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A Journey Round My Skull (New York Review Books Classics)

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What a great review. I look forward to reading this book, A Journey Round My Skull. We forget how vulnerable we truly are and books like this make me think about the world we live in, what people have had to go through, and how anything can happen to anyone at anytime. Thanks for sharing!

A Journey Round My Skull is a beautiful and beguiling love story that really gets inside your head.

Told by a neurosurgeon who casts the audience as her silent patient, this show gently and playfully transports you to the streets of Continental Europe, to a scrap over profiteroles, into neurosurgery and onto the tracks of a ghost train.

Featuring headphone technology and extraordinary sound design, A Journey Round My Skull operates on the ears as well as the heart to dissect our most intimate relationships.

Inspired by the auditory hallucinations experienced by Hungarian satirist Frigyes Karinthy as described in his extraordinary 1938 medical memoir.

A Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission. This tour is presented by house.

A Journey Round My Skull (New York Review Books Classics)

Artist Miles Davis
Title Agharta
Label CBS/Sony Inc Japan
Year 1975
Designer Artwork: Tadanori Yokoo, photographers: Tadayuki Naitoh, Shigeo Anzai
Music Acid funk and then some
Notes One of my absolute favourites in terms of music and design.

Agharta was Miles’ penultimate release before retirement from performance and public view for more than five years. Agharta and its sister Pangaea are concert performances recorded on the same day, afternoon and evening. Davis had assimilated the radical, jump-cut editing his long-time producer Teo Macero had wrought in the studio and imposed structural change in the moment on his band with coded musical signals and hand gestures. Each performance begins with incredible vigour (attributable in no small part to Pete Cosey’s scorched earth guitar), navigates switch-back turns of extemporised funk and acid melody before ultimately descending into silence via passages of Sun Ra-like hand percussion. Both double albums are fantastic voyages into the unknown, sounding as alien and bewitching today as the day they were recorded.

Tadanori Yokoo’s artwork perfectly encapsulates Miles’ music: technicolour trips through sub-aquatic cities peopled by divers, spaceships, coral and beautiful women on the outside cover while inside angels are picked off by huge birds. I particularly love the artist/title text as spaceship taking off against the red dawn. Would the cover be as great without the amazing music? Of course, not, but nor would the music without this cover… The American version of the cover is also interesting, but more mundane than this fantastical creature.

Tadanori Yokoo’s work is fantastic and well worth checking out:

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A Journey Round My Skull – New York Review Books

With poetic storytelling and an extraordinary sound design, A Journey Round My Skull has the audience wearing individual headphones, in order to be fully immersed in the atmosphere and story – operating on the ears as well as the heart to dissect our most intimate relationships.

Psychologically engaging, with a thrilling twist.
A Journey Round My Skull is a beguiling and beautiful love story put under the surgeon’s knife. Told by a neurosurgeon who casts the audience as her silent patient, this multi-sensory show gently and playfully transports you to the streets of continental Europe, to a scrap over profiteroles, into neurosurgery and onto the tracks of a ghost train.