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V/A [SHREEVE/BERRY/POTTER/OMD] - CLOSE TO THE NOISE FLOOR (4CD-UK ELECTRONICA COMP)

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A most impressive eclectic 60-Track Box of archive UK Electronica featuring MARK SHREEVE and RON BERRY through to OMD and the HUMAN LEAGUE!

Two years in the making, ‘Close To The Noise Floor' is a 4 Disc Set that explores the origins of electronica in the UK! Featuring tracks from key figures on the cassette label underground alongside early releases by future stars of the movement, this is part primitive rave, part synthesiser porn and part history lesson!

Enthralled by the mysterious electronics of PINK FLOYD, HAWKWIND, GONG and German Kosmische artists such as TANGERINE DREAM, HARMONIA and CLUSTER, and inspired by the DIY ethos of punk, a quiet revolution took place across the UK in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
The rise of the microchip and the advent of affordable synthesisers enabled countless artists for whom guitars, drums and bass had become old hat, and in grubby bedsits, unremarkable living rooms and art school halls across the British Isles, UK electronica was born.
The underground, fuelled by cassette exchanges, co-operative vinyl compilations and a thriving mail order network, quickly began to stretch the boundaries of sonic experimentation.

‘Close To The Noise Floor’ explores every corner of this fascinating and often overlooked chapter in our musical history. For proto synth-pop look no further than: 100% MANMADE FIBRE and SPOON FAZER, whilst BRITISH STANDARD UNIT and FIVE TIMES OF DUST lay out techno templates which wouldn’t take full form until many years later. Elsewhere, the synthesiser laden Ambient music of ZORCH and the found sound collages of A TENT sit comfortably alongside early forays by familiar names – BLANCMANGE, HUMAN LEAGUE, OMD and THROBBING GRISTLE – in over four hours of futurist, entirely modern music.
Even if the proto-industrial throb, primitive pre-rave and art-school musings aren't necessarily your cup of tea, Disc 3 features some stalwarts of the Lotus Records days, so all is not lost.

And who better to tell this story than the artists themselves… ‘Close To The Noise Floor’ features 48 Pages of artist written sleeve notes, unseen photographs and extracts from Dave Henderson’s legendary 1983 Wild Planet overview of the entire scene.

‘Close To The Noise Floor’ is released on 24th April 2016.


V/A: CLOSE TO THE NOISE FLOOR 4CD Track List:

CD 1:
01. FIVE TIMES OF DUST: Computer Bank
02. KLINGONS: R.A.M.
03. CHRIS & COSEY: Re-Education Through Labour
04. MALCOLM BROWN: Sedation Strokes
05. STORM BUGS: Little Bob Minor
06. THOMAS LEER: Tight As A Drum
07. BLANCMANGE: Holiday Camp
08. INNER CITY STATIC: Fractured Smile
09. WE BE ECHO: Sexuality
10. BOURBONESE QUALK: God With Us
11. NAGAMATZU: Faith
12. O YUKI CONJUGATE: Disco Song
13. BRITISH ELECTRIC FOUNDATION: Optimum Chant
14. KEVIN HARRISON: All Night Long
15. VOICE OF AUTHORITY: Stopping And Starting

CD 2:
01. COLIN POTTER: I Am Your Shadow
02. BRITISH STANDARD UNIT: D’Ya Think I’m Sexy?
03. FIVE TIMES OF DUST: The Single Off The Album
04. SPÖÖN FAZER: Back To The Beginning
05. GERRY & THE HOLOGRAMS: Gerry & The Holograms
06. PASSAGE: Drugface
07. JOHN FOXX: New Kind Of Man
08. 100% MANMADE FIBRE: Green For Go
09. THOSE LITTLE ALIENS: Sentimental
10. FINAL PROGRAM: Protect And Survive
11. HUMAN LEAGUE: Being Boiled
12. INSTANT AUTOMATONS: New Muzak
13. CULTURAL AMNESIA: Materialistic Man
14. WORLDBACKWARDS: {Leaving Me} Now
15. ALAN BURNHAM: Music To Save The World By
16. ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK: Almost
17. EYELESS IN GAZA: Kodak Ghosts Run Amok
18. SCHLEIMER K: Broken Vein
19. NATIVE EUROPE: Distance From Köln

CD 3:
01. ZORCH: Adrenalin {Return Of The Elohim - Part 1}
02. SEA OF WIRES: Robot Dance
03. RON BERRY: Sea Of Tranquillity
04. MFH: Mistral
05. ADRIAN SMITH: Joe Goes To New York
06. MARK SHREEVE: Embryo [extract]
07. EG OBLIQUE GRAPH: Triptych
08. CARL MATTHEWS: Encounter
09. PAUL NAGLE: Ynys Scaith
10. O YUKI CONJUGATE: Sedation
11. KONSTRUKTIVIST: Western Vein
12. ATTRITION: Dead Of Night [excerpt]

CD 4:
01. THROBBING GRISTLE: What A Day
02. A TENT: No Way Of Knowing
03. PORTION CONTROL: Go For The Throat
04. DC3: Eco Beat
05. RENALDO & THE LOAF: Dying Inside
06. BLAH BLAH BLAH: In The Army
07. LEGENDARY PINK DOTS: God Speed
08. MUSLIMGAUZE: Muslin Gauze Muslim Prayer
09. SUISSE: Live At Longborne
10. ALIEN BRAINS: Menial Disorders {Extract B2}
11. STORM BUGS: Himeal {And She Blew}
12. THIRD DOOR FROM THE LEFT: In The Room
13. AL ROBERTSON: Dignity Of Labour
14. BCGILBERT, GLEWIS, RUSSELL MILLS: Mzui [extract]