Ωne - Bruce Stringer | Received 072215
Australian musician Bruce Stringer is described by Music Street Journal
(where he is a staff member) as:
"... an Australian guitarist who has played internationally and worked on various independent soundtracks and theme-scores.
Bruce recently contacted us regarding his current CD, Ωne
, which features artwork based on photos taken at Wanli
and he even sent us a copy. Along with the CD Bruce also sent us a promotional guitar pick
for the CD and a set of other photos shot at Wanli which can be found here
. Many thanks Bruce.
For anyone who might be interested in obtaining the CD it is available as a digital download at CDBaby
and as a physical CD on E-Bay
High Mileage - T. Heislen | Purchased 092316
The cover of Plano, TX singer/songwriter T. Heislen's
CD High Mileage
features a photo of the Royse City Futuro
(prior to the 2014 exterior paint upgrade). The actual CD itself also features the same image.
Futuro Film Soundtrack - Ektroverde | Purchased 120112
"Futuro - Music From The Film Futuro: A New Stance For Tomorrow" by Ektroverde
is the soundtrack from the 1998 Mika Taanila short film
of the same name. We have to confess that musically it is not really our "cup of tea" but hey - the CD has Futuro on the cover so it is not all bad!
Juno Specter - Juno Specter | Purchased 080212
the self titled third album by the band of the same name features the Royse City
Futuro on the cover. Judging by the photo is looks like it was taken at a time when the Futuro was in better condition that its current dilapidated state. Hopefully one day it will get some well deserved love!
Needle's Eye - The Cybermen | Purchased 110113
CD "Needle's Eye" features the Futuro House on the inside artwork of the CD cover. The video for the title track
also features the Futuro House.
In the video we see the Futuro displayed at the Exposición Internacional del Confort Humano in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969 along with some shots of scale models of Futuros from an event we term "The Sandbox
Travelling Ants Who Got ... | Purchased 031215
Produced in 2004 the somewhat bizarrely named album Travelling Ants Who Got Eaten By Moskus
is by Norwegian band The Low Frequency In Stereo
(founded in 2000 in Haugesund
Their music has been described as "a mixture of the long solo elements in The Doors
set to the raptide of Joy Division's
"Transmission" with the surf guitar twang of Dick Dale
The cover art of the album features images of a Futuro House; it is not clear, to us at least, whether this is just "cool" art for the CD or whether in fact any of the tracks relate in some way to the Futuro.
Outlaws - Ludivine Issambourg | Received 020321
The artwork for Outlaws by French flautist Ludivine Issambourg
features Craig Barnes' UK Futuro
photoshopped into an imaginary location.
Nostalgia Machine - Soft Cell | Purchased 040423
, a CD single by Soft Cell
(most famous of course for their 1981 version of "Tainted Love
") features an image of the Royse City
Futuro on its cover.
We have no idea what relationship if any the Futuro has to the music; it could be simply that they thought it made for a "cool" cover.
All Away - The Summer Suns | Purchased 021118
In 1989 Perth based band The Summer Suns
released the 7" single "All Away
". The back cover of the record featured a photo of the Willeton Futuro
(now disassembled and stored in a back yard in High Wycombe)
Astronaut - The Feelers | Purchased 010417
The CD Astronaut by New Zealand band The Feelers
features a photo of the Thames Futuro
on both the cover and the actual CD.
Elektro GT - Mikko Hassinen | Purchased 082215
The cover art for the CD Elektro GT
by Mikko Hassinen features an iconic Futuro photo that shows a Futuro slung under a Swedish Air Force helicopter flying over a train travelling through a forest like landscape. More information on this photograph can be found here
Future House - Various Artists | Purchased 110213
is a February 2004 release on the label Rambling Japan
. The CD, by various artists, is characterized as being of the genre "Funky/Club House"; being not much of a music type that means nothing to us though this Wikipedia Page
attempts to explain. The front and back covers and the insert feature the Futuro House.
As delivered the CD had a small cardboard advert around the spine. This advert was for the DVD "Dreaming Future House
"; not sure if the music on the CD is from the DVD or not; we have not listened to it. The advert can be seen in the two shots below.
In 4 The Evening
In 4 The Evening - Nights On Venus | Purchased 061414
, released in 2012, was the second album by band Nights On Venus
. A very cool photo of the Royse City Futuro
is on the cover of the CD (and also on the interior art).
The photo is by Dallas based singer Noel Kerns
who also creates amazing art using a technique called "Painting With Light
Slightly Odway - Jebediah | Purchased 080212
by Jebediah features cover art that includes a shot of the Futuro currently in storage somewhere in High Wycombe
, Perth and formerly located at Leach Highway/Karel Avenue.
At them time of writing this Futuro is the focus of a Facebook Group "Bring Back The Leach Hwy/Karel Ave Spaceship
" (Dead link - archived pdf here
Split 7" - FOD/The Dead Milkmen | Purchased 092919
This "split" 7" vinyl
record is by The Dead Milkmen
(Flag Of Democracy). According to a 2015 article
on the website Punknews.org the record was pressed in 1985 but was then left abandoned in a basement only to be "rediscovered" in 2015.
The sleeve graphics feature a photo hailing from the series of Futuro models that were set up in a "sandbox" environment and photographed in 1969. An extensive set of photographs of this event is held as a part of the digital collections of the Espoo City Museum
(the Espoo City Museum organization includes several museums among them being the WeeGee Exhibition Center
which is the home of the fully restored Futuro #001
previously located in Hirvensalmi
). The photographs, displayed on this site under CC BY-ND 4.0
license, can be found here
Record - Unknown Track & Artist | Purchased 092919
This 4 ¾" square record features an image of the Dombai Futuro
. It is stamped on very thin plastic or vinyl; far thinner than a standard vinyl record.
According to Google Translate the description of the item on the Russian Auction site we purchased it from read "1970 photography flexi plate Dombai camp site singing hearts clouds in the river musical souvenir". With no means of playing it and, even if we had, no way to understand Russian we have no idea what the track actually is.
The 1970 date is incorrect (perhaps it was meant to be 1970's?) because this Futuro was not installed in Dombai until much later in the 1970's.