The Diastolic Murmurs (Adam Bohman and Richard Crow) formed themselves in 1985 during electro-acoustic research within Phillip Wachsmann's legendary Electronic Music Studio (now demolished) at the City Literary Institute, Keeley Street, London WC2.
Primarily their (pseudo-medical) aesthetic was to explore as fully as possible an inner visceral "occult" sound-world inherent in any given object or material (with a preference for the damaged, broken and discarded) and their extraction or autopsy with the use of 'directly injected' contact microphones. This was given full expression in "theatre of cruelty" style audio-visual performances they called Live Electronic Dissections and in numerous studio recordings that took place at the Institution of Rot in Finsbury Park, London and later released on highly prized limited edition cassettes.
'Live' Electronic Dissections #1 was recorded on 24/7/1985.
'Live' Electronic Dissections #5 was recorded on 10/1/2017.
Michael Shannon is another veteran of the early US cassette culture. He's still doing music today and here is a new album he has recorded this year.
1. Rune (4:03)
2. Piano Haiku II (3:19)
3. Revel (7:36)
4. Blue Haiku I (0:34)
5. Snow Twilights (13:59)
6. Blue Haiku II (0:39)
7. Winds of Light on Stormy Air (12:46)
8. Blue Haiku III (0:56)
9. Seven (7:00)
10. Blue Haiku IV (0:41)
11. Shadows on the Edge of Mind (4:53)
12. Tone Moves for Maryanne Amacher (12:58)
13. Blue Haiku V (1:11)
14. Chinese Echo (2:08)
As some may have noticed, I am a great admirer of the big US cassette labels of the eighties, such as audiofile Tapes, Harsh Reality Music or Sound Of Pig Music, and I consider Nostalgie De La Boue net-label as partly an inheritor of their spirit.
So I had to release something by Mental Anguish, alias Chris Phinney / Harsh Reality Music.
"Red Eclipse" is unreleased material recorded 2010-2011.
You can read here a presentation of that album written by Chris himself.
1. Rotund Toad (6:36)
2. Danger Humidity Cloak ! (6:10)
3. Sucking The Oxygen Out Of The System (5:51)
4. TG Day Impromptu Mix #1 (4:55)
5. TG Day Impromptu Mix #2 (4:39)
6. Every Good Boy Deserves Glitch (4:23)
7. Another Day, Another Sin, That I'm Thankful For (5:51)
8. Walking Through The Walls (4:11)
9. Head As A Hat ( Now It's Your Turn) (5:03)
10. Long As She Can (7:55)
11. Becoming Vitreous (6:33)
12. Red Eclipse (8:28)