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Radio Masscre International

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The Gatherings Concert Series

Saturday 17 April 2010 8:00pm

St. Mary's Hamilton Village
3916 Locust Walk in Philadelphia, PA

British Spacemusic ensemble Radio Massacre International returns to the remarkable setting of St. Mary's Hamilton Village on 17 April 2010 as part of The Gatherings Concert Series

Radio Massacre International is a trio of English musicians (Duncan Goddard, Steve Dinsdale, Gary Houghton) known for their extended concerts of epic aural excursions. Their performances are largely improvised and often veer off into areas dictated by mood, circumstance or whim. RMI's recorded output reflects the diversity and complexity of this work, which is often compared to that of the Berlin School of cosmic music that emerged in Germany during the 1970s. But RMI is not simply re-creating the music of this era, but rather further exploring and contemplating the expressional mode and the instruments that made it possible - in hopes of realizing new ideas.


RMI's musical relaizations are lengthy, atmospheric, dense compositions owing much to the inspiration of the moment during improvisation. On the medium of the live performance space, Steve Dinsdale offers some insight, "...there is an immediacy that is captured when music is happening live in the here and now. Musicians behave differently when they are on the spot and improvising rather than playing through a rehearsed piece. This is exaggerated when there is an audience there too".

RMI The group is known for their part in preserving Europe's Electronic Music scene with legendary performances as part of the KLEM Dag, E-Live, Alfa Centauri and EMMA festivals and concerts for the Jodrell Bank, National Space Centre and Hampshire Jam series. At home in the concerthall, RMI performances are described as made up of, "...complex, gradually developing sequencer patterns, otherworldly atmospherics, analog synthesizers and soaring guitar work".

RMI's connection to Philadelphia is quite significant, having performed as part of The Gatherings Concert Series and on STAR'S END Ambient Radio several times over the years, as well as including music from these performances on several of their albums.

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Radio Massacre Int'l has released eight albums through Centaur Discs Ltd, as well as numerous releases on their own Northern Echo label (including this year's Lost in Transit). RMI has also released three CDs on the Cuneiform record label, with Time & Motion being the most recent.

Radio Massacre International will be making their fourth concert appearance at The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 17 April 2009


Time & MotionReview: Time & Motion by Radio Massacre International

For Radio Massacre International playing concerts is about being seen, about projecting themselves to an audience. Their studio album Time & Motion re-imagines this chemistry, with it flowing in just one direction - outward. Taking the freedom to do what they please, RMI uses the finite time limits of this double disc set to fine tune their cosmic excursions down to more earthly proportions. While the band continues to conjure atmosphere and create mood, here RMI gives each piece a slightly tighter arrangement and a deep dramatic sweep. With sequencers chugging along beneath liquid guitar solos and percussion bumping and popping between electronic glitter, RMI manages to transfer a few degrees of their fever to the listener. The varied use of Mellotron brings an ethereal texture to their sound just as easily as it may add well-defined lead melodies. They also continue experiments in reducing the music down to its most basic forms. There are sections on Time & Motion where tonality recedes and narrative diminishes to a dream state level - one where the surreal ideas of the sub-conscious dominate. The only aspect of music that cannot be taught is intuition and the dark spaces that RMI explore are created in this pristine spirit. The members of this group share an exuberance for discovery. The intimacy of making their work and imagining its potential in the world is exhilarating. Randomness breads addiction - in that something reliable will be taken for granted. For RMI their music making is a ritual that is new every time - and it is the possibility of repeating an amazing sonic experience that keeps them coming back for more.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END

Following The Gatherings Concert: RMI may be heard on STAR'S END Ambient Radio with two live in-studio sets taped for broadcast performances of all new original Spacemusic material. Tune in to the 04.18.10 broadcast of STAR'S END for the radio concert beginning at 1:00am at 88.5fm WXPN in Philadelphia or access the live webcast

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The Gatherings Concert Series presents Radio Massacre International live in concert on Saturday 17 April 2010 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm) in the church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village 3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia. Admission: $20 available at the door, night of show; $10 for full-time students with proper ID (available at the door).

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The Gatherings Concert Series is presented by the all-volunteer staff of The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania