Exploded Drawing - a podcast about albums from the Nineties, created and presented by Gordon Moakes.
"'Exploded Drawing' is a podcast series in which I invite musicians and other artists to talk in depth about a particular record from the 1990s that has a special resonance or meaning for them. How did you discover this record? What is it about? How does it fit into history, and how does it fit into you? These are just some of the things I want to explore - the record is really just a window on the person in question, a way to get an insight into who they are.
So, why the 1990s? When I was first putting together the idea for this series, I felt like the Nineties had started to appear as a reference point in the conversation of now, a sort of cultural forerunner for our times; but nobody was really asking the question, why? For my generation - the first generation to put our music on the internet, to submit to the mass-media tools of consumption through electronic devices and social media - there is a background, and our tastes and ideas were in many ways forged in the space of time that was before the internet: we read about records in music papers, we went to record shops in our towns, we listened to the stations we could find on our radios. It was a time when you had to guess, leap into the dark, to trust that the community we would in fact discover by going to shows and forming bands was out there, somewhere behind the mystique, in-between the words, and not just streamable, samplable, bloggable and dismissible. Music meant participation, and in order to participate you had to seek, crate-dig, witness in person. It could not be done by mouse-click alone.
That's the starting point, but the podcast is not meant to be a nostalgic exercise, some Luddite dream of the way things were. I have stories to share about how I arrived at music, but I am not only interested in those stories, nor am I only interested in the stories from that time. The music of the 90s continues to throw a shadow on how we look at and discover music to this very day. The time period is a lens, but the subject is music itself, and all the ways we hear and think about it. And these are the things I want to explore in 'Exploded Drawing'." - Gordon Moakes.