Apr 26 2012: Thirty-One Monochrome Photographs from The Boys’ Book of Radio, Television and Radar (Burke Publishing, 1957)

The Boys’ Book of Radio, Television and Radar was published in 1957 as an accessible schools-level guide to the latest technology in the field mapped by the book’s title, covering everything from missile guidance systems to astronomical installations, the BBC’s outside broadcast equipment to medical imaging techniques and the gigantic installations around the country that … Continue reading

Feb 21 2012: The Cimex Invasion: Top Secret (Cimex Industrial Marketing 45, 1960s)

I don’t know if the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (or, at least, one of its associates) was involved in the making of the various electronic sounds that feature on this undated (probably mid to late 1960s) promotional 45 for an industrial cleaning company, but the sounds it uses certainly fit the template established by the likes … Continue reading

Feb 20 2012: Sixteen Circuit Wiring Diagrams From Science Fun Experiments in Electronics by Hanna Hock (Logix-Kosmos, 1973)

The cover and sixteen circuit diagrams here are all taken from Science Fun Experiments in Electronics, a sort of manual written by Hanna Hock for a Logix-Kosmos publication of 1973 in which the workings of a variety of electronic devices are explained alongside instructions in how to create your own versions at home: from police … Continue reading

Jan 31 2012: Forty Further Electronics and Armaments Advertisements from Military Technology Magazine (1982)

Following yesterday’s first forty advertising pages from a handful of 1982 issues of Military Technology magazine, featuring a mix of obscure defence contractors and household names in domestic electronics, a similar pattern is seen here, as we encounter Ericsson, General Electric and AEG-Telefunken in somewhat darker than usual manifestations, with Electrolux expecially unsettling in this context, having transformed … Continue reading

Jan 30 2012: Forty Electronics and Armaments Advertisements from Military Technology Magazine (1982)

Yesterday’s gallery of photographs from a small range of 1982 issues of Military Technology magazine highlighted the industrial premises, various personnel (mainly marketing, finance and management) within the companies featured, and much imagery showing the research and development processes undertaken by businesses like Plessey, Signaal and Racal, among others. In these first forty advertisements from the … Continue reading

Jan 29 2012: Thirty Five Photographs from Military Technology Magazine (1982)

In 1982, when the issues of Military Technology magazine from which these images were scanned appeared, the traditional manufacturing of the UK and elsewhere was being allowed to decline steeply, while the kinds of manufacturing seen here – generally of electronic and automated systems for military applications – was receiving a very large boost in … Continue reading

Dec 20 2011: Two Holiday On Ice Flexidiscs Showing Reindeer and Busby Berkeley Style Routines (Lyntone, 1960s)

The latest advent calendar window contains two flexidiscs, issued in the 1960s as souvenirs of the Holiday on Ice shows and feature standards like Wunderbar and The Song Is You, as performed by the Jacques Laroque Orchestra with Iris Villiers as singer, in their (admittedly rather crackly and very lo-fi) grooves. If they’re lacking in audio … Continue reading

Dec 8 2011: Reel-to-Reel, Turntables, Cassettes and 8-Tracks from AKAI Hi-Fi Catalogue (1977)

Cold War era design is evoked in these various hi-fi components made by the Japanese AKAI company in the mid to late 1970s, with reel-to-reel tape recorders, 8-track cartidges and cassette players taking their place alongside the more familiar tuners, amplifiers, turntables and speakers in a 1977 product catalogue. The minimalist shapes, combinations of polished … Continue reading

An Interview with The Soundcarriers (Full Transcript, 2010)

I spoke to Paul Isherwood and Adam Cann outside the Cafe Bar at Nottingham Contemporary in September 2010, just after the second Soundcarriers LP, Celeste, had been released. An edited version of the conversation appeared in LeftLion in December that year. Since then, they’ve released two further full-length albums – The Other World Of The … Continue reading