The Ploughman's Lunch

Postcards from a PhD

Category Archives: Electronic Music

Alternative Histories of Electronic Music 2016

I woke up this morning feeling refreshed after a night in my own bed, without being troubled, as I was for the last three nights, by the 6.30 alarm call … Continue reading

April 18, 2016

Kraftwerk day

For all but a blissful week I have spent the whole of 2016 so far battling with one form of cold or another. This week is no exception, feeling thoroughly … Continue reading

February 24, 2016

Fun with contact mics

I decided last week that it was time for a very thorough re-reading of Svetlana Boym’s The Future of Nostalgia. I bought it a couple of years ago, when I … Continue reading

February 24, 2016

Live Coding Performance

While being in a position where I get to spend a lot of time reading and writing about music is nothing but a joy, it is a rather solitary -and … Continue reading

December 6, 2015

(R)Eject the Tape

On Sunday evening I went to the cinema to see the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play The Lady in the Van. Afterwards, discussing the authenticity of the late 70s/early … Continue reading

November 25, 2015

Afrofuturism

It was only recently that I realised that the term ‘afrofuturism’ only came into use in 1994, coined by Mark Dery in his essay ‘Black to the Future’. In a … Continue reading

November 11, 2015

Kraftwerk’s Nostalgia for the Past Futures

Having read quite a lot of theory on nostalgia recently which has tended to draw on case studies either from television or fashion I was pleased to come across an … Continue reading

October 28, 2015

Sounds Heard

I spent much of the weekend at Recon Festival, a celebration of pioneering music and arts, experiencing a bewildering array of electronica and an equally expansive selection of craft ale. … Continue reading

October 18, 2015

Listening through the noise

Despite missing half of my PGR induction due to a ‘bridge bash’ somewhere between Manchester and Liverpool, still not being able to work out how to pay my fees and … Continue reading

October 14, 2015

Nuclear Transmissions

For me late September and early October have been a period of tying up loose ends before studying properly begins. For the most part this has involved finishing a soundwork … Continue reading

October 6, 2015