Ian has pursued a creative approach to the research, collection and presentation of archive music, film and art from the early post war era. He has assembled special film and radio programmes, created new electronic music to old silent films, and written articles for the Wire magazine about the discoveries he has made.
As part of his research into World's Fairs in the 1950s-70s period, Ian has put together a programme of Expo shorts which were originally intended as silent film documents for home movie audiences. Each one now has a specially crafted electronic soundtrack made using various Hellitron tone generators and reel to reel tape loops. The selection starts with Expo 58, taking in Expo 62, the New York World's Fair 1964/65, Expo 67 and Expo 70. Please get in touch to screen the Expo Worlds programme; highlights can be viewed here: expoworlds
Ian's 'Expo 67 - An Audiovisual Collage' takes the viewer on an impressionistic journey through the Montreal fair, and is constructed entirely from stills along with music and sounds from the Expo.
An unfunded hour long documentary on FC Judd and early British electronic music, made over 3 years and completed in 2011. The film tells the story of Fred Judd, and his role in making and disseminating tape sounds and musique concrete across Britain. It was re-edited and updated in 2014, and represents an important contribution to the understanding of early electronic music. Please contact Ian to arrange a screening. View the first part of the film here:
The Tone Generation
Ian's ongoing audio series exploring electronic music; a personal selection drawn from his records and CDs, looks at different themes and compositions in the era of analogue tape and early synthesizer technology. The programmes aim to act as an informative and enlightening overview of experimental electronic music as it developed in many different areas, from the pioneering early days, up to the 1970s.
The whole series can be listened to here: tone generation