At the train station

Moving house

At the train station

We’re moving to a new home on Tumblr after many happy years of being hosted at WordPress. You may have already noticed that hongkonginthe60s.com redirects to our new website.

This blog will stay around – after all, it does contain over five years’ worth of posts – but it won’t be updated from today onwards.

We hope to post more frequently at our new home and give our friends and followers more of a peek into our lives. And, of course, you can always find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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7777777: New 7″ coming soon!

WIAIWYA 7" cover and insert

We’re really happy to announce that our next release will be a record for the WIAIWYA label’s 7″ singles club, coming out on 7 April 2013.

just 77 copies of each single is available individually, but subscribers will get all seven 7 inch singles; 14 exclusive tracks by 7 bands, one on each day of the week, and always on the 7th of the month, in hand cut 7 sleeves and in limited editions of 777

Pre-order now on Bandcamp to make sure you get your copy!

Here’s a preview of one of our tracks, Terre des Hommes 1967:

It’s going to be rather special and we can’t wait to see the vinyl, with that marmalade sleeve and amazing papercraft insert, in the flesh.

The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale book cover

The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale

The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale book cover

A few months ago we took part in A Cathode Ray Séance: The Haunted Worlds of Nigel Kneale, a day-long event celebrating the work of the British screenwriter. We contributed a track to the cassette tape that accompanies this book of essays and writings and you can now order copies of The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale from SEEN. It is exceptionally beautiful.

We hope that our instrumental managed to capture some of the quiet terror that films like The Stone Tape and Quatermass and the Pit inspired in us.

You Go To My Head image

You Go To My Head: A winter playlist

You Go To My Head image

I’ve been very lazily working on this mix for about a year and it’s finally finished! The perfect soundtrack for a winter walk maybe?

Here’s the tracklisting:

  1. Les Mains Dans Les Poches – Les Roche Martin
  2. Besame Mucho – Oscar Aleman
  3. From Way Up Here – Malvina Reynolds
  4. Fille Du Soleil – Francis Lai
  5. Boiadeiro – Trio Nagô
  6. Suíte Nordestina – Trio Marayá
  7. Pra Que Mentir – Trio Marayá
  8. Se Você Jurar – Ismael Silva & Ataulfo Alves
  9. Hurry Sundown – The Free Design
  10. There’s A Small Hotel – Claude Thornhill Orchestra
  11. Wind Chimes – Katrina Mitchell & Bill Wells
  12. The Kiss – Judee Sill
  13. Ghosts – Cyrus Faryar
  14. Lo Mismo Que Tú – Ana D
  15. You Go To My Head – Lio
  16. Balade De Pénélope – François De Roubaix

Head over to Mixcloud and take a listen – You Go To My Head.

Collision/Detection: New EP featuring “Banbury Grove”

Our latest EP was released on 6 August 2012 and it’s a bit of a special one.

LDWR EP cover

Collision/Detection is the second project from Long Division with Remainders, a collaborative experimental music project. The brief for each artist was to create a four-track EP using audio submitted to a central pool by the other artists. A new EP is being released every six weeks and so it’s been fascinating to hear how the same sounds have been used and interpreted by all the different musicians involved.

Our tracklisting:

  1. The Ungrateful Root
  2. Into The Forest Of Eyes
  3. Banbury Grove
  4. The Clearing

You can hear a couple of them on Soundcloud and YouTube now.

Studio portrait of a Chinese woman (c) 2012 Jamie Carstairs

Old Photographs Fever: The Search for China’s Pictured Past

Just a quick post to tell you about a programme I heard on BBC Radio 4 last week, Old Photographs Fever – The Search for China’s Pictured Past.

Old Photographs Fever on BBC iPlayer

It talks about the current interest in historical photographs in China and discusses why so much material from the late 19th and 20th century has been lost.

A new and intense appetite for images of the country’s past has resulted in a publishing phenomenon: sales of books and magazines filled with historical photographs have rocketed. China’s turbulent history in the twentieth century meant that archives of all kinds were destroyed: in warfare and revolutions. During the Cultural Revolution of 1966-9, the process was continued by the Red Guard. People also destroyed their own – now dangerously bourgeois – family albums. Nearly a century of photographic history was erased.

The photographs that do survive were mostly taken by foreigners, living in or visiting China, who took them out of the country to safety. Professor Robert Bickers at the University of Bristol is leading the search to collect and digitise these photographs in order to restore a historical vision of China which is unfamiliar and fascinating to its citizens now. The online collection is extraordinary in its range and reflects all aspects of life in China. There are studio portraits, gruesome police photos, industrial and rural landscapes, tourist snaps and family albums.

One of the jewels in the collection is the work of Fu Bingchang, a senior Chinese diplomat, whose access to the elite of Chinese society in the first half of the twentieth century and whose talent as a photographer make for a unique and beautiful set of images. The photos were given by Fu’s son Foo Chung Hung (Johnny) and his granddaughter Yee Wah, who recall finding them in twelve leather trunks of possessions which were smuggled out of China.

The Visualising China project, based at the University of Bristol, is doing an amazing job of tracking down, archiving and digitising these rare photos and what’s even better is that the entire collection of over 8000 images is freely accessible online. You can keep up with news and highlights from the project at the Visualising China blog. It’s where I found this rather gorgeous Surrealist studio portrait:

Studio portrait of a Chinese woman (c) 2012 Jamie Carstairs

(c) 2012 Jamie Carstairs

video with excerpts from the programme and a slideshow of photos is on the BBC website – highly recommended. Emile de Bruijn of the fantastic National Trust Treasure Hunt blog also posted about The lost world of Fu Bingchang.