Sunday, 14 December 2014

Field Notes from the Geography Trip - 2014 Analysis

Welcome to the end of the year. 

2014 has yielded some highs and also some skies. And some sky-highs. A few lows were always going to peep out from behind hazel and horse chestnut, but we managed to achieve a decent sky-high/low ratio.
I wandered around Las Vegas in a tweed jacket and orange bobble hat. I spent hundreds of mornings and evenings hurtling through the Hope Valley. I had a midnight adventure in Stuttgart with some of my best friends. I finally read Slaughterhouse 5. I spent most days listening to music.
Ah, music. 2014 was a delight for sounds. Thank you everyone yet again for passing me lots of recommendations about what I should be chewing my ears on, you’ve given me a pearl or two. I say it a lot (and it’s only because I mean it) but the most incredible aspect of doing GT is hearing from you lot, whether it be a recommendation or just to say that you liked our releases. Even one person saying they dig makes it all worthwhile, so thank you.
My genuine, genuine favourite record of the year has been Low Fantasy EP by The Resource Centre. It is a sparkling rock pool remembered in sepia. It's childhood pylons. It's a slowly dissolving toy box. It's wonderful and I can't say how proud I am that GT got it on to vinyl. Follow him here:


and pick up the record here:

And for 2015? I've bought some waders. There will be 2 or 3 tapes and maybe a 7/10/12 inch. Some written stuff. Some visual stuff. Some classic Geography Tripping.
Think on. Exciting times.
Anyway, I've put together my favourite releases of the year followed by my alphabet inventory of favourite things. Just a bit of fun and apologies if I've missed some belters off there. My memory is fucking terrible.

Enjoy your holidays and back here bright and early in January.

All the very best,

Geography Rob
Favourite 13
1 Loor by Kemper Norton (Front & Follow)

2 New Horizon by oh/ex/oh (Self-released)

3 Preturnaturals by Grumbling Fur (The Quietus Phonographic Corporation)

4 The Maddening Machine by Wizards Tell Lies (Rano)

5 Black Mist EP by Pye Corner Audio (Front & Follow)
6 From Out Here by The Advisory Circle (Ghostbox)

7 St Vincent by St Vincent (Loma Vista)
8 Industriale Illuminato by Lussuria (Hospital)

9 Torridon Gate by Howlround/Robin the Fog (A Year in the Country)

10 Fluttercage by Isobel Ccircle (Exotic Pylon)
11 Communion by Black Walls (Little Crackd Rabbit)

12 Tomorrow Was the Golden Age by Bing & Ruth (RVNG)

13 Nothing Important by Richard Dawson (Weird World)

Alphabet of Interest

A – Aickman, Robert

B – Bluebird Ale

C – Coriander Indian Restaurant

D – Detectorists, The

E – Electric Substations

F – Front & Follow

G – Green Surge

H – Hunny Towerz

I – Ideogeography

J - Joe Burgess

K – Kurt Vonnegut

L – Longitude

M – Maps

N – Norman Records

O – Oh/Ex/Oh

P – Pylons

Q - Quite Close

R – Resource Centre, The

S – Static Records

T – Toby Jones

U – Up a Mountain

V – Vimto


X – Thinking of something for ‘X’ in alphabetic lists.

Y – Yeast Boys

Z – Incorrectly labelled items.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Pylonic Pictures and Test Pressings...

Here be some of the pictures people tweeted to win a test pressing by The Resource Centre.
Listen to or imagine listening that song from Vision On.
The winner lies at the foot of the page...

Lines of Landscape

Pope Dan Gusset

Black Classical


Martha Bridegam


Mark Chickenfish

Production Unit

Martin F

craig burston

Travin Systems Records

But the winner is...


Monday, 7 January 2013

New term field report - 'What I did in the holidays'

    North-Easterly orientation, interesting fauna.

First of all, a belated thanks to Synekk for sending me a sneak preview of new sounds back in October. Almost lost under a mountain of ephemeral tasks, I finally spent some time with it just before Christmas. Like a distant factory yard dopplered on the breeze, it cups a wrought-iron seashell to your ear.


    Startling arrangement, dazzling effect. Ferric.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time with the new tape from Keep Sheila on Acid. Life-support chatter drops in and out whilst tones warble and pitch. Blood-pressure curvature. And then you are outside again in that vast yard, surrounded by unknown machinery.


    Elevated climate. Noticed fluctuating pulse.

I was also lucky enough catch a recommendation for the J.Poorgrass tape on Travin Systems. 'Keyser Local' sounds like a swimming pool that has taken horse tranquilisers. I like it a lot.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

End of term celebrations. Trip into 13.

This has been an incredible first year for the Geography Trip. 
We released a tape and an LP, both of which made me smile wide in difficult times. 
The positivity towards what I'm trying to do has been overwhelming.

 I want to thank everybody who took the time to listen, but more so those who took the time to create.

I started The Geography Trip in order to further those weird sounds that excite me. 
What I got in return was a constant stream of new, exciting and esoteric music every day, recommended by you lot. 
Thanks again.

 In 2012, The Geography Trip was brought to you (in alphabetical order) by the following: 

Arduous Puns 
Barafundle Bay 
Cherry and White 
Dulcimer Bar 
Freak Zone 
Gruff Rhys 
HP Lovecraft 
 Inchgower Single Malt 
JG Ballard 
LTC Rolt 
Now Wakes the Sea 
Sam Tomkins 
Unmanned Lighthouses 
Wes Anderson 
Yorkshire Tea 
Zoom Field Recorder

The Geography Trip has some exciting plans for 2013, none of which are finalised.
Expect another tape, a 7" and an LP.
Expect an installation and live performances.
Expect contact microphones in hedgerows and hydrophones twinkling at the bottom of the canal.
Expect the unexpected.

I wish you all the very best for the coming year.
Trip into 13.