Some yellowing, slight rusty staples but no rips

fanzines

There’s a couple of more days left on this exhibition of fanzines at The Barbican Music Library, Barbican Library, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS.

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It’s a collection of various fanzines in three or four “Library style” glass cases. It’s a shame there weren’t no zerox reproductions of the actual fanzines so you could flick through and read about William Burroughs, Doctor Who or god forbid Terry and the Idiots. Sadly no copies of Ded Yampy or Steroid Abuse though. 
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So if you’re interested in self-publication throughout the years, go and have a butchers. But please, no spitting or swearing while viewing the Punk fanzines, this is a public library you know! P

Poster of the week

bouncy

This wonderful poster was spotted the other week in Novelty Automation which we featured in our last post (here). It’s by Darren Cullen and it’s a jolly good piece of graphic art.

Do remember though, “your bouncy castle may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.”

More about Darren Cullen here. P

Flexing those lunchtime muscles

xray

Earlier this year we featured the excellent X-Ray Audio exhibition at The Horse Hospital (post here.) Well it’s back again and well worth going to if you haven’t already been!

X-Ray Audio – Bone Music 1946-1964 
Saturday 28th November – Saturday 19th December 2015
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

It’s all about illegal recordings cut into X-ray plates from the cold war period and here’s more about them from  x-rayaudio.squarespace.com

“In the Soviet states during the cold-war era, most modern Western bands and music was banned for all sorts of reasons including ‘neo-fascism’, ‘mysticism’ and even ‘obscurantism’. Much Russian music was also forbidden for a variety of other reasons. Even certain rhythms were regarded unfavourably. But a vibrant, secret and risky trade grew up in what became known as ‘Bones’ or ‘Ribs’”.

“These Bones were medical X-Ray fluorography sheets unofficially obtained from hospitals, cut into discs and embossed with the grooves of bootlegged gramophone records – a kind of medical version of a DJ dub plate.”flexi

Alongside the great exhibition are two related live events that are a must to go to, if you like the sound of that sort of madness.

The first is on Saturday 5th December with Strictly Kev (DJ Food) (£6.50/£8) talking about his flexidisc collection with Stephen Coates (The Real Tuesday Weld/X-ray audio) and there’s a free mystery flexi for the first 20 people through the door. (Above: Some of this writer’s flexi discs.) More details here.

And on Friday 11th December (£10/£12) the night features Lydia Kavina (grand-niece of Lev Theremin) and one of the best Theremin players in the world performing, alongside x-ray audio, who provide a live demonstration of recording onto X-Ray plates. More details here. Earlier this year we attended a similar event and all we can say it was brilliant!

So go and have a look at the exhibition during a lunchtime or attend on the night(s), you won’t be disappointed! P

All locked up and no place to go

Disused toilet of the week

This Friday lunchtime I was trying to keep cool so I was walking around through shady alleyways and shops with air conditioning but it was while I was walking underneath some scaffolding I came across this very odd disused loo in Star Yard.

It’s just off Chancery Lane and not far from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, hidden at the present moment under a load of building work. It’s made from cast iron and designed in a classic Parisian Pissoir style, how swish!

The trouble is, it’s been locked up for years, so it’s no good for anyone who’s been caught short. Below is the loo in it’s former glory, how stylish!

The loo in better days

One more week to see this

Screens and screens and screens

Screens and screens and screens

If you’re Barbican way, it’s worth popping in to see the Digital Revolution exhibition – which is on until the 14th September. That is, if you like seeing old consoles that you used to own and a load of crazy art installations that will blow your tiny mind.

My favourite was one where you whispered into a little cone, a screen recognised your words and then turned it into a beautiful butterfly that fluttered off. There were some other crackers too, like this little doozy

THE BIRDS!

THE BIRDS!

Depending on where you stood, your silhouette was either turned into a flock of birds, pecked apart by birds or given wings so you could be a bird. Very mental.

Elsewhere, they had an installation that was a collaboration with Will.I.Am…which you might want to give a miss if seeing the big man’s face as a pharoah isn’t really your thing.

Ooh futuristic music

Ooh futuristic music

There’s loads of interesting stuff though, and even if you don’t go in (at £12.50 for a full price ticket, it’s a bit steep) there’s a great little installation in the foyer that the kids will love. W

What will be, will be

Where will the mice live though?

Where will the mice live though?

It’s definitely worth signing up for the Somerset House newsletter. As well as bombarding you with missives about ice-skating, they also let you know about very lovely free exhibitions that they’ve got coming up in the near future. The one that caught my eye is the RIBA Forgotten Spaces exhibition. In the words of the website “The exhibition will feature 26 innovative propositions to renovate a series of London’s disused and abandoned spaces which restore them into public attractions for all to enjoy.” I’d like to turn the many disused offices in the Barbican building into a large soft play area for adults. This idea can not be seen at the exhibition though it is only available to view in my own head where tickets cost a LOT. Thankfully the RIBA exhibition is of a higher calibre and is absolutely free to boot. W