09. In My
World, I Am A Writer Of Some Repute (4:51)
This track comes from a set we
did for Hal McGee’s Electronic Cottage Split Series, recorded in September
2020. The concept of our half was that we got a transdimensional visit from
the man who lived in our house in an alternate reality, the tracks being
linked by a Lynchian avant garde house tour narrative. Sam (Mrs. Magic III)
plays The Hostess, who you’ll hear showing him around the place, the real
coupe here being that we got the enigmatic Blacklight Braille legend that is
Owen Knight, already 92 years old, to play the part of The Traveller. The
idea behind the music was also a little offbeat, in that each track had to
be constructed from items found in the room it related to; so this one,
representing The Mmatterialisation Chamber (our office / studio), utilises a
printer, a shredder, a telephone and a dehumidifier!
Artwork by Kev Trundley. Left to right, Skit Zoyd, Owen Knight, Mick Magic.
From “MI CASA, SU CASA”
EC Split 25)
10. XXX: Ad
Quadratum Ex VI (0:30)
Recorded specially for
International Strange Music Day (oh yes there is, 24th August!) in 2021,
this was very much a concept piece. The ‘album’ consists of 30 tracks of 30
seconds apiece, each track contains only 1 second of sound, the sound
appears at a different point in each track, the tracks are in random order.
Effectively, it’s an experiment in anticipation; in the 15 minutes duration,
there is only a total of half a minute of sound, so you never quite know
when it is coming, or what you will hear. This is the sixth track from the
album, we thought it would be the best fit here, starting with 29 seconds of
silence and providing the one second of sound right at the end, so be
From “XXX: AD QUADRATUM EX”
(Music & Elsewhere, M&E
B O N U S
V I D E O
11. The Magic
Bullet Song (Reprise) (2:04)
And that’s the end of
the album, so we thought we’d take you back to where we came in, thanks for
listening! This time, however, we’re going to leave you with the sounds of
Knott End-On-Sea, recorded from the famous jetty upon which we slouch, as
immortalised by L.S. Lowry’s painting (though not while we were there), and
in the spirit of our ‘cover version’ of John Cage’s 4’33”, as broadcast on
John Wills’ memorable lockdown podcast series in June 2020.
Representing “THE CAGE VARIATIONS” (Music & Elsewhere, M&E MB-008)
“Hang on, Magic, you
said TWELVE releases at the beginning!”
Indeed I did, Brownie point for paying attention! The missing one was
“Multiplicitas”, a now deleted special collectors 2 disc set of
“Solidarietas” and “Curiositas”, both of which we’ve already covered.
OMG! I’VE JUST REALISED, THAT MAKES THIS ONE THE THIRTEENTH!!!