Thursday, 24 July 2014

Two Magicians - Derek and Hazel Sarjeant (Exmoor Song)

A magick sung from Somerset.

Yeah, the Current 93 version, but this is the (water) Dog's. Without Tibet, the strangeness seems to seep through the walls of this place; the reflections in the mullioned glasses, the smell of pipe-smoke and smoked bracken. This is embedded folk weirdness that can't be replicated or transformed or accommodated.

A little digging on the author from here:

William Sparks (1854-1916) was born and spent all his life in Minehead, at 1 Middle Street, Higher Town. His father John was a blacksmith and William followed in the trade, though he is also said to have rented properties to holiday makers. His song ' The Two Magicians' was the only item Cecil Sharp collected from him, but it was unique in Somerset and rare elsewhere. William became ill 1916 and died in Taunton Hospital.
We need our own Cecil Sharp, travelling the hills and glades of Soundcloud and Bandcamp and Rasperry Pi networked microwebs. Hang on a sec, I'll just get me boots...

Thursday, 10 April 2014

ROC & Stockhausen

Just found a lovely old paperback on Findhorn & found links between Stockhausen and Robert Ogilvie Crombie that I figured (knew) I'd imagined. Pan / Kurmos is coming!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Yeovil / Evill

Map from 1500s showing when Yeovil was Evill.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

At The Ends Of Yeovil

Yeovil at the end of the end of the universe, when everyone is already dead. An alternative 90s, when the world ended and no one was told. Some context for a track on the forthcoming IX Tab album.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Universal Solar Calendar

Also here
Almost Year but different. Angus Maclise is the (well) hidden presence on the track Blasted, soon to be released on the new IX Tab album. He comes in the fall. And Blastitude, of course, was released in the magical year of 1973, as foreshadowed (future-leaked) in the closing hidden/not hidden track on Spindle & The Bregnut Tree.
Long lives.
Log lives.
Logariddims, as Ekoplekz might say.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Forgot to link to this. Someone/something was lurking in the woods behind the stage while I played...


Thursday, 31 October 2013

In negotiations (mostly with myself) re: the eventual release of the 7" version of St James & The 28 Pieces. It might still happen.

Location:St James & The 28 Pieces

Friday, 11 October 2013

At The Farm (Salvage)

Yes it was.

Salvage via the Kemper Norton lens.

I haven't written much about this amazing event because it genuinely was indescribably good fun and my usual half-arsed schtick just couldn't do it any justice: wonderfully up-for-it crowd, a venue that perfectly suited the musics - the stage I played on was the best stage I'll ever play on - and a vibe that just went...

The way the installation sounds mangled up with me and Kemper's sets... the way the concrete bunker shaped and channelled Hacker Farm's dense sounds (the moment where Kek tripped the Casio drum beats and Bren did a genuine WTF! double-take before joining in the fun...wonderful group playing)... Hugh and Ashley, doubly eccentric from either ends of the scale, oddments all around, the way the trees looked in the lights, Zoe's great plantpot sculpture/light... even the food and the cakes were perfect.

Just Wow.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

FĂ©licien Rops

Important to at least one track on the new album. A genius, perhaps a pervert, maybe in a good way (maybe the only way). You could expect Austin Osman Spare but Rops was a far greater influence on the music in the early days of IX Tab because he'd crawled inside my skull by then and had settled, like those flies in The Wasp Factory. Homage required.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

The Burned Wretch

As featured on The Outer Church compilation (and played on the ever-unpredictable Late Junction) and now in 2nd Pressing... Clips based on Estonian animation film by Rein Raamat. Tallinnfilm, 1983 itself based on engravings by Eduard Viiralt. Circles within circles.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

New IX Tab album (teaser)

The new album - R.O.C. - will be out sometime when the Sun goes down; expect it before Midwinter 2013.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Thought Fox

In amongst the misogyny, the wrath, the bullishness and the smoke (more smoke, less fire; less savage than the last) there's an ember of Ted Hughes that endures.... He needs shaking off, perhaps, but here function follows form (inverting Sullivan) and he's become necessary, if just for a single song. If this song, at the moment just a slightly slurred and snaky take on The Sutton Wytch Hunt, ever sees the light of day on the upcoming (soon, soon) IX Tab album then Ted will have to have his counterbalance & I know just the chap...

(some will have already guessed this forced mystery is mostly for me)

The Thought-Fox

I imagine this midnight moment's forest:
Something else is alive
Beside the clock's loneliness
And this blank page where my fingers move.

Through the window I see no star:
Something more near
Though deeper within darkness
Is entering the loneliness:

Cold, delicately as the dark snow
A fox's nose touches twig, leaf;
Two eyes serve a movement, that now
And again now, and now, and now

Sets neat prints into the snow
Between trees, and warily a lame
Shadow lags by stump and in hollow
Of a body that is bold to come

Across clearings, an eye,
A widening deepening greenness,
Brilliantly, concentratedly,
Coming about its own business

Till, with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox
It enters the dark hole of the head.
The window is starless still; the clock ticks,
The page is printed.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Outer Church compilation

IX Tab makes an appearance as the last track on THIS excellent compilation double album put together by the ever-circling, effervescent Joe Stannard & Justin Watson of the great Front and Follow label...

It's based on people who've played at Joe's Outer Church nights and includes all kinds of people you'll have heard of and love including IX Tab friends/fierce rivals Hacker Farm and Kemper Norton...

Haven't even seen the (apparently) exquisite packaging yet but my previous experience with Front and Follow releases suggests great, beautiful things are afoot...

Well chuffed to be part of this.

Available to pre-order now, with an immediate download available...

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Sunday, 21 April 2013

ROC Group 9 (Yeovil)

Another day, a new song (almost) based on this place.

This was at Southwoods, at the edge of Ninesprings, ripped from the woods. It was part of the UKWMO - an early warning system of sorts. A place of melancholy and discussion when we were kids. It was assumed everyone was watching the skies. Close Encounters was real then, a Russian missile attack inevitable. Its gone now, the fear is of a different kind of alien, a different kind of Soviet.

I wish I'd been part of this expedition, would've been cool to find out what was really in there. I'm sure they are lying about the demons they found though because everyone knows that when the Royal Observer Corps moved out, the demons moved in.

Chatter. Fallout. They listen.

Are. Still. Listening.

Are Glistening.

Are here.

Friday, 19 April 2013

The Loplop Sluice

I've just been working on a suite (tweet) of 3 songs provisionally entitled The Loplop Sluice, named after the Ernst bird series and featuring Hitchcock / Du Maurier references amongst slews of disembodied electronic (and real) birdchatter and starling formations. Then, by accident I came across An Offering To Loplop, which seems to be a blog of art inspired by Loplop and may in fact be related in some way to this, which I haven't really fully investigated... So, wormholes... this weekend's will be Loplop inspired, which will probably mean that The Loplop Sluice itself will change. The original plan I had for the 3 related songs has already changed slightly because I couldn't quite generate the exact tune in my head using my limited musical skills (some of you will have heard the 1st album...) and I have a natural disaffinity with improvisation per se (unless it's inspired by accident / chance meeting) since I'm a little anal retentive in generating music, if not much else, and want everything to be planned out meticulously and, importantly, to sound like the music in my head...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The Old Odilon Redon, Yeovil

Looking for pictures to illustrate the last post, I found this great blog entry on The now reconfigured Odilon Redon, otherwise known as The old Odeon Cinema in Yeovil. As far as I know, it was only called Odilon Redon by one person, an LSD damaged guy I used to know but whose name I have now forgotten - I can see his thin face, streaked with bad tidings, his gingery hair clinging to his face, his arms crossed across him like he's trying to hug himself to death - but that name has stuck with me. Back then, I don't think I even knew who Odilon Redon was (I'm not convinced he did either) but I found out and, well, you can't say his art doesn't fit. Here's Odilon's take on the Cyclops, for instance:
Now, I'm pretty sure I knew that guy from kicking around Yeovil back in the 80s too. The one-eyed were legion, propped up by bars and chunky-cut scrumpy, full of stories of witches and wires and dead soldiers.
But the Odilon Redon endures, sort of. It's there in spirit and has been almost assimilated. Inside, it looks even odder, like a David Lynch bedstore or something from a lost Kubrick still. It's sort of important to the IX Tab story - at least one of the tracks on the new album will be about it, in a psychogoegraphical not about it at all kind of way.

In The Blake Midwinter Remix

The everlovely Richard Fontenoy of Freq and the Drift of Signifieds has done a lovely, drifting spectral dub remix of In The Blake Midwinter, called Why Be Bleak In the Blake Midwinter which is available for free - I assume he's okay with that; it's not like I actually asked - below: Very much worth it if you thought the original was a bit misplaced and spiky and gulpy and annoying (I think that sometimes too). The DoS remix spruces it considerably, I think... makes sense even of the wooden drums. Here's a Mediafire link to the track, which goes down as the first IX Tab remix (hopefully, there'll be many more):
Why Be Bleak In the Blake Midwinter (DoS Spectral Dub Mix)
By the way. the image is a postcard of St John's Church in the centre of Yeovil and the photograph was taken last year. Things are different this far West.