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March 17, 2019
by PH
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One

This video is part of the submission to 1SSUE 41 by Carl “CJ” Boland and myself. Last year when Heather Parnell and I spent a month in Japan this is what I was doing.

The majority of the footage was shot by CJ in 2008 when he first went to live in Japan. There are a few clips derived from an unattributed home movie that I downloaded from the Prelinger Archive, and another single sequence that I shot in Sapporo on my phone.

I started editing it together during our residency at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio in August 2018. The editing was sync’d to an unfinished and/or abandoned track that I’d been working on months earlier with David Pitt: basically just the looped sound of a railway work car overlaid with two interlocking music box samples.

After I had the basic thing up-and-running we headed down to southern Japan from Hokkaido and we spent a weekend at the Boland residence in Sugoshicho. CJ and myself put in a couple of long sessions on the music track with him doing most of the sound design work on his Kyma system and me kludging it all together.

I spent another couple of evenings working on it in my hotel room before CJ and I played live to the film at Gallery G-77 in Kyoto on Friday August 24.

The film’s next outing was at The Swansea Fringe on Friday October 5th at Cinema & Co. The visuals were identical but the soundtrack somewhat different as I didn’t have CJ’s ATV aFrame playing along.

Finally, when we were invited to contribute to 1SSUE 41, I stripped the soundtrack back down to its basics and rebuilt: it’s now very different from the Kyoto and Swansea live versions although still based around the same backbone of the train and music box loops. Most of CJ’s original parts survived the cut of course, and he also contributed two new sets, one in November 2018 and another in January 2019. [At this final stage I asked him for a few last-minute overdubs to patch up some remaining holes and he sent me 43 tracks of audio! What a guy…]

A few last minute tweaks to the movie itself—it’s amazing what you can overlook even when you’re watching the same thing over and over all day, weeks on end—and here we are. I hope you get something of value from it:


March 3, 2019
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‘Dreaming Detroit’ Review

From this month’s SoundBoard magazine, a review of my Dreaming Detroit EP. Great review! Sounds like he’s actually given it a proper listen and totally “gets it”. Thank you Keith Williams—the Milky Bars are on me…

March 1, 2019
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All We Needed Was Time

After the funding-inspired blogging frenzy of last summer we may note that I haven’t posted here for more than three months. Clearly many of you will be overjoyed at this respite. Tragically, your joy is short-lived, for you will be dismayed to learn that I have not been idle. Au contraire mon amis, I have been furiously at work. The Global Art Project™ never sleeps!

First up then: here’s a new version of A Question of Time. This was originally produced for 1SSUE 40, but I wasn’t really happy with the soundtrack. The video is exactly the same. The notes are the same, although some of them may have changed position. The arrangement is the same. Otherwise, it’s completely different:

PS: I probably should have added this line to the credits in the video: Paul Hazel – Blatant Wholesale Copyright Material Appropriation.

November 25, 2018
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A Question of Time

This video was part of my submission to 1SSUE 40. Having a bit of fun with this one. Try and listen through a decent sound system or headphones ‘cos you need to hear the bass:

November 18, 2018
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Arts Illustrated

An interview just published in Arts Illustrated. Quite interesting, in the sense that I was sent a list of questions and wrote the replies, and so had the opportunity to give the answers some thought and to edit and tweak the text until my heart’s content. No excuses then…

November 5, 2018
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More Pics. More Press.

A couple of images from the Swansea Fringe, courtesy of Paul Williams:


And a couple of newish press pieces:

I quite like the “Global Art Project” idea. Of course this was what I had been intending all along…

October 5, 2018
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Test Pattern Redux – DL Code

October 2, 2018
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Test Pattern Redux Launch Party


September 12, 2018
by PH
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Press Releases


Only a few weeks now until the release of the Test Pattern Redux 12″ and the first press releases have begun to appear:

August 31, 2018
by PH
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Project Japan 35