Haunted soundtrack for 1960s TV from a parallel world


The Belbury Tales is the latest hauntological manifestation of Ghost Box co-founder Jim Jupp's personal project Belbury Poly. Jupp's freshly nostalgic forays into library music of yore filtered through his own progrock-loving, analog synth filters are enhanced with real drum and bass (and guitar) by, respectively, Jim Musgrave and Christopher Budd. The Belbury Tales is a spectral sound story of "medievalism, the supernatural, [and] ideas about the re-invention of the past, childhood, initiation and pilgrimage (both spiritual and physical)." The above video accompanying the "Summer Round" track from Belbury Tales is an excerpt from multitalented Ghost Box co-founder Julian House's film New Summer Wavelengths. The Belbury Tales is available in the US from Experimedia.


  1. Ghost Box, why do you insist that I buy an awkwardly-shaped analog vinyl dongle to enjoy your music? It’s 2012. It’s The Future. Just torrent it and then politely ask for my money, which you will receive.

  2. I came to comment that it was on Spotify and iTunes. Alas. Too slow again.

    I’m listening to it on Spotify right now, and it’s pretty great. I was hoping that all of the tracks had the In Search Of vibe that Summer Round does, but this is not the case. They all definitely have this nostalgic 60s/70s TV soundtrack inspiration, though. Some are far more bright and less haunting and have more of a PBS edu/tech (or “Look Around You”) vibe.

    Very great stuff all-in-all.

    1. Also… where do they find these “library music of yore” samples? Does anyone know of a collection that would be in the public domain and available on the interwebs? Maybe something good on archive.org?

  3. Weird coincidence wednesday! I just found this last night on Spotify.
    Well played, BoingBoing.
    Also: this “parallel world” also includes Gelg and Boards of Canada and Edgar Wright’s feature length DON’T, right?

  4. Is it too late to say, “Whoa… trippy”?

    The visuals remind me of entoptic form constants after pressing on my eyelids for 5 minutes or so.

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