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mor timer
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Sean O'Hagan & Friends: We Start Counting

https://www.hull2017.co.uk/whatson/events/sean-ohagan-friends-we-start-counting-as-part-of-mind-on-the-run-the-basil-kirchin-story/

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Basil Kirchin aficionado and founding member of the band The High Llamas, Sean O’Hagan will pay homage to the lyrical side of Kirchin’s oeuvre with this specially convened ensemble which will feature some friends from The High Llamas and from his other sonic adventures. Inspiration will come from I Start Counting, a song composed for the 1969 film of the same name, and from other works of his cinematic and psychedelic period – a sound that O’Hagan continues to explore.

Follow the remarkable story of Basil Kirchin, the forgotten genius of post-war British music, and a founding father of ambient sound, this three-day festival features an all-star line-up of today’s sonic visionaries.
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Believe I read somewhere that Tim Gane will be part of the band, but don't quote me on that!

Nov 14, 2016, 16:29


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mor timer
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Re: Sean O'Hagan & Friends: We Start Counting

This is the band:

Sean O'Hagan ,Tim Gane , Marcus Holdaway, Dominic Murcott , Sefa Steer

Nov 14, 2016, 16:31


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mor timer
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https://www.hull2017.co.uk/discover/article/playlist-sean-ohagans-top-basil-kirchin-tracks/

"Don’t miss We Start Counting – Sean O’Hagan’s cinema-inspired opening event of Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story. Discover why this forgotten genius has influenced Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, Evan Parker, The Specials’ Jerry Dammers and more – Hull City Hall, 17-19 February.

Where do you start with Basil Kirchin’s music? A lifelong musical experimenter, Kirchin’s back catalogue takes innovation to the next level – but he’s not always the easiest artist to introduce yourself to.

This playlist, from multi-instrumentalist and Kirchin fan Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas, Microdisney) is a brilliant place to start. Taking in Soho-inspired documentary soundtracks, proto-funk and delicate library music, this overview of Kirchin gives you the chance to get to know this quiet man from Hessle Road.

Sean’s notes below talk through the instrumentation and influence behind each of these tracks, giving a sense of what they each mean to him. Share your thoughts on what these tracks mean to you in the comments below, or let us know on Twitter or Facebook."

Jan 26, 2017, 18:17


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mor timer
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Re: Sean O'Hagan & Friends: We Start Counting

mor timer wrote:
This is the band:

Sean O'Hagan ,Tim Gane , Marcus Holdaway, Dominic Murcott , Sefa Steer




Added Jane Weaver to the group as well.

No one's going? I would if I could. Sounds incredible, honestly.

Feb 06, 2017, 16:38


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jeff w
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I will be there. Two friends from Scotland are also making the trip.

Feb 06, 2017, 22:01


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Hobobachang
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Re: Sean O'Hagan & Friends: We Start Counting

I like that they are having this in Hull. I drove to Hull from Glasgow last June to visit relatives, it was a pleasant enough trip.

However, I'm out the country again now. So unless I add an eight hour flight to the drive, sadly this gig is out of the question for me :(

Feb 07, 2017, 16:13


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mor timer
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Re: Sean O'Hagan & Friends: We Start Counting

I'm on a completely different continent, so it's out of the question for me as well. The Basil Kirchin playlist he put together is a nice listen, though. I'm not that familiar with his music, so it's a nice entry point. I do have a few digital copies of his soundtracks, but they're a bit daunting the first time through.

Feb 07, 2017, 17:45


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wracket
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I've been in England quite a bit over the last few months but sadly (at least in regards to this event) am going to be home for once throughout February.

Feb 09, 2017, 00:01


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jeff w
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Re: Sean O'Hagan & Friends: We Start Counting

So, this was pretty good.

Full line up, in addition to Sean and Tim was:

John Telfer - Flute and Tenor sax
Serafina Steer - Harp
Marcus Holdaway - organ and electric piano
Dominic Murcott - marimba, vibes, electronics
Jon Fell - bass
Billy Brown - drums
Jane Weaver - voice on "I Start Counting"

As advertised, all newly-composed music apart from the cover of the theme song to "I Start Counting" at the very end, but with an obvious Kirchinesque element (e.g. the use of repeated melodies on a single chord). Performed as a continuous suite of about six sections, mainly scored but with some improvised bits, in particular the transitions between sections. At a talk this morning Sean said he wasn't 100% happy with how it had turned out ("the rehearsals were better"), but at the same time he said there were moments which were supposed to be a bit fragile and stuttering, so allowing for that the performance sounded fine to me.

Tim played a supporting role on rhythm guitar but an important one - I thought he pretty much held the piece together, particularly in the transitions.

There are no plans at present to repeat the performance but Sean said he'd love to have another go at it if another festival was prepared to put it on.

The support set by Revenu 2.2.1 was also good, mixing samples of Kirchin's recordings with jazz and electronica, and the evening was rounded off perfectly with a screening of the cult 1971 horror film The Abominable Dr Phibes (soundtrack by Kirchin), complete with live music interludes played on the massive Hull City Hall pipe organ.

Feb 18, 2017, 20:21


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Harold Bissonette
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Thanks for the review. I'm interested to see Serafina Steer getting involved with a SO'H project. I really liked the only album she has made so far.

BBC Radio 3's Late Junction featured a tribute to BK (hopefully) available here for the next month:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dns54

It features an 'exclusive' track by Sean's ensemble called Basil Pelynne (at about 56:00). It would be nice to know if the whole project is being recorded and released.



I've never been to Hull.

Feb 19, 2017, 12:40

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