Ghostwriter – The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association

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Ghostwriter’s (Mark Brend) The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association has finally been made available via digital download.  This was initially released on CD by Second Language in 2010 and was limited to 200 copies.  It sold-out within a few weeks.

Partially based upon archive voice recordings, fragmentary texts and ‘imagined works’ by literary figures eminent (Arthur Conan Doyle, John Steinbeck), cult (Colin Wilson, John Cowper Powys) and arcane (Arthur Machen, Ivor Gurney), The Continuing Adventures… weaves ethereal atmosphere, wistful song and playful soundscape from a battery of instruments and sound sources, including dulcitone, persephone, harpsichord, autoharp, toy piano, modular synthesizer, recorder, banjo, accordion, bass, drums, sampler, miscellaneous voices and something called the brendonium.

Divided into three distinct ‘Chapters’: Music For Men Of Letters, Music For Imagined Technologies and Music For Flotsam and Jetsam, these mysteriously beguiling compositions run the gamut from frisky, jazz-flavoured vignettes to garden shed electronica and contemplative sound collages via Wicker Man folk and bygone soundtrack esoterica.  Beyond easy categorisation, this is music informed as much by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the British Sound Archive as it is various currents in leftfield pop, electronica, folk and plunderphonics.

Brend is assisted in his endeavours by a number of additional musicians and collaborators, including multi-instrumentalists Tim Conway and Matt Gale (Farina), singer Suzy Mangion (Piano Magic, George) and analogue synth collector Darren Hayman (Hefner), among several others.  Ghostwriter’s debut album is very much a product of Brend’s own unique imagination and compositional vision, however.

Buy the album here.

There are also a couple of previously unreleased tracks from the sessions available for free at Soundcloud.

 

 

Ghostwriter – Dimensions. Released 4 March 2013.

Ghostwriter - DimensionsGhostwriter’s Dimensions EP is available from today!  It can be purchased from the Chaffinch shop, Avalanche in Edinburgh, Love Music in Glasgow, Monorail in Glasgow and Norman Records in Leeds.

Available on 7″ vinyl and limited to 200 copies.  It’s accompanied by a digital download which features an exclusive track.

Ghostwriter – Dimensions EP. 7″ vinyl with download. 4 March 2013.

Ghostwriter - DimensionsChaffinch are thrilled to announce that our next release will be from Ghostwriter.

 

Following the acclaimed 2010 release on Second Language, The Continuing Adventures Of The Strange Sound Association, Ghostwriter (aka Devon-based musician and writer Mark Brend) returns with the Dimensions EP.

 

Where The Continuing Adventures… parlayed literary ghost recordings and psycho-geographic notes into oblique vignettes, Dimensions offers sonic collage as a distillation of memory, place and recondite spirituality.

 

The title track finds Brend joined by Belbury Poly/Ghost Box’s Jim Jupp for an imagined walk through 1930s London alongside Christian mystic writer Charles Williams.  This 11 minute rumination is bookended with two short pieces, Autobiographical Sketch no. 1, and With Stringed Instruments, A Song, featuring Brend’s former Fariñabandmates Matt Gale and Tim Conway.

A fourth download-only track, Bidding Bell, finds Brend drawing regular Ghostwriter collaborator Suzy Mangion and new recruit Adrian Ramsey into a pastoral/choral conversation with God.

 

This is available on 7″ vinyl with accompanying digital download and is limited to 200 copies.  The release date is 4 March 2013.

Mark Brend – The Sound Of Tomorrow

Sound Of TomorrowChaffinch will soon be announcing details regarding it’s forthcoming release from Ghostwriter (aka Devon-based musician and writer Mark Brend).  In the meantime, seek out his recent book titled The Sound Of Tomorrow: How Electronic Music Was Smuggled into the Mainstream.  You can purchase it at Amazon.

Here’s a little of what to expect:

Monterey pop festival, 1967. Bernie Krause and Paul Beaver demonstrated a Moog synthesizer to the assembled rock aristocracy, plugging into a surge of interest that would see synthesizers and electronic sound become commonplace in rock and pop early the following decade.

And yet in 1967 electronic music had already seeped into mainstream culture.  For years, composers and technicians had been making electronic music for film and TV. Hitchcock had commissioned a theremin soundtrack for Spellbound (1945); The Forbidden Planet (1956)

featured an entirely electronic score; Delia Derbyshire had created the Dr Who theme in 1963; and by the early 1960s, all you had to do was watch commercial TV for a few hours to hear the
weird and wonderful sounds of the new world.

The Sound of Tomorrow tells the compelling story of the sonic adventurers who first introduced electronic music to the masses.  A network of composers, producers, technicians and inventors, they took emerging technology and with it made sound and music that was bracingly new.

Scottish Music Independent Music Fair – 8/12/2012

Local Scottish labels including Chaffinch team up to offer Xmas shoppers a taste of the Scottish and UK music scene.  Also participating are Chemikal Underground, Song By Toad Records, Olive Grove, Rock Action, Gerry Loves Records, Armellodie, Overlook Records, Love Music, Rub A Dub and more.  We’ll all be manning stalls with lovingly crafted slices of music joy.

This takes place on Saturday, 8th December 2012 at Chambre 69 in Glasgow.  Doors open at 1pm and entry is FREE.  Hope you can make it along.

www.smia.org.uk/