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« on: April 16, 2011, 03:54:22 PM »

Includes two TNB live shows (2nd. / 3rd. respectively) from 1983, originally self-released on cassette (in an edition of 100) that year and re-issued on cassette the following year by Aeon. These recordings were also released (in edited form) as ‘Seinsart,’ bootleg LP (RRR, 1988.) A reworking of the recordings (also in edited form) was released, also as ‘Seinsart,’ on CDR (Siren, 2000), also included on ‘Gesamtnichtswerk’ 4CD (Hypnagogia, 2003.)

This previously unreleased (and final) version includes the original, complete recordings which were re-mastered digitally from the original 1983 private tapes in 2000 by Colin Potter at ICR.

Normal Edition

*A professionally duplicated & factory sealed C40 cassette tape
with tape inlay professionally offset printed in full-colour.         

Limited Edition : 130 copies only
Retail : 8 Euro

*A professionally duplicated & factory sealed C40 cassette tape
with tape inlay professionally offset printed in full-colour.
*A TNB 'Sonic Nihilism' button.   

Limited Edition : 100 Copies
Retail : 8.50 Euro

Special Edition

*A professionally duplicated & factory sealed C40 cassette tape
with tape inlay professionally offset printed in full-colour.
*A TNB 'Sonic Nihilism' button.   
* A two-sided hand-made collage by Richard Rupenus, measuring 15 x 10.5cm,
and housed in a plastic wallet, each collage unique from the other. 

Limited Edition : 20 copies  - only available directly from the label & artist.
Retail : Mailorder copies Sold Out. Last copies on Ebay.

Note :

Another 100 copies of the TNB 'Sonic Nihilism' buttons will be available exclusively at the
TNB 30th Anniversary shows in 2011.

Review by David Keenan - Volcanic Tongue

Newcastle’s tiny Morden Tower has been a lightning rod for counter-culturalists worldwide ever since Tom and Connie Pickard started curating poetry and art events there in the mid-Sixties, attracting everyone from Basil Bunting through Allen Ginsberg , Ted Berrigan, Robert Creeley and Eric Mottram. It rose to notoriety once again in the early to mid-80s as it became the Northern focus for the new Industrial underground, hosting notorious performances by Whitehouse and The New Blockaders amongst others, a tradition that local legends Jazzfinger continue to this day. This beautifully presented cassette from Mirror Tapes – who are quickly establishing themselves as one of the premier tape labels – bundles two legendary early performances from the UK’s most radical and enigmatic ‘noise’ group recorded at Morden Tower, their second and third shows from 1983. Both performances were originally released on cassette in 1983 in tiny runs and while re-worked versions of them have shown up on the Seinsart bootleg LP/CD-R, this is their first reissue in full and is re-mastered by Colin Potter of Ora/Nurse With Wound et al. The sound matches the furious electro-acoustic form of their classic first LP, with jackhammer rhythms, squealing electronics, unidentifiable tools and appliances and that unrelenting attack combining to re-wire your ears. These days it’s a hell of a lot easier to ‘make’ noise, what with all the pedals and loop stations, entry level electronics blah blah... but this is the real deal, the sound of a bunch of non-musicians single-handedly reconfiguring musical aesthetics with their bare hands. And it sounds fucking great.

My first listening experience of TNB was the cassette 'Live At Morden Tower' in 1983. I marvelled at the unbelievably relentless and inaccessible intensity of their sound. I became fascinated with them. I became a kind of TNB 'groupie'. Toshiji Mikawa

TNB continue their work with anti-theories, anti-instruments and anti-music. The mysterious instrumentation of their debut, Changez Les Blockeurs, remains constant with that used in these live performances. However the mood produced differs greatly. The atmosphere, here, is one of an abrasive and unrelenting attack where metal scrapes, slams and drags against hissing noise generators and piercing feedback. The Blockaders seem to take great joy in dealing with the uncertainty and often precarious nature of live confrontations which result in an energetic celebration/barrage of new sounds and ideas. Aeon
Anti-music done by anti-musicians, this tape is full of hissings, bangings, scrapings, grindings and very little of what could be called traditional instrumentation. At times it sound like rush hour in a particularly noisy subway station; at other times like 20 chefs simultaneously banging their pots and pans. Yet somehow it all works and comes together as a coherent whole. The pieces show continuity and purpose. Rhythm emerges from the chaos. How do you define music? Listen to this tape then see if you still agree with your previous definition. Sound Choice

The cyclone hits and sheets of pure metal godlike shrieking rain down and ring out. Unrelenting and visceral, it’s a phoenix in its execution and a peacock in its diversity. Audience dulls around a bit, and then another simoom in the room – a lower kind of grating now. Occasional stalactites of sound jut from the proceedings and there seem to be ‘breakdowns’ in the sound from time to time. Squeaking and rolling, quacking and cajoling, and the sound spikes and speaks and spills from the guts of that time and place. It still holds the same power to incite, inspire and unnerve that it had when it first emerged almost 30 years ago. Freq

The crackle of broken amplifiers precipitates a whole new order of independently morphing soundforms, all given shape via flashes of metallic lightning, smashed glass, trashed microphone feedback and acoustic low-end pellets that scale the walls like slugs. Gradually accruing hypnotic significance, they birth spontaneous form in the shape of textures that recur with such accumulative force, they threaten to collapse the performance under its own weight. In this mode, their music feels like inverted minimalism, a leery psychedelia. The Wire

Mirror Tapes
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 03:58:03 PM »

note : the tapes are sold out from the label and most of the mailorders / distros. discogs should have some last copies.. there is / will be copies of the Special Edition on ebay from the artist
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