the complete planets in the wires sessions (2020)

planets in the wires
Download : Released September 2020 : Northern Echo Recordings

1. Plants In The Wires (29.33)
2. Echoes (44.30)
3. the ghost of baz ('planets..' uncut, no guitar) (42.39)
4. echoes (uncut, no guitar) (60.58)
5. friday the 13th (52.01)

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recorded in london 19th april 2001 and manchester 20th may 2001

disc 1 of this set, if you're rolling your own, is the originally published album in its final form, with the guitar parts added separately in manchester, not the first time we'd worked this way, but the first time it had been planned. thus, when you hear the unedited versions of the two tracks (discs 2 & 3) without the guitar, you may sense that we were leaving room for the guitar parts that came later. that said, there's a peculiar noise, unidentified to date, on the piece that became 'planets...', which at the time we called 'the ghost of baz' because it sounded like the sort of interjection gary would've made, had he been there. there's also a noise that sounds like a digital glitch; it's not, it's the sound of a can being opened next to the mic we had open in the room.

'friday the 13th' (disc 4) was something of a dry-run for these sessions, basically trying out the korg multitrack with the keyboards & sequencers spread out across eight tracks instead of straight to stereo. in the end it made little difference to the result, though it was good practice for a later collaboration with ian boddy.

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.