With a little help from David Pattie and Skype, I contributed to the ELECTRI_CITY conference in Düsseldorf today - a very strange experience as I was unable to see the audience at all, and was sat in an empty lecture room in Southampton with a light system that turned off every 10 minutes! However, it was strangely enjoyable. I think I managed to make the points I aimed to make, drawing from my previous work on West German electronic music, but am a little envious of David who will now be able to schmooze with the other participants and musicians!
My old friend and musical compadre Richard Rouska has just published this book. It's an autobiography, a history of Leeds alternative music and publishing, and a cautionary tale concerning the rise and fall of Rouska Records. It also covers the two related musical projects that I worked on with Richard - Well Martin, This is Different and WMTID. I appear in it here and there ...
If you are interested in the post-punk period and its musical and political fallout, fanzine culture in the 1980s, Leeds and Yorkshire bands in this period and record industry shenanigans, this could be the book for you.
Currently working with David Pattie on this - due out 2016. Here's what we aim to do ...
'On the back of his published diary Brian Eno describes himself variously as: a mammal, a father, an artist, a celebrity, a pragmatist, a computer-user, an interviewee, and a 'drifting clarifier'. To this list we might add rock star (on the first two Roxy Music albums); the creator of lastingly influential music (Another Green World; Music for Airports); a trusted producer (for Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay and a host of other artists); the maker of large-scale video and installation artworks; a maker of apps and interactive software; and so on. All in all, he is one of the most feted and most influential musical figures of the past forty years even though he himself has consistently downplayed his musical abilities, describing himself as a non-musician on more than one occasion. This volume examines Eno's work as a musician, as a theoretician, as a collaborator, and as a producer. Brian Eno is one of the most influential figures in popular music; an updated examination of his work on this scale is long overdue.'
I recently gave a presentation - 'Curating Hauntology' - as part of the Timecode: 20 Years On Hauntology symposium at the Bradford International Film Festival. I explored issues in locating the 'past inside the present' through reflections on the Hauntology 'online archive' I've been putting together over the last 18 months or so.
The 2003 German and English language book POP SOUNDS: Klangtexturen in der Pop- und Rockmusik that I contributed a chapter to is now available for free here
I have just uploaded a revised version of my study of the legendary 4th June 1976 Sex Pistols gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall. I wrote the first version in late 2003 [it was published by Ashgate in 2006]. Since I wrote this new information has come to light, and I have also unearthed a few more details that I felt necessary to add to correct and develop the piece. If I come up with more material I'll add further updates.
Pocket Fields have just released an album of some of my glitch-ambient-piano music