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 - 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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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 7

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

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

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 8

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at The Cherubini Center, Burlington, NJ 16th April 2010

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Radio Massacre International - Lost in Transit 9

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010

Recorded at The Gatherings, St Mary's Church, Philadelphia, PA 18th April 2010.

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Radio Massacre International - Maelstrom

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1999

Maelstrom was recorded & edited in circumstances of flux and is the missing link between "Borrowed Atoms" and "Planets In The Wires". Back in the studio after the sessions that yielded the former, trying out new ideas, hence the hiatus, the result is a suite that is to travelling what "The God Of Electricity" is bad weather; a geet big trip but one worth taking, we reckon.
Although the tracks here still rely on the essential Teutonic sequencing the band's most recent work has seen them leaning heavily towards ambient realms, sometimes slightly abstract in the grand old German tradition.
"Maelstrom Part 1" begins in just such a manner with Gary Houghton's guitar providing an extra sonic ingredient alongside the synthesizers of Steve Dinsdale and Duncan Goddard. The sequencing here is especially well done as it provides the impetus for a driving second half. In response to this the band really crank things up, bringing out the best in themselves and their equipment which makes for one of RMI's best compositions to date. The piece begins to gain momentum with rhythmic coloring later joined by an impressive sequential basis that provides a positive impetus to carry proceedings along.
"Part Two" is more considered and initially restrained but ultimately more powerful as a thunderous rhythmic base is embellished by excellent guitar and synth interplay, making good use of the unmistakably ethereal sound of the Mellotron (a bona fide 70s one at that!!).

 

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Radio Massacre International - Organ Harvest

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1997

Organ Harvest was launched at the band's most prestigious performance to date, the Klemdag festival in Holland, confirming RMI's rise to prominence in the field of modern electronic music. The album is a 62 minute epic consisting of six segued pieces all chosen to create a satisfying whole. For the first time there are thematic structures, on both the title track and the Floydian finale "A Minute of Silence". Elsewhere the spirit of improvisation still dominates; "Geiger" and "Rainy Day Song" are sequencer led explorations that demonstrate growing confidence in the principle "less is more". The surrounding textural sections show that RMI are unique in their ability to create blissful soundworlds of depth and beauty which melt into your environment. A complete experience best heard in one sitting, "Organ Harvest" has already been acclaimed by one discerning punter as the band's "finest hour".
 

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Radio Massacre International - People would really like...

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2003

People would really like space rock if they would only give it a try is the complete title of this CD.
Recorded in April 2003 this is a live multi-track recording overflowing with rhythms and loads of sequencer, with the addition of guitar and real drums at times. Not really "space rock", but in RMI terms, perhaps it could be called "rocking" in so far as the energy level is very high and it’s filled with spacy vibrations.
This is one of these three new live RMI CDr's represent us in three widely different settings in three different countries over the course of the last year. All of our recent time has been devoted to preparing for a welcome abundance of live performances, and we tried to vary the approach each time in order to produce as much new music as possible.
Each of the three sets here is inherently different but we think equally successful.

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Radio Massacre International - Philadelphia Air-Shot

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2008

A single performance for WXPN Radio in Philadelphia in 2007, using an arranged piece as a starting point, moving into sequencer improvisation before ending up in deep space over the luxury of an hour. From the DAT master.
A sort of explosive whoosh leads into a version of 'bettr'r day-s' with its gorgeous sequencer / mellotron combination. Wonderful sympathetic melodic lead guitar gives that added oomph without over doing it. This is an absolutely brilliant start full of energy but it is also a wonderful composition from which the rest of the track was improvised. The original sequence still acts as a backing as further synth colouring washes around the pulsations. A new sequence starts to form, blending with the first perfectly as do Gary's guitar licks. The music seeps deep into the body and brain creating a wonderful electronic freaked out experience. We then descend into swirling chaos that sounds half like a hurricane and half screaming audience. A very deep four note pulse / throb then emerges accompanied by just the occasional sonic embellishment. All sorts of whooshes join in as we subside to just the occasional twittering effect. Things become quite haunting then an organ makes an appearance. Gary adds more of his guitar. All is then drowned in snarling electronics before calm is restored once more.

 

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Radio Massacre International - Rain falls in a different Way

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2008

A companion piece to Rain Falls In Grey, and a collection of new music recorded during the same time frame using similar instrumentation. Expansive and atmospheric as well as strongly rhythmic space rock. Slightly overlooked for all the right reasons, these pieces have now found their own voice, albeit, obviously, in a different way... The title track forcefully announces as much, with cool guitar licks and very solid drumming, totally in rock mode without a trace of the usual synthesizer experimentation. For that, look no further than “Pluto,” a shrill cold piece that is purely synthetic in origin. If it were anything but a short bridging piece it would be downright annoying, but it works for its 1:30 running time, serving as an odd sort of respite before launching headlong into “Silicon Psychosis,” another rocker. Guitars form a wall of sound, again with a strong rhythmic accompaniment on the kit. Synths do get into the action this time, though they must compete for sonic supremacy in the ensuing cacophony, and in the end they are relegated to the background, an extra bit here and there to augment the volume. Various takes on space rock and space music round out the disc, from the deep space sounds of “The Emissary” to the slow, majestic tones of “Chainless & Beauty Black” to the mellow space rock of “Yeager.”  Make no mistake, this is a disc to be played loud, not space music for late-night listening, unless it’s for a party with your ultra-cool friends. In essence, the twin Rain Falls CDs are two sides of the same coin. If you like one you should like the other.
 

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Radio Massacre International - Rain falls in Grey

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2007

This release features 77 minutes of mesmerizing rock music.
Joining Dinsdale, Goddard and Houghton on this release are: Cyndee Lee Rule and Martin Archer. The band routinely release “companion” albums in connection with their “official” releases. This is one such, being a second companion to their Rain Falls in Grey album.
Of the releases covered in this column, this one exemplifies the band’s fusion of contemporary electronics with progressive sensibilities, exploring tuneage that is crafted with more than the band’s customary EM sound. Traditional drums play a vital role in this music, contributing powerful rhythms that convey grandeur and immensity. But not every instance of percussion resounds with momentous impact; some occasions are relegated to the mid-range so that the beats endow without overwhelming. Technically, the role of guitar remains the same: vivid and cosmic in scope. The riffs are searing and compelling in their stratospheric nature. Combining elements of blues, space rock and progrock, the instrument glows with paranormal supremacy. Whether blazing with rock-out tendencies or simmering with glissando delicacy, the guitar provides a pivotal glory for each melody. Which is not to diminish the contributions of the keyboards, for they generate the lush foundation for everything. Airy texturals and demonstrative keys are integral to the music, as are the profusion of sparkling electronic effects that litter the songs. Bass provides a rumbling inclination, sometimes geological in its presence, other times hiding within the fluid mix. The addition of Archer’s saxophones and woodwinds and Rule’s violin lend the music a classical undercurrent that is twisted into progressive delineation by the band’s application of these fresh aspects. These compositions are superb examples of power-rock given over to progressive proclivity. Applying the flowing structure the band have mastered in their EM work, these tunes radiate solid beauty with their molten fervor.

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Radio Massacre International - Solid States

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2003

Our November 2002 trip to the USA was a first for the band, and could not go undocumented. We saw the trip as an opportunity to make as much new music as possible, and based our live sets and radio appearances largely around total improvisation. This double set is divided into 'West' and 'East' discs documenting appearances on both coasts. Our set in Claremont, Ca. was recorded on multi-track and the rest of the sessions on the RMI 'mini-mini-mobile'. There are two half hour radio sessions, extracts from our 'Progwest' appearance with drums, while the bulk of Disc Two consists of electronics only pieces from our two sets at St Mary's Church, Philadelphia. With the exception of a live version of the first piece on our debut album, all of the music is new, created in the moment and unrepeatable. The fact that it was recorded in the special circumstances of an American tour that many bands never get to make, is the icing on the cake.

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Radio Massacre International - Startide

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1993 / 2001

It has become a habit that together with a "regular" CD also a CD-R is released with related recordings from the archives. Startide, released simultaneously with Planets In The Wires, contains 2 pieces from 1993, the very beginning of RMI, Monstrous Tides of 9:30 and the title track of almost an hour. Monstrous Tides has a somewhat strange sequence, choirs and lots of effects. Dinsdale's colleagues of the BBC called Startide "a real toe-tapper". This is funny because the piece doesn't have any rhythm. It is a great and intriguing whole of cosmic effects and light solo's which you have to undergo. Every now and than a sequence threatens to break through but is remains quiet. At a certain time the Mellotron (now also flute) joins the music and I find myself in the heaven of electronic music.

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Radio Massacre International - Still

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2013

Recorded at The Greenhouse, Stockport 2011-12

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Radio Massacre International - The Clouds of Titan

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2013

This is an album that we hoped would never have to be released. When we were on tour in the USA back in May, we did a very special living room concert at the home of Cyndee Lee Rule (who has worked with us in the past) and her husband, Jeff Nutkowitz. Jeff was battling pancreatic cancer...and it was that disease that took him away from us on July 8th. Originally broadcast on the Gagliarchives Radio Show (thank you Tom for coming up with the titles of these tracks), we decided to release this album in Jeff's memory.

The profits from this album will go to one Jeff's favorite charities. He was a fan of ours and loved space rock as much as anyone could. We know it's not much, but it's the least we could do to give back to someone who has done so much for space and progressive rock. Sssssssssssspace....

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Radio Massacre International - The God of Electricity

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1994 / 2000

This CD has been "in the can" for many years, the results of sessions recorded during 1994. Unusually the sessions, rather than hitting the CD platter in their virgin state, have been subject to a certain amount of post production work which has resulted in this uninterrupted hour long masterpiece. In traditional style the set is split into distinctive parts, 7 in all. Part 1 opens with screeching effects producing an uncompromising edge which is prevalent at many stages throughout the album. This subsides to leave subtle effects, beautifully recorded and the dimensions of the soundstage are immense. The effects are marshalled into a discordant sequence which gathers pace and stretches into a trademark sequence run as Part 2 takes over. Enter Mellotron choir and the classic RMI sound is there in all its glory, the sort of sound-bite opulence which draws so many admirers. The track ebbs into Part 3, a resonating cascade of choirs, synthesis and effects which takes the phrase "multilayered" to he extreme. Part 4 and we return to sequence heaven, a bass laden rhythm decorated by all manner of high register detail. Guitar riffs vie sublimely with mellotron timbres to form a gripping 13 minutes. Part 5 is the most extreme section so far, an incessant wall of electronic noise through which lighter tones attempt to emerge but never quite succeed until the guitar riffs of part 6 take over. Part 6 is perhaps the most striking section, an immensely infectious Floydian guitar piece which proves this band has melodic as well as atmospheric depths. Part 7 ends with appropriately stylistic effects. This is classic RMI, and though the sleevenotes suggest this is a more experimental tome it actually sounds fairly contemporary with their other albums.

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Radio Massacre International - Threads

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2013

Recorded at The Greenhouse, Stockport 2011-12

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Radio Massacre International - Time + Motion

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2010    
Featuring guest musician Martin Archer on all things woodwinds, the band takes their foundation of sequencer based material and stretches out the space within the beats (and for some the tracks on the album, there are no beats...so think about all that space!) The band is more interested in letting a scenic vibe come across, and it's one that you might not have expected after hearing an album like Rain Falls In Gray but it's more in the vibe of Philadelphia Air Shot in the idea of taking a starting point of an idea and letting it take control...
Recorded February-June 2009 by Radio Massacre International
Duncan Goddard - electronics, bass guitar
Steve Dinsdale - electronics, percussion
Gary Houghton - guitar, electronics
Special Guest: Martin Archer - Wind Instruments & Electronics

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Radio Massacre International - Upstairs Downstairs

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 1998/ 2000

Concert recordings made between February 1997 and May 1998.
Part One was performed in Oct Gallery in 1998 and Oct Gallery in 1997
Part Two was performed at The Rheingold Club in 1997
Part Three was performed at Jodrell Bank in 1997 and Klemdag also in 1997.
The music is most of the times Berlin School style like Tangerine Dreams Encore or Ricochet.

 

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Radio Massacre International - Walking on the Sea

Artist: Radio Massacre International
P: 2004

We were invited to participate in an arts festival just outside Helsinki in January 2004, and had a thoroughly good experience altogether making many new friends. The set was an hour long and featured the more traditional RMI line up of electronics and guitar only. The set is included in its entirety along with a bonus piece from our preparation sessions the day before our departure for the frozen north.

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