Wall of Vaughan

I still haven’t read the 4AD biography (any day now), but I was reminded about my plan from, like, 20 years ago to make a Vaughan Oliver wall.  That is, nail a lot of 4AD sleeves designed by Vaughan Oliver (and Chris Bigg (aka 23 Envelope/v23)) to a wall and behold the beauty.

I didn’t do that then, because I wasn’t a teenager any more, but now I’m a teenager again (mentally), so let’s go.

First carefully plan the layout…

IMG_5533Experiment with different nails.  These were too coarse.

IMG_5534Nice small black ones.  And I’m not nailing anything through the sleeves.  Too much of a nerd for that.

IMG_5541Done!  (Sorry, neighbour, who had to listen to me nail (* 24 4) nails on a Saturday afternoon…)

IMG_5538So…  er…  uhm…  ok, I can pick the sleeves down when I grow tired of it.  Or perhaps it just needs more sleeves?  I dunno.



Last night I dreamt that I was mentioned in the index of Martin Aston’s 4AD biography “Facing the Other Way”.  Which I bought a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t looked at yet.  So I just checked…

… and I’m not.

But it turns out that I’m on the akwnowledgement page.  (With a mention of eyesore.no.)

So!  Does this mean that I’m clairvoyant or not?  In any case, I’ll have to read the book now.  I mean, I would have anyway, but it’s 640 pages long.  C’mon! 

I mean, great! 

4AD in the Early 90s

I used to be a 4AD fan and kept a discography going back in the 80s.  Or 90s, I guess. 

I also used to buy lots of British music papers.

Rooting through the basement storage here today, I found a cache of snipped 4AD-related articles and reviews that I had apparently collected back then, but had never done anything with.  So I thought I’d just scan them and assemble them into PDFs.

The scans should probably be cropped for easier reading, so I was thinking about writing an Emacs-based image cropping mode.  But then I thought “eh”, and wrote this teensy little library that just queries you for file names, and then uses the Gimp to do the cropping.

Gimp supports opening several files “remotely” (i.e., without starting a new instance for every image), so this turned out to be a workable way to, er, work.

The time period turned out to be 1989 to 1993, which isn’t the prime period for 4AD by any stretch of the imagination.  Half the articles are about Lush, I think.  I mean, I love Lush, but, you know.

So there you go.  Enjoy the fabulous early-90s British music journalism.

I should fold these into the general database, but that would mean getting the C++ program I wrote in 1989 to compile now, and that’s not…  fun…