Unigon Plane is a review site.
Our aim is very simple: to review high-quality music & books to help you, the collector find new material that fits well in your collection
We believe very strongly in collections. We collect Music & Books (along with some films) and know how it feels to find that next artist or item to add another facet to your collection.
The Unigon Plane Reason
The #1 thing is that something has to be of high quality to make the grade. No, I am not talking about shininess of the mix or the cover but the quality of the Art in the artwork.
Don’t worry, it isn’t about being snobs. We grew up in an age where even Pop Music aspired to express the human condition in some way. The Beatles singing “I wanna hold your hand” still carries more human feeling than anything from that blonde named after a caravan.
We don’t want to be stuck in the past. We want new books & music in our lives.
We are now at the beginning of the period of the true Independent Artist who doesn’t have to be beholden to a king or a record company. True artists with a message about being human, being unique, being alive, are appearing. As are the fans.
We don’t believe in Streaming. We believe in owning. Streaming has its charms but as collectors, we support the artists who give us what we desire. We know our support encourages the artists to make more and better art.
We want to see the proceeds of art go to the artists. It’s a way of doing something we love while helping others do the same.
The Unigon Plane Method
As a rule, we cover only Independent Artists. This means people who develop & release their music or books under their own steam. Not under a record company’s rules but under their need to express & communicate with the world around them.
We believe that the unit of measure of Music is an Album (or Record) and the unit of measure for Books is a Novel. Singles & Short Stories do exist but it is when they are assembled into a body of work belonging to a time that the meta-story grows.
The exceptions to our rule: there are some tiny publishers that don’t feed to the majors, we will consider their publications. Also from time to time, there are things that happen at the big end of town that is still important. Judas Priest releasing a new record or Steven King passing away may deserve a News Item but no more. The rule is still that the content has to be good art so that trailer girl won’t be wasting our column inches.
The Unigon Plane People
Benedict Roff-Marsh is a composer of electronic music.
I write music and have a modest collection of over 5 crates of vinyl and lots of CDs. My Android Player says on 8th March 2018 I have 877 Albums from 455 Artists spanning 21 Genres & 62 years. Gary Numan is the artist I have the most number of albums (16), Tangerine Dream is second with 11 but if I count solo records from members & former members it is more like 20+.
Music plays almost every minute I am awake (and not watching a movie). I also spend quite a bit of time every day surfing to find new music to add to my life.
The first record I can say I bought was “The Jan & Dean Story” from K-Mart after seeing the movie on TV (in glorious 12” B&W ~250p) and badgering my parents. The last was two days ago and is Stoned Karma’s “The Dark Side Of Destiny” which I found on YouTube and bought within minutes of landing on their Bandcamp page.
I read every day, morning and evening. Mostly SF as I like the big ideas. No idea what the first book I read was but I was reading H.G. Wells’ “War Of The Worlds” for the third time when I was an 11yo.
Jane Stockwell is a software developer and avid fan of science fiction.
My grandmother was a teacher librarian, and she and my parents instilled in me a deep love of reading. Some of my earliest memories are of digging through boxes of books under the house, spending hours finding new discoveries and devouring them. I read every chance that I get, from science fiction to science fact and philosophy. While I do sometimes read on my Kindle, I love the experience of a real book.
The first book I remember reading (before I started school) was Asimov’s “I, Robot”. I was always reading books well above my age group. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells were old friends I visited over and over, Ursula le Guin’s “Earthsea” series was read until it fell apart.
While I love fiction, I also read a wide range of non-fiction books. Books on the history of science always get my attention, such as “Fermat’s Last Theorem” by Simon Singh and Dava Sobel’s “Longitude”. I’m currently reading Herman Hesse’s “Siddhartha”.
My father passed on a love of music in me with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and the Shadows regularly echoing throughout the house. I have music playing almost all the time, both at work and in my car. I’m currently listening to Tim McGraw’s “35 Biggest Hits”.
From time to time we may carry guest reviewers. They will be identified in the post.