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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.



The 032c Interview: Simon Reynolds on Ballard, part 2

By • Dec 7th, 2009 •

Category: Brian Eno, interviews, Lead Story, music, New Worlds, Philip K. Dick, science fiction, short stories, William Burroughs

Simon Reynolds is one of the most recognizable music critics around. His work reached a peak with the publication of Rip It Up and Start Again, a timely excavation of post-punk: Cabaret Voltaire, PiL, Magazine, and so on. What’s more, J.G. Ballard was a thread throughout the book, as Reynolds charted the influence of JGB — and especially his experimental novel, The Atrocity Exhibition — on the era. In this interview, as Simon meets Simon, these topics are discussed in the wake of JGB’s death.



Ballard on Synth Britannia

By • Oct 20th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

JG Ballard on the BBC TV documentary Synth Britannia.



Sonic boom

By • Jan 27th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

The first question about J.G. Ballard’s short story The Sound-Sweep put Bill Drummond immediately on the defensive…



'Because we're fucked': Skinner vs Gray

By • Dec 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, dystopia, John Gray, music, politics, utopia

John Gray meets Mike Skinner, discusses Ballard.



'Audiopollution! They said it'd never hit us here…'

By • Dec 5th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, comics, Hawkwind, Michael Moorcock, music

The return of Moorcock, Hawkwind, Frendz… and Jim Cawthorn.



Escaping the gaze: A review of John Foxx's Tiny Colour Movies

By • Aug 7th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, America, architecture, CCTV, Chris Marker, Chris Petit, film, Iain Sinclair, invisible literature, John Foxx, media landscape, music, reviews, YouTube

This is a review of John Foxx’s Melbourne performance of Tiny Colour Movies, his found-film collection and live soundtrack. For the reviewer, witnessing this may have solved a two-year-old puzzle; certainly, it brought everything full circle back to Ballard.



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.



Tribute to J.G. Ballard & Brian Eno

By • Jul 16th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, Brian Eno, leisure, music, utopia

Ballard & Eno: quite possibly the ‘two greatest British thinkers of the second half of the 20th Century’.



A Ballardian Burial

By • Jul 9th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, enviro-disaster, features, kode9, music

The music of kode9 and Burial: just how ‘Ballardian’ is it? We investigate the viral spread of this apparent internet meme, detouring via Crash, The Drowned World and ‘The Sound-Sweep’.



'His personal horizon': Sinclair and Self on Ballard

By • Jun 16th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, CCTV, film, Iain Sinclair, Ian Curtis, music, psychogeography, Shepperton, suburbia, surveillance, Will Self

Iain Sinclair and Will Self together on stage talking about Ballard, Orson Welles and CCTV. Garden gnomes, Simon Reynolds and John Lydon get roped into the ring, also.



'Get Lost': Burroughs on Curtis

By • Jun 12th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Ian Curtis, music, William Burroughs

Did William Burroughs really tell Ian Curtis to ‘get lost’? And how did the younger man take it? RealityStudio finds out.



'The Crashman': An Experiment in Applied Internet Ballardianism

By • Apr 8th, 2008 •

Category: censorship, David Cronenberg, death of affect, features, film, flying, Freud, humour, Lead Story, media landscape, Michael Moorcock, music, psychopathology, speed & violence, sport, war, WWII, YouTube

Drawing inspiration from J.G. Ballard’s exhibition of crashed cars in 1970, the Crashman presents his own festival of Atrocity films: aviation disasters set to musical soundtracks.



Michael Jackson reads J.G. Ballard

By • Dec 28th, 2007 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, body horror, celebrity culture, music, posthumanism, science fiction

Chris N-B asks: ‘What is Michael Jackson’s favorite literary science fiction? I’ll bet you dinner at Picasso that right now he’s curled up in the overstuffed armchair of his penthouse suite at the Bellagio, giggling at The Atrocity Exhibition.’



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? […]



K-punk on John Foxx

By • Oct 9th, 2007 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, music

Over at Fact magazine, k-punk has written a great re-appraisal of John Foxx’s Metamatic album from 1980. Metamatic still sounds as remarkable as it must have done to unschooled ears back then, completely wrenched from time and space and forged with laser hammers, ion-driven lathes and neon tongs. K-punk’s article is dense and packed with […]



Cousin Silas: Another Flask of Ballard

By • Oct 3rd, 2007 •

Category: Brian Eno, entropy, interviews, Michael Moorcock, music, New Worlds, paranormal, urban ruins, William Burroughs

Cousin Silas has created two albums inspired by the works of J.G. Ballard. Simon Sellars spoke to Silas about Ballard, Lovecraft, Forteana, Moorcock, Eno, Tarkovsky — all the essentials.



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.



Control

By • Aug 18th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, film, Ian Curtis, music

The other night at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), I saw Control, Anton Corbijn’s Ian Curtis biopic. In the first part of the film, before Curtis has met the rest of Joy Division, he’s in his bedroom and the camera focuses on his bookshelf. The shot lingers for a few seconds on the spine […]



Jimmy Ballard Rides Again

By • Aug 18th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, literature, music

LEFT: Johnny in his Crime days (1977; photo by James Stark). Johnny Strike, lead vocalist and guitarist with original San Fran punk legends Crime, has just released a new collection of short stories published by Rudos and Rubes. Entitled A Loud Humming Sound Came from Above, it features ‘Jimmy Ballard’s Hospital Review’, first published here […]



Angry Old Men: Michael Moorcock on J.G. Ballard

By • Jul 9th, 2007 •

Category: Borges, Brian Eno, film, Iain Sinclair, interviews, literature, Michael Moorcock, music, New Worlds, Shepperton, Steven Spielberg, William Burroughs

Michael Moorcock, J.G. Ballard and JGB’s partner Claire Walsh in September, 2006 (photo courtesy Linda Moorcock). ———————————————— Interview by Mike Holliday ———————————————— Michael Moorcock has been a prolific writer and editor for the last five decades. Born in London, he was editing his first magazine by the age of seventeen, and started writing genre fiction […]



'Magisterial, Precise, Unsettling': Simon Reynolds on the Ballard Connection

By • Jun 2nd, 2007 •

Category: Brian Eno, entropy, interviews, music, New Worlds, Philip K. Dick, Salvador Dali, science fiction, short stories, William Burroughs

Interview by Simon Sellars. Simon Reynolds is one of the most recognisable music critics around — or at least his style is, not least for its willingness to tackle pop music as an art form worthy of sustained intellectual discourse rather than as a fleeting moment of adolescent flash. Reynolds breaks new ground, melding unbridled […]



Flat block of two dimensions

By • Apr 19th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, gated communities, Michael Moorcock, music, suicide, urban revolt

Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Simon Sellars. All the evidence accumulated over several decades cast a critical light on the high-rise as a viable social structure, but cost-effectiveness in the area of public housing and high profitability in the private sector kept pushing these vertical townships into the sky against the real needs of […]



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 […]



Philip Brophy's Northern Void

By • Feb 19th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, dystopia, film, music, reviews, urban decay

Flyer for Northern Void. Last night I attended the second (and last, for now) screening of Philip Brophy’s 50-minute film Northern Void, billed as a “live cinema performance” accompanied by the real-time sonics of Ph2 (Brophy and Philip Samartzis). Northern Void is set along Plenty Rd, in the northern Melbourne suburb of Preston — specifically […]



Thom Two

By • Feb 10th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, music, speed & violence

Writer Tim Footman unpacks the Thom Yorke/Ballard thing (I posted on Yorkey’s Ballard quote yesterday): I referred to [J.G. Ballard's Crash] in some depth when discussing ‘Airbag’, the opening track of OK Computer, in my forthcoming book. … The sexual/spiritual rush that Thom Yorke’s narrator seems to achieve from near-annihilation on the road is prefigured […]



Thom, Too

By • Feb 10th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, consumerism, music

Mick over at Dead Flowers informs me that Thom Yorke has taken to quoting from Kingdom Come at the Radiohead group blog.



Environment Studies

By • Feb 9th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music, Shepperton

Friends, you ask me many questions, most of which I cannot answer, but Kate from Brighton wanted to know what my work-space looks like. I like this question. I reckon you can tell a lot about an artist from the environment in which he works. Look at J.G. Ballard. Look at Jack Henry Abbot. Look […]



A Whirlpool with Seductive Furniture: The John Foxx Interview, part 2

By • Sep 2nd, 2006 •

Category: Australia, Brian Eno, cyberpunk, film, interviews, John Foxx, music, punk, William Burroughs

Interview by Simon Sellars John Foxx live at Shrewsbury, 1998. © Extreme Voice. This is part 2 of my interview with John Foxx, former lead singer of Ultravox before the band’s Midge Ure era, and an on-and-off solo artist for the past 25 years. Foxx’s Ultravox purveyed a damned, dreamy, paranoid — and often playful […]



JGB Meets Jah Wobble

By • Aug 13th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music, psychogeography

Jah Wobble, John Lydon’s old mucker and former bassist for Public Image Ltd, has reviewed the Pocket Essentials guide to Psychogeography, by Merlin Coverley. It’s an odd little review. Wobble gets headaches from the concepts on offer and writes that “you will always find marginal blokes walking in marginal (urban) places”, while expounding the belief […]



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 […]



A Whirlpool with Seductive Furniture: The John Foxx Interview

By • Jul 11th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Chris Marker, Chris Petit, film, Iain Sinclair, Ian Curtis, interviews, music, Philip K. Dick, psychogeography, surrealism, William Burroughs

by Simon Sellars an image from John Foxx’s Cathedral Oceans project John Foxx, the former lead singer of Ultravox, is an undisputed electronic music pioneer. Before Midge Ure came along, the band’s three Foxx-driven albums, Ultravox! (1977), Ha! Ha! Ha! (1978) and Systems of Romance (1978), fused near-future melancholy with icy man-machine interfaces and the […]



Crash: A Tribute to James Graham Ballard

By • Jul 8th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

Thanks to Jo for pointing us to this: Crash: A Tribute To James Graham Ballard (Various Artists), an apparently released-in-Greece only, electro-styled Ballard hoedown. It mentions Clock DVA…Sheffield contemporaries of the Human League. Their founder Adi Newton has described them as “sex and magic in an industrial setting”. Vaughan himself would approve. Of the rest, […]



A Premeditated Ballard Playlist

By • Jul 2nd, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Brian Eno, music

We recently interviewed RE/Search’s Mike Ryan about his DJ set at the RE/Search–JG Ballard launch party last year… Now, on his always interesting blog, Premeditated, Mike has explained in further detail the thinking behind each selection. Mike’s an insightful Ballard scholar and I agree with him when he said that thinking through Ballardian connections in […]



Critical Mass: Sound, Story and Music in David Cronenberg's Crash

By • Jun 29th, 2006 •

Category: Australia, Brian Eno, David Cronenberg, features, film, music

As part of our Ballardian Music series, Cat Hope looks back at Howard Shore’s soundtrack for the David Cronenberg adaptation of Crash. —————————————————————————————————————- Cat Hope is an Australian musician and academic, based in Perth, Western Australia. Besides performing in the bands Lux Mammmoth and Gata Negra, she also performs solo noise music using bass guitar. […]



'No-One Dances in Ballard': An Interview with Mike Ryan

By • Jun 15th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, Brian Eno, David Cronenberg, Futurists, Ian Curtis, interviews, music, Steven Spielberg, William Burroughs

by Simon Sellars I think I’m the only person I know who doesn’t own a record player or a single record. I’ve never understood why, because my maternal grandparents were lifelong teachers of music, and my father as a choirboy once sang solo in Manchester Cathedral. But that gene seems to have skipped me.” —————————————————– […]



J.G. Ballard's 'Sonic Fictions'

By • Jun 15th, 2006 •

Category: academia, Australia, Ballardosphere, music, Philip K. Dick

Being as I’m based in Australia, I obviously can’t make it to London yesterday (your time) and tomorrow (yours, mine, our time) to attend Cultural Fictions II, sponsored by the AHRC and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, June 15th & 16th (found via k-punk). Some lovely London-based reader could, though, and perhaps summarise Steve […]



JG Ballard vs Dan Melchior

By • Jun 12th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, consumerism, music

Googling for an mp3 of Orson Welles monstering, for semantic crimes, the director of the frozen-peas radio spot he was appearing in, I instead ended up with J G Ballard and frozen peas — in the 2002 lyrics to “Me and J.G. Ballard”, which appears on the Bitterness Spite Rage and Scorn album by Dan […]



Random Ballard Reference 3

By • Jun 6th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

I’m on a bit of a music kick at the moment; preparing for upcoming interviews. From Stolen Kisses: “JG Ballard once said that he read the NME every week throughout the punk era because even though he had no knowledge of the bands that it was writing about, he was carried away by the energy […]



Random Ballard Reference 2

By • Jun 6th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music, terrorism

Regarding Propaganda: “ZTT release Propaganda’s new five-track EP in early November [1985], called Wishful Thinking, and comprising remixes and some previously unissued material. It remains to be seen whether Propaganda can elude ZTT’s tiresome penchant for cerebral games-playing. They’ve already run into a spot of trouble over a quote from novelist J.G. Ballard which appeared […]



Random Ballard Reference

By • Jun 3rd, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, cyberpunk, music

from 2005: it’s old but good, it’s k-punk — where it at. Decipher at will. “Wasn’t Postpunk in many ways already cyberpunk, the ‘post’ precisely signaling a break with lumpenpunk’s dull r and r orthodoxy? But the ‘cyber’ component of postpunk was not only, or even primiarily, sonic, it was also a matter of the […]



Hyperdub CD Launch

By • May 28th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

Hyperdub, the London dubstep label run by Steve Goodman (kode 9), has just released its first CD, from ‘the mysterious Burial’. A Ballardian release, to be sure… Steve, and Hyperdub, are influenced by Ballard’s ‘sonic fiction’, and although this isn’t a kode 9 release, the Burial CD is an intriguing concept that seeks to meld […]



Flagpole Runs Up A New JG Ballard/RE Search review

By • Feb 17th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Ian Curtis, music

From Flagpole Magazine, an ‘alt.weekly’ based in Athens, Georgia (USA) “J.G. Ballard: Conversations (San Francisco, 2005) is the latest dispatch from the hell-raising subculture documentarians at RE/Search Publications. Between its covers, J.G. Ballard engages in exactly what the title promises with RE/Search’s taste-making head honcho V. Vale and a few other well-informed fans.” I’m very […]