29 November 2011

Stereo Test Record mix

This superb mix comes from 2007 (I assume) but is new to me and comes courtesy of The Horse Drawn Zeppelin. I know nothing of God's Boyfriend and Go Away Records seems to have gone away for good, but they left this sonic gem behind for us all to enjoy. I'm not going to list all the 150 odd tracks included in this mix, instead, please peruse the image below:

"STEREO TEST RECORD provides a means for the demanding listener to check audio reproduction equipment without the need for expensive and complicated instruments. The sounds on this record are the final products of years of research and development of stereophonic recording techniques by 73 artists contributing over 150 compositions. 

# Test your stereo band levels with John Carpenter
# Check the channel orientation with Giorgio Moroder and BBC Radiophonic Workshop alumni
# Perform a phasing test with Eddie Warner, Klaus Schulze and Alan Hawkshaw 
# Envelope yourself in the sound of Raymond Scott's newly designed and manufactured electronic music devices and systems

All of the tests within are inter-dependent, and it is therefore suggested that it be played through once completely before attempting to interpret the results which may be obtained from it. 

This record is sponsored by Dübreq, makers of the Stylophone, a revolution in electronic music performance, introduced here by Rolf Harris.

These DYNAMIC DIRECTIONAL STEREO recordings are capable of bringing to you the most realistic width and depth plus the altogether thrilling addition of the actual movement of musical sounds in space - DIRECTIONAL STEREO EFFECTS.

Please download responsibly.

26 November 2011

Denton & Cook - Theme From The Hong Kong Beat 7"

Richard Denton & Martin Cook - Theme From 'The Hong Kong Beat' b/w Chasing The Dragon (1978). The Denton & Cook single that sold enough copies to grace the UK Top 40, reaching #25 on 6th May, 1978 pop-pickers! Could be because The Hong Kong Beat sounds like nothing if it doesn't sound like a rejected demo from Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album, in a very, very good way you understand. More Denton and Cook goodness to come soon.

24 November 2011

Denton & Cook - Diamonds In The Sky 7"

Richard Denton & Martin Cook - Diamonds In The Sky b/w Jet Lag (1979). A suitably sophisticated soft rock instrumental incorporating a similar vocoded vocal effect used on Tomorrow's World. The b side Jet Lag sounds like funky disco strings for a cocktail party on Harold Shand's yacht.

22 November 2011

Denton & Cook - Circuit Eleven Miami 7"

Richard Denton & Martin Cook - Circuit Eleven - Miami b/w The Spangler (1979). A jaunty country bar room boogie rock styled theme tune for a  "thirteen-part documentary series on law and order in Florida, including coverage of court-room proceedings". The b-side continues in the same vein.

21 November 2011

Tomorrow's World vs Machine Muzik

Krafwerk's first appearance on UK TV in 1975

Back in effect in 1991

20 November 2011

Denton & Cook - Tomorrow's World 7"

Richard Denton & Martin Cook - Tomorrow's World b/w Inside Story (1980). The sound of your future yesterday. An early electro/space disco masterpiece. The b-side could not be more different, a lovely reflective pastoral piece for flute and acoustic guitar, akin to the music often used to introduce Programmes for Schools and Colleges around that time.

A rather tastefully done white label edit of the TW Theme:

17 November 2011

No.36 - African Images: Suspense

Africa (1993). Library tracks and stings with an African flavour, made for documentaries and nature shows from the Radiophonic Workshop in it's final decade. Composers featured include Peter Howell, Roger Limb and Malcolm Clarke.

15 November 2011

No.14 - Signature Tune: A New Beginning

Brian Hodgson with the dismembered piano that created the Tardis sound.

Dr Who: 30 Years at the Radiophonic Workshop (1963-93). Essential electric goodness from Radiophonic heroes, Brian Hodgson, Delia Derbyshire, Dick Mills, Elizabeth Parker, Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell.


10 November 2011

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible...

Once again we are experiencing technical difficulties and - thanks to a certain British telecommunications' helpline being designed by first reading the works of Franz Kafka and then applying them to a modern day call-centre - I expect it will be at least 7 days before I'm able to post any new stuff.

1 November 2011

Autumn Cycles

That's all the creepy sounds I have... for now. Back to posts of a more musical vein for a bit. By way of a palette cleanser, may I recommend this rather fine mixcloud courtesy of The Advisory Circle?

01. Pye Corner Audio - Transmission Four Crooked Hill 
02. Holy Other - Touch
03. 69 - Microlovr
04. Keith Mansfield - Microchip Revolution
05. Hatchback - Everything Is Neu
06. Pussy - Come Back June
07. Dana Gillespie - You Just Gotta Know My Mind
08. Darkel - Pearl
09. The Association - Funny Kind Of Song
10. Jim O’Rourke - Something Big
11. Jackie Lee - The Town I Live In
12. Matti Oiling - Baron's Beat
13. Conrad Schnitzler - Coca
14. Alden Tyrell Feat. Fred Ventura - Memories
15. Chanjarit Singh - Raga Bairagi
16. Bernard Fevre - Central Way
17. Teenage Engineering - Slow Fm 4t
18. The Resource Centre - Circle Time
19. Marion - I Go To Sleep