A few random bits and pieces old and new to begin with, made for various programmes, at various times and with very varying results:
Join Robin The Fog as he digs up a plethora of inspirational, aspirational and instructional recordings of highly dubious vintage and embarks on a cut-and-paste odyssey that is by turns amusing, absurd and, on at least one occasion, almost unbearable. Essential listening for adolescent salespeople seeking holiness or anyone trying to give up smoking on the moon.
My most recent project, a series of programmes made entirely from fragments of spoken word, instructional and aspirational vinyl records (plus the odd CD) that was broadcast throughout April 2013 on Resonance FM. All four episodes from the first series can be found here and are definitely worth listening to over and over. For the moment, here’s episode three, a personal favourite:
Panel Borders DJ Food Special 05/02/12
Panel Borders is the UK’s only radio show on comics, illustration and other graphic delights, here profiling the work of Ninja Tune recording artist, graphic designer and voracious 2000AD consumer, DJ Food. The original post to support the programme can be located here.
Panel Borders Kid Koala Special 02/10/11
A very special edition of Panel Borders featuring an exclusive interview with Canadian turntablist and cartoonist Kid Koala on the launch of his latest graphic novel ‘Space Cadet’, with bespoke soundtrack on vinyl. To read more and for further linkage, visit the original page on this site here.
The OST Show, presented by Mr. Jonny Trunk goes out on Resonance FM every Saturday and I’ve worked on the show as an engineer, competition facilitator and general whipping boy for a number of years now. On a number of occasions, however, I’ve had the honour of taking the controls and I’ve included a couple of my favourites here:
OST 20/10/12 – BBC Records Special
A two-hour special devoted to the many faces of <strong>BBC Records</strong>, compiled and presented by myself in my capacity as the corporation’s ‘Resident Hauntologist’. The original post on this site, including a full tracklist can be found here.
OST 27/10/10 – The Foggy Record Box
This week Jonny’s got the builders in, so long-standing OST engineer Robin the Fog is taking the hotseat to present two-hour smorgasbord of the funky, the strange and the diabolically instructional. Features a world exclusive from Basil Kirchin, the wonderful Loretta Long, a tour of Jim Henson’s brain, an overly-perky gent known only as the K-Tel Exercise Man; an awful lot of awkward 60′s small-talk and some screaming. Also features Alex Fitch, host of Resonance’s Panel Border’s show discussing the merits of Cilla Black. Fun for all the family! Appears here ‘warts-and-all’ as it originally went out on 27/11/2010, so feel free to skip through the talky bits…
OST 12/07/08 – Sesame Street Special
Film, library and television music with Jonny Trunk. In this archive edition from 2008, Robin The Fog, OST’s long-suffering engineer and comedy foil takes the controls to bring you the musical fruits of his Sesame Street obsession, aided and abetted by ResFM stalwart Joceline Colvert. Together they bring you a Ladybug’s Picnic, P-Funk jams concerning the days of the week and a pigeon that plays checkers, pus some surprisingly avant-garde obscurities from Philip Glass. What more could you ask for?
Radiophonic Creation Day 2011
The second Radiophonic Creation Day brought to you by the incredible efforts of The Jel Organisation took place on 4th June 2011 from midnight to midnight, broadcasting original and unique works for radio on 26 FM stations across Europe and beyond, plus a whole lot more on the web, even reaching as far as Dakar, Lagos and Hong Kong.
For my own contribution, here are two works made in collaboration with artist, writer and all-round genius Leila Peacock. The first ‘Make Manifest’ was made specially for the occasion, with a monologue written by Leila and a soundtrack written by myself and Hills Have Riffs.
And another airing for Leila’s documentary on cannibalism that I had produced and soundtracked a few months previously.
A Trip to Jacksonville – Collaborations With Mr. Guy J. Jackson
I’ve been collaborating with storyteller, broadcaster and American Idol contestant Guy J Jackson for a couple of years now, and quite a few of the results have been broadcast on Resonance as well as his own radio show ‘Jville’ on KPOV 106.7FM in Oregon, USA. That’s in America. A cassette and download album entitled ‘Notes On Cow Life’ is currently in the works, and will be out in the next week or two, once I’ve finished some last-minute tinkering. Here’s a couple of tracks from it to keep you anticipating:
There’s also a second album scheduled for sometime in 2013, so stay tuned for more on this exciting development. Lots more, if I’m honest, we’re really getting quite a production line going. Still, best not to put all your experimental story-telling sound art in one basket. And while you’re waiting in the queue to order your own limited edition cassette, why not find out more about Mr. Jackson and listen some of his extensive canon of work here? And as he’s busy making movies these days too, why not a gander at his youtube channel as well?