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Noise Heat Power products spring from the writing, photographs, fact and fiction on the main Noise Heat Power website. They are designed to delight the discerning shopper, and with new products possibly being added at random future moments, you are advised to spend freely and call again soon. (We regret that this shop currently only sells to UK buyers. And no more than two school children are admitted at a time).

'Record and play: music, memory and six imaginary mixtapes'
A book by Damon Fairclough
Paperback, 154 pages
£7 (INCLUDES UK POSTAGE)

'Record and play' book

"You simply have to read this book. I have and now feel god-like!"
- Geoff Taylor, Age of Chance

"Every home should have one."
- Ian Anderson, The Designers Republic

Ever made a mixtape to impress someone you fancied? If you’re of a certain age, the answer’s likely to be yes. Even the fact that it’s now rotting beneath an old mattress in a landfill site probably hasn’t taken the shine off the experience.

But how about a mixtape in memory of a party that might never have happened? Or a cassette to conjure up a childhood illness? Or a selection suffused with the stickiness of a certain kind of summer’s day?

In this book, I resurrect the lost art of fixing significant music in a bed of ferric oxide, and curate six mixtape selections with extensive accompanying sleeve notes. Part music journalism, part memoir (and occasionally part fiction), 'Record and Play' helps you hear beyond the wow and flutter, and listen to the life behind the tape hiss.

Features tracks by The Mighty Wah!, LFO, Lush, MFSB, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Gang of Four, Cabaret Voltaire, Actress, Age of Chance, Alan Hawkshaw, Black Uhuru, Young Marble Giants… and plenty more.

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'From the ether, from the static'
A signed, numbered, limited edition CD
£5 + postage and packing

'From the ether, from the static' CD

'From the ether, from the static' is a collection of ten audio pieces made from spoken words and found sounds by me, Damon Fairclough, a writer based in Liverpool via a long-lost Sheffield of the soul.

Tracks include a sound sketch for the Mersey Ferry, a hymn to the last beer of the weekend, an excavated eavesdrop on myself, and an attempt to keep Thatcher in the grave via relentless pop repetition.

Having no audio expertise whatsoever, all the pieces were recorded on a mobile phone and inexpertly edited using the most basic software you can imagine.

They are 100% ham-fisted and as lo-fi as your life. But at least they sometimes rhyme.

Track list

1. We are hardcore – listening to the music, myth and magic of Sheffield (3’30”)

2. A word from myself – the promise of an excavated eavesdrop (5’09”)

3. Repeat to fade – a sound sketch for Liverpool and the Mersey ferry (8’04”)

4. Heavy rotation – in which I use the power of pop music to send Margaret Thatcher spinning to her grave (4’29”)

5. The sweetest nothing – a night whisper for my son (2’28”)

6. It begins with a jerk, it ends with a sigh – the last beer of the weekend (3’07”)

7. Surplus to requirements – the curious case of Sefton Park Meadows (3’40”)

8. To the floor – a rhyme for a kick drum at 120 BPM (1’51”)

9. The voice in D32 – a self-portrait captured at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (3’17”)

10. Casting key strokes – a writer attempts to make some noise (20’18”)

Total running time - 56 minutes approx.

Please note - as mentioned above, these recordings are NOT highly polished, studio quality pieces. They were made quickly, using rudimentary equipment, and therein lies much of their charm (in my opinion). Just so you know.

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'No idlers, no rioters'
A signed, numbered, limited edition audio cassette
£2.50 + postage and packing

'No idlers, no rioters' tape

'No idlers, no rioters' is a spoken word piece made in June 2012 by me, Damon Fairclough, a writer based in Liverpool via a long-lost Sheffield of the soul.

It was created at the Curfew Tower in Cushendall, County Antrim – a 200-year-old stone home and prison in which I was resident for a week at the invitation of Static Gallery, Liverpool.

My mission was to make an audio artwork on cassette using a four-track tape machine – the only requirement being that it should be inspired by the experience of being in Cushendall or the tower itself. In August 2013 I performed the piece in the garden of the Curfew Tower with musical backing from two members of Clinic; the cassette, however, is all my own work. So come in if you dare...

Total running time - 11 minutes 42 seconds

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'Noise heat power' badge set
£2.50 + postage and packing

'Noise heat power' badge set

Three high quality pin badges, 25mm (approx. 1") in diameter, presented on an exclusive Noise Heat Power backing card and sealed in a clear gift bag.

'Noise heat power' badge set

If anyone asks, these badges pay tribute to the music, the energy, the banging and the clanging of Sheffield; uncelebrated, unloved, 'umble Sheffield. They are of sturdy all-metal construction and can therefore be worn with confidence in locations of all kinds including coffee bars, fashion boutiques and job centres.

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'Concrete, drizzle, bus stops' badge set
£2.50 + postage and packing

'Concrete, drizzle, bus stops' badge set

Three high quality pin badges, 25mm (approx. 1") in diameter, presented on an exclusive Noise Heat Power backing card and sealed in a clear gift bag.

'Concrete, drizzle, bus stops' badge set

This set pays tribute the brutalist holy trinity - the concrete, drizzle and bus stops that informed the post-war British urban experience and became the envy of the world. The badges are of sturdy all-metal construction and are particularly suited to being worn late at night while waiting in the rain for a bus that never comes.

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'Raw electronic pop' badge set
£2.50 + postage and packing

'Raw electronic pop' badge set

Three high quality pin badges, 25mm (approx. 1") in diameter, presented on an exclusive Noise Heat Power backing card and sealed in a clear gift bag.

'Raw electronic pop' badge set

This set honours the rain-streaked ache and ambition that found its ultimate expression in the harsh bips and bleeps of Sheffield pop. The badges are of sturdy all-metal construction just like the ones you used to buy back when the Human League ruled the world.

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'Vulcan, Sheffield' badge set
£1 + postage and packing

'Vulcan' badge

One high quality pin badge, 25mm (approx. 1") in diameter, presented on an exclusive Noise Heat Power backing card and sealed in a clear gift bag.

'Vulcan' badge

Designed by the sculptor Mario Raggi in 1897, Vulcan - the blacksmith of the Roman gods - stands on top of Sheffield Town Hall, a hammer in one hand and a set of arrows in the other. This badge in his honour is of sturdy all-metal construction, though it may not have been forged in the eternal fires of the netherworld. Which I believe are somewhere near Barnsley.

UPDATE: OUT OF STOCK

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