Ghost Box Music

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Ghost Box Music
Ghost Box Music logo.jpg
Founded 2004
Founder Julian House
Jim Jupp
Genre Electronic
Ambient
Musique concrète
Library music
Hauntology
Country of origin UK
Official website Ghost Box Music

Ghost Box Music is an English independent record label, established in 2004 by Julian House and Jim Jupp.

Concept[edit]

The concept for the label was hatched by House and Jupp (who attended the same school[1] ) in 2003; a manifesto of influences was compiled, which included "music for schools, cosmic horror stories, library music, English surrealism, and the dark side of psychedelia".[2] In 2004, the first The Focus Group and Belbury Poly releases became available on CD-R. House and Jupp have stated the purpose of the label was to create "not just a record label, but an imaginary world".[3]

In an interview with Cyclic Defrost, Jim Jupp commented;

Aesthetic[edit]

Ghost Box had a defined aesthetic from formation; Julian House commenting:

Releases on the label (currently encompassing The Focus Group, Eric Zann, Belbury Poly, Roj, Pye Corner Audio and The Advisory Circle, and a rerelease of a Mount Vernon Arts Lab album) tend to share a common design aesthetic - all record covers so far have been by Julian House, with an acknowledged debt to the iconic design of sixties Penguin Books paperbacks.[5] There are shared elements in sound, too; Ghost Box artists tend to draw heavily on influences such as musique concrète, library music, and 1970s soundtracks. Several critics have noticed a melancholic or nostalgic element to the Ghost Box sound as well, prompting comparison to the shorter, 'interlude' tracks of Boards of Canada, or similar folk or psychedelia-influenced electronic musicians.[6]

Reception[edit]

Boing Boing's Mark Pilkington noted Ghost Box founders "fused pop concrète, soundtrack and library music with sharp design and a swarm of esoteric pop-cultural references to create a parallel reality built upon memories of a very British past."[7]

In reviewing Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, PopMatters called Ghost Box "[o]ne of the most rousing (oc)cult phenomena of the past decade" with having "created a career conjuring past futurisms and collectively buried fears to create music that quite literally feels like it’s in a different league, even another dimension, than other modern musicians."[8]

Discography[edit]

Musician Work Format Catalogue Number
Belbury Poly Farmer's Angle (2005) 3" CD EP GBX001
The Focus Group Sketches and Spells (2004) CD GBX002
Belbury Poly The Willows (2005) CD GBX003
Eric Zann Ouroborindra (2005) CD GBX004
The Focus Group Hey Let Loose Your Love (2005) CD GBX005
The Advisory Circle Mind How You Go (2005) 3" CD EP GBX006
Belbury Poly The Owl's Map (2006) CD GBX007
The Focus Group We Are All Pan's People (2007) CD GBX008
Mount Vernon Arts Lab The Séance at Hobs Lane (2007) CD GBX009
The Advisory Circle Other Channels (2008) CD GBX010
Belbury Poly From an Ancient Star (2009) CD GBX011
Roj The Transactional Dharma of Roj (2009) CD GBX012
The Advisory Circle Mind How You Go (Revised Edition) (2010) CD/LP GBX013
Belbury Poly Farmer's Angle (Revised Edition) (2010) CD/10" GBX014
The Advisory Circle As The Crow Flies (2011) CD/LP GBX015
Belbury Poly The Belbury Tales (2012) CD/LP GBX016
Pye Corner Audio Sleep Games (2012) CD/LP GBX017
The Focus Group The Elektrik Karousel (2013) CD/LP GBX018

Seven Inch Singles[edit]

Musician Work Catalogue Number
Belbury Poly and Moon Wiring Club Study Series 01: Youth and Recreation (2010) GBX701
The Advisory Circle with Hong Kong in the 60s Study Series 02: Cycles and Seasons (2010) GBX702
Belbury Poly and Mordant Music Study Series 03: Welcome to Godalming (2010) GBX703
Broadcast and The Focus Group Study Series 04: Familiar Shapes and Noises (2010) GBX704
Hintermass Study Series 05: The Open Song Book (2011) GBX705
Jonny Trunk Study Series 06: Animation and Interpretation (2011) GBX706
Pye Corner Audio with The Advisory Circle Study Series 07: Autumnal Activities (2011) GBX707
Belbury Poly and The Advisory Circle Study Series 08: Inversions (2012) GBX708
Listening Center with Pye Corner Audio Study Series 09: Projections (2013) GBX709

Download only label sampler album[edit]

Musician Work Catalogue Number
Various artists Ritual and Education (2008) GBXSAMP01

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hennings, Emmy (2010-02-12). "Belbury Poly interview by Emmy Hennings". Cyclic Defrost. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Ghost Box Records - Labels - Music and Design Zine". 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2009-01-30). "The Bellbury Poly: From a Distant Star, Various Artists: Ritual and Education". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  4. ^ Interview with Julian House, Soul Riot
  5. ^ Norman Records review of various Ghost Box releases
  6. ^ Adam Harper, Hauntology: The Past Inside The Present
  7. ^ Mark Pilkington (12 October 2012). "Hauntologists mine the past for music's future - Boing Boing". Boing Boing. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Gabriele, Timothy (12 November 2009). "Broadcast and the Focus Group: Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age - PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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