Birmingham-based writer James Kennedy and musician/producer Allan R Murphy are curators of a series of ‘found tapes’ that are being made available for public dissemination under the banner of ‘Pages from Ceefax.’
ABOUT THIS TAPE:
A box of cassette tapes were found in a derelict Victorian terrace in Birmingham. On playing, the tapes seem to include various sound experiments and speech recordings, the result of an unnamed pirate radio station, a late-night doodling by the taper, or something else entirely. The tapes seem to have their origin in the early 80s. Waves of radio static and distortion wash over ambient synth drones and pulses. A narrator recites poems and prose written about test cards, dreams and cyber-technology - transmissions from the future only now being understood? James and Allan have preserved these tapes and restored them as they believe them to be of sufficient interest to those keen on retro-futurism, nostalgia, magic-social realism and science fiction in both spoken word and electronic music.
The tape will be initially presented as a download via Bandcamp as two ‘sides’, however it is recommended that the tape is listened to in one sitting, on headphones in the early hours to get the full experience.
A limited run of authentic cassette tapes will be released later on in the year if there is suitable interest in the project. Please message us if you are interested in purchasing a cassette recording of these pieces, either in its original mono form or super enhanced stereo recording at…
……...is a writer living in Birmingham. He is currently working on a multi-media project called ‘Pamphleteering for Ceefax.’ The project stems from a fascination with TV idents and continuity, holding screens, start-ups and closedowns, and the idea that they hold a link with the afterlife, past-life regressions and re-incarnation. James has written many poems and prose pieces about this concept, most of which will appear in the ‘Pages from Ceefax’ found-tape project and will be producing a book analysing the themes behind the texts later on in the year.
ALLAN R MURPHY
…….. is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. His long term unit/project is the MIDWICH YOUTH CLUB (and hobby centre) Allan and James both share the same interests in retro ephemera and futurist electronica, and the ‘Pages from Ceefax’ found-tape project will be the first time they have worked together in the studio.
Allan’s influences can be heard throughout the music that appears on the tape, mainly from the world of Childrens/Adults TV programme themes, Incidental music from 1970’s/1980’s, childhood short wave radio listening sessions in the early hours, Prog Rock, Jazz Fusion and the Radiophonic Workshop which complement James’ poetry and prose pieces, and help to explore the worlds behind corporate video idents and test cards, lucid dreams and synaesthesia.