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#120: Electro-Funk August 1983

In this transmission, we’ll be heading back 40 years to August 1983 and counting down the top 20 Electro-Funk 12″ records according to Groove Records, Soho. ‘Electro-Funk’ brought together 808 and DMX drum machines, synthesizers, turntable scratching and FX- heavy extended dub versions as a backdrop to uptempo raps on space themes and the struggles of late 20th century city living.
The emergence of Electro-Funk in ’82/’83 introduced a generation to breakdancing, body popping, graffiti, rap, cuttin’ and scratchin’.

TRACKLISTING
Cloud Nine (Ready Mix) by Play By Numbers
Keep It on (Instrumental) by G-Five
The Lone Wolf Theme (Instrumental) by Quadrant Six
The Grand Mixer Cuts It Up by Infinity and Grandmaster D.ST
Nasty Rock by The “P” Crew
Clear by Cybotron *
Get Wet (instrumental) by C-Bank
Ray-Gun-Omics by Project Future
It’s Your Rock (Instrumental) by Fantasy Three
Fourteen Days by Lex
The Roxy by Phase II
Dance Sister (Instrumental) by N.Y.C. Peech Boys
Girls Night Out (Serious Party Dub) by Ladies Choice
Jam on Revenge by Newcleus
London Bridge is Falling Down (Dub Mix) by Newtrament
Shango Message by Shango
Street Justice by The Rake
Wildstyle (Original Mixes) by Time Zone
High Noon by Two sisters
Rockit by Herbie Hancock

All Tracks have been edited unless marked *

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK on 6th August 2023.

Sourced from https://www.mikeallencapitalradio.com/

Playlist notes:
20 – Cloud Nine (Speciality Mix) by Play by Numbers
Only available track by this artist. Released on Ice Water records,  whose only other release was a  7″ single of Rolling Stones covers by Television guitarist Richard Lloyd. Produced by Harley Fine who still runs a studio in New York.

19 – Keep it on (instrumental and vocal edit)  by G-Five
A tribute track to the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team who swept the LA Lakers in the finals in May 1983.  G-Five released two singles, both on Novarro Records. In 1983, writer and producer, Kae Williams Jr also worked on records by Funk artists, Cashmere and Galaxxy.

18 – Lone Wolf (instrumental and vocal edit) by Quadrant Six
The first appearance of keyboardist and producer, John Robie, a crucial part of 1982 Electro blueprints, ‘Planet Rock’, ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’ and ‘One More Shot’, working under the name Quadrant Six. Atlantic records.

17 – Grandmixer Cuts it Up! By Grandmixer D.ST with the Infinity Rappers
Another prominent figure from this time, D.St, originally named ‘Dee Street’, known as D-S-T, before changing his name to the current ‘DXT’. The Infinity Rappers appeared on D.St’s ‘Why is it Fresh?’ mix in 1984, ‘Home of Hip Hop’ single in 1985,  and with Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin  of the Last Poets on ‘Mean Machine in 1984. All released on Celluloid records. NY based arm of French label. The back cover is part of a Futura 2000 graffiti artwork, that links up with four other record covers.

16 – Nasty Rock by The P crew
The vocoder B-side of the smoother, ‘Party Rock’. Short-lived electro outlet for songwriter and disco, soul and boogie producer, Patrick Adams on Prelude Records.

15 – Clear by Cybotron
A 21 year-old Juan Atkins goes some way to inventing Detroit techno on this Fantasy Records classic with a punchier (uncredited) remix by Jose Animal Diaz, that would eventually replace the original mix on Cybotron’s album, ‘Enter’. Part of the peerless ‘Street Sounds Crucial Electro’ compilation LP released in the UK in 1984.

14 – Get Wet (instrumental) by C-Bank
John Robie returns on a Electro-Freestyle C-Bank project on Next Plateau records. A follow up to their 1982 hit,  ‘One More Shot’.

13 – Ray-Gun-Omics by Project Future
Following appearances on P-funk records by George Clinton and Boots Collins, Rahni P. Harris, Jr. made a one-off electro track under the name ‘Project Future’. Released on Capitol Records. Appeared on Street Sounds Electro 1 compilation released in UK in October 1983.

12 – Fantasy Three – It’s Your Rock (instrumental and Vocal edit)
Old school Hip Hip group from Harlem, NY. Produced by Master O.C, and creatively re-edited by Aldo Marin on the instrumental. Specific Records

11 – Fourteen Days (vocal and dub version edit) by Lex
Released on ‘Flip’ a short-lived sub-label of Vanguard Records which aimed to specialize in new wave dance/rock music but only released ‘Fourteen Days’ and a Scottish synth-pop track. Produced by Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez,  A&R man and “Disco consultant” for Vanguard who also mixed the classic ‘Electric Kingdom’ for Twilight 22 in 1983. . The track is written by three members of Düsseldorf post-punk band, Fehlfarben and is an English language cover of their 1982 track, ‘14 Tage’. The track was mixed by Mark Berry, who is also credited on tracks by Two Sisters, Man Parrish, Planet Patrol, C.O.D and Freeez in 1983.

10 – The Roxy by Phase II
Music by Material, scratches by D.ST. Phase II was a Bronx Graffiti artist, active in the 1970s, who is credited with bubble letter style of writing known as ‘softies’. Phase II had created graffiti walls for Roller Rink nightclub, The Roxy, a place that was highly influential in Hip hop circles from 1982 – 83.
UK release of track previously only available as a 1982 import on Celluloid records. The back cover is part of a Futura 2000 graffiti artwork, that links up with four other record covers.

9 – Dance Sister (biofeedback) by NYC Peech Boys

Produced by Larry Levan and Michael de Benedictus, released on their Garage Records label (named after the Paradise Garage where Levan was resident DJ). After releasing four singles, NYC Peech Boys split up in 1984.

8 – Girls Night Out (Serious Party Dub) by Ladies Choice
A side project for Lotti Golden and Richard Scher, whose other project, Warp 9 had several hits in this era. Released on Arthur Baker’s Streetwise Records         

7 – Jam on Revenge (Wikki Wikki Song) by Newcleus
First single by Brooklyn collective on Sunnyview records. First of a series of classic electro records released by Newcleus on the Sunnyview label. Second track on Street Sounds Electro 1 compilation released in October 1983.

6 – London Bridge is Falling Down by Newtrament
An edit of Vocoder and Dub mixes. Credited as the first UK hip Hop record, by London DJ, Bertram Johnson, on Jive records. The track was produced by Roy Carter, a musician from brit-funk bands, Heatwave and Central Line. Used as cover art for this transmission.

5 – Shango Message by Shango
Shango was a collaboration between Afrika Bambaataa and Material on Celluloid Records that resulted in a few singles and a 1984 LP, ‘Shango Funk Theology’. Also released ‘Zulu Groove’ single in 1983.

4 – Street Justice by the Rake
A one-off release with a hard-hitting rap by Keith Rose chronicling robbery, rape and revenge, released on Profile records. The subject matter follows the trend set by the 1982 success of ‘The Message’. Profile Records released the first singles by Run DMC and Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde.

3 – The Wildstyle by Time Zone (original mix)
This is the original mix (featuring recordings from 1933 musical, ‘Footlight Parade’) before Francois Kervorkian was brought in to tidy up the mix for re-release later that year. The original backing track was recorded in Germany by Rusty Egan and credited to ‘Wunderverke’. Vocals by Bambaataa, Amad Henderson, Motivator and French female rapper, B-Side. Released on Celluloid Records. Final track on the peerless UK compilation LP, ‘Street Sounds Crucial Electro 1’.

2 – High Noon by Two Sisters
Produced by ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’ team of Man Parrish, Engineer Mark Berry and DJ and producer, Raul Rodriguez. The vocalists were sisters, Theresa and Tracey Pesco. Co-written by Tessa Marquis. Two Sisters went on to release multiple singles, remixes and an LP in 1983 before disbanding. Released in the USA on Sugarscoop records, in the UK on Morgan Khan’s Streetwave label.

1 – Rockit by Herbie Hancock
Groundbreaking dance and pop hit from the unlikely source of a 43 year old Jazz pianist, an experimental production team, Bill Laswell & Michael Beinhorn (Material), and a young scratch DJ, Grandmixer D.ST. ‘Rockit’ was the first single from Herbie Hancock’s LP, ‘Future Shock’ that was released in August 1983 and continued the experiments present in this single.

Research for this transmission includes various 1983 editions of ‘Black Echoes‘ magazine (‘Britain’s only soul, funk ‘n’ reggae newspaper) and the invaluable archive of James Hamilton’s columns for Record Mirror for 1983 housed at jameshamiltonsdiscopage.com
Groove Records charts for 1984 onwards have provided some historical perspective and can be found at: mikeallencapitalradio.com

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#119: 30 Sounds of June

Currently Off Air presents ’30 Sounds of June’: 30 x 2 minute audio recordings from each day in June 2023. Field recordings, music composition and sound design.

First broadcast on Sunday 2nd July 2023 on Radio Reverb, Brighton, UK

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#118: Euro Curios Vol.6 – France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Denmark

A road trip through 1980’s Europe featuring cassette tapes, self-released singles and LPs by short-lived bands in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Denmark and Sweden.

FRANCE:
Vapanda’s Electric Garden by Vox Populi! from Alternatif Réalisme 89 – 94
Re Bop Electronic by Marie et les Garçons from New York Sessions 79 EP,
Désordre et distorsion by Philippe Laurent aka Hot Bip from Beep Beep, self-released cassette, 1985
Paris-Orly by Deux, 1985
Julia by Asylum Party from Picture One LP, 1988
SPAIN:
Arrebato Soundtrack Excerpt by Iván Zulueta?, 1979
2 by Juan José Relaño from Non Plus Ultra 1980-1989 Vol.2 Compilation LP, 2013
Amor Industrial (Original Version) by Aviador Dro, 1983
Megaciclos de Verano by TodoTodo from Non Plus Ultra 1980-1987 Compilation LP, 2012
Digital by Kalashnikov from Ultraviolencia 7″ 1987
Moscu Esta Helado = Moscow Is Frozen by Esplendor Geométrico from Fix Planet! Compilation LP, 1981
Malagueñas 2 by Javier Segura from LA OLA INTERIOR Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990 Compilation LP, 1990
Horizonte Paseo by Suso Sáiz from LA OLA INTERIOR Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990 Compilation LP, 1990
PORTUGAL:
Rotas by Telectu from Belzebu LP, 1983
ITALY:
Not Love (Instrumental) by Trilogy from Not Love 12″, 1982
Stop Bajon Club Mix by Tulio De Piscopo from Acqua E Viento LP 1983
Harry Batasuna by Musumeci from Schwarz Morgen cassette, 1985
Don´t Stop Dancing (Instrumental) by Kerida from 12″single, 1987
In movimento by Surprize from In movimento EP, 1984
Listen Over the Ocean by Violet Eves from 12″ single, 1985
SWEDEN:
Silent Face by Artificcial Control from Orgelvärk cassette compilation, 1986
DENMARK:
Speed by Daily Fauli from Fauli Til Dauli LP, 1983
Q, Q, Don’t Understand by Grønvirke from Grønvirke mini LP, 1982
Lied by Ballet M.Ecanique from The Icecold Waters Of The Egocentric Calculation LP, 1981
Igen og Igen by Kliché from Supertanker LP, 1980

First broadcast on 15th May 2023 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK

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#117: Euro Curios Vol.5 – UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany

A road trip through 1980’s Europe featuring cassette tapes, self-released singles and LPs by short-lived bands in Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and UK. Next month the road trip continues into France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Yugoslavia, Denmark and Sweden.

TRACKLISTING

NETHERLANDS
Where Are You by Enno Velthuys from ‘A Glimpse Of Light’ cassette, 1984
Stranger (Demo) by Clan of Xymox from ‘Artificial Dancers (Waves Of Synth)’ Compilation LP, 1983
The First Kiss by Menkotape called ‘Dedicated to Charles Bronson’ cassette, 1986
UCX-S by The Actor from ‘Exploded View’ Cassette, 1982
Custer’s Return by Deadline Paranoia from ‘Live at the P. Canal’ cassette, 1988

BELGIUM
Cada Dia by Nightfall in Camp from ‘Nightfall in Camp’ mini LP, 1985
De Man Die Alles Noteert by Arbeid Adelt! from ‘De Man Die Alles Noteert’ 7″ single, 1983
Depression by Sound on Sound from ‘Macho / Depression’ 7″ single, 1984
Faiding Steps 2 by M.Nomized & Unovidual. from ‘Saunetic Fraction’ cassette, 1985 (France and Belgium)
Numbers 01 by Absolute Body Control from ‘Numbers’ cassette, 1982
Soylent Green Is Made Of People … Is Made For You by Palais Des Bauzards from ‘Art Complications’ cassette, 1983
C33H35N5O5 (Ergotamine) by M.A.L from ‘Chemistry’ cassette, 1981
Magthea and Insanity by Magthea from ‘Magthea and Insanity’ cassette, 1983

GERMANY
Voyager One by Stefan Blöser from ‘Viele Grüße Aus Dem Underground’ compilation LP, 1981
In the Deepest Throat by Plugpoint Music from ‘Last Chance’ self-released LP, 1987
In The Morning by Unlimited Systems from ‘Unlimited Systems‘ 7″ single, 1981
A-i Akcam La by Sprung Aus Den Wolken from ‘Sprung Aus Den Wolken’ cassette, 1982
Keine Python by Dunkelziffer from ‘Colours And Soul’ LP, 1983
35_00 by Dieter Zobel from ‘MEZ 31,00’ cassette, 1989

UK
Tracking With Close-Ups by Caroline K from ‘Now Wait For Last Year’ LP, 1987
Diary of a Nobody by Colin Potter from ‘Recent History Volume 2’ Cassette, 1989
Mad As Mankind by Eric Random And The Bedlamites from ‘Mad as Mankind’ 12″ single, 1984
Fudge It by Das Kabinette from ‘The Cabinet‘ 7″, 1983
Contemplation by Solid Space from ‘Space Museum’ cassette, 1982
Beyond control by O Yuki Conjugate from ‘Scene In Mirage’ LP, cassette and VHS, 1984

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB on Monday 10th April 2023.

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#114: Euro Curios – 1979-89

Euro Curios Vol 4: obscure European music from short-lived bands of the 1980s – another trip through the synth-pop, cold wave, electro, euro-disco, new wave, post-punk and minimal sounds of Continental Europe and the UK.

TRACKLISTING
The Whale Dance by Richard Pinhas from East West LP, 1980, (France)
Night Touch by Dave Vanian from Miniatures (A Sequence Of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces) Compilation LP , 1980 (UK)
Fixation by Second Layer from World of Rubber LP, 1981 (UK)
V Небе Luna by Doktor, from Cassette, 1984 (USSR)
Casualties by Die Unbekannten from 7″ Single, 1981 (UK + Germany)
Luda Kutija by Fritz Und Hans from Die Neue Eksotische Tanzmuzik CDR, 1983 (Yugoslavia)
Trois Gouttes De Sang by Vox Populi! from Myscitismes LP, 1985 (France)
TransDance (original mix) by Night Moves from White Label 12″, 1981 (UK)
Looking From a Hilltop (Megamix) by Section 25 from 12″, 1984 (UK)
Under Nylon by Martin Dupont from Just Because… LP, 1984 (France)
Manifesto (1980 version) by The SM Corporation from Eyes on Fire 1983 Digital release, 1980 (Ireland)
Reprogrammed 1 by CLOCKDVA from Hacker (Hacked) 12″, 1989 (UK)
Raised by Snakes by Telex from Wonderful World LP, 1984, Belgium
Disco Song by O Yuki Conjugate from Untitled self-released Cassette , 1983 (UK)
That’s the game (instrumental) by Wet from That’s the Game 12″, 1983 (Belgium)
My time by Roberto Cacciapaglia & Ann Steel from The Ann Steel Album, 1979 (Italy)
Felicita by Deux from 7″, 1983 (France)
The Monkey House by Absent Music from 11000 Dreams Compilation LP, 1988 (Netherlands)

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#113: Euro Curios – 1980-85

This transmission is a mixtape of Euro Curios: independently released European music from short-lived bands of the early 1980s – a trip through the synth-pop, cold wave, electro, euro-disco, new wave, minimal and experimental sounds of Continental Europe.

TRACKLISTING
Adjudicado A La Danza by Camino Al Desvan from Violines Y Trompetas / Una Fuente Inservible Cassette, 1984, (Spain)
Chiquillo 83 by Diseño Corbusier from Nuit Blance (compilation LP) 1984, (Spain)
On the beach at Fontana by Fall of Saigon, from Fall of Saigon 12″ EP , 1983, (France)
What’s There Left by Nine Circles from RadioNome… compilation LP 1982, (Netherlands)
Night Shelter by Stratis from Exotic Cassette, 1982, (Germany)
|The Third Autumn by Autumn from Synthesize 7″, 1981, (Belgium)
Portrait of Ezra Pound by Electric Party from Play LP, 1982, (Netherlands)
La Diferencia by Richenel from La Diferencia (Cassette) 1982, (Netherlands)
Spiegelbild by Gorilla Aktiv from Gorilla Aktiv 12/82, Cassette, 1983, (Germany)
Du und ich by Xaõ Seffcheque Und Der Rest from Ja – Nein – Vielleicht LP, 1981, (Germany/Austria)
Det Ventes Alt by Program 82 from Pictures LP, 1982, (Norway)
Clip Eroclap by Vitor Hublot from Aller Simple 12″ EP, 1983, (Belgium)
Dance Of The Pessimism by Bi Nostalgia from Dances Of The Pessimism Cassette, 1985, (Italy)
Grapsch! (Communist Party Mix) by Die Zwei from Grapsch! 12″ Single, 1983, (Germany)
Act On Instinct (Hot Swedish Mix) by Streetlife from Act on Instinct 12″ Single, 1984, (Netherlands)
Ivre De Vie by Kevin Morane from 7″ Single, 1980, (Belgium)
Yellow Turtles by Gerard Stokkink from Shusaku & Dormu Dance Theater LP, 1984, (Netherlands)

First broadcast on 4th September 2022 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK, streaming on www.radioreverb.com

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#112: Poets Without Words: Berlin Dada

Xelís de Toro is a Galician writer, performer and musician based in Brighton. In this transmission he presents his fourth talk on Sound Poetry as part of his ongoing ‘Poets without Words’ project. In this episode, Xelís looks at the world of Berlin Dada from 1918 including the sound poetry innovations of Raoul Hausmann and Kurt Schwitters.

The talk is accompanied by a mix of archive recordings including voices and sounds emerging from Berlin Dada. In this mix you can hear original poetry performances from Hausmann and Schwitters through to more recent interpretations of their work.
The mix also includes interviews with Marcel Duchamp, Richard Huelsenbeck, Tristan Tzara and Man Ray.

Poets Without Words is supported using public finding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Tracklisting
Xelís de Toro presents a talk on Berlin Dada, Raoul Hausmann and Kurt Schwitters.
Karawane by Hugo Ball, performed by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Kp’Eporium by Raoul Hausmann, 1946
An Anna Blume by Kurt Schwitters, 1932
Die Sonate In Urlauten by Kurt Schwitters, 1932

The ARCHIVE MIX includes:
Drei Metronomfassung by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Die Schwindlinge from ‘What A Beauty: Die Ursonate Und Andere Lautgedichte’ CD, 2004
Interview with Marcel Duchamp (1959)
Interview with Max Ernst (1960s)
Simultangedicht Kaa Gee Dee / WW / Boo / by Kurt Schwitters performed by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Phonemes by Raoul Hausmann, 1957
b b b b et F m s b w (1918) by Raoul Hausmann, 1957, excerpt from Documentary film, ‘Alphabet of German Dada’
Fantastic Prayers by Richard Huelsenbeck from documentary film, ‘Dadascope’
Interview with Richard Huelsenbeck (1959)
What A B What A B What A Beauty by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Die Schwindlinge from ‘What A Beauty: Die Ursonate Und Andere Lautgedichte’ CD, 2004
The Real Disuda Of The Nightmare / Obervogelsang / Niesscherzo by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Soundreel by Raoul Hausmann, 1959
Nießscherzo by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Sprechbohrer from ‘Ursonate Und Andere Konsequente Dichtung’ CD, 2014
To Eve Blossom by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Ernst Schwitters from ‘An Anna Blume / Die Sonate In Urlauten’ LP, 1958
The Real Disuda Of The Nightmare by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Sprechbohrer from ‘Ursonate Und Andere Konsequente Dichtung’ CD, 2014
L’Amiral Cherche Une Maison À Louer by Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Richard Huelsenbeck performed by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works) LP, 1985
Cigarren by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Bii Bill (3 Versionen) by Kurt Schwitters, performed by Die Schwindlinge from ‘What A Beauty: Die Ursonate Und Andere Lautgedichte’ CD, 2004
Interview with Man Ray from ‘Surrealism Reviewed’, CD, (date unknown)
Dada Into Surrealism by Tristan Tzara, Music by Marcel Duchamp from ‘Surrealism Reviewed’ CD, (1959)
Minotaur by Hans Arp from Documentary film, ‘Dadascope’ 1964
Naa by Kurt Schwitters performed by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works) LP, 1985

The voices and poetry are accompanied by a mix of musical recordings from cassettes by Soundless Mind Eraser including excerpts from: ‘Berlin’, ‘Compressed Stylus’, ‘Derric Funes’, ‘Dunes’, ‘Harmonium’, ‘Hummuh’, ‘Loopinalowdrone’, ‘Lost Hours’, ‘Omno’, ‘Suture’, ‘XmasDayXstatic15’ and ‘Polka Ittegil’.

This is followed by a mix of tracks related to the techniques of Berlin Dada:
Jump Did-le-ba by Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra, 10″ 78 RPM, 1949
I’ve found a new baby by the Mills Brothers, 10″ 78 RPM, 1935
Drifter Teil by Spiritus Noister from ‘Ursonate For 2 Voices And Musical Environment’ LP, 2003
Oscillations by DJ Spooky feat Kurt Schwitters from ‘Rhythm Science: Excerpts And Allegories From The Sub Rosa Archives’ CD, 2004
Sample & Hold (Wer bitter im Munde hat, kann nicht süßpricken) by Xao Seffcheque from ‘Eins Und Zwei Und Drei Und Vier (Deutsche Experimentelle Pop​-​Musik 1980​-​86)‘ LP, 1981
Reading Light (for Raoul Hausmann) by Jaap Blonk from ‘Songs Of Little Sleep’ Cassette, 2014

First broadcast on 7th August 2022 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK, streaming online at www.radioreverb.com

To find out more about the work of Xelís de Toro visit: xelisdetoro.net

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#111: Poets Without Words: Italian Futurism & The Art of Noises

Xelís de Toro is a Galician writer, performer and musician based in Brighton. In this transmission he presents his second talk on Sound Poetry as part of his ongoing ‘Poets without Words’ project. In this talk, Xelís looks at the work of the Italian Futurists including Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Luigi Russolo.

The talk is accompanied by a mix of archive recordings of voices and sounds emerging from Italian Futurists from 1920-1930s. In this mix you can hear original Marinetti’s poetry performances, original recordings and recreations of Russolo’s noise generating machines: intonarumori, the 11 points of the Futurist manifesto, and piano pieces from the time.
Poets Without Words is supported using public finding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Tracklisting
Xelís de Toro presents a talk on Marinetti and Italian Futurism

The archive mix includes excerpts from:
Gracidatore by Luigi Russolo, 2000
Risveglio Di Una Città by Luigi Russolo, 2000
Discussione sul Futurismo di due Critici Sudanesi by Giacomo Balla, 1976
Gorgogliatore (Gurgler) by Luigi Russolo, 1977
Russolo Phone by Atsuhiro Ito & Intonarumori Orchestra, 2002
Ululatore (Howler) by Luigi Russolo, 1977
La Vittoria from Three Dances for Orchestra, Op 32 by Francesso Balilla Pratella, 1978
Anode #4 by Otomo Yoshihide & Intonarumori Orchestra, 2002
Sintesi Musicali Futuriste by F.T. Marinetti & Aldo Giuntini, 1931
La Battaglia Di Adrianopoli by F.T. Marinetti, 1924
Macchina Tipografica by Giacomo Balla, 1985
Canzone Rumorista by Luigi Russolo, 2000
Omaggio by Luigi Russolo, 2000
Arco Enarmonico by Luigi Russolo, 2000
Serenata by Antonio Russolo, 1924
Two Preludes From ‘Gli Stati D’Animo’ by Silvio Mix, 1978
Cinque Sintesi Radiofoniche by F.T. Marinetti, 1978
Futurist Caprice by Matty Malneck & Frank Signorelli, 1930
The India Rubber Man (Foxtrot) by Aldo Giuntini, 1978
Prelude to ‘Prigioneri’ by Franco Casavola, 1978
Parole in Libertà by F.T. Marinetti, 1924
L’Aspettazione from Three Dances for Orchestra, Op 32 by Francesso Balilla Pratella, 1978
Aeroduello by Luigi Grandi, 1978


This is followed by a mix of tracks that use noise:
M-M-M-Manhattan by Sonic Architecture, from 12″, 1984
Passing Complexion by Big Black from Atomizer, 1986
Money is Flesh by Swans from Holy Money, 1986
Hirnsäge by Einstürzende Neubauten from Kollaps, 1981
Holland Tunnel Dive by impLOG, from 12″, 1980
Be Good to Them Always by The Books from Lost and Safe, 2005
It’s Been A Honeymoon – Can’t Take No Mo by Steve Reich from City Life, 1996
Mind At The End of The Tether by Tack>>Head from 12″, 1985
AfX 6/B by AFX from Analogue Bubblebath Vol 3, 1992
The Hacker by Jeff Mills from Waveform Transmission Vol. 1, 1992
Scrap Metal Music by Scrap Metal Music from Cassette, 1985

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM and DAB, Brighton, UK on 5th July 2022


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#110: Poets Without Words: Hugo Ball, Zurich Dada & Cabaret Voltaire

Xelís de Toro is a Galician writer, performer and musician based in Brighton. In this transmission he presents his second talk on Sound Poetry as part of his ongoing ‘Poets without Words’ project. In this talk, Xelís looks at the work of Hugo Ball, the Cabaret Voltaire and the origins of Dada in Zurich, around 1916.

The talk is accompanied by a mix of archive recordings of voices and sounds emerging from the birth of Dada. In this mix you can hear original Dada artists: Richard Huelsenbeck, Hans Richter, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Marcel Janco reciting poetry and discussing their time at the Cabaret Voltaire alongside Emmy Hennings, Hugo Ball, Sophie Tauber, Viking Eggerling and Walter Serner. The mix includes several recitals of sound poems by Hugo Ball.
Poets Without Words is supported using public finding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Tracklisting
Xelís de Toro presents a talk on Hugo Ball
Simultaneous poetry in Galician, English and French by Xelís de Toro
Bruitist poem by Xelís de Toro
Gadij Beri Bimba – written by Hugo Ball, performed by Xelís de Toro
I Zimbra by Talking Heads, 1980
Karawane x 3 – written by Hugo Ball, performed by Xelís de Toro

The archive mix includes:
Interview with Richard Huelsenbeck (1959)
Wolken, Katzen Und Pfauen and Karawane by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Dada-Sprüche by Hans Arp (1955) from ‘Dada > Antidada > Merz’
Pour Compte by Tristan Tzara from ‘Voices Of Dada’
Phantastische Gebeté by Richard Huelsenbeck, 1967 from ‘Lunapark 0,10’
Seepferdchen Und Flugfishche by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Souvenirs by Marcel Janco from ‘Dadascope’, 1957
Gadij Beri Bimba by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Reading from Fantastic Prayerbook by Richard Huelsenbeck
Totenklage by Trio Exvoco from ‘Dada For Now (A Collection Of Futurist And Dada Sound Works), 1985
Seepferdchen Und Flugfishche by Jaap Blonk from ‘Flux De Bouche’, 2003
A Chanson Dada by Tristan Tzara & George Auric from ‘Dadascope’, 1957
Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz + Dub Version) by George Kranz, 1983

Throughout the mix you can hear excerpts from the following documentary films:
Dadascope by Hans Richter 1961
Germany –Dada: An Alphabet of German Dada, 1968

The voices and poetry are accompanied by a mix of musical recordings from cassettes by Soundless Mind Eraser including excerpts from: ‘Berlin’, ‘Compressed Stylus’, ‘Derric Funes’, ‘Dunes’, ‘Harmonium’, ‘Hummuh’, ‘Loopinalowdrone’, ‘Lost Hours’, ‘Omno’, ‘Suture’, ‘XmasDayXstatic15’ and ‘Polka Ittegil’.
First broadcast on 5th June 2022 on Radio Reverb 97.2FM & DAB, Brighton, UK, streaming online at www.radioreverb.com

To find out more about the work of Xelís de Toro visit: xelisdetoro.net

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#109: Electro Funk Tapes 1982: Vol. 2

The second in a two-part mix of tracks that followed the release of
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force’s 12″ single ‘Planet Rock’, forty years ago, in April 1982. Planet Rock helped define a new genre, eventually known as ‘Electro Funk’ which brought together 808 and DMX drum machines, synthesizers and FX- heavy extended dub versions, as a backdrop to uptempo raps on space themes and the struggles of late 20th century city living.
The emergence of Electro Funk in 1982 introduced a generation of worldwide dancers and teenagers to the crafts of breakdancing, body popping, graffiti,
rap and turntable scratching.

T R A C K L I S T I N G
Jive Rhythm Trax 122 BPM (Side B) by Willesden Dodgers
Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop) by Man Parrish
Don’t Make Me Wait (Dub Mix) by Peech Boys
Nunk (New Wave Funk) Instrumental by Warp 9
Magic’s Wand (Special Extended Mix) by Whodhini & Thomas Dolby
E.T. Boogie by Extra T’s
Fly Guy & the Unemployed by Ramsey 2C-3D
Cosmic Glide by Captain Rock
The Escapades Rap by Futura 2000
The Smurf by Tyrone Brunson
Funky Soul Makossa (Rap and Version) by Nairobi And The Awesome Foursome
One More Shot (instrumental) by C-Bank featuring Jenny Burton
I Dub U by Freeez
Rockin’it and instrumental by The Fearless Four
Une Sale Histoire Part 2 (Male Version) by Fab 5 Freddy
Une Sale Histoire (Female Version) Fab 5 Freddy & Beside
The Message (instrumental & Vocal) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Granmaster C.I.U.! Infinity and Grandmaster D.ST
The Roxy by Phase II
Smerphies Dance (Make Your Own Rap) by Spyder-D
Trouble Funk Express by Trouble Funk
I’m the Packman (Eat Everything I Can) by The Packman
Mt. Airy Groove by Pieces of a Dream
Buffalo Gals (Scratch) by Malcolm McLaren And The World’s Famous Supreme Team
Funkbox Party (Instrumental) by the Masterdon Committee

First broadcast on Radio Reverb 97.2FM + DAB, Brighton, UK, streaming on www.radioreverb.com on 3rd May 2022