Ghost Box Records

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Ghost Box Records
Ghost Box Logo.jpg
FounderJulian House
Jim Jupp
GenreElectronic, library music, hauntology, psychedelia
Country of originUnited Kingdom

Ghost Box is an independent, UK-based electronic music record label, launched in 2004 by graphic designer Julian House and producer Jim Jupp. Its roster includes artists such as Jupp's Belbury Poly, House's The Focus Group, and the Advisory Circle, as well as releases by Broadcast and John Foxx among others.

The label's distinctive aesthetic draws on outdated and esoteric British cultural sources from the postwar period, including early electronic and library music, public information films, educational resources, occult stories, and BBC science-fiction programs. Ghost Box consequently became associated with the 2000s music trend known as hauntology.


Ghost Box was established in London in 2004 by producer Jim Jupp and music industry graphic designer Julian House.[1] It was originally created as an outlet for their own musical experiments, with the idea that each release’s packaging would display a similar design sensibility and allude to a shared imaginary landscape; a very British parallel world of public information films and TV soundtracks, cosmic horror stories, vintage library music and antique synthesisers, folk song, educational programmes, English psychedelia, occult stories and folklore.[1]

Jupp and House have described the label as existing in an imagined or misremembered past. Influenced by school textbooks and the rigid design grid of Penguin and Pelican paperback books, Ghost Box records and CDs were always intended to look and sound like artefacts from a parallel world, familiar, elegant, but somehow "wrong". It’s a world outside of time where cultural references from a roughly 20-year period (1958-1978) are happening all at once.[2]

Their work has been described as an attempt to evoke "a nostalgia for a future that never came to pass, with a vision of a strange, alternate Britain, constituted from the reorder refuse of the postwar period."[3]


Ghost Box’s key artists are House's own The Focus Group and Jupp’s Belbury Poly as well as The Advisory Circle, the recording name for the work of producer and longest serving Ghost Box collaborator Jon Brooks.

Ghost Box have also released albums by Pye Corner Audio, Mount Vernon Arts Lab, Hintermass, The Soundcarriers and Roj.

There have also been releases by guest artists sometimes in collaborating with members of the regular roster over an ongoing series of Ghost Box singles. First the Study Series (nos. 1-10) and more recently the ongoing Other Voices series.

Guests have included include Broadcast, John Foxx, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Sean O'Hagan, Steve Moore, The Listening Center and ToiToiToi.


Music journalists Simon Reynolds and Mark Fisher borrowed Jacques Derrida's philosophical term hauntology to describe Ghost Box's uniquely surreal visual and musical output.[4][5][6] 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" 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]



Musician Title Format Catalogue Number
Belbury Poly Farmer's Angle (2004) 3" CD-EP GBX001
The Focus Group Sketches and Spells (2004) CD/LP GBX002
Belbury Poly The Willows (2005) CD/LP 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/LP GBX007
The Focus Group We Are All Pan's People (2007) CD GBX008
Mount Vernon Arts Lab The Séance at Hobs Lane (2007) CD/LP GBX009
The Advisory Circle Other Channels (2008) CD/LP 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
John Foxx and The Belbury Circle Empty Avenues (2013) CD/10" GBX019
The Soundcarriers Entropicalia (2014) CD/LP GBX020
The Advisory Circle From Out Here (2014) CD/LP GBX021
Various artists In a Moment... Ghost Box (2015) CD/LP GBX022
Hintermass The Apple Tree (2015) CD/LP GBX023
The Belbury Poly New Ways Out (2016) CD/LP GBX024
Pye Corner Audio Stasis (2016) CD/LP GBX025
The Pattern Forms Peel Away the Ivy (2016) CD/LP GBX026
ToiToiToi Im Hag (2017) CD/LP GBX027
The Focus Group Stop-Motion Happening with The Focus Groop (2017) CD/LP GBX028
The Belbury Circle Outward Journeys (2017) CD/LP/Cass. GBX029
Beautify Junkyards The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards (2018) CD/LP GBX030
The Advisory Circle Ways of Seeing (2018) CD/LP GBX031
Pye Corner Audio Hollow Earth (2019) CD/LP GBX032
Justin Hopper & Sharron Kraus with The Belbury Poly Chanctonbury Rings (2019) CD/LP GBX033
Plone Puzzlewood (2020) CD/LP GBX034
Belbury Poly The Gone Away (2020) CD/LP GBX035
Beautify Junkyards Cosmorama (2021) CD/LP GBX036
Various Artists Intermission (Ghostbox Contemporary Connections) (2021) CD/LP GBX037
Toi Toi Toi Vaganten (2021) CD/LP GBX038
Pye Corner Audio Entangled Routes (2021) CD/LP GBX039
Pneumatic Tubes A Letter From TreeTops (2022) CD/LP GBX040
Large Plants The Carrier (2022) CD/LP GBX041

Singles & EPs[edit]

Musician Title Format Catalogue Number
Belbury Poly and Moon Wiring Club Study Series 01: Youth and Recreation (2010) Single GBX701
The Advisory Circle with Hong Kong in the 60s Study Series 02: Cycles and Seasons (2010) Single GBX702
Belbury Poly and Mordant Music Study Series 03: Welcome to Godalming (2010) Single GBX703
Broadcast and The Focus Group Study Series 04: Familiar Shapes and Noises (2010) Single GBX704
Hintermass Study Series 05: The Open Song Book (2011) Single GBX705
Jonny Trunk Study Series 06: Animation and Interpretation (2011) Single GBX706
Pye Corner Audio with The Advisory Circle Study Series 07: Autumnal Activities (2011) Single GBX707
Belbury Poly and The Advisory Circle Study Series 08: Inversions (2012) Single GBX708
Listening Center with Pye Corner Audio Study Series 09: Projections (2013) Single GBX709
Belbury Poly and Spacedog Study Series 10: Message and Method (2013) Single GBX710
Brooks and O'Hagan Other Voices 01: Calibair/ Mulcair (2014) Single GBX711
Listening Center Other Voices 02: Quotidian Forgotten/ Our Material (2014) Single GBX712
The Pattern Forms Other Voices 03: Fluchtwege/ The Sacrifice (2015) Single GBX713
Steve Moore Other Voices 04: The Moon Occults Saturn At Dawn/ Val Sans Retour (2015) Single GBX714
Pye Corner Audio with Belbury Poly Other Voices 05: Machines are Obsolete/ Pathways (2015) Single GBX715
Cavern of Anti-Matter Other Voices 06: Pulsing River Velvet Phase/ Phototones (2015) Single GBX716
ToiToiToi Other Voices 07: Odin's Jungle/ Golden Green (2015) Single GBX717
Beautify Junkyards Other Voices 08: Constant Flux/ Pirâmide (2016) Single GBX718
Belbury Poly & Moon Wiring Club Other Voices 09: The Music Room/ Moonling (2017) Single GBX719
Sharron Kraus with Belbury Poly Other Voices 10: Something Out of Nothing/Something Out of Nothing (Belbury Poly Mix) (2019) Single GBX720
Paul Weller In Another Room (2020) EP GBX721
Beautify Junkyards & Belbury Poly Painting Box/Ritual in Transfigured Time (2021) Single GBX722
Large Plants La Isla Bonita/Please Don’t Be There for Me (2021) Single GBX723

Download only label sampler album[edit]

Title Work Catalogue Number
Various artists Ritual and Education (2008) GBXSAMP01
Various artists Intermission (2020) MSFGBXD008


  1. ^ a b Reynolds, Simon. "Haunted Audio a/k/a SOCIETY OF THE SPECTRAL: Ghost Box, Mordant Music and Hauntology". The Wire. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ Interview: Belbury Poly, FACT magazine
  3. ^ Whiteley, Sheila; Rambarran, Shara (22 January 2016). The Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality. Oxford University Press. p. 412.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Simon. "Hauntology: Ghost Box label profile, Frieze magazine October 2005". Reynoldsretro. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ Society of the spectral Archived 23 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine, The Wire no. 276, November 2006
  6. ^ Interview with Jim Jupp 2017, Diabolique Magazine
  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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