25 Aug 2017
Octavo Redux - progress report 
Octavo Redux - progress report

Here is an Update via Kickstarter / Unit Editions on the redux version of Octavo currently being prepared for publication.

Hamish Muir and Mark Holt are overseeing the final round of photography, with material that wasn’t included in the journal: subscription card mock-ups; full page proofs for ads in Eye magazine (1992/3); metal punches for numbering the Octavo boxed set; and other rarely seen stuff.
  • Retouching of images is underway
  • A foreword has been written by 8vo co-founder Simon Johnston
  • 10,000-word interview with Hamish and Mark has been edited
A final dummy has been ordered from the printer
Poster artwork completed
Bookmark designs completed

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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