Monday, 3 May 2021

THE BLANK VERSE OF BBC SOUND EFFECTS RECORDS

STOP STARTING

Self starter, tick over

Self starter, depart

Small town atmosphere

Slow Creak, Shattering Glass

Swarming Insects


Shouting men, advance,halt

Staff v Staff

Sword v Spear

Stomach Punch - Vocal Reaction

Self immolation


Self starter, tick over

Self starter, depart

Self-Starter, Constant Run

Stop: stable atmosphere

Sea Wash And Strong Wind (Cruising On Surface)

Sunday, 6 December 2020

EGYPTOLOGY

 






The enclosed back garden, the serving hatch of the subsidised canteen, the radiator in the smoking room, the outer office, the seated area in the Arndale, a corner of the kitchenette. Perfectly observed details that sum up the artificiality and banality of life in the 1970s, particularly for the women expected to inhabit these places.

Stills from Peter Wollen and Laura Mulvey's extraordinary experimental film treatise Riddles Of The Sphynx (1977). 

I once spoke briefly to Laura Mulvey, after a lecture she gave on Peeping Tom. The conversation lasted approximately three minutes, which was more than enough time to know she was one of the most intelligent, charismatic and interesting people I have ever met.

Monday, 27 July 2020

THE BLANK VERSE OF BBC SOUND EFFECTS RECORDS

EXPECTANT CROWD BACKGROUND


Self Starter; Medium-Speed Run Without Signals 
(As On Patrol)    


Hail beating on window; troops moving through mud


Stream;
40ft Waterfall (mic at top);
Six Separate Bands Of Thunder & Rain 
                      With Claps & Rolls At Various Distances


Fast constant over jointed and welded track 
Door Opened & Closed; Window Raised (As Heard Inside)


Hammering (exterior)
Light stake; heavy stake; fence post


Horse or cattle on the move (grass): fairly fast moving
Horse or cattle on the move (broken surface)
Trots up; stops and stands


Sheep Bleating (Bumping As Animals Feed From Troughs)
Herd frightened into sea


30 budgerigars in a shed
Agitated birds with cockatiel screeching


Old type window lowered; general atmosphere 


Arrives in station; as above, but busier;
Tickover; unintelligible PA announcement


Excited women in a large room
Chairs squeaking in hall
Quick Squeaks; Short; Double; Long
3 bow twangs; 6 men groaning
Maniacal laughter
Surge of an angry crowd


Train sounds siren and passes at speed; stop.
Village pond with frogs; very distant traffic; a sinister wind.      

Sunday, 19 July 2020

INBETWEENERS

























A selection of backdrops, transitions and incidental details from Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-74).

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

BONNIE LASS




















Stills from a lovingly home made video for a Bonnie Tyler song released in 1978. The internet, ladies and gentlemen, so fucking weird.