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Background Noise: Basil Kirchin exploratory music pioneer

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on March 21, 2011

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this morning, Basil Kirchin was a British drummer with a background in jazz music. His career included scoring films, to experimenting with the manipulation of recorded sounds which has seen him cited as “the father of ambient music.”Featuring the recently released soundtrack to the mondoish London 60’s  documentary film Primitive London. Also earlier more ambient music. He was born on August 8, 1927 and passed away on June 18, 2005. At the age of 13 he played drums in his father’s big band. After spending time in both India and Sydney he returned to Britain in 1961 and began experimenting with sounds collecting various environmental sounds. In 1967 the arts Council awarded him a grant to purchase a nagra tape recorder on which he recorded ambient sounds including those from the London zoo and the voices of autistic children. In the 1960s he began composing or will parts. Produced as part of the legendary Worlds Within Worlds series, this represents what Basil wanted to produce, rather that what he was told to produce. His idea was simple, to manipulate sound in a way that it would “reveal hidden characters, little boulders of unheard music, symphonies of new music”. And here Basil uses sound in every way possible, taking field recordings, structured and free jazz and moulding it by hand into a wild collage of music,. Animals, birds, brass, Austistic children and trams all melt into one extraordinary sonic whole. Kirchin was a major influence on Brian Eno and the Industrial Movement. The Quantum recording date from circa 1967 – 1973, and feature Evan Parker released in 2003. The following is an excerpt from each of the two parts. The CDs this morning released on the trunk records label. 3 min approximately

Track, Title, Duration (start, finish)

1, once upon a time, 9’,0’0”-9’0” (fade slowly)

2, special relativity,9’,9’30”-18’30” (fade slowly)

Some Very distinctive themes for  fairly obscure 1960s British films.

1.The Shuttered Room (based on an HP Lovecraft story) 1967 2’20”

2. The strange affair 1968 ~3’

Now CD released in December 2010 and again on trunk records. The soundtrack to the 1965 documentary film Primitive London. A focus on the underbelly of London in the 60s. Soundtrack by Basil Kirchin is strangely seedy and very evocative of the on screen journey through the lives of mods, rockers and strippers. He was one of the the most important composers of library, film, and jazz music to emerge from Great Britain in the 1960s.  It’s obvious from his use of sophisticated exotica, slippery, tropical cocktail lounge-jazz, haunting organ, and pulsing polyrhythmic elements that his strategies were already formulating in 1965. Kirchin had an ear for very dark and haunting melodies creating here with the aid of the theremin, which are amply evidenced by “Primitive London 4.”

Here is primitive London~1’1 –6 (13′ approximately) 

now slightly more abstract but in the same vein his music to another obscure British film from 1971, the freelance. With more experimentation and unexpected twists and turns. And a sophisticated  textural and dynamic palette. He was by now an established library music composer.

Track, title, duration

8, the freelance (abstract jazz 3),4′ 08″

9, the freelance (abstract jazz 4),9′ 49″

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Background Noise: Sylvia Plath

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on March 21, 2011

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this morning feature on the great American poet Sylvia Plath, her frank and confessional style of writing won her a lot of fans. Mainly from the collection of rare and unreleased readings and conversation with her husband poet Ted Hughes. BBC recordings from the British library archive broadcast from 1960 until one month before her suicide in February 1963 at the age of 31, It was released in 2010 by the British library. Including fragments from a rare interview with her. She is widely regarded as an icon of American feminism.


We will start with her reading of the famous poem Daddy recorded by the British Council Cambridge England in 1962. This was released on Giorno poetry Systems dial a poem poets record totally corrupt 1976 on which William Burroughs also appears. Both writers were wonderful readers of their work which is quite rare for writers. Much is revealed about Sylvia in her readings and conversations. We will intersperse locked grooves between brackets of readings.

Now from the British library CD:

First Bracket

Track, title, duration

the living poet

1, leaving early,2′ 28″

3, poets in partnership Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (0-1’48”,3′ 02″ –4′ 30″,7′ 47″ –9′ 08″,9′ 18″ –9′ 34″, 12′ 35″ – 15′ 26″, 18′ 43″ – 20′ 11″) (9’)

4, introduction to mushrooms,0′ 08″

5, mushrooms,0′ 59″

ted hughes

6, Ted Hughes,introduction to pike,0′ 15″

7, “Pike,2′ 24″



the living poet

8, introduction to the living poet,0′ 57″

9, introduction to the disquieting muses,0′ 43″

10, the disquieting muses,3′ 11″

13, introduction to Parliament Hill Fields,0′ 47″

14, Parliament Hill Fields,3’15”
?15 Introduction to The Stones,0’39”
?16,The Stones,2’44”
17,Live Poetry reading at the Mermaid Theatre London,intro.0’46”

18,Introduction to Tulips, 0’13”
19,Tulips, 4’31”

The Poet’s Voice

20,The Surgeon at 2 a.m.,3’00”

what made you stay

21. Surviving extracts from an interview with Sylvia Plath,6’42” (a most beautiful appraisal of living in England)

23, Sylvia reviews an anthology of contemporary American poetry and readings,9’09”

Background Noise: William S Burroughs and John Barry tribute

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on March 21, 2011

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this morning William S Burroughs audio recordings from the first record from 1965 Call Me Burroughs on ESP and a CD released in Italy more recently. To mark the release of the new documentary film called William S Burroughs: a man within. Which is screening in January and February internationally including Melbourne and Adelaide. We will also be playing the trailer for the film. Also a promotion for the necks at the basement in Sydney on Wednesday, February 16. The music under the recordings of William S Burroughs will be by Electro Nova from Norway.

Big congratulations to Mike Majkowski,Laura Altman and Sam Pettigrew for the superb organisation of the Now Now Festival.And all the great musicians.

 Track listing
CD 1 Call Me Burroughs from 1965
track excerpts (timings from track start unless noted otherwise)

Track,Title, Duration

4, Thing Police Keep All Boardroom Reports,1′ 25″

5, Mr Bradley Mr Martin Hear Us through the hole In the Air,4′ 16″

Excerpts from

1, Meeting of International Conference of Technological Psychiatry,3′

2, Bradley the Buyer,1′ 42″

6, Where You Belong (rewrite),1′ 24″

7, Inflexible Authority,1′ 12″

8, Uranian Willy,1′ 00″

CD 2

The Instrument of Control on Archivio Letterario label,2008
A Selection of tracks all untitled