January 29, 2017

Jumble Hole Clough: Moth On A Staircase Window - music for imaginary puppet shows volume two

The second installment of Colin Robisons's music for imaginary puppet shows, released under the banner of his one-man project Jumble Hole Clough, is a continuation of his work on the rather splendid This Salty Armada - music for imaginary puppet shows volume one that came out in December. Moth On A Staircase Window - music for imaginary puppet shows volume two once again sees him banging on odd objects, besides his usual array of proper musical instruments.

Robinson's knack for coming up with off-kilter titles for his compositions is in full force. Weird titles set him off on wild excursions, but also lead to the self-explanatory vignettes, like the 8-bit soundalike noises in I Sold My Wife's Tiara In Order To Buy A Computer. Crossing The Hellespont In A Coracle (a truly eccentric and hazardous idea in real life) is set to a lulling rhythm and the beeps could be mistaken for radar blips from other ships.

Robinson is adamant to find a way to set every glimmer of an idea to music. The compositions for these series are like elevator pitches - it's all over before the listener has time to fully understand what the hell is going on (or has found the time to look up in a dictionary what The Trollop Of Hunger Hill does for a living). He can write the soundtrack for a horror story about The Empty Nursery or go pastoral in a skewed way trying to grasp the concept of Five Lane Ends Idle. Directors who have run into a wall about where to go next, should make the trip to his abode in Hebden Bridge and knock on his door to discuss a series over tea and biscuits.

His current streak of short bursts of unbridled creativity isn't over yet - he is already working on volume three.

Moth On A Staircase Window - music for imaginary puppet shows volume two is a self-released album. Buy it (pay-what-you-want) from his website.

Tracks:
  1. Moth On A Staircase Window
  2. Light Engineering In Taipei
  3. Oh Dear, I Seem To Have Dropped My Marimba (May Contain Traces Of Swearing)
  4. The Goat-Herd Is Slightly Miffed
  5. The Empty Nursery
  6. The Carpet Is Covered In Oofle Dust
  7. Wyke Riot
  8. Friday 13th Part 3 (The Vulgar Boatmen)
  9. Belisha Beacon (It's The Rozzers, Let's Scarper!)
  10. I Sold My Wife's Tiara In Order To Buy A Computer
  11. Yawning In The Museum Of Mud
  12. Sleeping Dinosaurs
  13. A Little Old House In The Wood
  14. Five Lane Ends Idle
  15. Eating Ice Cream In An Engine Shed In Budapes
  16. My Last 20 Reams Of Paper And My Hoffman Continental
  17. Crossing The Hellespont In A Coracle
  18. The Clinky-Bonk Men
  19. The Ghost Of Armley Mill Part 2
  20. Preparing The R101 At Cardington
  21. The Trollop Of Hunger Hill
  22. Burn All Suits
  23. Enter The Dagon
  24. Ghost Stations
  25. St.Godfrey's Gramophone
  26. The Speaking Clock

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HCTF review of This Salty Armada - music for imaginary puppet shows volume one.

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