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    Posted: October 11 2008 at 10:32

Radio Massacre International


This information is taken from Wikipedia - from reading the forum article about NEARFest, it appears the band went down very well in most quarters, so could well be worthy of consideration for a place here?

Radio Massacre International are a trio of British musicians, Steve Dinsdale (Keyboards and Drums), Duncan Goddard (Keyboards and Bass), and Gary Houghton (Guitar, Synth). They specialize in improvisational experimental electronic music, utilizing vintage synthesizers and sampled sounds alongside electric guitar. They are also leading exponents of the mellotron keyboard. More recently they have begun to incorporate Bass Guitar and Drums by varying degrees in an attempt to stretch musical boundaries within the confines of a three piece. Their music has been described alternatively as ambient, space rock, Krautrock, Berlin School, and various other terms, although the band itself prefers the label "organic music". Points of reference include bands ranging from Tangerine Dream to Hawkwind.

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The unusual name dates back to the early 80s, and the trio's early experiments with primitive sounds. The name was coined by Steve to describe cathartic sessions by the band, working away from traditional write/arrange/rehearse methods. Lacking anything but the most basic equipment, the band plugged keyboards & guitars straight into a cassette deck for a more abrasive sound than that achieved with the (mostly borrowed) equipment used in the making of their early recordings as "DAS". Therefore, there is no deeper meaning in the name. It was adopted as the main name for the band in 1990, as recording in the "DAS" style was wound up. There are 12 DAS "albums" although only the first was ever published (as a cassette album); some of the later titles feature other musicians and any plan to release these recordings would mean hunting down the participants to obtain clearance.

History

The history of the band dates back to the late 70s, when Steve and Duncan went to school together. They formed the band “DAS” with Gary, and recorded 12 albums between 1979 and 1987 which were never released.

Steve, who is originally a drummer, went on to play in a couple of ‘scene’ bands after moving to London in 1988, while Duncan started to amass synthesizers, and recorded the first solo projects. When he finally found a space for him and Steve - who got disillusioned with the music business at that time - to work in, they recorded a first session in 1993, which was later released as “Startide”. Gary re-joined in 1994 with his guitar, and the band as we know it today was born.

Their first official release was the double CD “Frozen North” on Centaur in 1995. They also debuted Radio Massacre International as a live act at the Emma festival in Sheffield in the same year.

In 1996, they were invited to perform on MTVs "Party Zone", making them probably the first and only band to play a live piece on the dance-orientated show that did not contain a single discernible beat. The same month they were the first electronic artists to play at the famous Jodrell Bank observatory, in the shadow of the radio dish. This was later released as the humorously titled live CD `Knutsford In May'.

1997 saw them play at the famous (but now defunct) KLEMdag festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands, in front of the band's largest ever live audience.The year 2000 brought appearances at the Alfa Centauri festival in Holland, and another visit to Jodrell Bank. The band's music was also featured in the BBC-TV programme “Don’t Look Down” about the 300 ft radio telescope.

The first Hampshire Jam festival of electronic music in Liphook in 2001 saw them appear together with other artists of the genre like Air Sculpture, Paul Nagle and Free System Project. In November 2002, they played their fist ever dates in the United States, at the Progwest Festival in LA and at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia. Furthermore, they appeared twice live on radio, on Alien Air Music on KXLU in LA, and on Star's End on WXPN in Philadelphia. True to form, the band released a 2CD collection documenting this tour (Solid States).

Further live events included the E-Live festival in Eindhoven, Holland in late 2003 and the Virtaa Arts Festival in Tapiola (nr Helsinki), Finland in early 2004. Manchester's Night and Day Cafe witnessed a 2004 collaborative performance which saw RMI and Can luminary Damo Suzuki perform together for the first time.

A return visit to Philadelphia in 2004 at the invitiation of Chuck Van Zyl resulted in a recording contract with USA label Cuneiform Records for which the debut release was 2005's 'Emissaries',a double CD which also featured a full colour comic strip story by artist Matt Howarth

Since 2003, they have given annual performances at the UK National Space Centre in Leicester, performing with fellow artist Ian Boddy as a guest of the band on the last of these occasions in March 2006. RMI then released the `Septentrional' CD on Boddy's DiN label which was again characterised by a collaborative spirit, with Boddy treating and remixing the material.

In December 2006, they finally released the long awaited 6 CD compilation "Lost in Space", a career retrospective but containing entirely unreleased material from 1987 to 2003.

In September 2007 they released two CDs. The first, "Rain Falls in Grey" is a release which the band describe in the sleevenotes as "a way of saying goodbye and thanks to a genuine one off", referring to Syd Barrett. The cover art for this release was drawn by Daevid Allen, famous as a member of the group Gong (band). The second release, "Blacker" was on their own Northern Echo record label. The albums were launched with a rare UK show featuring album guest Martin Archer

Once again they visited the East Coast of the USA in November 2007, and played a well-received series of radio sessions and live shows in a variety of contexts, augmented on occasions by Premik Russell Tubbs and Cyndee Lee Rule.

In February 2008 they completed recording of their first film soundtrack, entitled `City 21' due for release in September 2008 by the Knossus Project.

In June 2008 they played NEARfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, their most high profile appearance to date.


Discography

The band has been incredibly prolific, largely due to the improvised and lengthy nature of their musical explorations, releasing over 30 albums over the past decade or so.

Album Year Notes
Frozen North 1995
Republic 1996
Knutsford in May (Live) 1997
Burned & Frozen
Diabolica Recorded in 1994
Organ Harvest
Gulf 1998
A Bridge Too Far (Live) Recorded in 1997
Borrowed Atoms
Live at the October Gallery (Live) Ltd. edition for visitors of the concert only
Bothered Atmos 1999 Sequel to Borrowed Atoms
Upstairs Downstairs (Live) 2000
Been There Done That (Live) Recorded in 1997
The God Of Electricity Recorded in 1994
Zabriskie Point
Planets in the Wires 2001
Startide Recorded in 1993
Maelstrom 2002 Recorded in 1999
Greenhousing 2003
Solid States (Live)
E-Live 2003 (Live)
People would really like Space Rock
if they would only give it a try
(Live)
2004
Walking on the Sea (Live)
Hog Wild (Live)
Emissaries 2005
Septentrional 2006
Lost in Space 6 CD Boxed Set
Rain Falls in Grey 2007
Blacker
October Gallery (redux) Download-only release of complete 1997 concert
Antisocial 2008 Download/CD-R release of 2005 concert
Fast Forward Sampler covering bands entire recorded output
Philadelphia Air-Shot Live set fron WXPN's Star's End Radio show 14/11/2007
Rain Falls In A Different Way Companion set to Rain Falls In Grey

[edit] RMI on Various Artists Compilations

  • Adrenal - Hollow Words (1996) Radio Music Intermission
  • Is there anybody out there? (1998) RMI-Pyramid
  • Concerts At Jodrell Bank (2000) 1CD of RMI Live at Jodrell Bank/Alfa Centauri Festival
  • Hampshire Jam Preserved (2001) RMI-Pipe / Everybody Say Yeah / Roxette lost in Liphook
  • E-dition CD sampler #4 (2004) Nucleotide Diversities (excerpt)
  • E-dition CD sampler #8 (2005) The Emissaries Suite
  • Awakenings 2005 (2005) Sherwood's Special
  • Star's End 30th Anniversary Anthology (2007) Philadelphia Rain
  • Resonance: The Echoes Living Room Concerts vol. 13 (2007) Gibraltar



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2008 at 10:38
hmm....  sounds interesting... and right up the alley my tastes have been treading lately.   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2008 at 11:22
http://www.musiczeit.com/directory.php?artist=82&title=radio+massacre+international

Samples available at the above link.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2008 at 12:18
Noted, thanks for the suggestion. RMI sounds familiar, I just wonder if it's on our " modern rejected"  or " modern approvable"  list...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2009 at 14:42
Been a while since this one was suggested. To me, very reminiscent of Tangerine Dream. Any update on possibility of inclusion?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 17 2009 at 07:58
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 25 2009 at 06:13
Right...Sorry about forgetting this. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2009 at 14:57
Another reminder Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 07 2009 at 18:15
I saw them at NEARfest, and had to leave the show before I was put into a permanent coma by the monotony. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 08 2009 at 14:27
Originally posted by bhikkhu

I saw them at NEARfest, and had to leave the show before I was put into a permanent coma by the monotony. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2010 at 16:05
Ricochet - any further progress with this one?
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