Caterina Barbieri – Bestie Infinite [from Bestie Infinite / Wear Patterns, Important, 2018]
Il Santo Bevitore / An Trinse – Interferenze Possibili (An Trinse Remix) [from An Trinse And Il Santo Bevitore, An Trinse, 2020]
Jim O’Rourke – And A 1,2,3,4 [from I’m Happy And I’m Singing And A 1,2,3,4, Editions Mego, 2001]
Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJNilsen – I Am Here, Part Two [from I Am Here, Ash International, 2014]
Hello you. Hasty report this week to present the latest edition of Resonance FM’s Fog Cast for your approval, and to wish that magnificent station and all who sail in her a VERY HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY! Probably not quite the time for a proper celebration, things being as they are, but their pledge to keep going right the way through lockdown has certainly bought some much-needed joy to many! Friday 1st May is the official anniversary and Resonance will be celebrating with a special day of programming, so do tune in and then go visit Resonancefm.com and make a donation – perhaps even a regular monthly one? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, London and life in general would be a lot duller without them.
Speaking of places that are continuing to contribute to cultural life under lockdown, South London’s finest venue Iklectik have been putting on a fabulous series of Off-Site live performances on their youtube channel. Subscribe for future updates and then seriously consider bunging them some cash too.
Like so many others, Iklectik have had their income decimated by the Corona pandemic and face a seriously imperilled future. You can make a donation on their website as well as check out a number of fundraising releases donated by some of the performers that have graced their stage over the last few years, a gladdening reminder of just what a special place this venue is for so many, myself included. Most importantly, on Friday 1st May Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share from all sales, so that artists get 100% of all money they make on that day. I’m donating all digital sales of Howlround releases on The Fog Signals (sadly the physical merch has long since sold out) on 1st May to Iklectik, as well as my share of any revenue from the Touch Isolation subscription project I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t yet signed up for this bargain tour-de-force of the Touch roster then Friday 1st May would absolutely be the right time to do so! Howlround’s contribution ‘Insula Acid’ will be surfacing very soon, but there’s plenty of classic material being served up already…
Meanwhile, the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project continues apace, despite our nationwide task force being almost entirely grounded under lockdown. While the initial aim of digitising half a million rare and at risk analogue recordings has of course been put to one side for the time being, outreach is also a hugely important part of the #SaveOurSounds project, so team members from up and down the UK have been coming up with novel and interesting ways to engage with the public while keeping everyone involved safely ensconced at home. I’ve been working with my own team at London Metropolitan Archives on something rather exciting that I really hope is going to capture a few imaginations when we launch it next week, so do watch this space. Here’s a sneak preview to whet your appetite in the meanwhile:
— Robin The Fog (@RobinTheFog) April 30, 2020
And, most excitingly of all, THIS happened. There are another eighteen minutes of this recording that I hope to be able to share with you in the not too distant future. Until then, stay safe – and support your lockdown art institutions!