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Ballard on Synth Britannia

Author: • Oct 20th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

The two Ballard-related segments from the recent BBC documentary Synth Britannia have been YouTubed. There’s also a BBC post about the relationship of these bands to Ballard.

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+ A Ballardian Burial
+ Tribute to J.G. Ballard & Brian Eno
+ Escaping the Gaze: A Review of John Foxx’s Tiny Colour Movies
+ A Whirlpool with Seductive Furniture: the John Foxx Interview
+ ‘Magisterial, Precise, Unsettling': Simon Reynolds on the Ballard Connection
+ Cousin Silas: Another Flask of Ballard
+ ‘No One Dances in Ballard': An Interview with Mike Ryan
+ A Premeditated Ballard Playlist
+ Crash: A Tribute to James Graham Ballard
+ Critical Mass: Sound, Story and Music in David Cronenberg’s Crash

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  1. I’d not noticed before, but in that first clip from the Cokliss film, the black and white strata of the multi-storey carpark exactly mimic the pattern of Ballard’s shirt collar.

    The programme also featured a great (if probably unintentional) visual/musical pun just following your first clip here. During the montage showing the drive north to Sheffield and the Human League, there’s a shot of Sheffield University’s ‘Factory of the Future’ building (where, by some deep assignment, I’ve just started work). The music playing is ‘4JG’ by The Future. This, I think, just goes to show.

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  3. I’d not noticed before, but in that first clip from the Cokliss film, the black and white strata of the multi-storey carpark exactly mimic the pattern of Ballard’s shirt collar.

    The programme also featured a great (if probably unintentional) visual/musical pun just following your first clip here. During the montage showing the drive north to Sheffield and the Human League, there’s a shot of Sheffield University’s ‘Factory of the Future’ building (where, by some deep assignment, I’ve just started work). The music playing is ‘4JG’ by The Future. This, I think, just goes to show.

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