startide (2001)

CD-R : Released October 2001 : Northern Echo Recordings : NE 008

1. Monstrous Tides (9.29)
2. Startide (59.29)

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'Startide' was amongst the very earliest pieces we recorded in this latest incarnation of our trio. steve had just "quit being a drummer forever" and the studio was moved to it's current location in north london, late 1993. the pieces here, though recorded some time apart, were both live-to-2-track, ¼" tape, and the digital editing was in it's infancy...but we persevered. steve's colleagues at the bbc, upon hearing the title piece, remarked that it was "a real toe-tapper", to which steve replied "gentlemen, we have captured the sound of space", meaning the very depths of the whole universe, not an empty cupboard or something.

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.