Saturday, 7 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.
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:
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).
Next instalment will be on July 19.
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