Practical
Electronica



FC Judd home studio

The Practical Electronica documentary film runs for 61 minutes and is available to hire for screenings. Made without funding and taking almost 2 years to assemble, it sets out to capture the essence of FC Judd's tape recording world and his position in early British electronic music.
Please contact Ian to organise a screening.

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Expanding on Fred's legacy, the Public Information label assembled a various artists compilation album Interpretations on FC Judd released May 2013. This includes Ian's collage electronic track Solid States. Interpretations Trailer

The Practical Electronica exhibition brought together machines and sounds created by Ian, and used in the making of the documentary. Alongside items of Fred Juddrabilia, including books, magazines and records, were Ian's collages, a modified television, and an interactive stereophonic sound generator the Hellimatic - a remodelled 1960s exercise machine. Phoenix Brighton, Nov. 19th-Dec. 18th, 2011. Watch the Practical Exhibition film here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


For Sight and Sound magazine, the critic Sukhdev Sandu made Practical Electronica one of his top 5 films of 2012.
"In which the most distinguished bedroom boffin-lineage filmmaker in the UK pays homage to kindred spirit F.C. Judd, amateur radio enthusiast, electronic music proselytiser, and a contemporary of fellow radiophonic pioneers such as Daphne Oram and Tristram Cary. Diligently researched and wittily constructed, it offers a fascinating and interconnected circuit diagram of obscured post-war British culture - an especially crucial document for the growing field of tape studies."

To coincide with the documentary, an album release, Electronics Without Tears gathered together all of Fred's surviving experimental recordings, with Ian collaborating closely with record label, Public Information, to bring the album to fruition in 2012.
Visit this dedicated Judd-site to find out more about Fred. fcjudd.co.uk

Practical Electronica has so far screened at:
Farringdon Factory - 20 Farringdon Street, London. 20th May.
Trans Cinema - Pioneers of Electronic Music Vol. III
- Limoges, France, 16th April.
Monomania Festival, Cambridge 8th March, 2014.
York Spring Festival of New Music -
University of York, 11th May, 2013.
Dear Serge - The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 20th April.
Pioneers of Electronic Music
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Hackney Picturehouse, 17th March. www.nonclassical
Hogeschool Gent - School of Arts
- Ghent, Belgium, 10th January, 2013.
Festival OFNI - Cinéma Le Dietrich, Poitiers, France, 16th November, 2012.
KinoKulture - Oswestry, Shropshire, 1st November.
L'Etrange Festival - Paris, 9th September.
Meantime - Cheltenham, 31st August. meantime.org.uk
Monorail Film Club - Glasgow Film Theatre, 26th August. glasgowfilm.org/theatre
Summerhall Festival - Edinburgh, 24th August. summerhall.co.uk
Open City Docs Fest - London, 24th June. opencitydocsfest.com
Star and Shadow, Newcastle, 31st May.
Passos Manuel - Porto, Portugal, 25th May.
Islington Mill, Salford, 2nd May.
What the Eye Sees - documentary strand at The Cube cinema, Bristol, 22nd March.
Scheld'apen! - Antwerp, 9th March.
Audiolab12 - soundEcology - the Language of Place, Sound, Art and Environment, The Kingcombe Centre Dorset, 2nd March.
The Wire Salon at Cafe Oto - London, 9th February, 2012.
The Barbican - first London showing - Barbican Cinema 1, 25th November, 2011. www.barbican.org.uk
Cinecity - Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, the UK premiere, Cinecity film festival. 20th November.
Cork Film Festival - the world premiere at this long established festival. 9th November, 2011. www.corkfilmfest.org

 

FC Judd - field recording
ATR July 1963
Chromasonics

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Practical Electronica is an hour long experimental documentary aiming to uncover the largely overlooked work of Fred Judd, and was made with the full cooperation of his widow Freda. It avoids the hackneyed talking head on video approach, and in fact contains no interviews. The film instead revolves around archive footage and stills, animation and experimental video techniques, and attempts to capture the essence of the period in which Fred was most active with electronic music.

His life included an early and abiding interest in radio and communications, RAF service in WW2, the establishing of his home electronic studio in the 1950s, and continued writing about radio, tape recording and electronics throughout his career.
Fred's contribution to the sci-fi puppet series Space Patrol, which first aired in 1963, is the first on British TV to feature a complete electronic score for each episode. He also developed his own circuitry for the visualisation of electronic sound, using a black and white TV and a high speed colour scanning wheel revolving in front of the screen. This was his Chromasonics system, which had been lost and forgotten about until Ian started his research.

For the documentary soundtrack, Ian has created reel to reel tape loops and used his own self-built tone generators, the Hellitrons, to punctuate and underscore the narration.