Radio Massacre International

Radio Massacre International (RMI) comprises Steve Dinsdale (Keyboards, Electronics, Drums) Duncan Goddard (Keyboards, Electronics, Bass) and Gary Houghton (Guitar, Keyboards). Since 1993 they have been building a catalogue of epic electronic improvisations, distilled into permanent records by the wonders of digital editing.
Radio Massacre International
Radio Massacre International - A Bridge too far

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1997

Being a recording of our appearance at the Klemdag Concert of October 1997 in Nijmegen, Holland, the recording, for a change, is from the band's own perspective rather than the straight-to-dat job that you usually've got. It's rough but captures the spirit of the event, sort of "fever pitch" rather than "high fidelity." Careful listening reveals the exchange of comments & c that our audience often see but seldom hear. Musically, there are three made-up-on-the-day pieces and a live preview of "Plastered In Paris," a piece which was first heard at Jodrell Bank on 30th August and which appears again on the "Organ Harvest" set, having finally been nailed down to our satisfaction.
 

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Radio Massacre International - Been there, done that

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1997

This is the accompanying CDR to their imminent Upstairs Downstairs album. As a pair they form a feast of live excerpts all beautifully merged together. The concerts on this CDR are all from the ‘95-’97 period when RMI were in prolific creative form and is a window on their totally improvised period, as opposed to the more structured approach which is emerging of late.
The opening track here is all of 58.29 minutes long, an expansive work charting 6 concerts. A nice touch is that the track does include index points if your CD player has this feature (and it makes it far easier to review - thanks Steve:-). Opening with some delightful improvisations from their EMMA#3 Festival appearance (1995), an extended sequencer run forms the backdrop for much of this 18 minute section which for many people was their first exposure to RMI’s music. Transparent fade to a minimalist weird section from the Monarch in London (1995), which then leads to a steady sequenced section from Madam Gigi’s (again London 1997).
Next up is a section from the 1997 October Gallery appearance, and to emphasize what a corker this concert was there are actually 3 sections presented from this concert. RMI themselves are of the opinion that this was one of their best live sessions, but owners of the October Gallery limited edition CDR should feel comfortable that they have the definitive record of the gig as the bulk of the material played is only available on that CDR.
Two of the sections are driftier pieces from the gig, while the last part of track presents a magnificent 10 minute slice of the sequencer epics which took place that day. Sandwiched between the October Gallery pieces is a section from the Bull & Gate, London 1996. Again an atmospheric delight.
This is a quality release in keeping with all RMI’s CDR collection, and it forms an essential companion to Upstairs Downstairs.

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Radio Massacre International - Bothered Atmos

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1998

When the material for RMI's "Borrowed Atoms" release began to grow so profuse that the band were faced with the prospect of a triple CD, they debated long and intensely to cull the pieces down to a double CD.
The remaining 74 minutes were salvaged from the obscurity of the cutting room floor and released as "Bothered Atmos", a companion disc to the double CD.
"Bothered Atmos" is a more sedate dose of RMI than their previous CDRs. The music waxes pensive and atmospheric; even the faster sequencers passages possess a sense of restraint dominated by calm. The guitar is present only within the piece "All the Water in the Universe is Melted Comets", which progresses from ambience through a rhythmic stage to a brooding finale.
"Cathedral Floor", the release's last piece, exhibits a crystalline delicacy, evoking sonic images of colored light streaming across the stone surface, sighing with flutish tonalities and waterfalling keyboards.

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Radio Massacre International - Burned + Frozen

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1997

This is the first of special series available directly from Radio Massacre International. This is to sidestep the commercial structures that prevent us from releasing as much music as we would like you to hear, and to complement the releases we will continue to make through existing channels. It has been our experience that there is a desire for more than is likely to be commercially available...
Our methods mean that we are prolific and often experimental, and normal business processes would othewise deny our listeners this music.

'Armistice' glides in on a wave of gossamer sequences, accompanied by strange vocal treatments. The scent of Mellotron wafts through the air as choral sounds gather momentum before subsiding into a simple yet poignant piano refrain. Sequences then take center stage, displaying the now expected RMI qualities of complexity and real-time metamorphosis. Electric guitar joins the fray, classic trumpet style timbres cast a supplemental spell. Subsidence is short but sweet, oscillations for the masses.
'Burned & Frozen', weighing in at over 50 minutes, is the longest uninterrupted piece RMI have released to date. Great swathes of polyrhythms caress acres of electronic textures. Pulsating layers squirm around the soundstage transporting you on an epic journey for which no hot-air balloon is needed. RMI provide the jet-stream, let your mind go with the flow.

Those in tune with this music know the waiting is over. Time to pig-out.

GG

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Radio Massacre International - City 21

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2011    

This is the first soundtrack made by the musicians from the UK. It was recorded way back in 2008, shortly after they met the director Chris Zelov at their concert in 2007 in Philadephia. This album is a selection of music from the finished film, placed in this order for a coherent listening experience. So we find the usual style of RMI like sequncer and long reverbed guitars along with orchestration and more movielike melodies and moods. Very interesting and something new from these outstanding artists.

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Radio Massacre International - Diabolica

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1997

This cdr is 73 minutes, broke into three pieces: 41, 27 and 7 minutes respectively. So, once again, the development span is expanded, allowing the astral melodies to accrete at a leisurely pace.
Heavenly tones and gurgling electronics unfurl luxuriously, inevitably reaching more energetic passages with intertwining keyboard riffs. Enter the space guitar, stirring the languid sonic clouds with its distant cry. As the guitar expands in presence--and force--a thread of delicately soft E-perc crawls into the mix.
The second composition is far darker, lurking like a spacecraft carefully maneuvering through a crowded asteroid belt. A fuzzy rhythm thumps along in the barely disturbed pool of sound, only to begin to churn with more rapid sequencers. The tone of the piece reaches further into the bass regions, then soars into more fanciful ethers, with the pace increasing to a near frenzy.
The last, briefest composition is constructed around a terse guitar loop. Heavier E-perc and liquid electronics accompany this guitar expression. The mesh swells with power, producing a loving tension.
All of these pieces feature a strong sense of slow build melodics.

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Radio Massacre International - Eavesdropping

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2013

Recorded at The Greenhouse, Stockport 2010

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Radio Massacre International - Emissaries

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2005    

Each of the two cds in the double disc set Emissaries by Radio Massacre Int'l, presents a distinctive facet of this interesting trio of English Spacemusicians.
Disc 1: "The Emissaries Suite" (59'58") is essentially a studio album. While the music on this disc feels more arranged and composed than the group's live concert albums, RMI's freewheeling style is ever present. The pieces unfold, expand and recede as if in a rehearsed jam session rather than a clinical/critical studio project. The keystone supporting this music is Duncan Goddard's sequencer patterns. Multiple sets of cycling synthesizer tones dance, skip and echo through minor key scales, running full-tilt like a runaway train.
Goddard's efforts to keep this affair on the tracks are supported by Steve Dinsdale and the harmonic and melodic pads and solos he creates out of vintage Mellotron strings, flutes, choirs and horns, and the blue-eyed soul of guitarist Gary Houghton's poignant leads and imaginative effects.
Disc 2: "Ancillary Blooms" (76'26") is a live album recorded on the 05.09.04 broadcast of STAR'S END. The two one hour sets were edited down so as to fit on this cd, and flow along a subtle spatial arc suitable for late-night listening. Within this setting the sonic inventions are more discovered than composed as the trio tends to explore areas of texture and mood. The ensuing musical themes grew out of an improvisational interaction that could not have been planned, nor repeated.
When it comes to playing music under these conditions, RMI call on their instincts. With very little in the way of direct communication, they produce complex atmospheric realizations. Perhaps their most significant insight lies not in this music's technology, but in understanding that it exists over time and that each live performance is an opportunity to participate in a singular and completely unique experience.

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Radio Massacre International - Frozen North

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1995

Of the trio of bands primarily responsible for the resurgence of interest in 70's EM, RMI are probably the closest to emulating the Rubycon/Ricochet/Encore sound. Not that they are trying any more or less than the others, it's just a statement which leaves you in no doubt of the style of music contained on this CD. Take the 20 minute opener for example, Wrecks. Six minutes of skilful atmospherics give way to the sequencer run which is supplemented by well judged electric guitar at eleven minutes. The palette of sounds are totally authentic for this type of music, and it all works magnificently. Echoing samples of dogs barking bring the track to a weird close. The sequencers waste no time on What's the Point of Going to Crete? Opening in slightly detuned fashion they soon develop into a pulsing wall of sound which is supplemented perfectly by mellotron choirs. There's even a few chord changes with the "lead" following in sympathy. Who says there's no melody....!? Small Frozen North opens in brooding fashion before once again brilliant sequencers take centre stage, while Rosemary's Baby is a more ambient cut with syncopating piano and heavy effects. Extra length affords Drown an extended opening and this is used well with some classic sound collages and unmistakable flute courtesy of the Mellotron. After five minutes the sequences appear and deliver some startling tapestries of rhythm with all manner of noises layered on top. The sequence run fades at the half way mark to leave glorious effects and mellotron to "do their thing", before returning resplendent with psychedelic guitar riffs. Frozen North Part 1 gets underway with five minutes of scene setting before slowly undulating chords raise anticipation. Tremendous sequences follow, embellished by synths and effects to perfection. Industrial collages take over during the latter stages bringing the piece to a provocative and uncompromising close. Finally, the colossal Part 4 takes the stage, and colossal is the only way to describe it. The opening 20 minutes are pure ambient genius, and the section which follows is a lesson in how to combine the mellotron with pulsing sequences. This track is a forty minute epic which anyone in tune with this style of music will find irresistible. When listening to RMI's music, comparisons with mid to late 70's Tangerine Dream are unavoidable. Let's be clear though. This album is not merely a recreation of TD at their peak, it's more a testament to RMI's ability to capture the spirit and excitement of that era and inject it into their own work. The result is a masterpiece which no Electronic Music enthusiast should be without.

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Radio Massacre International - Greenhousing

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2002

The opener 'Osmosis' is a short introductory piece, rather twittering and cosmic. 'Shed of Light' starts up, there is a very faint sequence in the background accompanied by high hat courtesy of Steve Dinsdale, gently echoing guitar licks from Gary Houghton and what I assume is guitar bass from Duncan Goddard. The Guitar and bass become more strident as we move to a Space or Kraut Rock sound. It's like a mix of Ash Ra Temple and Can (with even a little Jane?) but without the vocals. In other words it's a long way from the last two releases, nothing like the cosmic drift of 'Startide' or the sequencer based 'Maelstrom'. It might be something of a shock to some RMI fans but as I was actually into Kraut Rock slightly before discovering electronic music of the Tangerine Dream variety I very much enjoyed it. It goes to show what excellent musicians they are in that they can turn their hands to conventional instruments as well as keyboards. It's very tight but also freaked out at the same time with Gary particularly going rather ape. As the drums subside Steve turns to the Mellotron, Gary's guitar almost weeping as we float into 'Cold Soup'. Touches of cymbal and drum punctuate the silence, as does the delicately played guitar. With a couple of minutes to go Steve becomes more animated behind the kit. 'Plasmolysis' features electronics and distorted guitar / effects. It's all rather dark and ominous. In complete contrast 'God of Electricity (Slight Return)' is a very melodic, quite beautiful actually, interlude mainly featuring guitar and flute sounds. It only lasts a couple of minutes however before we are back to Kraut Rock realms with 'Shed of Light (Part 2)'. The sequence is a little higher in the mix than on part one and the drums are just as evident but there isn't any guitar thus it's much more restrained.'Not Too Long' begins with a very deep bass throb to which a high register sequence is added. Some lovely Mellotron comes in as the track slowly develops into something of a cracker. The throb turns into an almost explosive rumble giving things an even meaner edge. 'Crossing the Distance' also features deep dark electronics. It's very atmospheric with no real structure. In the second minute we get distorted noise from the guitar, not pretty but adding a sort of tension to proceedings. Very slowly some sort of rhythm starts up and the drums enter in the sixth minute backed by nice bass guitar playing- moody stuff. The last track is also the longest at almost eighteen minutes and makes fun of the famous Tangerine Dream track '3 am at the border……' as it is called '3 pm At The Edge Of The Village In Claremont Waiting For A Train That Never Came'! A steady sequence pulses from the speakers to which another is added. A two note melodic motif makes an entrance as does electronic percussion, a great bass sequence rumbling in the background. Things build slowly in classic style. In the fifth minute some restrained guitar can be heard but it is really just giving a little colour. It's a lovely brooding piece which I kept thinking was going to take off but they keep things very tight and in control right up to the end.

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Radio Massacre International - Gulf

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1998

This thematically linked album typifies that approach. Alongside the travelling sequencer based movement 'Scud', there is the explosive terror of the title piece, and the evocative atmospheres of 'Desert Storm'. It is a work that the group is particularly proud of, which on reflection seemed to conjure up images of the Gulf war. We did not set out to deliberately evoke this subject matter, and it is a good example of how music can sometimes take on a meaning of it's own."
 

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Radio Massacre International - Hog Wild

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2004

Once more, here’s a nice live record from our English retro friends. This time it concerns two concerts from 2004: Leicester (five tracks, good for 56 minutes) and Manchester (one song of almost 23 minutes).
"Hog Wild" contains the, by now, traditional high quality partly-structured partly- improvised EM in the seventies style, as we have come to expect from RMI. Category: ‘let’s go with the Tangerine Dream retro’ with touches of ‘let’s go space rocking’.
Speedy sequencer EM alternated with ambient pieces. Excellent combinations which make this cd a top notch addition to the collection of every RMI fan.

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Radio Massacre International - Knutsford in May

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1997

It's amazing to think that well over 12 months have passed since Radio Massacre International opened the first electronic music concert ever to be held at Jodrell Bank. The whole thing passed in such a blur that only retrospectively did the full impact of the music presented on that night start to dawn. To hear this album now even I find it hard to believe that RMI constructed such a masterpiece almost off the cuff.
What you hear is what the lucky audience were treated to on the night. In the period since this concert I believe RMI have advanced even more, with the October Gallery concert showing the sequencing highs to which RMI can now reach as well as the melodic edge which is now becoming a greater factor. However, this concert was undoubtedly special and contains sections which are likely to remain amongst the greatest pieces RMI ever produce. The set as a whole has a beguiling nature which cajoles the listener into pondering matters related to time and space. The sequential structures could almost be the pin point reference map of a star strewn galaxy, while the sublime Mellotron and ethereal guitar work weave a nebulous cloud of sound which constantly changes shape and focus.
'Skeletope' deserves particular praise with its nigh on perfect use of electronic sounds and atmospherics, including samples of Jodrell Bank signals bounced off the moon during early experiments. There is a comforting assurance creeping into RMI's work which is leading many people, including myself, to ponder whether there really is any limit to this band's potential.

 

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 1

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at the Gatherings, St.Mary's Church, Philadelphia, 8th,May 2004

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 10 Orion

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at Orion Sound Studios, Baltimore, MD 19th April 2010

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 2

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK, 02.04.2005

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 3

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at the National Space Centre, Leicester, UK, 25th March 2006

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 4

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at the Night & Day, Manchester , 14.03.2004 and the Boardwalk, Sheffield, 17.11.2006.

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 5

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at the Y-Theatre Festival, Leicester 1.09.2007 and at the Orion Studios, Baltimore 18.11.2007.

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 6

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at The Gatherings, st. Mary's Church, Philadelphia PA, 17th November 2007.

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