This issue’s podcast is all about memory, media and mourning, with a healthy side order of Twin Peaks and bygone utopian sci-fi. I’m joined by Laurence Horstman, whose expertise in the field of audio recording not only gave us a lot to talk about (inc. the possibility or otherwise of inadvertently minidiscing transmissions from quasars and/or beyond the grave) but means proceedings sound a darn sight clearer than usual too. The discussion is pretty wide ranging; as I said, we talk quite a bit about David Lynch’s mystery-teen-horror-soap Twin Peaks, and especially this scene. We also touch on Michael Robinson’s Victory Over the Sun, and Laurence cites a pretty interesting interview with the boss of Clone records re: genre, musical tech and originality. While we’re doling out hyperlinks, I also said I’d give a shout to DJ Ammo, to whom we’re beholden for the mp3 of that amazing Danny Weed/Whitney Houston mix.
In terms of the playlist, some of the music this issue’s a bit involved and conceptual (albeit really beautiful) but then some of the music’s gimmicky lo-fi mashups. And Virginia Woolf’s in there, talking about writing. Gratifyingly, it turns out you could cut freighters’ hulls on Woolf’s pronunciation of ‘incarnadine,’ even if Youtube and crackle make her sound (as we remark in the podcast) a little bit like Davros.
Spotify Playlist [link to spotify]
- Ensemble Modern – Come Out
- Nico – Eulogy to Lenny Bruce
- Joy Division – A Means to an End
- Jib Kidder – Windowdipper
- The Smiths – Rubber Ring
- Danny Weed vs. Whitney Houston – It’s Okay to Creep
- William Basinski – The Disintegration Loop
- Virginia Woolf -Writing Today