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What year is this? Nearly a full solar circuit since the world as we knew it fell to shit & contagion. 12 months on we are still crawling towards some form of recovery. I will confess that despite to uncertainty the unending weirdness quite appealed to me. The Fifth Sun was an early response to that period. A fever dream….
As posted on the main page, on Thursday 27th of September the lovely Bob from Submarine Broadcasting released the new collaboration with Glauber K.S. Titled ‘Suburban Solitude’ this 5 track album is an exercise in being contrary. the three main pieces are lengthy improvisations built around field noise from train stations, taxi ranks, shopping centres and art galleries, these peppered with electronic noise and Glauber’s more considered musical additions.
The erudite folks at Toneshift noted in regard to the darkest of the tracks ‘The Culture Working’ “The setting is like limbo, rustling winds howl, slow trickles and things go bump in the night. A moment of pause, broken meditation. The twenty minute un/composition rumbles and rambles with signs of intelligent life sparsely injected into an otherwise ghostly mix. Parts psychedelic, parts somewhat gothic, they’ve managed to piece together something that could potentially haunt houses, eventually becoming a decomposing mass towards the end”. Thats a mule I can get behind.
The album includes a deluxe book edition bought to you be the G.o.B Design dept.
Thank you to Phil Vickery and BCFM and Raffaele at USG for air play in the weeks after the release.
Commending once again the bravery of others, Raffaele Pezzella (Sonologyst) selected the Whispering Knights to stagger through the Unexplained Sounds program last Sunday. The program can be replayed below.
The ever brave Captain of the Submarine has seem fit to give a platform to the hand once again.
Please find below the ‘Checking EP’, and dance with Dr Jung in the mad moonlight. More information here
The House of Bone design and media team have also produced a film for the opening track. This below for you entertainment. Peace Out.
Briefly allowed liberty to construct this crushed and woozy RMX for the ‘The Stars Are Good, What’ RMX project. I give thanks to the tolerance of these folks. Do follow the link and buy the album. Monies to charity (not mine).
Greetings, t. r. here. Ignore typos, language is fluid.
More brave souls have included recent tracks on their compilation projects. To say I feel a fraud being in the company of real musicians is an understatement.
First up is the IFAR Musique Concrète a platter of scrambled discs compilation. Produced as part of the on-going Musique Concretè 4’33” series.
‘Commercial Interlude’ uses field noise from retail spaces. Track here, download the compilation HERE
In addition, there’s a short film for this track. Herewith….
Next up is the behemoth that is EXHIBITION. Captain Robber of the Submarine Broadcasting Company has maxed out with a series of 6 (more forthcoming) comps under the headings Blue, Green & Red.
From the pages of the bloggery….
“The Exhibition compilation is in three overlapping flavours: Red, Green and Blue. Very roughly speaking Red is the most experimental, this is where you’ll find the noise, the field recordings, the zero bpm and so on; Green is mostly ambient, dark ambient, neo-classical and melodic instrumentals; Blue is pop, rock, post-rock, synthwave, electro and other radio-friendly music.
Currently weighing in at approximately eight hours of music by more than sixty artists, the compilation will be available as seven individual volumes (3 x Red, 2 x Green, 2 x Blue). Each volume will be available as a ‘name your price’ digital download or as an inexpensive CD from our Bandcamp store, here. The cover art is once again by the lovely Glove of Bones.
As with our previous compilations, there is a charity benefitting from our work. On this occasion all proceeds will go to the international mental health charity, the Shaw Mind Foundation. We chose them as we wanted an international charity, to reflect the international constituency of our artists, and we liked the way Shaw Mind Foundation tackle not only mental health but also the stigma surrounding mental illness.”
The contribution of the ‘hand’ is on R2. It’s meandering reverie concerning the ghost of William Blake meeting the newly pure consciousness entity of Stephen Hawking in the school hall science lab, prior to ascending to the stars. I’m sure it’s been done before, but there’s no such thing as pure originality any more.
Tune below, please download the series and drop a few pounds on a CD. The artwork is exceptional and it’s for a good cause.
There has been a outpouring of attention for the t. r. hand project in the intricate world of net radio. As a contemporary phenomenon, its unequalled in its diversity and forward thinking. This is why the NME is no more.
In no particular order, but to provide informative archive information, here are the recent ones.
The Comfy Show played -Krankenhaus für Mauerkrankheit in their March show.
Phil from BCfm took his reputation in his hands and played Circle of Teeth on Friday the 9th of March. Phil is a major dude.
Raffaella from Unexplained Sounds included the Krankenhaus tune in episode 101
And Ben from Duck In A Tree was generous enough to include North Country Lullaby (an incredibly brave choice) in the 24 of Feb show.
To all you wonderful sound warriors, (makes dramatic saluting gesture)!!
Who is t. r. hand?
An errant Spirit Animal
An ongoing distraction
A New Age Guru looking for a new philosophy
A chattering noise just outside your peripheral vision
An absent friend
A savage heart & a spirit of vengeance (Corazón Salvaje / Kendo Nagasaki)
A slave of middle management
A recovering public menace
A brother and journeyman in a digital landscape
In the positive sense, a conceit originally referred to an extended metaphor with a complex logic that governs a poetic passage or entire poem. By juxtaposing, usurping and manipulating images and ideas in surprising ways, a conceit invites the reader into a more sophisticated understanding of an object of comparison. (Wikipedia)
Or…. an excessively favourable opinion of one’s own ability, importance, wit, etc. An elaborate, fanciful metaphor, especially of a strained or far-fetched nature.
Folke Meditation is a selection of recent sound works, designed to be used during free or guided meditations.
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Note the question time / hypnotist dream. Bang on the head, rippled views, liar in Chief, scare the kids. No, no no, this is definitely the true view.
‘Is there such a thing as pre-lucid dreaming’?
The 80’s was damaging. No one needs those fashion ideals imposed on him or her. Travelling was the best escape, although the Mediterranean areas merely stepped back about 5 years, flares and wide collars. Still the landscapes of Cyprus, Naxos & Telandos, the bars of Falaraki, the buried towns of Heraklion & Akrotiri, the wine of Santorini and the views of Ithaca from Sami did have a restorative effect.
Returned, renewed and renamed, Sibylla Pret & Achillios Mountza (who met in a bar overlooking Hippocrates Tree) arrived in England to start a band or a revolution in ’96. The ‘Cryptic Mantis’ didn’t take off and both took jobs in the crushed public sector. The distractions of the day diluted their ardour and they dissolved into their boots.
Mu / Cipher
Mu (uppercase Μ, lowercase μ; Ancient Greek μῦ [mŷː], Greek: μι or μυ [mi] or [miu]) is the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 40. Mu was derived from the Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for water, which had been simplified by the Phoenicians and named after their word for water, to become 𐤌img (mem). Letters that arose from mu include the Roman M and the Cyrillic М.
The Japanese and Korean term mu (Japanese: 無; Korean: 무) or Chinese wú (traditional Chinese: 無; simplified Chinese: 无), meaning “not have; without”, is a key word in Buddhism, especially Zen traditions.
A cipher is a secret code, usually one that’s created using a mathematical algorithm. Sometimes the message written in code is itself called a cipher.
Cipher comes from the Arabic sifr, which means “nothing” or “zero.” The word came to Europe along with the Arabic numeral system. As early codes substituted numerals for letters to hide the word’s meaning, codes became known as ciphers. If you crack a cipher, you break the code and can understand the message. From its “zero” meaning, cipher can also be used for a person who has no influence or importance in the world. Late 14c., “arithmetical symbol for zero,” from Old French cifre “nought, zero,” Medieval Latin cifra, with Spanish and Italian cifra, ultimately from Arabic sifr “zero,” literally “empty, nothing,” from safara “to be empty;” loan-translation of Sanskrit sunya-s “empty.”
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We are really excited to present the debut album from t.r. hand, ‘Folke Meditation’.
Relatively little is known about t.r. hand; we received a somewhat cryptic press release from his (?) intermediaries at Glove of Bones, which had the (presumably intentional) effect of leaving us knowing less about t.r. than before we’d read it. Frowning emoji.
However, the album is a cracker, even if we do say so ourselves. Elsewhere we described it as a melange of of cut-ups and ambient and experimental beats and sound collages. It’s pretty much the kind of music that resists any sensible attempt at categorisation and has to be heard to be understood. It is also entirely possible that the ‘Folke Meditation’ title is a little misleading.
t. r. hand
Guitar and imaginary guitar
Samples & loops
Various field recordings
Vocal and other guttural noise
The Glove of Bones
Construction, production, mastering and analgesics
Huge thanks to the Captain of Submarine Broadcasting Company for risking all to host this work. Prey for them.
Girl From The North Country
If you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine
If you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see she has a coat so warm
To keep her from the howling winds
Please see if her hair hangs long
If it rolls and flows all down her breast
Please see for me if her hair’s hangin’ long
For that’s the way I remember her best
I’m a-wondering if she remembers me at all
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day
So if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine
Bob Dylan – 1963
The association between tooth loss and memory may be due to poor dental health. Periodontal disease often means high levels of inflammation in the gums and supportive tissue for the teeth, but the effects aren’t limited to the mouth. Unhealthy gums are also linked to heart disease and stroke, possibly because the same bacteria which inflame the gums can enter the bloodstream and cause plaque buildup elsewhere in the body, including the brain.
Another possible explanation may be that tooth loss leads to the deterioration of the cerebral cortex because of the loss of sensory input. In rats, the more teeth were pulled, the more cells were lost in the brain region associated with memory formation, the hippocampus.
Mauerkrankheit (Wall Disease)
The Berlin Wall made Berliners sick. In 1973, East German psychiatrist Dietfried Müller-Hegemann observed that the Berlin Wall caused psychosis, schizophrenia, and phobias in the East Germans who lived in its shadow. Those who lived near the wall suffered behavioral problems such as rage and dejection. They showed elevated rates of alcoholism and suicide. The closer to the physical wall his patients lived, the more acute their disorders. One woman even suffered lock-jaw. Müller-Hegemann called the syndrome Mauerkrankheit, Wall Disease, and though he could not thoroughly research the syndrome for fear of prosecution, Müller-Hegemann predicted depression, despondency and high suicide rates would persist in Berlin for as long as the wall stood. The only remedy was to bring it down.
Marcello Di Cintio – 2012
Psychopomps (from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός, psuchopompos, literally meaning the “guide of souls”) are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply to provide safe passage. Appearing frequently on funerary art, psychopomps have been depicted at different times and in different cultures as anthropomorphic entities, horses, deer, dogs, whip-poor-wills, ravens, crows, owls, sparrows and cuckoos. When seen as birds, they are often seen in huge masses, waiting outside the home of the dying.
Classical examples of a psychopomp are the ancient Egyptian god Anubis, the Greek ferryman Charon and deities Hermes and Hecate, the Roman god Mercury, and the Etruscan deity Vanth.
In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, the gemstone Turquoise has been esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman. The oldest evidence for this claim was found in Ancient Egypt, where grave furnishings with turquoise inlay were discovered, dating from approximately 3000 BCE. In the ancient Persian Empire, the sky-blue gemstones were earlier worn round the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. If they changed colour, the wearer was thought to have reason to fear the approach of doom. Meanwhile, it has been discovered that the turquoise certainly can change colour, but that this is not necessarily a sign of impending danger. The change can be caused by the light, or by a chemical reaction brought about by cosmetics, dust or the acidity of the skin.
The goddess Hathor was associated with turquoise, as she was the patroness of Serabit el-Khadim, where it was mined. Her titles included “Lady of Turquoise”, “Mistress of Turquoise”, and “Lady of Turquoise Country”.
In Western culture, turquoise is also the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of December. The turquoise is also a stone in the Jewish High Priest’s breastplate, described in Exodus 28. The stone is also considered sacred to the indigenous peoples of the Southwestern United States Zuni and Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest, The pre-Columbian Aztec and Maya also considered it to be a valuable and culturally important stone.
Trinitite, also known as Atomsite or Alamogordo glass, is the glassy residue left on the desert floor after the plutonium-based Trinity nuclear bomb test on July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The glass is primarily composed of arkosic sand composed of quartz grains and feldspar (both microcline and smaller amount of plagioclase with small amount of calcite, hornblende and augite in a matrix of sandy clay) that was melted by the atomic blast. It is usually a light green, although colour can vary. It is mildly radioactive but safe to handle.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, samples were gathered and sold to mineral collectors as a novelty. Traces of the material may be found at the Trinity Site today, although most of it was bulldozed and buried by the United States Atomic Energy Commission in 1953. It is now illegal to take the remaining material from the site; however, material that was taken prior to this prohibition is still in the hands of collectors.
Arbor Low consists of about 50 large limestone blocks, quarried from a local site, which form an egg-shaped circle, with monoliths at the entrances, and possibly a portal stone at the south entrance. There is also a large pit at the north entrance, which possibly contained a stone. Some of the stones are broken; some of these fragments may originally have been joined together, such that there were originally between 41 and 43 stones. The stones range from 1.6 to 2.1 metres (5 ft 3 in to 6 ft 11 in) tall, with the monoliths being between 2.6 and 2.9 metres (8 ft 6 in and 9 ft 6 in).
In the centre lie seven smaller blocks, which form a cove.
One stone is partially upright; the rest are all lying down. Although it is frequently stated that the stones have never stood upright, it is possible that they had originally been set upright in shallow stone holes.
The stones are surrounded by an oval earthen bank, approximately 90 by 85 metres (295 by 279 ft) at the outside edges and 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) high, with an interior ditch being about 2 m deep and between 7 and 10 metres (23 and 33 ft) wide. There are two causeway entrances breaching both the bank and ditch; the north-west one is 9 metres (30 ft) wide, and the south-south-east one is 6 metres (20 ft) wide. Within the bank lies an inner platform 52 by 40 metres (171 by 131 ft) in area.
Few henge monuments in the British Isles are as well preserved. Arbor Low was one of the first ancient monuments to be given statutory protection, in the 1880s. Small monoliths engraved VR and GR (for Victoria Regina and Georgius Rex) still stand around the henge, demarcating the protected area.
Gib Hill is a large burial mound. It is thought to be a Neolithic oval barrow with an Early Bronze Age round barrow superimposed at one end. It is located some 300 metres south-west of Arbor Low.
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