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Home of Spacemen 3, Pete Kember, Sonic Boom, Experimental Audio Research and other fine experimental/electronic musicians

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    Spacemen 3 'Dreamweapon'

    £8.00

    The recording of 'An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music' has been released several times in various bootleg forms, this is the first official release in the UK on Space Age Recordings and has the added bonus of including additional tracks not found on the bootlegs.

    Taken from a review of Spacemen 3 at Waterman's Art Centre, Hammersmith, London. "Before us, between two columns in the centre of the bar, seated and almost motionless, our four Spacemen, amps pointed inwards and thoughts transfixed likewise. The air surrounding them is rich with the delicate hum of vibrant electricity, an incessant throbbing ambience rising to stirring crescendos and then falling away to a whisper. The best way to describe it would be intense but atmospheric, so much so that it blends with the feel of the occasion with out being loud and oppressive. Sonic's plectrum clicks audibly against his strings causing rhythmic arcs of sound to pulsate throughout the bar and wing their way casually into the night air. Jason meanders around, pulling a hypnotic ellipse of jagged spectral tonality from his fretboard, repeating phrase after phrase, again and again, minimal, maximum. To call it contemporary sitar music is no untruth"

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    Spacemen 3 'Live In Europe'

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    Cult band Spacemen 3 recorded four studio and one live album before their demise in 1990, the main song writers going on to form Spriritualized (Jason Pierce) and Spectrum (Pete Kember) Live in Europe 1989 was recorded on tour in Germany in spring 1989 mid-way through an extensive 3-month tour of Europe. These were to be band's last shows live and show the powerful sonic assault the band had developed a year on from their other official live album, 'Performance'. Learn More
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    Spectrum & Jessamine 'A Pox On You'

    £6.00

    A Pox On You EP features the combined talents of the much-regarded Spectrum featuring Sonic Boom, former main man of Spacemen 3, together with American cult band Jessamine. A Pox On You was recorded and mixed in both Coventry and Seattle (US). It is a CD only EP, the main track being the joint collaboration on the Silver Apples classic. This release comes in full album format with clear inner tray and full colour artwork throughout Learn More
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    Space Age Recordings 'The New Atlantis'

    £6.00

    The New Atlantis is a mid price compilation featuring 10 tracks from the first 10 Space Age releases. Tracks on the compilation include three from Spacemen 3. "Ecstasy Live Intro Theme" is taken from the Dreamweapon album (ORBIT 001), "Transparent Radiation (Demo)" and "Repeater (Demo)", both taken from the Spacemen 3 album releases. E.A.R. contribute "Guitar Feedback Manipulation from" Mesmerised Jessamaine include "I'm Not Afraid of Electricity" and also feature on "A Pox On You" taken from their collaboration with Spectrum. Bowery Electric contributes "Out of Phase" from their eponymous debut album. Learn More
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    Experimental Audio Research 'Phenomena 256'

    £8.00

    E.A.R. is the more experimental side of Sonic Boom and was formed in 1990 in order to explore and experiment with other sound makers. E.A.R.'s main ethos, embodied in their acronym-style name, is one of necessary experimentation. They create a space where any sound or texture, technique or emotion is treated as a possible contribution to the piece in hand. The same applies to the interaction of the performers - improvisation and integration are left open, until what feels like the right moment, all the while keeping their senses tuned to the development of the piece. E.A.R. is a loose affiliation of non-resident "sound makers" including, from time to time, Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3/ Spectrum), Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) Kevin Martin (God) and Eddie Prevost (AMM) amongst others. Learn More
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    Spacemen 3 'Forged Precriptions'

    £12.00

    "As I sit writing this it’s 10 years to the day since we were making this record and the sun shines hard and bright just like it did at the time. The last 10 years seem simultaneously to be merely the blink of an eye and yet also a whole lifetime. Much has changed for the better and the worse. It thankfully seems a long time since the drug busts of the Thatcherite "just say no" era and its strange to remember the first ecstasy parties around this time and recall its novelty before it became a cultural icon. Its also strange how this body of material has come to be meaningful to a whole subculture - exactly the people we hoped to live, love, cry and die with. Maybe, just maybe, this is the way it was meant to be - equally sad, joyful, destructive and generative. This is Spacemen 3 in bloom, midsummer before the seeds were scattered. Right at the point where we worked together well, and, in compliment to each other. I still have strong memories of days where we would crash out listening to nothing but one song over and over making hypno-monotony from slices of hypno-monotony. Mattresses were installed into the studio’s lounging space and our kaleidoscopic light show stayed on throughout the session, permanently focused on the studio’s revolving mirror-ball, myriad rays of micro-psychedelic worlds (and whirls) mixing with our minds and music. Actually the projector’s fan noise permeated most of the recording and was considered an unfortunate but necessary evil. I also remember spending several hours lying on the floor wearing headphones and having our Thai-grass addled humour fed through the echo machine and back to our ear goggles inducing a feedback of echo, laughter and stupidity. I wish I had it on tape - this sort of unusual activity and experimentation definitely contributed to pieces like "Ecstacy Symphony" and "Transparent Radiation". Slightly darker and sometimes less benign feelings contributed to the more macabre songs like "Call The Doctor", "Ode To Street Hassle" and "Things’ll Never Be The Same", showing the inevitable contrast in our lives and our experiences at the time. When some of this material was first released it oozed out to little acclaim and only slight acceptance by a clued-in few. It was a great disappointment to us. We felt we had managed to trap a portion of our souls into the micro-fine grooves of the original Glass release (symbolically somehow caught forever like a fly in amber and preserved - a moment in time and mood). We spent several months, broken only by touring, recording and re-working these pieces until we felt they were ready slowly learning more about the studio and its techniques as we went. These versions show some variation to the original release, which was more stripped. Many different takes and versions were experimented with - "Walking With Jesus" had been an all fuzz, tremelo and feedback song before these sessions. Here at last are the full guitar laden versions with all the layers of beautifully streamlined guitar - considered by us to be too hard to replicate live and therefore reduced for the original release. Also included for the first time are some unreleased covers, demos and tributes from the same sessions. For me, this is where Spacemen 3 songwriting came to a head - many of these songs pre-dated "Sound Of Confusion", some were even recorded at both sessions, but I am still impressed mightily by Jason’s lyrical genius on originals like "Walking With Jesus" and re-writes like "Come Down Easy" and his fluid guitar playing across the whole sessions. To be sure "Playing With Fire" was soon to be our long and sultry Indian Summer but "Perfect Prescription" was the progeny of that hot, lazy (and occasionally rainy) summer. Sonic Boom Learn More
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    Octal 'Stairs Leading Up'

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    Octal are: Jeff Reilly from Magnog's alter ego. Octal are the Edmonds (near Seattle) man's solo side-project, writing, recording and creating some of the finest Space-Rock emanating from this planet. He signed to Space Age following a chance meeting with Sonic Boom at a Space-Rock Festival in Austin, Texas. "Octal" is: The debut album from Octal. 16 tracks of the kind of tripped-out beauty that Labradford and Cul-De-Sac would sell their last delay unit for. Described by Jeff as a "sketch book for my subconscious, a way of bringing my dreams back into reality.", it is the perfect example of all that this label stands for; experimental, innovative and compelling. Learn More
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    Spectrum 'Forever Alien'

    £10.00

    Deep beneath the flowing analogue synths, the aching filter and the warped lyrical nous of Spectrum, lies a genius that drive the legendary Spacemen 3 to their furthest extremes, the same genius that takes Experimental Audio Research beyond all our tripped-out fantasies and now, with 'Forever Alien' the genius that is Sonic Boom has created one of his finest collections of hypnotic, blissed-out, experimental perfection to date. From the brooding opening strains of the single 'Feels like I'm slipping away' through the hypnotic wonder of the likes of 'Owsley' and 'Like', the oriental refrains of 'The End' and closing self explanatory minimalism of 'Sine Study', this is by far the most complete offering yet from Spectrum-ised version of the Spacemen classic 'How Does It Feel'. Spectrum: Sonic Boom (vocals, synthesizer, Theremin); Alf Hardy (synthesizer, vibraphone); Pete Bassman (programming).Recorded at Cabin Studios, Coventry, England.The primary post-Spacemen 3 outlet for the sound-for-sound's-sake guitarist/keyboardist Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember (who also leads the even more abstract Experimental Audio Research), Spectrum inhabits approximately the same musical space as Spiritualized, the band Kember's former partner Jason Pierce formed after Spacemen 3 folded in the early '90s. Like Spectrum's other releases, 1997's FOREVER ALIEN takes elements (especially on the opening "Feels Like I'm Slipping Away" and the unusually pop-oriented "Delia Derbyshire") from SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS-era Pink Floyd; early '70s German experimentalists like Can, Faust, Neu! and Amon Duul I & II; and the work of minimalist composers like LaMonte Young and Terry Riley. FOREVER ALIEN is more song-oriented and poppier than Kember's work with E.A.R., or even Spacemen 3. The pieces are also more concise and feature actual lyrics, unlike the improvisational and comparatively formless tendencies of those bands, where drones and unearthly sounds--not melodies--predominate. Editorial reviews ...the focus is on textures, drones and treatments of a decidedly non-rock perspective....one extended, shimmery bliss-out that no Spacemen acolyte could possibly resist. Option (11/01/1997) ...this vehicle for Spacemen 3 alum Peter Kember [Sonic Boom] seems to rely mainly on a comparatively limited sonic palette of Moog synthesizers and theremins. But for druggy gurgles, whirs, and bleeps, Spectrum excel. - Rating: B Entertainment Weekly (08/15/1997) Learn More
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    Spectrum 'Feels Like I'm Slipping Away'

    £5.00

    The sound of Spectrum is all but impossible to put in to words. It flows so naturally yet is so far of the norm that it hits a nerve inside the brain and leaves you wondering where it could be coming from. 'Feels Like I'm Slipping Away' is as perfect place to start as any - 51 minutes of brooding seething intensity, where a kind of analogue claustrophobia ebbs and flows, gradually crushing your senses with its simplistic yet haunting charms until all that's left is a sense of despair as it fades from view.The lyrics sit perfectly on top of the experimental filter sweeps as you feel yourself falling in to the murky, hazy world that is Sonic Boom's psyche. Sonic Boom is of course one of the two guiding lights behind the Spacemen 3 phenomenon that is still regarded as a cult today. Along with Jason Pierce (who went on to form Spiritualized) they took the UK underground rock scene by storm. Later Sonic went on to form Spectrum and the experiemental group E.A.R Learn More
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    Spacemen 3 'Playing With Fire'

    £12.00

    Every once in a while a record comes along that somehow manages to define an era. In the late 80's there can be no doubt that one such record was released - and that record was "Playing With Fire" by Spacemen 3. Fuelled by narcotic indulgence and an overwhelming sense of darkness it was rightly hailed as a classic at the time and is still considered to be one of the greatest albums of the time by many today. Its mesmerising beauty and sublime originality are still recognised as a genuine triumph to this day. When "Playing With Fire" was released in February 1989, the creative abilities of Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember) and Jason Pierce were at their peak - all but gone were their earlier homage's to The Stooges and MC5, replaced by a graceful, blissed-out beauty which had writers everywhere clamouring for their dictionaries. Only on the insurrectionist's clarion call of "Revolution" and the Vega/Rev tribute "Suicide" did they allow the guitar assaults to cut loose, instead they used gentle waves of sound to produce the same effect; powerful, emotive and yet somehow also genuinely disturbing. By this time, Spacemen 3's use of drugs had become notorious (a major factor in their eventual demise) and they seemed to be trying to achieve that same (almost religious) high within their music, strangely foreseeing the dance explosion which was to happen shortly after. Now, Space Age Recordings are making this legendary record available again, complete with live versions of "Suicide" and "Repeater" and recordings of "Che" and "May The Circle Be Unbroken". Not only that but they've also included a second CD full of studio out-takes and demos, including the Spacemen 3 version of "Any Way That You Want Me" - the song which went on to become Spiritualized's debut single. Producers: Jason Pierce, Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember. For the majority of its six-year career, of which 1988's PLAYING WITH FIRE is the approximate midpoint, the British trio Spacemen 3 pursued its sound-for-sound's-sake obsessions in near-total oblivion. It turns out, however, that the band was merely a decade or so ahead of its time. Spacemen 3 featured guitarists/keyboardists Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember and Jason "Spaceman" Pierce, who later formed Spectrum and Spiritualized, respectively. The commercially and critically successful '90s work of these two sonic iconoclasts earned much more interest than the material of Spacemen 3 did during its 1985-1991 lifespan. The band's third full-length studio album, PLAYING WITH FIRE finds the band moving beyond its earlier, somewhat more song-oriented work into more abstract and improvisational areas. The highlight is the corrosive "Suicide," one of the band's most visceral works. Editorial reviews ...their biggest album at the time....Sonic Boom's avant aesthetic tempered {jason] Pierce's tendency towards drippy songforms, and the latter had a strong line in beautiful, melancholy melodies and lyrics... The Wire (08/01/1999) ...[Spacemen 3] at their most confidently minimal and succinct....plenty of nape-tingling moments... Mojo (07/01/1999) Learn More

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