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Radio Massacre International - Septentrional
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Code: din23
Price: $8.99
Radio Massacre International ( RMI ) comprises Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, keyboards). This trio of musicians have steadily been building a solid reputation since 1995 with the release of their first album ‘Frozen North’ on Centaur Records. Since then they have released several other albums on Centaur as well as their own private Northern Echo label. Most recently they have released the double CD album ‘Emissaries’ on the well respected Stateside Cuneiform label.

The band incorporate elements of Berlin school electronics with Prog/Krautrock and are a force to be reckoned with in a live setting. Indeed it could be argued that they are best experienced in one of their concert performances which are often improvisational in nature and thus ebb and flow in a fluid and organic manner. They have performed many concerts and festivals throughout their career including dates in the Netherlands, Finland and the USA. Notable appearances in the UK include them co-hosting the dance orientated ‘Party Zone’ on MTV and an improv performance with legendary Can guru Damo Suzuki.

‘Septentrional’, their inaugral release on the DiN label see’s a new approach co-ordinated by DiN label boss Ian Boddy. RMI recorded a series of three hour long improvisations which they handed over to Boddy in multitrack form. These were then sifted through, extensively edited - often in a non-linear fashion, re-mixed with the addition of synthetic percussion layers on three of the five tracks and finally reassembled by Boddy into five new pieces. The result is still definitely an RMI sounding album and captures the feel and spirit of the band but filtered through the sonic excellence listeners have come to expect from this innovative label.

Track listing:
01 The First Cry . . . ( 11.03 )
02 Seven Sceptres for Sephulcrave ( 11.41 )
03 Trident ( 11.17 )
04 Searcging Septentrional Skies ( 09.18 )
05 . . . the Last Laugh ( 12.47 )
Total Time 56.16

Recorded at Northern Echo December 2004 and The Greenhouse March 2006 by RMI. Edited, arranged, mixed & produced by Ian Boddy.

Instrumentation : Mellotron, Memory Moog, CS30, CS50, Elka Rhapsody, P3 Sequencer, Maq 16/3 Sequencer, 1977 Fender Telecaster Custom, Trower Signature Stratocaster.

Additional synthetic percussion by Ian Boddy using ASL, Ultrabeat & Reaktor 5.

"Radio Massacre Int'l is a trio of English musicians (Steve Dinsdale, Duncan Goddard, Gary Houghton) known for their extended concerts of epic aural excursions. RMI proudly admits that their performances are largely improvised and often veer off into areas dictated by mood, circumstance or whim. Their recorded output reflects the diversity and complexity of this work, which is often compared to that of the Berlin School of cosmic music that emerged in Germany during the 1970s. But RMI's work is not simply re-creating the music of this era, but rather further exploring and contemplating the expressional mode and the instruments that made it possible in hopes of realizing new ideas. Enter third millennial idea-man Ian Boddy and Septentrional (56'14"), his interesting collaboration with RMI. For this album, Boddy has extensively edited and arranged hours of new RMI studio recordings into five tightly orchestrated and varied pieces, adding his own percussion riffs and rolls when needed. While the tracks sound like something made by RMI, they are more condensed and agile. Gone are the sprawling and time-warping jam sessions of previous releases. On Septentrional Boddy successfully retains the essence of RMI's music as well as displays its variety. The feel of the album shifts in turns between the stark and elegiac soundscapes of "Seven Sceptres of Sephulcrave" (11'43") and "The Last Laugh" (8'20") to the athletic and brisk spirited "The First Cry" (11'06") and "Trident" (11'19") and the nimble and supple complex web of minor key melodies on "Searching Septentrional Skies" (9'20"). Here the slow early section drifts by, generating momentum for the gyratory sequencer rhythms. So goes Septentrional, a cofunction that yields abundant musical rewards - addressing the ideal of only being satisfied with not what came before but what comes next."
-Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 1 June 2006

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