Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

 

Greetings technonauts, and welcome to Pick of the Week: my own personal harvest of content from around the multi-verse, with no particular regards to time, space, or dimension. All clear? ! Then let us proceed…

 

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Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam is volume five of a “multidisciplinary anthology of amazing queer monster and ghost fiction, poetry and art.” 

Artist, designer, and writer John Coulthart supplies the cover art, as well as a work-in-progress piece from the novel he has been working on since 2006, a self-contained piece called Study in Blue, Green, and Goldwhich features “copious quantities of sex, hallucinogenic drugs, steam locomotives and a fractal cat.” (This information taken from John’s blog here.)

The anthology is currently looking for help with promotional costs via Kickstarter. $30 will get you a copy of the book, as well as your name listed as a supporter.  The Kickstarter page can be found here.

 

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There’s a nice article/interview with the brilliant author Jeff Noon here.      Jeff also Tweets wonderful “microspores” @jeffnoon, and the 20th Anniversary edition of his amazing first novel Vurt was released on April 11th, which includes three new short stories set in the same universe.

 

A very interesting interview with Robert Glenn Howard entitled: Born Digital Folklore and the Vernacular Web, can be found here.

 

I’ve had it in mind for a couple of weeks now to muster an intelligent commentary on the recent controversy over two TEDx talks, by Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake, that were removed from the TEDx YouTube channel and relegated to relatively obscure pages on their blog.

An intelligent commentary from me isn’t forthcoming due to lack of time and discipline, but I would very much encourage you to view the talks, read about the controversy, and perhaps delve into further investigation on the subjects raised.

Rupert Sheldrake’s talk, entitled The Science Delusion, is here.

Graham Hancock’s talk, entitled The War on Consciousness, is here.

 

More detail is to be gleamed from the following:

Rupert Sheldrake’s book, The Science Delusion: Freeing The Spirit Of Enquiry. The Goodreads page is here.

Facebook post by Graham Hancock, here.

TED blog post about the controversy, here.

Graham Hancock’s 2005 book, Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient   Teachers of Mankind. The Goodreads page is here.

– An April 7th article from The Independent about using psilocybin for treating depression, but how trials are severely impeded by “insane” laws, here

– Another article from The Independent, this time from September 2011, about how a ” single magic mushroom ‘can change personality’ “, here.

– 26th September 2012 article from The Guardian “MDMA may help treat depression and PTSD, Channel 4 study suggests”, here.

 

And so on. Viewer discretion and inquiry is advised. So too, an open mind. 

 

I haven’t included many links connected to Rupert Sheldrake’s talk, but I generally agree with the views in his talk. I must say that I find some people’s propensity towards an almost fundamentalist view that Science is the be all and end all of existence rather alarming.

In case you’re wondering, I consider myself a very spiritual person. I follow no religion or particular creed, though I do currently lean towards a pagan/neo-platonic/shamanistic conglomeration of thought. Having said that, I generally prefer to try and shed belief rather than take it on. I love science. I love philosophy. I love thinking about Life, the Universe, and Everything, and remind myself frequently to consciously strive to be true to myself. So there! 😛

 

Random Mysterious Excellent Blog For You To Go Explore Of The Week: 

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A Sound Awareness can be found here.

 

and now… 

                                            M U S I C !

 

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Conceived in 2010/2011 but just recently released, O The Light How It Burns, O The Dark How It Heals is some of the earliest Wolf Florescence material created. Deep drone synthopic soundscapes.

 

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“Pandelindio is a self-described “solo and collective project of experimental and ritualistic music” from Argentina. On this recording the band is comprised of founder Federico Fossati and Pablo Picco of Ø+yn.”

 

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And here is Ø+yn‘s own Bandcamp, with the mesmerising The crown of a tree without roots album from 2009.

 

I leave you with some news about an upcoming zine my wife and I are putting together called Wyrd Daze. It will be a limited physical product filled with art and writing, and will also include a download code for a music compilation, some of the tracks from which will be exclusive to the zine!

Expect Wyrd Daze issue one around mid-May, with confirmed contributions from:

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Berit Ellingsen

The Revenant Sea

April Larson

Lost Trail

Chris Lambert

Cloud Waste and the Calf

With more to be confirmed!

Here is a song by my alter ego The Ephemeral Man that will be included on the compilation. A synthpop love song for my wife, Natasha, I haven’t quite captured the full sound I hear in my head, but considering my lo-fi equipment, I’m proud of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermission

 

BBC test card 'F', featuring Carole Hersee and Bubbles the clown.

 

 

Apologies for the break in transmission: our technicians have been working hard this weekend to resolve tech issues, and Pick of the Week should return to it`s normal schedule next weekend.

 

In the meantime, I leave you with this beautiful album by Tiny Vipers.

Please get yourself comfortable, skip the Bandcamp player back to track 1 (it defaults to track 4), and prepare to be mesmerised by Jesy Fortino`s wondrous soundscapes. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

 

Greetings, and welcome to this week’s pick!

I’m going to start this week with some comic brilliance. Check this out:

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and this:

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Two amazing images by artist Farel Darlrymple for the highly recommended comic Prophet, written by Brandon Graham and published by Image Comics.

Farel also created a web comic called It Will all Hurt which is about to be collected in a print edition, but which originally appeared on the Study Group Comics website, which you can experience here.

Also see Farel Darlrymple’s website fareldalrymple.com, his Tumblr popgunwar.tumblr.com, or catch him on Twitter here.

 

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The beguiling world of Hans Rickheit’Cochlea & Eustachia is waiting for you, here.

 

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Writer Brian K. Vaughan (who has adapted an upcoming miniseries of Stephen King’s Under the Dome), and artist Marcos Martin have launched a ‘pay what you like’ downloadable comic called The Private Eye – part one of a proposed 10 part “sci-fi detective story for mature readers”. Experience it here.

 

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Random Mysterious Excellent Blog For You To Go Explore Of The Week award (which may or may not become a thing) goes to Beyond the Wychelm.

Here you go.

 (On your travels, don’t forget to check out the host’s Mixcloud profile.)

 

Which gently inaugurates us to the inevitable music section of this post…

 

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The brilliant new album by The Haxan Cloak, called Excavation, is out on Monday (15th April) on Tri-angle Records. In the meantime, but probably not for much longer, you can stream the album in full via Pitchfork here.

 

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The wyrd world of the Xenis Emputae Travelling Band will enchant you with its catalogue of esoteric avant-folk and experimental field & drone recordings, here.

And there’s a link to a post on XETB instigator Phil Legard’s blog, where he introduces us in delightful detail to a mix of music inspired by John Dee, here.

 

I’ve recently discovered the Australian radio show The Golden Apples of the Sun, and so should you. They play “psych, folk, and electronica”, and also serve as a “launch-pad to new sub-genres”. Great stuff, which can be found here.

 

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You didn’t even realise that you needed a Greek psychedelic folk pop band in your life, but you really do! Welcome Dozen Draft and their accomplished and vibrant album Hands, which you can listen to and buy for only $2 here.

 

Cloud Waste and the Calf has released his third EP of haunty radiophonic electronica, Rare Sounds Around Britain Volume 3, and it’s rather splendid! Listen to and buy for only £1.99 here.

 

And finally, because there’s only so much awesome that can exist in one place without causing a cosmic rupture in the very fabric of the Universe, there’s a very lovely mix of modern classical / ambient / drone artists via Gizeh Records here.

 

Toodle pip!

 

 

 

Pick of the Week

 

This weeks pick is extremely self indulgent, because it features two musical presentations – by me!

The first is a new track by my alter ego The Ephemeral Man. It’s called The Forest, and is taken from the forthcoming EP The Famulus – Remixes.

 

Sharp-minded constant readers may remember I mentioned that I was working to a deadline last weekend. Well, The Famulus – Remixes EP is an offshoot of that project. Expect more news soon…

 

The second musical presentation I have for you this week is a new mix on Mixcloud. It’s called Principa Discordia: How the West was Lost, and I’m very proud of it. It contains some really amazing music, and I urge you to seek out more of the wondrous output from the featured artists.

I tried embedding the mix here, but it got the better of me. The link is here.

 

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