15 June 2011Shadowplayers paperback competition
Simply answer the following question to be in with a chance of winning:
Q: Which post punk pop band did Caesar play in before forming The Wake in 1980?
Usual Cerysmatic rules apply: 1 entry per person. Entries by email. Closing date 10pm 30 June 2011. Winner will be selected at random out of the Cerysmatic hat.
Thank you and good luck!
Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records
Format: paperback book
Number of pages: 560 pages
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Publication date: 1 June 2011
12 June 2011Tony Wilson Interviews @ Purcell Room 16/6
Special musical guests for the evening are Kevin Hewick (who will be playing part of a 4-song cycle he is developing about his personal view of Factory, the people and the legacy) and OMD who will be playing as a duo (McCluskey/Humphreys).
Mancunian poet Mike Garry will also reprise his poem Saint Anthony which he performed at the first of these events in October 2010.
The event, which is notionally part of Meltdown 2011, is pretty much sold out.
11 June 2011Coffee, no table
Colin Gibbins' 'Factory Records World First Exhibition in the Music Medium' which ran at the Ducie Bridge on 7-8 May reminded us that for all the high ideals, high art and high concept hi-fi, Factory Records relied on one very valuable, and oft-overlooked resource: the punter.
Arranged almost as a record (Peddlar) shop homage - with every vertical surface covered in hanging plastic vinyl wallets - each Factory release was on show, many complete with their duplicate formats and covers: snakeskin, cardboard, sandpaper.
No index cards, explanations nor intellectualisation, no counting nor box ticking: this was Factory with feet firmly on the ground rather than nose in the air.
A working class jewel in the belly of the increasingly middle-class beast.
[Better late than never!]
07 June 20119 Across
- i, Monday 7 June 2011
Spotlight - Wim Mertens
Wim Mertens (born 14 May 1953) is a Belgian minimalist and contemporary-classical composer and instrumentalist.
His earlier work on Les Disques du Crepuscule was recorded under the name Soft Verdict, with key material that includes For Amusement Only (composed using pinball and arcade machines), Vergessen and Struggle For Pleasure, both of which contain several tracks used on the Belly Of An Architect soundtrack
Mertens's later material has typically been a mixture of solo-piano, vocal/piano and string/woodwind-ensemble recordings, some of which have included works comprised of multiple CDs and intricate repetitive cycles.
His key works, most of it initially released on Crepuscule then later licensed to EMI Benelux, include A Man Of No Fortune And With A Name To Come, Educes Me and Jeremiades.
Biography by Paul Pledger - with thanks.
Wim Mertens - Selected Discography