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Simon Reynolds presents a companion to Chapter 10 with lots of extra interesting things
Get the footnotes for the other chapters here
For more ephemera have a read of Simon’s recent and personal post Landscape and Loss on his Blissblog
From the Frederic Chaubin book of the same name.
The Golden Apples has recently been immersed in the book ‘The Sound of Tomorrow’ by Mark Brend and we were totally hooked as soon as we read the introduction which explores an ill-fated collaboration where Paul McCartney met with Delia Darbyshire and Brian Hodgson on a planned BBC Radiophonic electronic backing soundscape to ‘Yesterday’…. oh what might have been…
The book charts the origins of electronic music. It is indeed “a fascinating history of the inventors, producers and technicians behind the early televisual and cinematic breakthroughs of electronic music”.
Mark Brend the book’s author is also a musician and has a release under his artist name Ghostwriter. Check out the beautifully packaged The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association.
Within the Sound of Tomorrow there is a whole chapter dedicated to Louis and Bebe Barron the “Forgotten Pioneers of Electronic Music” (NPR radio interview) and their early electronic music composition work in the 1950s mixing sound and vision using their own hand-made electronic instruments which can be heard in their collaborations with Ian Hugo and Anais Nin and most importantly in the landmark all-electronic film soundtrack to ‘The Forbidden Planet’ where the ‘electronic tonalities’of the Barrons 50 years later now stands as a beacon for all electronic music that followed it – these are sounds worth re-exploring. The Forbidden Planet was nominated for an Academy Awared for its audio and visual effects but Louis and Bebe were not named in the award even though the work was exclusively thier own. The film did not win the award but thier dispute with the studio left the Barrons forever exluded from the studio system and they never completed another soundtrack, Even more tragically, the studios subsequently licensed thier original music to provide eerie space effects in later B-grrade sci fi films leaving thier landmark sound to became a parody of itself. Thier original studio which they both worked in and lived in (see pictures) was dismantlked and over the subsequent years they continued to create strange but beautiful music working out of a home garage studio in relative obscurity. Today their son maintains the garage studio and its equipment as a legacy to his parents work but wonders what will become of the legacy.
A strange but wonderful book for any Golden Apples part-time Hauntologists and collectors of weird visual ephemera. Haunted Air is subtitled ‘A Collection of Anonymous Halloween Photographs America 1875 – 1955’ …thanks for directions fron Boing Boing…
“Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magical electronic music group Coil and is currently in duo Cyclobe with his partner Stephen Thrower. Ossian is a strange attractor. Weird things find him. Like his exquisite collection of antique vernacular photographs of Halloweens past. Brown compiled his favorites of the freaky found photos, all dating between 1875 and 1955, into a lovely new book titled Haunted Air. David Lynch wrote the introduction and Geoff Cox the afterword. Here is a glimpse of how the old, weird America celebrated All-Hallows Eve…”
…and here a soundtrack for your reading…
Golden Apples enjoyed this book about the original Laurel Canyon ‘scene’ … from Frank Zappa’s Log Cabin and the Houdini Mansion’s secret tunnels to The Roxy and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers its full of LA mythology… of love-ins, LSD, pot and cocaine, and of course lots of West Coast folk-rock…
More stories and pictures in the fabulous Canyon of Dreams
A new companion on the Golden Apples bookshelf to Seasons They Change and Canyon of Dreams Electric Eden is “an attempt to isolate the ‘Britishness’ of British music – a wild combination of pagan echoes, spiritual quest, imaginative time-travel, pastoral innocence and electrified creativity – Electric Eden will be treasured by anyone interested in the tangled story of Britain’s folk music and Arcadian dreams”.
The Blog featuring an AMAZING set of Links
how about some obscure canyon folky listening experiences whilst reading the book
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