A Prospect of Loughton Brook

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MUSIC & WORDS: Spaceship (Mark Williamson) LOCATION: Epping Forest A Prospect of Loughton Brook was recorded using binaural and hydrophone recordings, augmented with piano, synthesizer and strings. It traces the journey of Loughton Brook, a stream in Epping Forest as

London’s Marshland: An Electronic Exploration by Andrew Weatherall

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MUSIC: Andrew Weatherall. This atmospheric mix by Andrew Weatherall first appeared on the Rotters Golf Club website. It was inspired by the book ‘Marshland: Dreams & Nightmares on the Edge of London‘ by Gareth E. Rees (Influx Press, 2013). “Cocker

Pier Pressure: Matchbook etiquette and Dizzee Rascal’s Birthday Cake

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LOCATION: Hastings, East Sussex WORDS: Ben Thompson Piers are by definition irrational structures – temporary institutions, neither sea, nor land, living on borrowed time until the inevitable conflagration. But then, which of us hasn’t felt that way at one time

The Cornish Lost Kingdom & The Oil Spill: A Catastrophic Soundscape

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LOCATION: Cornwall ALBUM: Kemper Norton, ‘Toll’  LABEL: Front and Follow  WORDS: Gareth E. Rees Kemper Norton’s new concept album brings together the lost Cornish kingdom of Lyonesse and a 1967 oil tanker disaster that occurred in the same stretch of

And Also the Trees: Born Into The Waves (An appreciation)

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WORDS: Justin Hopper Born Into the Waves is a series of offerings, not of events; of settings, not actions. It presents a landscape in which the sea is as deadly in its calm as its torrent, the world swirling around

Fields: Churches & Rivers by Spaceship

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LOCATION: Fields, churches and rivers. MUSIC: Spaceship ART: Maxim Griffin Fields: Churches & Rivers forms the first volume of a projected ‘Fields’ series by Spaceship, with cover art by Unofficial Britain stalwart Maxim Griffin, whose work you can see reviewed

Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain – Portrait of a Country on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In the new documentary, Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, Sleaford Mods (Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson) tour parts of Britain that don’t exist in the minds of many: boarded-up streets in towns bereft of their founding industries, left to

Huxley’s Big Trip: A Lysergic Musical Adventure

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MIX: Gareth E. Rees COVER ART: Hollis Toot! Toot! Time for another psychedelic cross-dimensional adventure with Unofficial Britain. This time your tour guide is Aldous Huxley, with guest chanting by Aleister Crowley, folk tale nightmares by Angela Carter, terrifying views

A Palaeolithic Invocation at Barnfield Pit, Kent

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LOCATION: Swanscombe, north-west Kent MUSIC: Hand of Stabs  Unofficial Britain is delighted to share another site-specific performance by the experimental sound collective Hand of Stabs. In Barnfield Pit, the bones of our ancestors groan and shift uneasily in the shadow of Bluewater shopping centre.

Reimagining the 1769 Transit of Venus

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LOCATION: Lancashire, London, Tahiti, Outer Space MUSIC: Rhia Parker In a small Lancashire Village in 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks was looking through his telescope and beheld the most unusual sight – the planet Venus crossing the path of the sun. He