Hello You. A rather delayed post due to a busy couple of weeks of intensive plate-spinning, so lots to cram in rather hurriedly. First off, very excited to announce Howlround’s contribution to ‘The Next Station’, a new collaborative venture between field recording projects Cities And Memory and The London Sound Survey on the first ever sound map of the London Underground. Compiled over the course of several months, it’s a combination of field recordings from stations all over the network mixed with interpretations by artists, musicians and producers, numbering almost 100 in total. Our track has even had a mention on prestigious railways blog Calling All Stations!
More information on the Howlround track here and you can enjoy the full delights of the playlist, with almost 100 other remixes and reinterpretations either on The Cities And Memories site here or the Cities And Memory Audioboom page. Even more impressively, they’ve turned the whole thing into an actual London Underground Sound Map, which is a wonderful way to waste a few hours with a very attractive interface. I was honestly hoping to be able to embed said attractive interface on these equally lovely pages, but sadly it would appear that WordPress is having none of it. Frankly, WordPress is already pushing it’s luck today by embedding the above player to the left of the page while everything else is centralised, which is surely the internet equivalent of eating a sandwich with the filling poking out the bottom and is setting off all my OCD impulses. If anyone has a suggestion as to how this unfortunate situation can be resolved, I will happily send you a cash-stuffed envelope. In the meantime, take a compensatory moment to reflect on the glory of the LSS logo, which is a masterstroke of pleasing design:
In other Howlround news, there are some very exciting live developments on the horzion. First off, we’re playing Happening2 at DIY Space For London on September 1st, alongside Michael Speers, DJ Velpar and much more. Very much looking forward to taking the machines to a venue I’ve heard so many good things about! Further details can be found here or by perusing the following poster:
Even more excitingly (without meaning any disrespect to the good folk of DIY Space), I’m thrilled to be able to announce that tickets are now on sale for ‘Aural Ectoplasm‘, a unique candle-lit Howlround performance taking place inside Brompton Cemetery’s historic chapel on October 9th as part of this year’s London Month Of The Dead festival.
Tickets are £12 and include a Hendricks Gin cocktail – and I can’t think of any better way to enjoy our haunted tape loops than from within candle-lit, dome-capped, gothic splendour viewed through a gentle alcoholic fug. It’s part of an extensive programme of talks, demonstrations and performances put together by festival hosts Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation, with 20% of all ticket sales being donated to the much-needed preservation of these historic ‘gardens of sleep’, so it’s an amazing setting and a worthy cause. Could THIS be our most exotic location yet?! Stay tuned for further details.
Thanks must also go to Sound Fjord and Full Of Noises for last week’s performance at V22 Summer Club, alongside Sybella Perry and Ingrid Plum. It was a particularly auspicious occasion as our performance marked the first appearance of fellow-splicer Chris Weaver since our turn at the Delaware Road launch party last November, was conducted in near total darkness, and earned us a rather nice review from ATTN:Magazine. Read it here.
In other news, after giving us all a taster of his wares while playing alongside Howlround at Cafe Oto back in June, Sub Rosa are finally releasing the fruits of Mr. Dan Wilson‘s Radionics project. Entitled An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought Frequencies, it’s available on CD with explanatory booklet as well as download. A fascinating subject with a bizarre history, you can read Dan’s introduction to Radionics here and the CD is available from all good record shops (and probably some bad ones too).
Lastly, please take a moment to watch this beautiful video for Kemper Norton‘s equally beautiful ‘The Town’, taken from new album Toll, out now on the mighty Front And Follow label. CD and download out now – very much looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this one!