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  • String Driven Thing "The Steeple Claydon Tapes"

    Posted on February 12, 2014 by uheep2

    String Driven Thing "The Steeple Claydon Tapes"

    String Driven Thing "The Steeple Claydon Tapes"

    180-Gram Gatefold Sleeve Blue Vinyl
    Individually Numbered Limited Edition of 300
    Extensive sleeve notes by Pete Frame (Rock Family Trees and Zig Zag) and Chris Adams

    Record Store Day LP Release!

    Release Date 19th April, 2014

    Pre-Order here

    OZIT DAN LP 8021

    In the 1970s, Chris and Pauline Adams of String Driven Thing moved to a bungalow called Little Rising in the village of Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire.

    The villages in that area were home to promoter Dave Stopps, who ran Aylesbury Friars (and later managed Howard Jones), and Pete Frame, editor of Zig Zag magazine along with John Tobler.

    Pete Frame recalls going round to the bungalow with John Otway to hear recordings that Chris and Pauline were working on. Until this release, these recordings have never been heard - here is your chance to enjoy!

    Side A
    1 Santa Monica Friend 2.58
    2 Jamaica Bridge 2.51
    3 New York 2.50
    4 The Clown 3.05
    5 Dear Morgan 2.52
    6 Photograph 3.22
    Side B
    7 The Eagle 3.41
    8 Don’t Make Me Fall 3.09
    9 Patch It Up 3.42
    10 If Only The Good Die Young 3.49
    11 Right At The Time 2.41
    12 Last Matinee 3.58


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  • He wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division - a film about Martin Hannett, record producer, musician, scientific experimenter with sound

    Posted on February 8, 2014 by uheep2

    Ozit Dandelion DVD 15

    DVD released 5th May on Ozit Morpheus Records

    • “Martin created an interface between sound, creativity, technology and electronics” Tony Wilson
    • ”Martin's job in the studio was to create an environment of experimentation with the group with no commercial consideration” Bernard Sumner
    • "He'd pull your brain around until you were in the right frame of mind to produce something special. He'd get you to a zone of creativity where you could produce something remarkable, and he was very patient in doing it. He wouldn't stop." Vini Reilly
    • “The true mark of genius is to look like you know what you are doing when often you don't, Martin looked like he knew what he was doing and his experiments would often come up with something great “ Peter Hook
    • “The first rule in the recording studio is there are no rules” Martin Hannett
    • “Martin Hannett was a genius, he looked like Dr. Who and he was into all this technology, harmonisers and things we had never heard of” Bono of U2
    • “I got Martin a job playing bass on live shows backing Faith Brown, with me on keyboards, and after the first night he got sacked because he wasn't used to that orchestra type of situation, so me and the drummer walked out too” Dave Formula of Magazine

    Martin Hannett wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division... or the third member of The Durutti Column. He was Factory Records' genius in-house producer, musician and sonic experimenter. A new 4-hour reportage-style documentary, filmed over many years, is released in May and explores his life in interviews with an extensive cast including Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Bruce Mitchell, CP Lee, Tosh Ryan, Lindsay Reade, George Borowski, Kevin Hewick, Mick Middles, Victor Brox, Bob Dickinson, Julia Adamson, Stone Roses members Reni, Peter Garner and Andy Couzens, Andy Spearpoint (New FADS), Wendy Hannett, Vini Reilly, Tina Simmons, Bono (audio only) and Mark Radcliffe.

    The project was conceived by Anthony Ryan Carter and initiated in the 90s with interviews carried out by Jon Ronson and Tosh Ryan. It was then shelved until being resurrected by Chris Hewitt and Tom Hewitt with additional interviews carried out by them from 2009 to 2013.

    Ask the average music fan what he knows about Martin Hannett and he'll probably tell you that Martin produced Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Closer albums, fell out with Factory Records and resigned his directorship over them opening the Hacienda. Later he had a comeback producing early Stone Roses material and then the Happy Mondays.

    But did you know that Martin started his record collection at a very early age and similarly was into hi-fi equipment and electronics long before others of his peer group? He was fascinated with science fiction and chemistry. His interest in chemistry would not only lead to a university degree in the subject but would also start his interest in creating explosions by chemical reactions at an early age.

    Martin was often accused of “musical alchemy” because of his never-ending experiments in linking up echo/delay effects and synthesisers, often ignoring manufacturers' instruction manuals, particularly those that read “never turn the controls beyond this setting”; just beyond that setting would be his starting point for trying to create his sonic holograms. Similarly, he would push bands to the point of self-destruction to get the best sounds out of them, often playing members off against each other, mixing up the ingredients like an alchemist.

    Martin's headstone wording, put together by his wife Wendy Hannett and Chris Hewitt, aptly reads: “Creator of the Manchester Sound”. But how did that sound come about? Through Martin's friends, musician friends and studio co-workers, this film presents a picture of Martin's chaotic life and strange production techniques, his unusually styled but brilliant bass playing, his vision of bands and the music business not having to be based in London, which, through his work at Music Force, Rabid and Factory, would lead to the North West having a vibrant music industry with record companies and studios being located outside of London.

    With Hannett's numerous production credits, not just for Joy Division, New Order and a plethora of Factory Records bands, but also one of the first punk records ever in Buzzcocks' “Spiral Scratch” and U2's “Eleven O'Clock Tick Tock”, one could ask the question, whether the two Joy Division albums would have been the classics they became without Martin's sonic holograms created around Joy Division's sparse sound.

    So much has been told in previous books and documentaries of the Factory and Joy Division story, as if the music world in Manchester didn't exist before the Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall. This film shows how "Fat Mart", the educated teenage gang member from the Tripe Colony houses in Miles Platting, turned slowly from record collector, hi-fi fanatic and bass player into the creative genius that harnessed the sound of industrial machinery in Manchester and, using early synthesisers, subtly layered those sounds into the production of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album, thus setting the benchmark for the Manchester Sound.

    Martin Hannett, chemist, alchemist, Doctor Who lookalike, talked in riddles; an avid reader of books, electronics magazines, Studio Sound magazines, Omni magazines: collector of hi-fi equipment, records of all genres, tape recorders and studio effects equipment.

    Chris Hewitt, producer and director of the DVD, says that for four years he and his son Tom, who did the editing, have lived the chaotic life that Hannett led, even finding a hidden cache of his studio and hi-fi equipment locked away since the 1990s.. Initially presented in 2009 with a jumble of videotapes on numerous obscure formats filmed by Tosh Ryan, Chris and Tom Hewitt had to make sense of those tapes and then add further people to interview to their list.

    He wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division - a film about Martin Hannett, record producer, musician, scientific experimenter with sound
    He wasn't just the 5th member of Joy Division - a film about Martin Hannett, record producer, musician, scientific experimenter with sound

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  • String Driven Thing at Bakewell Festival 17th August 2013

    Posted on July 18, 2013 by chewitt

    Saturday 17th August   Main stage 7-30pm  Bakewell Festival  The Showground Bakewell, Derbyshire

     

    www.bakewellmusicfestival.com


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  • String Driven Thing Macclesfield Cheshire phone for your tickets now 01565 734066

    Posted on March 16, 2013 by chewitt

    don't miss this concert in a beautiful village setting phone for your tickets now lots of good accomodation around Macclesfield too


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  • Sat May 11th 2013 String Driven Thing Macclesfield

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by chewitt

    String Driven Thing five piece including Chris Adams and Grahame Smith, Andy Allan, Dick Drake and Robin Adams   Macclesfield Sat 11th May  tickets credit card bookings phone Chris Hewitt  or Tom Hewitt 01565 734066


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  • String Driven Thing play to 2200 on 2nd Dec 2012

    Posted on December 6, 2012 by chewitt

    String Driven Thing including Chris Adams ,Grahame Smith and Pauline Adams played to an audience of 2200 at Skegness on Sunday 2nd Dec 2012 Robin Adams on lead guitar and Andy Allan on bass and John Bradley on drums- quite a night 

     

     
    hopefully some summer festival dates in 2013 will follow

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  • Graham Smith has published a new book

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by chewitt

    String Driven Thing violinist Graham Smith has published a new book

    more info is available at

    www.thepowerofgray.com


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  • String Driven Thing 1st or 2nd Dec at The Great British Folk Festival at Skegness

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by chewitt

    String Driven Thing including violinist Grahame Smith will be appearing at the Great British Folk Festival at Butlins Skegness on the 1st or 2nd Dec 2012


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  • String Driven Thing at Great British Folk Skegness 2012

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by chewitt

    String Driven Thing will be appearing at the Great British Folk Event at Skegness on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd of December 2012


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  • The Railway in Saddleworth Gig

    Posted on April 29, 2012 by pjohnson

    More news on the Saddleworth gig.

     

    The gig is on the 12/05/12 @ 9:00 PM

    The Railway, Greenfield, Saddleworth, OL3 7JZ (upstairs in the concert room)

     

    Tickets can be booked by phone with a card by telephoning Ozit Records on 01565 734066 7 days a week.

    Book early as venue capacity is 70 and may sell out.


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