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Music for Stocking Top, Swing and Staircase by John Lacey / Coum Transmissions
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7/10 Mike 03 April 2014

This is a strange record. Coum Transmissions was some kind of Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle project (check the press release for history lesson) and this recording is an abbreviated version of a performance from 1974 which went on for a mind-melting 12 hours at the Royal College of Art. The music has been made with homebuilt synthesizer, tone generators and a delay unit and is a droney excursion into the experimental early '70s synth wilderness complete with a little bit of hiss and wibble from the cassette tape it was recorded onto. The sound quality is pretty decent under the circumstances though.

It's an evocative and drawn-out listen, as you'd expect; a slow and methodical exploration of tone and melody which meanders ponderously with a quavering relentlessness. I can't imagine sitting through 12 hours of this, let alone performing it. It must have been a draining experience. Did he go to the toilet? Did anybody watch Billy Corgan's eight-hour synth marathon the other week? These men must have bladders like camels. Early synth collectors will be all over this but the casual listener may find it heavy going.

7/10 Kent Music Library 3rd April 2014

The various releases from the Coum Transmission archives have been a mixed bag but of great interest to those wondering what happened exactly pre TG. Mike's review pretty much sums things up. Slow, meandering synth drones punctuated by whatever was occuring in the background at the time. Quite meditative in a strange kind of way! Reminds me of the kind of thing Pete Shelley was creating with his 'Sky Yen' album recorded pre Buzzcocks around the same time as this. The accompanying CD clocks in at around 80mins. So worth a listen and my copy came in groovy orange vinyl as well!


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