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    OK, it’s been a while, and I should have mentioned it earlier, but I produced F.L.A.R.E.S by Boreal Wood a while back and it has since been released on Toolong Records with more info here.

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    Oh and at the same time I should mention that I co-wrote, played guitar and produced a song Scarecrow on the latest album Opium by Jay-Jay Johanson.

  • Universal Road

    I’m happy to announce the release of  the Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener album, Universal Road on March 23rd 2015 on Soleil Après Minuit.

    The album is now available

    Anyone buying directly from robinguthrie.com will be in for a little treat, with a free limited edition CD of the 2012 track  the places we go, which will only be available if you order directly from us…

    The tracklist is …

    1. universal road
    2. dice
    3. amnesia
    4. old friend
    5. yesterday’s news
    6. cry for survival
    7. sometime
    8. triumphant
    9. reason

  • white bird

    White Bird In A Blizzard – Original Music by Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd.
    CD available now here NOW …
    The soundtrack album to Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard has just been released in the US on Lakeshore Records.
    You can get it directly from us which is way cooler.

  • OK, I get it, I’ve been a bit of a slacker with my website, however I just did a quick and dirty calculation which puts me at about 72 things recorded over the last 12 months which, well, kinda excuses me, somewhat. What with all my girls, real life, windows fucking 8 and bills to pay, dogs, ebay excesses and an uncontrollable beard situation, I would consider myself forgiven for momentarily forgetting about the interweb. All things considered, and with my well known, but perhaps slightly over documented, problems with the local telecoms people (FYI in my book it’s not offensive to suggest demolishing a church if it it between my so called 4G telephone and it’s corresponding so called 4G  cellphone tower….) communication has been more of an exciting privilege than a taken for granted right. My internet connectivity, in my humble domain, exists solely on a Tuesday, beneath the chestnut tree or on Friday mornings (sauf les jours feries), standing on one leg by the front gate, while pointing my phone towards La Poste wile humming La Marseillaise, and make no mistake, you have to hum with conviction. This is my way of telling those of you who I know and love, use the land line (it works, I personally oversaw the two baked-bean cans being strung together by a France Telecom engineer), oh, and send postcards.
    So, here I am, profiting from a slight lull in work (I’ve been thinking it was Friday all day but I was cheerily informed by my youngest that it was in fact Thursday, which, well initially fucked me off,  as I figured I had to endure one more weekday, but then gave me a sense of triumph as I realised that I just won a day to catch up with undone things in my so-called life, like catching up with the internet and the world outside, the world, past the mailbox just beyond the range of my slippers.
    However, sadly it’s really Friday tomorrow, so back to work… 
    Mais quand même… I compiled a little list, of what I’ve been getting up to. The album Another Flower with Harold Budd , the Flares EP for Boreal Wood, my song-writing with adorable genius of Jay-Jay Johanson, the album Universal Road with Mark Gardener, which should have been out already but for my inability to get it together combined with his recent foray into fatherhood, a life event, btw, which puts silly fucking records into perspective.
    The White Bird in a Blizzard, original soundtrack album has kept me busy as have doing lots of artwork and mastering for the re-released CD digipak editions of After The Night Falls and Before The Day Breaks albums with Harold Budd, as well as a gate-fold sleeve, double vinyl album version of the two aforementioned albums. Likewise vinyl editions of my Fortune album, as well as the Bordeaux album with Harold Budd have become available at Darla Records.
    A very cold and windy January found me producing the next, as yet untitled, Heligoland EP, the next in a series of their location recordings, recorded in a lighthouse in Normandy which we soon followed by Dave & Sandra’s summer wedding, but, and you know what I am about to say, that life events like this put silly fucking records into perspective.
    This week I started on a score for Surface Waves by Seattle cinematographer Reed O’Beirne. Oh, my goodness, I am excited about that.
    I went, with my girls, to see White Bird in A Blizzard at the Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville, with the director Gregg Araki, and the public première of White Bird at the MK2 Bibliothèque in Paris. I got to wear my suit for all three occasions and looked rather dapper.
    Most people took picture of my girls.
    Apart from that all seems well.
    During this week, my friend Anton has been trying to take a nice picture of me but now he has left, it’s Friday again for the second time this week.

concluding the communication calamity

Posted on Sunday, May 20th, 2007

OK, this is true.
As unexpectedly as it was cut off my phone was reconnected the other day. Not too bad, I have to say France Telecom is improving, that was only twelve days without phone or internet this time. felicitations les gars.
So it really shouldn’t have surprised me when I received the following call from a France Telecom engineer.

FT : yes hello, I understand that your phone is not working and I would like to book an appointment to come to repair it.

me : The phone is working. You are calling me on it.

FT : No, your line is out of service

me : No, the phone is working. You are calling me on it.

FT : Ah bon? …… OK, I can come tomorrow.

He didn’t come which is a shame as I wanted to find out which medication he is on. So I’ve worked out that the company policy must be to call the people whose phone doesn’t work which probably explains why …. no it explains nothing. France Telecom are just another one of the mysteries of life that I feel I will never fully be able to understand. They are up there with thoughts like Is there another word for synonym?, Why is the word abbreviation so long?, Why does the word “lisp”have an S in it? and my old favourite Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

Now here’s something interesting. Did you know that you get the best wireless reception at MacDonalds at the top of the kiddies climbing frame. No, the policeman didn’t know that either.

So, I’m back.

14 Responses to “concluding the communication calamity”

  1. wolf

    What does an occasional table do the rest of the time?

    Love your work – here’s mine – http://wolfmuzik.com/cd.html

    I’m launching a new music licensing company – HumDaddy – 50/50 split with artist – you own the music – we just rename your cleared tunes and you let us exploit them under the unique title.

    So if you have any cleared content which needs a second life…

  2. Vanderlei

    Keep posting your stories about European stupidity, France sounds a lot similar to Portugal. We Brazilians (who unfortunately were colonized by the latter) love to crack jokes about how they understand the language we share, sounds a lot like France and your unfortunate events with France Telecom.

  3. Alan

    Thanks for the chuckle Victor – your latest posting just pushed me to go and buy Mysterious Skin and Imperial from HMV (hope to hell you get some money out of it). Keep the comedy coming.

  4. clive Booth

    a million housewives everyday, pick up a tin of beans and say…. beanz meanz heinz

  5. Bernie Thomas

    I hope they do not shut your air conditioning and heat and electricity off just because of your responsible ability in which to get the bills paid on time and in full before they are even due to be paid

  6. Bernie Thomas

    Oh yeah by the way – I bought your latest release from Amazon.com for the musical work you did with Harold Budd. I am pretty excited about getting it and look forward to it

  7. Archrival

    “I’ll write about something relevant next time, I promise.”
    France Telecom seems to be a pain in the ass and all but dont waste your time on those suckers…..hate France Telecom, love your music,..more info about your projects please :D

    the Violet Indiana album Roulette is very very underrated, been listening to that album constantly lately and its growing a lot, I think it deserves some more praise!

    and WOW!!!! I just heard those two versions you made of ulrich schnauss tracks Gone Forever and On My Own!!! How good are those :O Earth need a collabo between you guys! You make 5 sketches then ulrich make 5 and then you add on stuff on each of his tracks and then switch and so on, then you got a full album, how sweet would that be!!! :D bless us, hook up with ulrich.

  8. Alexander Pieri


    Dear Robin,
    I’ve just got this morning the 2cds of your and Budd!! My sincere compliments! I got what I wished to have! You and Harold made a perfect simbiotic mix for the music and you both made an excellent concept of these 2 albums. The post-Mysterious Skin is a celestial poetry for the listener.

    Im realy happy now :) I hope you and Harold will continue to work together (beside that I know you both are busy in different projects).

    I hope you will colaborate with David Sylvian (www.davidsylvian.com) maybe his voice and your guitar sound shall work.

    best wishes for your work!

    Alexander Pieri. Croatia. /
    Web Designer


    gsm: 00385-91-520-1192 ( Croatia )

    skype: alexander_1971

  9. Dan Mudford

    Yeah, and why does ‘sanction’ mean two completely opposite things? Was that the day Dr. Johnson said “I can’t be arsed”?

    Thanks for 2 great new albums.

  10. Brittany Claire

    About *#@! time! Now answer your bleeping email!

  11. therno

    Dear and stimated Mr. Robin:

    We´re still anxiously waiting for you in Chile. I´ll travel 2.014 kms to see you on the three shows that you´ll give.
    By the way, you´re invitated to a friend´s house where will give you a reception (maybe the reception is for us) where we´re going to eat barbecued salmon and other specillities and some good good wine.
    If you want to go (if you don´t there´ll be no reception and no salmon and no wine, but i´ll drink jack daniels anyway) just contact Raul Marquez, the guy that interviewed you.
    Making a dream come true, bye

  12. Manuel

    Really surrealistic!!
    it’s a pleasure to read your words

  13. mike

    2.014 km??? that’s less than a 2 miles!!

    some dedication …. oh, hang on – you mean 2,014km?? well that’s being quite exact I guess.

    whichever it is I hope you all enjoy Robin’s shows, that Robin enjoys playing them, and that French Telecom don’t steal his internet connection while he is away in foreign climes ….

    all the best!

  14. Dennis

    Hey, thanks for making me feel happy even when I’m in my worst mood!!! Your every word or sound are of such an major importance to me…thank you by heart!

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