Lie down and be counted

January 10, 2011

A new year’s present for you all. I’ve got a new (old) mix out on the Broken20 label, a spin-off from the all-conquering Numbers empire. The mix is part of Broken20’s series of podcasts (here’s the iTunes feed) which is well worth signing up to.

Click here to download the mix. Blurb and tracklisting below.

Thanks again to Broken20 and to Rauridh for putting this out.

Happy listening!


I put this mix together in summer 2005. It was originally designed for playing on Sunday afternoons at the Foundry, East London, where slow sound system ran sporadic listening sessions from 2003 to 2009.

I took a fairly loose-limbed approach in assembling the thing. There’s a lot of the new weird america and free-folk / psyche stuff my friends and I were listening to at the time, alongside some field recordings, lo-fi stuff, electronics, outish rock, John Fahey and Can. Heroically, I included pretty much the full 18 minutes of ‘Augmn’ which seemed like a good idea at the time. You’ll have to judge for yourselves.

The mix was recorded on three portable cd players to minidisc. One take, no edits or post-production.

Chris Watson – The Crossroads (Touch)
Growing – Primitive Associations / Great Mass Above (Kranky)
Rafael Toral – We Are Getting Closer (Touch)
Masaki Batoh – Benthos (Drag City)
Janek Schaeffer – Love Song (Room40)
Black Dice – Skeleton (Fat Cat)
Can – Augmn (Spoon / Mute)
Kammerflimmer Kollektief – Unstet (für Jeffrey Lee Pierce) (Staubgold)
Beta Band – The Monolith (Regal Recording)
Jackie-O-Motherfucker – Lost Stone (ATP / Ecstatic Peace)
John Fahey – Untitled With Rain (Revenant)
Saya, Takashi Ueno, Koji Shibuya & John Chantler – Mizumitaida (Fat Cat demo)
Motion – Dispersal Patterns (Motion)
Motion – Outlev (Motion)
So – j (Thrill Jockey)
Chris Watson – The Crossroads (reprise) (Touch)

2 Responses to “Lie down and be counted”

  1. Will Davies Says:

    It was originally designed for playing on Sunday afternoons at the Foundry, East London, where slow sound system ran sporadic listening sessions from 2003 to 2009.

    Happy days. I recall one famous afternoon, circa 2003, when Slowsound was streaming its set direct to a gentleman in San Francisco, who was presumably dealing with this fact at some ungodly hour of the morning in his pyjamas. However, the man in San Francisco was good enough to re-mix the set, then stream it straight back to the Foundry, by which point it was barely identifiable as a sound, let alone as music. When I asked Slowsound whether this was all going as planned, or whether there might in fact be a technical hitch somewhere between the building site that passed for the Foundry’s bar area and San Francisco and back again, Slowsound clasped its head in its hands and replied that it was no longer philosophically possible to know. If Shrodinger had owned a pair of turntables, rather than a cat, this might have been the result.

    • squareglasses Says:

      Well quite. I hope Thomas Pynchon would be proud of us …

      A sudden chorus of whoops and yibbles burst from a kind of juke box at the far end of the room. Everybody quit talking. The bartender tiptoed back, with the drinks.
      ‘What’s happening?’ Oedipa whispered.
      ‘That’s by Stockhausen,’ the hip greybeard informed her, ‘the early crowd tends to dig your Radio Cologne sound. Later on we really swing. We’re the only bar in the area, you know, that has a strictly electronic music policy …’

      The Crying Of Lot 49 (1966)

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