Stone Tape Shuffle: Iain on vinyl

Test Centre have begun taking pre-orders for Iain’s LP Stone Tape Shuffle, available as a vinyl-only edition of 400, 26 of which form a special edition. Copies can be purchased via


Featuring readings from some of Iain’s best poetry and fiction – Lud Heat, Suicide Bridge, White Chappell Scarlet Tracings, and Dowrniver – the album was recorded in situ at locations featured in the books. They have been edited together with field recordings and material from Iain’s archives, including a lost tape concerning Lud Heat and the launch of White Chappell Scarlet Tracings. The sleeve is handsomely illustrated with a┬áselection of new photos, taken on the day of recording across East London and the City, plus photos from Iain’s collection spanning his career. Iain has also provided a new text for the sleeve notes.


Taking its inspiration from Giorno Poetry Systems, the records and recordings of William S. Burroughs, and the French tradition of spoken word, Stone Tape Shuffle marks the first part in a series of LPs from Test Centre, with records to follow from Chris Petit, Stewart Home, Tom McCarthy, and more.


Iain comments: ‘The invitation to time-travel through heavily compromised terrain was very attractive to me. The form of the LP worked as a goad, stimulating a search through boxes of lost recordings and never-sampled cassettes.’

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