Sunday, 25 September 2016

Maurizio Bianchi

M.B. Maurizio Bianchi is one of those artists who I like what I have heard but have not heard enough … 
I first came across the name M.B. back in the early 1980's when I bought a copy of the Leibstandarte SS.MB 12" "Triumph Of The Will". 99 pence, secondhand in the Notting Hill Gate Record + Tape Exchange. I bought it for the name / title alone not realising it was the work of Steve Stapleton, Whitehouse or M.B. 
But back in the early 1980's, in Lincoln, it was very hard to get to hear or purchase releases by M.B. There was no immediate outlet, it was even hard to get hold of the magazines to get contacts to write away for the releases. A certain amount of effort was required and a lot of releases / artists / projects got missed. Last week I bought the latest 7"EP by John Duncan and I certainly throw him in to this category, releasing a multitude of "must hear / must have" vinyl + tapes but either missing the release altogether or spending money on more obtainable stuff. Taking the trip to Selectadisc in Nottingham. 
Pre-Internet days and I only ever saw one M.B. album in the racks of my local record store. I bought a copy of "Industrial Murder/Menstrual Bleeding" from Red Rhino Records in York. 1992. And now the whole M.B. cannon is available on the world wide web, direct from labels or secondhand through sites like Discogs … but where do I start? Like John Duncan, I would love to hear and have it all .. but where do I begin? 

My knowledge of Maurizio Bianchi is pretty slim. Italian noise maker who was involved in the aforementioned brilliant Leibstandarte SS.MB 12" and had a cracking track on the Broken Flag compilation "Neuengamme" (1982). "Industrial Murder/Menstrual Bleeding" is still industrial noise - quite lo-fi but mesmeric. There were articles declaring he was part of an Italian Fascist Movement, there were reports of him being a born again christian and denouncing his past, and he has retired more times than Frank Sinatra. A man of mystery. 
Last week I managed to get a copy of the latest M.B. release, the CD album "Mikromusicha" on Belgian label EE Tapes. I had no pre-conception towards its' sound. No idea what M.B. sounds like in 2016. 

The term MIKROMUSICHA means that branch of the sound world that deals with infinitesimal molecules interact with the neuronal apparatus of the individual fully aware of its limitations. For its characteristic developing sound within the membranes of the linear modulation experimental, MIKROMUSICHA fits nicely with the deepest emotions and the intimate passions.I wanted to transfer the same feelings through five sections, finely machined, so as to bring the listener into the world of the most visceral spirituality, to his eternal benefit. - M. B.

Five pieces in just over an hours worth of sound. Starting with "Infinitesimo" starts the journey with a recording of spaces and echoes in a grand room. An orchestral choral drone floating around. Other noises interject - a great cracking of static electricity for example cuts right through the air. The sound is dramatic, religious and dramatic. 
The album moves along with a mechanical pace, factory production line sounds, high speed rattles. "Membrane" is what I imagine tinnitus to be like with treated high pitch bird song, and "Intimita' E Passioni" having a menacing three dimensional sound of dark empty streets, a ghostly atmosphere is built with a "what lurks beyond"? feel. "Spiritualia Viscerale" ends the album. The "mellowest" piece over the past fifty minutes. Muted sound that puts you listening from the inside of some glass container. 

A very pleasant listen that sets the mind and ears thinking. "Mikromusicha" is limited to 100 copies only and available through EE Tapes. Website is Easy. Certainly easier than it was in 1982. 
Now I want to hear "Symphony For A Genocide" and the collaboration with Cheapmachines .. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Released this month is a new cassette from Swedish industrialists Alfarmania. "Vid Sōmnens Sista Tråd" (which could mean "the last thread of sleep") is a single sided C60 (ish) tape on Styggelse. Styggelse being the label of main Alfarmania pragmatist Kristian Olsson.
The tape is a collection of rare tracks from Alfarmania released in 2015. Kicking off with three tracks from the lathe cut 7" released by Spanish label 8EMinis. 20 copies only and very hard to come across. I know as I tried to get one on release …. "Vid Sōmnens Sista Tråd" has a compulsive and dramatic chord / drone that morphs in to buzzing irritation, a scraping of scrap metals that transform in to angular feedback and distorted and distressed vocals. It's all subterranean, like sticking your head in to a deep deep well and hearing the sounds of Hades. "Kvick I Jord" is a swirl of souls, their slow heartbeats and pulses lost in limbo. "Lomsk" ("Sly") features fellow Swede Tommy Carlsson on "backing cock". Who are the members of Alfarmania these days? They were a duo once, a long time ago. A guy called Tony used to appear. No mention of him here … "Lomsk" is the cream of the cassette with its' wall of untuned radios, their frequencies riding a rollercoaster in a post apocalyptic theme park.
To have the lathe cut 7" must be an honour. The tape is grateful.
"En Otrampad Stig" ("An Uncharted Path") is more Survival Unit than Alfarmania. Sounding like a late 20th Century Genocide Organ, no surprise it was released by Unrest Productions on a compilation to celebrate Alfarmania's live UK debut.
There is an unlisted piece on the tape … a real "edgy" piece, a sound that is straining against the wire, almost reaching the point of collapse mixing clicks and hums against an assured force. One of those tracks that, when finished, made me rewind the cassette and want to play again and again …


The Alframania web site hasn't altered in three years, so try the Facebook page or failing that Cold Spring (in the UK).

Friday, 16 September 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 15:09:2016.

Back on the air after 4 weeks away, and playing a lot of sounds that have appeared over the summer. New 7" singles from Contrastate, Dale Cornish + Phil Julian and Louie Rice and new cassette releases from Alice Kemp and Amalthea.
The Robert Rental single was originally released in early 1978 on Regular Records, and on 15th September 1978 Lincoln based label Company Records re-issued the single along with "Private Plane" by Thomas Leer. The Company Records HQ wasn't far from where I lived, and I often walked past their address; Fort Barnes, Rookery Lane, Lincoln (opposite Boultham Park) but it was just a postal address. A warehouse. I still held hope for a chance of spotting Robert or Thomas or one of Fatal Charm or The Cigarettes. The folly of youth. I haven't got a copy of the Company Records re-issue so I played the Regular Records version, I don't know if there is a difference. I don't think they went for all that "remastered by" business back in '78.
Please take a listen. (Copy & Paste) :

01: Amalthea : "The Red Flag Of The Dragon" (Cloister Recordings US) 2016.
02: Amalthea : "The Dark God Of Revolution" (Cloister Recordings US) 2016.
03: Mollusk : "Two Petalled" (Reverse Allignment) 2016.
04: Alice Kemp : "Doll (A)" (SoundArt Radio) 2016.
05: Militia : "A Kite Of Glass In A Blood Red Sky" (DPRK) 2008.
06: Contrastate : "The 10/40 Window" (Dirter Promotions) 2016.
07: Dale Cornish & Phil Julian : "Laughing Out" (The Wormhole) 2016.
08: Louie Rice : "45" (Organized Music From Thessaloniki) 2016.
09: Leif Elggren : "DasB1" (Fragment Factory/Rekem Records) 2016.
10: Vit Fana : "Antoniuseld" (Styggelse) 2014.
11: Nocturnal Emissions : "It's Your Mother" (Regelwidrig) 1992.
12: Tarkatak : "Skärva" (Drone Records) 1998.
13: Robert Rental : "Paralysis" (Regular Records) 1978.
14: Broken Lights : "Inadvertance" (Posh Isolation) 2016.
15: v./Ultra Milkmaids : "Load" (Zeromoon) 2002.
16: Troum : "Zayin" (Transgredient Records) 2001.

Next programme will be on September 29.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Secondhand Record Shops #23 : Falmouth

About five or six (great band) years ago I had crossed the border in to Cornwall to go discovering the town of Liskeard. There I saw a shop with the sign "The Only Second Hand Record Shop In Cornwall", so since then my trips to the deep south have been limiting - what's the point?
The sign proved to be a lie, as I was in Falmouth the other day and discovered "Sounds OK", a secondhand record shop that has been operating for 20 or so years.
A small two roomed affair focussing mainly on 60's / 70's / 80's rock and pop but with a healthy and diverse Punk section. I managed to pick up a mint copy of "E(gg)clectic 1" the Fried Egg Records compilation from 1980 for £15. Most LP's seemed to run between £10 + £15. A small selection of Punk singles  - The Clash, Madness, Lene Lovich - standard fayre.
The shop is on Arwenack Street, virtually opposite the Maritime Museum and well worth a visit if driving through these parts.
Now I have to rediscover Bodmin, Truro and Penzance … see if there are any shops there (Can any one help)?

Saturday, 20 August 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 18:08:2016.

Sorry for the delay in writing this … It has been a busy time of late … Chris Booth was working the AdpTour in Totnes and when he popped in to the studio at 10pm to give me a lift back to Torquay we forgot to download the recording on to my USB, so I have had to wait for it to arrive via E Mail. Anyway - enough is the latest MuhMur Radio Broadcast. (Copy + Paste) :

It has been glorious weather here in Devon over the last few days (great band), so glorious it has made me feel like digging out some old Drone Records releases and sitting back and relaxing … It has been great to rediscover some sounds that I haven't heard in many many years. I thought I would play a few on programme. Also in the mix is the new 10" single from Massicot. It's a single produced (initially) for their UK tour which is happening at this moment. I am co-promoting their gig in Exeter on August 26.

This will be the final programme for August, the next broadcast will be on September 15. (20:00).

01: Dave Phillips : "Dogs" (90% Wasser) 2005.
02: Cranioclast : "De Zeester" (Drone Records) 2000.
03: Tho-So-Aa : "Dying Reveal" (Drone Records) 2005.
04: Bryan Lewis Saunders & Arvo Zylo : "The Pleasure Tunnel" (NO PART OF IT) 2015.
05: Ultra Milkmaids : "Lover Time (Kitchen Mix)" (Drone Records) 1998.
06: Bad Sector : "Jackie 1954" (Drone Records) 1996.
07: Yen Pox : "Remove" (Drone Records) 1995.
08: Column One : "Sad Finger" (State Art) 2000.
09: Massicot : "Zem" (Red Wig / Harbinger Sound) 2016.
10: Nolls : "Here Before" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2014.
11: Kraken : "Lamentación No.2" (Lage Laden Lawaii) 2016.
12: PBK : "Impulsion" (EE Tapes) 2003.
13: Kallabris : "Lob Dem Technischen Personal" (Drone Records) 1998.
14: Spear : "Not Two" (Drone Records) 1999.
15: Emaciator : "May We Transcend" (Monorail Trespassing) 2009.
16: Para-Noise Terminal : "Fraktale Der Masse" (Drone Records) 1995.

Friday, 5 August 2016

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 04:08:2016.

Tonight's broadcast is an example of what has come through mail lately at MuhMur HQ. In July I received a package from Chicago based label NO PART OF IT, I have asked the guy who runs the label, Arvo Zylo, if he is interested in sending something "special" for a broadcast, which I am happy to say he is … and in the meantime he sent me some of his recordings and releases. The Arvo Zylo "Hello Walls" Cdr has rarely been out of the disc player. Also of note is the Arvo Zylo and Bryan Lewis Saunders collaboration tape "The Pleasure Tunnel". NO PART OF IT (always capitals, I have no idea why) has a band camp page to listen, and purchase .. treat your ears :
Also in the mix is a side of the new Con-Dom album "How Welcome Is Death To I Who Have Nothing More To Do But Die". Released in June this year this album has blown me away. Always expect strong stuff from Con-Dom but this album takes his sound to another level. It is a classic!
Anyway … I slipped in a track from Ludus as I was trying to find a recording of Throbbing Gristle live at the YMCA (London) in 1979. I thought I had it on cassette, but no … but I did find that the YMCA gig was part of a four day "festival" organised by London promoters Final Solution and on August 4 in 1979 Ludus played alongside Prag Vec and The Tiller Boys. So … I played some Ludus.
The John Hudak piece is taken from the double cassette release "Transcontinental Collaboration" assembled by Sterile Garden + Les Horribles Travailleurs. And apologies to listeners for the abrupt ending of the programme as the chap that follows on from MuhMur Radio came in and decided to turn the CD off. Accident or sabotage?
Take a listen. (copy + paste).

01: Arvo Zylo : "Body Of Defective Memories" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
02: Modelbau : "Juxtaposition" (Midnight Circles) 2016.
03: Ataraxic Ataxia : "Shotgun, Phrenology And A Steady Hand" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
04: Iron Fist Of The Sun : "Born Of Snakes" (Cold Spring Records) 2014.
05: Con-Dom : "Chocolates" (Tesco Organisation) 2016.
06: Con-Dom : "Scream" (Tesco Organisation) 2016.
07: Con-Dom : "t4" (Tesco Organisation) 2016.
08: Con-Dom : "Sleep" (Tesco Organisation) 2016.
09: Giancarlo Toniutti : "This Silent Room" (Vinyl On Demand) 2009.
10: Reynols : "10, 000 Chicken Symphony (A)" (Drone Records) 2000.
11: Ludus : "Acknowledgement" (Les Temps Modernes) 2008.
12: John Hudak : "Untitled (Remix)" (Geräuschmanufaktur) 2016.
13: If, Bwana : "Bowing For Dan Joe" (Nefryt) 2015.

01: Engineer Chris Booth (Editing his recordings of last weekends Elephant Fayre Festival).
02: Alice Kemp (Keeping the MuhMur Posse alive)!
03: The playlist!

Friday, 22 July 2016

MuhMur Radio Broadcast 21:07:2016: Frans de Waard Special.

One of the highlights this year has been the publication of "This Is Supposed To Be A Record Label" by Timeless Editions. The author is (broken) music genius Frans de Waard. It is mainly about Frans' time at the core of Staalplaat R"This Is Supposed To Be A Record Label"ecords and also covering his time as label boss of Korm Plastics. It is refreshingly written with great insight, thought and honesty - a lot like the sounds Frans creates.
It must have been the 1986 compilation cassette "Wolfsangel" where I first came across the work of Kapotte Muziek and since then I've followed the work of Frans de Waard.
Since Xmas 2015 I have been in correspondence with Frans always asking him for something "special" for MuhMur Radio and last month he kindly allowed me to broadcast "Lions", a live performance of Modelbau from June 2016 at Wolvega Lions Club. It was originally put up for free download for a few hours via Frans' website.
The playlist features 2 Kapotte Muziek pieces both titled "Untitled". The first track is from the "Wolfsangel" 2xC90 compilation and the second from "Régénération Dégénérescence", the 1997 double CD compilation on French label Kaon. The solo Frans de Waard piece (Track 7) appears on the 2xC60 compilation "Les Illusions Magnetiques" on Ukranian label Quasi Pop. The full title is :
#1. State Conspiracy #2. Traitor #3. Police Terror #4. No Cops No Masters #5. Servants #6. Tax The Fuck #7. Kick/Kill/Kick #8. Er (Etc) Er #9. ? #10. Track Seven #11. Disco Chant/Beat #12. The Richness Of Poverty #13. Plastic Bag Take Away #14. Traitor (Again) #15. Smoking

21 July 2016 was the first day of the School Holidays so before the broadcast Tamsin and the kids ran wild around Dartington Estate Gardens … And Chris Booth was at the studio to assist in all things technical.
Take a listen : (Copy & Paste)

01: Wieman : "Alive Futurist Manifesta" (Korm Plastics/Attenuation Circuit) 2016.
02: Kapotte Muziek : "Untitled" (Nihilistic Recordings) 1986.
03: Modelbau : "Lions" (Not On Label) 2016.
04: Beequeen : "Long Stones And Circles" (Staalplaat) 1997.
05: Kapotte Muziek : "Untitled" (Kaon) 1997.
06: Frans de Waard : "#1 - #15" (Quasi Pop Records) 2013.
07: Freiband : "Nichts" (Vinyl On Demand) 2006.
08: Phantom Plastics : "I'm Freezing" (Korm Plastics) 2015.
09: Kapotte Muziek : "Borisov MX2" (Insofar Vapor Bulk) 2002.
10: Modelbau : "Glaze" (Korm Digital) 2015.
11: Beequeen : "Golden Circle" (Korm Plastics) 1999.

The next MuhMur Radio broadcast will be on August 4.

01: "This Is Supposed To Be A Record Label" by Frans de Waard.
02: The Playlist.
03: Frans.
04: The family at Dartington Estate. (Home of SoundArt Radio).
05: MuhMur Posse 21 July (Andy Howard, Chris Booth, Mathew F. Riley and Myself).