The Ploughman's Lunch

Postcards from a PhD

Vinyl, death, resurrection and meaning

Just as one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I am learning the hard way that judging a paper by its title isn’t always advisable either. Even in the … Continue reading

November 4, 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

Mood, Modes, and Media Recycling

I started today with a little bit of PhD admin and finally managed to pay the first instalment of my fees. It’s the latest in a succession of painful reminders … Continue reading

October 28, 2015

The Modalities of Nostalgia

I had my first supervision meeting on Wednesday and it seemed to go quite well, in the sense that I managed to get to the right place (eventually) and I … Continue reading

October 25, 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

Listening to difficult music

‘Listening to “difficult albums”: specialist music fans and the popular avant-garde’ was written by Chris Atton and appeared in Popular Music back in October 2012. It’s an examination of the … Continue reading

September 26, 2015


The premise of Dr. Adam Kotsko’s 2015 book, Creepiness, was one that intrigued me: that creepiness as a construct within contemporary culture has ‘caught-up’ with Freud’s definition of the unheimlich … Continue reading

September 17, 2015

Delia Derbyshire Day 2016

Lovely to see Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 announced this week, taking place on 16th January 2016 this time round. Still shrouded in some secrecy the programme promises screenings of two … Continue reading

September 11, 2015