NEWS / UPDATES AND SO ON

by stuart mclean 16 Jun, 2017
Every year I have a wish list of bands and performers who I'd dearly love to have something of theirs drift amongst the trees before the geology of the site vanquishes that signal, hemming it within it's border.

You think, trees, forest, dark ( actually incredibly dark can't-see-my-hand-in-front-of-my-face dark.  it's Scotland so anything can happen weather wise so you can add wind / sun / rain into the mix too.  Now what would sound, to my ears, perfect for such a place.
Where to start..

1. Since day one, back in 2012, Boards of Canada have always seemed ideal for the location.  Emailing to that ridiculously long email address buried in their whois data for their website was a dead end, contacting the Windish Agency who claimed to be their management was a dead end, leaving a message in the probable abyss of endless messages in their facebook page was a dead end, hand written letters to a mailing address for registered companies in both names was also a dead end.  So I'll leave this here, if anyone who knows someone who knows someone and so on reads it :

Free reign in a forest setting to do as much or as little, whether in person or remotely in control to air as much or as little as they seem fit.  Nobody would know if you did until it was too late.  

2. Likewise since day one I have been after Bill Drummond to introduce proceedings, addressing the forest and land below Murrays Monument  - There is a BBC4 clip on youtube that shows Bill at more or less the same spot the transmitter is based talking about Alexander Murray.  It's worth a watch.  I did get Bill to sign my copy of 45 when he was in Wigtown for the Book Festival  - I missed his event as it was on the same day as the broadcast but you can't have everything.  
Now what's this got to do with the forest ?  This being the 23 years after KLF  / K Foundation sort-of return.  Same thing applies as before - free reign to do as little or as much.
by stuart mclean 22 May, 2017
Fingers crossed ( funding decisions permitting ) we are a GO for Saturday September 23rd which as fate would have it is the first weekend of the Wigtown book Festival and the Dark Skies Conference which takes place at Gatehouse of Fleet. ( Well, I say fate, but it's all interconnected)
The Dark Outside will once again be part of Sanctuary which in all fairness does make 24 hours in a forest listening to music you've never heard before a bit more entertaining and interesting. 

As always, the same rules apply for anyone considering sending anything in - 
1. Be under 15/20 minutes long ( unless it's spectacularly epic that includes a full orchestra or something )
2. It has to be something that people outwith a lucky few have ever heard before.  It can be music, spoken word, field recordings, rejected remixes, demos, re-edits, unedited, unmastered, remixes, re-remixes, specially recorded, forgotten gems that have been locked away for years, any genre or subgenre.  
3. If it can be found online consider it rejected.  Doesn't matter if you sell millions or you did it for a laugh. 
4. You can send in as many things as you like although I can only use one. 
5. Format is irrelevant as everything sent can be converted for broadcast.  Whatever you are happy sending is good enough for me. 

Everything will be deleted beyond the point of forensic recovery afterward. There will be no online version, no archive. 
I delete everything but you don't have to, in fact, several things that were broadcast previously have turned up on singles or online. It's always good to hear these again. 

The final date for submissions will be Sunday the 17th of September.
This allows me to not cram everything into the night before as rendering 6 hour audio files is never fun. 


by stuart mclean 16 Jun, 2017
Every year I have a wish list of bands and performers who I'd dearly love to have something of theirs drift amongst the trees before the geology of the site vanquishes that signal, hemming it within it's border.

You think, trees, forest, dark ( actually incredibly dark can't-see-my-hand-in-front-of-my-face dark.  it's Scotland so anything can happen weather wise so you can add wind / sun / rain into the mix too.  Now what would sound, to my ears, perfect for such a place.
Where to start..

1. Since day one, back in 2012, Boards of Canada have always seemed ideal for the location.  Emailing to that ridiculously long email address buried in their whois data for their website was a dead end, contacting the Windish Agency who claimed to be their management was a dead end, leaving a message in the probable abyss of endless messages in their facebook page was a dead end, hand written letters to a mailing address for registered companies in both names was also a dead end.  So I'll leave this here, if anyone who knows someone who knows someone and so on reads it :

Free reign in a forest setting to do as much or as little, whether in person or remotely in control to air as much or as little as they seem fit.  Nobody would know if you did until it was too late.  

2. Likewise since day one I have been after Bill Drummond to introduce proceedings, addressing the forest and land below Murrays Monument  - There is a BBC4 clip on youtube that shows Bill at more or less the same spot the transmitter is based talking about Alexander Murray.  It's worth a watch.  I did get Bill to sign my copy of 45 when he was in Wigtown for the Book Festival  - I missed his event as it was on the same day as the broadcast but you can't have everything.  
Now what's this got to do with the forest ?  This being the 23 years after KLF  / K Foundation sort-of return.  Same thing applies as before - free reign to do as little or as much.
by stuart mclean 22 May, 2017
Fingers crossed ( funding decisions permitting ) we are a GO for Saturday September 23rd which as fate would have it is the first weekend of the Wigtown book Festival and the Dark Skies Conference which takes place at Gatehouse of Fleet. ( Well, I say fate, but it's all interconnected)
The Dark Outside will once again be part of Sanctuary which in all fairness does make 24 hours in a forest listening to music you've never heard before a bit more entertaining and interesting. 

As always, the same rules apply for anyone considering sending anything in - 
1. Be under 15/20 minutes long ( unless it's spectacularly epic that includes a full orchestra or something )
2. It has to be something that people outwith a lucky few have ever heard before.  It can be music, spoken word, field recordings, rejected remixes, demos, re-edits, unedited, unmastered, remixes, re-remixes, specially recorded, forgotten gems that have been locked away for years, any genre or subgenre.  
3. If it can be found online consider it rejected.  Doesn't matter if you sell millions or you did it for a laugh. 
4. You can send in as many things as you like although I can only use one. 
5. Format is irrelevant as everything sent can be converted for broadcast.  Whatever you are happy sending is good enough for me. 

Everything will be deleted beyond the point of forensic recovery afterward. There will be no online version, no archive. 
I delete everything but you don't have to, in fact, several things that were broadcast previously have turned up on singles or online. It's always good to hear these again. 

The final date for submissions will be Sunday the 17th of September.
This allows me to not cram everything into the night before as rendering 6 hour audio files is never fun. 


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