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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, February 04, 2008
    Bringing the blood pressure down

    How could I have ignored Mount Vernon Arts Lab for so long? Only a Plan B interview with Drew Mulholland (who is MVAL, really, to all intents) which reminded me of his collaborations with electronic co-celebrants of an urban otherworld Coil, re-alerted me to a musician with an avid, avowed and academic interest in psychogeography.
    "I did the album [The Séance at Hobs Lane, in 2001], and was asked if I was into psychogeography. I didn't know what it was at the time, but as soon as I looked into it and read people like Iain Sinclair, I got it straight away. It's something that I think ties back to childhood. It's something that you do naturally as a child, but when you're an adult with responsibilities it stops. But there's an entire history of walking as a creative thing. Thomas Hobbes had an ink-well in his walking stick in case he got ideas. If you can make the time for it, it really brings the blood pressure down, and should be encouraged."
    Last year Mulholland lectured on psychogeography at Cambridge. Currently he's an honorary fellow in psychogeography at Glasgow University and finishing a book on the subject. Looking forward to the publication of that, meanwhile tonight I raided Ghost Box and, of course Strange Attractor, to fast-track myself into familiarity with his musical back catalogue.