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.
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.......