A few months ago a copy of the magazine "Intrusive Signals #1" landed at MuhMur HQ. The magazine was put together by Andrew Fletcher. "Intrusive Signals" is a title taking over from "Snare Rush", a magazine that Andrew produced for seven issues. A little like when "Just Glittering" changed its' name to "Idwal Fisher". With the magazine came a request for a Dieter Müh interview, or some contribution to #2. Over the past couple of years or so I have done quite a few interviews, the last being for Richard Johnson's revamped "Adverse Effect" magazine and Thanasis (of Electric Knife Records) printed a rather fine overview of Dieter Müh in his "Oblique Tapestry" magazine. Dave Goodchild of the Exeter Cavern has also interviewed me for his occasionally printed fanzine "Notes From The Post Punk Underground". With the latter two of these publications being (Devon) local I was a little reticent to do yet another Müh piece and besides I haven't really done much (as Dieter Müh) since the Swiss/German tour in December 2018 - the one with BºTong & Grodock.
During this pandemic Andrew has moved from Oxford to a small market town called Bovey Tracy in South Devon. Bovey Tracy is about ten miles from MuhMur HQ and also known as "The Gateway To the Moors" (Dartmoor that is). On his move to the Deep South he got in contact with Thanasis who pointed him in the direction of SoundArt Radio, a community radio station in Dartington broadcasting from the Dartington Hall Estate. Andrew now broadcasts "The Tump Clump", a monthly hour long programme built of noises, pulses, rhythms and home-made electronics.
I wanted to get involved with issue #2 so I offered to write a piece on MuhMur Radio, the reasons, the whys and the wherefores. I also offered my services as a reviewer, to say a few words about what has excited me, intrigued me and made me dance over the last few days, but Andrew moved at such a fast pace I never got around to the reviewing ... I also didn't quite finish the MuhMur Radio piece .. but I think I got away with it.
Issue #2 features interviews with Canadian artist Moss Harvest. A great interview that has made me want to hear his sounds .. Blackcloudsummer and Neuro ... No Neuro. There's a piece on HREA'M's 'Music For Mental Health' project, poetry by Plague Arish and a diary (by Andrew) of the "Radical Chip Party" that took place on the Dartington Hall Estate over the summer. There's random artwork and photography in the pages too.
Each copy (seems to) come(s) with a free download of Andrews' new release. A split 3" CDR of Lee Riley and Soloman Tump. For the past year or so Andrew has been recording and releasing under the pseudonym of Soloman Tump. Experimental free-form crunching entropic electronics. Lee Riley is a guitarist who has released split albums (in the past) with Stuart Chalmers, Timothy C Holehouse and Robert Ridley-Shackleton on a variety of UK DIY labels.
A physical copy of the split is available : https://solomantump.bandcamp.com/album/spl-it Limited to only 30 copies. Intrusive Signals #2 can be got from here : https://solomantump.bandcamp.com/merch/intrusive-signals-zine-2 for only £4 plus postage.
The Tump Clump can be listened to here : https://www.mixcloud.com/solomantump/