Episode 2: Leytonstone & Leyton -
The North-Eastern frontier
This week’s show comes to you entirely from
Leytonstone & Leyton as Nick Papadimitriou and
John Rogers explore the valley of the Philly Brook –
the buried and forgotten stream that runs beneath
the streets of the London zone that begat Alfred
Hitchcock, London’s short-lived ‘Left Bank’
and the great Panjandum. This is an area sitting
on the north-eastern frontier, within a triangulation
of green spaces - Leyton Marshes, Wanstead Flats
and Epping Forest. This is also a place that by the
mid-1990s had the largest population of artists of
anywhere in Britain. There are field recordings as
Nick and John go in search of the stream and are
joined by local historian David Boote and reading
by Heidi Lapaine with music by Europa 51.
Episode 1 - Brent Cross
Ventures & Adventures in Topography presented
by John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou,
is a show taking you on a series of
lop-sided rambles around the margins
of London,exploring zones and areas
of the city drawing on an eclectic
range of references,influenced by old
\topographical books, psychogeography,
and the hopeless mis-reading of maps.
This week we’ll be taking you on a drift
from Golders Green to Brent Cross,
exploring the liminal zones in-between,
land on the cusp of redevelopment
and a derive through the Regional Shopping Centre
during late-night midweek shopping.
Includes field recordings, reading by
Heidi Lapaine from Walter Benjamin's
Arcade Project and music from Europa 51.
Slouching into Hollingsville for episode ten of the series are artist Laurie Lipton and Strange Attractor’s Mark Pilkington. Musical interludes come courtesy of the McCarricks with background moods by Graham Massey.
Monsters, no matter what their shape or size or attitude, serve as a warning and should be welcomed as such. Having no place either in nature or in polite society, they have little choice but to exist as reminders of the things we’d much rather forget. Godzilla, for example, has been good to us over the years, the way only a bad dream can be. The unforeseen by-product of atomic tests taking place in the Pacific Ocean over fifty years ago, the blinding intensity of Godzilla’s birth ensured that he cast more than one shadow over the intervening decades. But what about the monsters that lurk in our own homes – or the ones that occupy the vast deserts of modern myth?
After visiting Mars, where next? Welcome to Hollingsville: the new twelve-part series from writer Ken Hollings. A World’s Fair of the airwaves, the shows focuses each week on a different aspect of our historical relationship with technology. From machines to monsters, spaces to dreams, this Radio Expo offers an unscripted tour through the chosen theme, utilising voices and sounds from special guests and presented by Ken Hollings with his usual idiosyncratic flair.
Ken Hollings is the author of Welcome To Mars: Fantasies of Science in the American Century 1947-1959, available from Strange Attractor Press. For more information go to http://www.strangeattractor.co.uk or http://www.kenhollings.blogspot.com