William Turnbull


Alex Turnbull, champion skateboarder, DJ, a core member of the band 23 Skidoo, is the son of British artist William ‘Bill’ Turnbull. He made a film about his father and his work.  William Turnbull flew airplanes in the Second World War, and this experience among other things, came through in his work.

“Bill was a polymath at a time when that was a dirty word, shifting between sculpture and painting and putting both in a symbiotic relationship. Now crossing boundaries is everywhere: think of hip-hop. Johnny and I were in a band whose name referenced a William Burroughs short story. Burroughs used, as we did, cut-up techniques, collaging and sampling. We were oblivious to the fact that a lot of that aesthetic was in what Bill did until I made the film.”

Alex’s film, William Turnbull – Beyond Time will be screened in the UK on BBC4 very soon.  For all us non-UK residents, we will just have to bide our time, and home the film comes around our way soon.

The trailer is below, and you can find out more on William Turnbull and the trait inherited by Alex and Johnny in the Guardian article published today.

Ear Conditioning / Transmission 6

This is how we do for this week’s transmission.  I’ll put links in to some of the artists later, time to go for a walk before the rains start again.
  • Gil Scott-Heron – On Coming from a Broken Home (XL)
  • Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (XL)
  • Gonja Sufi – Ancestors (Warp)
  • Sufian Husayn – The U.N. Plan (Rapster)
  • Obba Supa – 2am but not
  • Nochexxx featuring Sensational – Smashing your System
  • Debruit – Changement
  • Flyng Lotus – 1983 / Daedelus Odd Party Dance Remix (Plug Research)
  • Slugabed – Slugabed Says….
  • Profisee and Emprom – Zoning / RVLT Remix
  • Martyn featuring The Spaceape – Is This Insanity? / Ben Klock Mix (3024)
  • Dub Gabriel featuring U-Roy – Luv n’ Liv / Timeblind Mix (Destroy All Concepts)
  • Martyn – Brilliant Orange / Illim Sphere No. 14 Mix (3024)
  • Sculpture – Rainbow Ink
  • Cannibal Ox / Scream Phoenix (Def Jux)
  • William S. Burroughs – The Cut Up Technique

This transmission will be in online at Sunhole tonight at 22h00, and will float in the atmosphere via Radio Norte on the frequency 89.4FM, next week  Tuesday at 21h00 and Saturday at 20h00