Nocturnal Emissions – Accumulator

I got the art/industrial band Nocturnal Emissions to dig in their archives from the early 80's and have found some unreleased tracks of straight up 1982 proto-techno available on vinyl for the first time, also comes with a free CDR of a crowd recording Live at Brixton Ritzy 09.06.1983


Words by: Karen Chan

We Can Elude Control presents Accumulator, a selection of rare and previously unreleased material from the archives of the pioneering sonic art & experimental electronics project Nocturnal Emissions.

The 12” features Accumulator 1 & 2, two unreleased tracks from 1982 that demonstrates the group’s early explorations into raw percussion and mechanical proto-techno. Alongside this is the early 80’s recording So Darn Hot, a sparse diagram of low-slung industrial reduction available now for the first time on vinyl.

The 12” release also includes a free CDR featuring a crowd recording of Nocturnal Emissions live at the Brixton Ritzy on June 9th 1983. Recorded on Election Night, as Margaret Thatcher was catastrophically re-elected to power, the performance mixed live TV broadcasting of the election results with excerpts from the groups 16mm film The Foetal Grave of Progress. The recording takes place a stones throw from Atlantic Road, the site 2 years previously where the group performed in a railway arch during the height of the 1981 Brixton Riots.

Collectively the release reflects on this era of Nocturnal Emissions’ output, a period that saw the group present work at both the ICA and Tate Britain whilst simultaneously performing alongside pioneering industrial bands such as Zoviet France and SPK. The recordings consider this legacy and the project’s unique contribution to the areas of electronic dance music, experimental media and politically engaged art.

We Can Elude Control will release on 18th March, 2013

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