February 6, 2015
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere Review
The second Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere album has been gaining plaudits in the UK press including this glowing review from `Prog' magazine. Steve Dinsdale is a core member of OUA and plays drums and Keyboards on the album. Hear extracts and order here.
The genre-defying UK outfit whip up a storm.December 6, 2014
New Titles on Bandcamp
The God Of Electricity: Expanded
Back in October 1994, RMI completed work on The God Of Electricity which had started life in June of that year. From early on, the idea had been to incorporate shorter musical passages to make a coherent whole. 20 years later, we have revisited the original recordings of the component parts and looked beyond the strict limits imposed originally. The result is an expanded version of the album which, at two hours, doubles the length of the original.
DAS: Last Wednesday
`Last Wednesday' was DAS's Easter 1983 project. In between bouts of state funded education, the three of us would roll up in our home town of Marske and after a few pints to get things rolling we would make arrangements to convene at Duncan's to record. These pieces are the product of these sessions, which sees the incorporation of two pianos and bass guitar alongside the electronics and guitar to create a unique album in the RMI/DAS catalogue.
October 31, 2014
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere 2nd Album out now!
Steve Dinsdale appears on the newly released 2nd album by Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, featuring an all star cast in a series of orchestrated improvisations running the gamut between space exploration and full on intensity. Check it out and order here.
May 2, 2014
The Maelstrom Tapes: Parts 1 & 2
Not content to do things by halves, RMI present a major archive release on Bandcamp from 1999. Across two volumes, we present an astonishing 280 minutes of music, only an hour of which has been released (in edited form) before now.
'Maelstrom' the original album was selected from the raw material now presented here exclusively on Bandcamp in two volumes. On re-visiting the session tapes we found that we'd been fairly harsh in pruning down the material to just one album.
Volume One documents the complete sessions from July 1999, presenting 160 minutes of material, culminating in an extended version of the closing section of the original album.
Volume Two documents the complete sessions from October 1999, 120 minutes of material in the order in which it was recorded. With the exception of a much longer version of the original album opening section, the rest of the material here is previously unreleased in any form....how and why, we're not sure !
April 16, 2014
Tomorrow now available!
Steve Dinsdale proudly presents his fourth studio album Tomorrow, released as a glossy digipack CD. Recorded over the last couple of years, this 52 minute album is a collection of new solo pieces, including the extended 'Honeymoon Suite' recorded on location in Scotland during the summer of 2012. Featuring 11 varied and colourful pieces, the mood flows between upbeat and rhythmic, dark and reflective and light and spacious, with the emphasis always on sound colour and texture. The main feature is the 35 minute 'Honeymoon Suite': with his bride's blessing Steve took his keyboards along on their special trip to Scotland, gaining inspiration by day, and composing and recording by night.
Purchase the CD here or Bandcamp to download it!
March 16, 2014
Pre-Order Steve's new solo album
Steve Dinsdale proudly presents his fourth studio album 'Tomorrow', to be released as a physical CD and download in early April. Recorded over the last couple of years, it is a collection of new solo pieces, including the extended 'Honeymoon Suite' recorded on location in Scotland during the summer of 2012.
Head on over to Bandcamp to pre-order the download and preview two of the pieces from the album. It will also be available as a CD from us upon release.
February 7, 2014
DAS on Bandcamp
Just issued on Bandcamp, DAS 'X' (1984).
DAS was the precursor to Radio Massacre International, and over a seven year period in the 1980's recorded 12 albums of material, only one of which was ever released,until now !
Over the next year, we will be issuing these albums on Bandcamp at the rate of one a month (in addition to whatever RMI projects might also find their way there).
'X' is the first release (although it's the tenth album).
Here's a short overview of the 'DAS' years:
Before Radio Massacre International, there was DAS. It effectively involved the same personnel alongside a few others here and there, as they dropped in at the hub of most of the activity, Duncan's bedroom/studio at 1 The Crescent, Marske by the Sea.
Within a month of leaving school at 16, we had found ourselves forming a band (Age Of Berlin) with Mark Spybey and Mark Sanderson, and most crucially, borrowing the college's synthesizer (a Roland SH1000, later nicknamed 'Tiny'). By Christmas 1979, Duncan had installed the synth in his studio and begun experimenting with sound on sound and echo techniques, and when I came round and recorded 'Departure' on the afternoon of 27th December 1979, DAS was born.
Come New Year's Eve, guitarist and new 'Age Of Berlin' band mate Gary Houghton was invited around to mark the turning of the decade musically with a piece christened 'Into the Eighties', the second half of which was recorded on January 1st 1980. It is with great amusement and satisfaction that when invited to discuss the 70's aspects of our music that we are actually able to lay claim to being a 70's band....albeit with only a day or two to spare.
By our return to college, we had our first album in the bag. This was exciting stuff for a trio of 16 year olds, and by Easter we were already receiving offers from the outside world. The main stumbling block at this time was the lack of experience and resources to consider pressing an LP. 'DAS 1' did however enjoy a modicum of success as a cassette release on David Elliott's YHR label; the DIY post-punk ethic in full force. We also did things like sending it to the local radio station and then requesting them play it, something which paid off at least once.
With the bit between our teeth, term breaks would mean another round of creativity, aided by 'Tiny’ and whatever other instruments we could cobble together. Jon Davis came on the scene and added a very individual dimension the proceedings and we continued to work with Gary whenever we could. DAS 2 & 3 were completed by early 1981, and incorporated guitar pieces alongside synthesizer explorations, reflecting a wider range of influences. It was all music to us.
By 1981, a small posse of visitors to the studio would find themselves (sometimes unwittingly) making an album, 'The Shuttle Album' was recorded in a day (give or take an overdub), and involved Duncan, Steve, Jon, Mark Spybey, and Jan Mitchell. Later that year, the experiment was repeated on the 'Universal Mother’ session, this time with a line up of six, although how we all squeezed into the studio remains unclear.
At the same time in summer 1981, we were working on 'The Ruth Album’ with Jon Davis; a collage of pieces, poems and even songs. Album 'Seven’ involved Duncan and Jon alongside further collaborators, and is in many ways the furthest from any kind of cosmic associations we may have had, it even features a cover of the Stones' 19th Nervous Breakdown !
'Watercolours’ (1982) represented a further excursion into the collage approach, incorporating a varied set of solo pieces, collaborations and even extracts from live performances often in widely differing styles. These albums represent a diary of changing times and circumstances, people moving away from Teesside to universities, and work etc, but we always found time to come back to base and record music somehow.
April 1983, and with Gary back in the fold on the first half of the album, 'Last Wednesday’ sees Duncan and Steve investigating the joys of the piano alongside the electronics, branching out into Duncan's Mum's music room when she wasn't looking.
The Easter project for 1984, and the tenth album, 'X’ is perhaps the most indicative of the future direction Duncan and Steve would take. With a borrowed Pro-one in tow and once again upstairs in the bedroom studio, Duncan and Steve created a collection of sequencer based pieces including the centre-piece Good Friday, perhaps their proudest achievement.
By 1985 and album number 11, they are still getting the most out of the least equipment, but again it is by now easy to see clear connections with the work of RMI. The twelve album catalogue is neatly rounded off by the aptly titled 'Apart'. Steve's at college and Duncan is by now working on a well known TV soap in Liverpool. The pieces here are once again a blend of collaborations on weekend visits, and solo pieces. There are new toys evident here too; programmable rhythm machines are in particular evidence. The final piece 'Out' closes the history of DAS after some 7 years of activity.
The next time Duncan and Steve would collaborate it would be under the new name Radio Massacre International, and Gary would be back permanently this time.
The 12 releases here will give some indication of how that point was reached.
The God Of Electricity Expanded: Part 1