The Ghosts Of Bush

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'Aural ectoplasm - ✰✰✰✰' Record Collector

'...May well be the ultimate hauntological artifact' -
Simon Reynolds –

'I think its fair to say that this may be the very last piece of true Radiophonics that will ever be produced' – Jim Jupp of Ghostbox

'Get yourself a vinyl copy' Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

‘The Ghosts Of Bush’ was created entirely using the natural acoustic sounds of Bush House, the iconic home for the past seven decades of the BBC World Service which closed its doors for the last time on July 12th 2012. All of the sounds were captured in the small hours of the morning in empty offices, corridors, stairwells and other hidden corners by a Studio Manager working overnight. These recordings were then dubbed onto quarter-inch tape in the basement studio deep in the bowels of the South-East wing using two of the surviving reel-to-reel machines.

Adjusting the playback speed of the spools and ‘bouncing’ the recordings between the two tape machines lead to the discovery of a number of interesting phrases and sound textures which were then looped, layered and fashioned into rough compositions. Over time the tape would start to degrade and alter the nature of the sounds, while occasional echo was created by recording and playing various loops simultaneously, feeding the sound back into itself. The entire album was produced using these simple methods, and no other effects or studio trickery have been used. Thanks to the sonorous quality of Bush House’s Portland stone walls and high ceilings, the natural resonance of the space was all that was needed.

These are the sounds the building makes when it thinks no-one is listening, the sounds of many sleepless nights spent isolated in a labyrinthine basement surrounding by a crepuscular soundtrack of creaks and crackles. It’s an attempted homage to the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who crafted the most incredible of sound-worlds from the most basic of sources. But mostly it’s my way of saying goodbye to a building that I and so many people have loved.

When talking of historic structures, the old clichéd approach is to wonder what one might hear if the ‘walls could speak’. I like to think that with ‘The Ghosts Of Bush’ we come closer to hearing them sing: One last song about the passage of time and the impermanence of all things, with the ghosts of the machines joining in. The last hurrah of a bygone era, of obsolete equipment and of a studio that has since fallen silent forever.

Robin The Fog

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released 12 July 2012

A blog post and video to accompany this release can be found here: tinyurl.com/ca8p4el

Written and produced by Robin The Fog.
recorded on site at Bush House, Aldwych, London, January - May 2012
released on the day of the last ever transmission from Bush House.
photography by Lisa Hack and Hannah Brown.
design by Robin The Fog
©The Fog Signals 2012
CAT: thefogsig002
in memory of Chris Millward

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