Soundescapes came into being through an unsolicited contact from Oslo-based electronic composer and film maker Espen J Jorgensen (The Sequential Art), who found himself haunted by Fisher Turner’s score to the David Lynch-produced vampire film, Nadja. Jorgensen sent tracks to Simon Fisher Turner, whose career in music can often be seen as a series of serendipitous meetings from an artist whose openness has found him doing everything from soundtracking the late Derek Jarman’s most important works, with no prior experience, to recording an album in the late 60s that was hyped to be Britain’s answer to David Cassidy.
You can trace Simon Fisher Turner’s career in music from the moment when, as a teenager, pop svengali Jonathan King gave him free reign to tinker with his Revox tape machine. King had plans to mould a new David Cassidy by way of Bowie, but Fisher Turner had too many ideas of his own. An album, Simon Turner, survives online as a what-if, but the real fruits of this apprenticeship with King were the hours spent obsessively taping, splicing, patchworking sound. And not just sound—still a working actor, Fisher Turner wove the worlds of film and television with the avant noise and proto-punk music scenes. If Fisher Turner’s life from 1973 onward was a film, it would be one that no one would believe, but everyone with an interest in pop culture’s footnotes and punchlines would want to watch. It was a time spent oscillating between appearances with the Portsmouth Sinfonia, the scratch orchestra famed for its appearances on Brian Eno records, and being punched in the balls by Sid Vicious, of taking Robert Mitchum (during the filming of Winner’s remake of The Big Sleep), handcuffed, to a Siouxsie and the Banshees gig.