NOCTURNAL HOWLS SURFACE
Separation Circle are proud to announce the completion of one of
the ugliest, bang bang wallop thump slices of alleged music to have
been produced for quite some time. It's called "Nocturnal
and it's bloody amazing. You might ask what exactly the rather
strange title means, but whether you'd get a coherent answer is
debatable. Nocturnal means 'at or pertaining to night', 'howls'
are loud sounds of pain or displeasure, and 'surface' could be a
noun (the visible top layer or something) or a verb (meaning to
become detectable by movement in an upward direction). The
words of the verses are written in a strict metre and rhyme pattern.
are moving! Upwards, downwards, left, right, backwards and
forwards, sometimes even diagonally. Erosion
is complete and available. The long delayed but imminently
has experienced some encouraging positive lurches in the vague direction
of completion, while the no less magnificent but hopefully more
rapidly gestating 'Must
Be The Seat'
looks set to hit the webwaves in early November. Rumours that
the delays to 'No Windows' have been caused by the tempestuous temperament
of the song's lead vocalist, Princess Nojit, have been strenuously
denied by a spokesperson for the Separation Circle who then went
on to say that the rumours could well be true.
a throw-back to a time of 3 piece guitar pop bands, was recorded
2 or 3 months ago, a mere 17 or 18 years after it was written. A
more recent composition "Erosion"
is currently being mixed and may be released in the next few weeks
if we can be bothered.
FORBIDDEN FINALLY - & WAIATA POI TOO
only 20 months of gestation, the eagerly anticipated "Forbidden"
has finally been completed - or so we believe. Amazingly on
the same day, the Separation Circle's 2nd cover version in the last
10 years or so has also been polished off. "Waiata
is a 107 year old song about even older Maori traditional dances.
Both songs have been described as "quite nice, I suppose"
by Great Aunt Mildew.
WHERE BRICK FIELDS LAY
astonishingly sublime "Where
Brick Fields Lay"
is now available for public perusal. The "Brick Fields"
were an area of partly overgrown waste land, the site of a former
brick factory and an allegedly "bombed building" lying
between Copsewood Road & Dimond Road in Bitterne Park, Southampton,
England., and were an incidental adventure playground for neighbouring
children and community recreational area during the 1960s and early
1970s until they were flattened and redeveloped to become a school
field for Bitterne Park Comprehensive School.
would be true to say that this is not the best updated news page.
The fact that there have been no entries here for just over
a year doesn't necessarily mean that nothing has been happening
in that 'just over a year'. While for part of the just over
a year, in fact, not much did happen, at other times things did.
In fact recent months have been relatively frenetic with Whither
written, recorded and given a budget video to boot, work being taken
forward apace at last on the arrangements & recording of "Forbidden",
a song penned for Nojit called "No
(which she is diligently practising) as well as a thrown-together
nostalgic composition called "Where
Brick Fields Lay".
Together these 4 songs form the embryo of the new song collection
a name chosen to summarise the subtle and dulcet harmonies to be
expected of the Separation Circle stable.
December 2009 BAD
TUNE MEN REUNION GIG
last the secret can be revealed - after the event.
A one-off Bad Tune Men reunion gig took place on 18th December
2009 in front of an invited captive audience on the borders of Hampshire
& Surrey. So secret was the event that guitarist Mr Creepy
was not informed until less than 2 hours beforehand, partly out
of fears that he would try to escape. Many of Bad Tune Men's
most popular songs, such as "Credo", "First Sight",
"The Cage, "4C" and "Happy Life" were omitted
from the set but nevertheless a good time was had by all those supplied
with earplugs. A new, worse than usual, specially commissioned
song entitled "Not Dead Yet" was unveiled to hapless audience
at this magical, star-studded event.
"HESITATE" & "HARLOW'S MONKEY" COMPLETED
new Separation Circle songs are now online for the first time. The
has undergone a series of remixes while "Hesitate"
appears to have worked out well in its first mix. Neither
song is exactly a typical Separation Circle song, if there is such
a thing, although both feature the usual horrible vocals.
is rattling rhythm guitar-based, while the bouncy rhythm of
is heavily drum-based. The strange introduction to "Harlow's
has already been on the internet for more than a year, featured
as it is in "The
Ultimate Guide to Birds".
Listen to "Hesitate"
by clicking here
or to "Harlow's
by clicking here.
UNOFFICIAL HARTLEPOOL UNITED ANTHEM RELEASED BY THE SEPARATION CIRCLE
Separation Circle's longstanding and consistent support for Hartlepool
United Football Club is of course well known. It has been
seen fitting at this time to compose, record and release the rousing
new unofficial anthem "Victoria!"
to celebrate and inspire fans, players and other staff of Hartlepool
United alike. Hear the song and watch the video here.
October 2009 TOP
top secret announcment has been announced. However, since
it is top secret, we can't announce it here - well, not just
yet. In fact, so top secret is this announcement that it was
unfortunately kept secret from some of the people to whom it really
ought to have been announced first even after it had been secretly
announced to certain other people. More will be revealed -
but not just yet..
6th SEPARATION CIRCLE VIDEO AVAILABLE TO VIEW
I know. Once again this page has been a bit quiet for a while.
That doesn't mean that nothing has been happening though.
OK, for quite some time nothing much DID happen, but things
have been brewing for the last month or so. A strange new
love song has been written, entitled "Forbidden",
and work will be starting soon on the arrangements and recording.
The recording and mixing of "Harlow's
is almost finished now; after 1 or 2 more remixes it should be unleashed
on a generally disinterested world (their loss if they don't hear
it!). Most significantly for avid readers of this page now
though (because it's about something you can actually access) is
the release of the absolutely brilliant if audio-visually overwhelming
video. It's simply mindblowing. If you would like to
have a gale force battering of your mind,
dare to click
to watch it!
"EASTWARD FROM KRAKATOA (Parahyangan)" VIDEO RELEASE
slightly belated happy new year gift to the world has arrived in the form
of the latest Separation Circle video and I have to say it's bloody fantastic!
to see it now.
OK. This page hasn't been kept as up-to-date as it might have been. To
make up for that, here's a summary of some of the exciting things which have
happened in the last 7 months. The 4th Separation Circle video was released
in July, and is viewable both on this site and on YouTube. It's for the
global warming carol "Glass
and if you haven't seen it yet, why not have a look now while there's still
time? Work was finished a few months later on the sequel song (though
without a video), "We
Used to Fly (Don't Mention Its Name)"
and not long afterwards "(Not
Bad for a) Shy Boy Lost"
was completed. The end of the year saw frantic activity to bring to near
completion 2 further songs for the "Lumps
of Disposed Bathwater"
from Krakatoa (Parahyangan)",
shortly after the Separation Circle organisation had vacated the dilapidated
and crumbling Cassandra Palace, its headquarters for the previous 14 years -
and not before time. A new and slightly more spacious and modern home
has been found in the semi-wild lands Eastward of London (rather than Krakatoa).
17th May 2008 VIDEO
3 RELEASED TO UNSUSPECTING WORLD
from the "Lumps
song collection has been given a visual treatment. This is the last planned
video from the Separation Circle for the forseeable future. Here's
THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS
second and presumed final mix has been completed on "The
Space Between the Stars",
the first entirely new Separation Circle song in over a year (since "My
Name is Ana").
Work is continuing on a number of other songs, including "Any
which has been knocking around for 15 years or so, and the more recent "The
as well as an as yet unconfirmed cover version.
IT''S ANOTHER BLOODY VIDEO!
another Separation Circle video has been unleashed on the world. The song
featured this time is 'Kite' from the "Let's Go Fly a Kite" song collection.
It's rather good. Watch
it by clicking on this link.
first mix has been completed on the second song in the "Lumps & Bumps"
song collection, a duel named "Cloud". The song features the
Separation Circle's new mystery member sharing lead vocals in a melange of murkily
mixed messes. If you'd like to hear how the new song sounds, you can't.
Click on the following link and nothing will happen. http://www.nothingwillhappenifyouclickhere.com
FIRST EVER SEPARATION CIRCLE VIDEO RELEASED
first ever video made by the Separation Circle has been almost instantaneously
been made available to the world. Strictly speaking, it's a sequence of
photographs set to music rather than a video, but who cares? It's good
stuff! The music in question is the English version of the cover version
of the "Aap Jaisa Koi" and it can be viewed by clicking
the following link: show
me the bloody video
April 2007 Who's
that girl (2)?
from May 2007, for the first time in its history, the Separation Circle is due
to expand to include a new, permanent band member. Little is currently
being made public about this new recruit except that she is female and has a
tendency to have her photo taken while hanging around in car parks. Watch
this space for further lack of clarification.
DOUBLE RELEASE? - Not exactly....
ardent observers of the Separation Circle will have noted that the reported
release of 2 song
collections in January turned out to be a release of only one, the nevertheless
amazingly amazing "Let's Go Fly a Kite". The
delay to the release of "Emerging
into the Brightness of the Day" is ongoing but it is hoped that
a resolution will be achieved in the next month or 2. Once again, this
space should be watched closely, just to see whether paint drying IS more interesting.
STUNNING NEW SONG RECORDED
of the Separation Circle's first song of 2007 has been completed and initial
reports suggest that it is another simply stunning piece of work. "My
Name is Ana" is about living for the moment and tells a tale of childhood
exuberance in the face of poverty. This song does not appear on
either of the just released song collections but will form the start of a new
song collection provisionally entitled "Lumps & Bumps" which,
judging by past experiences, can be expected to be released in 5-10 years' time.
The song can nevertheless be heard on this
or on the e myspace site: www.myspace.com/theseparationcircle
DOUBLE RELEASE - Update
predicated exclusively here a month ago, the 2 Separation Circle song
into the Brightness of the Day", and "Let's Go Fly a Kite"
are now available to the public from a highly select range of outlets. For
details of how you can get hold of your own copies, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SEPARATION CIRCLE & BAD TUNE MEN @ myspace.com
of The Separation Circle and Bad Tune Men have now joined Deep Fur &
History of Fashion on MySpace. Go to www.myspace.com/theseparationcircle
to see for yourself!
January 2007 New
ex-Bad Tune Man website
Creepy has now set up a website for his History
of Fashion project.
This means that all former Bad Tune Men now have an online presence, the
others being Blob's Deep
and Ratty's Gumpf.Net
now appears that the Separation Circle will be releasing not just one song collection,
but two, in early 2007. In addition to the long awaited epic "Emerging
into the Brightness of the Day", a further disparate collection of Separation
Circle works will be appearing under the title "Let's Go Fly a Kite".
December 2006 2
CIRCLE SONGS RECORDED
has seen the recording of 2 more songs for the "Let's Go Fly
a Kite" collection. "I'd Forgotten Just How Beautiful
You Are" recalls events in Bangladesh in the mid 1990s, while
"Miss Japan?" reeks of more recent & darker events
in South-East Asia.
December 2006 Who's
of visitors to this site have asked about the identity of the young
woman whose silhouette greets you as you arrive at the site. I
can now exclusively reveal that it's not me.
was a cold damp Friday upon which I went to see Ratty's acoustic-electric
neo-yokel ensemble Gumpf play sizzlingly to a completely packed
house in darkest Sussex. Gumpf (an acronym which does not
stand for Gaseous Ugly Men Performing Fairytales) went on to perform a
Christmas extravaganza event for a select, captive audience. For
more information, visit the Gumpf
November 2006 EMERGING
INTO THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE DAY
After a wait of only 13 years,
the release of the song collection "Emerging into the Brightness
of the Day" is now planned for January 2007. Watch this
space for further details.