Sunday, June 14, 2009

blackhumour - radical positive

This was a double cassette that came wrapped and sealed in tar. You had to break open the package to get to the tapes. 'peace in our time' was re-released on it's own in 1988 as a single cassette in 1988, and then on CD in 1993.

"The blackhumour audio project had its beginnings in early 1982 with the first few experiments I was doing on my teac 4-track reel-to-reel recorder. The resulting early pieces were not so good, but some of the pieces which were done with my then audio-partner, somebody else, were successful. Two of these pieces, 'murder', and 'trade and commerce', are included in the retrospective of early bh work, 'radical positive' (banned productions). This release also shows the evolution of the blackhumour approach away from treatment/effects techniques of any kind, such as equalization, reverberation, flanging, echo, etc., and the choice made by blackhumour to use as its sole sound-construction source the use of 'found-object' human voice only, with the exclusion of such tape techniques as speed-masking (speeding up or slowing down the sound of the voice) or back-masking (the notorious technique of playing the voices backwards). Since 'snakes in an atheist's grave' (1984), NO blackhumour piece has used anything other than found object (spoken) human voice and editing techniques..."

Here is the second tape only, since "peace in our time" has been posted elsewhere -

peace in our time cassette
peace in our time CD

blackhumour - radical positive
Banned Production (BP- 19) 1986

tape one: peace in our time (not posted)
tape two: radical positive

a1 - murder
a2 - trade and commerce
a3 - snakes in an atheist's grave
b1 - a message from my father
b2 - the truth about the dinosaurs (excerpt)

blackhumour - radical positive

Thanks to blackhumour and amk for their help with the tracklist, as I'd lost the packaging and titles at some point over the years.

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