Friday, 17 October 2014
There was a huge electrical storm over Totnes / Dartington whether that had anything to do with the live Internet streaming being "down" I have no idea, but my apologies to those who tuned into listen via the Internet and got nowhere fast. Needless to say, friends who were listening on FM thought it a great show. (Thanks to the Buckfastleigh massive).
The first 75 or so minutes are dedicated to The Epicurean label, the new label operated by Stefan Hanser of Anemone Tube in Berlin. His work and his Epicurean Escapism Events have been documented in this blog before.
Please go to : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/the-epicurean-and-beyond/ and let me know your thoughts … or visit Stefan at www.transformed.de
Thanks again to Dave Mutch for engineering duties …
01: Jarl : "A Case Of Inbreeding:A Homage To My Doppelgänger" (The Epicurean) 2014.
02: Krank : "NAOS Number One" (The Epicurean) 2014.
03: Human Larvae & Anemone Tube : "Shining With Insignificance/Reviving In Obscurity"
(The Epicurean) 2014.
04: Trepaneringsritualen : "End Of Flesh" (The Epicurean) 2013.
05: The Grimsel Path : "Scorched Earth" (The Epicurean) 2014.
06: Last Dominion Lost : "Sektor F" (The Epicurean) 2014.
07: Last Dominion Lost : "S.E.A.T.O." (The Epicurean) 2014.
08: Lustmord : "Dreams Of Dead Names" (Side Effects) 1986.
09: Oublier Et Mourir : "A New Thought Is Born,Another Will Arise" (Silken Tofu) 2012.
10: People-Eaters : "Ankoku-Butoh" (Aetheric Records) 2013.
11: Tactile Vs. Zoviet*France : "Intervention #3" (Rawkus Records) 1996.
12; The Psychedelic Furs : "We Love You" (CBS Records) 1979.
13: Bauhaus : "Kick In The Eye" (Beggars Banquet) 1981.
14: Blancmange : "Living On The Ceiling" (London Records) 1982.
15: Crass : "How Does It Feel?" (Crass Records) 1982.
16: Cupol : "Like This For Ages" (4AD Records) 1980.
The next programme is on Thursday 30 October at 9pm and will be a "John Peel" special.
Friday, 3 October 2014
I have just archived last nights broadcast up on to MixCloud (Cut & Paste) : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-soundart-radio-broadcast-02102014/
The programme features a sneak preview of the forthcoming album from Am Not as well as some choice tracks from their debut cassette "First Morbid Vibrations". Included in the playlist is an unreleased track from the Dieter Müh archives, a collaboration with Finnish electronic masters STROM e.c. The track was to be released as a remix 12"EP back in 2001 but the project never saw the light of day. Thanks for listening and please leave comments…
The next programme is on October 16.
01: Tactile : "Envoi" (Sentrax Corporation) 1996.
02: Nocturnal Emissions : "Metal Frames" (Vinyl On Demand) 2008.
03: People-Eaters : "Streams Of Silver Ash" (Aetheric Records) 2014.
04: Am Not : "Of The Liberties Of England And Of The Liberties Of The Forest"
(Unrest Productions) 2012.
05: Michael Nine : "Treatment" (Neural Operations) 2012.
06: Am Not : "Crumbling Horizon (Grotesk)" (Unrest Productions) 2012.
07: Clew Of Theseus : "They Disbelieved In Pestilences III (Believe Mix)"
(Impulsy Stetoskopu) 2010.
08: Anenzephalia : "Induratio Penis Plastica" (Tesco Organisation) 1991.
09: Söldnergeist : "Bastards From Hell" (Art Konkret/Pure) 2001.
10: Am Not : "The Black Peril" (Unrest Productions) 2014.
11: Am Not : " Dark Heart Katanga" (Unrest Productions) 2014.
12: Am Not : "The Unpunished" (Unrest Productions) 2014.
13: Anemone Tube/Shift : "Dark Waters 1" (Unrest Productions) 2011.
14: Genocide Organ : "Death To China 1" (Tesco Organisation) 2003.
15: FFH : "Scourge Of The Nation" (Gods Of Tundra) 2007.
16: Am Not : "Duress" (Unrest Productions) 2012.
17: S.P.K. : "Slogun" (Industrial Records) 1980.
18: Eyes Boy Station : "Fragrant Hills Park" (Not On Label) 2013.
19: Trepaneringsritualen : "Papist Pretender" (La Esencia) 2014.
20: Dieter Müh & STROM e.c. : "Hermoston Arkkitehti" (Not On Label) 2001.
22: Death In June : "Black Radio" (Leprosy Discs) 2006.
Friday, 19 September 2014
The dark nights are coming closer, the last time I walked to the SoundArt radio station it was blazing sunshine and T-Shirt weather, last night it was misty dusk and long trousers! Still beautiful though. This programme features an exclusive piece by Mutant Beatniks, the solo project of Shaun Robert formerly known as factor X.
01: Amph : "Framtid" (Komplott) 2014.
02: factor X : "Radio DaDa #8" (Not On Label) 1992.
03: Mutant Beatniks : "Phase Punk Interlude Into Repose" (Not On Label) 2014.
04: Le Syndicat : "Legal Slavery" (Licht Und Stahl) 2010.
05: Jouissance : "We Ask You To Join Us" (Minus Habens) 1991.
06: Mutant Beatniks : "Glitch" (Institute For Alien Research) 2008.
07: Aaron Dilloway & Jason Crumer : "Dedicated To the "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant"
(A Dear Girl Called Wendy) 2014.
08: Whitehouse : "Foreplay" (Susan Lawly) 1994.
09: XX Committee : "National Re-Doubt" (Harbinger Sound) 2014.
10: Mutant Beatniks : "Untitled" (Not On Label) 2014.
(Exclusive piece for MuhMur Radio).
11: W>A>S>P>S : "OBST #1" (Blood Mountain Music) 2014.
12: Kave : "Hidden Fields I" (Scrape Tapes) 2008.
13: The Truth Club : "Sleight" (Le Rey Records) 1980.
14: Robert Haigh : "Piano With Generative Tones" (Siren Records) 2011.
15: Sema : "Song Of Solomon" (Vinyl On Demand) 2012.
16: People-Eaters : "Haunted Mirror" (Aetheric Records) 2014.
Copy & Paste : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-soundart-radio-broadcast-18092014/
Thanks for listening. The next broadcast will be on October 2 and feature a sneak preview of the upcoming album by Am Not.
01: I am a DJ!
02: Mutant Beatniks CDR.
03: Engineer & Studio Producer Dave.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
A couple of years ago I managed to get hold of a copy of the split release cassette by VipCranco & Andrea Borghi on Cipher Productions and thus my love affair with all things VipCranco and Lisca Records began.
Andrea Borghi is a member of VipCranco and founder of Lisca Records. He is a sound artist from Marina Di Pietrasanta in Italy.
SQRT are a new label to me. A Polish label who seem to be (Discogs Research used here … a little bit like quoting Wikipedia, but never mind) releasing a series of 3" CD's of mainly electro-acoustic / field recordings and live improvisational work.
Andrea Borghi brings us "Glyphe". Sleeve notes tell us that all tracks were generated in real time using personal Entropic Max patch, effects, microphones and analog audio frequency. The piece "Omaggio A Yves Klein" was composed using treated glass on a modified turntable.
Twenty minutes of high end electro-acoustic compositions throwing some beautiful textures and capturing a noise that is never too abstract. A sound is found / created and developed (albeit in a short space of time), minutae tweaks, stretching, crashing, tumbling and crumbling. Non of the sounds are too abrasive either. Tempered and controlled.
File alongside Phil Julian & Mark Durgan.
An excellent release. SQRT is a label that now needs to be discovered.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Æther have released one of the finest cassette albums of 2014. "Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring" is two one hour drone pieces on one C120. Simple looped electronic patterns slowly shifting and oscillating through the atmosphere spreading contemplative calm. Almost as if the cassette cover should contain a sticker stating; This cassette can open portals to a new dimension. It has the sound of a buddha box playing in the corner of the room. Concentrate on the sounds and slowly drift away. Side A and "Straddling two Kingdoms" is ideal music for dream-machines. I used to use Nurse With Wounds "Soliloquy For Lilith", but whole heartedly recommend Æther.
I know little (infact nothing) of this project. There was a split cassette on Belaten with Trepaneringsritualen a couple of years ago so I am guessing that t(he)y are Scandanavian. This cassette is on the Mandragorae label and limited to 50. No contact details are given - which is a shame as I would love them to do a session for "MuhMur Radio".
1: Cassette "jacket".
2. Cassette Sleeve.
3: Me in a dream-machine state of mind (1989).
Monday, 15 September 2014
A few days ago a package of cassettes came through from Thomas at Belaten. Included in the package was a "mystery" cassette, a hidden release. No information apart from the labels logo and web address. A search of the Belaten website left me non the wiser. What was I listening to? A short missive to Thomas to ask the usual questions … but Thomas is not telling … I was to listen (and enjoy) without prejudice.
Earlier this year I was invited by Rafal Kochan of "Catcher In The Noise" blog and Impulsy Stetoskopu label to take part in his "Blind Date" series where he mailed me half a dozen tracks without telling me who they were by and I gave my thoughts. It was an interesting experiment where I totally dismissed the works of Bruce Gilbert & Merzbow as amateur and called Sol Invictus a new age rock group and gave kind words to Roland Kayn and Irr.App.(ext). http://thecatcherinnoise.wordpress.com
Giving this cassette its' first listen felt very similar.
Side A seems to be the soundtrack to a documentary on the Eastern Lands. Sounds of India, Pakistan, Morrocco, Thailand are all included and interspersed with commentary / dialogue in a European tongue. The sound quality is interesting. There are moments when the levels bounce into the red, there is an ever-present hum, like the tape is a fourth generation rip off a VHS cassette recorded direct from the TV. Lurid. I am immediately reminded of my copy of the Clock DVA "Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Alternative Soundtrack)" cassette, which itself is a third or fourth generation copy, but the sections where the sounds are lifted directly from the film - with the hum of an old VHS tape - are exactly the same. Sometimes the hum slips and slides giving it all a 1970's feel. Another similarity that came to mind whilst listening was of cassettes that used to be mailed to me by a friend who made frequent trips to India in the 1980's / 1990's. He would record sounds off an AM/FM Radio as well as make recordings on a tiny tinny walkman, stick them on a dirt cheap C60 cassette and mail to me for sampling with. He also used to mail me lightbulbs with swastika elements and bidi cigarettes. Unfortunately his Indian trips ended in the early 1990's. All these thoughts remain whilst playing. It is obvious that i am not listening to an artist / project per se - the cassette is more conceptual. Hanson Records and those Nath Family "Snake Charmer" albums also invoked here.
Side B plays like Brion Gysin's i-Pod. Indian rhythms, African rhythms, chanting, whistling, drones, village songs. Messages from the Aghori. Sometimes the singing sounds Yiddish. Only last week I was listening to a group called Fisherman's Friend, a collective from Cornwall who sing sea shanties, parts of this tape reminded me of this - the rhythms and intensities. At some point the tape seems to get interspersed with "Western" sounds with glistening percussion and trumpets mixing with Tibetan bells and finger cymbals.
Side B ends with Gamelan Music and Tuvan throat singing and sounds slightly familiar.
It is a lovely cassette to have and one that sits on top of the "treasured tape" pile, it has been a good tape to slip in the machine and wander through the daily duties. I can live with this one.