hampshire jam 2005 (2018)

retinal flood
Download : Released May 2018: Northern Echo Recordings

1. hampshire jam 2005 (76:39)

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not a happy gig, technically. the power went out on the stage while we were soundchecking, & when it came back, a couple of things weren't working anymore, necessitating a lot of hurried reprogramming into the remaining synth module, the old faithful ("urrr! why've you got one of *those*? the filters don't resonate!" etcetera) 64-voice alesis s4+, which was really only there anyway for good luck & a couple of steve's favourite sounds.

steve comes back to the stage as the reprogramming is finished:
"dare I ask- how's it going?"
"so... you can't do this, this or this, & these faders won't do anything today."
"have I got an electric piano that morphs into strings?"
"well, yes..."
"& the drums still work. we'll be fine."

we got through the set & almost immediately duncan succumbed to a migraine, the sort that deprives the victim of speech.

so this has been sat in the archives since then. a couple of tech edits, & actually it's not all that bad. nice to hear the early versions of things like "bettr'r day-s" & "syd", & in amongst all this is a speech by steve which prefigured the RFIG album, in as much as mr barrett was still alive at the time of this gig.

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.