Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Earlier this year, March to be exact, my old friend Steve Underwood told me about Circuit Breaker. He had seen them support Sleaford Mods in Milton Keynes and he was bowled over, so much he wanted to put an album out on Harbinger Sound. A weekend spent in Nottingham and it was all he talked about - and all he played. The 12" EP on Tombed Visions and the cassette "Grid" -of which I'd be lucky to get a copy. To me Circuit Breaker evoke the sound of early 80's experimental post-punk synth music. Robert Rental, Eyeless In Gaza and Cabaret Voltaire. The music is similar but not copyist - more advancing the plan. 21st Century. I too have fallen for the sound - on returning I bought the 12" EP and got a copy of "Grid" (I am a lucky guy).
Fresh from the German tour with Sleaford Mods & Sudden Infant, Circuit Breaker played the compact and bijou venue of Ryan's Bar in Stoke Newington. It's a venue I like, although the PA is never loud enough, I had to witness the live sound of Circuit Breaker.
The evening was organised by Nurze Nurze aka Lisa Lavery from Melge. I met Lisa last March when we were both drumming for Vagina Dentata Organ at Tate Modern.
An addition to the evening and first on was Emilie Gautier. A talk on the trauma in the works of Thomas Hardy, be it characters or landscapes….or at least that is what I think was being talked about (I missed the opening few minutes). Emilie got my attention but it was a little like a job interview or walking into some book publishers office. It was the next day on the journey home that I realised that this was a brilliant "support", a great idea. Like a salon event or cabaret of old …
The following two bands / artists were not my cup of tea. Closed Circuits came across like a Karaoke act. Some guy with too many Scott Walker records and Deep Men were loud, brash, amateurish and slightly annoying. But at least I wasn't in some basement with a load of noise-nerds wearing their freshly ironed Iron Fist Up The Bum T-Shirts and watching some youth with a laptop and six effects pedals making a noise, with everyone nodding like he's just re-invented the wheel or something. Deep Men had guitars and drums …
Circuit Breaker played a short set. No let up from their recorded output. Perhaps more subdued tonight. A week journeying around Germany with the Harbinger Sound Travelling Circus & Freakshow can take its' toll. Perhaps it was because there was only a dozen folk watching? Excellent set though - I recognised "Grey Materials" from the 12", but little else. The forthcoming LP is something to look forward to.
1: Gig Poster.
2: "In The Garden" (Clive Graham, David Mellor, Eddie Nuttall, Paul Watson).
3: Emilie Gautier.
4: Circuit Breaker.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Scraps of paper, I found MNEM through scraps of paper. Altham Terrace, Lincoln 1997 and I was receiving tapes and CD's from a variety of outlets and artists. I remember being sat in the flat and emptying a jiffy bag of tapes and scraps of paper advertising other folks wares and lists from mail order distribution outlets. It could have come from EE Tapes, Cheeses International or Betley Welcomes or neither but the small scrap of paper headed "Members Ov Sonic Cults" caught my eye and imagination.
MNEM aren't on the compilation, the label; Negart was operated by J. Karpov who alongside 1W went on to form MNEM. I traded a copy of the Dieter Müh CD "Black Square" for a copy of the cassette and a correspondence and friendship with Juri (J. Karpov) and Weno (1W) began. Negart morphed into Negative Foundation and released the compilation CDR "Halogen Ball" which also featured Dieter Müh, Grey Park and Alchemy Of The 20th Century.
The programme features a journey through MNEM releases, I tried to keep it linear but there were moments where jumping years seemed to fit. The recordings for "MuhMur Radio" are the first recordings to surface since the 2013 compilation project "Stein" on Verlautbarung.
One piece I would like to have featured is the track "The Misc" from "Ambient Intimacy 4" CDR compilation on EE Tapes. (2000). But unfortunately the disc doesn't register any more. Surely a need for a CD re-issue here Eriek (if you are reading this)?
Please have a listen. (Copy + Paste) : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-mnem-25-june-2015/ Comments always welcomed.
01: MNEM : "Genocide Mobile" (Negative Foundation) 1999.
(From the compilation Cdr "Halogen Ball").
02: MNEM : "Siera Star" (Kaos Kontrol) 2000.
(From the 10" EP "Engrama").
03: MNEM : "Erytherma" (Negative Foundation) 1999.
(From the Cdr "Arkaeo").
04: MNEM : "Sediment Thesis B" (Kaos Kontrol) 2001.
(From 7" Single).
05: MNEM : "Invisible Organism" (Adeptsound) 2010.
(From the compilation CD "Bacterium").
06 : Extract from Dieter Müh audio tour diary - Helsinki - Dresden 2000 (Private Recording).
07: MNEM : "Hypostatic Ground B" (Drone Records) 2002.
(From 7" Single).
08: MNEM : "Trilemn" (Kaos Kontrol) 2003.
(From CD album "For Delta Relics").
09: MNEM : "Golyma" (Segerhuva) 2005.
(From LP "Golyma").
10: MNEM : "Syphilitic Solar Surge" (Segerhuva) 2004.
(From the compilation CD "Sweetness Will Overcome).
11: MNEM : "Saturnalia" (Negative Foundation) 2006.
(B-Side of "No Cosmic Ox" 7" Single).
12: Dieter Müh/MNEM : "Galan Taerti" (Cipher Productions) 2008.
(From CD album "Atomyriades").
13: MNEM : "Troktopillar" (Verlautbarung) 2013.
(From compilation double album + 7" "Stein").
14: MNEM : Disaster Marginal" (Not On Label) 2015.
15: MNEM : "Resorcinum" (Not On Label) 2015.
16: MNEM : "Fallibilis Hegonon" (Not On Label) 2015.
(Three tracks recorded and produced exclusively for MuhMur Radio).
17: MNEM : "No Cosmic Ox" (Negative Foundation) 2006.
(From 7" Single).
18: 1W : "Wirelogic" (Negart) 1997.
(From compilation cassette "Members Ov Sonic Cults").
19: The Fall : "Free Range" (Cog Sinister) 1992.
The Fall are a favourite band of MNEM!
The next programme will be broadcast on July 9.
01: The "scrap of paper" that lead me to MNEM.
02: Inside the Black Palace.
04: J. Karpov.
Friday, 12 June 2015
Last nights programme featured some exclusive material from London duo Circuit Breaker. Sandwiched around pieces from their "Grid" cassette and "TV 12" 12"EP was "Alternative History Via Unreleased Material" which features a track from their forthcoming LP on Harbinger Sound. "The Descent Into Capital". The needle played up a bit on the Eyeless In Gaza + Rema Rema vinyl and the cassette machine decided to swap between mono + stereo whilst playing Ice Yacht .. but that's the norm for MuhMur Radio. Please take a listen : (copy & paste) :
The next programme will be at 20:00 hrs (gmt) on June 25.
01: Muslimgauze : "Empty Quarter (PTI)" (Limited Editions) 1984.
02: Bourbonese Qualk : "Born Left Hearted" (Mannequin Records) 2015.
03: Eyeless In Gaza : "New Risen" (Cherry Red Records) 1983.
04: John Foxx : "Endlessly" (Virgin Records) 1982.
05: Ice Yacht : "Summer With Snow Bees" (Fragment Factory) 2015.
06: Ice Yacht : "Vostock Station Hallucination" (Fragment Factory) 2015.
07: Ice Yacht : "Whiteout Woman" (Fragment Factory) 2015.
(All Ice Yacht tracks from the cassette "Pole Of Cold").
08: Fieberflug : "Fieberflug_an 1" (Floppy Beat Disk) 2014.
09: Sudden Infant : "Crane Boy 1 (Acoustic Version)" (Voodoo Rhythm) 2014.
10: Circuit Breaker : "Grey Materials" (Tombed Visions) 2014.
11: Circuit Breaker : "Worm 7" (Tombed Visions) 2013.
12: Circuit Breaker : "Drop Zone" (Tombed Visions) 2013.
13: Circuit Breaker : "Klopf" (Tombed Visions) 2013.
14: Circuit Breaker : "Simplicity" (Tombed Visions) 2013
15: Circuit Breaker : "HNV" (Tombed Visions) 2013.
(Tracks 11-15 from the cassette "Grid").
16: Circuit Breaker : "Portals" (Tombed Visions) 2014.
17: Circuit Breaker : "Alternative History Via Unreleased Material" (Not On Label) 2015.
i "Totems" (Early Home Recording circa 2005/06)
ii "Untitled" (Outtake from "Cairn" CDR session. 2012)
iii "Control" (Practice Room Recording circa 2009/10)
iv "Untitled" (4-Track Demo. 2011)
v "Untitled" (Outtake from "Grid" cassette session, Rotterdam. 2013)
vi "Grey Materials (Live)" (France. 2014).
vii "Sand & Cement" (From forthcoming LP on Harbinger Sound)
(All tracks compiled and edited by Circuit Breaker for MuhMur Radio).
18: Rema Rema : "Entry" (Inflammable Material) 2015.
19: Extnddntwrk : "Dirty Soup" (Fourth Dimension Records) 2014.
20: Appliance : "A Gentle Cycle Revolution" (Mute Records) 2001.
21: Circuit Breaker : "Worm 7 (Second Version) (Tombed Visions) 2014.
22: Circuit Breaker : "Body" (Tombed Visions) 2014.
23: Ballerini : "Beautiful Ground" (Oak Editions) 2015.
24: Idol Death : "Black = Sticky Death" (Dipsy) 1980.
25: Alternative T.V. : "Obsession" (I.R.S. Records) 1981.
Friday, 29 May 2015
Another excellent walk in to the studio, through the grounds of Dartington Hall Estate, birdsong and sight of frolicking rabbits in the long grass (if rabbits do frolic … unsure?). Tonights programme featured "Un Puzzle (Une Sorte De Portrait)" by The Dead Mauriacs. This is a 3x3"CDR produced especially for MuhMur Radio. (see second picture). Many thanks to Olivier Prieur for providing the sounds. It was whilst listening to tapes provided by Jan Warnke of GerauschManufaktur that I fell for the sound of The Dead Mauriacs .. late 2014. I thoroughly recommend their catalogue. Copy + Paste : https://thedeadmauriacs.bandcamp.com/music Also in the mix are Mark Durgan (whose single fitted the view perfectly) and one of my favourite Clock DVA singles.
One of the CD players took offence to the 3" CDR's, looping and skipping "Dans Le Labyrinthe", both Dave and I were quite lost in the sound and it took a couple of minutes to notice! I don't think out ruined the mix …
Please take a listen + feel free to comment. Cut + Paste : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-dead-mauriacs-special/
Next programme will be on June 11 and feature a specially compiled piece by Circuit Breaker.
01: Jürgen Eckloff : "Kompositionen Ohne Grund" (Laub Records) 2003.
02: Dieter Müh : "Gil Blas" (Functional) 2002.
03: The Dead Mauriacs : "Le Naufrage Des Iles Artificielles Gonflables Motorisées" (NPH)
04: Nurse With Wound : "I Was No Longer His Dominant" (Vinyl On Demand) 2009.
05: Column One : "The Seventh Mountain" (90% Wasser) 2011.
06: No Festival Of Light : "Divide Et Impera Pt. 2" (The Releasing Eskimo) 1998.
07: The Dead Mauriacs : "Dans Le Labyrinthe" (NPH) 2015.
(Part of the "Un Puzzle" trilogy recorded for MuhMur Radio)
08: Brume : "Glossy Black Fruits" (Side A). (Blossoming Noise) 2011.
09: The Dead Mauriacs : "Can You Hear The MuhMur?" (NPH) 2015.
(Part of the "Un Puzzle" trilogy recorded for MuhMur Radio)
10: Mark Durgan : "The Roots Of Beech Trees Wrapped In Moss" (No-Fi) 2008.
11: The Dead Mauriacs : "Nouvelles Functions Exotiques" (NPH) 2015.
(Part of the "Un Puzzle" trilogy recorded for MuhMur Radio).
12: Ditterich Von Euler-Donnesperg : "Die Klagesänge Des Kleinen Fritz" (Die Stadt) 2003.
13: The Dead Mauriacs : "Cocktail Mètallique/Intermède Cinètique/Intrigue Èlectronique/
Dimanche Exotique" (NPH) 2014.
14: Clock DVA : "Sons Of Sons" (Polydor Records) 1982.
15: Clock DVA : "Theme From (I.M.D.)" (Polydor Records) 1982.
1 & 2 : The Dead Mauriacs artwork.
3: The River (soun)Dart.
Friday, 15 May 2015
Just around the corner from Hartop Towers is Villa Rosa, a house once lived in by Irish playwright and author Seàn O'Casey. It came as a complete surprise to me that the route I have been walking to SoundArt studios in Dartington passes the last place Seàn lived. "Tingrith" is just inside the border of Totnes along the Dartington Road. Looks a bit like a Buckfast drinker's squat at the moment but the place will always (now) hold an interest for me.
For those that know me will know that I have a diploma of sorts in theatre (light & design), and I have a soft spot for Irish playwrights, Beckett being top of the tree (of course).
Tonights programme was at the new starting time of 8 o' clock. 5 minutes to air and Dave and I discover that we were locked out of the studio, luckily Dave knew the back way in … getting sneaky in sneakyville … and we made with seconds to spare. The programme features a special mix from Alistair of Aetheric Records. For some reason unknown to man, I had written Aethnor Records on my playlist, mentioning this on a few occasions - I apologise. Aetheric Records are based in Sowerby Bridge (West Yorkshire) and can be found at : https://aetheric-records.bandcamp.com They release high quality 3" CDR's, masters of drone and musique concret.
Please have a listen : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-broadcast-140515/
01: Jacques Beloeil / Michael Anacker : "30" (Entr'acte) 2010.
02: Daniel Löwenbrűck + Marcellvs L. : "Stallgewitter (Extract)" (Ideal Recordings) 2014.
03: Daniel Kaufman : "A Game Of Damage (Part 2)" (Aetheric Records) 2014.
04: Lost Trail : "Year-Streaked Walls" (Aetheric Records) 2015.
05: D. Burke Mahoney : "Movement 2" (Aetheric Records) 2014.
06: Slow Thaw : "Herntwolf" (Aetheric Records) 2015.
07: People-Eaters + Kai Colo : "Echoes (Leytonstone Mix)" (Invisible City) 2015.
08: Z.Z. : "Overture" (Abandonment) 2012.
09: Virgin Prunes : "Ulkanakulot / Decline & Fall" (Rough Trade Records) 1982.
10: Lost Trail : "Leaving Burlington" (Aetheric Records) 2015.
11: Grey Park : "Out Of Space" (267 Lattajjaa) 2012.
12: Left Hand Right Hand : "Puppet Death" (N D) 1994.
13: Michael Barthel : "Unbekanter (Klage 1)" (Fragment Factory) 2013.
14: Virgin Prunes : "Sweet Home Under White Clouds" (Rough Trade Records) 1982.
Next programme will be on May 28 at 20:00 hours (gmt)
01 - 03: "Tingrith"
04: Dave approaching frustration.
05: it's AETHERIC RECORDS!!
Sunday, 10 May 2015
I have just spent a pleasant while listening to the debut release of Dan Olsson. "The Creature From Outer Space" is a single sided C90 on the Half-Night label.
Not what I expected (as Crispy Ambulance once said). I heard about this release via Æther mainman Jonas Lindgren, he posted an advert for the tape on his Facebook page. I have come to love the work of Jonas and his Æther project, also his collaboration with Michael Idehall as Amalthea. Their deep drone, ritual and trance like releases have been continual here at Hartop Towers. Not that it should be, but "The Creature From Outer Space" is nothing like these two projects.
"The Creature From Outer Space" is a soundtrack to a film I have yet to see. I checked my Dennis Gifford book of horror movies and then run a check through IMDB and there is no film called "The Creature From Outer Space", so it is either a film yet to be seen outside the world of Dan Olsson or a film of the mind, but it is definitely a soundtrack album. Eleven pieces with titles such as "Travelling To Earth", "Research Team Arriving Strange Landscape" and "Death Of Jane" depicting scenes or scenarios. The sound is quite intriguing with synthesisers and modulators mixing with strings, piano and whispered voice. It all makes for a great listen. As with most "soundtrack" albums, the pieces remain largely under-developed and in some cases the track just cuts off "dead" - when it could have carried on (and on), but I suppose there was a "scene change".
Memories of Pink Floyd and their "More" LP and sometimes Clock DVA with their "Alternative Soundtrack To Texas Chainsaw Massacre" but over ridingly Robert Haigh and Sema.
I am interested to hear Dan's next release …
The cassette is limited to 80 copies only and available from www.half-night.bandcamp.com and like all tapes these days it comes with a free download code.
Saturday, 2 May 2015
As from May 14 the new time for MuhMur Radio is 20:00 hours to 22:00 hours GMT. The programme is still available at SoundArt Radio 102.5 FM and streamed live at soundartradio.org.uk it's just that the earlier time means that Dave and I get to get home earlier! (Some of us have work in the morning) …