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Outpost 13: The Atrocity Exhibition

By • Oct 3rd, 2011 •

Category: audio, features, film, Lead Story, music

An excerpt from ‘Outpost 13: The Atrocity Exhibition’, directed by Mark C and produced by Outpost 13: Stuart Argabright, Mark C and Kent Heine. The film is based on J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition, part of a performance piece featuring o13 performing the soundtrack live.



“Enthusiasm for the mysterious emissaries of pulp”: an interview with David Britton (the Savoy interviews, part 2a)

By • Feb 22nd, 2010 •

Category: audio, censorship, H.P. Lovecraft, Iain Sinclair, Ian Curtis, interviews, Lead Story, literature, music, New Worlds, punk, Savoy Books, Shanghai

The story of Savoy Books is one of the strangest in publishing history: a tale of lost opportunities, missed opportunities, repression, censorship, imprisonment … and, most importantly, an incredible legacy of work that continues to disturb, challenge and confront. All of those qualities are equally applicable to Savoy Records, the music arm of Savoy’s black empire, as Simon Sellars discovers when he talks to Savoy co-founder David Britton. The interview features sound clips from selected Savoy releases.



“Enthusiasm for the mysterious emissaries of pulp”: an interview with David Britton (the Savoy interviews, part 2b)

By • Feb 22nd, 2010 •

Category: audio, censorship, H.P. Lovecraft, Iain Sinclair, Ian Curtis, literature, music, New Worlds, punk, Savoy Books

The story of Savoy Books is one of the most strangest in publishing history: a tale of lost opportunities, missed opportunities, repression, censorship, imprisonment … and, most importantly, an incredible legacy of work that continues to disturb, challenge and confront. All of those qualities are equally applicable to Savoy Records, the music arm of Savoy’s black empire, as Simon Sellars discovers when he talks to Savoy co-founder David Britton. The interview features sound clips from selected Savoy releases.



A Near Future: Nic Clear’s Tribute to JG Ballard

By • Dec 28th, 2009 •

Category: academia, airports, alternate worlds, architecture, audio, body horror, dystopia, enviro-disaster, features, Lead Story, R.I.P. JGB, Shanghai, urban ruins, utopia, WWII

JG Ballard’s writing encompassed topics as diverse as ecological crisis, technological fetishism, urban ruination and suburban mob culture. In this extract from the September-October issue of Architectural Design, Nic Clear explores how Ballard’s understanding of architecture and architects made him one of the most important figures in the literary articulation of architectural issues and concerns.



Stereoscopic Urbanism: JG Ballard and the Built Environment

By • Nov 14th, 2009 •

Category: architecture, audio, features, inner space, Lead Story, perception, psychogeography, urban decay

The fiction of JG Ballard was centred almost wholly on the built environment. Ballard took architectural design to its logical extreme and then contorted it further. Simon Sellars looks at how architects can learn from Ballard and, specifically, his use of urban sound as a metaphor.



Crown Casino: ‘A snarling, digitised mutilation’

By • May 27th, 2009 •

Category: advertising, alternate worlds, architecture, audio, Australia, boredom, CCTV, consumerism, death of affect, deep time, fascism, features, hyperreality, Lead Story, leisure, micronations, occult, perception, photography, psychogeography, schizophrenia, surveillance, temporality, time travel, utopia

Simon Sellars, Mel Chilianis and Melb Psy take an audiovisual tour of Melbourne’s Crown Casino, seeking to map the coordinates of this micronational zone — consumer-driven control space with a raging need.



BBC Radio 7 adapts Drowned World

By • Mar 6th, 2009 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere

The first episode of BBC Radio 7’s adaptation of The Drowned World is now online.



Negative acoustic space: Ballardian sound art

By • Aug 2nd, 2008 •

Category: audio, Barcelona, features, music, urban decay, urban ruins

This short piece about Ballardian sound art appeared in the CCCB’s catalogue for their Ballard exhibition. Accompanying this post is a 12-track muxtape featuring selections from the music curated for the event.



Ballard's 'The Recognition' on BBC7

By • Apr 10th, 2008 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere, short stories

“What kind of animals are being exhibited?” Ballard’s “The Recognition” is currently featuring on BBC Radio 7.



Book of the Week: Miracles of Life

By • Feb 14th, 2008 •

Category: audio, autobiography, Ballardosphere

Miracles is BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week.



Ballard on BBC Radio 3

By • Jan 29th, 2008 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere

From BBC Radio 3: ‘Philip Dodd meets two of the most important voices in contemporary British writing: Martin Amis and JG Ballard, who are both publishing new works of non-fiction.’



Self on Ballard

By • Jan 21st, 2008 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere

Forthcoming on BBC Radio 4: Will Self on J.G. Ballard.



File under "Gnydronic Folk"

By • Oct 30th, 2007 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere, music, William Burroughs

Ballardian fave Cousin Silas mentioned in our recent interview that he had a new CD on the way: SS: As far as your compositional style goes, were you inspired in any way by Ballard’s experimental techniques, for example, the cut-up nature of Atrocity, or the collages and fake ads he produced around the same time? […]



BallardoTube

By • Sep 8th, 2007 •

Category: audio, Chris Marker, features, film, filmography, Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock, music, television, William Burroughs, YouTube

I’ve created a YouTube outpost for this site, divided into six channels: (1) J.G. Ballard Interviews; (2) J.G. Ballard Documentaries; (3) J.G. Ballard Adaptations; (4) J.G. Ballard’s Top Ten Science Fiction Films; (5) Ballardiana; and (6) Ballardian Sound Art/Music.



More on Cousin Silas

By • Apr 9th, 2007 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere, music

Speaking of thatspace, Cousin Silas, who recently unleashed volume 2 of his masterful, dark-ambient Ballard Landscape series, emails to inform me he has several unreleased and remixed bits from that and other projects over at his Myspace. There should be an interview with Cousin over here at Ballardian in the very near future.



Super-Cannes: The Band

By • Feb 24th, 2007 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere, music

Free downloads for this band here. Biography Question: What is Super-Cannes? + Answer 1: A sexy town located in the South of France. + Answer 2: The name of a novel by J.G. Ballard about Western society’s ever increasing appetite for thrills. + Answer 3: A rock band in Boston playing music that involves hip-hop […]



Oh Jim, He Was On the Run

By • Jan 26th, 2007 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere, Chris Petit, film

Still from ‘Shepperton’s Oracle’, dir. Thomas Cazals, 2007. Ballardiana, Part 1 Via Podcast Pickle, I found a rendition of ‘The Ballad of J.G. Ballard’, Kevin Patrick Mahoney’s ‘iconoclastic homage to the great author': Oh Jim, We can’t get enough of him In Empire of the Sun He was on the run Captured by the Japanese […]



Ballard Landscapes

By • Aug 1st, 2006 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere, music

Thanks to Master Rick McGrath for this link, to a free download archive containing mp3 files and artwork for an album called Ballardian Landscapes by one Cousin Silas. This is highly recommended, and goes a long way towards answering the questions, Paul, Mike and I posed at the end of the Mike Ryan interview…I hope […]