Lightning is a crack in the Sky that reveals Heaven

August 15, 2015

This post has very little to do with my audio/visual artistic efforts yet has everything to do with them. There’s nothing here about how I made this or that particular sound or which filter I used in After Effects to get that blue grid-like structure to spin. This is more about the structure of me; my brief history. Some clues as to the origins of my experiments.
In 1969, when I was five years old, we drove from the Midlands to London to begin a new phase in family life. My father had various jobs, including physiotherapist (he used to massage Patrick Macnee from The Avengers, amongst others), milkman, bus conductor, mobile Polish grocer, lorry driver, auditor…the list goes on.
I remember looking out of the back window of the car into the night sky and feeling scared at the unknown and what lay beyond the darkness. We lived in the first floor of an old Victorian house on Trinity Road in Wandsworth, South London. An area close to big open common land and Wandsworth Prison, from which Ronnie Biggs escaped. On cold nights, my father would fill the portable heater with magic pink liquid and light it. Giving us a glowing metal mesh covered in flame to warm ourselves by.
Part of my education at that time was provided by Highfield School, at 256 Trinity Road. We lived at 252, so the journey to school wasn’t that long, although when there is a towering white-haired headmaster who wears a black cloak and mortar board governing, who has a propensity for caning young boys, the journey can be as long as it likes.
One day in the playground, I saw a fork of golden lightning high in the sky. My friends and I wondered what it meant and I believed that lightning was a crack in the sky that let us see into heaven, albeit briefly.
Many of my childhood school days were spent negotiating my way out of trouble with teachers or bullies. At times, it was hard to tell the difference. I couldn’t wait to go home and draw war ‘planes and tanks or play with small toys or my pen collection (yes, like Pauline’s). There were some nice teachers, though. One was called Miss Denton and she had a boyfriend called Europe. I liked the very battered, old looking book she once brought into class and read from. So when my parents bought me a new story book, I tried to age it artificially, with poor results for the book and me.
At an early age, I was used to experimental failure. Meccano, books, toys in general…all succumbed to my special style of engineering. For the artist, I often wonder if the process is more joyful than the result. Any artists reading this, please let me know.

Next time I’ll tell you about dentists, Saturday wrestling on World of Sport and Luke, the funeral director’s son.

The Geometry of Night/Companion double CD release – shipping May 29th 2015

May 17, 2015

Here you can find the re-release of ‘The Geometry of Night’ with its new sister album ‘Companion’. Below you can read the lovely promo blurb from Loki Foundation:

First released in 1996, `The Geometry of Night´ is the second album of Andrew Lagowski´s deep space sound project which marked a reference point to his works under the name LAGOWSKI. A classic album with laid back percussion, finely-tuned electronics, dark atmospheric synth waves and soundscapes. All constructed around a central premise; ‘The Geometry of Night’ perfectly describes the themes of night sky surveys, surveillance operations and radio telescope disinformation with the advice to keep a wary eye on the dark side of human nature. This is a remedy for the lonely nights staring at your social interface, the melancholy for lost opportunities and a hope for what lies beyond the nearest nebula.

This newly re-mastered edition includes the sister album `Companion´ with more than 60 minutes of new material. The concept involves companions, bound together by molecular chains, enveloped in dark matter and history. Swirling endlessly within infinite illuminating spirals. Their BrEAUTalitY – answerable only to the laws of universal physics and spiritual cosmology. A stunning soundtrack of deep hypnotic drones, textured layers of noise and space transmissions. Moving extra terrestrial sound research to its deepest core!

This double CD set comes in a nice 6-panel digifile. Mastered at Secretlab.

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The Data Logs of Astro Myrmex – Ltd Edition of 150 glass mastered CD’s

May 2, 2015

Just announced by txt recordings is my S.E.T.I. album ‘The Data Logs of Astro Myrmex’. Despite the promo text on their website, this album is the audio data logs recorded by Astro Myrmex on its/her/his journeys around the wormholes of the Universe. Each track has a path name, according to the path taken by Astro. Pre-order is available here. There are 15 copies and a digital download available via my Bandcamp site from 22nd June 2015. A preview is available to listen to here. Astro Myrmex CD art

Oompa Loopma Riot 2015 – Terse Tapes compilation

April 6, 2015

I am honoured to be included in this riot

S.E.T.I. Gorlice/Berlin backing video 2014

January 17, 2015

Legion ‘Zodiac’ now on Bandcamp

January 15, 2015

‘tz’ album now on Bandcamp

January 15, 2015

Lagowski 1990 + extras

January 3, 2015

I discovered that the cassette version of this had sold in 2014 for nearly £20 and another copy was available for £40, so I thought I’d make it available as digital for the much easier to swallow price of seven dollars.

Temporary Distractions – now digital

January 2, 2015

The General Dynamics E.P. (1997)

January 2, 2015

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