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) …
Friday, 1 May 2015
In honour of Walpurgis Night I chose a playlist that was tinged with the occult. It was good fun to build. Two noticeable pieces are the short Hunting Horn introduction from the first ever Muhviertel live performance that took place at Manchester PSV Club in May 1985. (30 years ago), also an unreleased two minute track called "Wicker" by Dieter Müh + Lon Milo DuQuette. It was originally to be the B-Side of "The Call" album with a lock groove, but the idea / execution became too much of a headache! If there is an interested party out there who wants to release it …
I am really enjoying the atmosphere of the new studio space at Dartington, and hopefully soon I will be able to host some live performances.
Anyway - please take a listen to the programme. Copy + Paste : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-soundart-radio-walpurgisnacht-broadcast/
Please feel free to comment.
01: 400 Blows : "Beat The Devil" (Concrete Productions) 1982.
02: Dieter Müh + Lon Milo DuQuette : "The Call" (Haemoccult Recordings) 2008.
03: Column One : "W. Transmissions 4 (Side 2)" (StateArt) 2000.
04: Non : "Lucifer, The Morning Star" (Mute Records) 1997.
05: Psychic TV : "Unclean" (Temple Records) 1984.
06: Trepaneringsritualen : "Veil The World" (Cold Spring Records) 2015.
07: Killing Joke : "Follow The Leader" (Editions EG/Malicious Damage) 1981.
08: Muhviertel : "Kugel Aktion - Live Introduction" (Carnifex Recordings) 1987.
09: Thossian Process : "Circles Burning" (Striate Cortex) 2012.
10: Alice Kemp : "Impregnator Of The Death Mouth" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
11: Dieter Müh + Lon Milo DuQuette : "Wicker" (Not On Label) 2008.
12: Burial Hex : "In Psychic Defence" (Sound Of Cobra) 2011.
13: Current 93 : "I Dance Narcoleptic" (Coptic Cat) 2010.
14: Non : "Out Out Out" (Mute Records) 1997.
The next broadcast is on May 14 and at the NEW regular time of 20:00 GMT.
01: Waiting for the train to Totnes at Newton Abbot.
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Third time lucky.
When the fixture list came out last July the first match I looked for was Torquay United at home against Lincoln City. A shame is was to be played in January, over halfway through the season but worth the wait. Or so I thought.
I have always kept an eye out for Lincoln City, try and see how they are fairing. A lot easier when they were stalwarts of Division 4 (aka Division 2), but now they are in the same league as Torquay United I can actually get to see them once a season. I used to go to Sincil Bank a lot when I was a youth. 9-12 years old, before booze and girls …. the last time I saw Lincoln City was in 1997 at Notts County ground, for a laugh my mates and I went in the "away end", can't remember the result but a Notts County fan did run on the pitch and twat the referee … oh how we laughed …
The Lincoln match in January was postponed … Torquay United had progressed in some lower league cup so were now playing cup matches as priority. The match was re-arranged for a Tuesday evening in February. My son was a tad disappointed as the January match was part of his 9th birthday presents .. ah well (like the Queen) he can have two birthdays. The Tuesday night match suddenly became four days before a home match…a home match that was the second leg of the cup semi-final. Winner takes all and gets a game at Wembley. Just to make certain that this game was going ahead I 'phoned the club, asked about ticket prices (£14 for adult - £5 for youth) and if the match was going ahead - pitch was fine and playable according to the man at the end of the line.
We both arrived at 7.30pm on a cold and freezing night at Plainmoor to find the ground in darkness. All gates locked all shutters down. Lighting off and nobody to be seen. We walked around the ground twice, surely some "postponed" notice on a gate or post? No. Surely someone from the club or a steward to explain why Plainmoor was a ghost town? No. A chap outside the "Boots & Laces" pub told us "Match cancelled due to waterlogged pitch". Strange, because it hadn't rained for a couple of days and certainly not after my 'phone conversation with a club employee who said the pitch was perfect and playable. Conspiracy theories abound. At 1.30pm a referee from North Devon was contacted to "test the pitch" - not the match referee but an independent referee and he called the pitch "unplayable" so Torquay United called the game off - with Lincoln City supporters en route. They (simply) did not want any injuries before the semi-final.
Luckily Torquay United lost the semi-final against Wrexham and so missed out on a day at Wembley. We went to the Wrexham game. It was probably the worst game of football I have ever seen.
So third time lucky. Torquay United vs. Lincoln City Tuesday April 14. 7.45pm kick off.
For some inexplicable reason the price per adult had gone from £14 to £19. £19 for a grown man to watch this rubbish - no wonder attendances at Plainmoor are in decline. Champions League football was on TV. The programme was at a reduced price of £2 because it was the programme for the re-arranged match in February and completely out of date re-squad members. Still, it did have a history of Lincoln City FC that included a picture of the 1976 team. The Mighty Imps when Graham Taylor was the manager and Bert Loxley was the physio. I went to school with Bert's daughter, Julie. I also won a Graham Taylor award for being man of the match in some final I played at Sincil Bank - would have 1975 or 1976. Anyway.
The attendance on the night was announced at 1349 - more like 800. I counted 35 Lincoln City fans in the away end, I could have carried on around the ground but the match was on! The first half was a game of head tennis. It doesn't matter if the pitch is "unplayable" as Torquay United play 90% of their game in the air. Lincoln City did try and get the ball down and play on the ground - use the wings etc, but neither team had a shot on target in the first half.
Second half was more exciting, but perhaps that was because the night drew in and nothing quite beats a night match. Under the lights. This was Oscar's first night match .. he was excited. And then a member of the security team came over and told me he had been watching me on his CCTV and I was taking pictures … with MY CAMERA! Verboten at Plainmoor. I could take pictures on a mobile device like a phone or tablet but not with a camera. My camera is mobile, but this chap was not for arguing and I didn't want to be Cameraless In Plainmoor (to misquote Aldous Huxley).
Simon Aldous also went to school with Julie Loxley. No idea what has happened to both.
Well, that was the final straw, my enjoyment over. £19 entrance, £2 for an out of date programme, £2.50 for a bottle of pop and a Kit-Kat and then being told I couldn't take pictures of a football match - a belated birthday present for my son. Singled out - a troublemaker …
Torquay United seriously need to sort out their public relations …
And then there was a free kick, Aaron Downes quickly took the kick, over the heads of the City defenders to an off-side Ashley Yeoman who slid it the back of the net from 15 yards. 1-0 and game over … Man Of The Match was Torquay United keeper Dan Lavercombe (name is nowhere to be seen in the programme) who didn't have one save to make. Figure that one out.
Next season I shall avoid Plainmoor & Torquay United. I'll go the once to see them play Lincoln City and see who they have down as pre-season friendlies, but otherwise I'll take Oscar to watch football at Exeter or maybe Plymouth Argyle?
1: Gilbert "The Gull" (surprisingly not foul-mouthed).
2: Oscar watches "Kick-Off".
3: Game on. (Security guard coming over to try and take my camera away).
4: The Mighty Imps. 1976. Bert on far right.
5: Sneaky picture. (Defiant)!
Oh, I forgot to mention the 10 year old Lincoln City fan who won the 50/50 raffle prize of £95 and then got booed by the Torquay United crowd when he came to collect it at half time. Shame on them. An away "fan" putting money in to the club. How dare he!
This is a photograph of a tree I walk past on the way to the SoundArt Radio studio. It is in the gardens of Dartington Hall Estate and I use it as a kind of halfway marker. I call it the "Dancing Wayang" tree. It reminds me of the logo for Dutch label Dancing Wayang. Now the bright nights and summer months are here the taxi drivers of Totnes will feel the pinch as I will walk the 3-4 miles from the off-licence to radio station … got to keep fit!
Tonight's programme was mainly cassette based featuring the complete side of the latest release by Lost Harbours. "Engure Ezers" is a split tape with Waterflower and available on Jozik Records. Available here: http://www.jozikrecords.net Hopefully there will be more Lost Harbours in upcoming shows. I also played 2 tracks from the new Amalthea cassette on Cloister Recordings US. A brilliant project made up of Michael Idehall and Jonas Lindgren.
On the night there were slight technical problems with the first 15 minutes being broadcast as "dead air" then we realised that the turntable was wired in all wrong and the tape machine was playing up! All problems solved by the programme's engineer, Dave. (Thanks Dave). The MixCloud upload has the programme "in full"!
01: Amalthea : "Gothenberg Point Chaud" (Cloister Recordings) 2015.
02: Circuit Breaker : "Portals" (Tombed Visions) 2014.
03: Bourbonese Qualk : "Return To Order" (Mannequin) 2015.
04: Lost Harbours : "Engure Ezers" (Jozik Records) 2015.
05: Trepaneringsritualen & Sutekh Hexen : "100 Year Storm III" (Pesanta) 2015.
06: Devo : "Girl U Want (Live)" (Virgin Records) 1993.
07: The Human League : "Dancevision" (Virgin Records) 1980.
08: The Misz : "Le Joli Jardin" (EE Tapes) 2014.
09: Ekman : "Inhale" (Belaten) 2012.
10: We Be Echo : "Inside Life's Wire" (Vinyl On Demand) 2009.
11: Simple Minds : "Changeling" (Virgin Records) 2003.
12: Leif Elggren : "The Upper Corridor And The Lower (Oh God It's Too Early)"
(Ideal Recordings/Firework Editions) 2013.
13: Amalthea : "Solidarity Of Ancient Ways" (Cloister Recordings) 2015.
14: Stuart Chalmers : "Wind Voices" (Hairdryer Excommunication) 2015.
15: MyTrip : "Wait For Me" (Amek) 2015.
16: Extnddntwrk : "Breath In" (Fourth Dimension Records) 2014.
17: Bourbonese Qualk : "Confrontation" (Mannequin) 2015.
Listen here : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-fm-broadcast-16042015/
The next programme will be on April 30.
Monday, 13 April 2015
Harbinger Sound carry on their year of fine releases with a 7" single by Devon based performance / sound artist Alice Kemp. Her main outlet for sonic soundart has been under the banner of Germseed, but since 2013 and the CDR "Decay And Persistence" on the German label Fragment Factory she is now (simply) Alice Kemp.
The beautifully titled "Impregnator Of The Death Mouth" is comprised of two 7 minute + pieces, both carrying the highly original titles of "Untitled". Side A is built of low end vibrations, reverberations and bass tone frequencies, fast, inhaling and exhaling…whispers in the breeze. It has a sinister air and brings to mind EVP Recordings by the likes of Michael Esposito and Jan Warnke. The Fantom Auditory Operations. A sense of souls trapped, subterranean and cold.
Side B has the legend "Hippie Jokes In Dead Wax" etched in to the run-out grooves. It is all dulcimer and divine wind. A peaceful air in opposition to the trapped feelings generated by Side A. But then, a creeping element rises in the form of a genderless moan. The Death Mouth?
Accompanying the single is a 12 page booklet - a series of photographs by Paul Watson of The Lazarus Corporation - printed on high quality paper. In the photographs Alice is wearing an Eastern silk gown, then a death mask, a fetish of teeth appears to encompass Alice, dripping wax down the neck and breasts. The final photograph is of the mask itself. The death mouth? The two sides tell the story.
A worthy release. The pressing is not too brilliant, there are moments when the sounds snap, crackle and pop giving the feel of an old and recently discovered wax cylinder recording - perhaps that was the idea? I can't help thinking that it could have been a little C20 cassette release then perhaps the sound quality would have been better but as an artifact, as a release, a vinyl release, it is essential. I think Fragment Factory are the sole European distributors for this single - and limited to 150 only. Get in touch with them at : http://store.fragmentfactory.com
1: "Impregnator Of The Death Mouth" single cover.
2: Alice Kemp.
3: Alice Kemp live at Dartington (Studio 20) 2013.