A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room

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A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room
Studio album by Black Light District
Released 1996 October
Genre Experimental
Length 1:05:22/?
Label Eskaton
Producer Coil

A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room is the only release by the group Black Light District. Although this is not an official Coil release, "Black Light District" was merely an alias for the group. The alias is one of a few assumed by them in the mid-nineties for putting out drone based music.

"Unprepared Piano" is a reference to the prepared piano technique created by John Cage, who Coil are said to be fond of. "Blue Rats" was later remixed and released on the compilation Foxtrot, credited to Coil. An alternate version of "London's Lost Rivers" appears on Unnatural History III as "Lost Rivers Of London".

According to brainwashed.com: "This is the first in a planned trilogy of Black Light District releases. A boxed set featuring reworked versions of all three releases was hinted at once the series is complete. The text on the spine of the CD release was switched between yellow and white on different pressings."

The vinyl version is limited to a pressing of 2,000 numbered copies. However, there are duplicate numbers and three colors: blue, white, and clear.

The vinyl is etched as follows:
Side A: POP CONCRETE
Side B: THE LAST SPHINX IN LONDON
Side C: THERE'LL BE BLUE RATS OVER...
Side D: THE WHITE GLYPHS OF DOVER

The name "Black Light District" is a name of a song by Boyd Rice on the compilation cassette Bethel.

The CD has a catalogue number of ESKATON 008 and the vinyl set has a catalogue number of Eskaton 009.

The CD version of this album is currently available in mp3 and aac formats at Coil's official website, Thresholdhouse.com.

Track listing[edit]

CD Release[edit]

  1. "Unprepared Piano" – 1:44
  2. "Red Skeletons" – 7:34
  3. "Die Wölfe Kommen Zurück" – 10:26
  4. "Refusal Of Leave To Land" – 7:29
  5. "Stoned Circular I" – 4:30
  6. "Stoned Circular II" – 6:45
  7. "Green Water"  – 5:28
  8. "Cold Dream Of An Earth Star" – 9:01
  9. "Blue Rats" – 3:10
  10. "Scratches And Dust" – 0:55
  11. "Chalice" – 8:15

2X12" Release[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Unprepared Piano" – ?
  2. "Red Skeletons" – ?
  3. "Die Wolfe Kommen Zuruck" – ?


Side B:

  1. "Refusal Of Leave To Land" – ?
  2. "Stoned Circular I" – ?
  3. "Stoned Circular II" – ?


Side C:

  1. "Green Water" – ?
  2. "Cold Dream Of An Earth Star" – ?


Side D:

  1. "Blue Rats" – ?
  2. "Scratches And Dust" – ?
  3. "London's Lost Rivers" – 7:38
  4. "Chalice" – ?