Wednesday, 19 August 2015
There will be an extra MuhMur Radio broadcast this month, as Harbinger Sound main man and vinyl addict Steve Underwood will present a special programme. Steve will be travelling down from Nottingham with a box of records to play, and maybe spill a few words of wisdom about the sounds he is spinning. The programme will be broadcast live on August 30 at 20:00 hours (gmt) and last for about 3 hours … If you are in the South Hams / Torbay area of Devon you can tune in to : SOUNDART RADIO 102.5 FM, or hear the live stream at www.soundartradio.org.uk the programme will (as always) be archived on MixCloud.
Later next month MuhMur will have author and former editor / sub-editor of "Music From The Empty Quarter" and "Immerse" magazines Mathew F. Riley presenting a special programme. Details will follow.
01: An artists impression.
02 & 03: Some of Steve's choice cuts.
Friday, 7 August 2015
Ten years after (and no sign of Alvin Lee). On tonights programme I played a piece by Koji Tano / M:S:B:R in memory of his passing ten years ago, and a piece from Michael Muennich to celebrate his first ten years as head of one of Germany's finest labels Fragment Factory. Also played a "Business Card" CDR by Kevin Sanders. I have no idea of the title, but it "might" be called "Last Breath". If anyone can help here please get in touch. The sad passing of Mancunian madman and poet John The Postman is also marked as is three pieces from the soon to be released Circuit Breaker LP. "My Descent Into Capital" will be released by Harbinger Sound on October 1.
Blue skies over SoundArt whilst broadcasting …
Please Cut & Paste & Listen :
For the first 16 minutes I listed Enhet För Fri Musik as "Dokumnet 1 Side 1" because if a band name is listed four or more times folk in certain countries such as USA can't hear the programme as it breaks copyright laws. (No me neither). So here I have play listed each track.
01: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Pä Väg Hem"
02: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Improvisation"
03: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Vaqqvisa"
04: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Det Lilla Som Finns Kvar Inam Oss"
05: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Jorden"
06: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Den Stig Va Vaudras På"
(All tracks from the LP "Dokument 1" on Holidays Records. 2015).
07: Michael Muennich : "Zelphabet Soup" (Zelphabet) 2012.
08: M:S:B:R : "Electrovegetarianism (Part Two)" (Pinch-A-Loaf Productions) 1996.
09: Throbbing Gristle : "Greasy Spoon" (The Grey Area) 2007.
10: I.B.F. : "There Still There" (Harbinger Sound) 2008.
11: Helm : "Silencer 2" (Death Waltz Originals) 2015.
12: Kevin Sanders : "Last Breath" (Hairdryer Excommunication) 2015.
13: Clock DVA : "Ambiviolence" (Vinyl On Demand) 2015.
14: Circuit Breaker : "SE 1" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
15: Circuit Breaker : "Commercial" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
16: Circuit Breaker : "Fault" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
17: Dome : "The Red Tent (Parts 1 & 2)" (The Grey Area) 1992.
18: Experimental Audio Research : "Data Rape (Part 9)" (Earworm) 1998.
19: John The Postman : "Mahatma Ghandi's Heartbreakers" (Overground Records) 1998.
20: Cabaret Voltaire : "Eastern Mantra" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
The next programme will be broadcast on August 20.
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
It was a few weeks ago whilst perusing the Vinyl On Demand web site trying to gather information on the latest Clock DVA "Horology 2" box set that I saw that VOD were also releasing an album by Cacophony '3.3'. I was pleasantly surprised, I didn't think the work of Kev Kettle had reached the ears of Frank at VOD, I had to buy a copy.
Cacophony '3.3' were prolific throughout the 1980's and 1990's releasing a myriad / plethora of cassettes. Based in Lincoln Cacophony '3.3' is the brainchild of Kev Kettle. There have been collaborators in the past but it has always been Kevin's baby.
I first came across the name of Cacophony '3.3' in the mid 1990's, reading reviews of his cassette releases in every edition of "Music From The Empty Quarter" magazine. Each review had the contact address of St. Catherines in Lincoln. Intrigued. I was living in Yorkshire at the time and the fact that someone was producing sounds worthy of a mention in the mighty MFTEQ magazine and from an address so close to Dave Crewe's old house in Lincoln had me intrigued.
By 1997 I was living back in Lincoln and seeking out interesting folk to have a chat and drink with. Lincoln had changed since I was last there (around 10 years earlier). I met Mick McDaid the MC of Outsider Records, he had put out records by Delphium, Stephen Meixner, Project D.A.R.K. and Cacophony '3.3'. We arranged a meet with Kevin and it turned out I was living about 1 minutes walk from "Park Holme".
Kevin gave me some fine tapes. There was one release called "Car Boot" that was absolutely brilliant (I am using past tense as I have lost / sold / mislaid the cassette). Kev had collected old reel to reel tapes bought at car boot sales in Lincolnshire and randomly spliced them together (splicing blind) to make a new sound (with the odd overdub), it truly was a work of genius. Then there was this other side to Cacophony '3.3'. The more commercial side, the more … this wouldn't be out of place on Third Mind Records side of Kev's work with full polyphonic synth and heavy yamaha drum machine patterns with freestyle electric guitars. Think Konstruktivists and / or Legendary Pink Dots.
"Park Holme Recordings 1983 - 1989" concentrates on the latter and to some extent the release is slightly disappointing. Included are the prog moments, the "white reggae" moments, the easy listening cocktail jazz style moments breaking into John Shuttleworth moments - but then again There is "In My Hair" which brings to mind Coil circa "Scatology" and the excellent raw primal noise of "Saw Throat" and "Gollum Goes Trance" an epic instrumental built of acoustic guitars and keys a la Death In June.
I wish Kevin had included his more "experimental"pieces. Maybe there will be a volume two?
In 1998 I asked Cacophony '3.3' to play live in Lincoln with Dieter Mūh at Grafton House. The gig was co-promoted by Outsider Records. I still have a recording from the gig. A chap called Martin Speck was on bass. T'was an interesting night out ….
"Park Holme Recordings 1983 - 1989" is available from Vinyl On Demand and Tesco Organistaion in Europe. It's an interesting release and something that I thought I would never see - I am very pleased for Kev - his work deserves a bigger audience and a vinyl release.
01: The LP + 7"EP.
02: My copy of a Cacophony '3.3' CDR of the live gig in Lincoln.
Friday, 24 July 2015
For tonights programme Le Syndicat (J.M. Onni) provided some exclusive and rare sounds. The tracks from "Prothesis Pack" are culled from two early (1981) tapes "Spermicide" and "Totalitarisme". The material has been digitalised by Entre Vifs. "Prothesis Pack" is planned for 2016 release by Vinyl On Demand. "Plasmoglitch #2" is a collaboration between Le Syndicat and Pharmakustik (Siegmar Fricke) and is planned for 2016 release by Rotorelief.
"We Owe You" was my first experience of Le Syndicat, it is on the 2xC90 compilation "Wolfsangel" released in 1986 by Peter Zincken's Bloedvlagprodukt label.
For asll things Le Syndicat go to http://www.rotorelief.com
01: The Bim Prongs : "Walking In Rhythm" (Disembraining Songs) 2015.
02: Unknown Singing Objects : "Brunzkees (Gastänger Pizza Ni Ni) (Albert Detzel) 2015.
03: Le Syndicat : "Prothesis Pack #5" (Le Syndicat) 1981.
04: Le Syndicat : "Prothesis Pack #6" (Le Syndicat) 1981.
05: Le Syndicat : "Prothesis Pack #7" (Le Syndicat) 1981.
("Prothesis Pack" is to be released in 2016 on Vinyl On Demand).
06: Le Syndicat : "Move" (Le Syndicat) 1999.
07: Torpsquartet : "No Title" (Bloedvlagprodukt) 1986.
08: Le Syndicat : "We Owe You" (Bloedvlagprodukt) 1986.
09: Le Syndicat : "Idol Breaking" (Rotorelief) 2010.
10: Le Syndicat : "Lost Empire (Part Two)" (Thirdtypetapes) 2015.
11: Le Syndicat + Pharmakustik : "Plasmoglitch #2" (Rotorelief) 2010.
(Unreleased piece projected for release in 2016).
12: Whitehouse : "Cruise (Force The Truth - Instrumental Mix)" (Susan Lawly) 2001.
13: Sleaford Mods : "Bronx In A Six" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
14: Sleaford Mods : "Talk Bollocks" (In A Car/Salon Alter Hammer) 2015.
Take a listen. (Copy & Paste) : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-broadcast-230715/
01: Le Syndicat Source!
02: J.M. Onni live in Lille 2014.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Staying with the Brighton based label Strange Rules (see previous post on Cheapmachines) and the C20 cassette release "Opalescent Blue" by Cremation Lily & False Moniker.
Since experiencing Cremation Lily live in Belgium last year it has been a great pleasure discovering his sound through various releases - mostly cassettes on his own Strange Rules label - but there are others .. vinyl on Harbinger Sound and Alter as well as tapes on Total Black and Fusty Cunt. (I know, some folk never learn).
"Opalescent Blue" has been released to coincide with an exhibition at the Collectiv National Gallery in Antwerp (Belgium) by Zen Zsigo (Cremation Lily) and Niels Geybels (False Moniker) called "The Storms Of Summer". The exhibition ran throughout July.
Five pieces covering twenty minutes, the pictures painted are incredibly peaceful, floating through time and space. Side one features an ethereal guitar á la Durutti Column set against such sounds as children playing, calls to prayer, engine running drones and a great heartbeat pulse. The sound is slightly lo-fi, the sounds are quite "murky" in places .. but that does not distract from the overall atmosphere. Side two has three opposing pieces - still the "floating in space and time" synthetic sounds - "Stars That Outline Your Body" has Zen screaming a poem accompanied by "biscuit tin" style percussion. Not the greatest but it does remind me that Cremation Lily are associated with Unrest Productions. A short interlude of lock groove and vinyl "run-off" manipulation leads us to the finale and the excellent "Paradise Capsules". The coupling of heavy keyboard against light floating polychord synth waves and a euro dark wave disco backbeat. Cue the dry ice. It is the kind of sound that Belaten have been releasing and distributing of late.
Great tape - a fantastic 20 minutes. I am awaiting the day Cremation Lily (and False Moniker) start releasing on CD or vinyl. "Opalescent Blue" comes with a small booklet of collages and photographs treated and constructed by the artists and is limited to 84 copies. Try http://www.strangerules.com but, like all Cremation Lily tapes at the moment, it won't be there for long.
Monday, 20 July 2015
I have just spent a pleasant while listening to the latest release from Cheapmachines. "Quiet Trade" has been released by Brighton based label Strange Rules. Originally only available as a download (boo) on the Phil Julian / Cheapmachines web site, http://cmx.org.uk, those fine fellows at Strange Rules have decided to put it out as physical matter albeit in an edition of 84.
The four pieces were recorded throughout 2012 at various locations in London and Berlin and I think the recordings catch Phil Julian on the cusp of dropping the Cheapmachines moniker and becoming (simply) Phil Julian.
#1 is a great introduction, a journey down corridors and into rooms. Warm but with a sense of unease. I sense a nod towards the work of Nurse With Wound in this piece. Drone work with quiet murmurings and hums, static, empty spaces with shuffling beings. A moth caught in the lampshade, a gentleman in an iron lung … These are strange rooms. Half way through the piece and a door is opened into the room that reminds us that in 2012 Phil Julian was a member of The New Blockaders. #2 brings to mind David Jackman, but that is just scratching the surface…and cymbals. Abstract sounds creating a cacophonous symphony. Piano, drill, resonances & vibrations, Tibetan bells and bellowed organ sounds.
Flip the tape and there is a warm opening, a beautiful organ drone waving not drowning in a peaceful place. Nurse With Wound's classic "Soliloquy For Lilith" is evoked. #4 picks up the pace, a race through space with a pocketful of contact mic's. 2012 and Phil Julian was playing a few gigs with BBBlood … the influence is obvious here. And like Putrefier became Mark Durgan and BBBlood became Paul Watson, Cheapmachines became Phil Julian.
A brilliant release and despite being 3 years old - not dated at all. As mentioned it is an ultra limited release so go to : http://www.strangerules.bigcartel.com/product/cheapmachines-quiet-trade-cs-rule-092
£5.00 well spent.
Saturday, 18 July 2015
Back in 2001 I saw Treriksrøset at the Fylkingen in Stockholm. His performance was billed as "One Man Static Live No-Show". Dark Mother Wood's debut live performance at South Brent Old School Community Centre could be described as similar. One man sat in a chair, no visuals, no movement just pure noise. Of course back in those days, 14 years ago, harsh noise wall as a style, as a genre did not exist. Dark Mother Wood (on this occasion) were HNW.
Dark Mother Wood is Alasdair Robertson, sound artist, photographer, South Brent resident and presenter of the "Clicks & Hum" radio programme on SoundArt Radio (102.5 FM). Dark Mother Wood present some interesting, eye catching imagery on their Facebook page and describe their sound as electro-acoustic folk. I still think Harsh Noise Wall is nearer.
The fifteen minute performance took place in the library of the community centre. Acoustically brilliant and on the same surreal level as watching Nocturnal Emissions and Nick Bullen in a village hall in Polruan (try and find that place on a map)! This wasn't a gig in the traditional sense of the word, it was a live broadcast as part of an awareness raiser for the work of SoundArt Radio and South Brent Community Radio. Earlier in the day there were performances from Lucy Simister and Antony Jinman along with poetry, quizzes and local conversation. Dark Mother Wood closed the proceedings.
Alasdair provided fifteen minutes of free-form noise. Shortwave / Longwave radio conversations, tape machines, headphones as microphones, distortion machines, a box that clicked and hummed, wind-up machines, and a continual high pitched sine wave … and it was this that became obstructive to some of the sounds that were building. I have seen a performance (on the Internet) by French artist Vomir, this sounded very similar. Perhaps the performance needed visuals, but then (and at the same time) it was a performance for the radio, hopefully the next performance will feature imagery / visuals, theatre and the surround.
Alasdair handed me his debut release .. a Dark Mother Wood Floppy Disk. Excellent. I shall treasure.
01: Old School Community Centre, South Brent.
02: Dark Mother Wood prepare for broadcast.
03: Chris & Dave (SoundArt FM) on the mix.
04: Dark Mother Wood and the table of elements.
05: Pappin' in da old skool with Dave + Alice.
06: Dark Mother Wood Floppy Disk.