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Mantis Radio 237 – Si Begg

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London legend Si Begg returns to Mantis Radio 1 decade on from his debut on show 5 w/ an amazing mix charting the evolution of electronics from the 1950s to present day. Plus, we’ve new music from Eatbrain, Merzbow, MSQ, Radioactive Man, Oxynucid, Wilhaeven, dBridge and Mathew Jonson.

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RedPill – Rabbit [Eatbrain]
Malux, Crissy Criss & Erb N Dub – Listen Here [Eatbrain]
T. Power – Lipsing Jamring [Moonshine Music]
Jega – Geometry [Planet Mu]
Oxynucid – Croissant [Slurp Shit]
Mørk – Theia [Pregnant Void]
Wilhaeven – IV-IX-I [Ricochet Records]
IDLES – Mother [Balley Records]
Khost – Cloudbank Mausoleum [Cold Spring]
Merzbow – Torus 2 [Jezgro]
MSQ – Marginal [unreleased]
Milton Bradley vs Bloody Mary – Tales From Space [Dame Music]
Mathew Jonson – Decompression (Ambient Pressure Mix) [Freedom Engine]
Peder Mannerfelt – Public Images [Peder Mannerfelt]
Radioactive Man – Bonnet Bee [Asking For Trouble]
Cristian Vogel – Fiver [Kickin Records]

Kuniharu Akiyama – Arcana 19 [Edition Omega Poin]
Raymond Scott – Rhythm Modulator [Basta]
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Struktur XIII B [Stockhausen-Verlag]
Daphne Oram – Sea [Fantôme Phonographique]
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Hymnen (Excerpt) [Seeland]
Silver Apples – Oscillations [Kapp Records]
Tangerine Dream – Rubycon Pt1 [Virgin]
Bernard Parmegiani – Ondes Croisées [INA-GRM]
Hawkwind – Electronic No.1 [United Artists Records]
Hawkwind – Sonic Attack [United Artists Records]
Seesselberg – Kondensmusik [Seesselberg]
Harald Grosskopf – Earth [Sky Records]
Cluster – Plas [Brain]
Philip Glass – Montage (from Etoile Polaire) [Virgin]
Elektriktus – Second Wave [PDU]
You – Electric Day (Si Begg 2017 Dub) [unreleased]
Negativland – Track 14 [Seeland]
Cabaret Voltaire – Messages Received [Rough Trade]
Negativland – Track 11 [Seeland]
Esplendor Geométrico – Moscu Esta Helado [Star Whores Records]
Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator [Kling Klang]
Front 242 – Ethics [New Dance]
John Carpenter – Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Titles) [Record Makers]
Suicide – I Remember [Blast First]
Crash Course In Science – Flying Turns [From Jupiter Recordings]
Imperial Brothers – We Come To Rock (Be Bop Scratch Mix) [Cutting Records]
Negativland – Time Zones [Seeland]
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Perpetual [Columbia]
Mika Vainio – Kelvin [Touch]
Si Begg – Parallel Air Ducts [Shitkatapult]

Featured Guest

Si Begg was one of our show’s early guests and was long overdue a return. With new album – Blueprints – imminent (June 16th c/o Shitkatapult), we hit him up for a second bout of session selections.

Celebrating raw electronics and its evolution from the 1950s to present day, taking us from Kuniharu Akiyama to Mika Vainio via Stockhausen, Oram, Cluster, Philip Glass, Negativeland, Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter and even Hawkwind.

This is a work of complex, evolving mathematical patterns, circuitry bent out of shape. It is a hymn to the voltage-controlled oscillator

Blueprints sounds incredible and is a great follow up his last album – Permission to Explode, released in 2013. He has written scores for four feature films since Permission, as well as several Netflix Original series scores. This composition work alongside his electronic music production has played a big influence in Blueprints.

The concept for the album sprang fully formed when Begg came across the notebook, a beautifully preserved leather-bound volume, annotated in his grandfather’s precise hand. The book was filled with meticulous diagrams of compressors and parallel air ducts, graphs recording comparative noise levels at different factories, statistical information detailing the thermal efficiency of power stations, alongside blueprints for futuristic machines yet to be built.

Those of you London based can catch the album launch, July 7th, at 4MationZone Presents Extractions in Stoke Newington’s Haunt. He’ll be supported by Cursor Miner, Ariadne’s Labyrinth and DJ Juan Nutkins (aka rANdOMoiDz).

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