Friday, 30 September 2016

That Happy Breed


What happens if, after Britain leaves the EU, the rest of the planet destroys itself through some kind of ethical-nuclear misunderstanding? What happens to an independent England in total isolation?

"That Happy Breed" is a science-fiction vision of 'an island in the moon', adrift on shared history and past glories, visions of empire and sightings of rabbits on the copse.

A family home and the Houses of Parliament provide the setting for a Menippean satire on patriotism and propaganda. A community play in words, song, and electronic music, "That Happy Breed" is a caustic cavalcade comedy, with appearances from St George, Queen Elizabeth II, Boris Johnson, Morris Dancers, and the IRA. 

So keep your temper, 
dissidence is not a word a British true 
should ever be resorting to,
you are looked after,
pampered, preened,
your life in England is a dream.....

DW Robertson is resident at Worm, Rotterdam, this week, with compadre and collaborator Andrew Dickinson, creating sets and costumes for "That Happy Breed".

Set designs for "That Happy Breed" in-progress.....

Follow Dominic's adventures on the Worm Residency blog.

DISCO CAROUSEL! New LP out on Discrepant

The marvellous label Discrepant recently released a 12" LP from DW Robertson, called DISCO CAROUSEL.

''Everybody knows that mechanical music is the highest form of entertainment, that's why the fairground, that age old uber-entertainment, rang with the chaotic splendour of Barrel Organs, Orchestrions, Bellenoens and Serinettes.
In the 20th century, as the delicate mechanisms of automata fell out of favour to the machismo of electricity, all the music-boxes left the funfair, to be usurped by Euro-Techno.
"Disco Carousel" is an attempt to redress this balance with a little bit of time travel, a little bit of tlc, and atomic fusion between the discreet windings of the Pianola and the whirring innards of the computing-machine.
Each piece is "Programme Music", and comes with a title that should take you straight to the electro-mechanical fairground you've always dreamed of. You can ride the big dipper, the ghost train, ace the shooting gallery, win a prize. In the safe knowledge that, all around your head, in multiple permutations, the highest form of entertainment is taking place.''
DW Robertson, 2016


  1. A1 Big Dip on the Big Dipper
  2. A2 The Shooting Gallery
  3. A3 Prizewinner
  4. B1 Brief Sojourn on the Ghost Train
  5. B2 Disco Carousel
Pressing Information

Artwork collage by Portuguese artist Ruca Bourbon
500 units pressed at Optimal, Germany

DW Robertson interviewed on Music Manumit

The Creative Commons podcast Music Manumit recently interviewed DW Robertson all about the past, present, future, and so on. Listen here.

Live in De Perifeer, Deventer

DW Robertson will be performing new radio-opera material at De Perifeer, the atelier of Harco Rutgers, in Deventer, the Netherlands, on 01/10/16. From 2.30pm.