The new spoken word vinyl label, Test Centre, has released Stone Tape Shuffle, a 12” LP by Iain Sinclair, in an edition of 400 copies, handsomely packaged with photographs and a new text by the author.
Test Centre is an admirable new venture and this first release sets the bar high, a layered, dense, mediumistic transmission which, as the title suggests – referencing Nigel Kneale’s 1972 teleplay – sounds as if it has tapped the bedrock of the city to capture the flow, hiss and rumble at its heart. Sinclair distills his texts to their essence, and is presented here at his most vital, travelling in time as well as space, aided by sound artist Dan Scott’s active mix of archival and field recordings.
Featuring readings from some of Iain’s best poetry and fiction – Lud Heat, Suicide Bridge, White Chappell Scarlet Tracings, and Downriver – the album was recorded in situ at locations featured in the books. They have been edited together with field recordings and material from Iain’s archives, including a lost tape concerning Lud Heat and the launch of White Chappell Scarlet Tracings.
Future Test Centre editions are already in the works, with recordings from Stewart Home, Tom McCarthy and Chris Petit.
Order Stone Tape Shuffle direct from Test Centre