Daphne Oram – Oramics

Author: Colin | Published: 17/7/10

Daphne Oram - Oramics

Daphne Oram - Oramics

Daphne Oram - Oramics

Daphne Oram - Oramics

Daphne Oram - Oramics

Artist Daphne Oram
Title Oramics
Label Young Americans
Year 2010
Designer The artwork for the vinyl edition of Oramics was put together by Radu Prepeleac, using photographs provided by the Daphne Oram collection at Goldsmiths College London and Clive Graham at Paradigm Discs.
Music Radiophonic
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Notes Lovely release from Young Americans, a new sub-label of Modern Love. Quadruple vinyl in a heavy gatefold sleeve. Essential for anyone with a love of electronic music. I particularly like the front cover’s passport crop and the spartan, no-nonsense back cover.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Author: Colin | Published: 14/7/10
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For their first album in 14 years, OMD have re-employed the services of Peter Saville, sleeve designer of the classic albums. Hopefully bodes well for the music. The sleeve looks interesting – I like the treatment of the ‘OMD’ and the strong orange. The central figure is reminiscent of a girder/subway map/roadsign. I suspect there’ll be no die-cut treatment this time round sadly.

More details on The Quietus.

Here are Saville’s previous designs for the group:
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Architecture & Morality
Dazzle Ships

Ninja Tune celebrates 20 years

Author: Colin | Published: 12/7/10
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Looks like Ninja Tune are celebrating in style…

The set includes 3 hardback books: one is an exclusive hardback edition of the forthcoming Ninja Tune – 20 Years of Beats & Pieces book by Stevie Chick, published by Black Dog Publishing.

The second houses 6 CDs – 2 of them only available in this set, with 90% new and exclusive material specially made for this compilation. There is also a large format 24 pg booklet with a download code for a 7th CD’s worth of material (I can’t say what it is yet but it’s excellent).

The third book contains six 7″ singles with exclusive material not on the CDs, two posters – a Ninja family tree by Nigel Peake and a complete cover gallery by me – and 20 stickers. All this is housed in a heavy slipcase with foil blocking.

Full details on djfood.org

Taken by Storm: a film about Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis

Author: Colin | Published: 12/7/10
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Worth watching the short film linked from the widget below.

Trash Humpers

Author: Colin | Published: 11/7/10
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The Guardian observes that the limited edition soundtrack to Harmony Korine’s new film is:

“… a 7in record packaged in a brown paper bag, decorated with pen drawings of what schoolboys might once have known as a “bus-stop willy”, and featuring one-of-a-kind daubings of fluids that may or may not include ketchup, blood and excrement. And the music is just as palatable, a handful of brief song-sketches, lullabies and field recordings, among them a bluesy number called You Girls Juss Suck Large Fat Penis, and a bizarre song in which a man with a high voice sings of wiping “somebody’s gumbo from my eyes”.

Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers soundtrack is a load of rubbish (The Guardian)
Trash Humpers website

Toby Litt and Clare Wigfall – The Hare and Along Birdcage Walk

Author: Colin | Published: 10/7/10
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Toby Litt and Clare Wigfall - The Hare and Along Birdcage Walk

Toby Litt and Clare Wigfall - The Hare and Along Birdcage Walk

Toby Litt and Clare Wigfall - The Hare and Along Birdcage Walk

Toby Litt and Clare Wigfall - The Hare and Along Birdcage Walk

Artist Toby Litt and Clare Wigfall
Title The Hare and Along Birdcage Walk
Label Underwood
Year 2010
Designer Emily Chicken (typography) and Jordan Crane (artwork)
Music Fiction
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Notes New label Underwood publishes short stories in twice-yearly editions on 12″ vinyl. Add to that big, bold illustrations rendered on gatefold vinyl and you have something delightfully original, particularly in this age of podcasts and downloadable MP3s.

“The Hare by Toby Litt features an adventure in the Welsh countryside and a chase in the British library. It is an extraordinary meditation on how memories haunt us. Along Birdcage Walk by Clare Wigfall is a love story set in St James Park of the seventeenth century, where an exhibition of exotic birds provoke a mysterious change in the characters.”

Buy a copy at www.underwoodstories.com

Interview with Nathan Dunne:

1: When did you have the idea to start Underwood?

Several years ago I was stranded in Bangkok airport on a flight-delay and I saw a man carrying a portable gramophone. He had a bag full of old records and would dust each one off meticulously before playing it. On seeing this I was reminded of what we’ve lost in the digital age – a love for the object. Rather than something that you hold in your hands, packaging has been reduced to just another image. There’s nothing physical left. I’ve always loved short stories and avidly listen to writers reading their work on podcasts. But somehow podcasts always leave me cold. So I had the idea of writers reading short stories onto records as a way of preserving them, as a way of creating a different way to experience stories and remember them. Records are all about the experience: you’ve got to lay them down on the turntable, drop the needle and then change the side when it’s done. This attention to detail is what I’d love to see happen to the short story. Sitting around in a group and listening to the perfect crisp-crackle of a record simply doesn’t compare to a CD or mp3.

2: What do you think are the advantages of doing it on vinyl?

The advantage of vinyl is that a unique object is created that functions to preserve the short story. It creates a sense of occasion when listening rather than a story simply popping up amid the shuffle on your iPod. A vinyl record is a combination of unique sound and beautiful packaging – quite the opposite of digital. Also, there are now more records being produced than ever before. The point is that a record makes you slow down, sit back and pay attention to the words. Writers deserve that and the short story as a form deserves that.

3: How do you select the contributors?

The writers we select for each record are particularly accomplished in the short story form. Rather than a novelist read an excerpt from a chapter or a poet read several poems, short story writers are perfect for the medium of vinyl. Two sides of a record allow for two short stories, one on each side, where each one is under 30 minutes. This means that there is a satisfying wholeness to the experience, like being read a bedtime story. We start out by choosing short stories by contemporary writers that really move us, and then discuss how we might pair up two different stories to work together on the same record.

(Hopefully when Nathan has released many volumes of contemporary stories, he’ll one day release Jorge Luis Borges reading Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – then I’d disappear in a puff of gratitude…)

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