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Ghost Box Interview

During the last Belbury Youth Club Ghost Box and Moon Wiring Club were interviewed for Birmingham based internet radio channel Phantom Circuit. These can be heard as part of two special shows available here.

See Winter Sun Wavelengths at The Wire Salon

There’ll be another chance to see Winter Sun Wavelengths with the new soundtrack by Belbury Poly and The Focus Group and another performance by Moon Wiring Club this Thursday in London’s fashionable Shoreditch. Its an event hosted by Wire magazine, here’s what they say…

The first in a monthly series of salon-type evenings hosted by The Wire at East London’s Cafe Oto venue. For this opening event, Mark Fisher (K-Punk) heads a panel debating the uncanny quality of so much contemporary audio, from spectral disco to dubstep, Hypnagogic pop and beyond. The night will also include screenings of films by Julian House (Ghost Box, The Focus Group) plus DJ Mordant Music. London Cafe Oto, 1 April, 8pm, £4.

Exemplary Youths

Thank you very much indeed  from all at Ghost Box, to everyone who came along to Sunday’s Belbury Youth Club in Birmingham, especially for those who travelled so far to join in. Nice to have met so many of you.

We’d also like to thank Moon Wiring Club for the beautifully entertaining and entrancing set, (we hope that the journey back through the portal to Clinkskell went smoothly, but we could only hold it open briefly).

We’ll have News of the next Youth Club Night soon.

Programme of Activities

for the Belbury Youth Club Night this Sunday.

Penda’s Fen

When Andrew Male of Mojo magazine introduced us to the film Penda’s Fen, it was unfamiliar to me but one image immediately connected to a haunting memory that had howled around in the back of my label colleague’s mind since childhood.

As a (very young) kid in 1974 Julian House had crept down to peep in at the lounge door on the adults only world of post watershed TV. An image of a teenage boy waking from a nightmare only to be met by the malevolent gaze of a demon squatting on his chest seared into his mind and set him scurrying back to bed.

This sweaty seventies rendering of Fuseli’s Nightmare is one of the more powerful images in the film but it shouldn’t mislead you into thinking this was just another of the era’s late night supernatural chillers. Written by David Rudkin and directed by Alan Clarke , it’s partly the redemptive story of an awkward outsider coming to terms with his sexuality, but it also deals with the eternal struggle of Christianity and Paganism at the heart of English identity and landscape. Its a truly beautiful piece of visionary mysticism.

Read more at John Coulthart’s excellent Feuilleton blog and if you’re in Brimingham this Sunday (28th March), come along and see it at aound 6:30 pm at Vivid at The Belbury Youth Club Night.

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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