Label: Wayside and Woodland Recordings Notify Me ( ? )
Finally, the debut from Charles Vaughan is with us. Ever since the mysterious arrival of the ‚~@~XApril15th' EP back in 2007, this album has been rumoured, along with a host of other slowly gestating projects which will all, hopefully, see the light of day on Wayside & Woodland Records sometime in the future.
So, who is Charles Vaughan? Some may know him as the figure from the popular '70s science fiction show ‚~@~XSurvivors', a character who dedicates himself to documenting, cataloguing and indexing what's left of civilisation after a plague has wiped out 99% of the population. This was surely the inspiration on the musician behind the crumbling, mildewed sound-scapes to be found on Documenting The Decay.
The music here, as mentioned above, is a collection of tape distressed instrumentals, mainly played on ancient synths, piano, old broken vinyl and the odd detuned zither. A copy recently found it's way to the influential writer Simon Reynolds who wrote about it in a article on how ‚~@~XHauntology' (a term he himself coined) is far from dead, indeed, it is very much still ‚~@~Xundead'. It's safe to say that the music contained on the album could fit into that category, with it's evocations of a future that never was, redundant technology left to rot and fading memories of post-war optimism.
Musical reference points could include the work of William Basinski, Aphex Twin's ambience, Eno and The Caretaker. But Charles Vaughan has very much carved out a peculiarly isolated area of his own, a strange, mouldy, spore marked environment in which he continues to produce these documents‚~@¶