The 'Vizualiser Videos' were auto-generated from electronic music with software plugins
All music by Sonofapup
Left: Vizualiser video #3 was auto-generatedusing the Tech RTA live visual plugin, which translates sound into a multi-channel sound level meter. The improvised soundtrack was conceived in 1996 using Quicktime instruments and the OMS test facility. In this version, each mouse click triggers a random permutation of notes and sopunds from a total of 128 possible instruments and additions percussion sounds. The player can only affect the rest between notes and the sustain (by keeping the mouse button depressed).
The Curfew Recordings (1984). CD release, March 2013
New digital realease of The Curfew Recordings (recorded in 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 diameter, steel-plated silo,
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 like glass, metal, bones and wood.
This is the first digital transfer of the original tapes to become available.
Death Magazine 52 - double vinyl disc on Harbinger Sound(archive release 2012)
1980's Black Country based electronics, percussion and noise band Death Magazine 52
Between 1982 and 1984 Death Magazine 52 played around 20 shows mainly in the Black Country
region of the U.K. Sometimes they played under the name Spontaneous Human Combustion, which
was the name 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 at the London Musicians Collective, an event that
was raided and closed down by the police. The recordings are of a raw nature and should be
considered as historical documentation.