Read, Look and Listen — @Brumcast’s mixtape

Not wanting the magazine to tickle only one of your senses (or only two if you’re an ink-sniffer), we asked Chris Downing (Little Chris) of Brumcast (a freely downloadable podcast featuring only DIY & Independent musical talent from Birmingham and the UK Midlands) to curate a mixtape in response to the issue.

Chris had two large tasks, one to keep the contents secret after having read them a month or so before and the other to find music that in some way reflected the contents. But, for the first time I can recall he had the whole history of recorded music to pick from — not just Midlanders:

Birth By Little Chris by Dirty Bristow on Mixcloud

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Cock Art

Mr Underwood illustrated Phil Barber’s article ‘Cock Art’ from Issue One of Dirty Bristow. He did it by way of this exclusive track:

Dirty Bristow by Mr Underwood

He says:

“Reading Phil’s article made me both angry and yet somehow resigned to the outcome. My tune is meant to reflect that, through the balance of driving, relentless repetition and the increasingly gnarly synth noises. The more I read the more I wanted to punch out. Thanks Phil.

As a bonus, the sound in the middle of the tune looks like the image (below), when the spectral frequency is viewed. At the time the article had no title, so I just picked a phrase from it. You will have to imagine what ‘Cock Art’ would’ve sounded like.”

Sound wave with 'Where did you get that idea?' in

by Sam Underwood

In his guise as Glatze, Sam has both an EP out and upcoming gigs, upcoming.

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Sumer Is Icumen In — Dirty Bristow Issue One Launch Party

You know how we said that Dirty Bristow would have no ads, and no rules? The way we can do that is that each issue comes with it’s own special events to launch and offset the costs. The first, the biggest, and the only way to get your hands on Issue One on day one is to come to our Summer Fête.

The Small Hamlet Of Dirty Bristow In Borsetshire Invites You To Its Summer Fête

The mayor and vicar of the small fictional hamlet of Dirty Bristow have collected a huge variety of traditional musics, comedy, stalls and games — and have arranged for them to happen:

  • on Saturday 28th August
  • at The Edge in Digbeth
  • for the tiny tiny fee of £5 — which includes a copy of Dirty Bristow issue one (magazine usually £3.50)

the grand opening is at 6pm and the fun is expected to last all night.

So far confirmed is live music from 8-Bit Ninjas and Glatze and comedy from Tom Lennon and Harry Vale. There’ll be Punch & Judy,Splat The Rat, a Tug O’ War — artists versus writers , a Teddy Bear Bungee, Guess The Weight Of The Cake all the stuff you would expect at a traditional British summer fête.

And there’ll be a beer tent.

Tickets are available now — go buy yours, or find more details.

Watch this space for more announcements including how to enter the Vegetable Competition.


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