Archive | April, 2012

Genesis (Ron Hayes, 1981)

27 Apr

Deftly riding the membrane between bathos and transcendence, a beautiful video feedback and computer animation film by Ron Hays with an instant classic synth score by Ragnar Grippe.

Ron Hays worked with Nam June Paik’s video Synthesizer and produced some amazing (and often supremely cheesy) music videos and animations in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but sadly died of AIDS in 1991.

Swedish composer Ragnar Grippe’s web site reveals a rich musical career incorporating film scores, choreography and electronic music, as well as this great photo of him at the controls with a monster Moog modular behind him.

Thanks to Rose Kallal for the tipoff.

‘Implicate Explicate’ / Rose Kallal

17 Apr

Multiple 16mm film installation by Rose kallal.
Sound by Rose Kallal & Mark Pilkington using modular synthesizers.
Exhibition and performance at The Hidden Noise project space in Glasgow, UK March 23 – April 14 2012.

Mirage Men film trailer

10 Apr


Here’s the first trailer for  Mirage Men the Motion Picture, created by mine and John Lundberg’s new partners on the project, Roland Denning and Kypros Kyprianou.

Huge thanks are due to both of them for their amazing work.The music extracts are by Earth (‘Mirage’ from Hex or Printing in the Infernal Method) and Cyclobe (‘You’re not alone, you’re dreaming’ from Luminous Darkness), and are used with permission.

Thanks to Roland and Kyp, the film is well on its way to completion now, and we’ll have more news, clips and information about preview screenings over the coming months.


Gef takes to the airwaves

9 Apr

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Researcher Chris Josiffe talks to Mark Pilkington about the strange tale of Gef, the talking mongoose (pictured below) of Cashen Gap on the Isle of Man (above) – a mischievous creature, imp or spirit that moved in with the Irving family in 1931. His antics made him, and them, internationally famous and created an enduring mystery that remains a classic in the annals of forteana.

This programme was originally broadcast as part of the series Strange Attractor on Air, on Resonance 104.4 FM in November 2010.

[Here's a direct link to the page.]

And as a bonus, here’s Brian Catling and Tony Grisoni’s brilliant Vanished: A Video Seance (1999), a bold, dramatised retelling of Gef’s story by the spirits of the Irvings themselves: