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2 shows in 1 = 3 shows

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Years of packing vans for touring became mere training for yesterday’s great challenge, packing Apollo Steps (the vinyl cutter etc) and It’s Your Film INSIDE The Black Maze. Highly developed spatial reasoning and a modicum of brute strength did the trick in the end, so that lot is ready for Graeme to drive down to Montpellier once he gets back from Tokyo.

jonmagic

Meanwhile Jon, in his ever evolving quest to perfect sound arrangements for Of All The People In All The World, has delivered a beautiful box of tricks and chips too complicated to explain, which, in one bespoke silver unit delivers atmospherics, music, real-time time chimes and a ‘tannoy’. I’m taking it to Tokyo in my hand luggage and will post a photograph of its exterior in situ.

Jon was up to see The Modified Toy Orchestra. Last night’s gig was fantastic, beautifully structured, performed and played. It looked great, the sound was good – if a little genteel volume-wise and the music stunning. I’m never sure what the driving ambition of the MTO is, but if it is popular global acclaim then surely they have the package here to deliver that for them. I saw lots of familiar faces in the crowd, what did you think?

Love List On Late Junction

Monday, March 29th, 2010

This is a duplicate blog entry due to an exact duplication of circumstances.

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A sudden burst of orders for Pieces For The Radio: Vol 1 this week suggested something had been broadcast. Prime suspect, Verity Sharp – Late Junction. Sure enough, scrolling back through her playlists we find it: Stan’s Cafe: Love List, 23rd March, 2010. Well done Verity, nice one.

We’ve had a few things played on the show before. Amanda and I were in Wolverhampton checking out the Metro prior to Space Station when I got the first tip off, out of the blue, possibly a year after I’d thrust a CD into a producer’s hand in Edinburgh. A hazy memory says it was Graeme who phoned to say he’d heard it. That moment was as thrilling as any I’ve had with Stan’s Cafe and I still get a huge kick each time something goes out. Because it’s not really our field and because of the company we keep on that show and because of all the tracks they could have chosen but instead they chose ours, the satisfaction of having a piece played on the radio seems especially sweet.

The burst of sales that accompanies each broadcast is a pleasant side issue that continues to take me by surprise. It’s no great shakes in a commercial sense – half a dozen / a dozen copies – but still it seems miraculous. One play, close to midnight on Radio 3, then listener has to find out who we are, visit our website and – before our new e-shop facility – write note, a cheque, find a stamp, an envelope and put the whole ensemble in the post to a bunch of strangers. What staggering dedication, faith and commitment. How many CDs could you shift if you were played four times a day on Radio 1 with your stock stacked by the checkouts at HMV – it’s frightening.

James

Love List On The Radio

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

A sudden burst of orders for Pieces For The Radio: Vol 1 this week suggested something had been broadcast. Prime suspect, Verity Sharp – Late Junction. Sure enough, scrolling back through her playlists we find it: Stan’s Cafe: Love List, 10th May, 23.44. Well done Verity, nice one.

We’ve had a few things played on the show before. Amanda and I were in Wolverhampton checking out the Metro prior to Space Station when I got the first tip off, out of the blue, possibly a year after I’d thrust a CD into a producer’s hand in Edinburgh. A hazy memory says it was Graeme who phoned to say he’d heard it. That moment was as thrilling as any I’ve had with Stan’s Cafe and I still get a huge kick each time something goes out. Because it’s not really our field and because of the company we keep on that show and because of all the tracks they could have chosen but instead they chose ours, the satisfaction of having a piece played on the radio seems especially sweet.

The burst of sales that accompanies each broadcast is a pleasant side issue that continues to take me by surprise. It’s no great shakes in a commercial sense – half a dozen / a dozen copies – but still it seems miraculous. One play, close to midnight on Radio 3, then listener has to find out who we are, visit our website and – before our new e-shop facility – write note, a cheque, find a stamp, an envelope and put the whole ensemble in the post to a bunch of strangers. What staggering dedication, faith and commitment. How many CDs could you shift if you were played four times a day on Radio 1 with your stock stacked by the checkouts at HMV – it’s frightening.

James


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