisations from Bela Emerson, a soloist who works with cello and electronics. Fellow Ghost Box associate Jon Brooks, composer of the haunting Music for Thomas Carnacki (2011), will also be creating a studio piece for the event.

Sourced by Bryony Dixon, the BFI’s curator of silent film, many of the short films inspiring these musicians were made in the opening years of the twentieth century. The Legende du fantôme (1908) and early split screen experiment Skulls Take Over (1901) are on the bill, along with the silent cubist masterpiece The Fall of the House of Usher (US version, 1928) and more.

“There is undoubtedly something uncanny about the earliest of these films”, said Angliss. “Many are stencil-coloured in vibrant hues, adding to that sense of the familiar taking on a strange cast. They seem to demand music that suggests rather than points up the horror, a motif that discomforts as it soothes, or a sweet sound that is somehow sickly, as though heard in a fever. As with vision, sound for horror can use the art of the almost, inviting the audience to make unnerving connections of their own.” 

Jon Brooks said “the visuals suggest aural textures reminiscent of painted glass, to strange derivatives of stringed instruments. Hopefully I've conjured some playfulness amongst the macabre too."

Adding to the strangeness are Angliss’ automata, who will also be performing live. These include a polyphonic, robotic carillon (bell playing machine) and Hugo, the roboticised head of a ventriloquist’s dummy who is of the same vintage as some of the films. The event will be directed by Emma Kilbey. After the BFI Southbank performance there are plans to tour Vault around Gothic revivalist buildings around the UK. 

Sarah Angliss is grateful to PRSF for Music for financially supporting her new work. Vault: Music for Silent Gothic Treasures is part of the BFI’s Hauntology Weekend, in association with The Wire magazine (Fri 13 Dec – Sat 14 Dec)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Peter Sykes Pink Floyd The Committee


The Committee is a 1968 film Written and Directed by Peter Sykes and staring Paul (Manfred Mann) Jones. The film features a superb score by Pink Floyd, and even The Crazy World of Arthur Brown make an appearance.  In the film Paul Jones who is unnamed, is picked up and given a lift in a car. The driver of the car pulls over because he does not like the sound of the engine. When the driver is checking the engine Paul Jones slams the bonnet of the car down on him decapitating his head. After a while Paul Jones sews the drivers head back on. The driver wakes up and Paul Jones informs the driver he does not want to drive with him anymore and he should leave. A couple of years later Paul Jones is invited to join a committee. These committee groups seem to exist to keep the system??? up and running, but really seem to not do anything. Later Paul Jones encounters the driver who gave him a lift a few years before. The driver does not seem to recognise Jones or remember having his head cut of. Jones then asks the man "are your teeth ok?" Jones then spends the rest of the film talking with The Committee Director (Robert Lloyd) about his earlier actions involving the car driver.
The film is in black and white and is quite compelling. My own favorite sequence early on in the film is when a number of suit and tie gentlemen are walking through a building, accompanied by a 1st class Pink Floyd score. The camera follows these men going to a meeting, intercut with other images of old reel to reel computers and card index machines. The musical score by Pink Floyd at this moment is a must and would not have sounded out of place on Piper at the Gates of Dawn or Saucerful of Secrets. After a very successful run in The West End in 68,  screenings of The Committee were almost non existant.  I won't pretend that I fully understood what was going on in The Committee but who cares? maybe that is what makes the film interesting, and as a slice of 60s weirdness and self indulgence The Committee is definitely out there. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

In The Garden Friday Nov 8th


I was asked a while ago by The Head Gardener to supply him with a Mix for The Garden of Earthly Delights Radio show. The mix is now complete and will be Broadcast on Friday 8th of November at 10pm on CRMK Radio. I will upload the mix later on in November to my Mixcloud thingy

Friday, 18 October 2013

Wire Thirty Three and a Third

My Friend Mr Stevens (Echopet) recently gave me a book from the Bloomsbury 331/3 series.
331/3 is basically an ongoing series of books written by various authors about classic (or not so classic, its up to you really) albums. Wilson Neate's contribution to this series is Wire's Pink Flag. Pink Flag was not the 1st Wire album I ever got, my 1st Wire long play was the mighty 154 and before that I managed to get a few singles which I had heard on John Peel, (I am the Fly, Dot Dash and Outdoor Miner). So once I had 154 I decided it was time to get Chairs Missing and Pink Flag. Pink Flag is probably the most unique album to come out of the class of 77 punk releases. With 21 tracks its awkward jerkiness and at times ability to just stop (Field Day for the Sundays 28 secs The Commercial 48 secs) must have put even your average punk on edge. If punk is about attitude, change and breaking down barriers then Wire were basically more punk than most bands at the time, but they also seemed to have more art leanings than most so called art rock bands. At the time the band were signed to Harvest (Kevin Ayers, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Be-Bop- Deluxe to name a few) which probably never went down to well with sections of the punk elite, and at producer Mike Thorne's suggestion even used a flute on the track Strange. Wire's ability to deconstruct and lose interest in their own songs went even further with the next 2 albums. When playing live the band would hardly play any songs of the album they were on tour to promote (they had already been working on new songs and played them instead) If you want to know the the full details about the recording of Pink Flag, the song writing, equipment studio used and set up, then its all here. The end of the book briefly deals with Bruces Gilberts departure from the band in 2004 and the Three Girl Rhumba/Elastica issue. I ended up reading the whole book over 2 days and thought it was fantastic. Might read it again, but in the spirit of Wire maybe stop halfway through, or not at all. Who knows?????