Sunday, 30 April 2017
Friday, 28 April 2017
Back after 4 weeks! Thanks to all who came along and supported the Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life gig at Exeter Phoenix on the 13th. Much appreciated.
Springtime walk to the radio station, birds singing along the River Dart, the aroma of wild garlic drifting from the ancient woodland … beautiful.
This programme features a 47 minute live piece from Wax Infant. Recorded in November 1995 at the International Bureau Of Recordist Investigation on Ossington Avenue, Toronto. Wax Infant were Jim DeJong (Chronic Remorse / Infant Cycle) + William A. Davison (Six Heads / Phycus / The Bim Prongs). They released a tape on William's Disembraining Songs label in 1994, then did a series of Window performances. The piece here is an extract from "Window Performance #3" and improvised performance that saw Jim on "Feedback Machine" & Tapes and William on Casio SK-1, Microphones, Toys and Tapes. This is the first time the recording has been heard outside the I.B.R.I.
Also played some tracks by Mika Vainio. I heard of Mika's passing on the night of the Steve Ignorant gig. I have known of Mika and his work since the late 1980's when he was a pen/tape pal with my old friend Dave. We exchanged tapes, he and Ilpo were great supporters of Dieter Müh. Encouraging and promoting. Early Müh recordings were featured as part of a Sähkō Radio Installation back in 1983. I have an old TDK marked "Demos 1992. Helsinki" that Mika sent … I don't know if any tracks saw the light of day, if the track I play sounds familiar then please let me know …
Also slipped in a track from X-TG because over the past 2 weeks I have been reading the Cosey Fanni Tutti autobiography. It's quite a fun read - unputdownable …
Please take a listen: (Copy & Paste).
Interesting exhibition at Dartington Space Studio at the moment. Work by London based artist Myka Baum is really attractive. "Worm Series". I have included a couple of pictures. (above).
01: Six Heads : "Wallboard" (Black Horizons) 2016.
02: The Wax Infant : "Window Performance #3" (Not On Label) 1995.
(Exclusive Recording for MuhMur Radio)
03: Unknown Singing Objects : "Die Kulturevelle Revolution" (Not On Label) 2017.
04: All The Dead Pilots : "Invocations #1" (Karmakosmetix) 2016.
05: X-TG : "All That Is My Own" (Industrial Records) 2012.
06: Ø : "Untitled Piece #1" (Not On Label) 1992.
07: Bill Nelson's Red Noise : "Don't Touch Me (I'm Electric)" (Harvest) 1999.
08: Gonzo : "Skull Cave" (Discrepant) 2017.
09: FRKSE : "Lucid" (Divergent Series) 2014.
10: Grykë Pyje : "Temple Of Perceptions" (Ikuisuus/Hyster Tapes) 2016.
11: Tactile Vs. Ø : "Intervention 2" (Rawkus) 1996.
12: Ø : "Absuntola" (Sähkō Recordings) 1994.
Next programme is May 11.
Friday, 31 March 2017
Gijs Verhoofstad and Max Kuiper organised an interactive sound installation in the building.
The video and the soundwork are a portrait of the buidling and the art projects.
Take a listen here: https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-max-kuiper-broadcast-march-30-2017/ (Please copy & paste).
Also featured is a track from The Dead Mauriacs from their cassette release "A L'Heure De Belvérdėre" which appeared in an edition of 10. Also "On this day" in 1981 two great LP's were released. Pere Ubu's "390 Degrees Of Simulated Stereo" and The Birthday Party's "Prayers On Fire". The programme celebrates the fact. I also played a piece by Michael Muennich as he came to visit me at the weekend (all the way from Hamburg)!
The next MuhMur Radio will be on April 27th. This is because I am going to see Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life perform live in Exeter.
01: The Dead Mauriacs : "A L'Heure De Belvérdėre, Le Gagaku N'est Pas Impérial" (NPH) 2016.
02: Les Horribles Travailleurs / Max Kuiper : "SoundWorks" (Not On Label) 2017.
(Exclusively produced for MuhMur Radio. Full track listing is above).
03: Michael Muennich : "Sekvenser (For Joel)" (Fragment Factory) 2013.
04: Pere Ubu : "Heart Of Darkness (Live)" (Rough Trade Records) 1981.
05: Phantom Plastics : "Elephant Dead Rat" (Phantom Archives) 2016.
06: Max Kuiper & Thorsten Soltau : "Animi Sub Volpe Latentes" (Chondritic Sound) 2016.
07: The Birthday Party : "King Ink" (4AD Records) 1981.
All pictures above (apart from the first one) by Max Kuiper.
The final picture is of Michael Muennich in Torquay! (2017).
Friday, 17 March 2017
For the first time in 2017 I was able to walk to the radio station along the River Dart. Surrounded by birdsong, and the warning signs for killer toads!
Tonights broadcast was a mixture of new releases, latest arrivals and old favourites. March 16 also marks the 37th anniversary of The Pop Group's second album "For How Much Longer … Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?". Also managed a few more tracks from the upcoming "Harbinger Sound Sampler" compilation (double) LP.
Due to the programme that usually precedes MuhMur Radio not turning in for their shift I was able to start about 5 minutes earlier than usual so topped and tailed the programme with Grant Evan's "Manson Loop". Apologies for the croaky voice too (not a reference to killer toads!), just recovering from a chesty cough….
Anyway, Please take a listen here : (Copy & Paste) :
01: Grant Evans : "Manson Loop" (Not On Label) 2017.
02: Modelbau : "Nearly" (Attenuation Circuit) 2017.
03: Theme : "Enough Is Never (Parts 1 - 3)" (Idioblast) 2014.
04: Copley Medal : "Ger Lopig" (Ideal Recordings) 2016.
05: Pawel Grabowski : "Cirr's Song 2" (Drone Records) 2005.
06: brb>voicecoil : "Vent 2" (MuzaMuza Records) 2017.
07: The Pop Group : "Blind Faith" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
08: The Pop Group : "Justice" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
09: Crisis : "Frustration" (Aardkor Records) 1980.
10: Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life : "Your Day Will Come" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
11: Sleaford Mods : "Fat Tax" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
12: Sleaford Mods : "Big Trouble In Little Costa" (Rough Trade Records) 2017.
13: Concrete : "Steven Judy" (Concrete Productions) 1981.
14: Circuit Breaker : "Duplicate" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
15: Felt : "My Face Is On Fire" (Cherry Red Records) 1982.
16: Massicot : "Koktails" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
17: Pisse : "Drehtür" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
18: Karies : "Es Lachte" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
19: On On On : "Floppy World" (Trim Tab tapes) 2016.
20: Joy Division : "These Days" (Factory Records) 1980.
21: Coldsore : "Pollutant" (Totes Format) 2017.
22: Soviet France : "Music For A Spaghetti Western (Scene 4)" (Klanggalerie) 2005.
23: Dave Phillips : "?#1" (Heart & Crossbone) 2010.
24: Grant Evans : "Manson Loop" (Not On Label) 2017.
Next broadcast will be on March 30 at 20:00 gmt.
Sunday, 5 March 2017
Over the last few days (great band) I have been listening to the latest release from brb>voicecoil. A cassette release on the MuzaMuza label.
The last time I heard brb>voice coil was on the 2010 split album release on Harbinger Sound, they shared the LP with Spoils & Relics. On this LP, brb>voicecoil bring a side long piece called "Valmara 69". It's a good track with sounds that seem to be travelling somewhere, slowly starting the journey and then coming to a sudden halt….and it's back to the beginning.
Strangely enough the end of "Valmara 69" sounds a lot like the beginning of "Cloth White Skin" the title track of the new cassette, and covering the whole of Side A. (But more about that later)…
brb>voice coil is the brainchild of Kevin Wilkinson from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Back in the 1990's Kevin started the label MuzaMuza with releases from Cathedra, Drill, Jazzfinger, Mlehst and Big Road Breaker. Big Road Breaker was Kevin's project in the 1990's. (BRB…geddit?). Around the turn of the century Big Road Breaker became brb>voicecoil, and after a six year hiatus he is back with "Cloth White Skin". "Cloth White Skin" is a C24 tape on MuzaMuza.
As mentioned earlier it all starts where "Valmara 69" left off on the abandoned factory floor. A factory of old automaton machines. The sound of rolling metal and clanking of rusting machines. Clockwork. Put me in mind of what The New Blockaders "Unplugged" album would sound like…..without realising a distortion has melted into the scenario..crashing and crescending. Then, rather like the construct of "Valmara 69" it all ends with minimal fuss as the room empties out and all the sounds have gone. Side 2 begins with "Crack Vessel". A staggered impulsive scratch with the manipulated sound of dripping liquids. It's irritable and internal. "Vent 2" is similar, a rhythmic pulse has replaced the irritable scratch and the dripping liquids have been distorted to sound like a voice screaming for help through an off-tuned AM radio. It's a great effect, with the addition of electric worms escaping at every chance …. The pulse beat ends the trauma.
Excellent cassette release and good to hear brb>voicecoil after so many years of silence.
There are moments of Muennich, Krube, Spoils & Relics and Mark Durgan littered throughout. It's available through MuzaMuza at https://muzamuza.muzamuza.com or through Alt.Vinyl Shop.
01 :"Cloth White Skin" cover.
02: "Cloth White Skin" Cassette.
03: "Valmara 69" (Harbinger Sound) LP 2010.
04: Kevin Wilkinson.
Friday, 3 March 2017
This programme begins with a 53 minute live recording from Anders Børup and Claus Poulsen. It was performed on the 27th January this year at the EliasKirken in Copenhagen. Anders and Claus make up two thirds of Danish trio CAM. Claus also performs in Star Turbine and Small Things On Sundays. The recording is exclusive to MuhMur Radio, as are the two pieces from Grey Park. This is their second MuhMur Radio "Session" with "Left Hand Electronics" + "Meet The Ancient". Although Grey Park are a fluid co-operative I think Nosfe + Plaa are involved in these tracks. With these exclusive recordings I decided to complete the playlist with Scandinavian sounds … including the whole of Side A of the new LP from Wagner Ødegard. "Nidvintern". The Treriksröset track comes from the new Harbinger Sound Sampler. A double LP out on March 23.
Please copy & paste : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-broadcast-02032017/
01: Anders Børup & Claus Poulsen : "EliasKirken. 27:01:2017" (Not On Label) 2017.
(this piece is exclusive to MuhMur Radio).
02: Wagner Ødegard : "Stympad Och Steglad" (Not On Label) 2017.
03: Grey Park : "Left Hand Electronics" (Not On Label) 2017.
(this piece is exclusive to MuhMur Radio).
04: Grey Park : "Electric Robot" (Not On Label) 2000.
05: Grey Park : "Melt The Ancient" (Not On Label) 2017.
(this piece is exclusive to MuhMur Radio).
06: Small Things On Sundays : "Lost Beacon" (Frozen Light) 2017.
07: Nolls : "Alley" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
08: Nolls : "Young" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
09: Nolls : "Told You" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
10: Nolls : "Flowing" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
11: Nolls : "Rapport" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
12: Nolls : "Nerve" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
13: Nolls : "Batteries" (Lucked Out tapes) 2016.
(All Nolls tracks from the LP "Strange Attitude").
14: The Leo Bugariloves : "Hyrysysy" (Longplay Music) 2011.
15: Treriksröset : "Blurred Lines" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
Outside the radio station, on the wall of the Space Studios is an exhibition by Exeter based artist Richard Rochester. The charcoal drawing of "Newton Woods" and the grave headstone rubbings are from the exhibition. If you visiting Dartington Hall it is well worth a look.
Friday, 17 February 2017
Back after 4 weeks away … Apologies for the "no show" on February 2 but I was on my way to see COUM Transmissions perform in Hull and meet up with some old friends. (Aaron, Neil, Paul + Steve). A great weekend … Hopefully the mandarins of SoundArt Radio filled my slot with something tasty.
Tonights programme is filled with new arrivals and an old favourite. Lucky to get hold of an advanced copy of the forthcoming Harbinger Sound Sampler and I will be playing selected pieces over the forthcoming programmes. Tonight it was Sudden Infant (live), Phil Julian and John Paul. Also played some highlights of the recently released "Redux333" DVD from the Chicago based NO PART OF IT label. It's a compilation released where artists remix, remodel and reinterpret the work of Arvo Zylo's "333" album. Olivier from The Dead Mauriacs kindly mailed a CDR of Jacques Brodier live in Le Havre in 2013. Brodier is new to my ears and like very much. An interesting composer. Apart from a double album on Penultimate Press I don't think he has released anything else. February 16th 1980 was the date Rough Trade Records released the 3 track EP "Let's Build A Bridge" by Swell Maps. Too easy and very BBC 6Music to play the "A" Side. "Big Maz In The Country" is a highlight of the EP and (as Alice pointed out) sounding very much like Massicot.
The MuhMur Radio Posse were back, Alice + Dave and can be heard chatting in the background!
Please take a list. Copy & Paste.
01: Anji Cheung : "It Was Easier When I Imagined You" (Audio Visuals Atmosphere) 2017.
02: The Dead Mauriacs : "Jetz/Jetzt" (NPH) 2017.
03: Machine Listener : "Centre Of Mass Animated" (SKSK) 2014.
04: Helm : "Rawabet/Downtown Rubble" (Alter) 2017.
05: Marlo Eggplant : "Arvo" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
06: Sudden Infant : "1 2 8 9 6" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
07: Michael Muennich : "Klamm/heimelig" (Recordings For The Summer) 2017.
08: Herpes O Deluxe : "Kauend Hinter Mauern" (Divergent Series) 2013.
09: Sudden Infant : "Father (Live)" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
10: Kein Zweiter : "Genitalmetamorphoseovid" (90% Wasser) 2016.
11: Dave Phillips : "Zylovester Anfang" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
12: Jacques Brodier : "Live In Le Havre" (Not On Label) 2013.
13: Jasmine Guffond : "Live In Berlin 2015" (Beartown Records) 2017.
14: Phil Julian : "Blanking" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
15: John Paul : "Sissy & Ada (Red Version)" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
16: Swell Maps : "Big Maz In The Country" (Rough Trade/Rather Records) 1980.
17: Unknown Singing Objects : "Anarchy In The U.K. (And Beyond)" (Not On Label) 2016.
The next programme will be on March 2 and will feature the second MuhMur Radio session from Finnish Lo-Fi industrialists Grey Park.
02: Jacques Brodier.
03/04/05: "Posse Shots" (Steve, Alice & Dave).