March 16th, 2010

DO NOT GO OUTSIDE until the radio tells you it is safe to do so

Semagic is refusing to log on to LJ. Other people clearly are having the same problem. Perhaps a later version will help. Also, iTunes, need I say more?! Mac software ported to the PC always has a certain foetid stench to it.
Bizarrely, along with my CD of Other Channels, a vinyl copy of Mind How You Go, also by The Advisory Circle arrived today. My initial thought was I thought in the end that I decided not to buy a vinyl copy as a present for X, and indeed I didn't, but I have suggested to them that since it arrived I may as well pay for it.
Mind How You Go is a fine album. As Mr Maconie said the idea of a Nuclear Substation and the public information film telling one to keep out of them is a lovely one. Obviously we have to imagine that the nuclear substation is a real but small nuclear reactor - maybe they replaced substations so were just called that even though substations traditionally didn't generate power. A far better invocation of what it is pastiching than Life On Mars or Red Riding managed. If anyone wants faux late 70s Radiophonic Workshop this is the place to go. Indeed, a TV series should be made precisely to use his talents - something featuring the nuclear substation, perhaps.
Or maybe a drama about a thinly disguised Stafford Beer trying to bring about a cybernetic singularity. Or perhaps preventing one.

I also have...

... The Tomorrow People - Original Television Music from Trunk Records - purchase inspired by burkesworks posting the YouTube video of Flintlock.
This leads me to the discussion question(s) of the week.
a) notwithstanding the general cultural vandalism of the now discredited Birtist regime, was it right to disband the Radiophonic Workshop around the time that they did? Having got the 2 CD retrospective I do rather feel that on some level its time had passed.
b) if not, what would they be doing now?
c) what would be the equivalent thing that the BBC should be setting up now that would be equivalently cutting-edge and have as big a cultural impact as the Radiophonic Workshop did in its time?

Landarse Drools

Another trip along the M40 on Sunday, and the dismantled railway bridge just before the Oxford spur joins the M40 now has, in place of the time-honoured Crow Aptok and Thank God For Jesus Christ which were painted out, two rather lame looking tags, or more accurately two instances of the same tag (they may have been there before, I may have been too shocked at the disappearaace of Crow Aptok to have noticed). More cultural vandalism, whatever happened to good old fashioned British grafitti?!

(fun LJ spell check suggestions for Aptok - Partook, Updike, Epcot, Lapdog, Optic - you could probably work up a story from those 5 words)