Radionics is an ‘alternative’ branch of medicine that believes that radio waves can alter your energy frequencies and make you well! We here at Norman make no endorsements of the healing properties of this record from Radionics Radio, but the microtonal electronic experimentalism on An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies may well give you listening pleasure. CD with booklet on Sub Rosa.
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- An Album Of Musical Radionic Thought-Frequencies by Radionics Radio
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 14 September 2016
You know that New Age that was promised in the 70s and 80s? Well it’s here. Turns out that all those psychics and chillout musicians and orb healers were foretelling the coming of 2016, which everyone knew would happen anyway but didn’t expect all the 2016 dwellers to be like “they were right all along!!” and listen to corny synths the whole night through.
Why the hell am I going on about this? Because the first track on Daniel Wilson’s Radionics thing is called ‘Heal Chakras’, apparently “containing thought-frequencies relating to ‘Heal my sacral and root chakras. Cut off all psy vampires’”. Sounds like a bunch of spider webs and magic to me, but in reality it’s all smoke and mirrors - this isn’t really a new age thing at all, containing more outright madness than you might expect, no ‘pure energy’ tones here. There’s a very spooky edge to a lot of it, especially things like the haphazard, bad-trip keyboard meanderings of ‘Peter Send Me Money So I Can Fix The Boat You Promised’. Actual title. In fact, a lot of the track names seem intentionally hilarious: ‘Our Westchester Pizzeria Is A Huge Success’ outlines their extra-musical endeavors while ‘Wonderful Feelings + Owning 3 Potentiometers’ speaks of an electronic musician’s glee.
That last one above is a droney, dissonant miniature that has a great old-sci-fi growl to it. If you like Daphne Oram, Morton Subotnick or Delia Derbyshire you’d be into this electronic tomfoolery. Radionics is proper atonal, with melodies being constantly played on unknowable scales, lying on the border of the downright silliness of library music but sounding pretty broken. A sonic kerfumblings, if you will. Just try to ignore all the talk of new age medicine.
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