Friday, 29 April 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) :
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
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 : http://www.acousticcameras.org/playlist/the-dead-mauriacs/ 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 www.soundartradio.org 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
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 : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-appliance-special/
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).