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Human Error / The Higher Primates / The Scientific Americans // Turning The Crank: The NoHo Scene 1978-1982 BOOK

Human Error / The Higher Primates / The Scientific Americans // Turning The Crank: The NoHo Scene 1978-1982 BOOK

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This is a compilation 2024" released in May 5 by Holuzam, an experimental label from Lisbon, Portugal.

Contains four post-punk songs recorded from 1979-1981 by bands active in New Hampshire, USA.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"This EP is an attempt to document the vibrant action that took place in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts, USA during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The five colleges in Hampshire County attracted vast numbers of students, who necessarily interacted with the towns in the area. Bars, music stores, record stores, live music venues, and lots of experimentation and free thinking. Hampshire College in particular may still be considered radical today, even though more favorable conditions certainly exist for openly discussing topics such as American Indians, kayak design, Black oral traditions, and food management. No subject, which promoted a new approach to education. What about music? Many were short-lived, while others evolved into new wave/power pop territory and eventually crossed over into post-punk experimentation. The Noho EP has a more electronic bent, favoring EMS equipment and other gear from Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts. We decided to focus on a group of musicians and the structures that surrounded them, who at one time played together in various combinations under the loose umbrella of the Techno Tunes label.

These musicians come from very different backgrounds, and the core pictured here consists of Christopher Vine, Elliott Sharp, James Whitmore, and Nicholas Braun.

Although Scientific Americans' lineup has changed several times, the duo of Chris Vine and Jim Whitmore were the only ones to record "Among Bodge Watt." This previously unreleased song appeared on ROIR's 1981 tape album Load & Go! It is a companion piece to ``El Salvador'' included in ``El Salvador''. Cy Ams is the founder of the Techno Tunes label and a ``concert promotion agency'' called Techno Tours, under which he has produced bands such as The Stranglers, The Slits, Pylon, Père Hubu and The Psychedelic. -Introduced bands such as the Furs, Bush Tetras, and Steel Pulse to local audiences. Their own sound continued to evolve, but at their best, there was a solid dub underpinning, as evidenced on 'Among Bodge Watt'.
Human Error was born out of a collective jam between Chris Vine, Elliot Sharp, Jim Whitmore and Nick Brown. Elliot Sharp moved to Northampton in August 1978 and naturally became involved in the local music scene, first meeting Whitmore at the hi-fi audio store where he was working. The basement jam ensued with some stimulating conversation, and other musicians joined in on the session. Clandestinator's sound is gorgeously loose, grooving effortlessly from a pseudo-dub setup. The music just flows, infectious and erratic, like hand claps in the mix.

The Higher Primates started out as Nick Brown's solo project, although they later evolved into a "proper" band. The Higher Primates only released a 1980-inch single (on the Techno Tunes label, to be exact) in 7. Both songs on the Noho EP were recorded the following year and were never released until now. "Auto Music in the Disco Dub Style" features a steady mid-tempo TR2 beat, synth squelches, echoes, reverb, thick bass lines, dissonant melody lines, and strange vocal snippets. is supported. It's like a DJ tool back when there wasn't much of a concept. The more uptempo ``Teresa Variations'' adds Fender jazz bass and Selmer saxophone to the electronics. There's a robot-like incomprehensible vocal, but it actually sounds more like "disco." What's more, the analog strangeness of Radiophonic Workshop is applied to the dance beats, and the atmosphere is sealed. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Holuzam releases available at Tobira. 

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Description by Holuzam:

"With this EP an attempt is made at documenting the vibrant action happening during the late 1970s and early 1980s in the Pioneer Valley area of ​​Western Massachusetts, US. The story is richer than the snapshot we present here, and a more detailed account is to be found in the accompanying book that can be purchased separately but also comes as a limited edition with the first 50 copies of the EP.

The Five Colleges in Hampshire County congregated a vast student population that inevitably interacted with the towns in the area. Bars, music and record stores, live music and a lot of experimentation and free thinking. Hampshire College, especially, promoted new approaches to teaching, subjects that might be considered radical by some even today, although a more palatable context would now surely exist for openly debating such topics as American Indians, Kayak Design, Black Oral Tradition, Food Management, etc. And the music? The immediate "punk effect " motivated the creation of numerous bands, many short lived, others evolving into New Wave / Power Pop territory, eventually crossing into Post-Punk experimentation. What is captured in "Noho EP" is a more electronic disposition, favored by the existence of EMS gear and other equipment at Hampshire College and University of Massachusetts. We chose to focus on a group of musicians who, for a time, played together in different combinations under the loose umbrella of the Tekno Tunes label and the structure around it.

These musicians come from very different backgrounds and the nucleus portrayed here of Christopher Vine, Elliott Sharp, James Whittemore and Nicholas Brown.

Of the several line-up changes The Scientific Americans went through, it was actually only the duo of Chris Vine and Jim Whittemore who recorded "Among Bodge Watt". Never before released, it is a companion piece to their track "El Salvador" available on the 1981 ROIR tape-album "Load & Go!". The Sci Ams were founders of the Tekno Tunes label and also created the Tekno Tours "concert promotion agency", under which name they exposed local audiences to bands such as The Stranglers, The Slits, Pylon, Pere Ubu, The Psychedelic Furs, The Bush Tetras, Steel Pulse, etc. Their own sound kept progressing but at its best there's a solid dub undercurrent, pretty obvious in "Among Bodge Watt".
Human Error was born out of a collective jam by Chris Vine, Elliott Sharp, Jim Whittemore and Nick Brown. Elliott Sharp had moved to Northampton in August of 1978 and naturally became involved in the local music scene, hooking up first with Whittemore at a hi -fi audio store where he worked at the time. Basement jams followed stimulating conversations, and other musicians joined the sessions. "Clandestinator" sounds gorgeously loose, an effortless groove coming from a quasi-dub set-up. Nothing here seems calculated, the music just flows, contagious and irregular as the handclaps in the mix.

The Higher Primates later evolved into a "proper" band but started as Nick Brown's solo project. The Primates only ever released a (now sought-after) 7" single in 1980 (on the Tekno Tunes label, precisely). Both tracks on " "Noho EP" were recorded the following year and never released until now. "Auto Music in the Disco Dub Style" is self-explanatory, with a steady, mid-tempo TR808 beat running through, supporting synth squelches, echoes and reverbs, a fat bassline, dissonant melodic lines and odd vocal snippets. Kind of a DJ tool when the concept was barely in place. The more uptempo "Teresa Variations" adds a Fender Jazz bass and Selmer sax to the electronics. It actually sounds more "Disco", even with the robotic, unintelligible vocals. On top of this, the vibe is sealed by the overall Radiophonic Workshop analogue strangeness applied to a dance beat. 
"

Label: Holuzam

CAT No: ZAM025

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This is a compilation 2024" released in May 5 by Holuzam, an experimental label from Lisbon, Portugal.

Contains four post-punk songs recorded from 1979-1981 by bands active in New Hampshire, USA.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"This EP is an attempt to document the vibrant action that took place in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts, USA during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The five colleges in Hampshire County attracted vast numbers of students, who necessarily interacted with the towns in the area. Bars, music stores, record stores, live music venues, and lots of experimentation and free thinking. Hampshire College in particular may still be considered radical today, even though more favorable conditions certainly exist for openly discussing topics such as American Indians, kayak design, Black oral traditions, and food management. No subject, which promoted a new approach to education. What about music? Many were short-lived, while others evolved into new wave/power pop territory and eventually crossed over into post-punk experimentation. The Noho EP has a more electronic bent, favoring EMS equipment and other gear from Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts. We decided to focus on a group of musicians and the structures that surrounded them, who at one time played together in various combinations under the loose umbrella of the Techno Tunes label.

These musicians come from very different backgrounds, and the core pictured here consists of Christopher Vine, Elliott Sharp, James Whitmore, and Nicholas Braun.

Although Scientific Americans' lineup has changed several times, the duo of Chris Vine and Jim Whitmore were the only ones to record "Among Bodge Watt." This previously unreleased song appeared on ROIR's 1981 tape album Load & Go! It is a companion piece to ``El Salvador'' included in ``El Salvador''. Cy Ams is the founder of the Techno Tunes label and a ``concert promotion agency'' called Techno Tours, under which he has produced bands such as The Stranglers, The Slits, Pylon, Père Hubu and The Psychedelic. -Introduced bands such as the Furs, Bush Tetras, and Steel Pulse to local audiences. Their own sound continued to evolve, but at their best, there was a solid dub underpinning, as evidenced on 'Among Bodge Watt'.
Human Error was born out of a collective jam between Chris Vine, Elliot Sharp, Jim Whitmore and Nick Brown. Elliot Sharp moved to Northampton in August 1978 and naturally became involved in the local music scene, first meeting Whitmore at the hi-fi audio store where he was working. The basement jam ensued with some stimulating conversation, and other musicians joined in on the session. Clandestinator's sound is gorgeously loose, grooving effortlessly from a pseudo-dub setup. The music just flows, infectious and erratic, like hand claps in the mix.

The Higher Primates started out as Nick Brown's solo project, although they later evolved into a "proper" band. The Higher Primates only released a 1980-inch single (on the Techno Tunes label, to be exact) in 7. Both songs on the Noho EP were recorded the following year and were never released until now. "Auto Music in the Disco Dub Style" features a steady mid-tempo TR2 beat, synth squelches, echoes, reverb, thick bass lines, dissonant melody lines, and strange vocal snippets. is supported. It's like a DJ tool back when there wasn't much of a concept. The more uptempo ``Teresa Variations'' adds Fender jazz bass and Selmer saxophone to the electronics. There's a robot-like incomprehensible vocal, but it actually sounds more like "disco." What's more, the analog strangeness of Radiophonic Workshop is applied to the dance beats, and the atmosphere is sealed. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Holuzam releases available at Tobira. 

-------------------------------

Description by Holuzam:

"With this EP an attempt is made at documenting the vibrant action happening during the late 1970s and early 1980s in the Pioneer Valley area of ​​Western Massachusetts, US. The story is richer than the snapshot we present here, and a more detailed account is to be found in the accompanying book that can be purchased separately but also comes as a limited edition with the first 50 copies of the EP.

The Five Colleges in Hampshire County congregated a vast student population that inevitably interacted with the towns in the area. Bars, music and record stores, live music and a lot of experimentation and free thinking. Hampshire College, especially, promoted new approaches to teaching, subjects that might be considered radical by some even today, although a more palatable context would now surely exist for openly debating such topics as American Indians, Kayak Design, Black Oral Tradition, Food Management, etc. And the music? The immediate "punk effect " motivated the creation of numerous bands, many short lived, others evolving into New Wave / Power Pop territory, eventually crossing into Post-Punk experimentation. What is captured in "Noho EP" is a more electronic disposition, favored by the existence of EMS gear and other equipment at Hampshire College and University of Massachusetts. We chose to focus on a group of musicians who, for a time, played together in different combinations under the loose umbrella of the Tekno Tunes label and the structure around it.

These musicians come from very different backgrounds and the nucleus portrayed here of Christopher Vine, Elliott Sharp, James Whittemore and Nicholas Brown.

Of the several line-up changes The Scientific Americans went through, it was actually only the duo of Chris Vine and Jim Whittemore who recorded "Among Bodge Watt". Never before released, it is a companion piece to their track "El Salvador" available on the 1981 ROIR tape-album "Load & Go!". The Sci Ams were founders of the Tekno Tunes label and also created the Tekno Tours "concert promotion agency", under which name they exposed local audiences to bands such as The Stranglers, The Slits, Pylon, Pere Ubu, The Psychedelic Furs, The Bush Tetras, Steel Pulse, etc. Their own sound kept progressing but at its best there's a solid dub undercurrent, pretty obvious in "Among Bodge Watt".
Human Error was born out of a collective jam by Chris Vine, Elliott Sharp, Jim Whittemore and Nick Brown. Elliott Sharp had moved to Northampton in August of 1978 and naturally became involved in the local music scene, hooking up first with Whittemore at a hi -fi audio store where he worked at the time. Basement jams followed stimulating conversations, and other musicians joined the sessions. "Clandestinator" sounds gorgeously loose, an effortless groove coming from a quasi-dub set-up. Nothing here seems calculated, the music just flows, contagious and irregular as the handclaps in the mix.

The Higher Primates later evolved into a "proper" band but started as Nick Brown's solo project. The Primates only ever released a (now sought-after) 7" single in 1980 (on the Tekno Tunes label, precisely). Both tracks on " "Noho EP" were recorded the following year and never released until now. "Auto Music in the Disco Dub Style" is self-explanatory, with a steady, mid-tempo TR808 beat running through, supporting synth squelches, echoes and reverbs, a fat bassline, dissonant melodic lines and odd vocal snippets. Kind of a DJ tool when the concept was barely in place. The more uptempo "Teresa Variations" adds a Fender Jazz bass and Selmer sax to the electronics. It actually sounds more "Disco", even with the robotic, unintelligible vocals. On top of this, the vibe is sealed by the overall Radiophonic Workshop analogue strangeness applied to a dance beat. 
"

Label: Holuzam

CAT No: ZAM025