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The Seddon Tapes Volume 1

  • Title: The Seddon Tapes Volume 1
  • Artist: Captain Maurice Seddon
  • Label: Paradigm
  • Format: LP
  • Genres: Avant Garde, Spoken Word, Field Recordings
  • Price: €19,90EU (incl. 19% VAT)€16,72non-EU

LP with 8-page 12x12" insert, numbered edition of 500. Cover photo by William English.

"These recordings were collected by William English from the floor of Captain Seddon’s cottage shortly after he died and just before the building was demolished. Many other tapes were left behind. The only recordings he made were audio letters, diaries and most prolifically, his phone conversations. The 12 pieces on this LP were recorded between 1968 and 2003 and mainly consist of phone calls, incoming and outgoing; to TV and radio stations, friends, relatives, his dentist and sundry others. That anyone would routinely record their phone conversations on a 2-way system of their own devising is odd enough, but the sheer range and sometimes bizarre nature of these calls turns them into a strange ‘objet trouvé’, and offers a glimpse into the life of a man who undoubtedly left a strong impression on everyone he came into contact with.
Captain Seddon - a living anachronism. A unique combination of eccentricity and military discipline. He also bore the confidence endowed by an elite public school education, but due to a change of family fortune he was left with no money, and eventually, no job. Far from being snobbish he faces the world anew and becomes an inventor of heated clothes, with a tremendous willingness to talk to and meet people from all walks of life, cheerfully maintaining and advocating his own exacting standards, occasionally proclaiming a well measured indignation towards the modern age.
Somehow he manages to stay (most of the time), on the right side of pomposity, by exuding a calm, forgiving good nature and natural charm. Speaking English, but lapsing into German, only adds to the eccentricity."