John Foxx’s new album, London Overgrown is a project John has been working on for years, inspired by his own experiences of London – including an abandoned, overgrown Shoreditch in the early 1980s – futuristic visions of a derelict city dating back to the sci-fi of Quatermass which he watched as a child and a strong desire to propose ‘an actual city,’ explains Foxx. ‘A plan for London. A beautiful new overgrown city. Perhaps this may be initiated gradually, by obtaining permission to allow a street or two to become overgrown, them it may come to be seen as a Post Carbon City, a way of greening London. Let’s practice vertical gardening all over buildings everywhere. Create the Hanging Gardens of Shoreditch, The Glades of Soho, encourage London to become a truly green city. Let’s resurrect Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Allow Hyde Park to spread through Soho to the river. Encourage Hampstead Heath to meet Richmond Park at its borders, via all the squares and gardens and rooftops, right across London . . .’ The music is ambient and electronic; immersive soundscapes for an empty, overgrown city and a wordless relative of Foxx’s Cathedral Oceans.
This release perfectly celebrates 35 years of John Foxx performing as a as a solo artist. Available to preorder now for the special discounted pre-order price of £7.99, visit the official store to view this title was well as the full range of releases available.
Metamatic Records’ first major compilation of John Foxx material is the first part of a double release spanning thirty-five years as a solo artist. John Foxx – 20th Century: The Noise covers the years from his debut single ‘Underpass’ in January 1980 to the rest of the last century, up to his ‘comeback’ albums with Louis Gordon, Shifting City and Subterranean Omnidelic Exotour in 1997 and 1998.
There’s also a precious Cathedral Oceans gem, ‘Splendour’ which has only ever been available on a rare album by various artists entitled Orphée and the album includes an unreleased instrumental track from the vaults, ‘Musique Electron’ – a melodic idea Foxx has had ‘for decades’. The Metamatic material is taken from the new 2014 master which is based on a new set of 1979 analogue tapes found in John’s archive.
No-One Driving (Single Version)
He’s A Liquid (Alternative Version)
A Long Time
Europe After The Rain
Dancing Like A Gun
Endlessly (Single Version)
The Hidden Man
The Noise – Foxx/Gordon
Through My Sleeping – Foxx/Gordon
Hiroshima Mon Amour – Foxx/Gordon (Taken from Omnidelic Exotour)
Musique Electron (previously unreleased)
Splendour (previously only available on a compilation entitled, Orphée)
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For over thirty years I’ve been writing about, filming, photographing and exploring a city. Assembling a travelogue of an invisible place that may be found across any street. Even though we may live in the same physical space, we all carry our own vastly different maps of it – from personal routes, shortcuts to the connections with accumulated memories, associations and experiences. Our own maps of our own city.
Ghost Harmonic – Codex
Limited Edition Hardback Book Limited to just 1000 copies.
Release Date: 11/05/2015
Ghost Harmonic are solo violinist Diana Yukawa, electronic pioneer John Foxx and his collaborator in John Foxx And The Maths – Benge. They’ve been working at Benge’s MemeTune Studios in Shoreditch, London over the last couple of years, creating the Ghost Harmonic sound – a combination of the purity of Diana Yukawa’s violin with the complexity and textured noise of analogue machinery. As Benge puts it, ‘there is something very satisfying about combining Diana’s beautiful 17th Century violin with a subsonic tone-blast from a Moog Modular.’
‘It was fairly open,’ says John Foxx, ‘but I guess the underlying intention was we all wanted to see what might happen when a classically trained musician engaged with some of the possibilities a modern recording studio can offer – eg multi-tracking, vast notional spaces, long echoes, looping, retuning, layering, synthesisers, sound effects, vintage and cheap equipment etc. Also we wanted to improvise, since that seldom happens in the classical world. Bach wouldn’t take any student who couldn’t improvise over a given theme but things seem to have gone in reverse since then. Diana was a welcome revelation after all that. She picked up themes immediately and took them off in all directions. Very exhilarating.”
For over thirty years I’ve been writing about, filming, photographing and exploring a city. Assembling a travelogue of an invisible place that may be found across any street.
Even though we may live in the same physical space, we all carry our own vastly different maps of it – from personal routes, shortcuts to the connections with accumulated memories, associations and experiences. Our own maps of our own city.
1 Oceanic II
2 The Beautiful Ghost
3 A Man, A Woman And A City
4 London Overgrown
5 A Small Revolving World
6 Everything Is Illuminated
7 Often Now, I Wake
8 Persistence Of Vision
9 City Of Mirage
10 Imaginary Music
Public Information’s marvellous compilation picked from 30 years of electronic cues from the Standard Library label, is available now in a gorgeous double LP package in the Ghost Box Guest Shop.
Public Information say,
“Unofficial sequel to our Parry Music compilation from 2012, here again we step into the world of library. With official permission granted from the label itself we have selected 31 tracks from UK library music institution Standard Music spanning 30 years of electronic play, this is Happy Machine.
Standard Music Library was established in 1968 as a partnership between independent music publisher David Platz and London Weekend Television. Themes and incidental music for hit LWT shows like Black Beauty, Upstairs, Downstairs, On the Buses and The Professionals, were written under Standard’s wing. A breathtaking who’s-who of musicians recorded under the Standard banner, pressing up records that are now found in the rare as hens-teeth zone; Brian Eno, Delia Derbyshire, John Gregory. Those who feature on Happy Machine include… Brian Hodgson, John Kongos, Richard Thair, John Keating, Mike Vickers, Marco Pirroni and none other than Beatles producer George Martin jamming out on a Moog…..These characters and more are nestled comfortably here on Happy Machine as we try to make sense of our favourite electronic moments from this incredible library.
We trip from desolate Radiophonic ambient, to cute bleep-idents, to stark contemporary drone to jagged electronic scorch. There are moments of square-Italo groove, freaky electroid-psych and early 70’s Beat. Moog-heavy workouts sit nervously aside unsettling concrete. Harsh science-fiction drama bristles against gentle Romantic interludes. This is electronic library music laid bare in all its wonderful diversity; sounds for a thousand images, scores for myriad backdrops.”
Metamatic Records is pleased to announce a new John Foxx album, due for release on 14 April 2014. Pre-order now and you’ll receive an instant download of the track ‘Crash Course’. John Foxx’s B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica)was recorded and assembled for a cut-up movie by Foxx and Karborn inspired by the ideas and work of British writer J G Ballard.
Screened as part of Brighton’s Cine-City festival in late 2012, the pair presented ‘a film and sound seance manifesting J G Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.’ The album features two collaborations – ‘Geometry,Collision And Coincidence‘ with Benge and ‘Disaster Series‘ was recorded with another long-term associate, Steve D’Agostino.
All the music is exclusive to this soundtrack except ‘The Other Side’ is an extract from the forthcomingElectricity & Ghosts album (due for release in 2015), which just happened to fit with the visuals. The soundtrack runs as a continuous piece of music in the first part of B-Movie including effects and links that relate to the film.
The second half of the album features all the individual tracks plus ‘Dashboard Melt‘ which Foxxrecorded for the project but in the end didn’t use. Jonathan Barnbrook’s stunning artwork for the album features images created by Karborn (www.karborn.com).
This release is exclusive to the John Foxx Official Store.
1 The Atrocity Catalogue Update
2 Geometry, Collision and Coincidence
3 Exit Strategy
4 Velocity Logic
5 Crash Course
6 Obscene Chemistry
7 A Stray Ballardian Neurone
8 Disaster Series
9 The Other Side
Ballardian Video Neuronica:
10 Geometry, Collision and Coincidence
11 Exit Strategy
12 Velocity Logic
13 Crash Course
14 Obscene Chemistry
15 A Stray Ballardian Neurone
16 Disaster Series
17 Dashboard Melt
18 The Other Side
This release is exclusive to the store and is available to pre-order from HERE.
European Splendour is the forthcoming collaboration from John Foxx and Jori Hulkkonen…
Available on both Compact Disc and 12 Inch Black Vinyl. The artwork for both releases has been created by Jonathan Barnbrook.