Friday, 24 June 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast : 23/06/2016.

A bizarre evening all told, with the UK referendum etc. As I type this the people of the UK have spoken and the country moves in to a more right-wing position. Soon to be aligning ourselves with the Trumps + Le Pens of this world. I was going to buy a bunch of sounds this morning but the pound went do-lally and it was costing me £50 to buy an album from Germany. Crazy Nights (as Paul Stanley once said).
This programme is a grab bag, a smorgasbord of sounds including latest releases from Modelbau, Ashpa, PBK & Wolf Eyes and Karies. The Dieter Müh piece is an unreleased mix of the track "S.O.L.A.S." that appeared on the compilation album "Notre Dame #12 - The Final Edition" released by EE Tapes in 2000. This is a mix I did immediately after the piece was recorded. This used to happen a lot, as we would record tracks and I would take an immediate mix home to listen to and Dave Uden would take his time and add little nuances etc …
The Gerry & The Holograms / O Yuki Conjugate and 3rd Door From The Left tracks come from the new 4xCD compilation "Close To The Noise Floor" on Cherry Red. Very recommended if you are interested in UK electronics at the turn of the 1980's.

01: Ashpa : "Nedves Föld" (Geräuschmanufaktur) 2016.
02: Thu 20 : "Live (Winterswijk #4)" (Midas Tapes) 1987.
03: Minny Pops : "She Said Go Go Go" (Les Temps Modernes) 2003.
04: Modelbau : "Lost" (No Rent Records) 2016.
05: Beequeen : "EE EA" (Korm Plastics) 1999.
06: Modelbau : "Lament" (No Rent Records) 2016.
07: Dieter Müh : "Mühstam (The Findhorn Christ) (Not On Label) 1998.
08: PBK & Wolf Eyes : "Dark Reflection" (Sonoris) 2016.
09: MyTrip : "Ascend" (Amek/Serpent Eve Records/Mahorka) 2016.
10: Zoviet*France : "Gathering Breath" (Alt.Vinyl) 2013.
11: Zoviet*France : "Feezeling" (Alt.Vinyl) 2013.
12: Leda : "Clear" (I Dischi Del Barone) 2016.
13: Parabelles : "Krimiboy" (Ihretwegen) 2015.
14: Karies : "Ego" (Harbinger Sound/In A Car Records) 2016.
15: Gerry And The Holograms : "Gerry And The Holograms" (Cherry Red Records) 2016.
16: O Yuki Conjugate : "Sedation" (Cherry Red Records) 2016.
17: Third Door From The Left : "In The Room" (Cherry Red Records) 2016.
18: Aavikko : "Elysian Fields" (Full Contact Records/Ektro Records) 2016.

All pictures taken at the "new" SoundArt Radio studio.
01: The Banner.
02: The Board.
03: The Decks.
04: The View.
05: The Fridge.
06: The Remainian and The Brexiteer.

Friday, 10 June 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 09/06/2016 :

Tonights broadcast featured some new sounds that have arrived at Hartop Towers over the past few weeks. New releases from Post Scriptvm, Dilloway + Nyoukis, Edward Sol etc mixed with some catch-up tunes from Michael Idehall and Marc Hurtado amongst others … I was going to play some of the new LP by PBK & Wolf Eyes but whilst sorting through and reorganising my cassette collection I came across an old 1980 release from Deleted Records that features Stabmental, the Geoff Rushton project. I knew the tape had The Instant Automatons, Mic Woods, Alien Brains, Colin Potter, Merz etc but I totally forgot about this inclusion. PBK got bumped. I will definitely work some in to the playlist for June 23.
The Vit Fana track "Sia Slint" is played at the wrong speed. I played at 45rpm instead of 33.3 rpm, but to my ears it still sounds OK. Also the Teeraal Räum Pheynix track titles are written in some strange language that I cannot translate so I have used the nearest approximation for reference. The tracks come from the split cassette with Celldộd, a release that was only available at a gig in Gothenberg earlier this year.
Dave Mutch was back in the engineers chair and Alice Kemp joined in the fun and frivolity. We drank Miso Soup and ate Lentil Crisps until bedtime!

Please copy & paste :

01: Aaron Dilloway & Dylan Nyoukis : "Dropout Element #1" (Chocolate Monk) 2016.
02: Michael Idehall : "Repartiseraren" (:retortae:) 2015.
03: RGYDB Vs. Kids : "NoiseBevel (B)" (Lage Landen Lawaii) 2016.
04: Edward Sol : "Right Leg's Shorter" (Glistening Examples) 2016.
05: Post Scriptvm : "Heavy Dreams" (NEN Records) 2016.
06: Michael Idehall : "Untitled - The House Of Flames (A)" (The Ajna Offensive) 2015.
07: Teeraal Räum Pheynix : "Ev To Nav" (Brutal Disciplin) 2016.
08: Teeraal Räum Pheynix : "Xpunonoiia" (Brutal Disciplin) 2016.
09: Vit Fana : "Sla Slint" (Posh Isolation) 2016.
10: Sansernes Rus : "Rotation Number One" (Posh Isolation) 2016.
11: FRKSE : "Scholar Drugs (Diagram 2-Mono)" (I Had An Accident Records) 2012.
12: Michael Idehall : "Horsemen" (:retortae:) 2015.
13: Marc Hurtado : "Jour" (777 Was 666) 2015.
14: Stabmental : "Thin Veil Of Blood" (Deleted Records) 1980.

01: Alice & I
02: Dave.
03: Mixcloud picture!

Friday, 27 May 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 26:05:2016.

The first broadcast in a month, the first broadcast from the new SoundArt Radio studio. Still on the Dartington Hall Estate, but now in the much larger and multi-roomed Space Studio #4. So big and vast they've put the turntables in a separate room away from the mixing desk and CD/Tape players.
With Dave having CarTrouble Chris Booth stepped in as engineer and turntable-meister.
Tonights broadcast features the work and sounds of Thortsen Soltau. I first became aware of Thorsten's work when I was trying to track down St. Martin, a Hamburg based artist who DJ'd the night I played Gängerviertel in 2013. St. Martin is not active on the www, and Thorsten offered himself as a go-between. Then an interesting package came through with releases on Thorsten's own m.m.label imprint and some 7" singles by the mysterious Unknown Singing Objects.

01: Sema : "The Concrete And The Klee" (Vinyl On Demand) 2012.
02: Thorsten Soltau x Max Kuiper : "Funeral (Black Banderole) (R.E.M)" (Geräuschmanufaktur)       2014.
03: Margitt Holztt : "Eventyr Er Brøde Av Drømmen" (Albert Detzel Records/m.m.label) 2011.
04: Column One & M.S.C. : "White Errors Part One #3 (Artefakt Magazine) 1999.
05: Thorsten Soltau : "Cataflaque" (Not On Label) 2016.
     (Exclusive piece recorded for MuhMur Radio. See details below).
06: Thorsten Soltau / J. Adolphe : "Eulogy For Tramadol And Mädchentraube (For HL)" (Geräuschmanufaktur) 2015.
07: Unknown Singing Objects : "Come To Daddy" (Not On Label) 2011.
08: Thorsten Soltau + Marina Stewart : "The Seranade (In Pale Daylight) (Sirenwire) 2015.
09: Thorsten Soltau + Marina Stewart : "You Never Come Back" (Sirenwire) 2015.
      (Both pieces from the cassette "M.Mories").
10: Herr Penschuck + Thorsten Soltau : "Screening" (Alrealon Music) 2012.
11: Thorsten Soltau : "Shere Khan Whitewashed By Memory" (Audio.Visual.Atmosphere) 2016.
12: Thorsten Soltau : "Malapartus" (Audio.Visual.Atmosphere) 2016.
13: Thorsten Soltau : "The Marplesley Jugend (Album Version)" (Audio.Visual.Atmosphere) 2016.
       (Three pieces from the cassette "Breathing Through Glass", a split release with Sonatine).
14: Etant Donnės : "Dog's Attack" (90% Wasser) 2005.

Thank you very much Thorsten.
Please Copy & Paste :

01: Alice Kemp + Chris Booth at the studio.
02: The MuhMur Radio bag!
03: Thorsten Soltau.

                                               Dedicated to those we lost so early. 

  1. I  Silver Lines On Red Cloth
    • Traces of a fulfilled life. A breathy voice. The flame dancing. •
  2. II  The Construct Of Humanity
    • Birth inside crystal clear water. A dream. The gift of love. •
  3. III  A Black And Everlasting Womb
    • The beauty of sleep. A breeze on the shoulder. Memories corroding. •
Music for synth tapeloops, sonic constructs and found acoustics

Programmed and constructed by Thorsten Soltau Produced from February—March MMXVI
Final editing by Thorsten Soltau

FX chains and parametric equalizing on I by Marina Stewart CATAFALQUE is a commissioned work for MUHMUR RADIO 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Alan Courtis

It has taken me a while to want to mention recently acquired sounds on this blog, and for that I apologise. Over the past months it seems to be a blog to register the play listings on the MuhMur Radio Programme and link to the MixCloud archive. Again I apologise. I meant to keep up with the visit to secondhand record shops I visited on my travels and gigs I went to see, but life, work and having three young kids seem to have halted all that.
The last few "record reviews" I did seemed to anger the artist(e) and or label. Requests to delete my post etc and the for my last review I got an insulting personal missive from the label owner which made me think "is this really worth it?" so I stopped. "If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all" as my mother used to say.

This year has been a good year for releases. There have been some mighty gems through the door at Hartop Towers. I try and play them on my radio programme but sometimes they slip through …

Alan Courtis, Anla Courtis, Anal Courtis the former guitarist with Reynols has just released a 10" on Nottingham's finest KIKS/Girlfriend Records. It's a limited edition lathe cut thing and one of the finest records I have heard all year. "Crystal Faisa" has two seven minute pieces. "Hamamatsu Crystal Piano" is exactly that. A recording of Alan playing the crystal piano that is at Hamamatsu Train Station in Japan. It is a melancholic piece that slowly falls in to chaos, but what appeals to my ears is the acoustics, the liveliness of the piece and the great feeling of space, the feint whisper of a tannoy announcement at the end is perfect. A magnificent construct of art. "Jaribo Y Faisa" is a small symphony for electric guitars. Layered guitars, atonal and droning creating a generator hum. I was immediately reminded of those Jim O'Rourke, Jim Plotkin and KK Null CD albums that appeared in the early 1990's. Stuff that used to be released by Charnel House, Extreme and Sentrax Corporation. For me that is the appeal.
I know the Courtis cannon is vast and it is only recently through his collaborations with Culver, Edward Sol and Kazuya Ishigami that I have given time for his work. In 2013 Anla kindly provided a "session" for MuhMur Radio.

This wonderful lathe cut is limited to 22 copies and available at

Friday, 29 April 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 28:04:2016.

This is the final broadcast from the SoundArt Studio based in Higher Close, Dartington Estate. As of May 18 SoundArt Studios will be broadcasting live from Studio 4, Space Studios, Dartington Estate. A far bigger premise with room for live performance recordings and roundtable chit-chat. Exciting times.
Higher Close was a great space with lovely views over Dartmoor and I could often hear the chugging and hooting from the steam trains that run between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, great ambience / ambiance to the tunes I was playing.
So, this broadcast mainly features sounds that are recent editions to the MuhMur Collection. Mikko Aspa (of Nicole 12 / Grunt / Freak Animal Records fame) mailed me a copy of the Armon Kuilu LP. Very anonymous project with no titles or project information. I assume they / he  / she are from Finland but I don't know for sure. (Sneaking feeling it is Mikko himself), but it is one of the finest sounding albums I have heard this year. Same with the These Feathers Have Plumes / Isnaj Dui cassette on Was Ist Das? label. I hope you agree.
Licht-Ung made an inshore appearance at Electric Knife Records in London on Record Shop Day. I wish i could have been there, I wasn't so I played his single "Kristall". One of my favourite Drone Records releases.

Take a listen : (Copy + Paste) :

Playist :
01: Armon Kuilu : "Untitled" (Totuuden Sarvi Levyt) 2015.
02: These Feathers Have Plumes : "To Sleep" (Was Ist Das?) 2016.
03: These Feathers Have Plumes : "Sotto Living Room" (Was Ist Das?) 2016.
04: These Feathers Have Plumes : "Return II" (Was Ist Das?) 2016.
05: Nacht Und Nebel : "The Thousand Young" (Feral Debris) 2011.
06: Phantom Plastics : "All The Fucking Voices" (Phantom Archives) 2013.
07: Mudguts : "Pretty Slipping" (Invisible City Records) 2016.
08: Licht-Ung : "Kristall" (Drone Records) 2007.
09: Isnaj Dui : "Answers At Dawn" (Was Ist Das?) 2016.
10: I. Corax : "Nexion" (Freak Animal Records) 2000.
11: Armon Kuilu : "Untitled" (Totuuden Sarvi Levyt) 2015.
12: Comus : "Diana" (Castle Music) 2005.
13: John Foxx : "Film One" (Metal Beat/Virgin Records) 1980.
14: Human Larvae : "Psychosis/Epiphany/Exit" (Freak Animal Records) 2016.

The next broadcast will be on May 26 at 20:00 gmt. It will feature the subtle electronic sounds of Thorsten Soltau, including material especially commissioned for MuhMur Radio.

Friday, 15 April 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 14:04:2016.

Whilst playlisting this programme I was looking at the above flyer, it is framed and hanging on my wall next to the turntable and it suddenly clicked that this broadcast was quite close to "Record Store Day 2016. In fact 16th April 2011 was a Saturday too … so I decided to play the Dieter Müh track from "You're Playin' Like A Fuckin' Pub Band" a 6xC30 compilation release by The 7:17 From West Wittering Is Late Again" label. A release made especially for 2011 Record Store Day. Or RECORD SHOP DAY as it was called back then.
Of course, five years is a long time in Rock n' Roll. I always thought the idea of Record Shop Day, it's premise, was to get folk in to the shop, the independent record shop, to see what pleasures and treasures lie within and by doing so they could pick up a release that was only available for 12 hours or so from that shop. Or only available from independent record shops on that day. "You're Playin' Like A Fuckin' Pub Band" was only available on April 16 2011 from Second Layer Records, a fine but sadly now defunct record shop in Archway, North London.
2016 and Record Store Day is big news. BBC Radio 6 are celebrating it. Soon it will be as important as  shit on your boots at Glastonbury and the fucking awful Mercury Music Prize. You see those Wellington Boots over there, yeah, well I wore those at Glasto in 2009, that's actual Glasto mud on those boots there, yeah, I'm thinking of getting them framed. And now you don't even have to go in to a record shop (I think they're called Sainsbury's these days) to get a special "Record Store Day Only Release" because folk like Norman Records are selling there stock Mail Order.
A decent and honest idea to get folk more interested in leftfield independent releases and to get them in to record shops has been hijacked (the terrorist group, the, the, the, the terrorist group) by the multi corporates. One of the hilarious things I noticed - Norman Records are selling the 808 State 12" "Pacific" (RSD Exclusive) for £16. You can by a mint copy of the original on Discogs for 80 pence.

Anyway. Tonights broadcast featured some new arrivals at Hartop Towers. Copy + Paste.

01: The Dead Mauriacs : "King Albert Tower" (Not On Label) 2016.
02: Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words : "Forgive/Forget/Regret" (Cloister Recordings US)
03: Dieter Müh : "(Extract From The Soundtrack) Burning Dogs Teeth" (The 7.17 From West
                              Wittering Is Late Again) 2011.
04: Aaron Dilloway & Bill Nace : "Untitled #3" (Open Mouth Records) 2016.
05: Ochu : "Substantial Relief" (Cipher Productions) 2015.
06: Mattias Gustafsson : "I Källaran Rumsterar De Dōda" (Hästen & Korset) 2016.
07: Early Hominids : "Gape" (Zanntone) 2013.
08: Iibis Rooge : "Hespherides (Side A)" (Weird Forest Records) 2012.
09: Arkhe : "Inhumu" (Kàfe Kaos) 2016.
10: Pecus : "Flecks" (There's A Dolphin Talkin' To Me) 2007.
11: Throbbing Gristle : "Secluded" (Industrial Records) 2009.

The Dead Mauriacs track is from  private CDR released by the band / project to hear it in its' full glory please visit : Also, if anyone has any information about the project Pecus then please let me know. "Flecks" comes from a 3" CDR and I have no idea where I get it from or who gave it to me (back in 2007). Any information will be gratefully received.

Next broadcast is April 28. 20:00 gmt. 102.5 FM or live stream at and then there will be a months respite before we start up again on May 26 with some exclusive sounds from Thorsten Soltau, followed on June 6 by No Intentions "Special"!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 31:03:2016.

The radio station studio is coming to a close, SoundArt is moving premises. It will still be in the grounds of the Dartington Hall Estate. We are moving back in to the "Space Studios". A larger space with the prospect of recording live performances and holding large discussion groups and workshops. Exciting times. April will be the last month in the present studio - which is quite a shame as now the lighter and considerably warmer nights are upon us the view from the studio out across the Moors will be gone. I think in the new studio there is a balcony that looks out across the gardens and the White Hart Inn (Country Decor - London Prices).
Tonights programme features some Demo Recordings from Appliance. Recordings dating from 1997 - 2000 and including the session they recorded for XFM Radio back in 1997.
Appliance were an Exeter based three-piece post rock band that existed from 1995 - 2003. After a string of self released and independent label released singles they signed to Mute Records. I came across their sound in 2001 and the excellent "Imperial Metric" album. (Their second for Mute Records).  Excellent crystal clear Motorik Krautrock influenced pieces. They also recorded five sessions for John Peel. In 2003 the guitarist James went solo with his Land Observations project, and Michael (Bass and Electronics) recorded with The Duds and played live with and produced Dieter Müh.
Recently Michael and Dave (Drums) have been posting old recordings on SoundCloud and Facebook.

Copy + Paste :

01: Appliance : "Derailleur" (Demo Version) 1999.
02: Appliance : "Elektra" (Demo Version) 1999.
03: Lithops : "Uni Umit #5" (Sonig Records) 1998.
04: Extnddntwrk : "Lay By" (Fort Evil Fruit) 2015.
05: Geniuser : "Ambition" (Phisteria) 2009.
06: Appliance : "Homing Devices" (Demo Version) 1999.
07: Circuit Breaker : "Evolve / Repeat" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
08: Lust For Youth : "Modern Life" (Sacred Bones Records) 2012.
09: Devo : "Praying Hands" (Virgin Records) 1993.
10: Coco Bryce : "Haram Abi" (MYOR) 2016.
11: Appliance : "This Is The Place" (Demo Version) 1997.
12: Simon Joyner : "After The Goldrush" (WFMU) 2011.
13: Land Observations : "VIAE (In C Major)" (Enraptured) 2011.
14: La STPO : "La Sociétè Des Timides À La Parade Dea Oiseaux (Thisco) 2010.
15: Appliance : "Personal Stereo (Take 1)" (Demo Version) 2000.
16: Ekoplekz : "Zone Stikz" (More Than Human) 2014.
17: Erik Aschan : "En Vanlig Onsdavåll" (Hibiskofon) 2014.
18: The Monochrome Set : "Private Dick" (Cherry Red Records) 1995.
19: Clock DVA : "Beautiful Losers" (Relativity Records) 1983.
20: Clock DVA : "Black Angels Death Song" (Relativity Records) 1983.
21: Appliance : "Outer" (XFM) 1997.
22: Appliance : "Mach One" (XFM) 1997.
23: Appliance : "I.K.B." (XFM) 1997.
24: Appliance : "Number 3 Channel Is Clear" (XFM) 1997.
25: The Karies : "Meine Nacht In Der U-Bahn" (Harbinger Sound) 2016.
26: The Lines : "Insticticide" (Acute Records) 2000.
27: Appliance : "Food Music" (Mute Records) 1999.
28: Appliance : "Throwing A Curve Ball" (Mute Records) 1999.

The next broadcast is April 14.

01: Appliance Art.
02: View from a studio.
03: Appliance (James, Michael, David).