BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 16th February 2017
Nick Luscombe pays tribute to avant-garde musical genius, Basil Kirchin by showcasing some of his words and selected gems from his catalogue.
Born in 1927, Basil Kirchin was an elusive and enigmatic pioneer of British music. Originally a drummer inspired by jazz and mambo, his extraordinary musical journey included swing, rock'n'roll, film score, and pop songwriting, before he retreated to Hull, where he created experimental sonic landscapes that still challenge convention, until his death in 2005.
Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story, a celebration of the forgotten genius, takes place at Hull City Hall from 17 until 19 February as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations. On tonight's Late Junction Nick digs out some of his most amazing and overlooked music, and plays clips from a previously unheard interview, recorded by Jonny Trunk a few months before Kirchin's passing.
Plus, hear music by fans of Basil, from Broadcast to Brian Eno, who described his hero as "a founding father of ambient".
Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.
Sex Swing - Nighttime Worker [Self-released]
Basil Kirchin - Silicon Chip [Trunk]
Jana Irmert - bagful [Fabrique]
HAU - werte .. (feat. Christoph Berg, Henning Schmiedt & Danny Norbury)
Alsarah & The Nubatones - Ya Watan [Wonderwheel Recordings]
Carlo Mombelli - In Between I'll Eat Dark Chocolate [Instinct Africaine]
Broadcast - Minim [Warp]
Brian Eno - Sample music from Reflection app
The Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band - Stone Age Mambo [Vocalion]
Basil Kirchin - Primitive London 5 [Trunk]
Basil Kirchin - Part 4 Evolution [Island]
Basil Kirchin - Silicon Sessions 1 [Trunk]
Basil Kirchin & Danny Shackleton - Days Work (1) [Music House]
Basil Kirchin - Concept Suite 'Secret Conversations Between Instruments' [Trunk]
Basil Kirchin - Once Upon A Time (Excerpt) [Trunk]
Sean O'Hagan - Basil Pelynne [Hull City Of Culture 2017]
Mica Levi - RidingThrough Drinking Harpo Dine
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Life On Mars [Milan]
Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk - Intervention: Stjerner [Banquet]
La Qualia - 5am (feat. Toby Jones)
Endon - Just Like Everybody [Hydra Head]
René Costy & Janko Nilović - Strange Dream
Alexis Taylor & Beatrice Dillon - Crying In The Chapel [Moshi Moshi]
Pillow Person - On Your Way