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From A to B / This to That (TRI Ark-6)

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Originally put out on cassette in 1995, when they were ‘out of fashion’, this release only reached the promotional stage.
21 years later in the digital download age it is worthy of rediscovery.

Tonal was really into his electronic phase having formed Koven-oe, which included Scanner & getting 46,000 Fibres together as a result of Scanner’s departure.
Simon Wickham-Smith had released a few albums & singles on the Forced Exposure & other independent labels, mainly with main collaborator Richard Youngs, before they met via a mutual friend. Simon’s many activities are to be found on Wikipedia.

Early promo cassettes were sent out to various music publications & one which describes it best was written for EST in it’s summer 1996 edition by Brian Duguid :
‘Think of the most German cosmic music that you can, & then double it, as both boys battle it out on their synths on From A to B. So: Andromedan bubbling, microwave drones, insectoid squittering. But also: rapacious white noise, quantum effect harmonies, anti-matter confusion. If the sound quality leaves a little to be desired, it actually adds to the occasionally discordant intensity. On This to That things are less raucous, concentrating on initially on the drones & harmonies, although shuddering with distortion. Top stuff.’

We feel it’s quite an aural experience as well! One for the hardest of hardcore electronics fans out there!
As Big Reg says ‘Inner vestigate for something special.’

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Tonal D

Posted: March 9, 2016 in Releases
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Mantras For Your Dream Machine (TRI Ark-5)

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Only available in limited editions, as a casette in ’93 & CD in ’95, Mantras for your Dream Machine is now more available in this digital age.
Released under the title of A Tonal Mantra, this current title was the original title chosen.

A review from the esteemed Music From The Empty Quarter, edition #9, in 1994, gives the description to this change:

‘…the instrumental pieces here generally consist of rhythmic synthesizer pulses over which repeating electronics or clarinet, trumpet & horn lines play to hypnotic effect – true electro mantras. Echoing abstract percussion is evident on the less direct, more floating pieces providing the ideal counterpoint to the forward pieces…
The mode is often reminiscent of Eastern music.
A few of the tracks differ, the crystalline Underworld, for example, these merely heightening the overall impact…
A Multifarious collection. Ideal for attentive, late night listening (with your dream machine perhaps?)’.

Gavin Mitchell, from Identical & the Amal Gamal Ensemble guests on trumpet plus there is a bonus interpretation mix by the ubiquitous Scanner.
Tonal soon after this album was recorded went on to get 46,000 Fibres together.
You can do no wrong but look into dream machines & inner-vestigate!

cover design by Ralph Beckford

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Posted: September 1, 2014 in Releases
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Signposts (TRI 25)

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This is the follow up to ‘The Extra Traveller’ album from 2011, containing 12 new spoken word pieces. Plus a bonus poem in the middle of the booklet!

The mundane & the metaphysical are dealt with here, as usual: From Womb to Words to Worms sets the scene & ends with Nobody. In between there is a humorous anti UKIP ‘rant’, a piece dedicated to the old ways in Analogue is Holy & a frightening soundscape called Touching Time & a beautiful one in Vibrations.

The human condition is dealt with in Making Up Plans for World Domination & The Four Billion Year Burial. Also the anti consumerist Going Against The Grain/Made It? is a piece about the frustrations of peer group pressure. The piece Elitism For All tells it like it should have been & there is aching melancholia in Some Days Should Last Forever.
There is lots of variation in the mood, with words & music complimenting.

Musically this collection is less reliant on Tonal’s synth as he switches to guitar. Usual musical partner Howard Jacques is on percussion, bamboo flutes & provides synth for some of the pieces. A highlight is the the excellent sax playing of Eugene Bezodis who colours in the spaces with feeling. There is a radical but listenable quality to all his parts. An organic presence pervades.

Overall the musical input is more listener friendly & approachable than Extra Traveller, complimenting the texts better than ever. Tonal reckons it’s amongst his best efforts, ever!

cover design by Ralph Beckford

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Posted: October 1, 2013 in Releases
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The Extra Traveller (TRI 21)

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The 46,000 Fibres synth man recites ten spoken word pieces in an atmospheric album helped along by Howard Jacques on found percussion.

There are reflective instrumental passages to help the weirdness along, hinting at something else lurking in those psychic recesses!

Check out their performance on Howard’s radio show on Resonance FM here & here.

tracklist
1. The Maclise Syndrome
2. Splash 2
3. Particles
4. Presence Sensed
5. Foam & Brine
6. Presence Sensed part 2
7. The Record Collector Shake
8. Beauty & The Beat
9. Lamonte Young Saved My Bacon!
10. Presence Sensed part 3
11. A Magician Or A Killer?
12. I Can’t Wait…
13. The Perfect Grey Horse

cover design by Ralph Beckford

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The First 50 Years (TRI Ark-3)

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This does what it says on the tin…

The original 25 copies are gone & now this item is deleted.

74 tracks by – Egypt, Drug Squad, Peter Targett, MLR, Crazy About Love, Innapropriates, Innerpropriates, Fast Flowers, Psychic Matches, The Board, Art Baby Goes To Volgagrad, Thee Outcaste, Tonal D, Hairy McHairy, Chud, Wayward Sunns, Goshpurt RSJ, Koven-oe, Digital Satan, Survivors Of The Waco Furnace, The Barretts, John Plant, Simon Wickham-Smith, The Anniversary, Diary, Underground (K)No(w) One, Milk Roar, 46000 Fibres, Doghead, The Highjackers, Gag & Pink FA.

cover design by Tonal D

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