Welcome to the third instalment of Perception Report - The Night Monitor's musical periodical soundtracking unexplained phenomena.
Cover story: December 1987. The wild landscape of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire (UK), where Philip Spencer (pseudonym) and his camera had a lonely morning encounter with a strange being...
"'There was a small green creature about 10 feet away,' he says. 'As I brought out the camera it scuttled away and stopped about 40 feet from me.' Spencer photographed the creature. It made a dismissive movement with its right arm and he watched it disappear around a bluff. Shortly after, a silver disc-shaped object shot into the air and disappeared into the clouds."
Northern UFO News 131 (May - June 1988)
BUFORA Newsfile No. 2 (1990)
The X Factor 71 (1999)
Fortean Times 230 (December 2007)
"Scrivin has a way of presenting his pieces without hackneyed sci-fi or horror tropes. While it would be tempting to sculpt ‘An Alien On Ilkley Moor’ with brooding tones or wonky theremins, he instead imbues the track with something that falls between delicate edginess and wide-eyed curiosity. The piece opens with the sound of wind whistling across the moor, before pulses and shimmering, mystique-heavy tones take over, finally opening out into a stately, contemplative melody that feels like it belongs on Depeche Mode’s A Broken Frame.
‘Raven In Tomb Land’ has a tidy jazzy swagger that slots in somewhere between fusion and wonky, while ‘The UFO And The Séance’ has a ethereal sparseness so gently terrifying that I found myself checking behind doors and generally getting freaked out by my several cats, who in turn were generally freaked out by me. ‘Pyramids Of The Year 3000’ delivers more of Scrivin’s slowly-building melodic sensibilities, affixing those to a stop-start rhythm that bristles with 1981-vintage electronic pop smarts.
Whether you find Scrivin’s subject matter credible or think it complete bunkum is irrelevant: his music tangibly exists in its own unique dimension, one that’s well worth believing in." Mat Smith - furtherdot.com
"The Night Monitor is back again with haunted futures and half-remembered pasts, delivered minus the po-face that’s often sported by his peers. This is the third in Neil Scrivin’s Perception Report series, each one chronicling “borderland excursions into assorted strangeness” and focusing in this case on an apparent encounter with little green men in West Yorkshire. In the hands of a less adept artist, this scouring of modern myth and pseudoscience’s weird fringes might produce something of unpalatable dryness or cringing schlock. But Scrivin maintains a balance throughout, his music capturing a 1980s B movie aesthetic without ever allowing it to boil over into cliche. “An Alien On Ilkley Moor” lands flying saucer synth among climatic whip and whoosh, while “The UFO And The Séance” cloaks the scene in metallic haze, with subtle hints of John Carpenter and Howard Shore simmering somewhere below." Spenser Tomson - The Wire