Music of the Rails • SNCF • Dave Gilmore (Pink Floyd) • 2015

News story, in French, about Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour making a song from the SNCF audio ident…marvellous.

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Music of the Rails (and of the air) • Station and Airport Compilation

Strangely beautiful…and a kind of music.

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Music of the Rails • SNCF Remix • 2016

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Music of the Rails • SNCF • Station Audio Ident • 2000s

This is definitely a kind of music, but I’m looking for this sampled and looped…and turned into something that’s not just a ring-tone.

The starting point for this would be Kraftwerk’s, Trans Europe Express (1976). But there would also also be Micheal Nyman’s, Musique a grande vitesse  (1993),  and Brian Eno’s, Music for Airports (1978), and with Max Richter somewhere too.

And all with a better graphic.

 

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Music of the Rails • Duke Ellington • Take the A Train • 1939

A railroad standard, recorded in 1939 and filmed here, in 1943, on a train…Perfect.

And with wonderful jackets and an easy style. Genius.

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Railway Poster • Austin Cooper • LNER • 1930s

Lovely.

 

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Railway Poster • Austin Cooper • LNER • 1930s

Another one, lovely.

Austin Cooper was a tutor at Byam Shaw…and a great poster designer. He was one of the “big five,” offered exclusive contracts by the LNER in the 1920s.

The five poster designers were

Tom Purvis, Frank Newbould, Fred Taylor, Frank mason and Austin Cooper…

Off to the conservation studio now.

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Railway Poster • Frank Newbould • LNER • 1930s

Just arrived. Lovely.

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Music of the Rails • Johnny Cash

Here is Johnny Cash singing along with some lovely old steam trains…Just to get us rolling.

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The Music of the Rails…

I’ve posted before about railways, locomotives and music…my friend and colleague, Abbie, recommended a spotify playlist of railway machine-noise. It’s a kind of ambient drone, and a sort of music.

There’s something of this in the kling-klang soundtrack of the first section of the Jean Mitry film, Pacific 231…

Image et Son (Mitry Honneger)

I’m going to develop a thread of posts called Music of the Rails over the next academic year. Hopefully this will explore some of the connections between popular music and the railway, especially in relation to the US…that will be Delta Blues, Big Band, Swing Music, Country and Soul etc..

I’m planning a sort of musical railroad trip between New Orleans and Chicago…via Memphis, Nashville and Detroit. That’s the route that emancipate slaves took to make new lives in the north.

Just listening to Johnny Cash right now.

 

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