Hull Literature Festival 2004 
 the humber mouth  19th June - 4th July 2004

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Festival Critic

Sunday, 4th July
Illegal Media: Mute/Record and A Bastard's Tale

Friday 2nd July
Zoo & Logical Times

Friday 2nd July
Increpacion Danza: Tablao

Thursday 1st July
Ruth Padel: The Soho Leopard

Tuesday 29th June
Hijinx Theatre: Into My Own

Monday 28th June
Soulskin presented by Red Ladder
Review by Toni

Sunday 27th June
Richard Vergette: An Englishman's Home

Sunday 27th June
Tim Hunkin: Illegal Engineering

Saturday 26th June
Straw Dogs: John Gray's Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
Review by Toni

Saturday 26th June
Brian Patten: Gargling With Jelly

Friday 25th June
The Audience: The Worst Seat in the House

Wednesday 23rd June
Simon Crump: My Elvis Blackout

Monday 21st June
Geoff Dyer: Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It



Zoo & Logical Times

Corona Smith kindly dropped a copy of issue 2 of the Zoo & Logical Times in at my place of work. The audio magazine arrived under plain wrapper, prompting much excitement in the office. The excitement turned to frenzy when I emptied the contents. 2 CDs! A natty little booklet! A shot-down half-sized copy of issue 1 to put this Humber Mouth Special Commission in context.

I quickly realised that Corona had a crazy streak. "Some of the print is very small and eye recommend the use of a good I glass," she adveyesed for issue 1 reading.

So, issue 2. A total of 55 tracks, a mish-mash of mashed-up spoken word, songs and didgeridooness. Corona invited people to submit field recordings, spoken word and experiments in sound and every contributor has embraced that broad brief.

I'll have to confess that, although I've listened to both CDs a couple of times (thus annoying the people I work alongside, as it was all tumbling out of my PC) I'm still a long way from taking everything in.

First impressions, though, are that there are some gems among the hideous noise and cut 'n' shunted 'n' bastardised Robert Kilroy Silk.

Coming out as an early favourite is Walter Ogleby and Andy Richardson's The Eugene Perm, an anecdotal interview about life in a hair salon so dull that it's fascinating.

There's also a stretched out intestine style mass of recordings of psychics at work by Baker Street (or at Baker Street, I'm not sure) - crazy ramblings on Princess Diana and a hamster called George and one psychic trying to convince a client that they hear voices. "No, I don't," comes the answer.

Of the two discs (one called Day, the other Night) Night is the more accessible. But I suspect that's not really the point. Much of it is good, some of it is annoying (my partner threatened to hurl the CD player against the wall after one track too many) and a lot of it - particularly that by Slippedisco - is just plain bonkers. Love it.

Dave Windass
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