Midsummer Night’s Photos

The Midsummer Happening was a huge success, thanks to all at state51 who put in so much work and gave up so much time to make it all happen. Thanks also to Dotan and Harry our excellent sound crew. And thanks to Lois Gray for photography:

Sharon Kraus & Justin Hopper

Chanctonbury Rings

Dan the Mangle and the first one off the press

Wisbey & Trunk’s Soundtrack Wheel of Fortune

Wisbey

Julian House controls all

Soundcarriers and Friends

Paul “Pish” Isherwood, Barrie Cadogan, Luke Foster

Robin “the Fog” Warren and Steve Beresford, The Kirchin Tape Lab

Joao Branco Kyron provides some lush sounds for Pan’s Garden

Pye Corner Audio

The TV Chamber

Woodland sign post

 

A Midsummer Night’s Update

Preparations are in full swing for The Midsummer Night’s Happening and state51 are working flat out on set dressing and installation. There’s a few exciting additions to the line up too…

Steve Beresford will now be performing on upright piano with the Kirchin Tape Lab. Jonny Trunk and Robin the Fog will be playing out reels created by Basil Kirchin for improvisational performances just like this.

João Branco Kyron of Beautify Junkyards will be coming over from Lisbon to give us one or two Tropicalia flavoured DJ sets in Pan’s Garden.

Barrie Cadogan of Little Barrie (and pretty much everyone else) will be joining Soundcarriers to provide some extra guitar and voice to their improvised set accompanying Julian House’s psychedelic film.

And Jonny Trunk and Wisbey are promising some kind of Wheel-of-Fortune device.

A Midsummer Night’s Happening

SOLD OUT

A solstice celebration hosted by state51, Ghost Box and Trunk Records. Both record labels have invited a variety of artists and friends to perform at this very special party. There’ll be live music, artwork, film and merchandise spread across three specially designed and themed interiors: Pan’s Garden, The Youth Club and The TV Chamber.

The Midsummer Night’s Happening is a private party open to a limited number of invited guests and friends. To receive your exclusive invitation, pre-order the limited edition print of Julian House’s event poster from either the Ghost Box or the Trunk Records shops.

The evening will start in with a live performance of Justin Hopper and Sharron Kraus’s  Chanctonbury Rings, accompanied by visuals by photographer Wendy Pye. The evening also marks the release of the album.

Then Wisbey will take the stage, he of Dirty Fanmail fame and, who could forget, The Ladies Bras. He’ll be asking the audience to request their favourite soundtracks, which he’ll perform on the home organ in his own inimitable style.

Another Trunk Records performance follows next, The Kirchin Tape Lab with Jonny Trunk and his OST co-host (and member of radiophonics outfit Howlround), Robin “The Fog” Warren. They’ll be playing out live tape reels from the as yet, unheard archives of Basil Kirchin.

Next is a very rare chance to see the Soundcarriers. They’ll be in instrumental mode to perform a live soundtrack to a film by Ghost Box co-manager and graphic designer Julian House.

Pye Corner Audio will headline the evening with a live set of Martin Jenkin’s unique haunted dance music and submerged sci-fi epics.

There’ll also be…

An exhibition of Frances Castle’s Clay Pipe Music artwork,
DJ sets from Ghost Box, Trunk & Clay Pipe Music throughout the evening and later,
Join The Mangle to screenprint your own Julian House designed Midsummer Night’s Happening T Shirt.
A state51 shop with merchandise and records from all those taking part.

All this and fresh cooked food!

It’s All Happening at The state51 Factory, 8-10 Rhoda St., London, 21st June 2019, 6:30 until late.

Prints and invitations will be sent before the event.

One invitation admits one person, please bring it with you on the night.

For more info and updates follow: facebook.com/thestate51conspiracy

 

Pye Corner Audio, Hollow Earth LP
Out Now

possibly PCA’s most accessible work yet, still retaining atmosphere in spades. Shindig

 a perfect “sense of wonder” soundtrack. Prog Magazine

beautifully done UNCUT

Superb. Electronic Sound

The new LP from Pye Corner Audio is out now on LP, CD and DL.

Packaging is designed by Julian House and heavyweight vinyl LP includes a free download card.

Also in the Ghost Box shop is this Hollow Earth T-shirt. A two colour screen print on heavy, dark grey, organic cotton :

Pye Corner Audio, Hollow Earth LP
Pre-order Now

The new LP from Pye Corner Audio is available to pre-order now on LP, CD and DL

It’s Martin Jenkin’s third album for Ghost Box conceived as a sequel to 2016’s Stasis. Where Stasis played with notions of outward cosmic exploration and the idea of suspended animation and sleep, Hollow Earth takes subterranean exploration and submerged psychologies as its theme.

 

It draws on Berlin school synth improvisations, New Age reveries and the ghosts of 90s house euphoria to summon up images of vast, awe inspiring spaces and claustrophobic chambers. It sustains an atmosphere of wonder and adventure throughout, and like its companion piece, Stasis, it works equally as a soundtrack to physical as well as mental exploration.

This is cinematic progtronica, a perfect “sense of wonder” soundtrack. Prog Magazine

 

Lavish CD & LP packaging is designed by Julian House and heavyweight vinyl LP includes a free download card.

We also have a special pre-order bundle deal for both Stasis and Hollow Earth LPs &CDs.

Pye Corner Audio, Stasis
LP and CD re-issued

Stasis by Pye Corner Audio has been re-issued on LP and CD and is available now in the Ghost Box shop.

The heavyweight vinyl version includes a free Download code card.

“Rather than make up his own movies, Jenkins is happy to play the movies that are already running in our heads – and we are happy to let him do it. Every track shows the confidence of someone who knows exactly which buttons to push and when.”
The Wire

“…hallucinatory ’80s landscape of throbbing sci-fi electronica and luminous synthetic strings built around themes of deep space, suspended animation and sensory deprivation.”
Mojo

“A somnambulant trip through the cosmic void, Stasis is PCA’s strongest album to date.”
Shindig

Also available in the Ghost Box shop is this A2 colour art print  on textured 160gsm cotton art paper:

and this Stasis T-Shirts:

Sleep Games LP re-issue
and Ghost Box Slipmat

A re-issue of the first Pye Corner Audio LP for Ghost Box, Sleep Games is available now.

On heavyweight vinyl, with colour inner sleeve and download code card inside . Design by Julian House with liner notes by the late Mark Fisher.

“…could be the long-awaited high-five between Vangelis and Boards of Canada.”
Drowned in Sound

“Pye Corner Audio’s latest is the marquee example of Ghost Box at their most distilled, their most essential: reaching beyond by reaching within.”
Dusted Magazine

Also this week and exclusive to our shop is this thick felt Ghost Box logo slipmat.

Stasis LP repress and Pye Corner Audio T-Shirt

The second pressing of Pye Corner Audio’s Stasis LP is available from the Ghost Shop now. Also available on CD and Download.

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Also new and exclusive to the shop is a Pye Corner Audio T-Shirt. It’s a two colour print of Julian House’s Stasis album artwork, on heavyweight vintage-orange cotton.

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“A somnambulant trip through the cosmic void, Stasis is PCA’s strongest album to date.”
Shindig

“…from start to finish the standard never once slips, ensuring Stasis is an album in which you can happily lose yourself for hours on end.”
Kultur Magazin

“Rather than make up his own movies, Jenkins is happy to play the movies that are already running in our heads – and we are happy to let him do it. Every track shows the confidence of someone who knows exactly which buttons to push and when.”
The Wire

Incidentally Pye Corner Audio provide a large part of the soundtrack for the chilling documentary film by Adam Curtis, Hyper Normalisation. Still available to watch at the time of posting here on the BBC iplayer. Essential viewing and maybe more terrifying now than when it was released during the old reality.

 

 

Stasis Re-Press

Pye Corner Audio’s Stasis was a runaway success and the vinyl version sold out on the day of release. We are re-pressing this but vinyl lead times mean that it won’t be available until 25th November. It’ll be a small run available exclusively from the Ghost Box shop. It’ll be sold first come first serve with no pre-orders so watch here, sign up for our newsletter or follow our Facebook page for news on this.

Until then we’d urge you not to pay the artificially inflated second hand prices. The CD is still available here and in better record stores worldwide.

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Pye Corner Audio, Stasis
Out Today

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The new LP from Pye Corner Audio is out today. Available in the Ghost Box shop on LP, CD and DL.

“Rather than make up his own movies, Jenkins is happy to play the movies that are already running in our heads – and we are happy to let him do it. Every track shows the confidence of someone who knows exactly which buttons to push and when.” The Wire

Most of the LP copies have already sold in pre-orders and we expect the remaining few in stock to sell out very quickly so please hurry if you want vinyl.

Ghost Box is a record label for a group of artists exploring the misremembered musical history of a parallel world.

“Buying one of its releases feels like stepping into another world” The Guardian

“...what's most impressive about Ghost Box is the aesthetic consistency and sheer quality of the material, recalling the heydays of labels such as Factory, 4AD and Warp.” Quietus

“...some of the most delightful electronica to arise in Britain since Aphex Twin, the Black Dog and Global Communication.” The Sunday Times

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