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The Interstellar Cementmixers
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Nottingham's cosmic ooze masters, pioneers of a unique branch of synthesizer based music, one part melodic Teutonic (i.e in the spirit of Berlin masters Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze or Conrad Schnitzler in the 1970's) and one part an explorative innovation that's all their own.

These Auricle discs are reissues of mid/late 1990s cassettes and unreleased archives - all for the fist time as quality CD issues!.

Carefully remastered for authentic sound and detailed clarity, these limited editions should be welcomed by all fans of the darker regions of synth music.

tags: ambient atmospheric abstract cosmic ethereal dark electronic analogue synthesizer keyboards music tonal slow floating drone melodic noise

RIYL: Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster, Lightwave, Endgame, Nightcrawlers, improvised Throbbing Gristle, Morphogenesis, Michael Stearns, Zanov, etc.

Our first encounter with the music of The Interstellar Cementmixers was reported on in the "Cassettes Round-Up" in Audion magazine #15 (7/1990) of which was said "Friends of ours from Nottingham: The Interstellar Cementmixers (!) have a wild tape of disorganized sounds and free electronic improvisation entitled ZIRCON 87. As I said, itís extreme and chaotic, and the guitar sounds like left-overs from the first Nurse With Wound album. Interested?"
††† Several years and a few releases later, I had a much more positive report on them in Audion #38 "The latest tape to beam over here via the GPO from Planet X, is another Interstellar Cementmixers excursion weirdly titled MANEQUIN AMBERGINE, an oozing slab of synths and dark soundscaping. Typical of their style, although a bit more melodic than previously, getting closer to some earlier works by Nightcrawlers and Lightwave." I should really have done a full, more in-depth review of that, but those were the days of being swamped with releases and a lot of things that should have been never even got a review, so The Interstellar Cementmixers were lucky, and suitably impressed we now started to stock some of their releases in the Ultima Thule shop.
††† In Audion #40 I was even more enthusiastic "Nottingham's Interstellar Cementmixers' ENCAPSULATED TURQUOISE VOID (Planet X PX2027) offers another of their weird sound-worlds in the nether regions beyond synth music, with bubbling electronics and sub-rock avant-garde structures. It's deep stuff, and amongst the best I've heard from them, being just five long tracks."
††† Since then The Interstellar Cementmixers continued with several more impressive releases. And, as I write this they are still active today "working on a new album". These two mid/late 1990s cassettes though, that sit between their noisy roots and their more atmospheric later work, have stood the test of time well. Having never been reissued nor available on anything but cassette (and out of print for years) they were prime contenders for CD reissue. Carefully transferred to digital and only slightly remastered for better detail and dynamics, Auricle proudly present the fascinating dark and mysterious The Interstellar Cementmixers as special limited numbered editions. Get your space ticket today!

liner notes by Alan Freeman (2 Feb 2017)

Examples from other releases....
Monochrome Gravity - Tunnel Hallucination

Monochrome Gravity - Concealed Obelisk

Dislodged Resonance - Vascular Storm

Dislodged Resonance - Arachnoid Staircase

Night Radiation - Oscillating Sarcophagus

Night Radiation - Faded Prophecy

Submerged Reality - Submerged Reality

 

A review by Andy G...

INTERSTELLAR CEMENTMIXERS: Dimension Y CD

Brand new 74 minute studio CD and it's another triumph. Featuring three lengthy and five shorter tracks, it is the most varied and most satisfying of their albums to date. Starts with this five minute track, 'Blue Brick', where a huge swirling electronic drone weaves all around the soundscape as echoed drums and percussives, squalls of electronics and layers of drones all combine to produce a setting that is pure early Cluster, circa the legendary 'Cluster II' on the Brain label, and this whole album can rightly be viewed as equal to anything on that album, similar in feel, fuller in sound, greater on ideas and just as fantastic to hear.

'Underwater Inferno' provides us with a multitude of deep, resonant, excellently produced drones and electronic textures where nothing stands still, and extra layers are constantly coming in and out, as the heart of the composition drives on, no rhythm, no melody, no tunes, buty way more than mere "space" or "cosmic" music, although this sums up the essence that was the highly regarded "Kosmische Musik" movement that came out of the seventies German underground, in all, eight minutes of strong soundscapes that are dark, Kraut and Kosmik in nature - just superb.

The 18 minute 'Methane Collision' is a giant among soundscapes, conjuring the very essence of the early seventies electronic pioneers such as Cluster & Tangerine Dream, with a myriad shifting soundscapes, drones, layers, textures and more, in a dense, incredibly sounding multi-electronic environment. All the other tracks are up to this standard of composition and playing, each with its own unique set of sounds, layers and drones, each a sea of "real" exploratory, inventive and strong-sounding Kosmik Musik, and every one utterly engaging. As I said, a gem of an album from a band who can do no wrong.

circa 2004, on http://deadernest.geeforcemusic.co.uk/individ2004.htm

 

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