Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Ghosts Of Bush - Robin The Fog (Fog Signals)
Luckily for 'Robin The Fog' he worked as a studio manager at Bush House in London, which until very recently was home to the BBC's World Service. I say lucky because it gave him the perfect excuse to reference My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - handy, eh? More than that, this is no cheap sampling of building sounds put to snazzy breakbeats in a lazy hauntological fashion, but instead pays homage to the great musique concrète pioneers such as Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry. Also in the historical mix is the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, of course, with Robin going to great lengths in a reel-to-reel style to create the truly beautiful sounds on this album. Can't blame him for not being able to resist a sample of Big Ben, which adds to the English flavour and maintains the lineage that includes the UK's favourite bespectacled grande dame of tape manipulation, Daphne Oram. Wonderful album. Dodgy cover, though.
Buy it here.
Robin The Fog's blog is here.
And here is an interview with him.
Note: more musique concrète poured into the Include Me Out mixer coming soon, Through The Keyhole at a house in Paris. Keep 'em peeled.