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    Any recommendations? Very curious about this after listening to Lawrence English - Wilderness of mirrors non stop for the last weeks
    Oh, and please recommend some documentary too!

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    David Toop's Ocean of Sound? I did try re-reading this a few years ago and it seemed terribly dated - all mid-90s "chill out rooms" etc. but maybe it's come round again? He talks with Eno a lot. I enjoyed the collection of Eno's diaries, as well, though not exactly what you're asking for.
    "As technology has advanced, vinyl records are outdated as they are music from the 19th Century so only hipsters and elderly people buy vinyl records".

    Mixes for your delectation:


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      I really enjoyed the Ambient Century by Mark Prendergast when I read it a few years ago
      I don't remember there being much about noise music but he connects the dots between people like the VU, Coltrane, Eno and there's even space for Japan!
      "Record collecting is no mere hobby, no innocuous leisurely diversion. It is a feverish passion bordering on dementia, driving those under the influence to irrational, compulsive, fanatical extremes."

      Night of the Living Vinyl


      • #4
        MPFlapp sent me some good links ages ago.

        Here are a couple to start with until he chimes in:

        Kingdom Of Noise - Japanese Noise Selection (1993) -

        The Taj-Mahal Travellers "On "Tour" (1972) -!/obrftokyo

        Formerly, lecturer at the University of Rome, with two commas and a full stop in the normal way.



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          drone books tend to go on a bit
          new SPOKE release: >>> SEE HERE <<< RKM LIBRARY BEATS


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            havent read it but there is this

            Chimptown, now twinned with Cockermouth, Penistone and Big Beaver, Pennsylvania..


            • #7
              I picked up Under-Currents in a charity recently. Edited by Rob Young, it features the usual suspects from amongst the Wire team but certainly covers some of your areas of interest.