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All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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k-punk: London after the rave

From 2006

 

'Burial is the kind of album I've dreamt of for years; literally. It is oneiric dance music, a collection of the 'dreamed songs' Ian Penman imagined in his epochal piece on Tricky's Maxinquaye. Maxinquaye would be a reference point here, as would Pole - like both these artists, Burial conjures audio-spectres out of crackle, foregrounding rather than repressing sound's accidental materialities. Tricky and Pole's 'cracklology' was a further development of dub's materialist sorcery in which 'the seam of its recording was turned inside out for us to hear and exult in; when we had been used to the "re" of recording being repressed, recessed, as though it really were just a re-presentation of something that already existed in its own right' (Penman). But rather than the hydroponic heat of Tricky's Bristol or the dank caverns of Pole's Berlin, Burial's sound evokes what the press release calls a 'near future South London underwater. You can never tell if the crackle is the burning static off pirate radio, or the tropical downpour of the submerged city out of the window.'

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Burial: Unedited Transcript - Mark Fisher

Burial: Unedited Transcript - Mark Fisher | Hauntology | Scoop.it

From 2007

 

Mark Fisher's unedited transcript of his interview with Burial

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The Music of Ruination: Burial and Kindred - Michael Krimper

The Music of Ruination: Burial and Kindred - Michael Krimper | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'A few writers have attributed the term hauntology to Burial's music in order to pinpoint its unsettling mood of mourning. His funeral sounds seem to evoke ghosts of rave's recent past, recovering lost traces of percussion, ...'

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Rouge's Foam: The Premature Burial: Burial the Pallbearer vs Burial the Innovator

Rouge's Foam: The Premature Burial: Burial the Pallbearer vs Burial the Innovator | Hauntology | Scoop.it

From 2009

 

'What is Burial’s music ‘about’? What does it ‘do’? Come to think of it, what is his music? What does it mean? Of course, all of this is up to the listener’s imagination, but for a while now there’s been a certain degree of consensus on the answers to these questions: Burial ‘mourns the death of rave’, his music is (to paraphrase a handful of commentators) a ‘plaintive echo from a bygone era of collective energy’, ‘a melancholy, ghostly memory of the faded promise of rave, drenched in weathering and mired in urban decay’.'

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