Swedish Adventure!

Luft I Luften poster by Danilo Stankovic

Last weekend, we journeyed to Sweden for the first time, where we were fortunate enough to play at the fantastic event “Luft I Luften”. This was organised by Klubb Kristallen and Get Daun and took place at Malmö’s incredible Moriska Paviljongen.

Also on the bill was our good friend the Time Attendant and the exhilarating Finnish band K-X-P, as well as Benjamin Syra & Nos and a wonderful DJ set from Death And Vanilla/Dunwich Radio‘s Anders and Marleen.

All in all, it was one of our greatest experiences as a band, and we cannot thank enough all the lovely people who made it happen!

Below are some pictures of our performance, from which you can get an idea of just how much effort and inspiration people (other than us) put into staging such a memorable event.

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A September mix for Lucky Cat

We were recently asked to contribute a mix to one of our favourite radio shows, Lucky Cat on Resonance 104.4 FM. If you missed the show, you can now listen to it below:

The tracklisting of our mix is as follows:

  1. Hong Kong In The 60s – The Flower Of Quince House
  2. Jane Birkin – L’Aquoiboniste
  3. Lio – Sage Comme Une Image
  4. Charo – Dance A Little Bit Closer
  5. Harry Hosono & The Yellow Magic Band – Paraiso
  6. Gigliola Cinquetti – Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
  7. Ennio Morricone – Samba In Tribunale (from The Cat OST)
  8. Gato Barbieri – Girl In Black: Tango (from Last Tango In Paris OST)
  9. Teresa Teng – 忘記他
  10. Chang Siao Ying – 第二夢
  11. Ho & Duck – [title unknown]
  12. Chang Loo – Da Yu Mang
  13. Liu Yun – Ban Qiao Dui Chang
  14. The Ocean Tango – Stills (excerpt)
  15. Margo Guryan – Timothy Gone
  16. Mai & Yumiko-Chan – Akogare No Machi (from Kiki’s Delivery Service OST)
  17. Dave Grusin – Girl And Tea (from The Yakuza OST)
  18. Hong Kong In The 60s – Banbury Grove

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.

Waste Not at the Barbican

At the weekend I saw a fascinating and poignant art installation called Waste Not, by the Chinese artist Song Dong.  It’s been shown around the world for the last few years, and now there are five days remaining until it closes at London’s Barbican. If you haven’t already been to see it, I recommend going – and it’s free!

The work presents five decades of items collected by Song Dong’s mother, Zhao Xiangyuan. The Chinese adage of wu jin qi yong – ‘waste not’ – was taken to extremes in Song Dong’s family home, and the story behind the clutter is what really elevates the installation.

I took some photos too.

Exploring Balham in a New Video

Here’s a brand new video for an old song – an ode to the slowly disappearing old heart of Balham, South London.

Don’t forget you can still download the Places EP – where “Exploring The Landscape” can be found – for FREE from our Bandcamp page. The EP also features a beautiful contribution from The Advisory Circle (Ghost Box).

It’s The Taking Part That Counts

It's The Taking Part That Counts compilation cover

We were very pleased to contribute a track to this 26-track compilation on WIAIWYA celebrating the 26 Olympic sports. Of course, we plumped for table tennis as our chosen sport!

There are some really super tracks on the compilation and you can score special gold, silver and bronze editions of the double album through WIAIWYA’s Bandcamp. It goes on general release on 28 May 2012. There is also a blog about the compilation here, where you can find further information about the contributing artists and their tracks.

Here’s the tracklisting:

  1. Saint Etienne – Steeplechase
  2. Jeff Mellin – Hit Me!
  3. One Fathom Down – Exodus
  4. Hacia Dos Veranos – The Way Of The Hand And The Foot
  5. The Vatican Cellars – A Palpable Hit
  6. The Leaf Library – Badminton House
  7. Linda Guilala – Morir Ahogada
  8. Flotation Toy Warning – The Buoys Are Back In Town
  9. Fox – Behind Enemy Lines
  10. Town Bike – Tour De Force
  11. Darren Hayman – Bundle
  12. Hawaii Fried Dough – Tumblebee
  13. Hong Kong In The 60s – Let’s Play Table Tennis
  14. White Town – Theme For Olympic Weightlifting
  15. The Sunny Street – Steffi
  16. Alexander’s Festival Hall (feat. Yazuyo Uemura) – Judo (What We’ve Been Playing)
  17. Sool – Handball
  18. Hannah Peel – The Bully
  19. Band À Part – Cascabel
  20. DJ Downfall – Shoot It Shoot It (Hit Me Again)
  21. Monster Bobby (feat. Desmond Tutu) – Stanley Could Turn On A Tiki (A Football Song Of Praise)
  22. MassiveAnneFrank – Transition
  23. Parenthesis… – Synthesised Swimming
  24. Ellis Island Sound – Ergo Squad Box
  25. The Libero – The Regal Drug
  26. High Barnets (feat. The Butterflies of Love) – Danny’s Got A Good Shot