MSCTY, Mechanics And Masks

WHAT IS MSCTY? from MSCTY on Vimeo.

Absolutely delighted to have been asked to soundtrack the new MSCTY new promotional video, directed by Tim Iloobia and commissioned to promote the work of Nick Luscombe’s multi-limbed agency exploring the interplay between sound, space and architecture across the globe. I believe he’s thrilled to bits with the results – as am I!

Regular followers to these irregular tape loop updates may recall that I made a contribution to MSCTY’s project exploring various locations around The Barbican complex a couple of years ago, along with several other artists including Emma-Kate Matthews and the sadly departed Kassia Flux. All of those tracks can be found here – or indeed by visiting the actual locations themselves if you happen to be into geo-caching?!

I do hope that I’ll be working with Cinema Iloobia again before long. In the meantime, Tim’s website and an impressive catalogue of work can be found here. I think this one might just be my favourite:

In other news redoubtable artist, producer and fellow New Obsolescent Strictly Kev aka DJ Food has released a vinyl edition of the Celestial Mechanic LP Citizen Void produced last year as an accompaniment to Rian Hughes‘ book, ‘XX – a novel, graphic’.  Tasked by Rian with creating the actual music for a fictitious album review featured in the book, DJ Food and Saron Hughes have produced a soundtrack worthy of champions – and there’s even a handful of appearances by my Foggy self here and there on tape loop action! Available to order now as a lavishly packaged LP + 7″ on yellow vinyl with original artwork, inner sleeves and art print. It’s a thing of beauty!

In Obsolescent news, the re-press is coming along nicely and from the shots I’ve seen the new sleeves are looking magnificent. In the meantime, Kev rustled up this rather spiffy quartet of limited edition pin badges to hand out to friends, trusted advisors and other members of the wider ‘strange sounds circle’. For my own part I announced online that anyone was welcome to a badge but they had to come and find me in person – an antidote of sorts for so many months of isolation. I’m very happy to say they disappeared quite quickly – apologies to anyone who missed out, but I think more badges may soon be on the way…

Speaking of random bits of fashionable merchandise, check out these Unlocking Our Sound Heritage face masks, here modelled by my esteemed colleague and Psyché Tropes label boss Steven McInerney. I’m not actually sure how you go about getting one of these, but if you happen to be passing through Farringdon I might be able to smuggle one or two out.

Sadly, my role in the UOSH project is entering it’s final few months, but what an amazing journey it’s been! Thousands of tapes, sounds, stories and memories safely stored for future generations – and I consider myself hugely privileged to have been the hands they’ve all passed through. Guess it will soon be time to start planning for the next adventure.

While isolation is now hopefully coming to a close, my weekly Resonance FM show Fog Cast continues to gently and soothingly pulse on. Here’s a recent personal favourite, put together to celebrate the release of the superb new documentary Sisters With Transistors. Have a listen and then go and check out the film for yourself if you haven’t already done so – it’s a triumph!

And finally, this very amusing and very well-observed piece of satire has been making me laugh all week. I have just a few suspicions as to the hands that might be involved as well!

Author: Robin The Fog

Sound Artist, Radio Producer, DJ, founder and chief strategist of tape-loop proejct Howlround. Devout Catalyst.