Wednesday, 19 September 2018

MuhMur Radio Broadcast 13 September 2018.


And so the new Autumn / Winter 2018 SoundArt Radio schedule begins, marking six years of MuhMur Radio. The evenings' are still long enough for me to enjoy a two mile walk along the River Dart before hitting the studio ... but I know it won't last long. The birdsong has definitely diminished and I am yet to hear a grasshopper this summer ... ah well.
This broadcast (the first after a 4 week lay-off) features some exclusive sounds brought by Thorsten Soltau & Comrades. Regular listeners to the programme will recognise that Thorsten is a MuhMur Radio favourite. Eight exclusive pieces. "Brittle Like Seagrass Exposed To The Sun (Album Mix)" starts off the exclusive sounds ... I have no idea which "album" this is to be a mix from ... The collaboration with Emerge is soon to be released on an album which also features RLW. I am uncertain of the label though. The Mala Remix is for a supposed digital release of Mala material and the collaborative recordings with Pharmakustik (aka Siegmar Fricke) will be released on GerauschManufaktur. The tracks by Marina Stewart, Ragpole Reel and the reworking of Jane's "It's A Fine Day" will be released soon on 10" vinyl by UnicatipH and will also include a CDR.


Thorsten Soltau releases are often very limited, but it's always worth keeping an ear and eye out for his stuff. Go to https://thorstensoltau.bandcamp.com 

The broadcast kicks off with 2 pieces from the new Edward Sol & Stuart Chalmers cassette "Syncopated Soundmirror" on the Finnish Ikuisuus label. Ikuisuus put out some fine Grey Park tapes a few years ago. The Stephen Cornford track is from his new 7" single on the US label A Wave Press. 


Back on September 13 1979 This Heat released their first album "This Heat". I remember buying it from Sanctuary Records in Lincoln on release. It was one of those albums that had a sound that, as a sixteen year old I had never heard before. Blew me away. 
In a few days the new Sudden Infant album "Buddhist Nihilism" will be with us. "Rationality" is from the album. The SI line-up here is Joke, Christian + Alexandre. It's a follow up to 2014's "Wolfli's Nightmare", and even more powerful - there's a great version of Cat Steven's "Maybe You're Right" on there. Available in both vinyl + CD format, grab a copy from : https://harbingersound.bigcartel.com and whilst you're there get a copy of the Consumer Electronics single "The Weight". 


This weekend sees the Wolf Eyes residency at the Cafe OTO in Dalston, London. Making a special appearance will be Universal Eyes. Universal Eyes are the combination of Universal Indians and Wolf Eyes members. Universal Indians began in the early 1990's in Michigan (USA) as a trio with John Olson, Gretchen Gonzales and Bryan Ramirez. After moving to Detroit sometime in the late 90's Rameriz was replaced by Aaron Dilloway, who at the time was a member of Wolf Eyes, Nate Young (also of Wolf Eyes) joined later. Universal Indians gave up in 2000 when Gretchen joined Slumber Party + Wolf Eyes recruited John Olson. Earlier this year all four members met up in Detroit, started jamming, then recording ... and the album "Four Versions On 'Artificial Society'" is the fruits. Released on vinyl on September 8th by Olson's Trip Metal label when they played at Detroit City Airport, the track here is from the CD version which (I believe) is being released at the weekend on Lower Floor Music. The LP is produced by Warren Defever who I saw live back in 1993 playing the ICA as His Name Is Alive. 


One of the joys over the past five years or so has been listening to the German project Unknown Singing Objects. A mysterious group who may or may not operate out of Hamburg. Since declaring an interest members and friends of members mail me their releases. The latest is the double CDR "Little China Girl In The Land Of The Man Who Sold The Scary Monsters Kooks". Over two hours of Bowie covers / reinterpretations. 

Playlist:
01: Edward Sol & Stuart Chalmers : "Sombretone Pier" (Ikuisuus) 2018.
02: Edward Sol & Stuart Chalmers : "Stock Newsreel" (Ikuisuus) 2018.
03: Stephen Cornford : "Electrocardiographs Of A Cathode Ray Tube (B)" (A Wave Press) 2018.
04: Sudden Infant : "Rationality" (Harbinger Sound) 2018.
05: Thorsten Soltau : "Brittle Like Seagrass Exposed To The Sun (Album Mix)"* (Not On Label) 2018.
06: Emerge & Thorsten Soltau : "Kalk & Schiefer"* (Not On Label) 2018.
07: This Heat : "Water" (Piano) 1979.
08: This Heat : "Twilight Furniture" (Piano) 1979.
09: Universal Eyes : "Four Versions On 'Arificial Life' #3" (Lower Floor Music) 2018.
10: Consumer Electronics : "The Weight" (Harbinger Sound) 2018.
11: Thorsten Soltau : "Jane-It's A Fine Day (Clicked By Thorsten Soltau)"* (Not On Label) 2018.
12: Kallabris : "Pause" (Inselkind-Schalltraeger) 2018.
13: Mala : "Lovers And Rivals (Thorsten Soltau Mix)"* (Not On Label) 2018.
14: Unknown Singing Objects : "Scary Monsters And Super Creeps" (Not On Label) 2017.
15: Unknown Singing Objects : "Ashes To Ashes" (Not On Label) 2017.
16: Pharmakustik + Thorsten Soltau : "Pulsationsokidenz"* (Not On Label) 2018.
17: Pharmakustik + Thorsten Soltau : "Fugale Zentripation (Geröntgt)"* (Not On Label) 2018.
18: Brutial Orgasme : "Seuil Perceptif De La Durée" (Silken Tofu) 2015.
19: Ragpole Reel : "K'ro 120 (Edit)"* (Not On Label) 2018.
20: Marina Stewart : "Amends As Heresy (Rainier Lericolais Remix)"* (Not On Label) 2018.

                           (tracks marked * are exclusive plays on MuhMur Radio).

The next MuhMur Radio is on September 27 at 20:00 (GMT). It will feature sounds from the upcoming "4 In To 1 - Volume 5" compilation LP on EE Tapes. Expect some M.A.L., Human Flesh + Bene Gesserit alongside other EE Tapes releases.......

Monday, 10 September 2018

Back On The Radio.



After a summer break MuhMur Radio will be back on the air on Thursday night at 20.00 hours GMT. You can catch the broadcast live on 102.5 FM if you live in the Totnes - Buckfastleigh - Tuckenhay triangle or listen to the live stream broadcast on : http://soundartradio.org.uk/listen/
The new autumn season starts with some exclusive sounds from German artist Thorsten Soltau as well as some new noises from Consumer Electronics, Kallabris and Sudden Infant. September 13 also saw the release of This Heat's first LP back in 1979. (This will be celebrated).

                                                                  Buddhist Nihilism.

The radio broadcast happens the night before I play a gig in Plymouth so please be patient with the MixCloud Archive Upload and the blog playlist. And if you're in Plymouth on Friday Night (Sept 14), please feel free to drop in and watch myself + Kostis Kilymis perform!


Wednesday, 29 August 2018

MuhMur Radio Nocturnal Emissions Wireless Broadcast 26 August 2018.

                                             Chris Booth, Nigel Ayers + Tony Whitehead.

For a few weeks every summer SoundArt Radio closes it's doors to live broadcasting so it can have a tidy up, clean the spittle from the microphones, buff the sliders and re-solder the wiring ... but there seems to be time for a summertime special. Last year was the wonderful SoundArt Radio live "DroneFest" and a couple of years before that MuhMur Radio presented a live 4 hour DJ Set from Harbinger Sound mainman Steve Underwood.
This year MuhMur Radio proudly presented a live performance from Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions) + 'In Conversation' with Tony Whitehead from Very Quiet Records. Tony also has his own radio programme on SoundArt Radio called "Radio Warblers" .. well worth listening in.
http://soundartradio.org.uk/programmes/radio-warblers/

The broadcast starts with (roughly) two hours of sound from Nocturnal Emissions and related releases starting with The Pump who were Nigels first band alongside his brother Daniel and Caroline K. The Pump released 3 cassettes in 1980 - mainly sold in Rough Trade Records (London) before morphing in to Nocturnal Emissions. The two Pump tracks here are from the 2009 CD anthology on Klanggalerie. I then try to follow the progression of Nocturnal Emissions by playing releases in chronological (ish) order. I put in a couple of releases on Recloose Organisation because of Nigel's close friendship with Simon Crab and their involvement in The Ambulance Station, a squatted fire station on The Old Kent Road in London. Occupied between 1984 and 1986 it became a centre for live bands and home to political organisations such as 'Stop The City'. I have always associated the work of Recloose with Nocturnal Emissions although I don't think Nigel ever released on that label.

The programme has been archived on MixCloud in two parts for ease of listening ... The second part includes the live performance and conversation.
https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-nocturnal-emissions-special-part-one-26082018/
https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-nocturnal-emissions-special-part-two-26082018/

                                                Nigel & Tony. (Photo by Alice Kemp).


                                                                     Nigel Ayers.

Playlist:
01: The Pump : Take Off All Your Clothes (Klanggalerie) 2009.
02: Nocturnal Emissions : Backwards Man Regressive Music (Sterile Records) 1980.
03: The Pump : Inner Riot Cola (Klanggalerie) 2009.
04: Nocturnal Emissions : Sperm Count (Dark Vinyl Records) 1992.
05: Nocturnal Emissions : Delgado Monkey Torture (Illuminated Records) 1983.
06: Nocturnal Emissions : Too Many Wounded (Illuminated Records) 1983.
07: Nocturnal Emissions : Body Count (Illuminated Records) 1983.
08: Nocturnal Emissions : Wee Wee Wee (Illuminated Records) 1983.
09: Nocturnal Emissions : Suffering Stinks (Illuminated Records) 1983.
10: Nocturnal Emissions : Going Under (Third Mind Records) 1983.
11: Nocturnal Emissions : No Separation (Concrete Productions) 1986.
12: Caroline K : Tracking With Close Ups (Earthly Delights) 1987.
13: Nocturnal Emissions : Metal Frames (Sterile Records) 1985.
14: Nocturnal Emissions : Rusting Shells (Sterile Records) 1985.
15: Bourbonese Qualk : 100 Years (Recloose Organisation) 1986.
16: I.B.F. : Why The Confusion? (Recloose Organisation) 1986.
17: Nocturnal Emissions : No Sacrifice (In Love & Revolution) (Sterile Records) 1985.
18: Nocturnal Emissions : Vegetation Flesh (Earthly Delights) 1987.
19: Nocturnal Emissions : Vegetation Narration (Earthly Delights) 1987.
20: Nocturnal Emissions : Shankini Nadi (Earthly Delights) 1987.
21: Nocturnal Emissions/Psilocybeast : World Peace Mix (Insofar Vapor Bulk) 2002.
22: Nocturnal Emissions : Electric Horizon (Earthly Delights) 1993.
23: Nocturnal Emissions : Earroo (Earthly Delights) 1990.
24: Bourbonese Qualk : Duas Lingus (Regelwidrig) 1991.
25: Nigel Ayers : Wireless Broadcast 26 August 2018.
26: Nigel Ayers/John Everall/Mick Harris : Mesmeric Enabling Device #2 (Soliellmoon Recordings) 1999.
27: Nigel Ayers + Tony Whitehead : In Conversation. (26 August 2018).
28: Nocturnal Emissions : The Rapture (Dark Vinyl Records) 1992.
29: Nocturnal Emissions : Bird Position (Earthly Delights) 1987.

* Track 10 is from the compilation cassette "Rising From the Red Sand Volume 3".
* Track 11 is from the compilation album "Funky Alternatives Volume 1" and is produced by ex-Moody Boy and 400 Blows member Tony Thorpe.
* Track 16 is I.B.F. I played bass guitar and backing vocals on this track. Simon Crab (Bourbonese Qualk) played the Moog Synth.
* Track 28 (and Track 2) are from the CD reissue of "Befehlsnotstand" and are exclusive to the CD.

                                                                        Nigel Ayers.


                                                       Nigel & Tony 'In Conversation'.


                                                                       Alice Kemp.


                                                    Nigel Ayers (Photo by Alice Kemp).

MuhMur Radio will return in September. Lined up for this month is an exclusive piece from Thorsten Soltau and a retrospective of EE Tapes (including some 'unheard' material) ... stay tuned!

Monday, 20 August 2018

MUHMUR RADIO SUMMERTIME SPECIAL : 26 AUGUST 2018.


The MuhMur Radio Summertime Special will commence at around 14:00 (GMT) on Sunday August 26. It will feature an 'in conversation' with Nigel Ayers & Tony Whitehead and a live performance by Nocturnal Emissions. I shall also be spinning some NE + related sounds throughout the afternoon.
Tune in on 102.5 FM if you're anywhere near Totnes or listen to the live stream via the SoundArt Radio website. http://www.soundartradio.org.uk

Sunday, 19 August 2018

MuhMur Radio Broadcast August 16 2018.


And so to the final Thursday night broadcast of the summer. SoundArt Radio is now closed until the second week of September. I am uncertain when the next MuhMur Radio broadcast will be ... but I am fairly confident it will be back in the Autumn!
On August 26 there is a MuhMur Radio Summertime Spectacular happening. Times have yet to be decided but it will be in the afternoon. Details will appear before the end of the week ....
And so to tonight's broadcast.
Nurse With Wound start the sounds with a track from the CD "Zero Mix" that came with the book "Images / Angry Electric Finger". The book contains 100 individually hand painted discs using recycled paint found in a landfill site in Southern Ireland. The discs were then exhibited in Galway and Portland (Oregon...not Dorset). It's quite a beautiful and impressive collection. I think all discs were sold to fund future Nurse With Wound projects.

                                                                 Nurse With Wound.

The MNEM piece is from the new 'art box' edition of "Hegonon" on Sentimental Productions. As well as the LP, the box contains a C20 cassette, 7" single and various prints / artwork. "Vestigia Version 2" is from the cassette. To find a copy go to : https://sentimentalproductions.bandcamp.com

                                                                           MNEM.

The next 23 minutes or so are taken with the compilation album "Mask". A single sided album featuring artists from the German underground. The mysterious and secret Unknown Singing Objects are the only "band" I know of on the album but as I am a collector of their output I had to find and buy this record. All tracks are cover versions, leading me to think that maybe a 2 hour programme of covers is on its way in the Autumn. The LP is limited to 100 and was not for sale on release ... I found a copy via Discogs.

                                                                           MMask.

The Nocturnal Emissions piece was recorded live in Berlin at Naherholung Sternchen on June 8 2012. Contact Nocturnal Emissions here : http://www.earthlydelights.co.uk
On This day in 1980 Swell Maps released the second and final album "Jane...From Occupied Europe" on Rough Trade Records. The track here is from the LP. The programme finished with two pieces from the excellent Mark Vernon tape "Orphaned Works".
Please take a listen here : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-broadcast-16-august-2018/
One thing I have noticed is that now on the MixCloud page a full trackless for the broadcast appears. It's a great addition.
For this programme I had my son Oscar help out on 'the decks'. Spinning Ramleh + The Swell Maps.

                                                                   Oscar Cammack.

Playlist:
01: Nurse With Wound : "Zero Mix #1" (Beta-Lactam Ring) 2008.
02: MNEM : "Vestigia Version 2" (Sentimental Productions) 2018.
03: The Eleccent People : "House With No Door" (m.m.label) 2015.
04: Damien Bartok : "Steh Auf" (m.m.label) 2015.
05: Unknown Singing Objects : "Riders On The Storm" (m.m.label) 2015.
06: Whitey Hudson : "Na Na Na" (m.m.label) 2015.
07: Weiss : "Red White & Blue (Weiss Remix)" (m.m.label) 2015.
08: Nonson : "Lve Without Sound" (m.m.label) 2015.
09: Xocolatlit : "Sonora Before" (m.m.label) 2015.
10: Nocturnal Emissions : "Spinal Correction Shred" (Earthly Delights) 2012.
11: Mitsuru Tabata : "Wormhole Is My Wilderness" (Brainticket Death) 2018.
12: Ramleh : "Black Moby Dick" (Shock) 1991.
13: Swell Maps : "The Helicopter Spies" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
14: Mark Vernon : "Decades Of Unlearning" (Research Laboratories) 2018.
15: Mark Vernon : "Sentient Dust (Go Thou Must)" (Research Laboratories) 2018.

Thanks for listening ...

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Dieter Müh Live Performances.


(Seeing that Dieter Müh have some live performances lined up in the UK, Germany & Switzerland for later in the year (first live performances since 2016) I thought I would document the performances and add to the list of previous gigs. This list first appeared on the MuhMur Blog but seeing as I can't seem to access that at this moment in time it seems to make sense to put them here).


01: York : Bonding Warehouse. 20/10/94. (with Sähkö Crew).
02: Nottingham : The Narrowboat. 17/12/94. (with Putrefier & Ramleh).
03: Bradford : The 1 In 12 Club. 21/01/95. (with Zoviet*France).
04: Bradford : The 1 In 12 Club. 25/08/95. (with Scorn).
05: York : Fibbers. 29/08/95. (with R:M:D).

All the above were Dieter Müh as : Tim Bayes, Steve Cammack & Dave Uden.

06: Lincoln : Grafton House. 12/06/98. (with Cacophony '3.3').
07: Nottingham : The Old Vic. 08/07/98. (with M:S:B:R & Government Alpha & Ashtray 
                                                                     Navigations & SSHE Retina Stimulants).
08: Sint-Niklaas : The OJC Kompas. 31/10/98. (with Troum & Konstruktivists & LD50).
09: London : The Red Rose. 05/08/99. (with Inade & The Grey Wolves & AntiChildLeague
                                                                 & Con-Dom).
10: Leeds : The Fenton Arms. 08/08/99. (with Inade & The Grey Wolves).
11: Nottingham : Bunkers Hill. 04/11/99. (with Das Synthetische Mischgewebe).
12: London : The Brixton Windmill. 13/11/99. (with Das Synthetische Mischgewebe & Colin Potter
                                                                             & Putrefier & Nomex).
13: London : The Red Rose. 12/05/00. (with Dual & Ora & Joshua Norton Cabal).
14: Jyväskyla : Ilokivi Restaurant. 01/06/00. (with Putrefier & Sefahat).
15: Mantsala : The Seurojentalo. 03/06/00. (with Putrefier & Temple Of Tiermes & Strom E.C. &
                                                                        Grunt w/ Cloama).
16: Dresden : A.Z. Conni. 11/06/00. (with Putrefier & Ultra Milkmaids).
17: Leipzig : Club Zoro. 12/06/00. (with Putrefier).
18: London : The Red Rose. 09/02/01. (with The Digitariat & Knifeladder & Bad Sector).
19: Stockholm : The Fylkingen. 17/11/01. (with Treriksröset & Vibrasåg & Cotton Ferox).
20: London : The Red Rose. 10/05/02. (with Cthonic Force & Mimetic).
21: London : The Elektrowerkz. 21/08/02. (with Arkkon & The Knives & Knifeladder).
22: London : The 291 Gallery. 05/12/02. (with Cotton Ferox & Karl Blake & Penny Rimbaud).
23: Exeter : The Cavern. 15/12/02. (with King Mob Collective & Germseed & Concrete Cancer).
24: Cleckheaton : The Mead Hall. 04/07/03. (with The Ceramic Hobs).
25: Augsburg : Das Kantine. 23/11/03. (with Derniere Volante & Genocide Organ).
26: London : The October Gallery. 05/12/03. (with Cotton Ferox & Amal Gamal Ensemble &
                                                                           Current 93).
27: London : The Horse Hospital. 13/03/04. (with Barry William Hale).
28: London : The Slimelight. 24/07/04. (with Knifeladder & Naevus).
29: Manchester : The Retro Bar. 01/10/04. (with The Grey Wolves).
30: Bristol : The Cube Microplex Cinema. 29/10/04. (with Stimulus & Putrefier).
31: London : The Fringe. 15/05/05. (with The Groop & Tropics Of Cancer).
32: Bristol : The Full Moon. 04/06/05. (with Anenzephalia & Anti-Valium).
33: Nottingham : The Old Angel. 17/04/06. (with Burning Star Core & Consumer Electronics &
                                                                       Bologna Pony & Prurient).
34: Leipzig : Der Anker. 06/06/06. (with Propergol & Apoptose & Land:Fire & Novy Svet).
35: London : Bardens Boudoir. 01/08/06. (with Cutting With Pink Knives & Hair Police).
36: Exeter : The Cavern. 25/03/07. (with Mark Durgan & Astral Social Club).
37: Exeter : The Cavern. 13/03/08. (with The Durds & Nocturnal Emissions).
38: London : St Giles In The Field Church. 18/04/09. (with Skullflower).
39: London : Conway Hall. 14/06/09. (with Threshold House Boys Choir & The Anti Group &
                                                               Aethnor & Pestrepeller).

All the above were Dieter Müh as Steve Cammack & Dave Uden.
Pete Bright performed vocals at #18 + 24. Steve Underwood played Bass Guitar at #24. Gaya Donadio performed vocals at #22 and Lon Milo DuQuette provided vocals on #26 + #31.
All performances below Dieter Müh is Steve Cammack. (Michael Parker played Balalaika at #48).

40: London : The Ivy House. 19/03/10. (with Plurals & Rajinder & Lion Lies Down).
41: Exeter : The Cavern. 03/08/10. (with Silver Apples).
42: Paris : Le Yono. 10/09/10. (with Praying For Oblivion & Bulanz Orgabar & Pentothal).
43: London : The Others. 09/12/10. (with BBBlood & Aqua Dentata & Cheapmachines).
44: Helsinki : Malmitalo. 13/04/11. (with Grey Park).
45: London : The Brixton Windmill. 07/09/11. (with Z'ev & Kylie Minoise & Andrew Perry).
46: Nottingham : The Chameleon Arts Centre. 11/03/12. (with Cheapmachines & John Wiese &
                                                                                     These Feathers Have Plumes & Con-Dom).
47: Stockholm : The Fylkingen. 28/04/12. (with Contrastate & Kristian Olsson & Dusa & White).
48: Berlin : NK Projekt. 15/02/13. (with Feine Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim & Allseits).
49: Berlin : Marie-Antoinette. 15/06/13. (with Trepaneringsritualen & Anemone Tube & Ke/Hil &
                                                                   Post Scriptvm).
50: Bremen : Der Elefant. 12/10/13. (with BºTong & Tarkatak).
51: Hamburg : Gangeviertel. 13/10/13. (with BºTong & Fiene Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim &
                                                                  1000 Schoen & Der 2te Freund).
52: Dartington : Studio 20. 13/11/13. (with Germseed & Shokku & The Oima Orchestra).
53: London : The Elektrowerkz. 26/04/14. (with Black Light Ascension & M.A.O. ).
54: Lille : El Diablo. 29/11/14. (with Cent Ans De Solitude & Le Syndicat).
55: London : Café OTO. 20/03/16. (with DJ Thurston Moore & Aaron Dilloway & Vicky Langan).
56: Plymouth : KARST Gallery. 14/09/18. (with Kostis Kilymis).

Sunday, 5 August 2018

MuhMur Radio Broadcast 2 August 2018.


Another hot summers night. Another hot summers MuhMur Radio Broadcast.
I got to befriend Howard Stelzer through 'social media', a couple of years ago he was putting sections of his record collection up for sale ... and I wanted some of it. At this time I hadn't heard of Howard's work so I began to explore and found it all on the 'noisier' side of experimental electronic music. File under Wiese or Marhaug. Good stuff but not necessarily what I want to listen to at this moment in time, but I found the addition of the name Frans De Waard on his latest collaborative release intriguing. Now I find out that this is their umpteenth collaborative release in the past 26 years, I'm going to have to spend time hunting for tapes on Discogs.
Their new collaborative release is the cassette "The Rebels Fold Scratchy, Relaxed Meanings Into Their Smallest Actions" on Park 70. The tape is built of component sounds from all past Stelzer / De Waard collaborations from 1996, and it is an incredibly intricate and masterfully built sonic building held together by musique concret. I was pleasantly surprised on first listen and now it's a firm favourite here at MuhMur HQ.
I got a package of sounds through from Sirenwire. Sirenwire is the label run by artist Susan Matthews.


Operating since 2005 the label has seen some great releases by Susan and her prolific collaborative works with the likes of Tony Wakeford (as Window Tappers), Thorsten Soltau, Alistair Crosbie, The Dead Mauriacs, Rainier Lericolais and Clint Newton (as Harme) to name a few. It was through her collaborative releases with The Dead Mauriacs and Thorsten Soltau that I became aware of her work.
In June and July of this year Susan exhibited at the King Street Gallery, Carmarthen (Wales). The exhibition was called "Transference" and was a collection of her "Graphic Scores". Susan invited various artists to interpret her 'scores' and this played as soundtrack for the exhibition. "Strange Variations" is a collection of these sounds and was released as a CD in July. The Thorsten Soltau piece "A Sheer For Fallen Kings" is part of this compilation. The CD (with booklet) is available here : https://sirenwire.com/portfolio/strange-variations/
In the past few days I have been rediscovering and revisiting some old records, hence the inclusion of Five Or Six and The Transmitters. The Transmitters track is on the 1981 album "And We Call That Leisure Time" on Heartbeat Records. I discovered The Transmitters in a backwards kind of way, first hearing this LP in 1981. I probably bought it because it featured ex-Glaxo Babies singer Rob Chapman. I certainly didn't buy it for the cover.


Working backwards I bought the 1979 Step Foward Records 12" EP "Still Hunting For The Ugly Man". This is a great record ... well recommended. I then made the mistake of buying the 1978 album  "24 Hours" on Ebony Records. I think I found it for 20p in "Mary's Records" on Broadgate in Lincoln circa 1984/85. Bland and tame as I remember. I don't have a copy now as it sells for around the 40 bob mark and that still is too expensive. In 2006 Elsewhere Records released a collection of The Transmitters on CD, unfortunately not from the Heartbeat Records period but from their Ebony/Step Forward days. Called "I Fear No-One" it is worth getting for the hard to find 12" tracks and a B-Side track called "0.5 Alive".
Dirty Swords are the new project of Marky Loo-Loo and Andy Jarvis. Marky + Andy were founder members of seminal UK noise group Dogliveroil along with Ashtray Navigator Phil Todd back in the early 1990's. Marky went on to be part of Target Shoppers with Phil Todd and Tea Culture whilst Andy joined forces with Filthy Turd to become Vile Plumage as well as releasing solo work for Sheepscar International, First Person and Fencing Flatworm labels (to name but a few). And now they are back together as Dirty Swords. Their releases can be found here :
https://dirtyswords.bandcamp.com/music

In December this year I shall be performing as Dieter Müh once again in Switzerland and Germany. My first live performances since last years Dronefest at Space Studios in Darlington Hall. On the 14th I shall be in Freiburg with BºTong and Grodock. The Grodock piece here is from the album "CD 2 - Verwerfungen" on the US label Obsfucated Records. It's a reinterpretation of "Lady In The Radiator" song from "Eraserhead". I remember seeing Bauhaus use the original as an intro tape a few times back in the early '80's. (Useless Information as Chris & Cosey would say).
The Tarkatak and Contrastate pieces are from the new compilation "Troum Transformation Tapes : The 20th Anniversary Celebration 1997 - 2017" double CD on Transgredient Records. I had planned to play them on the last programme but left the CD back in the player at MuhMur HQ!


The Altar Of Flies track is from the split 7" with Darksmith on Hästen & Korset Records. Over the past 12 years of listening to Mattias Gustafsson's project he has never disappointed.
The programme ends on some kind of 'post-punk' revision with two tracks from the 1983 album "For A Reason". Lifetones were the project of Charles Bullen after the crumbling of This Heat. Recently US label 'Light In The Attic' have re-issued the album on CD. The second of August 1982 saw the release of the Modern English single "I Melt With You". It's about the last decent Modern English single ... I stopped following them around this time. The track here is from the album "After The Snow". I don't know if it's a different version to the single. Like The Transmitters I have a fear that they are still treading the boards. The programme finishes with a classic B-Side from The Bush Tetras. Please take a listen to the programme here :
https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-broadcast-august-2-2018/

Playlist :
01: Howard Stelzer & Frans De Waard : "The Rebels Fold Scratchy Relaxed Meanings Into Their Smallest Actions (Side 2)" (Park 70) 2018.
02: Susan Matthews : "End Of The Want" (Sirenwire) 2018.
03: Throbbing Gristle : "AB/7A" (The Grey Area) 1991.
04: Chris & Cosey : "Useless Information" (Wax Trax! Records) 1990.
05: The Conet Project : "2 Letter N U" (Irdial Discs) 1997.
06: Thorsten Soltau : "A Sheer For Fallen Kings" (Sirenwire) 2018.
07: Five Or Six : "Consider This" (Frizz Bee) 1982.
08: The Transmitters : "The Beat Goes On" (Heartbeat Records) 1981.
09: Dirty Swords : "Touching The Apex" (Death Slap) 2018.
10: M.O.W.E. : "Vom Leben Ins Tod" (90% Wasser) 2001.
11: Tarkatak : "vs. Brinnan" (Transgredient Records) 2018.
12: Grodock : "Lady In The Radiator" (Obsfucated Records) 2013.
13: Altar Of Flies : "Brittle Bones" (Hästen & Korset) 2011.
14: S.P.K. : "Another Dark Age" (Side Effekts Records) 1983
15: Susan Matthews + Rainier Lericolais : "On Solomon's Mountain" (Sirenwire) 2008.
16: Contrastate : "The Silent Fish" (Transgredient Records) 2018.
17: Mark Vernon : "Love In The Form Of A Personal Attack" (Research Laboratories) 2018.
18: Lifetones : "For A Reason" (Light In The Attic) 2016.
19: Lifetones : "Good Side" (Light In The Attic) 2016.
20: Modern English : "I Melt With You" (Sire Records) 1983.
21: Bush Tetras : "Das Ah Riot" (Fetish Records) 1981.

The next broadcast will be on August 16 and then there will be the official SoundArt Radio summer hiatus where they wipe all the spit off the microphones and solder some wires back together for the new schedule starting in September. Unfortunately the mighty Dave Mutch won't be with me on the next broadcast as he will be in Aberdeen, but he'll be back in September.

                                                              Dave and the tea trolley.


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Mark Vernon.



Mark Vernon is a Glasgow based sound artist. For the past few years Mark has been releasing his sounds via labels such as Kye, Radio Gagarin and Entr'acte and producing radio programmes for Resonance FM, SoundArt Radio and WFMU to name but a few. His main instruments are the sound of intimacy and obsoletion. Field recordings and manipulating tapes.
This month sees the release of "Orphaned Works" a C35 cassette on Thomas LaRoche's Research Laboratories label.



Side one brings us glitched rhythms, distant drums, creaking doors, static walls and half'-heard words from a tea room conversation. I imagine a lot of the sounds here are 'found'. Cassettes / tapes lost in time and rediscovered lurking in the back of dusty charity shops, boot sales and the radio airwaves. Orphaned Sounds? Both sides play as one piece. On side one "Sentinent Dust (Go Thou Must)" stands alone though. A pagan banishment ritual discovered after taking the wrong turn on Summerisle.

"What was the interest of Dr. Pepper"?

Side two begins carrying an air of menace. All seance and atmosphere. Concentrated mouthplay, detuned radios and clutterphonics. The approaching air of menace soon turns to whimsy with toy guitar and cat-a-waling. It all starts straying in to Nurse With Wound territory before returning to the shadows with "A Pale Pink Voice". I am not complaining.
This is my first hearing of the sound of Mark Vernon and I am intrigued and wanting to hear more.

"Orphaned Works" is limited to 30 copies only so worth getting in contact with Research Laboratories as soon as possible. www.ResearchLaboratories.tumblr.com

Sunday, 22 July 2018

MuhMur Radio Broadcast 19 July 2018.


Bizarrely enough, this morning my Facebook page reminded me that this time last year myself and the MuhMur Family enjoyed a picnic on the grounds of the Darlington Hall Estate before setting off to broadcast for the evening ... and lo and behold this is exactly what we did before this programme, except there was no Oscar because he was body boarding or caving or something on the North Cornish coast. Must be something about the last broadcast in July that screams Picnic!

                                          Dartington Hall Estate, home of SoundArt Radio.


                                                  "Buddha's watching, Buddha's waiting".

                                                                              Isabel.

The playlist took many turns this time ... with the arrival at MuhMur HQ of the new double CD "Troum Transformation Tapes". Nineteen remixes of Troum material by a variety of artists a lot of whom I have played live with .. so the idea of playing two hours of sounds from artists I have 'shared the stage' with came to mind, then the idea of playing two hours of tracks from compilation (various artists) releases came to mind. All of this changed on the arrival of the new CD album by Modelbau + cassette by LR/SC. Great new sounds that deserve to be heard.
Dual And Bad Sector start the programme. Two tracks from the aforementioned "Troum Transformation Tapes" compilation (and two groups that Dieter Müh have supported). The QST track is also from this compilation. It was at this point I realised I had left CD #1 of the compilation back in the CD player at HQ, so Contrastate and Tarkatak (another two groups Dieter Müh have played live with) tracks had to be replaced, "New Testament" by 23 Skidoo being one of those pieces. The two 23 Skidoo tracks are from the LTM re-issue, my Fetish Records original is too scratched!
A couple og 'On This Day' choices starting with The Flying Lizards "Money" which came out as a 7" in 1979. The version played here is from the eponymous 1980 LP. Also on this day in 1980 (not '81 as a stated on air) The Prats released the "Disco Pope" EP on Rough Trade Records. Also on this day in 1977 The Desperate Bicycles released "The Medium Was Tedium" on Refill Records. I do have a copy but couldn't find space for it. It's one of those records / bands that I liked after the fact, their stuff was hard to get hold of in Lincoln and in 1977 I was "on the cusp". Still listening to Judas Priest, Steve Gibbons and Rainbow but being fascinated by "punk". In 1978 I discovered the John Peel Show on Radio 1. Game changer. Anyway, less about me ...
The Polish label Antenna Non Gratis seem to specialise in 'radio noise' and have just released the new Modelbau album "Zender".

                                                                         "Zender".

"Zender" features seven songs of experiments with radio waves. Pulses, distortions, half heard words. It's a great album from a project that just seems to be getting better. Modelbau is Frans De Waard, as is QST.
Three years ago the Whitley Bay based label Cruel Nature Records put out a tape by the mysterious Exeter based project Only Swallow. If anyone reading this knows anything about the project please get in touch. This month CNR put out a cassette by LR/SC aka Lee Riley and Stuart Chalmers.

                                                        "Points Of Vital Differences".

"Points Of Vital Differences" is a C41 of abstract noise and minimalism. There's a couple of pieces with scratchy electric guitar which I find annoying (reminding me of an old Stuff Ketteringham tape) but there are pieces that work and is well worth checking. Cruel Nature Records are at:
https://cruelnaturerecordings.bandcamp.com
On the 12th of May this year Styggelse Records (probably not pronounced the way I say it on the radio) held a festival in Sundsvall, Sweden. A compilation tape "Stadsbranden 3" was released to celebrate the day. The Ochu track is from this tape. Like Modelbau, it is great hearing the development of Ochu. The Operating Theatre track is from the "Afflicted Man's Music Box" album. I dug this record out when I was still planning to play tracks from compilation albums. A hidden gem.
Back in the early 1990's one of the collectable labels was Fourth Dimension Records, with essential 7"s by the likes of JFK, Rake, Cosmonauts Hail Satan, Splintered, Contrastate, ConDemek, The Gerogerigegege, Trance ... a great document of the time. The label was run by Splintered main man Richo Johnson who also edited and produced the magazine "Grim Humour". Null "Heavy Water" is one of my favourite singles from the early 90's cannon.

                                                                    "Heavy Water".

The Severed Heads track is pulled from the Vinyl On Demand 5xLP box set "Adenoids 1977-1985". It is listed as a solo piece from early member Richard Fielding. Sticking with Vinyl On Demand and the second 'bonus' piece of the evening "The Bloody Skin" by Psychic TV & White Stains.

Please take a listen here :
https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-broadcast-19-july-2018/

Playlist:
01: Dual : "TTN (Ursprung)" (Transgredient Records) 2018.
02: Bad Sector : "Signedumeroir" (Transgredient Records) 2018.
03: 23 Skidoo : "New Testament" (LTM) 2012.
04: 23 Skidoo : "IV" (LTM) 2012.
05: The Flying Lizards : "Money" (Virgin Records) 1980.
06: Savage Republic : "Sword Fighter" (A Silent Place) 2009.
07: Armedalite Rifles : "Bulletwounds And Sunburns" (Wrinkly Dink/FDH Records) 2009.
08: Modelbau : "Transmisor" (Antenna Non Gratis) 2018.
09: LR/SC : "Points Of Vital Differences" (Cruel Nature Records) 2018.
10: The Anti Group : "Pre Eval" (Sweatbox) 1987.
11: Helm : "Blue Scene (Laurel halo Remix)" (Alter) 2018.
12: QST : "Kapotte Muziek By Troum (QST Remix 2017)" (Transgredient Records) 2018.
13: Severed Heads : "Funky Jonestown" (Vinyl On Demand) 2008.
14: The Prats : "Disco Pope" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
15: Ochu : "Fõrnuftsflimmer" (Styggelse) 2018.
16: Modelbau : "Sendandi" (Antenna Non Gratis) 2018.
17: Operating Theatre : "In The Neck" (United Dairies) 1982.
18: Null : "Heavy Water 2" (Fourth Dimension Records) 1993.
19: Psychic TV & White Stains : "The Bloody Skin" (Vinyl On Demand) 2011.
20: Psychic TV & White Stains : "Hydros Amarita" (Vinyl On Demand) 2011.
21: Vasilisk : "Acqua" (Musica Maxima Magnetica) 1989.

It was great to have Dave back in the studio after his sojourn to all points East. Next programme will be on August 2.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

MuhMur Radio Broadcast 5 July 2018


The South-West of the United Kingdom is in the throes of a heatwave. The journey to SoundArt Radio began with a walk across the sands of Torquay to catch a bus to Totnes to then walk the two miles along the River Dart and through the woods of Dartington Estate with the smell of wild garlic and the accompanying birdsong .. the sun beating down (no tan or hats for me ... I'm from the North y'know) warming up the bag of beer. I thought then, I shall remember this journey for the times it is dark and freezing cold with rain sleeting in my face. I shall remember the good days ...

This broadcast starts with a slice of Grodock. This piece is from the rather excellent "Tape One" release that Grodock self released last year. Grodock is the project of Freiberg based artist David Leutkart. David operates the label Grubenwehr Freiberg and is also part of the project Thenokirch.

                                                                         Grodock.

Summery weather brings out the Sema in me. The sounds of acoustic piano and guitars. "Extract From Rosa Silver" was first released in 1983 on Robert Haigh's own Le Rey Records. The excellent German label Vinyl On Demand put out a four LP box set six years ago. This is the version I play here, and yes ... I am playing with the varispeed function at the start....
Summer also means Current 93. The two tracks here are from the "Honeysuckle Aeons" album.


July 5 1982 saw the release of The Gist's "Love At First Sight" single and has remained a firm favourite of mine since. The Gist were formed by Phil and Stuart Moxham after the demise of the Young Marble Giants. I was fortunate to see them live in Lincoln in 1983 when they played the Co-Op Regency Ballroom with The Nightingales. "Light Aircraft" is the B-Side.
Another firm favourite of mine since the 1980's is Frans De Waard, and the German label Maneki Neko Tapes put out an excellent compilation of his works called "The Many Faces Of Frans". The Goem track is from this cassette. Goem started in the mid 1990's with Frans joining Roel Meelkop and (later on) Peter Duimelinks ending as a Frans solo project some 7 or 8 years later. "Untitled" is a later Goem piece and is an unused / unreleased remix of an Esplendor Geometrico track originally to be used by a Japanese label. "Many Faces Of Frans" was released a few years ago but try contacting Meneki Neko Tapes at www.vuzrecords.de they may have copies still.


A new arrival at MuhMur HQ, Contrastate's single "Under The Line Laying North". Still filling in the gaps of my Contrastate collection ... "Locomotive Shudder" is the B-Side of this 7" and in cheesy DJ stylee I followed it with Stanier Black Five's "Double Headed". It's all train related.
25 years ago I was living in the North Yorkshire village of Thorganby and was a regular at Red Rhino Records shop and later Depth Charge Records in York. There used to be a guy behind the counter called "Mossy" who would put stuff aside for me - one-offs and/or limited release stuff. That is how I came across the H3ÖH 12", also known as The Hafler Trio Bootleg. H3ÖH were Andrew McKenzie, Einer Örn and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson. This 12" white label mysteriously appeared in 1993 with no information (apart from obviously being Hafler Trio related) and now thanks to the Internet I now know it is a remix of "The Second Coming" by Frostbite, an Icelandic project of Einer and Hilmar. Mossy used to put aside the Dying Earth singles and Fourth Dimension releases ... stuff like that. He sold me the Die Form "Archives & Doküments" vinyl box set for a pound!
The Dieter Müh track is from the "Black Square" album. I dug it out of the Müh box recently and it brought back fond memories. This was the track that Colin Potter took control over, he produced the album and this was co-mixed by him and Dave Uden.

The programme is now archived on Mixcoud. Please take a listen:
https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-broadcast-5-july-2018/

Playlist:
01: Grodock : "Vorwärts" (Not On Label) 2017.
02: Stéphane Garin + Sylvestre Godart : "Chelmo-Kulmhof, Jewish Place Of Pilgrimage. August 10th 2006. (Bruit Clair/Greunrekorder) 2011.
03: Sema : "Extract From Rosa Silber" (Vinyl On Demand) 2012.
04: Current 93 : "Cuckoo" (Coptic Cat) 2011.
05: Current 93 : "Jasmine" (Coptic Cat) 2011.
06: The Gist : "Love At First Sight" (Rough Trade Records) 1982.
07: Goem : "Untitled" (Maneki Neko Tapes) 2011.
08: Mathias Delplanque : "Passporte 3 (Dieppe)" (Crónica/Bruit Clair) 2010.
09: Contrastate : "Locomotive Shudder" (Fourth Dimension Records) 1997.
10: Stanier Black Five : "Double Headed" (Argot) 2003?
11: The Gist : "Light Aircraft" (Rough Trade Records) 1982.
12: H3ÖH : "Mind Loss" (Ash International) 1993.
13: Thomas LaRoche : "Spiritual Enlightenment Through Inactivity" (Research Laboratories) 2017.
14: Templum N.R. : "Telepathic Resonances" (Aural Hypnox) 2018.
15: Dieter Müh : "Writhe" (Carnifex Recordings) 1997.
16: Cranioclast : "Heartbeats Of Mating Galaxies" (Auf Abwegen) 2003.

The programme was technically improved by the presence of Chris Booth. He pressed buttons and adjusted dials when needed......Thank You Chris. (Dave was on a short break in Driffield).

                                                                      Chris Booth.

Next instalment will be on July 19.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

MuhMur Radio Broadcast 21 June 2018.


This broadcast had two or three lifeforms before going out on air. Checking through old diaries and stuff I discovered that this was the day, in 1980, that Throbbing Gristle released their 4th and final studio album "Heathen Earth" and was also two days away (June 23) from the day that TG finally terminated their mission in 1981. So ... the plan was to play the whole of "Heathen Earth" and build two hours of Throbbing Gristle sounds around it. Then came the thought of playing the whole of "Heathen Earth" and playing the sounds of those that were present at the recording (as listed on the back of the LP sleeve). The likes of We Be Echo, Vagina Dentata Organ, Konstruktivists, Last Few Days, The Leather Nun, Alex Fergusson all became possible, as well as the sounds from the reformed factions of Throbbing Gristle.
I know to some this may sound a little obvious, maybe a little bit of a BBC 6Music idea but I do remember back in the late 1990's when Dieter Müh started to 'gig' a little and get noticed, folk wanted interviews and we started getting questioned by people at gigs .. especially abroad, and the oft asked question was "what are your influences"? My answer always had to be Throbbing Gristle and it came as a great surprise the amount of people who had not heard TG. Heard of yes, but actually heard...no. Especially in the Scando countries where I was discovering that people were coming to 'industrial music' through black/death metal or pop music like Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode. This was in the days before internet access to music ... Soundcloud + Spotify etc. So maybe I could play some sounds that was new to some ears and lovingly familiar to others....
And then through the post came the new CD album from Inade and vinyl LP from MNEM. I have



also been playing a lot of the Templum N.R. three CD and tape box "Magnetic Visions" and the Marina Stewart CDR "Amends As Heresy" over the past two / three weeks and wanted to incorporate them in to a radio programme. So the playlist and broadcast took a new shape.

I have been in correspondence with David Leutkart (AKA Grodock) recently and he mailed a package of sounds of artists I have never heard before. Bruital Orgasme are a duo from Belgium and the opening track is from the split 3" CDR with Thenokirch called "Partikalfiltration No.1".
The new Inade album was released by Loki Foundation this month. "The Nine Colours Of The Threshold". Two tracks appear here as well as the 2012 track "Samadhi State Part III" which comes from the 2x10" compilation "Land:(Schaft)".
MNEM are old MuhMur Radio favourites. Three years ago I broadcast a MNEM 'session' which featured three tracks that appear on the new LP "Hegonon". "Disaster Marginal" appears on that session. (June 25 2015). MNEM are Weno + Juri and based across the Suomi lakes. The album is on the fine Ukranian Sentimental Productions imprint and available here and now:
https://sentimentalproductions.bandcamp.com


The Sutekh Hexen track is from the 2xcassette release "Monument Of Decay" on Beläten. I was fortunate to get one of the limited box editions that includes a vial of human bone dust and a vial of human blood. (The Homer Simpson beermat in the picture has nothing to do with the release...I forgot to remove it from the shot ... DOH!).

                                                                      Alice Kemp

The playlist has now taken an occult like and ritual theme ... not through purpose but it is just how it (organically) grew. The Alice Kemp track comes from the compilation project "My Fair Lady (Keep the Faith)". A compilation of cover versions curated by German artist Mario Passarotto and released to coincide with his exhibition at Rumpsti Pumsti in Berlin, 2015.
To break the occult Section 25 appear with their Factory Records single released on this day in 1980.
One of my favourite gigs was Section 25 at Nottingham Rock City back in 1982. They were supporting A Certain Ratio who themselves were promoting the "Sextet" LP release. Section 25 were playing material from their "Always Now" album. I remember the guitarist had his back to the audience through the whole set. That (at the time) impressed me.
Stuart Chalmers ends the broadcast with a track from his new cassette "The Shadow". Released in April this year and available on the Was Ist Das? label or direct from Stuart himself here :
https://stuartchalmers.bandcamp.com/releases



Next programme is on July 5.

Playlist:
01: Bruital Orgasme : "Soap And Bubbles" (Grubenwehr Freiberg) 2018.
02: Templum N.R. : "The Glow Breathed Out From The Aphotic Deeps" (Aural Hypnox) 2018.
03: Inade : "Ūber Dem All" (Loki Foundation) 2018.
04: Sutekh Hexen : "Lastness" (Beläten) 2013.
05: Lustmord : "Primordial Atom" (Side Effects) 1992.
06: MNEM : "Disaster Marginal" (Sentimental Productions) 2018.
07: MNEM : "Exoratum" (Sentimental Productions) 2018.
08: Throbbing Gristle : "Heathen Earth (Extract)" (Mute Records) 1991.
09: Marina Stewart : "Mania/Bull Baying" (m.m.label) 2018.
10: Alice Kemp : "Lucifer (I Wanna Be Your Man)" (Edizioni Passarotto) 2015.
11: Inade : "The Pinions Of The Sacred Time" (Loki Foundation) 2018.
12: Inade : "Samadhi State Part III" (Cold Lands Distribution) 2012.
13: Section 25 : "Girls Don't Count" (Factory Records) 1980.
14: Stuart Chalmers : "Primordial Emanation" (Was Ist Das?) 2018.

Please take a listen (Copy + Paste) :
https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-broadcast-june-21-2018/

MuhMur Radio Broadcast 13 September 2018.

And so the new Autumn / Winter 2018 SoundArt Radio schedule begins, marking six years of MuhMur Radio. The evenings' are still long e...