Monday, 31 August 2015

Public Spools

Hello, and welcome to Public Spools.
You, at the back, shush a minute and stop fiddling with that anemometer.

Public Spools is a kind of municipal mix tape.
Usually, this means 90 minutes that reflects where one person is at; it could be a gammon-handed declaration of love, a high-equine education of genre or the soundtrack to a journey yet to be done.

Public Spools is somewhere in the middle.
Or along the edges.
It is the description of a journey as it is actually happens, a reflection of where many people are at, each personal addition contributing a small piece of the collage.

The noises can be whatever you like.
From found-sounds and field recordings to pre-recorded noises.
Just make it 3 minutes about yourself and where you are.

I've put a notepad in with the recorder, so feel free to draw, write, collage, whatever.

When the tape is full, return to The Geography Trip and I will make a recording of it freely available to all. I might even do a cassette with a little booklet of stuff from the notebook.

Remember: try and not record over the work of the last person or change their notebook entries. Other than that, it's a free play.

I look forward to hearing the sounds of your heads, your homes, your hills and your high streets.

All the very best,
Geography Rob

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Field Notes from the Geography Trip - 2014 Analysis

Welcome to the end of the year. 

2014 has yielded some highs and also some skies. And some sky-highs. A few lows were always going to peep out from behind hazel and horse chestnut, but we managed to achieve a decent sky-high/low ratio.
I wandered around Las Vegas in a tweed jacket and orange bobble hat. I spent hundreds of mornings and evenings hurtling through the Hope Valley. I had a midnight adventure in Stuttgart with some of my best friends. I finally read Slaughterhouse 5. I spent most days listening to music.
Ah, music. 2014 was a delight for sounds. Thank you everyone yet again for passing me lots of recommendations about what I should be chewing my ears on, you’ve given me a pearl or two. I say it a lot (and it’s only because I mean it) but the most incredible aspect of doing GT is hearing from you lot, whether it be a recommendation or just to say that you liked our releases. Even one person saying they dig makes it all worthwhile, so thank you.
My genuine, genuine favourite record of the year has been Low Fantasy EP by The Resource Centre. It is a sparkling rock pool remembered in sepia. It's childhood pylons. It's a slowly dissolving toy box. It's wonderful and I can't say how proud I am that GT got it on to vinyl. Follow him here:


and pick up the record here:

And for 2015? I've bought some waders. There will be 2 or 3 tapes and maybe a 7/10/12 inch. Some written stuff. Some visual stuff. Some classic Geography Tripping.
Think on. Exciting times.
Anyway, I've put together my favourite releases of the year followed by my alphabet inventory of favourite things. Just a bit of fun and apologies if I've missed some belters off there. My memory is fucking terrible.

Enjoy your holidays and back here bright and early in January.

All the very best,

Geography Rob
Favourite 13
1 Loor by Kemper Norton (Front & Follow)

2 New Horizon by oh/ex/oh (Self-released)

3 Preturnaturals by Grumbling Fur (The Quietus Phonographic Corporation)

4 The Maddening Machine by Wizards Tell Lies (Rano)

5 Black Mist EP by Pye Corner Audio (Front & Follow)
6 From Out Here by The Advisory Circle (Ghostbox)

7 St Vincent by St Vincent (Loma Vista)
8 Industriale Illuminato by Lussuria (Hospital)

9 Torridon Gate by Howlround/Robin the Fog (A Year in the Country)

10 Fluttercage by Isobel Ccircle (Exotic Pylon)
11 Communion by Black Walls (Little Crackd Rabbit)

12 Tomorrow Was the Golden Age by Bing & Ruth (RVNG)

13 Nothing Important by Richard Dawson (Weird World)

Alphabet of Interest

A – Aickman, Robert

B – Bluebird Ale

C – Coriander Indian Restaurant

D – Detectorists, The

E – Electric Substations

F – Front & Follow

G – Green Surge

H – Hunny Towerz

I – Ideogeography

J - Joe Burgess

K – Kurt Vonnegut

L – Longitude

M – Maps

N – Norman Records

O – Oh/Ex/Oh

P – Pylons

Q - Quite Close

R – Resource Centre, The

S – Static Records

T – Toby Jones

U – Up a Mountain

V – Vimto


X – Thinking of something for ‘X’ in alphabetic lists.

Y – Yeast Boys

Z – Incorrectly labelled items.