William Turnbull

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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.

William Burroughs Documentary

Dangerous Minds have been on fire lately, pulling all manner of musical, political, social, weird shit out of the wired world.  They recently provided a link to the BBC program Arena and their documentary of the William of Burroughs.  Top business.  Tons of my favourite audio  come from him, that gravely voice from beyond addressing the governments and syndicates of the world “Pay it all back.”, yes, as used by the On-U Sound stable: Keith le Blanc, Mark Stewart, Tackhead, Adrian Sherwood,… and who knows who else.

THE LAST WORDS OF HASSAN SABBAH

”Don’t let them see us, don’t tell them what we are doing!
Premature, premature, reconversion, reconversion blues.”

Shall I show them the blues?

“No! No! No!
Premature! Premature! Premature!”

Are these the words of the all powerful boards and syndicates of the Earth?
I say to all: these words are not premature, these words may be too late.

Minutes to go. Minutes to go. Minutes to goo. Minutes to green goo.
What I have to say is everywhere now
Rub out the word Jew and you rub out the word Hitler
The answer comes before the question
My words are for all – for all,
I repeat for all!
No one is excluded!
Free to all who pay, free to all who paying pay, for all to see,
for all to see!
In Piccadilly, in Times Square, Place de la Concorde,
In all the streets and plazas of the world!

Pay, pay, pay!
Play it all, play it all, play it all back!
Pay it all, pay it all, pay it all back!

The documentary is viewable here

Ear Con 50 – The Puppet Show

Computer fuckries have wreaked havoc upon me, put after contributing to  Mr. Jobs’ healthcare plan, the Ear Conditioning program is back on track.  I see last week Apple announced some 6Billion dollars in profits.  I paid over £1500 for this computer, two years later I have to pay €500 to get a new motherboard.  Yes, the word mother came to mind, but ‘board’ did not come after it.

Now sports,

We cover plenty ground this week, new movements from DJ/rupture’s Nettle project, proper blues from RL Burnside, alt. blues from the Blues Explosion, contributions from William Burroughs, former engineer for Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seigen Ono and his runway music for Comme de Garcons, the lord of nasty Drum and bass, Nico remixing Endemic Void, Squarepusher, Homeboy Sandman guesting with Das Racist, upcoming material from the Eglo stable featuring Mizz Beats, with the fantatistically title 2 Bit Road..it does make sense.

Ear Conditioning 50 – The Puppet Show, ‘earable tonight at Sunhole dot net at 22h00 Tenerife/London time and Friday over at eFM Student Radio Sarejevo at 18h00 CET.

Put that in your pipe….

  • DJ Food / Full Bleed (Ninja Tune)
  • William S. Burroughs / Pay It All Back
  • RL Burnside / Got Messed Up (Fat Possum/Epitaph)
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Hold On (Mute)
  • Seigen Ono / All Men Are Heels featuring Sussan Deyhim (Venture/Virgin)
  • Endemic Void / Lionstone – Nico Remix (Language)
  • Squarepusher / Deep Fried Pizza (Rephlex)
  • Nettle / Nakhil (Soot White Label)
  • J. Dilla / Sycamore (mpfree)
  • Wagon Christ / Shadows (Ninja Tune)
  • Sugar B / Authentic Dub Disco
  • Atticus Blues / Contemplating Jazz (Mo Wax)
  • Das Racist featuring Homeboy Sandman / I’m Up On That
  • Mizz Beats / 2 Bit Road (Eglo)
  • Andreya Triana / Far Closer – Tokimonsta Remix (Ninja Tune)
  • Nettle / Red Masque Ticker (Soot White Label)