Monday, 16 May 2022

Full Electronic Sound Interview Haunted Generation

TRIP ADVISOR

There is nobody quite like Keith Seatman. His new album Sad Old Tatty Bunting is a psychedelic joyride through a parallel universe England, a dreamlike realm of alchemists, scarecrows and gnome-filled gated communities. Passports out, everyone, for a one-way journey to Seatmanworld. Words: Bob Fischer

Full interview Electronic Sound interview here 


Friday, 22 April 2022

Test Transmission Archive Reel 48

After quite a long break, here is Archive Reel 48. Spring is here so I have a right old foot tapping collection to keep you going through the season. For your audio enjoyment we have Cate le Bon, Can, British Stereo Collective, Basil Kirchen, France Gall, Stavely Makepiece, Vince Guaraldi, Third Ear Band, Vic Mars, Billy Nomates, Unthanks, Pneumatic Tubes, Nathan Hall and the Sinister Locals and loads more. Do I know when there will be another Archive Reel.....have not got a clue???? might be a few changes to all this soon. So until then TATA

Monday, 18 April 2022

The Committee


The Committee is a 1968 film 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 Arther 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. Take the sequence early on in the film, 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 sound out of place on Piper at the Gates of Dawn. 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 that is what makes the film interesting and as a slice of 60s weirdness The Committee is definitely there.
The Committee YouTube

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Racton Ruin and Demis Roussos


Welcome to Racton Ruin also known as Racton Monument and Racton Tower. Racton is not the most easiest place to find. Tucked away in the back waters of West Sussex just of the B2147 and then up a tiny lane/horse track. You can see Racton from the B2147 but I still managed to drive past it. Racton was built around 1772, designed by Theodosius Keene for The Earl of Halifax. There are mixed views as to the purpose of Racton. Some say it was built as a summer house as part of The Stansted Estate. Another is that it was a view point for the Earl to observe ships in the Solent. The Totally Haunted Bods say they found a reference to Racton being used as a brothel, but do not include any info about this reference.
Racton is a popular place for the Ghost Hunters, and is supposed to have had links to The Occult and Devil worship. Another local rumour is that it was used by smugglers. In the late 80s and early 90s Racton was the scene of many raves and parties. I personally remember driving with a car load of people from one end of Sussex to the other in search of a party at Racton, which we never found and maybe never even really happened. Perhaps the strangest story concerning Racton Ruin is the rumour that the singer Demis Roussos was interested in buying the Folly once. Strange indeed.

Thursday, 24 March 2022

Found Objects: Haunted England and Folk Customs, Christina Hole

Found Objects: Haunted England and Folk Customs, Christina Hole:  A Friend picked this lovely Christina Hole book up for me as a Christmas present. What is particularly interesting about Haunted England i...

Sunday, 13 March 2022

March 2022 Electronic Sound 87

In Jan 2022 I was interviewed by the wonderfull Mr Bob Fischer for Electronic Sound.
Bob and I chatted about Alchemists, Gnomes, Out of bounds Grandparents rooms, Franny Lee, odd Parades, Strange Solicitors, half baked ideas, Devo Cardiacs The Cramps old Cassette Recordings and other daft ramblings? This interview has surfaced and was in the March 2022 edition of Electronic Sound. Sad Old Tatty Bunting Out Now on Castles in Space


Friday, 18 February 2022

Sad Old Tatty Bunting released Today

 Sad Old tatty Bunting has been released and is available from
Castles in Space and Rough Trade/Norman Records and many others.
Artwork by Nick Taylor

Castles in Space is thrilled to present a timely new album from Keith Seatman - his first “extraordinary adventure” since 2020’s “Time To Dream But Never Seen”. “Sad Old Tatty Bunting” is another multi layered, deeply psychedelic construction which contains collaborations with Jim Jupp (Ghost Box, Belbury Poly) and Douglas E. Powell (Broken Folk).

Keith provides the vision and background to the album:

“The inspiration for Sad Old Tatty Bunting came about very early one morning in April 2020, during the first UK lockdown. I had taken to going for long walks between six and seven o’clock in the morning. I would stroll aimlessly and directionless up and down terraced streets, along the beach and on the prom.
On these early morning walks, places that were once very familiar to me seemed to have changed and taken on an unfamiliar feel. With this change I noticed new things, things which I had not seen before or maybe had no memory of ever seeing.

“One morning I passed an old pub. Hanging in the beer garden was some very old and quite shabby looking bunting. As I stared at the faded old colours I started to wonder why the bunting was there? Was it put up to mark a long forgotten occasion? Or had it been placed there to just brighten up the garden? As the weeks went by, I started to wander further and every now and then would notice more random old tatty bunting hanging from trees, lamp posts or in windows. On theses walks an idea started to take root. I came up with and really liked the phrase Sad Old Tatty Bunting. I mentioned this to my friend Douglas E Powell who said it sounded like the name of an old scarecrow (Tatty Bunting) it was then that I realised that Sad Old Tatty Bunting could refer to many different concepts/ideas/places/books and things. What, who or even where was Sad Old Tatty Bunting? I honestly had no idea…but it was definitely an idea I was going to pursue…”  
 
All instruments Keith Seatman, with
Jim Jupp - Synths on Jumpy's Playroom
Douglas E Powell - Voice on Burial at Bevill's Leam

All Tracks Written by Keith Seatman, except
Seatman and Jupp - Jumpy's Playroom
Seatman and Powell - Burial at Bevill's Leam

All tracks produced by Keith Seatman and Jack Packer, except
Jumpy's Playroom - Produced by Jim Jupp  

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Found Objects: Haunted England and Folk Customs, Christina Hole

Found Objects: Haunted England and Folk Customs, Christina Hole:  A Friend picked this lovely Christina Hole book up for me as a Christmas present. What is particularly interesting about this book (Haunte...

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Sad Old Tatty Bunting (Norman Records Pre-Order)

A darkly unique new transmission from the
incomparable Keith Seatman.

Sad Old Tatty Bunting
Format: 12” Coloured Vinyl LP / Download
Released: 18th February, 2022
Catalogue Number CiS093
Distributor: Forte Music
Genre: Electronic, Leftfield, Abstract, Psychedelic, Folk
Pre-Order Norman Records

Castles in Space is thrilled to present a timely new album from Keith Seatman - his first “extraordinary adventure” since 2020’s “Time To Dream But Never Seen”. “Sad Old Tatty Bunting” is another multi layered, deeply psychedelic construction which contains collaborations with Jim Jupp (Ghost Box, Belbury Poly) and Douglas E. Powell (Broken Folk).

Keith provides the vision and background to the album:

“The inspiration for Sad Old Tatty Bunting came about very early one morning in April 2020, during the first UK lockdown. I had taken to going for long walks between six and seven o’clock in the morning. I would stroll aimlessly and directionless up and down terraced streets, along the beach and on the prom.
On these early morning walks, places that were once very familiar to me seemed to have changed and taken on an unfamiliar feel. With this change I noticed new things, things which I had not seen before or maybe had no memory of ever seeing.

“One morning I passed an old pub. Hanging in the beer garden was some very old and quite shabby looking bunting. As I stared at the faded old colours I started to wonder why the bunting was there? Was it put up to mark a long forgotten occasion? Or had it been placed there to just brighten up the garden? As the weeks went by, I started to wander further and every now and then would notice more random old tatty bunting hanging from trees, lamp posts or in windows. On theses walks an idea started to take root. I came up with and really liked the phrase Sad Old Tatty Bunting. I mentioned this to my friend Douglas E Powell who said it sounded like the name of an old scarecrow (Tatty Bunting) it was then that I realised that Sad Old Tatty Bunting could refer to many different concepts/ideas/places/books and things. What, who or even where was Sad Old Tatty Bunting? I honestly had no idea…but it was definitely an idea I was going to pursue…”

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Saturday, 18 December 2021

Test Transmission Archive Reel 47

 

Welcome to Test Transmission Archive Reel 47. The Winter Months are here and Festive celebrations are being thought about and prepared. So to see this strange old year out here is a 60s Psych/Electronic/Folk/Soul Mix. Everything in this mix is from 1960-1970…however I have excluded the obvious (Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, Velvet Underground, Who etc) with so much to choose from there was absolutely no reason to include any of those bands. So all sorts of musical Oddities and Quirkiness from West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Perrey & Kingsley, the Aquarian Age, Marlena Shaw, The Nocturnes, White Noise, Fifty Foot Hose, The Mesmerizing Eye, Mary Hopkin, Joe Meek, David Cain, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The 101 Strings, United States of America, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Free Design and loads and loads more. So until sometime in 2022 I will now leave you. Enjoy the Winter Months ahead and all the best for the New Year.

Endangered Species 1998 (Castles in Space Subscription Library)

 

 
In what appears to have become an annual event, the second Castles in Space Subscription Library album based upon a set of Royal Mail stamps has arrived.

This time, the inspiration is taken from The Endangered Species Presentation Pack, which was pack number 284, issued in January 1998.

I contacted the artists in Autumn 2021 and gave them only the image of the stamp for which they were to compose a piece for. I’m in awe of what they have produced for this album and acknowledge their intellect and great ability in interpreting nothing more than an image, beautiful though the images are, into these wonderful, interpretive pieces.

Please download the album which includes the PDF file of the accompanying booklet. We were down to the wire this time, so the physical booklet will be issued to subscribers early in the new year.

Colin Morrison, Biggleswade, December 17th, 2021
Released December 17, 2021


Saturday, 4 December 2021

In The Fields Round The Back (Excerpt)

 

In The Fields Round The Back is from the New Keith Seatman Album, Sad Old Tatty Bunting (CiS093) Due for release Late Feb/March 2022 on Castles in Space. Video filmed and produced by Jez Stevens. Jez also made The Avoid Large Places Video for my 2020 album Time to Dream But Never Seen and the Renaldo and The Loaf video A Convivial Ode. Another short promo (silly and odd) will appear in late Jan/Early Feb 2022. Sad Old Tatty Bunting Castles in Space (CiS 093) Feb/March 2022

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Woodford Halse. Undulating Waters 6 and 7. Nov 2021

I have a new track (The Odd Admin Sub Committee) on the new Undulating Waters 7 compilation from the Woodford Halse Label.
But before Undulating Waters 7 there is also Undulating Waters 6.
Following on from 5 previous volumes of our flagship series, Undulating Waters now makes
the jump from cassette onto glass mastered CD with two further editions. Each volume
features new or previously unreleased contributions from an amazing array of talented
musicians from across the globe and across multiple genres. Some names will be familiar,
others may be new to you (there are one or two debut appearances here too),
but what we have is a wonderful collection of new music as the soundtrack to the
end of a not-so-wonderful year. (Matt Handley Woodford Halse 2021)

Volume 6:
Angeline Morrison
(UK, folk)

Apta
(UK. ambient/electronic)

Aural Design
(Portugal, hauntology/library)

Bernard Grancher
(France, experimental pop/electronic)

Camp of Wolves
(Canada, ambient/electronic)

Holy Ghost People/Adam Stone
(UK, post-punk/dub/spoken word)

Korb
(UK, kosmische/motorik)

Luzon Valley Fearless
(UK, alt country)

Nilson
(Germany, hauntology/experimental)

Personal Bandana
(USA, kosmische/synthwave)

Quiet Clapping
(Ireland, drone/minimalism)

Ryan James Mawbey/Jonathan Hill
(UK, post-rock)

Sairie
(UK, folk)

Salvatore Mercatante
(USA, techno/electro)

Xylitol
(UK, kosmische/disco)

Volume 7:
Arboria
(UK, psych-folk/spiritual jazz)

David Colohan
(Ireland, ambient/folk)

Ffion
(UK, ambient/electronica)

Floodlights
(UK, post-pop/electronic)

Giants of Discovery
(UK, ambient/electronic)

The Home Current
 (Luxembourg, electronic)

Jacken Elswyth
(UK, folk)

Keith Seatman
(UK, psychedelic/electronic),

Letters From Mouse
(Scotland, electronica/idm)

Listening Center
(USA, kosmische/radiophonic)

Lo Five
(UK, ambient/electronic)

Pigeon Postal Service
(Portugal, hauntology/radiophonic)

Polyhymns
(UK, dream pop/electronic)

Prana Crafter/WindKraft
(USA, acid folk, cosmic)

Rupert Lally
(Switzerland, electronic/synthwave)

Artwork for these beautiful editions comes from Nick Taylor (Miracle Pond) for Volume 6 and
Kevin McFadin (Sunrise Ocean Bender) from Volume 7. Doncaster wordsmith and Beam
Weapons noise maker Paul Bareham also returns with his continuing off-kilter narration of the
Woodford Halse saga which continues on the reverse of the oversized cigarette card inserts.

Undulating Waters on Vimeo
Undulating Waters 6
Undulating Waters 7