Cassette Culture – Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet-Age by Jerry Kranitz from Vinyl On Demand Records.

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My 1986 track Take a Walk Down the Street from the album Electro Punk ’86 is featured on the fascinating book & 2 CD release Cassette Culture – Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet-Age by Jerry Kranitz from Vinyl On Demand Records. This is an intensive 320 page book written by Jerry Kranitz including a double CD loaded with almost 160 minutes of Cassette-Culture/DIY Artists.

“The book takes a social history/analytical approach to the growth of the global cassette culture/homemade music network that sprouted and flourished from the post-punk era through the early 1990s. The author explores how the participants communicated, traded, collaborated, and set up cottage industry labels to distribute their work. A long overdue study of this pivotal yet less than comprehensively documented chapter in the post-punk and 20th century independent arts movement stories.”

Recorded on Scotch cassette tape, ‘Electro Punk ’86’ is the product of a wild imagination and access to Yeovil College’s music department studio equipment at the time, namely a tape machine, a Yamaha DX7 keyboard and a 70s beatbox/drum machine that kicked out a series of pre-set beats and rhythms. I blogged about the process surrounding the cassette tape transfer onto digital format on The Unearthing and Restoration of Sheer Zed’s Electro Punk ’86.

Many thanks go to the author Jerry Kranitz and Frank of Vinyl On Demand Records for including my track on this magnificent publication/release. Grab your copy here while stocks last.

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Writer • Carer • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Louder Than War reviewed Sheer Zed's music as "extraordinary", "immersive" and "exciting". CompulsionOnline described Sheer Zed's music as "absorbing and intricate", "surreal" and "invigorating", urging their readers "to dig in to the releases of Sheer Zed". TQ Music Zine declared Sheer Zed's music "a tour de force". Cool and Strange Music Magazine said his music was "Mithraic", while the blog 1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1 said his work "elicit a sense of the exotic and mysterious". The magazine Indie Shaman declared Sheer Zed's work to be "meditative, surreal and hypnotic...perfect for anyone who likes to share their journeys in life with eclectic, electronic music." The Séance have accurately dubbed Sheer Zed "A veteran Bristol noise shaman." The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations volumes 17 and 18 have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

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