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Soundchronicities: Exploring The Hallucinatory Sounds of London’s Wilderness

November 18, 2013
Soundchronicities: Exploring The Hallucinatory Sounds of London’s Wilderness

At long last, Marshland: Dreams & Nightmares on the Edge of London is out now on Influx Press, (order it here) The book is a time-travel journey through the Lea Marshes, weaving together supernatual stories, local legends, weird histories and tales of my own encounters and mishaps. In the final part of the book I write...
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A Dream of Flight Over Walthamstow Marsh

October 23, 2013
A Dream of Flight Over Walthamstow Marsh

In 1909 a man built a wooden aeroplane, and rolled it onto Walthamstow Marsh…   Here is ‘Flight’, from an album I’ve made with Jetsam called A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes.  The track is about the first British manned flight, which took place on Walthamstow Marsh in 1909. I’ve written my own lopsided...
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Oh No, it’s Another Lea Marshes Spandex Pylon Raveorgy!

May 7, 2013
Oh No, it’s Another Lea Marshes Spandex Pylon Raveorgy!

It began just before dusk with the sound of cracking concrete behind Walthamstow marsh. The horses in the Lee Riding Centre whinnied in panic. A kestrel wheeled away from its hunt and shot across the skyline to the Essex filter beds. Two men behind the reservoir hurried out from under cover, hurriedly pulling up...
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Red Night – A Soundchronicity Walk on Hackney Marsh

January 15, 2013
Red Night – A Soundchronicity Walk on Hackney Marsh

Soundchronicities are those moments where the music you are listening to fuses with your environment, creating powerful impressions. For my latest experiment I listened to TVO’s Red Night while walking a ciruit around Hackney Marsh, from the Old River Lea to the Lea Bridge Road. This is an edited version of my notes. TRACK 1....
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A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes: Music from the Marshes Live at the Union Chapel

October 16, 2012
A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes: Music from the Marshes Live at the Union Chapel

“There is a hole in London, which swallows up the city’s time….” I’m hugely nervous and excited to announce that on Saturday 20th October I’ll be performing A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes at The Union Chapel, Islington with the 6-piece experimental contemporary music ensemble, Jetsam. This atmospheric musical suite is inspired by my short...
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Plan 9 from Outer Hackney

April 8, 2012
Plan 9 from Outer Hackney

In his Greater London Plan of 1944 Sir Patrick Abercrombie was the first to suggest that the Lee Valley should become a regional park. It wasn’t until 1961 that the Mayor of Hackney, Alderman Lou Sherman took action. He invited what was then known as the Civic Trust to appraise the Valley and its...
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Keith Fullerton Whitman & the Deep Topography of the London Sky

August 23, 2011
Keith Fullerton Whitman & the Deep Topography of the London Sky

A soundchronicity experiment with Keith Fullerton Whitman’s album Generator I’m sick of the way my head swivels about on my neck. Left to right… right to left… straight ahead. I spend my days looking around at things: cars, trees, strangers, walls, the contents of my fridge, the expression of concern on my family’s faces. Yes,...
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Analogue Man

July 30, 2011
Analogue Man

A soundchronicity adventure with the Ekoplekz album Memowrekz, Thirty three tracks of twisted analogue synth, spanning almost two hours, and it’s already 3pm. Hendrix is straining at the lead. My iPod is fully charged. The marsh awaits. I’d better get a move on. I cut through Millfields Park as Visions of Purdown...
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The Widdershins Psychetecture Marsh Mash-up

June 6, 2011
The Widdershins Psychetecture Marsh Mash-up

I reveal what happens when you listen to the sound of the Glasgow subway system while walking through London’s marshland.   At first I believed I’d made a mistake. My idea was to take the mini album Widdershins (by The Psychogeographical Commission) on my walk. Hear it through my iPod. See what my brain made...
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Magick on the River Lea

March 15, 2011
Magick on the River Lea

Listen: A soundchronicity experiment with Music For Thomas Carnacki (Radiophonic Themes and Abstracts) – Cafe Kaput Mad times today down by the Lea. I set off down the Lea towpath with my dog, Hendrix who was being unusually slow. Grazing for shit in the grass verges again. I swear sometimes it’s like walking a sheep....
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