Friday, 9 June 2017
And MuhMur Radio is back! After a month making way for the UK General Election and its' various propaganda broadcasts ... MuhMur Radio is back on Election Night, but please "No Mention Of Election Today".
So...No mention of the election, and a great grab bag of strong and stable sounds. A big thanks to Andrew at Aurora Borealis for mailing the new Anji Cheung cassette "Daughter Of Fortitude". The opening piece "440" is taken from this album. Hopefully Anji will supple MuhMur Radio with a "session" soon. (Also expect some exclusive sounds from B○Tong soon).
Please take a listen. (copy & paste).
01: Anji Cheung : "440" (Aurora Borealis) 2017.
02: Filthy Turd : "Equine Muck #2" (Burslem Crypt Recordings) 2017.
03: Copley Medal : "Impersonal Attraction" (Hanson Records) 2015.
04: Boyd Rice : "Untitled" (Mute Records) 2004.
05: Helm : "Blue Scene" (The Trilogy Tapes) 2017.
06: Sargasso Sea : "Canada Trust" (Penultimate Press) 2016.
07: Aaron Dilloway : "It's Not Alright" (Dais Records) 2017.
08: Aaron Dilloway : "No Eye Sockets (For Otto & Sindy)" (Hanson Records) 2017.
09: Korea Undok Group : "This Fantasy Is Unhealthy" (Penultimate Press) 2016.
10: Neutral : "2-0-1-6" (I Dischi Del Barone) 2017.
11: Neutral : "Japanese Superheroes" (I Dischi Del Barone) 2017.
12: Rema Rema : "Exit" (Inflammable Material) 2015.
13: Con-Dom : "Black And White" (Tesco Organisation) 2001.
14: Michael Barthel : "Heme" (GerauschManufaktur) 2017.
15: Eyeless In Gaza : "Kodak Ghost Runs Amok" (Cherry Red Records) 2016.
16: Gerry + The Holograms : "Increased Resistance" (Cache Cache) 2017.
17: Kevin Harrison : "I Need Help" (Vinyl On Demand) 2016.
18: Altar Of Flies : "Svartåns Mörka Vatten Rinner Genom Mina Vener" (Järtecknet) 2016.
19: Glaxo Babies : "This Is Your Vendetta" (Heartbeat Records) 1980.
20: Godlesstate : "Zika At The Sill" (Hagshadow) 2016.
21: Thorsten Soltau : "Abendrot" (m.m. Label) 2017.
22: Theoretical Girls : "U.S. Millie" (Theoretical Records) 1978.
23: Glaxo Babies : "Nova Bossanova" (Heartbeat Records) 1979.
The next programme will be on June 22.
Friday, 12 May 2017
This programme is mainly built of new releases that have come through the door of MuhMur Radio in the past couple of weeks. Stephen Cornford's "Pinched Tapes #1" on Geräuschmanufaktur label starting the proceedings … A (nearly) 15 minute piece combining a John Cage string quartet and a found story tape of "Jack & The Beanstalk". Originally released in 2009 on ArtEx Sonora. The tape manipulations follow with a piece from Stuart Chalmers pulled from the excellent "split" CD with BBBlood + Posset. Phil Julian recorded the air conditioning in a New York hotel and turned it into a sonic masterpiece! The Peter Fengler track is from a limited one sided lathe cut 7", hence the lo-fi sound.
April saw the release of the new LP from Aaron Dilloway. "The Gag File" on Dais Records. Side A ends the broadcast. A great discovery over the past couple of weeks has been Filtro. An Italian project on Upside Down Recordings. I know little about this project - and big thanks to UDR for mailing it!
37 years ago to the day SPK released "Mekano / Slogun" on Industrial Records.
Last weekend I met up with J. Karpov of MNEM in London. I have known Juri now for nigh on 20 years, and seeing that he was close by (in Leuven, Belgium) we decided to meet halfway (in London) for a tour of London's secondhand vinyl shops and pubs. It made me dig out my copy of the MNEM CD "For Delta Relics" and play a track.
Take a listen to the broadcast here: (Copy & Paste).
01: Stephen Cornford : "Pinched Tapes #1" (GeräuschManufaktur) 2017.
02: Stuart Chalmers : "Birth Of The Bamboo Medusa" (Crow Vs Crow Editions) 2017.
03: Phil Julian : "Aperture" (Entr'acte) 2017.
04: Peter Fengler : "Vegetarians" (Ultra Eczema) 2017.
05: S.P.K. : "Metal Field" (Walter Ulbricht Schallfollen) 1983.
06: Gonzo : "Radio Kampala" (Discrepant) 2017.
07: Ramleh : "Phenol" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
08: S.P.K. : "Mekano" (Industrial Records) 1980.
09: Troum : "Nahtscato" (Paranoise Records) 2005.
10: Big Sky : "Woodlawn Snake" (Divergent Series) 2017.
11: MNEM : "The Late Nuance" (Kaos Kontrol) 2003.
12: Filtro : "Riflesso Part One, Perno" (Upside Down Recordings) 2017.
13: Aaron Dilloway : "Ghost" (Dais Records) 2017.
14: Aaron Dilloway : "Karaoke With Cal" (Dais Records) 2017.
15: Aaron Dilloway : "Inhuman Form Reflected" (Dais Records) 2017.
16: Aaron Dilloway : "Born In A Maze" (Dais Records) 2017.
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.