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All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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Creative Review - Have you been to Scarfolk?

Creative Review - Have you been to Scarfolk? | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Scarfolk is a town in the North West of England. Its precise location is not entirely clear, but we do know when it is: the town is in a perpetual, decade-long loop of the 1970s. Scarfolk Council recently opened its archives to the public and made available many artifacts at scarfolk.blogspot.co.uk: from public information posters to ice-cream advertisements to screenshots of TV programmes and films. There are also music and field recordings.

 

Certain themes resurface: the municipal, the occult, childhood and school days, totalitarianism and dystopia, memory and nostalgia, societal paranoia and fear of disease, television and radio' - Richard Littler

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Moon Wiring Club ~ Ghostland of Departed Buildings

From 2012

 

Put your glad rags on, and have a slow saunter around places that no longer exist. 

Extracted from the Moon Wiring Club album 'Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets' (GEpH006LP).

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The Hauntology of The Legend of Zelda

The Hauntology of The Legend of Zelda | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'One of the most striking and interactive uses of the hauntological style is in regards to video games, whereby hauntology affects not only the artistic vision, but also the psychological implications of the gaming process. Perhaps the most notably recent examples of majorly commercial hauntological video games have been Fallout and BioShock. Both games take place in retro-futuristic worlds, where the aesthetics and ideas of former decades clash with modern science and technologies in a dystopian manner. Throughout the games, the specters of the past haunt the player through the form of old audio recordings, seemingly dated ideological references, and distant yet all too familiar aesthetics.' - 'Mike'

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Metamodernism and Belle and Sebastian: Just a MetaModern Rock Song

Metamodernism and Belle and Sebastian: Just a MetaModern Rock Song | Hauntology | Scoop.it

From 2012

 

"Metamodernism is a way of discussing culture, and metamodernism and music is a popular topic. This essay examines Belle and Sebastian as a metamodern band.

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Scarfolk Council

Scarfolk Council | Hauntology | Scoop.it

Thanks to David Pattie for alerting me to this - and it is pure genius.

 

Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. "Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay." For more information please reread.

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Out With the New | on Simon Reynolds and Retromania - The Point Magazine

Out With the New | on Simon Reynolds and Retromania - The Point Magazine | Hauntology | Scoop.it

“The Nineties felt like this long, sustained ascent, what with the Internet and the info-tech boom, techno rave and its associated drugs,” notes Reynolds. “But the 2000s turned out to be a plateau … it seemed like nothing momentous had happened. Worse, it was a struggle to pinpoint what defined the era as a separate era musically.” An intuitive test for this theory is supplied by the tech-philosopher Jaron Lanier in his excellent You Are Not a Gadget (2010). “Popular music created in the industrialized world in the decade from the late 1990s to the late 2000s doesn’t have a distinct style,” he writes, “that is, one that would provide an identity for the young people who grew up with it.” - Ben Jeffery

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On Vanishing Land [Mark Fisher and Justin Barton] - Simon Reynolds

On Vanishing Land [Mark Fisher and Justin Barton] - Simon Reynolds | Hauntology | Scoop.it

Thanks to David Pattie for alerting me to this:

 

'On Vanishing Land (2013, 45m) is a magisterial audio-essay that evokes a walk undertaken by the artists along the Suffolk coastline in 2005, from Felixstowe container port to the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo. Fisher and Barton have conjured a new form of sonic fiction from the dreamings, gleamings and prefigurations that pervade the Suffolk coast. The work includes commissions from digital musicians, interviews and the reflections of the artists. Inspired by the cumulative force of the Eerie that animates this landscape, On Vanishing Landpursues affinities between the modernist reinvention of the ghost story in M.R. James’ Oh, Whistle, And I’ll Come To You, My Lad (1904) and the atmospheric engineering of  Brian Eno’s album On Land (1982). “Themes of incursion - by unnameable forces, geological sentience or temporal anomaly - recur throughout.” (Kodwo Eshun, The Otolith Collective, Curator,  On Vanishing Land)' - Simon Reynolds

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The Space Library

The Space Library | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'A century of radio waves sent out from Earth have been collected in an imagined music library in outer space.Bringing you retro-futurism with a hint of Hauntology and a focus on electronic experimental pop, library, soundtracks and lounge music for robots.'

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pOmoLanD : MeMo: Hope & Change After Cultural Suicide?

pOmoLanD : MeMo: Hope & Change After Cultural Suicide? | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Memo isn't sure ... of a goal to human existence, but in order to get past the destructive 'irony' rooted in egalitarian Nihilism Memo proposes to start moving away from the cliff, pending the discovery of a Sense of Life. Whence and how salvation is about to come is obscure for the moment. But while we wait for it to emerge, the feeling is clothed in Romantic Realism.' - 'Cassandra Troy'

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Hacker Farm - UHF

Hacker Farm - UHF | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'Hacker Farm have managed to create something that feels genuinely different and odd and exciting for anyone who likes a bit of mystery' - Ian Maleney gets all hauntological on us.
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TRAILER: IBM 1401, A User's Manual

Forma Arts and Media Presents: IBM 1401, a User's Manual A new film/concert by Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson Performed by the Calder Quartet TRAILER 4:58
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What is metamodernism? | Notes on Metamodernism

What is metamodernism? | Notes on Metamodernism | Hauntology | Scoop.it

From 2010

 

'Metamodernism is neither a residual nor an emergent structure of feeling, but the dominant cultural logic of contemporary modernity. It can be grasped as a generational attempt to surpass postmodernism and a general response to our present, crisis-ridden moment. It often is characterized by an oscillation - between a modern desire for sense and a postmodern doubt about the sense of it all, between a modern sincerity and a postmodern irony, between control and the common, etc.'

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‘A new manifesto for new music’ by Adam Harper

‘A new manifesto for new music’ by Adam Harper | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'We can no longer accept every product in the iTunes music store, or every Top 40 in gold and platinum, or the great composers in marble, or centuries of the concert hall, or the record collectors’ most cherished numbers, or all the instruments in all the orchestras, or all the notes in all the scales and ready for the page, or all the sound in the world, as demarcating the horizon of our imaginations.

 

We have to find something further and deeper beyond these horizons. But our task is not to find the rules and formulas hidden deep within this idea we think we understand, music. Music is not waiting to be understood, its role is to modulate and reform understanding itself in ever newer ways. We can only keep its options in this ever more open. Our task is not to locate and manifest the one greatest musical work or locus of music, and plant it like a monument in human history.' - Adam Harper

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Eccentronic Research Council - new website

Eccentronic Research Council - new website | Hauntology | Scoop.it

Post 1612 Ghosts using Practical Electronics and all things analogue. Herein lies their thoughts, sounds and news brought to you via a computer linked up to a Ouija board.

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Declaration of Liquid Culture | Memetic Turn

'History has not ended – it is liquefying ... Our knowledge is flowing. All that we know about the world is in continuous flow. We adopt our models to the changing world – and not the world to our models. Like our timeline ever renewing, so the data flows into our knowledge and changes our models of the world.' - Joerg Blumtritt, Benedikt Koehler, Sabria David

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Timecode: Hauntology 20 Years On - National Media Museum

Timecode: Hauntology 20 Years On - National Media Museum | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Hauntology 20 Years On is a one-day symposium organised to mark 20 years since the publication of Jacques Derrida's Spectres of Marx. Hauntology defies easy description but embodies the idea of the 'past inside the present' and the border between nostalgia and the enigmatic remoteness of real or constructed pasts. It’s closely connected with certain forms of cinema. The symposium will be accompanied by screenings of hauntological films. The keynote speaker will be cultural theorist Mark Fisher, editor of Capitalist Realism, the K-Punk blog and author of Ghosts of My Life, a forthcoming book on hauntology. Papers will explore Cinematic Hauntology, Sonic Hauntology, Hauntology Online Being and Non-being, Politics, Ideology and Hauntology and The Philosophy of Hauntology.'

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Metamodernism, Music and Movies: Metamodern Musicals!

Metamodernism, Music and Movies: Metamodern Musicals! | Hauntology | Scoop.it
Metamodernism, Music and Movies - Metamodern Musicals is an essay in comic book form that looks at pop music centered movies as a subgenre of musical cinema.
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the hauntological society;: Ghost Dance - A film by Ken McMullen

the hauntological society;: Ghost Dance - A film by Ken McMullen | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Through the experiences of two women in Paris and London, Ghost Dance offers an analysis of the complexity of our conceptions of ghosts, memory and the past. It is an adventure film strongly influenced by the work of Rivette and Godard but with a unique intellectual and artistic discourse of its own. The film is permeated with phantoms, and also focuses on philosopher Jacques Derrida who considers ghosts to be the memory of something which has never been present. This theory is explored in the film.' - The Hauntological Society

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The Quietus | Features | Berberian At The Gate: Broadcast & The Death Knell Of Hauntology

The Quietus | Features | Berberian At The Gate: Broadcast & The Death Knell Of Hauntology | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'There's the ontology: a theme either heavy enough to crush poor Belbury Poly and their niche retro pootling, or so banal it could apply to anything. There's the politics: if we're being haunted by post-war social democracy, where do The Caretaker's 1930s ballrooms fit in? There's the awkward fact that memory, nostalgia and the supernatural have always been present in pop – so what's in and what's out?

 

Because the traits touched upon are both too broad and too disparate to be tied up in a word, 'hauntology''s champions end up pulping their subject matter to feed their theory. Like the similarly détourned 'psychogeography', it deadens the senses to the qualities (you'd hope) it was intended to reveal. Both are cases of theory slipping into ersatz theology – fated attempts to capture elusive, unspeakable experiences in yards of self-referential explication guaranteed to stamp out their pleasures. There's nothing wrong with men in their forties enjoying shared tastes and nostalgic triggers, but do they have to be so po-faced about it? Do they really need their peccadilloes underwritten by such a painfully overwritten non-ology?' - Lee Arizuno

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Bury me in paper

Bury me in paper | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Even in the digital age, paper remains the ghost in our machines, the shadow behind every act of hi-tech digital communication. The word-processing document I am typing into and on to has the appearance of a sheet of fresh white paper. In the corner of the screen sits an image of a waste paper basket. There are pages, paragraphs and margins. I will “file” the “document” in a “folder”. Our most cherished new technologies still resemble the page: the iPad is like a jotter; the Kindle like a book; the mobile phone a pocket diary. The paper book is dead, but the story goes on. Long live paper!' - Ian Sansom

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Retromania: Understanding the Power of Cultural Nostalgia | COUNSEL

Retromania: Understanding the Power of Cultural Nostalgia | COUNSEL | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Do you sometimes wonder if anything today is genuinely new or original? Does everything feel like a cover or remix or re-edit or re-release? The fact that so many of today’s most popular products and designs are retro reissues is by no means insignificant ... While a preoccupation with the past is certainly not a new invention, the scale of the current retro obsession reveals much about contemporary fears and aspirations. Driven by a combination of factors from the need for escapism, an ageing population, anxiety about the speed of change and the desire to recreate the material and tangible in an immaterial and digital world.' - Zoe Lazarus

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Digital Memory and the Archive - Wolfgang Ernst (University of Minnesota Press)

Digital Memory and the Archive - Wolfgang Ernst (University of Minnesota Press) | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Digital Memory and the Archive, the first English-language collection of the German media theorist’s work, brings together essays that present Wolfgang Ernst’s controversial materialist approach to media theory and history. His insights are central to the emerging field of media archaeology, which uncovers the role of specific technologies and mechanisms, rather than content, in shaping contemporary culture and society.' 

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Retromania, Time Warps, Revivalism & Slovenia - Chipflip

Retromania, Time Warps, Revivalism & Slovenia - Chipflip | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'... chipmusic was always “retro”. From the start. That’s why it doesn’t really make sense to call it retro. To say that micromusic.net or the 1990s Amiga demoscene was retro, doesn’t really compute. Reynolds talks about two kinds of retromaniacs which I think capture the tension in the chip scene:

 

The revivalist dissident chooses an era and stays there. Some people still listen to the same chipmusic hits from the 1980s, and love it. It’s some sort of neo-conservatism, a rebellion against the new in mass culture, a freeze in the past. Lots of demoscene vibes here…

 

Time-warp cults focus on unsuccessful parts of an old era. Go back, and change the future. This reminds me of the 00′s chipscene mantra of “making something new with the old”. And it also makes me think about media archeology and all kinds of lo-fi practices in the context of Phine Artz. It’s not old (nostalgia) — it’s new and fresh! (appropriation). Retrofuturism, I suppose.' - Chipflip

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The Sound of Ruins: Sigur Rós’ Heima and the Post-Rock Elegy for Place | Interference

The Sound of Ruins: Sigur Rós’ Heima and the Post-Rock Elegy for Place | Interference | Hauntology | Scoop.it

'Amongst the ways in which it maps out the geographical imagination of place, music plays a unique role in the formation and reformation of spatial memories, connecting to and reviving alternative times and places latent within a particular environment. Post-rock epitomises this: understood as a kind of negative space, the genre acts as an elegy for and symbolic reconstruction of the spatial erasures of late capitalism. After outlining how post-rock’s accommodation of urban atmosphere into its sonic textures enables an ‘auditory drift’ that orients listeners to the city’s fragments, the article’s first case study considers how formative Canadian post-rock acts develop this concrete practice into the musical staging of urban ruin. Turning to Sigur Rós, the article challenges the assumption that this Icelandic quartet’s music simply evokes the untouched natural beauty of their homeland, through a critical reading of the 2007 tour documentary Heima. A closer reading of the band’s audiovisual practice reveals a counter-geography of Iceland, in which the country’s decaying industrial past is excavated and its more recent ecological failures are accounted for. As with post-rock more generally, this proposes a more complex relationship between music, place and memory than that offered by notions of reflection and nostalgia, which instead emerges as a melancholic mourning for spatial pasts.' - Lawson Fletcher

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