Author: SWP

Gonzo Bikery in Huntington Beach

To be truthful we built the bike as an inside joke. A thumb in the air to every motorcycle cool guy trope we've ever come across. ...

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The Beat Instrumental

Without sung text the listener was invited to create an entire narrative based on only the title and the music itself. You had to do a little (imaginative) work. ...

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The Songs of Lovecraft’s Children

Gary Hill won’t make a fortune from The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H. P. Lovecraft, or be interviewed on breakfast TV about it, but it had to be written....

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PAFT Relief with Rachael Reichert

CyBelle Horizon: a comic book, a video and a catwalk show all surrounded by vintage issues of American comic books. It could, and perhaps should, have been a total disaster...

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The Trouble With Harry

If, by purposeful default, the authorities allow the streets to become a cesspit, don’t be surprised if the people secretly long for the protection of a Police State...

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Philip K Dick : An Adapted Man

As far as adaptations of Philip K Dick’s work go there are not as many as you might think...

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Wings of Wax and a Missed Payday

If the pink beam was indeed a vital message from beyond, then Phillip K Dick proved to be a totally unsuitable transmission device for it....

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Sometimes the Stars Rain Down Hard

Off World, a new and unexpected threat to Phil’s razor-edged peace of mind was lurking in the wings. Its name was Blade Runner...

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Philip K. Dick : 2-3-74

'Plastic explosives had been used to open his filing cabinets and many important manuscripts, letters, notes and possessions were missing.' Philip K. Dick's trials continue....

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And Phil Kept Falling Pt. 2

A new audience of potheads, tripsters and scene makers had no doubt that, when it came to psychedelic science fiction, Phil was the man...

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And Phil Kept Falling

Berkeley in the early fifties was a hotbed of radical thought and a young Phil stumbled through it with an impish sense of humour alienating Marxists, Trotskyites and ‘free thinkers’ alike with...

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Why is Lovecraft so Sexy?

'the man himself was an eccentric, though charming, recluse with a genteel nature and an intense dislike of seafood'...

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Metal Machine(gun) Music : DISARM

DISARM, currently showing at the Lisson Gallery in London features playable musical instruments created from illegal firearms and artworks of sci-fi sonic weapons...

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No Score Draw : How Movie Music Fails Us [Final Part]

'Art is not made by committee' SWP concludes his series on the art of the soundtrack...

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Lost Elvis Duets

'the presumably bouffant Miss Springfield replies tartly: ‘I think we are ready to work now Mr. Presley.’ SWP reviews the legendary lost Elvis duets....

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Shaky Kane : Interview

A pencil and a cheap drawing pad - those are the only tools you need, that and an idea bursting to get out the graphite running up that stick of wood'...

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No Score Draw : How Movie Music Fails Us [Pt 3]

If you want sublime original music you don’t ask a god-given talent to appropriate and subtly re-arrange a track by Enya....

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No Score Draw : How Movie Music Fails Us [Pt 2]

The great composers like Jarre responded heroically to the high expectations of both director and studio....

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No Score Draw : How Movie Music Fails Us

Stringwash and atmospherics? If you notice a film's soundtrack that means it's failed? Not in SWP's opinion. The art of the film score, revisited....

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The Sea and Cake : Live, The Scala

On record they’re more like a heat haze or a fine mist on an autumn morn than a music act, but live these men really know how to work the material hard....

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Time is Tights : London Super Comics Convention

Modern corporate comics are creatively empty franchises that have completely lost touch with the general public....

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Black Music: What’s Going On?

To make a masterpiece you need raw talent, terrific songs, musicians who can create soulful grooves and producers who experiment . SWP asks of Black Music : Where are they?...

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The Sensual Economist

For no outwardly discernible reason, the periodical had decided to give the soft-porn star a full page obituary (with picture)....

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We Are All Dead Now [Stephen Jones]

Zombie Apocalypse threatens imminently. SWP composes the soundtrack....

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Rapper Zay-Gee to Invade Lithuania

He quipped that if the Lithuanians didn’t give up without a shot being fired then he just might send the girls over to ‘work some shock and awe’....

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Scorpionics in Action

we will construct a personalised HATE CHART for you, which will be based on your answers to our searching questionnaire. From this soul map you will quickly discover the TRAITOR inside who insists on...

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James Herbert: Ash [Audiobook]

Suddenly, what should have been a relaxing holiday in an area of stark natural beauty became a torturous experience, as if we were trapped in an overlong horror novel with too much description and...

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Hoxton (Alco) Hall

'mysterious ‘Negro delineators’, trapeze artists, jugglers, singers, performing dogs and the like', Hoxton Hall has moved with the times since 1863....

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The Vudu Experiment: Pt. 3

'logic has completely failed us - the Kingdom is in tatters. What have you got to lose?' SWP applies Voodoo thinking to the UK's political woes ...

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The Vudu Experiment: Pt. 2

'INTENT: to contact the Loa in order to gain advice/empowerment for dealing with the current, and worsening, crisis in the economy.' SWP consults the tarot for political inspiration...

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