Thursday, 27 October 2011

New Advisory Circle Mixtape.

To celebrate the imminent release of the Pye Corner Audio / Advisory Circle single 'Autumnal Activities', here's a bumper harvest for your soundtrack. With added autumn love! Hope you all enjoy.

- Jb.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Ghost Box Study Series 07 - Pye Corner Audio & The Advisory Circle.

Together for the first time. Pye Corner Audio and The Advisory Circle explore "Autumnal Activities". And we get to have a nice brown sleeve. Rev. Jim and Julian have really done us proud.

I love working with people I admire. It's well documented that I really love the music of Pye Corner Audio. The Head Technician is a friend and his music an inspiration, so it seemed natural for us to work together for the b-side of his first single for Ghost Box. The A-side, by the way, is pure, unadulterated Pye (and a beautiful piece at that).

Soundclips are below and I believe the single will be released on the 18th of November.

As always, any questions relating to ordering, availability and so forth, please contact Ghost Box or visit Rev. Jim's Belbury Parish Mag.


Pye Corner Audio - November Sequence (Clip) by Ghost Box

Pye Corner Audio and The Advisory Circle - Cloud Control (Clip) by Ghost Box

Monday, 19 September 2011

Form magazine - Music For Dieter Rams.

I was especially excited to receive this through the post - the latest edition of Form. Form is a german design magazine and this edition features an interview with me, on the subject of Music For Dieter Rams.

The magazine is a fine read indeed... and for those who don't read in german, the articles are also in english.

Form can be ordered directly from

Thanks to editor-in-chief Gerrit Terstiege for the interview and for sending me a copy.


Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Crow Is Flying!

Release day. 'As The Crow Flies' by The Advisory Circle is out there today and I am very proud indeed to be typing this. Please visit the Ghost Box Shop for your copy.

To celebrate, I've got a new mixtape for you all, called 'Summer Gathering Sequence'. It's available to stream at Mixcloud. Enjoy.


Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Advisory Circle - As The Crow Flies. Ghost Box, 8th July.

"We make the decisions; so you don't have to. This time we're advising on how to safely enjoy the seasons, festivals and rituals of the year".

Regular readers and stalwart supporters of Café Kaput will know all about Rev. Jim's Curious Brown Leather Satchel ™. Without it, life would be rather less interesting. It's the satchel that never goes out of style and in fact only gets better as it becomes further weathered by the Belbury winds.

In the satchel this time is the new album by The Advisory Circle. It's released on July 8th, although you can pre-order it in the usual manner, of course. Please refer to the Ghost Box shop for all matters 'pertaining to procurement', as the Rev. himself might say (or not, depending on his daily tea intake). There is vinyl, there are downloads and also CDs. As you can see in the photo below, I have my vinyl copy out on the blue velvet - it's quite a marvel:

In many ways, The Advisory Circle is my life's work. A large part of it delves into my upbringing, but it's also a snapshot of where I am now and it always keeps a weather eye on the future.

Julian's artwork is, as per, absolutely stunning (whichever format you choose). I'm even happier with this sleeve than I was with Mind How You Go. Professor Ronald Hutton has provided some very interesting and informative sleevenotes and I thoroughly recommend his book 'Stations Of The Sun' as essential further reading.

Thanks, as always, for listening and supporting. Hope you enjoy the new album and please remember to tidy up after yourselves. Always follow the country code.

- Jb.

Monday, 16 May 2011

KAP003 - Jon Brooks - "Music For Dieter Rams" Now Available.

Available from Bandcamp NOW. Get it << here! >>

The good people of The Wire magazine have presented a news piece on the record - have a read << here! >>

Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic has posted a nice little news piece, also - << here >>.


- Jb.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

(KAP003) - Jon Brooks - Music For Dieter Rams.

“Music For Dieter Rams mirrors Dieter Ramsʼ reductive process perfectly.” - Mason Wells (of Bibliothèque, designers of the Dieter Rams “Less and More” exhibition at the Design Museum, London)

A mini-album. A study on limited resources. The space between a second. A dedication to one of the most important figures in modern domestic design - Dieter Rams. No more, no less. Less and More.

It's also an experiment to discover what I could coax from my favourite alarm clock.

(from the sleevenotes)

"Every sound on this record, from the melodic sounds to the percussion, the atmospheric effects to the bass lines originates from the Braun AB-30 alarm clock.

Using inexpensive contact microphones (which in this case act effectively as microscopes for sound) I recorded the alarm sound, the various ʻticksʼ of the second hand as it made itʼs way around the clock face, and usually-unheard noises such as the cogs whirring and the harmonics of the spring-loaded ʻsnoozeʼ button. Short, cyclic waveform samples were edited from these recordings, which became the ʻoscillatorsʼ (oscillators are the fundamental building blocks on which all electronic sounds are based)".

The raw sounds were then treated and shaped using envelopes, filters, phasing, delay and reverberation.

If you're interested in the creative process behind the sounds, have a listen to a short explanation on SoundCloud:

Jon Brooks - Music For Dieter Rams - An explanation of techniques. by cafekaput

Dieter Rams has inspired many artists (visual artists, musicians, product designers) to release tributes to his work. This is just my personal take. It's an experiment to produce a record which reflects the design ethos of Dieter Rams and his products; that the music should be engaging, fresh, without clutter... and ultimately satisfying in use. Hope you enjoy.

The Bandcamp release will be available on 16th May, priced £5.99.

In the meantime, grab the sleevenotes.

- Jb.

Friday, 4 February 2011

(KAP002) Jon Brooks - "Music For Thomas Carnacki" Now available.

I am happy to announce that (KAP002) Jon Brooks - "Music For Thomas Carnacki (Radiophonic Themes & Abstracts) has gone live on Bandcamp. Please follow this link to the store page:

£6.99 in just about any digital format you could need. Each copy comes with sleevenotes as a PDF and a hi-res graphic of the front cover.

In the unlikely event that you have any problems downloading, please contact Bandcamp support. Their email is

I hope you all enjoy this one.


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

(KAP002) Jon Brooks - 'Music For Thomas Carnacki (Radiophonic Themes & Abstracts)'

Release Date: Saturday 5th Feb 2011.

Available from Bandcamp, iTunes & Amazon.

Well, here it is. I'm proud to announce KAP002. This release ties in directly with Weird Tales For Winter (see below post), as it's the radiophonic soundtrack composed specially for the 'Gateway Of The Monster' episode. The material is directly inspired by all of William Hope Hodgson's 'Carnacki The Ghost Finder' short stories.

The tracks on this release are mastered directly from the original tapes and presented in their entirety; in the Weird Tales programme, some tracks are edited or used as excerpts.

The material was composed between March and November 2010 and covers a lot of sonic ground. There are grand electronic themes, little melodies which crop up throughout, contrasted with dark, abstract musique concrête textures composed directly on tape recorders (with the inherent hiss and hum artifacts being a celebrated part of the composition). Horgan, treated cello, theremin and prepared xylophone all make an appearance, too.

The release will of course feature a lavish, hi-res graphic sleeve by Ian Hodgson and accompanying sleeve notes as a PDF, as part of the download.

As usual, the release will be available from Bandcamp for £6.99 from Saturday 5th February.

Really hope you all enjoy this one.

- Jb.