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  • Various. Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1983. 2LP Vinyl.

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Various. Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1983. 2LP Vinyl.

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Following last year's brilliantly received 4CD set exploring the origins of electronica in the UK, we present this 2LP edition featuring key tracks specifically selected for their suitability to vinyl listening. Enthralled by the mysterious electronics of Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Gong and German Kosmische artists, and inspired by the DIY ethos of punk, a quiet revolution took place across the UK in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The rise of the microchip and the advent of affordable synthesizers liberated countless artists for whom guitars, drums and bass had become old hat, and in grubby bedsits, unremarkable living rooms and art school halls across Britain, UK electronica was born. The underground, fueled by cassette exchanges, co-operative vinyl compilations and a thriving mail order network, quickly began to stretch the boundaries of sonic experimentation. Close To The Noise Floor explores every corner of this fascinating and often overlooked chapter in UK musical history. Entirely free from safety pins and hair dye, but always experimental, explorative, unusual and thrilling, this is the story of a mild-mannered, post-punk revolution long under appreciated. And who better to tell this story than the artists themselves. Close To The Noise Floor features artist written sleeve notes, extracts from Dave Henderson's legendary 1983 Wild Planet overview of the entire scene and an introductory essay from Mr Henderson himself.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
Five Times Of Dust - Computer Bank
O Yuki Conjugate - Disco Song
The Klingons - R.A.M.
Instant Automatons - New Muzak
Cultural Amnesia - Materialistic Man
Blah Blah Blah - In The Army
100% Manmade Fibre - Green For Go
We Be Echo - Sexuality
Legendary Pink Dots - God Speed
Muslimgauze - Muslin Gauze Muslim Prayer
Disc 2:
Storm Bugs - Himeal (And She Blew)
Colin Potter - I Am Your Shadow
Portion Control - Go For The Throat
Those Little Aliens - Sentimental
John Foxx - A New Kind Of Man (Alternative Version)
Bourbonese Qualk - God With Us
British Standard Unit - D'ya Think I'm Sexy'
Final Program - Protect And Survive
Sea Of Wires - Robot Dance
Malcolm Brown - Sedation Strokes
Konstruktivist - Western Vein
Zorch - Adrenalin (Return Of The Elohim Pt 1)