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Listened to the new Belbury Poly Album 'From an Ancient Star' over the weekend about ten times and to my surprise theres no Ghost box thread. I slept on the label a bit as they seemed a bit too engaged with nostalgia and pastiche but there seems to be a real downcast joy to what I've heard. 'Open university italo' was the term getting thrown about when partying to this on saturday morning. Just picked up the advisory council record as well and looking forward to diving into the catologue over coming weeks

straightola, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Huh, I was sure there was a thread on this as well. It is all very hauntology/memoradelia, which I guess irks some people (too studied, pseudo-intellectual?) but I love that stuff. And definitely a down-cast joy - the first track I *really* loved from any of the records was the title track from Hey, Let Loose Your Love by the Focus Group, and nothing on the label has surpassed that for me as such a simple sublime pop moment.

emil.y, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

I suppose as a huge fan of Radiophonic Workshop/Raymond Scott I'm going to be the exact target demographic, aren't I? Ah well, preaching to the converted they may be, but I still say it's brilliant stuff.

emil.y, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Love it as well. Last year's Advisory Circle album is so great, and the new Bellbury Pole is awesome as well. I must check out that Focus Group album still.

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

thats exactly why i left it so long to listen to any of it, all the pseudo intellectual simon reynolds baiting stuff i read about the label really got on my wick. I read a review the other day (possibly petridish) harping on about how the label had hit upon some gesamkunstwerk because they have uniform packaging, make videos and the music featured has a similar ethos. Isnt every label ran by a graphic designer done in this way? sounds like standard degree show stuff. But now ive put that aside the music is really enjoyable, the Belbury album is worth it just for the disco tracks

straightola, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

downloaded the advisory circle because of its appearance in wire's rewind. Love the album. Just ordered it together with the belbury poly album after hearing its titletrack and the awesome Hidden Door.

willem, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

sad, neglected thread

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 9 October 2009 21:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thanx for reminding me i need to listen to this shit some more.

Stillborn birth of a display name (Jon Lewis), Friday, 9 October 2009 21:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Friend of mine was just talking about this label the other day...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 October 2009 21:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Not technically a Ghost Box release, but has anyone on here listened to Broadcast's collaboration with The Focus Group? It is available for download only right now through iTuens and whatnot.

I like it, although I wish it were a little more Broadcast and a little less Focus Group. I'm hoping to catch Broadcast at the Fun Fun Fun festival here in Austin next month - should be pretty great!

Moodles, Friday, 9 October 2009 21:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Broadcast/Focus Group EP is good, and agree on the Focus Group part--probably my least favorite of the ghost box folkx but hard for me to complain as I'm pretty hard for Julian House's design/overall aesthetic which is at least 50% of Ghost Box's appeal (I think).

Want to hear the "Roj" record they just put out but not sure what I think based on samples. After freaking out about all of this stuff and then coming back a little saner a mo. or so later, I think the advisory circle records hold up the best

Bangelo, Friday, 9 October 2009 22:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Took me forever to get into Ghost Box even though they push so many of my geek buttons- the whole "hauntology" discussion just turned me way the fuck off, had me thinking this was music made more to be discussed than listened to, etc. Then I took a gamble on the iTunes $5 comp album and wahey, it's really fucking great. Can't wait to catch Broadcast in Philly in about a week.

More Butty In Your Pants (Telephone thing), Friday, 9 October 2009 22:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Don't let k punk and his ilk put you off, this is some really great stuff.

leavethecapital, Saturday, 10 October 2009 00:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

What's the name of that comp?

I always forget about this label for some reason

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 10 October 2009 00:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ritual and Education, it's the best $5 you'll ever spend. On music. This year. From Ghost Box.

More Butty In Your Pants (Telephone thing), Saturday, 10 October 2009 01:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Has anyone heard the Roj album in full? I don't like listening to samples, but I've yet to purchase it. Is it comparable to the other GB artists?

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 10 October 2009 09:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like this label. Everything I've heard from it sounds like it was made by a cult obsessed with Love American Style, daytime TV shows from the 70s -- 80s, and oddball field recordings.

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I wish it were a little more Broadcast and a little less Focus Group

Hmm, in general I thought they had a good balance, but when I did find it skewed, I thought it was the other way round - I love both groups, but the vocal style is so distinctive it often overpowers the music.

emil.y, Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ritual and Education is a great comp. And that Roj disc just appeared on eMusic (something I was prompted to discover because of this thread; thank you, ILM).

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I like love this label.


Daniel, Esq., Monday, 15 February 2010 02:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Roj album is good - well up to par if you like Ghost Box artists in general.

Reissue/revision of OOP early record by The Advisory Circle coming soon!

Jeff W, Monday, 15 February 2010 13:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

just got the belbury poly disc (from an ancient star). trippy!

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 15 February 2010 13:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Just ordered the first two editions from the Ghost Box Study Series - a 7 inch singles club, it seems. Lovely.

kraudive, Monday, 14 June 2010 19:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I keep looking at these in the local record shop, thinking "a tenner for a seven inch???".

The New Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 6 January 2011 16:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

They're £4.95 each or £7.95 for two on the website. Which still sounds fairly expensive to me, but you don't often see new 7"s going for less than a fiver these days. Sigh.

emil.y, Thursday, 6 January 2011 17:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

great label - they deserve every penny they charge

jumpskins, Thursday, 6 January 2011 19:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anyone on here heard the Moon Wiring Club stuff? I'm wondering if this is something I need to get.

Moodles, Thursday, 6 January 2011 20:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, A Spare Tabby... is really good. Very much of the genre, and it maybe goes on a tad long, but the first half totally blew me away.

emil.y, Thursday, 6 January 2011 20:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

yep i just got the spare tabby today and love it immediately . plus all the graphic design is sublime. i assume he does all that website illustration stuff himself?? if so he is a man of parts.

cw, Friday, 21 January 2011 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

those moon wiring club sleeves, all 4 of them, need to go on the album art thread.

just bought the broadcast addition to the Study Series. and don't like it (not a surprise, didn't really like the lp). think the others singles are better. (the digital downloads are cheap at boomkat).

koogs, Saturday, 22 January 2011 17:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Did you get the vinyl or cd version of the Moon Wiring Club album? They are doing a great of saying you should really get both.

The New Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 17:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Numbers 5 & 6 in the 7" Study Series now available (Johnny Trunk and Hintermass), along with vinyl reissues of Belbury Poly's The Willows and The Focus Group's Sketches and Spells...

Barnaby, Hardly, Tuesday, 12 April 2011 12:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

and they are lovely. Spent the last hour listening to 1-6 and they're just great. As the sky was dimming the music sounded beautiful. The design of the covers / sexy heavy vinyl is ace also!

kraudive, Sunday, 17 April 2011 19:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

there was a boomkat / 14tracks compilation of this stuff recently. (14 tracks chosend by boomkat staff(?) for £6.86)

koogs, Monday, 18 April 2011 11:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The samples of the new Advisory Circle that are up on the ghost box site are really beautiful. I agree with everyone above saying that Other Channels is the best thing on the label, though emily is right about Hey, let loose (and about Spare Tabby being overlong).

rob, Friday, 10 June 2011 17:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

nah, roj is the best

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 10 June 2011 18:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh yeah? I never actually listened to that one--will correct that now.

rob, Friday, 10 June 2011 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

any verdicts on the recent advisory circle & moon wiring club rekkids?

cw, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 20:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

AC = still dope

MWC = still twee (i didn't like it, ymmv)

moonship journey to baja, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 20:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

still think they peaked with "roj"

moonship journey to baja, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 20:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Advisory Circle record is very very good. Moon Wiring Club is good but I think works better with visuals etc. Was very good live w/video and his source materials are often drawn out of old tv/film so seeing it in that format makes more sense.

One Big Craigo, Full Of Bad Boingos (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Advisory Circle - Learning Owl Reappears

Man, I want to write a horror film about owls just so that I can peg that onto the start of it.

kraudive, Thursday, 18 August 2011 22:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Have been playing a lot of Ghost Box recently.

An odd one in that I can play the same tracks at different times and have quite extreme reactions around liking them/disliking them. The Advisory Circle sounded lovely tonight, driving through the Oxfordshire countryside. Ritual & Education is very good though I feel mildly tempted to re-edit it into my own "Best of Ghost Box".

djh, Thursday, 12 January 2012 22:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Been listening to the Advisory Circle album a lot recently, after not paying attention for a while. "Wheel of the Year" is my jam.

questino (seandalai), Thursday, 12 January 2012 22:44 (six years ago) Permalink

great album. I should have seen it coming based on some of his mixes, but I was still surprised at how much he broadened his palette beyond the radiophonic synth stuff while still sounding totally like himself. those albums he put out under his own name were quite good as well.

rob, Thursday, 12 January 2012 22:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Belbury Poly sounded right while putting clothes away this morning.

djh, Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:37 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Love this stuff. Is there enough to do a lil' Ghost Box POV/POX??

(Uptown Baby) (admrl), Friday, 24 February 2012 17:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Maybe once I've heard the latest from Belbury Poly. Speaking of which:

Jeff W, Friday, 24 February 2012 18:58 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Excellent new Jon Brooks (Advisory Circle) album as Shapwick...

Sadly sold out in a few hours (only 110 copies were made) but apparently a second edition on vinyl is forthcoming.

Barnaby, Hardly, Monday, 4 June 2012 09:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Let me try that first Youtube link again...

Barnaby, Hardly, Monday, 4 June 2012 09:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, if a book, then Discovering Scarfolk obv -

Jeff W, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:24 (three years ago) Permalink

What about the book "Discovering Scarfolk" by Richard Littler?

michaellambert, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:25 (three years ago) Permalink

How abt dvds of children of the stones or something?

Modern French Music from Failure to Boulez (askance johnson), Monday, 15 December 2014 22:42 (three years ago) Permalink

I'd meant to come on here to *wonder* about Scarfolk. How is it regarded in the world of Ghost Box et al? I saw it in a bookshop and my immediate thought was "I didn't know there was a Ghost Box book" and when I realised it wasn't Ghost Box felt a bit weird towards it. The website does amuse me, though.

djh, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:52 (three years ago) Permalink

The humour seems stretched a little thin in the book.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Monday, 15 December 2014 22:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Arthur Machen or MR James?

rob, Monday, 15 December 2014 23:45 (three years ago) Permalink

Iain Sinclair books

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Monday, 15 December 2014 23:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Bemused that I have never seen Children of the Stones. Does it stand up to "grown up" watching?

djh, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Children Of The Stones is excellent, sort it!

Basically / I Don't Wanna Be / An mp3 / 3-2-0 kb / ps (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes it does stand. And also induces a powerful and sadly unfulfillable urge to own a soundtrack album of that awesome atonal choral music.

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:57 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Looks perfect

Gouty_Ted, Friday, 21 August 2015 10:01 (two years ago) Permalink

An expanded version of the Ritual and Education sampler?

Noel Emits, Friday, 21 August 2015 12:43 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

copy of ouroborindra just went for $65 / £43 on ebay

the late great, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:38 (two years ago) Permalink

it's the only one i don't have. not sure why it's so rare and hasn't been repressed.

the late great, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:47 (two years ago) Permalink

my guess is copyright issues with the bbc? there's a quote from "the stone tape" in the liner notes and i don't think that's quite out of copyright yet.

the late great, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 01:04 (two years ago) Permalink

web site just says "out of stock", wonder if it's just accelerationist profiteers

lute bro (brimstead), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 01:07 (two years ago) Permalink

well they have repressed everything else once or twice (i'm talking CD btw) but they have never repressed ouroborindra for some reason

the late great, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 01:08 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

New Belbury Poly out today

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Saturday, 28 May 2016 03:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Latest Mailout:

Excited for the Beautify Junkyards 7" as well as the Pye Corner Audio and Pattern Forms LPs.

Jeff W, Sunday, 29 May 2016 12:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I like the new Belbury Poly album.

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 29 May 2016 22:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Yep, pleased to see there's a Pattern Forms LP upcoming, I'd assumed the single was a one-off.

michaellambert, Sunday, 29 May 2016 22:13 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Clips from the Pattern Forms LP sounding sensational to these ears:

Pye Corner Audio album is also v. good.

Jeff W, Thursday, 1 September 2016 19:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Agree, the new Pye Corner Audio album is excellent.

stevo-rd, Friday, 2 September 2016 05:00 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New album from The Pattern Forms out now. It feels like Ghost Box has really been cranking it out this year.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Friday, 21 October 2016 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

The Pattern Forms album is great. The drums sound spectacular, and obviously Jon Brooks hits it out of the park.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 24 October 2016 19:03 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Another winner from Ghost Box: The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards, dreamy psych-pop half sung in English, half in Portuguese (the band are from Lisbon, I think).

Jeff W, Monday, 12 March 2018 13:54 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

New Advisory Circle - Ways of Seeing

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 25 May 2018 05:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Is it good ?

add surface noise (Ross), Friday, 25 May 2018 09:40 (two months ago) Permalink

This is fucking great
Advisory Circle are so classic
Like a long lost carpenter score

add surface noise (Ross), Friday, 25 May 2018 19:58 (two months ago) Permalink

I seem to like this label a little more in my memory than I do while listening. I still listen to everything and enjoy nearly all of it to some extent but have to concede that it's eerie, crusty textures like those of The Focus Group, Roj, and selected Advisory Circle records (eg. Other Channels and From Out Here, from memory) that I'm always hoping to hear, rather than the relatively crisp, uncluttered synths of the more recent Advisory Circle and Belbury Poly releases.

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 26 May 2018 06:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Jon Brooks is so prolific I always think he can't possibly surprise any more, but there are a few tracks on Ways of Seeing that feel like new territory for him. Personally, I'm glad this isn't Other Channels 2.

Jeff W, Saturday, 26 May 2018 12:04 (two months ago) Permalink

nag has a fair point; the new advisory circle is much lighter than the last one, which was the darkest one since other channels (which is hard to beat for darkness with those bloody murder screams N all).

I like the new one a lot tho, it sounds like zelda 2 music at times

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

i think a case could be made for ghost box taking the throne from the old overrated idm canon of yesterday; personally i'd rather listen to a new focus group than any old boards

California scheming (Ross), Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Controp: Ghost Box is for people who won't admit to liking IDM unless it's coated in arch references to Sapphire & Steel and fucking Bagpuss ;-)

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Monday, 28 May 2018 12:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Mostly kidding BTW, and ibrealise that's way off the mark.

But I dunno, as well done as some of it is, and as terrific as the presentation often is (the early 80s software package referencing Outward Journies is just delicious) I can't find much enthusiasm for more Tangerine Dream or Radiophonic Workshop knock offs, despite being ostensibly in the target demographic.

Did really like the Soundcarriers album though.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Monday, 28 May 2018 18:57 (two months ago) Permalink

It's not really Berlin school though, is it?

doug watson, Monday, 28 May 2018 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

The Soundcarriers album on Ghost Box is great, as are their other albums. I wonder if they’re working on anything...

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 28 May 2018 22:35 (two months ago) Permalink

totally knew you were kidding and appreciated it Noel

soundcarriers absolutely KILL

California scheming (Ross), Monday, 28 May 2018 22:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Liking this new advisory a lot, love the minimal use of percussion - doesn't date it as much

California scheming (Ross), Monday, 28 May 2018 22:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Controp: Ghost Box is for people who won't admit to liking IDM unless it's coated in arch references to Sapphire & Steel and fucking Bagpuss

I'll admit this isn't exactly off the mark for me. I don't really care about the references, but Ghost Box has definitely been a big factor in making IDM palatable to me. There was a time when I ran away from IDM like the plague.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Piggybacking on the new Advisory Circle praise. Think it just might be the best on yet.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:19 (two months ago) Permalink

'Flight Capture' is a amazing.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:24 (two months ago) Permalink

So amazing

It’s like hold music from a distant star

California scheming (Ross), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 17:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Controp: Ghost Box is for people who won't admit to liking IDM unless it's coated in arch references to Sapphire & Steel and fucking Bagpuss

I'll admit this isn't exactly off the mark for me. I don't really care about the references, but Ghost Box has definitely been a big factor in making IDM palatable to me. There was a time when I ran away from IDM like the plague.

― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, May 29, 2018 5:24 AM (fourteen hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Not a dig, but I genuinely do not get the mere mention of IDM in this thread, let alone Ghost Box making IDM more palatable. Unless you have a different understanding of IDM than I do (Aphex, BoC, Plaid, Black Dog etc), how is that even remotely close to Ghost Box's Olde English reveries and 'hauntology chic'?

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:00 (two months ago) Permalink


Ross, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Side note my original point was this form of electronic music is as vital and inspiring as any classic idm

Ross, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:07 (two months ago) Permalink

I'd argue that there are pretty strong connections between Ghost Box artists like Advisory Circle and Boards of Canada in particular.

To make a little more sense of my comment, a lot of this comes down to my own personal biases against IDM, especially pre-2000s IDM. At the time, I was very wrapped up in techno, DnB, house, going to raves, dancing, etc. IDM came across as pretty nebulous and often haphazard, and I bristled at the fact that it claimed to be intelligent or dance music. Getting into Ghost Box lead to me being more willing to listen to non-dance oriented electronic music. I think I warmed to it because it came across as more intentional to me.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

really liking the new advisory circle. it's fairly lonely sounding and not very sinister...also doesn't have as many samples from old hammer horror etc. which is a nice change.
it kinda has an aquatic feel over all, good for the summer i would guess

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Saturday, 2 June 2018 04:20 (two months ago) Permalink

it's Balearic!

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Monday, 11 June 2018 11:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Indeed. It’s easily in my top 10 now

Slippage (Ross), Monday, 11 June 2018 19:36 (two months ago) Permalink

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