New digital realease of The Curfew Recordings (1984)
The Curfew Recordings
The Curfew Recordings were made at a disused industrial site on the river Tyne in
1984 and feature John Smith (then publisher of Interchange magazine), Sean Dower
(ex Death Magazine 52 & later of Bow Gamelan Ensemble) and John Mylotte (of the
The recordings were made inside a 10m tall and 26m wide, steel-plated cylindrical,
structure, once used for bitumen storage. The instrumentation is acoustic and the
recordings are unprocessed (the space however adds a remarkable reverb).
Instrumentation included: bull roarers, spirit whistles, human thy-bone trumpet,
chimes, pipes, gongs, flutes, drums, projectiles, scraped and bowed objects and other
materials (glass, metal, bones and wood).
This is the first digital transfer of the original tapes to become available.
CD on Harbinger Sound (Harbinger 110)
2012 - Death Magazine 52 double vinyl disk (archive release)
1980's Black Country based 'underground/noise/Industrial' group Death Magazine 52
"Between 1982 and 1984 Death Magazine 52 played around 20 shows mostly within the
Black Country region of the U.K. Sometimes they played under the name Spontaneous Human
Combustion which was the moniker they originally started out with. These recordings capture
the core group and its floating membership at various stages of their existence. Recordings from
the studio sessions and live sets, including playing to a a school hall full of teenage girls at 3pm
one afternoon, and as the final band to play at the legendary Equinox Event before the plugs got
pulled and the police arrived. The recordings are of a raw nature and should be considered as
Sonofapup has been producing electronic music projects since 1995. The music involves the
exploration of idiosyncratic and paranoid systems of logic.
'sɜrbərəs' is the phonetic spelling of the three-headed hound who is the mythical guardian of the underworld. Sonofapup, being a canine relation, was able to gain access to this underworld and these tracks are the hypnotic transmissions from that place.
'sɜrbərəs' - collected output 2001-2003. Full download with bonus track 'Drug' from 1997.