Imagining October

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This article is about soundtrack; for 2022 release see: Imagining October (EP)
Imagining October
Track by Genesis P-Orridge
and Dave Ball
Year 1984
Recorded DJM Recording
Composed Genesis P-Orridge
David Ball
Produced Genesis P-Orridge
David Ball
Genre ambient, drone, soundtrack
From Imagining October
Imagining October” is a soundtrack in four parts composed and recorded by Genesis P-Orridge and Dave Ball for 1984 short film Imagining October by English filmmaker Derek Jarman.

Origin[edit | edit source]

Imagining October is a short film by Derek Jarman which consists of Super 8 footages he took in Moscow, Russia and Baku, Azerbaijan, as he was one of the British filmmakers invited to USSR in 1984, and later added staged scenes with English actors playing Soviet soldiers. The film provides parallels between USSR and Thatcherite Britain which at the time was hostile to the gay community and was going down on workers in the light of miners' strikes. Jarman, who was friend with Genesis P-Orridge and already collaborated with them in both Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, asked them to create the soundtrack. Dave Ball, who previously worked with P-Orridge on another film soundtrack, Decoder, by that time became their notable collaborator.[1][2]

Record and release[edit | edit source]

The soundtrack, in four parts, was recorded within several hours in DJM Recording studio, London. It was a product of P-Orridge and Ball live improvisation with Jarman reading out notes and talking to them in the process.[1] The outcome is droning ambient tracks with warm sound, some of which utilize samples such as Psychic TV's “Eden 1” (ringing phones), orchestral performance of William Blake's “The Sick Rose” by Benjamin Britten and Robert Tear and unknown song, supposedly performed by Russian militarily choir.[2] The last, fourth part of the soundtrack features colder, string-like synths.

For years “Imagining October” existed only on studio made tapes.[3] In 2022 it received proper official release by Cold Spring Records, as mini-album on etched 12" vinyl, with liner notes by James Mackay, Jarman's producer, collaborator and archivist, and as digital download from their Bandcamp.[4][5][6]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Written-By (music), production, recording – Genesis P-Orridge, David Ball
  • Mastering – Martin Bowes

Listen[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • After the soundtrack was done Jarman filmed scenes with soldiers in AIR Studios, which Ball and P-Orridge visited, and incorporated the sound of paintbrush on canvas from portrait painting sequence into their music.[1]
  • Due to lack of budget on Jarman's side, Ball and P-Orridge received his black and gold diamante paintings as payment for their work on soundtrack.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Decoder – soundtrack album of 1984 West German film with tracks by Dave Ball and Genesis P-Orridge

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