Friday, 23 January 2015
For the first time in over a month Dave (Mutch) was back in the engineer's seat, and good job it was too. Fisrtly problems with the turntables + mixer and then with the volatile studio cassette deck. Still, all was sorted during the "show". (Nothing and no-one could stop the awful noise coming from the studio next door as the dire band Matthew & Me were rehearsing…awful band - think Deacon Blue-lite)! Anyway, tonight's broadcast featured sounds of Daniel Simon (aka Flutwacht & Fieberflug). Please copy & paste this link and have a listen:
The next MuhMur will be on Feb 5 and feature some exclusive sounds by Stuart Chalmers.
01: Aarion Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet : "Western Nest" (Glistening Examples) 2014.
02: Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet : "Ewch I Gysgu, Popeth" (Glistening Examples) 2014.
03: Flutwacht : "Breath #3" (Mask Of The Slave/Tourette Tapes) 2008.
04: Flutwacht : "Nesselpack #2" (Tourette Tapes) 2014.
05: Flutwacht & Vincenzo Bossi : "ZuStand" (Tourette Tapes) 2008.
06: Fieberflug : "Schande" (LFA) 2014.
07: Flutwacht : "Nesselpack #4" (Tourette Tapes) 2014.
08: Flutwacht : "Fehlspannung" (Tourette Tapes) 2014.
09: Flutwacht: "Erdbevegung" (Not On Label) 2015.
(Exclusive piece recorded especially for MuhMur Radio).
10: Flutwacht : "Fiebertentakel" (Tourette Tapes) 2007.
11: N.Strahl.N : "Åthernarkose" (Licht & Stahl/Deserted Factory) 2010.
12: Con-Dom : "Endlessly Repeated Evolutions Of Drilled Uniformity (Persistence Of An Agony)".
(Industrial Recollections) 2014.
13: Paul McCarthy : "Boston Bay" (High Performance Records) 1983.
14: Dave Phillips : "I See Better With My Eyes Closed" (Absurd/Estranhas Ocupacoes) 2014.
15: Nurse With Wound : "Great-God-Father-Nieces" (Lenke Lente) 2014.
16: Religious Overdose : "25 Minutes" (Glass Records) 1981.
Friday, 9 January 2015
Only 11 days after the five hour mammoth festive programme, another two hour programme. It's like being on tour!
This programme highlights the sound of the German label GeräuschManufaktur. Label boss Jan Warnke supplied a 70 minute mix of releases past, present and future. A great overview of a great label. More details can be found at : http://geraeuschmanufaktur.bandcamp.com
The programme can be found here : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-soundart-radio-broadcast-08012015/ (Please copy and paste).
01: Cabaret Voltaire : "Silent Command" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
02: The Dead Mauriacs : "A Visit To Providence In Two Parts And Forty Steps (A)"
(The next 13 tracks come from the CDR compiled by Jan Warnke).
03: Amphetamine Logic : "A/Z".
04: Michael Muennich : "Chalkboard Dust".
05: J. Adolphe : "Fantasies".
06: Vomir/Gerritt Williams/Francisco Meirino : "Collaboration".
07: Jan Warnke : "Waddimann Alex".
08: Alfredo Costa Konkiro : "Biotape".
09: CM Von Hauswolff & Michael Esposito : "Get In!".
10: J. Adolphe : "Re-Location Of C.R.".
11: Francisco Meirino & Michael Esposito : "Pressure Of Knowledge".
12: The Dead Mauriacs & Michael Esposito : "Ghosts Of Gaslight".
13: J. Adolphe : "Gone Is The Moment".
14: Thorsten Soltau & Comrades : "Fügang Und Niedergang".
15: Jamasp Jhabavia & Francisco Meirino : "3".
(All above tracks are on Geräuschmanufaktur).
16: The Dead Mauriacs : "A Visit To Providence In Two Parts And Forty Steps (B)".
17: The Virgin Prunes : "The Children Are Crying" (Baby Records) 1981.
Friday, 2 January 2015
I wasn't too certain when I bought this cassette whether it was a split release or a collaborative affair. It turns out to be the latter. "Masks Are Aids" by Sewer Election & Puce Mary on the Canadian Total Black label. Two pieces registering at 15 minutes each. "Mudlarking" (excellent title) brings us the "spirit of Leichenschrei". Elements: The "dead" female voice over a blistering sonic noise. Crunching cascade of analog synthesiser drones and pulsations. Old school industrial electronics. Male voice speaking through distortion in martial like tones. Classic. Highly listenable, fresh sounding despite having a sound of late 1970's industrial music. "Night Is A Trap" begins with all levels in the red before levelling out into a blitzkrieg wall of (harsh) noise. Early Whitehouse. The vocals are deadpan and indecipherable … a monotonic repeat in Swedish. The end is drawn out with a slow collapse of waves of distorted electricity over bleeps and tones … perhaps too long?
An essential release from 2014. I have arrived at the sound / output of Puce Mary rather late after a recommendation from Kristian Olsson at the beginning of last year. I have managed to pick up an LP on Posh Isolation and cassette on Freak Animal and I've yet to be disappointed. Sewer Election have never let these ears down, all work by Dan Johansson is recommended - and if anyone has any White releases to pass on … please get in touch.
I have just bought a Cremation Lily cassette from Total Black and did not see this tape on the "for sale"list but try http://totalblack.bigcartel.com they can probably tell you who distr.'s their stuff …
It is traditional this time of year on certain forum boards, blog sites and webzine pages to list or comment on the "top releases of 2014". If MuhMur did this then "Imaginary Musicks Volume Two" by Stuart Chalmers would be on the list. Volume One appeared as a 40 minute cassette on Beartown Records in the middle of last year, Volume Two has appeared as a 40 minute CDR on the Blood Diamond Music "label".
The sound of Stuart Chalmers has always been in the "plunder phonics", "Music Concret" area, but with Volume Two there is more of an "industrial" and "Electronic" feel. Ten tracks on an album that would not be out of place on Tesco Organisation, Hanson Records or PAN Record labels. Crunching electronic rhythms a la Soldnergeist or Deutsch Nepal mixing with sample loops and turntablism sounding like an early Severed Heads LP. The sound of Stuart Chalmers is developing into the "must hear" category with "Imaginary Musicks Volume Two" hardly being out of the CD player throughout December.
If you like the sound of Aaron Dilloway then this CDR release is a must. Which then, for me, beggars the question; Why is this only an edition of 20? This should be more widely available. Blood Diamond Records do seem to put out products that are ultra limited which seems (to me) a bizarre notion. It is almost a non-label, a label that does not want the sounds to be heard. Why is this not limited to 100 copies? Stuart Chalmers releases in the past have been 50 +, why is some of his best production being limited to only 20 copies?
A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a couple of guys who ran labels. labels that released cassettes, CD's and vinyl and the subject of these labels that put out what they described as "elitist editions" came up. They were thinking on the same lines as me in as much as they cannot be called "labels". more "hobbyists" and this release is (kind of) prime example. Blood Diamond Records should go all out and release this excellent album on a decent numbered edition.
This CDR is available directly from the artist via Discogs. I thoroughly recommend.
Monday, 29 December 2014
T'was that time of year when SoundArt Radio required folk to produce live programmes to keep the station "going" over the festive period. Last year I produced a four hour programme - this year I filled five hours of festive sounds and strange noises, with only four cans of lager one large bag of peanuts and Chris Booth (SoundArt Head Honcho) for company.
I have archived the programme into two parts on Mixcloud with the programmes splitting at Coil & The Bombay Ducks. Please copy & paste the URL's and have a listen …
01: Stereolab+Nurse With Wound : "Simple Headphone Mind" (Duophonic) 1997.
02: Colin Potter : "Melodious Thunk" (The Tapeworm) 2013.
03: Pere Ubu : "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (Radar Records) 1978.
04: Joy Division : "Atrocity Exhibition" (Factory Records) 1980.
05: Minny Pops : "Glistering" (O Genesis) 2012.
06: Cremation Lily+False Moniker : "Nights Before-Nightlights Of England" (Strange
07: Kinit Her : "She Of The Whirlwind" (Bleak Environment) 2014.
08: This Heat : "Health & Efficiency" (This Is) 2006.
09: The Thursdays : "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of A Bay" (Fast Product) 1979.
10: The Prats : "Jesus Had A P.A." (Da Da Records) 1980.
11: Stuart Chalmers : "Breaking Chains" (Blood Diamond Music) 2014.
12: The Fall : "No Xmas For John Quays" (Step Forward Records) 1979.
13: Ultra : "Little Girl" (DOM America) 2002.
14: Dr. Mix & The Remix : "No Fun (Single Version)" (Acute Records) 2004.
15: The Leo Bugariloves : "Nãinnãinnãin (Longplay Records) 2011.
16: Six Heads : "Harmonica Solo In Black Bean Sauce/Necrotized Organ Favourites"
(Readymades Tapes) 2013.
17: The Ceramic Hobs : "Voodoo Party" (Must Die Records) 2013.
18: Astral Social Club : "Hitting Midwinter (1&2)" (Not On Label) 2014.
19: Craig Colorusso : "Grassy Field" (Not On Label) 2011.
20: Tactile : "Ask The Dust" (Else Product) 2005.
21: Coil : "Chaostrophy" (SAF Publishing) 2003.
22: The Bombay Ducks : "The New Remorse" (United Dairies) 1981.
23: The Pop Group : "Don't Call Me Pain" (Radar Records) 1979.
24: X-O-Dus : "See Them A Come" (Factory Records) 1979.
25: Tom Ellard : "Our Work For Love At Home" (Dark Entries) 2014.
26: Dale Cornish : "Of An Evening" (The Tapeworm) 2013.
27: Astral Social Club : "Hitting Midwinter (Part 3)" (Not On Label) 2014.
28: Robert Curgenven : "Scattered To the Wind, The Fortunate" (Recorded Fields) 2014.
29: Robert Curgenven : "Only The Dogs And The Fires On The Horizon" (Recorded Fields)
30: Jan Warnke+Michael Esposito : "O Tannenbaum" (GeräuschManufaktur) 2014.
31: Jan Warnke+Michael Esposito : "Frightening Frequencies Encountered Under The
Christmas Tree" (GeräuschManufaktur) 2014.
32: Craig Colorusso : "Frozen Pond" (Not On Label) 2011.
33: Varropas : "Lentämisestä Ja Mätänemisestä (Jozik Records) 2011.
34: The Stranglers : "Don't Bring Harry" (United Artists Records) 1979.
35: Magazine : "Philadelphia" (Virgin Records) 1980.
36: Sleaford Mods : "Tiswas" (Invada) 2014.
37: Aqua Dentata : "Untitled" (Beartown Records) 2014.
38: Tactile : "Bi-Polar Explorer" (Else Product) 2005.
39: A Certain Ratio : "All Night Party" (Factory Records) 1979.
The next MuhMur Radio programme will be at 21:00 on January 8 and will feature releases from the German label GeräuschManufaktur, with a special mix compiled by label boss Jan Warnke.
02: Chris Booth at the controls.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
On December 28 from 16:00 hours I will be broadcasting a MuhMur Radio Festive special. Pop in and listen at SoundArt radio 102.5 FM (n the Totnes / South Hams region of Devon) or listen to the live stream online at www.soundartradio.org.uk
Friday, 12 December 2014
It was probably about 2 years ago that I bought a copy of the double cassette compilation "Les Illusions Magnetiques" on Quasi Pop, it was the lure of Cheapmachines and Sudden Infant. It is a wonderful compilation. Shortly afterwards I bought a copy of "Days Arc #2", a cassette compilation on Russian label Full Of Nothing - the track by Edward Sol (:Svitanok:) is simply amazing. This year I fell in love with his "Adult Friend Finder" C10 on Ukrainian label Village Tapes.
Edward Sol is the curator / head honcho of Quasi Pop. Operating out of Kiev in the Ukraine. I asked Edward for an exclusive piece for the radio programme and he kindly recorded "Bad News First" he also posted a large portion of recent Quasi Pop releases. A joy to listen to and present here.
http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/quasi-pop-special/ (copy & paste).
For the record - the S K L S single (the project are a mystery to me but I smell the involvement of Thomas Ekelund) is played slightly "off centre" and the "Picnic" track by Edward Sol is cut short. (Apologies)…..I played some Ultra & Severed Heads at the end because I wanted to play the tracks loud in the studio. Thanks again to Dave Mutch.
The next programme will be a Festive special - details to follow.
01: Brume : "Psychotronic #1" (Quasi Pop) 2013.
02: T.V. Pow : "Ladder Friends Remix" (Quasi Pop) 2008.
03: Volcano The Bear : "That People Don't Know They Are Monsters" (Quasi Pop) 2009.
04: Edward Sol : "Picnic" (Village Tapes) 2014.
05: Edwrad Sol : "Tasma Gang Bang" (-taqueOT) 2011.
06: Edward Sol : "Sunburnt Lux" (Quasi Pop) 2009.
06: Edward Sol : "Svitanok" (Full Of Nothing) 2013.
08: Edward Sol : "Bad News First" (Not On Label) 2014.
(Recorded exclusively for MuhMuh Radio).
09: White Reeves : "Unreleased 1".
10: White Reeves : "WR With Mike 2"
11: White Reeves : "Lenny Speaks"
12: White Reeves : "Tower Of Mind"
(All tracks from the cassette "Dog On Fire". Quasi Pop. 2013).
13: Family Underground : "Blood Temperature Pool" (Quasi Pop) 2009.
14: Cheapmachines : "Endless Tape Mix" (Quasi Pop) 2013.
15: S K L S : "Deathtone Reverberation" (Quasi Pop) 2010.
16: Troum : "Farawer" (Quasi Pop) 2008.
17: S K L S : "Brain Ticket" (Quasi Pop) 2010.
18: Edward Sol : "Liudochka" (Village Tapes) 2012.
20: Ultra : "Subway Etiquette" (Dom America) 2014.
21: Severed Heads : "Guests" (Ink Records) 1985.
22: Severed Heads : "We Have Come To Bless The House" (Ink Records) 1985.