Friday, 21 April 2017

The Restless Field (A Year in the Country)

Pre-order available now 10th April 2017. Release date 2nd May 2017. Audio clips available here at Soundcloud.
Available via our Artifacts Shop, our Bandcamp Ether Victrola and at Norman Records.
Audiological contents created by Field Lines Cartographer, Vic Mars, Bare Bones, Assembled Minds, Grey Frequency, Endurance, Listening Center, Pulselovers, Sproatly Smith, Polypores, Depatterning, Time Attendant, A Year In The Country and David Colohan.

The Restless Field is a study of the land as a place of conflict and protest as well as beauty and escape; an exploration and acknowledgment of the history and possibility of protest, resistance and struggle in the landscape/rural areas, in contrast with sometimes more often referred to urban events.
It takes inspiration from flashpoints in history while also interweaving personal and societal myth, memory, the lost and hidden tales of the land.
References and starting points include: The British Miners Strike of 1984 and the Battle Of Orgreave. Gerrard Winstanley & the Diggers/True Levellers in the 17th century. The first battle of the English Civil War in 1642. The burying of The Rotherwas Ribbon. The Mass Tresspass of Kinder Scout in 1932. Graveney Marsh/the last battle fought on English soil. The Congested Districts Board/the 19th century land war in Ireland. The Battle Of The Beanfield in 1985.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Test Transmission Archive Reel 29

Starting off this time we have a bit of Nuts in May, followed by all sorts of audio goodness like Renaldo and the Loaf, Simon Heartfield, The Comit is Coming, Basil Kirchin, Carl Orff, Gong, Belbury Poly & Moonwiring Club, Shirley Collins, Tongues of Fire, Deep Purple, Dudley Morre Trio and plenty more. Have been working on ideas for Test Transmission Archive Reel 30 recently. To celebrate reaching 30 this will be a TV Themes and OST only Test Transmission. So until then (Summer) sit back and enjoy a bit of Keith and Candice Marie.

Monday, 10 April 2017

all hold hands and off we go OUT NOW

Surreal retro analogue visions slide in and out of haunted fever dreams in this woozy, uniquely psychedelic, Radiophonic-flavored concoction that's suffused with ambivalent subconscious.
Carl Griffin Electronic Sound Magazine 28 (April 2017)

Strange exotica, repeated samples and a sense of quiet adventure are found on
Keith Seatman‘s all hold hands and off we go.
A Closer Listen (April 2017)

An album length sonic journey into the surreal, the strange and the sinister, a psychedelic pseance populated by waking dreams, nocturnal nightmares and supernatural forbearance, a melodic map of discovered Barrett-esque continents and hitherto beyond the
eye magick lands. Trippy stuff.
The Sunday Experience (Jan 2017) 

After a lot of stress uncertainty and upheaval over the last year or so, I have somehow managed to complete and release a new album. Its been a strange old journey this time round. I was starting to feel a bit lost and despondent with the whole recording process, and was not even sure if I wanted to do another album, I was seriously considering slinging in the old towel or at least having a very long break............I was bored...its that simple. Then something happened (like it does) and I felt quite inspired to record again. With this one I wanted to do something a bit lighter and a bit more uptempo in places. I knew I wanted to include Douglas E Powell for some more vocal duties, and my friend and Artist (Stalybridge born and bred) Greg Palmer had a lovely painting/image called Slush Puppy which I liked a lot. I knew I wanted to incorporate samples of this image into the cover art of the album because I wanted the overall feel of the album to be a tad more bright and optimistic, and I also knew the album had to be released in Spring or Summer. I entered into recording/composing the music with a slightly different feel and attitude than before. Optimism was the name of the game, and looking at it all now I am quite happy with it, which is a step forward for me. Sadly my plan was to make this one vinyl, but it just did not happen. So that's it really. Whats next?? there are long term plans for a couple of EPs and I have recorded a number of tracks for some other projects that are in the pipeline.
 CD and Digital download of all hold hands and off we go is available from Bandcamp
Or if the mood takes you, you might even fancy getting all 5 albums as downloads fo £16.25.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

All That is Solid Melts in to Air/Simon Heartfield

The first album from Simon Heartfield for one and half years and is 12 tracks of completely superb and spot on new material, released by Limbic Productions available via Bandcamp, digital only price £5. Pre-Order from Bandcamp Here

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dinky's and Regrets

About 14 years ago I had a massive clear out (personal reasons) it was time to get rid of loads of old tat, things in boxes I would never really look at again. One of the boxes I cleared out was full of my old wonderful Dinky and Corgi toys. I went a slightly odd and had a year zero approach to these things and out they all went. I was recently given an old Dinky Toys catalogue. I was a tad excited about this and as I flicked through the catalogue I realised how many good toys I had had that were in the catalogue, I also realised that they all got binned in my moment of madness. So here for your amusement and my everlasting ongoing regret, are images from the catalogue of the Dinky toys I got rid of. I won't even talk about the full set of original Star Wars Cards.
Joe 90 Car and Maximum Security Vehicle.
Sea King Helicopter and Harrier Jump Jet
Merryweather Fire Tender
Police Vehicles Gift Set
Ed Strakers Car 
 On the plus side I did save a few : )

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

Splitting the Atom XXXV Echopet

My friend Mr Stevens and I will be playing live as Echopet at Splitting the Atom The Green Door Store Brighton this Sunday (22nd) at around 5pm (give or take) We have had one rehearsal and have an idea of what we are going to do.........or not do which might be the case. Who knows???? our equipment might even work this time. Its Free!!!!!!!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Test Transmission Archive Reel 28

Here we are with the 1st Test Transmission Archive Reel of 2017. We have music from (but not necessarily in this order) Peter Howell & John Ferdinando, Eno, Max Gregor, Obsil, The Glove, Johnny Flynn, Simon Heartfield, Perrey & Kingsley, Bare Bones, Pram, Owl Service, Ligeti, Jacky, The Séance with Lutine, Quintron and Jeff Mills. Hope that keeps you all going. So until next time. TATA.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Gurdy Hurding

I have known Brian from Renaldo and the Loaf for a very very very long time. Our paths first crossed when I was in a little to known band called the Marilyn Monroes. I was very pleased recently when Brian invited me round to Renaldo towers to present me with a copy of the new Album. The first track I heard from the new album was A Convivial Ode, which has a lovely video, directed by the other half of Echopet Mr Jez Stevens. Fans of the band will not be disappointed in the 21st Century Renaldo and the Loaf sound. Gurdy Hurding is a superb album, full of pitched voices, strange sounds, quirky instruments, odd timings with a medieval feel and a wonderful production.  This is the first album from Renaldo and the Loaf in nearly 30 years, the last being Elbow is Taboo and can be purchased from Klang Gallerie and The Ghost Box records Guests shop.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

all hold hands and off we go. Release April 2017

Here are 11 excerpts from all hold hands and off we go.
all hold hands and off we go is the 5th album of strange Electronics, Psych, Radiophonics, Drone and quirky Folk by Keith Seatman.
As on his previous release (A Rest Before the Walk) Keith re-unites with North Devon Singer/Songwriter Douglas E Powell for two tracks
mr metronome and boxes with rhythms in.
Release Date April 2017
CD and Digital download from Bandcamp.
The tracks are
a lighthouse might look long
all hold hands and off we go
skipping rope
mr metronome*
left behind or lost & dropped
four steps at a time
odd in a nightcap and cup
tap tap
boxes with rhythms in*
with salt and candy
please, is it you?

Out into the light sometime April-ish and again finds Mr Seatman forging alliances with Mr Powell for an album length sonic journey into the surreal, the strange and the sinister, a psychedelic pseance populated by waking dreams, nocturnal nightmares and supernatural forbearance, a melodic map of discovered Barrett-esque continents and hitherto beyond the eye magick lands. Trippy stuff.
The Sunday Experience (Jan 2017)

Keith Seatman's science fiction landscapes explode with meekness that is undiscriminating as it is enthusiastic. Seatman is a talented sound designer, and it shines on his instrumentals.
Wire Magazine 383 (Jan 2016)

Spellbinding, Captivating, Evocative Radiophonic keyboard compositions and electronic folk. Brilliant.
Carl Griffin Electronic Sound Magazine (Dec 2016)

Seatman’s odd melodies sit with industrial repetition to convey the scares of the synth laden themes and incidental scene setting pieces of early 70s through early 80s kids TV
Jon Mills (Shindig Magazine issue 39 2014)

"Seatman is a kindred spirit, and this is his most evocative and personal sounding work to date."
Jim Jupp, (Ghost Box, 2013)  

Keith Seatman is someone whose music I first heard in the context of my old experimental music zine, ‘WonderfulWooden Reasons’ and who’s album left me craving more. His latest is an utterly glorious selection of filmic folk and ghostly electronica that is utterly mesmerising from first to last.
Wyrd Britain (Nov 2015)

Hampshire’s Keith Seatman is a name that will be familiar to many from his previous albums such as ‘Around The Folly And Down Hill’ and ‘Consistently Mediocre And Daydreams’, both modern classics of spooked electronica and shadowy synthesised vignettes. If you have not already do take a journey through his back catalogue, there are many evocative and unsettling treasures to be found. Seatman is also known for his superb ‘Test Transmission Archive Reels', extensive mixes featuring vintage recordings, electronic and hauntological tracks and choice musical offerings.
The Active Listener (Oct 2015)

Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Happy New Year to you all

A Happy New Year to you all.
Lots of projects for the New Year. New album in April, a number of tracks for
compilation albums, 7in EP with Douglas E Powell and something live in January at the Green Door Store Brighton (Echopet)

Monday, 12 December 2016

A Couple of Fine Christmas Tunes

Two very fine Christmas tunes.
I did Tweet about these last Christmas, and will probably do the same again this
year and next. Both perfect in there own way.