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All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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Laughing Stock: Broadcast's Use Of A Refracted Past - Eden Tizard

Laughing Stock: Broadcast's Use Of A Refracted Past - Eden Tizard | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'Around about the time of 'Tender Buttons' a theory started circulating. In an essay on the scene, Simon Reynolds coined the phrase Hauntology. This was in relation largely to the Ghost Box record label - run by the graphic designer Julian House and fellow music artist Jim Jupp. The idea basically cantered around a nostalgia for a lost future. A utopianism which was dreamed of but never realised. The music looked back to a time when the future didn't come with doom laden connotations but could be looked upon with a degree of wonder. This music was made by artists like Belbury Poly, The Focus Group and the Advisory Circle. The scene had a melancholic air - inevitable due to the theme of lost utopias - but also a playful sense of messing with the past. Though not sharing the same sound a number of different artists were loosely linked to the scene. 

The dubstep of Burial was said to be a reaction to the reality of the rave dream not coming into fruition, Boards of Canada used warm analogue synths over contemporary electronics to explore ideas of innocence, childhood and nostalgia, whilst Arial Pink created a lo-fi interpretation of forgotten pop music. Broadcast are also a band which has been linked to this idea, and I think that there is some truth in that, however I still believe the band are not that easy to pigeonhole.' - Eden Tizard 
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Broadcast: Berberian Sound Studio Original Soundtrack – review/Alexis Petridis

Broadcast: Berberian Sound Studio Original Soundtrack – review/Alexis Petridis | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Perhaps Broadcast's ability to invoke a dimly remembered past was why their music struck a deep chord: they never sold many records, but as their career progressed, others soaked up their ideas. It's hard to imagine the Ghost Box label, or any of the music dubbed "hauntological", existing without them. Paul Weller, of all people, fell under their spell and began releasing instrumentals to prove it. As others caught up, Broadcast moved forward, their music becoming "curiouser and curiouser" as Keenan sang on their penultimate album. By the time of her death, they were playing entirely improvised live shows.' - Alexis Petridis

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Tender Buttons Turns 10 - Stereogum - Gabriela Tully Claymore

Tender Buttons Turns 10 - Stereogum - Gabriela Tully Claymore | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'When we’re children, ghosts are translucent forms draped in white sheets molded to mimic someone we once knew. They fold themselves into dressers and skulk behind the banister; they cower in the attic and wreak havoc on the home when night falls. In stories told around campfires and at sleepovers, ghosts harbor vendettas and seek revenge, they pursue the innocent in search of absolution. A haunting of any sort is a malicious thing, and though the ghosts rattling the pipes disappear after a certain age, the foreboding, creeping sense that we’re being haunted by something distant doesn’t always leave. Ghosts of our former selves vaporize and find homes in new vessels – they seek us out in photographs, in heirlooms, in déjà vu, and in music. Certain sounds evoke a place and time, a person, so suddenly that hearing them can feel like pointed attacks. They transport us, whether we ask for it or not, into an earlier iteration of ourselves, returning the past to present, collapsing our sense of linear time.' - Gabriela Tully Claymore

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Broadcast and The Focus Group - #2: I See, So I See So

This is the second video in a series of collaborative works between Broadcast and Julian House (aka The Focus Group) The music is taken from 'Broadcast and T...
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