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Hauntology
All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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Apocalypse, Wow: Behind Prince Rama's Concept Album - SPIN

Apocalypse, Wow: Behind Prince Rama's Concept Album - SPIN | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'The record is all about possession: The present being possessed by the past, the past being haunted by the future, the future being eclipsed by present nostalgia. The way I see it, the world ritually ends itself time and time again, on both microcosmic and macrocosmic levels, leaving us with a landscape littered by ghosts. On a macrocosmic level, I think we've reached an end of history and pop culture is doomed to be possessed and re-possessed by past ghosts. The serpent eats its tail until there is no tail left. This is the dawn of the ghost modern era.' Taraka Larson

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LRB · Adam Shatz · Not in the Mood: Derrida’s Secrets

LRB · Adam Shatz · Not in the Mood: Derrida’s Secrets | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'In Spectres of Marx (1993), Derrida delivered on an old promise to write about the founder of historical materialism. He took off from the first line in The Communist Manifesto, ‘A spectre is haunting Europe,’ portraying Marx as obsessed with ghosts: the inventor of what he called ‘hauntology’. With the collapse of communism, Marx himself had become a ghost, as an entire generation of French intellectuals, from Lévy and Glucksmann to Sollers and Kristeva, denounced him as fervently as they had once embraced him. Once again, Derrida was luxuriating in philosophy’s figurative language. Yet his denunciations of the new world order, and his insistence that the spectre of Marx would continue to haunt capitalism, revealed an old-fashioned moral outrage he might have once found embarrassing, even suspect.'  Adam Shatz

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Retromania - Hauntology Goes to the Movies - Simon Reynolds

Retromania - Hauntology Goes to the Movies - Simon Reynolds | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Broadcast soundtrack... Italo-horror flicks and their "beautifully bizarre soundtracks"... post-WW2 musique concrete ... storyline about a sound engineer with a "slowly deteriorating mental state" ... when you tot it all up, Berberian Sound Studio pretty much is "screenplay by Jim Jupp, cinematography by Julian House, directed by Demdike Stare"' - Simon Reynolds

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Nuclear Futurism - Liam Sprod || Zero Books ||

Nuclear Futurism - Liam Sprod || Zero Books || | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Starting from the end of history, the end of art and the failure of the future set out by such ends, Nuclear Futurism reinvigorates art, literature and philosophy through the unlikely alliance of hauntology and the Italian futurists.'

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Old is the New New - Lovelace and Somerville

Old is the New New - Lovelace and Somerville | Hauntology | Scoop.it

From 2010

 

'We need “a conception of history that registers the untimely,” Clayton writes. “Ways of responding to lost threads of the past, to forkings in history that seemed to have vanished with little trace, are crucial to the historical enterprise.” Off-centered, “untimely” figures like Somerville and Lovelace and Babbage, he says, hold the promise of prompting us “to think again about how the past and present interact. It is … a promise that Mary Somerville’s story redeems.”' Rob MacDougall

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ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS

ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here's what I'd do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70's, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.'
Alex Varanese

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the hauntological society: one hundred & one / The reoccurring theme of Ghosts

the hauntological society: one hundred & one / The reoccurring theme of Ghosts | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Every now and again, on a semi-regular basis, a prevalent misunderstanding that Hauntology is all about ghosts prevails. My Father has even asked "what’s this sudden interest in ghosts?". In the general scheme of things, this misunderstanding is of no great importance. But, the problem here is, I find myself responding to these kinds of comments/questions by immediately stating that Hauntology has nothing to do with ghosts. Then, in the next breath, correcting myself by saying "well, it's not as simple as that".' [the hauntological society]

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How To See The Future - Warren Ellis

'If the future is dead, then today we must summon it and learn how to see it properly.'

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The Faux-Vintage Photo: Full Essay (Parts I, II and III) » Cyborgology

The Faux-Vintage Photo: Full Essay (Parts I, II and III) » Cyborgology | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'In this essay, I hope to show how faux-vintage photography, while seemingly banal, helps illustrate larger trends about social media in general. The faux-vintage photo, while getting a lot of attention in this essay, is merely an illustrative example of a larger trend whereby social media increasingly force us to view our present as always a potential documented past. But we have a ways to go before I can elaborate on that point. Some technological background is in order.' Nathan Jurgenson

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The Eccentronic Research Council And Maxine Peake - The Quietus

The Eccentronic Research Council And Maxine Peake - The Quietus | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'The ERC are a self-styled collective of "artists, sound designers, experimental pop performers, writers [and] poets", led primarily by Sheffield musicians Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer (formerly of The All Seeing I). They have conjured up a beguiling brew of elektronische, keyboard led psych, synth pop and analogue ambient to act as the musical accompaniment to a prose poem. The narration – mainly carried out by TV actor Maxine Peake – is based around a (part fictional) account of a psychogeographical trip taken by a priest and a nun from Salford to Pendle to learn more about the town's most notorious daughters.' - John Doran / The Quietus

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Ariel Pink – Mature Themes: exclusive album stream

Ariel Pink – Mature Themes: exclusive album stream | Hauntology | Scoop.it
Be among the first to listen to Ariel Pink's new album and let us know what you think (Ariel Pink – Mature Themes: exclusive album stream http://t.co/CdLC8zli via @guardian #Music #Hauntology...
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BBC - Adam Curtis Blog: WHILE THE BAND PLAYED ON

'For the last year or so I have been collecting all sorts of footage of people dancing that I found in the BBC archives. In all I gathered over two thousand shots culled from all kinds of programmes. I then cut some of them together to music by the wonderful 70s German band Neu.

 

I think it gives a sense that we are all together in the dance.

 

I then took exactly the same sequence of images - I haven't altered even a frame - and put them to a montage of some very different music. There are all sorts of songs and pieces in there - but it owes a great deal to the great romantic musical genius of our age - Burial.

 

I think that this other version leads you to look at the people dancing in a very different way. The feeling it evokes is how separate we are - and how isolated we sometimes are from one another.'

 

Adam Curtis

 

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Books in Ruins: Ebooks, temporality, and tension » Cyborgology

Books in Ruins: Ebooks, temporality, and tension » Cyborgology | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'The implicit point there is that for us, physical spaces in all states of maintenance are by necessity temporal spaces; we orient ourselves within them and understand our relationship to them by virtue of at least a recognition that time is present and important, even if we don’t know a space’s exact age or history. Time is a background-level context that we assume is there. It makes sense to assume this, and indeed, a world where that couldn’t be assumed – where a physical space had no time – would be unintelligible to us. It would be too far removed from our experience of the world to make sense. We can – with a stretch – imagine an atemporal world: a world where past, present, and future are in a state of constant implosion. Indeed, it could be argued that this is exactly the world in which we live now. But we can’t imagine a world where there is no time at all. Trying to do so is uncomfortable, to put it lightly.' - Sarah Wanenchak

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A playlist for Halloween: Hauntology

A playlist for Halloween: Hauntology | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'It’s a tradition here to post some recommended listening each Halloween. This year there’s an embarrassment of riches with five listings chosen from the multitudes at Mixcloud. Hauntology is the theme, not Jacques Derrida’s spectral musings but Simon Reynolds‘ deployment of the term to define the music produced by artists on the UK’s Ghost Box label—Belbury Poly, The Focus Group, The Advisory Circle, Pye Corner Audio et al—and their allies delving into similar areas: “folklore, vintage electronics, library music and haunted television soundtracks”.' - John Coulthart

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Drowned in Sound: Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games

Drowned in Sound: Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'It was only a matter of time before Ghost Box Records and Pye Corner Audio got into bed together. Both have existed in the same universe for years - creating unsettling, out-of-date electronica - and now thanks to some manouevring by Martin Jenkins and label head Jim Jupp, they’ve come together on Sleep Games. Marrying the ambient weirdness of Pye Corner Audio with Ghost Box’s eerie school video skits, Sleep Games gives both sounds a dark, disco edge, resulting in a hybrid that feels like Johnny Jewel being allowed a seat at a séance.' George Bass

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Tag "hauntology" | Bandcamp

Tag "hauntology" | Bandcamp | Hauntology | Scoop.it

Artists, albums, and tracks tagged with "hauntology" on Bandcamp.

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http://www.last.fm/tag/hauntology Obviously!
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Hauntologists mine the past for music's future

Hauntologists mine the past for music's future | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'You may argue that pop culture has always drawn heavily on nostalgia, and you’d be right, but things have changed. What was once a dim memory, a wobbly VHS tape, a slice of warped vinyl, or a bootleg DVD or CD trading hands amongst enthusiasts has become a towering digital midden so huge that it threatens to impede our view of the future. The growth of online media channels means that the near-entirety of our cultures’ pasts have been excavated and placed on display for anyone to watch, hear, or read in an instant. Hence, hauntology.' Mark Pilkington

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The Haunted Owl Service. | Theunluckydip.com

The Haunted Owl Service. | Theunluckydip.com | Hauntology | Scoop.it
Its simplification without degradation of a complex idea is the core as to why, I believe, the story is a firm favourite of those who are interested in the theory of Hauntology, as it is, as previously said, a good starting point.
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BBC Radiophonic Workshop revived

BBC Radiophonic Workshop revived | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'The BBC's Radiophonic Workshop, which created theme tunes and sound effects for programmes including Doctor Who and Blake's 7, is to reopen after 14 years.'

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Authorship of the Now - Chris Baraniuk

Authorship of the Now - Chris Baraniuk | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'It is easy to see that we have "all" become poets and scribes, but we share with institutional media the ability to "time-travel", as Wanenchak puts it. That is, in our ability to atemporalise what we insistently refer to as the present.' Chris Baraniuk

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The Eccentronic Research Council - 1612 Underture

A short film made by Kluncklick, Music & Words by The ERC featuring Maxine Peake, Dedicated to the Memory of The Pendle Witches.

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Hex & The City: Eccentronic Research Council & Maxine Peake Live - The Quietus

Hex & The City: Eccentronic Research Council & Maxine Peake Live - The Quietus | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'I'm not entirely versed in the philosophy or musical genre of Hauntology but it's a word that's been thrown at me by musicologists over the past few weeks, but I'll take a guess... I think all music haunts itself and has the ghost of something else within the heart of it, it's unavoidable, memory does that to you... I think until you're free of memory anything that triggers anything in your brain is a haunting of sorts and that applies as much to people who make Pop music or if you choose to smack banjo strings with a bull's ball bag through a space echo [laughs], even though neither are ground breakingly original they are both probably informed by something you remember as being a great moment or magical but at the same time convincing your self it's an original idea [laughs].' - Adrian Flanagan

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