[2 CD : Released October 2003 : Northern Echo Recordings : NE 012]
Our November 2002 trip to the USA was a first for the band, and could not go undocumented. We saw the trip as an opportunity to make as much new music as possible, and based
our live sets and radio appearances largely around total improvisation. This double set is divided into 'West' and 'East' discs documenting appearances on both coasts. Our set in
Claremont, Ca. was recorded on multi-track and the rest of the sessions on the RMI 'mini-mini-mobile'. There are two half hour radio sessions, extracts from our 'Progwest'
appearance with drums, while the bulk of Disc Two consists of electronics only pieces from our two sets at St Mary's Church, Philadelphia. With the exception of a live version of
the first piece on our debut album, all of the music is new, created in the moment and unrepeatable. The fact that it was recorded in the special circumstances of an American
tour that many bands never get to make, is the icing on the cake.
Disc One (West):
1. Wrecks (18.43)
2. Ants In Me Room (8.17)
3. Black Cloud Over Claremont (8.38)
4. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Drummer (14.06)
5. 'Ave It!/Erm (26.53)
Disc Two (East):
1. I Knew We Were In Trouble When They Taught The Machines To Talk (16.30)
2. Delaware Horseshoe Crab (17.58)
3. International Mass (11.18)
4. (Nov)embers (33.01)
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M21-07.05.11 is Radio Massacre International's first DVD release. The concert in Chorlton (two years to the day as I write), was generally regarded by those in the know as one of RMI's finest performances to
date. Filmed with three cameras, and using split screen effects, it presents an exciting representation of a magical night in the wonderful surroundings of St Clement's Church. Musically it captures the band
at the height of their improvisational powers, and also incorporates two specially written themes, woven into the improvised sets.
The concert was available in a desk mix as an mp3 'virtual ticket', but here it has been re-mixed from multitrack into 5.1 surround sound audio. The soundtrack will not be available in other formats, so this
DVD represents the definitve document of the evening's 2 hour performance.