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July 31, 2019

Phantom Circuit is a radio show of strange and wonderful sound waves, bringing you music that is alien, electronic, exotic, essential.

The current plan is for this WordPress site to be updated only on rare occasions. To listen, see playlists and find out more, please see the main site,


New blog at

July 31, 2019

The main site for Phantom Circuit now has its own integrated blog, complete with an RSS feed.

The current plan is that this WordPress site will only be updated rarely. So, to keep up to date, please visit the blog at and follow its own RSS feed.

Phantom Circuit #263 – Highways

July 25, 2019

Cool down a little with music by Blick|Trio, elAstrum, Black Robert, Leaving Richmond, Gwasg Gelert, Wintereason, EE7A, Jeremy Stokes, John Pfeiffer, Nux Vomica, The Unknown Sound Collective and Pat Prilly.

The show was first broadcast by Resonance Extra. It can now be heard on Mixcloud.

The full details are on

Toxic Chicken – Uncomfortable Music

July 22, 2019

The brand new ūüź£ albumen by Toxic Chicken, Uncomfortable Music contains over an hour of music, including the entire session recorded for Phantom Circuit (edition #255).

Uncomfortable Music is a ‚Äúname your price‚ÄĚ release available now from Bandcamp.

Reactivating the Blog‚Ķ and RSS

July 19, 2019

Last month, was rebuilt as a static Web site (no php is now used, it is just HTML, CSS, images and a little Javascript). This followed repeated infection of the database used by the previous “dynamic” version of site by stupidly unconvincing spam popups. It became clear from searching forums that other sites with factors in common suffered similarly, and that again security plugins had been of no use.

Without full knowledge, it would be unproductive to share speculation about where the source of these insecurites underlying the sites lay. So, moving on from that: the new static version of the site is secure, easy to restore in the case of any server problems and much faster.

Rebuilding the site has already taken a lot of time, and there is still a long way to go to reinstall all content. The essentials are all in place now however, and today the site regains a blog through the simple step of reactivating the old blog that had remained unused for many years at and simply linking to that from the main site, This is not the most fancy solution, but it is solid and it works.

Blog entries created at automatically provide an RSS feed, so the feed link at now does something useful once again! So… please follow Phantom Circuit by RSS!

As always, if you would like an email whenever a new edition of the show appears on Mixcloud, please follow “phantomcircuit” on Mixcloud.

Splatter Vinyl

January 30, 2011

Here from the Phantom Circuit record vault are two examples of what seems to be called “splatter vinyl” records: a psychedelic mix of hues in the vinyl adds more than a splash of colour to these 78 rpm children’s records made in 1962.


These two examples are labelled as being on the “Happy Time Records” label, an imprint of Pickwick International. They came with a toy gramophone, which gouged the records with a vicious-looking needle attached to a simple speaker.

Google image search shows many other examples of splatter vinyl, mostly aimed at the older record buyer.

Brian Rust RIP

January 30, 2011

News has belatedly reached Phantom Circuit of the passing away of Brian Rust, at the age of 88, on 5th January. He was a revered discographer of jazz and popular music and the presenter of the wonderfully crackly vintage music programme Mardi Gras on Capital Radio in the ’70s and ’80s.

Via YouTube, here’s the music he used as the theme to Mardi Gras.

Nash the Slash on Phantom Circuit

November 30, 2008


The next Phantom Circuit will be given over to an interview with Nash the Slash and an exclusive recording of his performance at the Barfly last Saturday.

Nash the Slash has been an international man of mystery and genre-defying multi-instrumentalist since the ’70s and if you failed to see him live (or even if you succeeded!) you will want to catch him on Phantom Circuit.

[This post has been updated to remove outdated scheduling information].

Reflections in a Pool

November 23, 2008

Flyers and reflections in the “Rooty Pool” at the Custard Factory.

(The pool was cleaned out just after these shots were taken).


Phantom Circuit Activated!

October 1, 2008

Phantom Circuit #1, 2nd October 2008

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Use the player above to listen to the show or listen at

Artist Track Source
Moon Wiring Club Ghost Radio An Audience of Art Deco Eyes
Moon Wiring Club You Have No Gifts An Audience of Art Deco Eyes
Hematic Sunsets Montevideo Music from the Aroma Club
Asmus Tietchens Biotop Biotop
Comsat Angels Anjelica The Glamour
Comsat Angels I Hear a New World From Beyond 2
Rod Freeman and the Blue Men I Hear a New World I Hear a New World
Rod Freeman and the Blue Men Valley of the Saroos I Hear a New World
John Baker Banshee Boogie The John Baker Tapes Volume 2
John Baker Electro-Auto The John Baker Tapes Volume 2
John Baker Trial (Closing Theme) The John Baker Tapes Volume 1
John Baker Electro-Twist The John Baker Tapes Volume 2
Khac Chi Ensemble Northwest Folk Song Moonlight in Vietnam
Khac Chi Ensemble Spring is Coming Moonlight in Vietnam
Azam Ali Spring Arrives Elysium for the Brave
DJ DeD MoROZ Vnukyda I Don’t Believe, I Know
Antartica Come On! Exiled on Trashville
Seen Links – Schl√∂sser Rechts Die Nacht Seen Links – Schl√∂sser Rechts (7″)
The Residents Phantom The Residents’ Commercial Album

This post was edited, in order to remove redundant information, on 21st June 2010. It was edited again on 31st July 2010 to embed the Mixcloud player.

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