X-ray Audio is a project by The Bureau of Lost Culture's Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield. It tells the story of the underground community of bootleggers and music lovers who defied the censor in cold war era Soviet Union to make their own records of forbidden Western Jazz, Rock ’n’ Roll and banned Russian music. It is now an online archive, a book, an award-winning documentary and an internationally touring exhibition with live events.
The Bureau of Lost Culture are dedicated to recollecting counter-cultural stories through film, installations and broadcasts. By evoking the spirit of the forgotten underground they aim to inspire with a sense of risk and provocation.
For Radiophrenia they will present the story of the X-Ray Audio Project and Soviet Bone Music culture in images, film and sounds from the era. This will be followed by live performances by Rebecca Wilcox, Quinie and Toi-so which will be directly recorded onto X-Rays using a 1950s recording lathe with immediate playback.
Commissioned as part of Radiophrenia’s two week long radio broadcasts, brought to you live from their studio at CCA Glasgow. Funded through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding with additional support from CCA Glasgow.
From The kind people at Lost in a sea of sound
Sounds echoing through time, always infused and then diluted with the newest and most progressive music. The magnificence of days and decades ago rendered for aging souls. On the rare occasions, when current creations build upon fading sonic delight, the resonance of both past and present rings in quantum beauty. Betwixt & Between 4 has well formed roots though time, exhibiting many traditional attributes from the way music was played and sung. This composition is more though, subtle creativity procured from the span of years, making the finished delivery both nostalgic and contemporary simultaneously.
For cassettes, Betwixt & Between 4 clocks in around the very standard thirty minutes. With the sides split between Jacken Elswyth and Quinie, combined with how purely fascinating both artists are, the entire listen seems incredibly short. A very wonderful merit concurred by many repeated listens.
On the first side, Jacken Elswyth seamlessly plays the banjo through improvisational and traditional forms. Her use of the bow and shruti mesmerize time and place only to be followed by traditional folk pronunciations, equally as captivating. The third track, and the shortest on Jacken's side, is an absolute sublime en-devour. Her use of delay with banjo flows like early dawn light, images slowly substantiating with colors that can not be accurately described. Then grounded on "The Banks of The Green Willow". Accompanied only by birds, Jacken sings a sad tale similar to the unfortunate death of Omie Wise.
Quinie has six songs on the second side. Josie Vallely singing with Gordon Bruce and Tom Merewether accompanying in sound. Alluring traditional Scottish song style in modern context. Songs drawing from cheerful sources as well as traditional. A refreshing direction from years ago, many songs of this genre were depictions on the harshness of life. Now on this set, the ability to draw from comedy rather than tragedy is part of the makeup. One aspect making delightful realization is how experimental this group is. An assortment of sounds surfacing with grandeur, supporting traditional vocal style with present day wisdom. Quinie is completely compelling, thoughts of these selections being recorded a century ago are real, but more light and playful topics with effects are well received.
This is the fourth cassette from Betwixt & Between Tapes. There are a few different purchase options with cassette being described here, also compact disc, and lastly hand-carved linocut / hand-pulled prints with digital included. Looking through everything Betwixt & Between Tapes has done to present, there are not many physical pieces remaining. Only fifty copies of Betwixt & Between 4, so don't wait very long.
Yesterday I was back in the studio with Tom Merewether and Gordon T Brwce recording for a new release with the inimitable Jacken Elswyth - Betwixt and Between Tapes, my voice isnt back to were it should be yet because iv been on mega asthma vibe, but we had some fun with snippets of songs, some bairn sangs, a few improvised bits and bobs and Tom's beautiful spluttering. I think its all going to come together in chaotic splendour. We also recorded a version of Lal Waterston's Fine Horseman which I have been doing live for a while and which is potentially one of my favourite songs ever (sorry its not in Scots- OFF BRAND!)
Here I am in Pittenwiem collecting shells for my tapes
Here are the tapes! If you want to buy one you better be quick cos I only have about 15 left out of a hundred! https://glarc.bandcamp.com
What a dreamy weekend! Playing my international* tour across the world**
*scotland is a different country
First off was Edinburgh with a bunch of drunk rugby lads who told me that the 80s had called and they wanted their fringe back. BUT my spirits where lightened by Burnt Paw s magical tales, the breathtaking album launch of Burd Ellen , and the enthusiastic reception from my mum, dad, auntie cath and uncle damien.
Then it was home to mop Glasgow Autonomous Space up after our fundraising party, a sausage sandwich courtesy of Jonathan Miles, a quick stand in a field with a bucket and Maisie, and on to the The Glad Cafe. This was a super special gig- I always like playing at Glad but it was just so exciting to see a room packed full of people who I didnt know! haha. no disrespect to uncle damien and aunty cath, they were just as exciting. Great sound by Jer Reid and Kim from glad was fab and looked after us all. Thanks to everyone who introduced themselves over the weekend, bought tapes and shared songs.
Monday commenced with a delicious breakfast of eggy bread courtesy of Dan Bman, Me Lost Me was given a small instructional map to get her to alba books, and i went off to stand in the field again with maisie (running theme). Then it was off to newcastle with Sade and smooth radio keeping us flowing along nicely. We met some geese at a service station and arrived at @cumberlandarms in time for hot toddies. One of my favourite venues and with special memories from my time at University in newcastle, it was super nice and nostalgic to be back. bUt i had a cold and felt a bit sorry for myself. Cue friends old and new to come along and hear our now semi-rehearsed stage jokes, and the jokes about the jokes that where beginning to emerge...
I woke up to a handsome window paint chipper man trying to get in to William Tasker and Anna Furniss ' house, feeling like my lungs had left, had a crumpet and headed home to radio 4 where i learnt about the origins of the word 'bread line', dyselxia and a new book called 'the threads of life' which sounded quite good.
In all seriousness (incredible if you have got this far) Im really grateful to Debbie Armour for putting so much work into this tour and thankful to lizzie higgins for inspiring me to be a singer cos its fun.
In February I'll be traipsing around with this lovely lots- come catch us somewhere!
Edinburgh, Saturday 9th February, (£5 entry/ Henry's Cellar Bar)
Glasgow, Sunday 10th February, Glad cafe
Newcastle, Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM, The Cumberland Arms Bed & Breakfast
ABOUT THE OTHE ARTISTS
Burd Ellen is a new solo project from Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons, Alex Rex) featuring Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Barrett’s Dottled Beauty) and Lucy Duncan (Luki). The group uses traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Innovative instrumentation, drone and sound-wash support detailed vocal work to create a unique sonic atmosphere. Burd Ellen will release SILVER CAME in early 2019. A record exploring women's narratives in British folk song, SILVER CAME investigates ideas of persistence, defiance, devotion and transformation. Pre-order details coming soon burdellen.com
ME LOST ME
Me Lost Me is the solo electronic music project of Jayne Dent; a collision of thudding rhythms, lush vocal drones and haunting melodies. Using the voice as her main instrument alongside the concertina, she electronically manipulates and samples sounds to create a unique, folk-influenced experimental pop music. Nestled among atmospheric and powerful original compositions are arrangements of traditional folk songs; beautiful and gripping in their storytelling. She released her debut album "Arcana" in November 2018 - "If Sandy Denny and Laurie Anderson had made an album together it might have sounded a bit like this." - Tallbird Records
Burnt Paw is a songwriter and fingerstyle folk guitarist who lives beneath Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. His music is influenced by a wide range of alternative and experimental artists/styles from both sides of the Atlantic, including psychedelic folk and new/dark folk. Paw’s songs unwind from oral histories, dream-fragments, myths, imaginary adventures and life-stories.
Quinie, Serious Sam Barrett and Paul & Liz Davenport
Hosted by Heretics' Folk Club and nice nice
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 6 PM – 9:30 PM
86 Brown Street, S1 2BS Sheffield