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2010/11/30 / monteurhulot

ALBUM // Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services – Black Mill Tapes Vol. 1

Ghost Box Music is a small record label which is very focused on releasing music in a genre that it crystallized. It was founded by two of its primary recording artists, Julian House (The Focus Group) and Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly) That genre is sometimes referred to as “Hauntology” (yeccch) and it forms where the 70s and 80s sci-fi soundtrack work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop meets the rural electronic psychedelia of, yes, Boards of Canada, mixed in with other dusty analog oddities.

Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services (“Magnetically aligning ferrous particles since 1970”) did not release Black Mill Tapes, Vol. 1 on Ghost Box Music, but it fits so well onto the field established by that small group of artists that the second track, “We Have Visitors,” either directly samples from the Radiophonic Workshop’s score for the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series or does an eerily exact recreation of it. The difference between Pye and Ghost Box artists like the The Advisory Circle, Mount Vernon Arts Lab and those already mentioned is mostly rhythmic. When Ghost Box artists bring in drums, they’re usually there to evoke (delightfully) cheesy soundtrack funk and proto-synthpop. Pye augments his sound with drum programming and bass that floats from funky italo-disco to dub techno. The result is something you could dance to if you’ve been watching Look Around You all evening.

Black Mill Tapes, Vol. 1 is a bandcamp release, and you can stream it right here:

Pye has also made a few tracks available for free here and here.

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  1. TV ecHo / Dec 28 2010 04:46

    May I ask if that is a sample of the Hitchhiker’s score you use, a recreation, or a sample of something that sounds very similar?
    Cheers.

  2. Pye Corner Audio / Jan 2 2011 14:30

    I’m afraid it’s entirely coincidental, I wasn’t that familiar with the score (although I had watched the programme as a child…) so I guess it’s a recreation! Ta!

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