October 2, 2020

Radio Massacre Curiousities

Every now and then, as time permits, we supply a festival a song that just does not fit in anywhere with that we are doing or one of us might be working with other artist. While we may not be able to find all of them, we wanted to start and document where we could - you never know where Gary, Steve and Duncan might show up!

At the bottm of our discography page is a section that we are labeling "curiosities" - things that simply do not fit anywhere else. this section will grow as more and more selections are unearthed, but to start us off is a brand new song that was given to the fantastic people at the B-Wave Festival. We provided them a track back in 2015 as well, and we listed it there for you to download and purchase from their BandCamp site.

September 9, 2020

New RMI Archival Releases On Tap

Exciting developments over the coming weeks in the RMI archive department. We have a number of full length uncut sessions coming out on Bandcamp:

Following the sale of the last physical copy of Planets In The Wires recently we decided to issue it on Bandcamp and revisit the sessions at the same time. The initial recording took place as a keyboard duo in London, and the guitar was added in Manchester at a later date. Here we have revisited the initial improvisations and now present them in their uncut versions, together with a 52 minute hitherto unreleased piece from the preliminary session in April 2001. The download also includes the album in original form. Release Date: September 9, 2020.

In the days when we used to record on ¼" tape the habit was to work within a 65 minute framework (the time available on one reel) and hence a lot of early pieces were heavily edited for release, or just because we felt it was the thing to do. On restoring the uncut pieces we have found that most of them justify their original length, providing an extended and immersive experience. Two such pieces were Pyramid and Quarry both 65 minute epics which really represent the space RMI were working in during 1995 around the time of Republic . Here they are released as a pair. Release Date: September 23, 2020.

Speaking of Republic...over the years people have often named it as their benchmark early RMI album, so for the first time we are now releasing the album in 'uncut' form, giving you the chance to hear each piece as it was on the day it was created. It's been quite an exciting process for us to go back 25 years and hear what actually went on in real time. The new version of the album now has a 2 hours and 50 minutes playing time, which should satisfy even the most diehard fan of this particular album. Release Date: October 21, 2020.

The last release in this Autumn batch will be the uncut hour-plus version of Armistice which will be released on it's 25th anniversary on November 11, 2020.

May 16, 2020

DAS I

Re-released for the first time since 1980, Duncan, Steve and Gary's initial foray into the recording world as DAS is now available on Bandcamp via high quality download and a limited edition cassette version as per the original issue. It features the 21 minute Earthdeath suite on the first side, and two Synth/Guitar pieces on the second side. Hailed as a fine work at the time by those in the know, here it is some 40 years later for your investigation. It comes with a host of documentary extras which help give the recording context....i.e. we were very young at the time ! The roots of RMI are here, this was the apprenticeship!

October 6, 2019

M21 / The Rhodes Less Travelled

From Monday 14th October there will be two new 2CD Radio Massacre International releases available: M21 and The Rhodes Less Travelled

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In 2011 Radio Massacre International made their first appearance at St Clements Church in Chorlton, Manchester. The gig has been documented on a DVD also called M21 which featured highlights of the music played that night.

Many people have named it as possibly their favourite RMI concert performance, and for a while we have thought about releasing it in full together with some remarkable and unheard recordings made during the preparation for the concert. The time has finally come!

We had tracked down a Rhodes Stage Piano and were trying this out for the first time. It surpassed all expectations. The stereo cabinet with built in tremelo which came with it was fully functioning for this magical week only, before rendering itself beyond repair shortly afterwards.

M21 features the entire 45 minute first set, the huge 75 minute second set and the 15 minute encore in full, whilst The Rhodes Less Travelled features what we believe to be some of RMI's finest recordings. Over 2 discs there are short excursions into new territory and vast explorations based around the themes featured in the concert itself.

Rather than make these download only, we felt they should stand alongside RMI's major CD releases which is why they will be manufactured discs presented in digipak format.

We can also say at this stage that we have acquired the full multitrack recordings from our NEARfest concert of 2008, and that they sound amazing. We plan to make the concert available in full as RMI's first Vinyl release in 2020.

There are also brand new recordings in the pipeline...

radio massacre international's sound defies categorization it is more magical than musical. the music is, first and foremost, improvisational. it is loose in structure but also searching. r.m,i. is all about generating the happy accidents that occur at the ever-changing intersection of multiple moving bodies. when two sequences converge fascinating things happen opening rhythmic and textural options that just moments before were closed to view. it is the creation and exploration of those options that dominates what r.m,i. does in its music.