Notes on short stories, theatre and radio plays, online fiction projects, music CDs, etc. Includes extracts.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary release of Vurt, Jeff called out for twitter based micro-fiction. The winner would receive a signed hardback and the results are here; the winning entry along with the favourite 20 tweets.
@echovirus12 is a collaborative twitter fiction project created and run by a small group of writers. It takes the form of a series of interconnected tweets, each of which echoes in some way the one before it.
Microspores are tiny 140 character stories first developed on www.twitter.com/jeffnoon. I have chosen fifty such spores, reworked them a little, and brought them to this more permanent space. If you feel inspired by any of the pieces, please feel free to add your own illustrations, music or videos. Send material to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing, listing your name and the number of the microspore in question.
Jeff Noon was commissioned to write for the publication accompanying the show – you can read his story Artwork 2058: Probability Cloud or download the audio version read by the author (MP3 format, 16MB).
A radio play broadcast on Radio 3 in 2005. Dead Code was set in the haunted post-digital world later to be explored in the Sparkletown twitter stories. Original music written and played by Vini Reilly of the Durutti Column.
217 Babel Street. A collaborative online fiction project by four authors: Susanna Jones, Alison MacLeod, Jeff Noon and William Shaw. 217 Babel was a constantly updated collection of interconnected short stories set in a fictional apartment block, exploring the lives of the people who lived in the various flats. Each author could contribute to any story when and how they liked.
Mappalujo: Lujo is a world a short distance from your own, and a few days adrift. It is a land filled with restless ghosts, and haunted stories. Travellers are invited to pass through the gateway. Here they will encounter the various domains and cultures of this realm; its rituals, maps, technicians, modified organisms, and media archetypes. These singular entities reveal themselves through a collection of narratives, songs, programmes, reports, poems and other documents, all taken from the spell book of Mama Lujo, the operational deity of the world.
A theatre play produced at the Sheffield Crucible in 2003. The work explores the early days of the Mod movement, and its effect on four young men. Programme note: “In the late 1950s a group of teenagers created a new lifestyle for themselves. They were young, happening, and totally in thrall to their own code of ethics. Dressed in smart outfits and speaking hip language, they would parade themselves through the streets of Soho, chasing the thrills. Their lives were a non-stop ride fuelled by fast music, amphetamines, and the precise arrangement of buttons, pockets and lapels on a box-cut Italian jacket. These teenage dandies were the pure distillation of Cool. However, by the early Sixties, their mysterious way of life had become just another fashion to be purchased in Carnaby Street. The rest of the world knew them as the Mods. But they themselves preferred the original title: the Modernists.”
“A cross between A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and BLADERUNNER. Rough, raunchy, dynamic and dirty. A gruelling emotional and physical rollercoaster trip. Heart stopping cicus, savage dance and mutant music give you a glimpse of the dangerous road ahead… Where vurt feathers take you on a speedy ride through a strangers skull.”
A tiny little text I wrote for a web project back when I hardly knew what the internet was, probably mid 1990s. I can hardly remember the circumstances, but it reveals another linkage of Alice and Vurt.
Needle in the Groove CD was published simultaneously with the needle in the groove novel – this is not just another talking book but an experiment in words AND music and a remix of the concepts in the novel.
A story written for Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by The Smiths. An anthology of stories by 25 writers, each taking a different Smiths song as a starting point.
|Remixing the Future (Dubchester Kiss)||City Life, July 27 1994|
|Ultra Kid and Catgirl||GQ, March 1995|
|Artificially Induced Dub Syndrome||Techno Pagan (Pulp Faction), 1995|
|The Call of the Weird||The Big Issue, Dec 19 1995|
|Tweedles||The Guardian, Dec 27 1996|
|The Shoppers||Waterstone’s Diary, 1997|
|Before it Disappears||Raise, May 1997|
|DJNA||Disco Biscuits (Sceptre), 1997|
|Blurbs||Random Factor (Pulp Faction), 1997|
|Solace||The Big Issue, Aug 4 1997|
|Latitude 52||Intoxication (Serpent’s Tail), 1998|
|Homo Karaoke||City Life, Sept 8 1998|
|Oblivion Girls||New Writing 8 (The British Council, Vintage), 1999|
|Blackley, Crumpsall, Harpurhey, Saturn||The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories (Penguin), 1999|
-The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1986
-Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, 1987
-Leicester Polytechnic, 1988
-(Script published by Oberon Books, 1986)
Vurt: Theatre Remix
-Schauspielhaus, Leipzig, 1999
-The Contact Theatre, Manchester, 2000
-The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, June 2003
Dead Code: Ghosts of the Digital Age
-The Wire, Radio Three, October 6, 2005.
-Alphabox; Radio Four, Dec 14 1999; dramatised by Mike Walker
-Somewhere the Shadow, The Contact Theatre, May 2001; script devised by the actors and director