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Strange Attractor Salon

Friend of the parish, Mark Pilkington  will be curating the Strange Attractor Salon at Viktor Wynd Fine Art (incorporating The Little Shoppe of Horrors), 11 Mare Street, London, UK, E8 4RP. The residency opens this Thursday, 7th January.

The Salon will incorporate a wide range of media (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, sound and video) from both trained and untrained artists, including work by Ghost Box’s Julian House. The assembled exhibitors all share Strange Attractor’s fascinations with inner space, craft, science (natural and unnatural) and the fantastic.

Confirmed contributing artists are:

Phil Baker * Joel Biroco * Richard Brown * Ossian Brown * John Coulthart * Rod Dickinson * Disinformation * English Heretic * Tessa Farmer * Blue Firth * Alison Gill * Doug Harvey * Josephine Harvatt * Ken Hollings * Stewart Home * Julian House * Ali Hutchinson * Alyssa Joye * Maud Larsson * Gary Lachman * Xtina Lamb * John Lundberg * Man From Uranus * Eleanor Morgan * Frances Morgan * Drew Mulholland * Bridget Nicholls * Oscillatorial Binnage * Katie Owens * Edwin Pouncey * Arik Roper * Gavin Semple * Martin Sexton * USURP * Robert Wallis * Catharyne Ward * Eric Wright *

The Salon opens on 7 January, with an open viewing from 6.30 – 9.30pm.

The gallery’s basement houses an eye-popping collection of curiosities drawn from the natural and unnatural worlds that will be open for the launch. More info at:

http://www.strangeattractor.co.uk/further/?p=1557
http://www.viktorwyndfineart.co.uk/strangerattractor.html

Anywhere Else But Here Today…

If like me you love 60’s and 70s Eastern European psych rock & pop  (and lets face it , who doesn’t ?), then you’ll love Anywhere Else But Here… a blog bag of You Tube clips.  Here’s a couple of my favourites:

and just becasue We Are All Pan’s People…

The Last of the Best of…

I’d like to thank everyone who kindly submitted a list of 2009 memorabilia to the parish mag and to wish those of you who enjoyed reading it a merry Yule.  Please share your own 09 cultural highlights in the comments below.

Julian House 
(Graphic Designer, Film maker, the other half of Ghost Box, The Focus Group)
Stuff I’ve been watching on Youtube

01 Visa de Censure X: Pierre Clémenti
02 Hausu: Nobahiko Obayashi
03 Simon King of the Witches (trailer)

04 Viy: Georgi Kropachyov

05 Les Jeux des Anges: Walerian Borowczyk
06 Les Stronauts: Chris Marker, Walerian Borowczyk

07 OMOZAP2: Jeff Keen
08 Grizzly Bear ‘ Ready, Able’: Allison Schulnik
09 The Devil’s Ball: Wladislaw Starewicz
10 Kachi Kachi Yama: Tadanori Yokoo
(also ‘ムー一族’ I think its by him, weird TV titles, translates as Mu Family to the best of my knowledge)  

Mark Pilkington
( writer, curator, priest of the improbable and editor of Strange Attractor )
Ten to remember, 2009

Goblin, Scala
Equinox Festival, Conway Hall
Belbury Youth Club, Shunt
Viktor Wynd’s Little Shoppe of Horrors

Secret Rites (Derek Ford, 1971)
I Start Counting (David Greene, 1969)
Hausu (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977)
Stanley Chapman RIP
John Keel RIP
John Michell RIP

….and here’s something Christmassy from Mr. House’s list.

… and this late addition just in from Mark P – RIP Jack Rose of Pelt.

Khristmas Krautrock Special on Resonance

Tonight (23rd December) at 8pm, Resonance FM present part 1 of a Kraut Rock Xmas Special. Hosted by Ken Hollings, it features David Stubbs, Mark Pilkington, Nikos Kotsopoulos (editor of ‘Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy’), David Knight (of Arkkon and Unicazürn fame) and the writer and musician Frances Morgan. Part 2 is tomorrow at the same time.

Essential listening, a question on this will almost certainly come up in next year’s exams.

Two More 2009 Charts

Two more peculiar lists of 2009 highlights from highly respected members of the Belbury flock:

Ian Hodgson (Moon Wiring Club)

New Stuff:
1. Joker. Digidesign
2. Datassette. The Aviatrix
3. Annie. Two of Hearts
4. Broadcast/Focus Group. Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age.
5. Timbaland (featuring Nelly Furtado & Soshy) Morning After Dark
6. Belbury Poly. From an Ancient Star
7. Dam-Funk. Toeachizown
8. VHS Head. Video Club
9. Nite Jewel. Good Evening
10. Madlib. Beat Konducta Volume 5/6
Old Stuff:
1. Francis Monkman. Achievments of Man
2. George Breed & John Rossman. Top Decision Makers
3. Secret Service. Flash in the Night
4. Clannad. Atlantic Realm OST
5. Laura Brannigan. Hot Night
6. Spooky Voice. Killing Myself (Instrumental Version)
7. Maze. Twilight.
8. Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Theme from The Book Tower.
9. Awake. Fasce in Colore
10. Harry Robertson. Hawk the Slayer OST
Favourite overall new/old record:
Harmonia & Eno ’76. Tracks and Traces.

Jon Brooks (Producer, Composer & the brains behind The Advisory Circle)

Nine things I couldn’t live without this year. Not necessarily released this year, but certainly discovered, and in no particular order of importance.

Book: “On Some Faraway Beach” by David Sheppard.
Album: “Tomorrow Today” by Seeland.
Book: “Case Study Houses (25th Anniversary Edition)” by Elizabeth Smith
Cosmetic: “Black Cab” nail polish by Rimmel.
Book: “Ways Of Seeing” by John Berger.
Place: “Libby’s Cafe”
Drink: Twinings Earl Grey tea.
Book: “Painting With Sound – The Life and Music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius” by Stephen Iliffe.
Album: “Hands” by Little Boots

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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