Discreet Frequencies Machars Action Remixed is now on Bandcamp.

Discreet Frequencies Machars Action Remixed was originally released on the 3rd of September 2021 at 6pm on The Dark Outside tape label (TDO43) in a limited edition of 75 cassette tapes which all sold out in 44mins.

When I was a child in the early 1970s I used to tune into Radio Luxembourg with a small cheap transistor radio that I listened to under the bed clothes with a torch (flashlight if you’re American), slowly slipping across the radio stations, white noise, and strange unidentifiable signals. I heard Kraftwerk’s Autobahn for the first time this way. It blew my mind. I thought aliens had landed and re-created what they thought they had experienced travelling down a German motorway using sound as a scientific recording medium. All manner of radio transmissions, from these early encounters, right through to my fascination with pirate radio stations in North London during the early 1990s (“Transmission one in the lock up mate, in the lock up!”) have continued to enchant and intrigue me.

When Stuart first began The Dark Outside I was excited by not just this truly original and unique idea but also by the breadth and depth of creativity that surrounded and poured through it. Now after slightly over just ten years since 2012 this idea still manages to weave a spell of wonderment and pioneering exploration. When Stuart then released the first Machars Action tape on his superb TDO tape label I fell immediately in love with the idea. Even though The Conet Project’s Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations hold much to cherish, it’s the Machars Action releases for me that endure and glow with a surreal and sublime mystique. So here then is Discreet Frequencies Machars Action Remixed from someone somewhere who still in part lives in and of the spectrum, reinterpreting Machars Actions SDR Recordings whilst daydreaming of Kraftwerk and remembering his very first sanctuary under the bed clothes.

– Sheer Zed, August 2021.

Sheer Zed would like to thank; Stuart MacLean (aka @frenchbloke) of The Dark Outside, Mum, TQ zine, Tak Tent Radio, Anticipating Nowhere, Rituals & Declarations zine, Indie Shaman magazine, Folklore Thursday, www.thethaioccult.com, Mae Surasatee, Bandcamp, Kraftwerk and Spydeee Gasmantell.

Audio production, remixing and mastering by Sheer Zed.

Album cover designed by Stuart MacLean (aka @frenchbloke) of The Dark Outside

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Writer • Shaman • Electronic Musician • Artist • 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. Numerous compilations such as Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of shamanism and Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, TQ zine, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist and shaman, exploring the realm of sound through ritual, mantras and sound design. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on three pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

Categories Ambient, Anticipating Nowhere, Bandcamp, C90 Cassette Tapes, Cassette Culture, Cassette tape, Dark Ambient, Drone, Electronic Music, Experimental, Field Recordings, Music, Music Albums, New Album, New Music, Radio, Remix, Sound, Sound Art, SoundscapeLeave a comment

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