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Saturday July 15th, 2023 with Heavy Ben
Hauntology: nostalgia for a future that never came to pass

There’s a real joy in submerging yourself in nostalgic bliss. Who cares if it's your nostalgia or not? "Hauntology" is originally a philosophical concept, a portmanteau of the terms "haunt" and "ontology" coined by Algerian-born French philosopher Jacques Derrida (born on this date in 1930) as a representation of "the figure of the ghost as that which is neither present, nor absent, neither dead nor alive", in reference to Karl Marx's influence. Hauntology as a musical genre designator took hold in the early 2000s, elucidated by British journalists Simon Reynolds and Mark Fisher. It relies on the intersections of memories and how we are haunted by the past – a past that anticipated a future that never occurred. Fisher suggests that the artists that fall under the umbrella of hauntology are “haunted by a paradoxical nostalgia”. The musical ecosystem that bloomed from this concept became the sonic representation of a haunted past in a hopeless future. Ghost Box releases conjure a sense of artificial déjà vu, where you are duped into thinking that what you are hearing has its origin somewhere in the late 60s or early 70s: not false, but simulated, memory. The spectres in Ghost Box’s hauntology are the lost contexts which, we imagine, must have prompted the sounds we are hearing: forgotten programmes, uncommissioned series, pilots that were never followed-up. At a time of political reaction and restoration, when cultural innovation has stalled and even gone backwards, when "power operates predictively as much as retrospectively", one function of hauntology is to keep insisting that there are futures beyond postmodernity's terminal time. When the present has given up on the future, we must listen for the relics of the future in the unactivated potentials of the past. Mark Fisher - Ghosts of My Life: Writings On Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures Mark Fisher - The Metaphysics of Crackle: Afrofuturism and Hauntology Andrew Gallix (The Guardian) - Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation Spencer Slayton (UCLA) - Cultural Ghosts: Hauntology and The Caretaker (to embiggen the show icon, right-click and choose "Open image in new tab")
Hour one: disjointed temporality and lost futures of contemporary culture
Ready Lets Go
Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi - Warp - 2002
The Horn
Jonny Trunk - The Inside Outside - Trunk - 2004
The Moonlawn
Belbury Poly - The Owl's Map - Ghost Box - 2006
Position Normal - Stop Your Nonsense - Mind Horizon - 1999
The Nature Remaining
Steve Hauschildt - Nonlin - Ghostly Intetnational - 2019
Pink And Gold And Blue
You'll Never Get To Heaven - Wave Your Moonlight Hat For The Snowfall Train - Séance (Seance) Centre - 2021 Canadian
A Peripheral Character
John Foxx - Tiny Colour Movies - Metamatic - 2006
Disconnecting Entirely
Oneohtrix Point Never - Zones Without People - Arbor - 2009
Rubber Balls
Kerry Beaumont - Tomorrow's World - Parry Music Library - 1980 Canadian
Seven Months
Portishead - Portishead - Go! Beat - 1997
dlp 1.1.1
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops - 2062, Temporary Residence Limited - 2002
Beautify Junkyards - Cosmorama - Ghost Box - 2021
Mr Foyster
The Advisory Circle - From Out Here - Ghost Box - 2014
Hawksmoor - Telepathic Heights - Soul Jazz - 2023 New
Ghost Hardware
Burial - Untrue - Hyperdub - 2007
Pole - 2 - Kiff SM, Matador - 1998
Perimeter Display
Cavern of Anti-Matter - In Fabric - Duophonic - 2020
Science Theme 1
Harry Forbes - Science World - Parry Music Library - 1986 Canadian
待機 (Standby)
Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe - Beer On The Rug - 2011
Yu Su - Yellow River Blue - Music From Memory - 2021 Canadian
I Monster - These Are Our Children - Deeda - 1999
Close [edit]
Philip Jeck - Stoke - Touch - 2002
Hour two: haunted by what once was, what could have been, and what could still happen
Colour Me In
Broadcast - Haha Sound - Warp - 2003
The Halcyon Clock (Opening Titles)
Pocket Pavilions - Scarred For Life 2 - Castles in Space - 2020
Music for Advertising #4
Mort Garson - Music from Patch Cord Productions - Sacred Bones - 2020 [rec. circa late 1960s or early 1970s] Canadian
Beverage Melody Introduction
Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - The Day 1982 Contaminated 1971 - Helen Scarsdale Agency - 2015
Hell Is Round the Corner
Tricky - Maxinquaye - Island - 1995
Verberations Exp.
The Focus Group - Sketches And Spells - Ghost Box - 2005
Bruce Mitchell - Future Motion - Parry Music Library - 1984 Canadian
Ein Merkwürdiger Anschlag
Kosmischer Läufer (Laufer) - The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 1972-83 (Volume One) - Unknown Capability Recordings - 2013
Techno Creep
Khotin - Release Spirit - Ghostly Intetnational - 2023 Canadian
Drifting Time Misplaced
The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - History Always Favours The Winners - 2017
Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan - The Nation’s Most Central Location - Castles in Space - 2023 New
Bruce Haack - Haackula - Telephone Explosion - 2015 (rec. 1977) Canadian
Rain For A While
Hintermass - The Apple Tree - Ghost Box - 2016
Dolly Copplestone
Ian Humberstone / David Chatton Barker - Theo Brown And The Folklore Of Dartmoor - Devon Folklore Tapes - 2014
Pram - Dark Island - Domino - 2003
Mars Lasar - Future World - Parry Music Library - 1986 Canadian
Man On A Spool
Mordant Music - Dead Air - Mordant Music - 2006
The Gamelan Threshold
Roj - The Transactional Dharma Of Roj - Ghost Box - 2009
The Black Mill Video Tape
Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Games - Ghost Box - 2012
In The Air III
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 - Kranky - 2011 Canadian
Last Donut Of The Night
J Dilla - Donuts - Stones Throw - 2006
Interactive CKCU
utterly Fascinating, Big Ben. toi, da Man opens the Darkness of the Mysterious Mystery. Purgatory, defined in Music. Cosmorama human exits ... just like Wow!

8:18 PM, July 15th, 2023
Heading into the floatation tank now Ben, check on me in an hour ………

8:20 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
hi eloise, thanks for the comments purgatory is an apt comparison to these worlds

8:37 PM, July 15th, 2023
I feel like I'm just in the first week of joining a CULT! Hold it! I am!!!;-)

8:38 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Eddy, float along...

8:38 PM, July 15th, 2023
Loving the Burial. Been a minute.

8:41 PM, July 15th, 2023
Dave A
Great programming Ben!

8:46 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
hillbilly, register for our communal group sessions to enlightenment. you won't need your earthly belongings so please leave all of your money and possessions at the front desk.

8:53 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Sault Dandy au belle province, glad you're diggin the vibe and Burial specifically.

8:55 PM, July 15th, 2023
Heavy Lina
Listening closely Heavy Ben!

8:59 PM, July 15th, 2023
Napalm Dan
Vaporwave! What’s up next? Nightbus? Witch house?

9:00 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks Dave. Can you put that on my performance review? ;)

9:03 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hey Heavy Lina! look fwd to a collab show soon

9:05 PM, July 15th, 2023
Cool idea for a show theme. I studied Derrida's works in a grad philosophy course and struggled with the texts but got something out of it! Spectres of Marx was a text that changed the way I thought about Marxism. I can hear Derrida in these musical selections.

9:10 PM, July 15th, 2023
Getting out of this tank is Tricky

9:13 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Eddy - hope your brain waves have been aligned

9:20 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks Manmohan! Glad to hear this made a connection on that level I, too, struggled with Derrida but came away with an appreciation of deconstruction. Mark Fisher's writings helped to bridge Derrida to music and culture.

9:22 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Dan, perhaps now is downtempo lo-fi dream house?

9:25 PM, July 15th, 2023
Napalm Dan
This some good exotic loungecore.

9:41 PM, July 15th, 2023
Top show... reminding me to dig up some of my old Ghost Box discs. Any thoughts on a show on the intersection of hauntology and glitch electronica? I'm thinking of Tim Hecker (obviously) sliding into Alva Noto, Ezekiel Honig and that kind of stuff - also most excellent "old sad-bastard music", as I often used to be accused of when playing The Caretaker ;)

9:55 PM, July 15th, 2023
Wow, ok. I'm going to read the Mark Fisher articles you attached.

9:58 PM, July 15th, 2023
Really great show Ben!

9:59 PM, July 15th, 2023
the Pandemic of Wetiko

9:59 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks for the feedback Jeff. "old sad-bastard music" lol! I dipped into that a bit with Pole tonight. Lots more terrain to explore...

10:00 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Manmohan, we'll have to discuss! Glad you are keen on this topic

10:03 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks DJR. Catch you on the split/shift next week

10:04 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Wetiko indeed, eloise. Thanks for making that connection.

10:06 PM, July 15th, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks all for tuning in. I'll be back on Heavy Friends August 5 with a less haunting program.

10:09 PM, July 15th, 2023