Raudive Bunker Experiment

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Raudive Bunker Experiment (Box)

Released
December 2009
Format
Box Set
Label
youdonthavetocallitmusic
Cat
YouDo 04
Personel
  • Andy Wilson, Pete MacDonnell, Blu Tobin, Idle Rich, Mark Weavers
Purchase
Notes
Limited and numbered edition of 250 copies. Comes in box with silkscreened cover and includes the double LP, the 7", a CD with additional material, a booklet, 3 postcards, 3 buttons and 2 paper sheets with the complete discography of RBE and Andy Wilson. Two tracks were originally released 1982 as LP with the title "Industrial Estate / A Knot". All other tracks were originally released in the early 80s on various tapes under the name RBE, Raudive Bunker Experiment or Andy Wilson. Realeased by Stefan Bremers' label, youdonthavetocallitmusic.

Release Notes

Reissue of the rare LP from 1982 and additional material from various tapes of that period. Includes two long Industrial tracks in the way of Throbbing Gristle and 22 tracks of experimental minimal synth music, comparable to Cabaret Voltaire and Conrad Schnitzler. The 7" includes two tracks with voice in best minimal synth style. All composed and recorded in the early eighties by Andy Wilson, who also played with Bourbonese Qualk, released a book about the german band Faust and nowadays plays under the names Sunseastar and The Grand Erector. Comes in gatefold cover with special finish print and stamped inner sleeves. Limited and numbered edition of 500 copies, first 250 copies as boxset (silkscreened cover) with the 7", an additional CD of bonus material, two booklets (one with original artwork and an interview, the other one including the complete discograhy), postcards and buttons.

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Double LP CD single
badges
postcards
Cover of the booklet

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RBE: Raudive Bunker Experiment (Gatefold Double LP)

Released
December 2009
Format
Gatefold Double LP
Label
youdonthavetocallitmusic
Cat
YouDo 04
Personel
  • Andy Wilson
  • Blu Tobin (D2)
  • Idle Rich (D2)
  • Mark Weavers (D4)
Notes
Limited and numbered edition of 500 copies, 250 of which were included in the box set, above. Tracks C1 and D4 originally released 1982 as LP with the title "Industrial Estate / A Knot". All other tracks were originally released in the early 80s on various tapes under the name RBE, Raudive Bunker Experiment or Andy Wilson.

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gatefold inner sleeve
labels

Track List

A1 Introduction 4:10
A2 Factory Mix 2:06
A3 Trash 2:05
A4 Message 1:21
A5 Tiny Animals 1:44
A6 Blue Mix 1:49
A7 Faith 2:10
A8 Unearthing Gradiva 3:46
A9 Savage Shuffle 3:21
B1 In The Air 2:54
B2 Song For Robert 2:18
B3 Exorcism 2:51
B4 Dub Flack 2:09
B5 Still Heat 1:43
B6 A.80 1.06
B7 This Disease 10:21
C1 Industrial Estate 14:57
C2 Red Letter 4:31
C3 Aztec Poppies 3:28
D1 In My Mind 2:36
D2 Education 2:12
D3 Philips' Song 1:23
D4 A Knot 14:53
D5 Peace At Last 1:57

RBE: Falling (Single)

Released
December 2009
Format
7" Single
Label
youdonthavetocallitmusic
Cat
YouDo 04B
Personel
  • Andy Wilson
Notes
Limited and numbered edition of 250 copies issued with the box set, above. All other tracks were originally released in the early 80s on various tapes under the name RBE, Raudive Bunker Experiment or Andy Wilson.

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Track List

A Falling 3:11
B The Message is Received 5:02

Reviews

Rather Melodic

80's electronics/industrial project by a member of Bourbonese Qualk. On this 7" are two excellent tracks that can compete with some early Cabaret Voltaire stuff (think Mix-Up era). Rather melodic for industrial but too experimental and industrial in structure and texture to be pop music. But... some minimal synth fans will dig this as well for sure. Highly recommended!!

Enfant Terrible

RBE: Raudive Bunker Experiment (CD)

Released
December 2009
Format
CD
Label
youdonthavetocallitmusic
Cat
YouDo 04B
Personel
  • Andy Wilson
  • Pete MacDonnell (1,2,10)
  • Blu Tobin (4)
  • Idle Rich (4)
Notes
Limited and numbered edition of 250 copies issued with the box set, above. All other tracks were originally released in the early 80s on various tapes under the name RBE, Raudive Bunker Experiment or Andy Wilson.

Track List

1 Introduction (Live) 5:34
2 Dreams Of Heat (Live) 3:03
3 Ages 1:53
4 Neutral Agent 8:50
5 Scattering Light 2:47
6 Industrial Estate 12:46
7 Zen Flesh 1:42
8 Black Poppy 3:28
9 On His Chest 14:28
10 King Ubu (Edit) 10:22

Reviews

No Longer a Mystery

The past is no longer a mystery, it slowly unfolds. The first time I heard about Raudive Bunker Experiment was most likely also the last time I heard about them was when I heard a track on a great, highly limited cassette compilation release called Endzeit. A great soft moody synthesizer piece. I also assumed since then (I think we’re speaking 1982 here) that this band/project was from Germany. Maybe it sounded German to me. Anyway, much to my delight, I now hold this double album plus 7" in my hand. Along the lines of Vinyl On Demand, You Don’t Have To Call It Music re-releases old and forgotten gems. There is a box set with additional booklets, which I didn’t get, so I can’t comment too much on the band’s history, but apparently its the project of one Andy Wilson, who also played with Bourbonese Qualk (which I didn’t know either), these days operates as Sunseastar and The Grand Erector, and who also wrote a book on Faust. So besides those two nice, soft pieces I never heard anything and therefore this package comes as a surprise. This set includes a re-issue of a LP from 1982 and assorted other pieces from other releases, while the 7" also uses voice, unlike the material on the two LPs. The music of Raudive Bunker Experiment floats in various directions: it can soft and not too outspoken, but also wildly rhythmic and industrial, such as in the aptly called Industrial Estate, or improvisations with electronics and guitars as in A Knot. Although I would love to say the music hasn’t aged, it has. That is not bad – this music from a certain time made on certain equipment that we would call no longer up to date. That’s totally fine. But one of the things that I like about this is that not every moment is great. Very much like of those days, when all was recorded and released. In some of these pieces we hear him search for some sound or structure, but doesn’t quite get there. That’s lovely (and probably wouldn’t be acceptable by today’s experimental standards), since its very much a sign of those times. A highly varied bunch of music, from minimal synth to ambient and industrial banging. A more than excellent release of an overlooked classic.

Frans de Waard

Post-Kosmische Electronics

I only knew the music of Andy Wilson through his recent Grand Erector and Sunseastar work. However, this compilation collects some of his early 80s work under the name Raudive Bunker Experiment. There are a few different options for this release, and I find myself reviewing the double LP and 7". I think the first piece of vinyl is the original RBE album (sic). It's a work of post-Kosmische electronics that has aged very well. If you did not know the year it was produced you you would be hard pressed to slot it into a place or time. Taking Cluster as it's year zero, the album then subtly grafts on other influences such as Dub, the soundtracks of John Carpenter, and more challenging contemporaries such as Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire. At times the record seems to jump twelve years ahead of itself into the era when labels like Warp began to explore the notion of techno albums for home listening. The second piece of vinyl seems to be a compilation featuring a 12" and various cassette releases. Here the music becomes darker, more experimental and disturbing. The 7" meanwhile has two vocal songs hearkening more towards the sound of early Cabaret Voltaire.

Full credits to the record label (who appear to be called You Don't Have to Call it Music, for the excellent packaging and mastering. The sound quality is excellent, the vinyl is thick and the artwork is vivid: an illegal download of this would give greatly diminished returns. If you're a lover of the electronic avant garde, then this is one you want for your collection. Be warned, though - there are only 500 of them available.

Ned Netherwood, Was ist Das?

Bad Alchemy

RBE Raudive Bunker Experiment (Youdonthavetocallitmusic, YouDo 04, 2 x LP / YouDo 04A, 7“): Das muss man im Kopf erst mal zur Deckung bringen, den Andy Wilson, der als RBE 1982 die LP Industrial State / A Knot (Distant Heat) und 1983 die Cassette Dub Flack (Trench Music Kore) herausbrachte, der mit Bourbonese Qualk in Verbindung stand und 2007 mit dem Bourbonesen Simon Crab als Sunseastar Fjærland publizierte. Der gleiche Andy Wilson betreibt aber auch die Faust Website, publizierte 2007 Faust: Stretch Out Time 1970-1975 und trat als The Grand Erector 2008 beim Avantfestival Schiphorst auf. Stefan Bremer hat nun in gewohnter Qualität den Industrial Dub von ...State, ...Knot & ...Flack als Klappcoveralbum wiederveröffentlicht, ergänzt mit weiteren Cassettenbeiträge von Wilson/RBE aus der Hochzeit der Noise Culture. Der Zwiespalt klärt sich jedoch auf, wenn die ersten Tunes erklingen. Wilson war kein Wrecker of Society, sondern ein Synthiepopmelodiker mit einem Faible für minimalistisch-abstrakte Ohrwürmchen, für ‚Aztec Poppies‘. Diese 2 - 3 min. Tüpfelmuster in heiteren Farben, haben die Zeit erstaunlich gut überstanden, oder transportieren auf sympathische Weise Zeitkolorit. Als Braindance-Musik avant la lettre. Wer ein Stück ‚Unearthing Gradiva‘ taufte, der hatte keine Angst davor, als Freud-Leser oder Dali-Kenner schief angesehen zu werden. Breiter angelegt hat Wilson nur den 10-min. Zwitschergroove ‚This Desease‘ - die Krankheit ist offenbar eine IDManie - und die beiden viertelstündigen LP-Tracks. Die sind futuristisch-militanter. ‚Industrial State‘ mit Maschinenrhythmik und der Massenansprache einer Cäsarenfresse aus dem Zeitalter der Diktaturen klingt entsprechend angestaubt. Wie überhaupt bei den C- & D-Tracks etwas Sand ins Getreibe geriet, statt Salz in die Suppe. ‚Philip‘s Song‘ ist dagegen ein zartes Gitarrengespinst, bevor ‚A Knot‘ als ominöser Nebel dahin zithert (sic), ganz untypisch grummelnd und frei von Beats. Noch ruhiger setzt ‚Peace at Last‘ einen Schlusspunkt. Es klingt, als hätte Wilson dabei an die Zeilen gedacht, die James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915) schrieb: When the great markets by the sea shut fast / All that calm Sunday that goes on and on: / When even lovers find their peace at last, / And Earth is but a star, that once had shone.

Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy

Trusted

Manche Geschichten schreibt das Leben so phantastisch, wie man es sich nicht selbst ausdenken könnte. Da ist man seit vielen Jahren mit einem Musiker befreundet, bringt auf dem eigenen Label auch eine Platte von ihm heraus und wird am Schluss von der eigenen Unwissenheit überrollt.

RBE ist mehr oder weniger ein 1-Mann Unternehmen zwischen 1980 und 1982 (more or less). Andy Wilson heißt der Mensch und hatte in dieser Zeit ein paar Kassetten und eine LP veröffentlicht. Später spielte er dann bei der recht bekannten Industrial-Band Boubonese Qualk mit und verließ die musikalische Welt. 2003 traf ich ihn zum ersten mal und seit dem sind wir befreundet. Ich saß des öfteren in London in seiner Wohnung und er startete in der Zeit seine neue band Sunseastar und nahm unter dem Namen The Grand Erector viele Field Recordings auf, die er nachträglich bearbeitete. Immer wieder fiel der Name RBE, dem ich aber aus Unwissenheit nie Bedeutung zugesprochen habe. Kurzum.

2008 veröffentlichte ich auf meinem Label eine Grand Erector Platte und man munkelte, dass ein deutsches Label seit längerem Interesse an einer Wiederveröffentlichung der alten Aufnahmen hatte. Die LP aus dem Jahr 1982 ist so selten, dass ich sie selbst bei 30 Jahren Platten-Sammeln nie gesehen hatte. Die Tapes sowieso.

Jetzt ist es draußen und beim ersten Hören hat es mich fast weggeblasen. Dachte ich noch vor dem Hören an irgendwelches Pling-Plong aus der Vergangenheit, hat mich vom ersten Track an die Platte fasziniert. Ja, es geht grob in die Industrial-Richtung, aber wer einen Gefallen an ganz frühen Cabaret Voltaire, Conrad Schnitzer oder diverse andere Minimal Elektroniker, sagen wir stellvertretend John Bender hat, wird diese Platte lieben.

Die Doppel-LP beinhaltet die 1982-LP und diverse Tape-Aufnahmen. Zusätzlich liegt noch eine 7" bei mit den beiden "poppigsten" Songs bei. Alles in extrem leckerer Aufmachung. Klappcover mit partiellem Lack in schön hartem Material. Für Die Hard Sammler gibt es eine Box-Ausgabe, auf 250 limitiert, die die Doppel-LP und die Single beinhaltet, zusätzlich eine Voll-Länge CD mit zusätzlichem Material, einem Booklet, Postkarten, Badges.... alles lecker in einer Stülp-Box mit Folien-Druck. Ich möchte das Item wirklich jedem ans Herz legen, der Spaß an Früh-80er Minimalistic, Electronic oder zurückhaltendem New Wave hat. Sowohl optisch als auch musikalisch ein Schmaus. Jetzt zuschlagen. Wird über kurz oder lang mit Sicherheit ein rares Sammlerstück

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Some stories just happen in life in such a fantastic a way you would never have dreamed of.

There you are, being a longtime friend of a musician, releasing one of his records on your own label, and in the end being overtaken by your own ignorance.

RBE was more or less a one-man enterprise between 1980 und 1982. Andy Wilson is the man concerned and he released a couple of cassettes and one lp during that period. Later on he played with the quite famous industrial-Band Boubonese Qualk and he left the musical world . I met him first in 2003 and we have been friends since. I often stayed in his London flat and during this time he started hus new band Sunseastar and under the name of The Grand Erector he made a lot of Field Recordings which he would later process. Again and again the name RBE was mentioned which importance - due to my ignorance - I never quite understood.

In short, in 2008 I released a Grand Erector LP on my label and there were rumours that a German label had been interested for some time in reissueing the old recordings. The 1982 LP is so rare that even I hadn't seen it in my 30 years of vinyl collecting. As for the tapes, no way!

Now it is out and my first listening almost knocked me off my feet before listening to it I was thinking of some pling plong from the past but the first track imeediately fascinated me.Yes, it is roughly industrial but anyone who is into early Cabaret Voltaire, Conrad Schnitzer or diverse other Minimal Elektronic musicians, like John Bender will love this record.

This double album includes the 1982 LP plus various tape recordings. on top of this you#ll find a 7" featuring the 2 most 'pop' songs. All with the best artwork - a gatefold sleeve and partial lacquer made of nice hard material. For the hardcore collectors there is a 250 copies limited box edition which contains the double LP and the single plus a full length cd with bonus tracks of extra material, a booklet, postcards and badges... fine and nice in a lid box with beautiful printwork. I highly recommend this product to everyone who enjoys listening to early 80s Minimalist Electronics or to reserved New Wave. Its as much a visual as a musical feast. Get it now. It will soon be a rare collector's piece.

Joachim Gaertner, Trust Magazine #140

Back in Full Bloom

RAUDIVE BUNKER EXPERIMENT (RBE) was Andy Wilson from the UK, who also played in experimental electropop group Bourbonese Qualk, and sunseastar. In RBE he played fully electronic minimalistic music with lots of synthetic percussions and simple beautiful melodies and electronica elements, most comparable to Gen Ken Montgomery. This 2LP on Youdonthavetocallitmusic compiles the LP Industrial Estate/A Knot (Distant Heat DH 001, UK, 1982) and tracks from various tapes, among them the Dub Flack (Trench Musik Kore TM2, UK, 1983), which they described as ‘pop musik’ in contrast to the "usual more extreme music" on the LP. Some impressions: Introduction sounds like Dark Day, Trash is even proto-IDM music with its percussive and ambient elements. “Tiny Animals” lets you think of Cabaret Voltaire. “Unearthing Gradiva” or “Song for Robert” sound like tracks from Chris Carter’s “The Space between”. Industrial Estate (recorded live at the T.A. Hall, Weymouth, 13.3.82) and Atzec Poppies are close to Throbbing Gristle. A Knot is a beautiful long dark droney piece with many sound effects and recorded noises, just great! All in all, a wonderful release with minimal electronics and industrial music and everything inbetween, but unlike other records of those genres never annoying and still easy to listen to with many sparkling moments and lots of interesting ideas. A forgotten classic, now back in full bloom!

Additionally to the just released 2LP we are being served a 7” by Youdonthavetocallitmusic with two tracks: Falling is minimal electronics at its best, very very very reminiscent of Kaa Antilope both vocal and atmosphere-wise, both cold and beautiful, with synthetic percussion and probably all sounds anyway from the Korg MS synthesizer (absolutely correct - AW). The Message is Received is equally sounding like Kaa Antilope, but it's a bit weirder than Falling, comparable to early works of Gen Ken Montgomery. As Anna is big admirer of Kaa Antilope’s works, this 7” by RBE is a true highlight to end this year.

Annalogue Records

Testcard

Aufarbeitung einer der kreativsten musikalischen Underground-Phasen des vergangenen Jahrhunderts, nämlich der Zeit zwischen 1978 und 1982, schreitet voran. Über Vinyl-Reissues ist bereits fast alle bedeutende Musik aus dieser Zeit wieder zugänglich gemacht worden, da die frühen 1980er jedoch zugleich auch die Jahre des boomenden Mediums Kassette waren, wartet noch so Einiges auf die Erweckung aus dem Dornröschenschlaf. Und manchmal werden dabei Schätze geborgen, um deren Existenz selbst jene Menschen nichts wussten, die sich intensiv mit dem Pop-Underground aus dieser Zeit beschäftigt haben. RBE beispielsweise war mir völlig unbekannt und sind mir namentlich bislang noch nie über den Weg gelaufen. Das sagt allerdings nichts über deren Qualität aus. RBE veröffentlichte 1982 eine Schallplatte und mehrere Tapes. Aufgenommen wurden die Stücke von Andy Wilson, der auch bei Bourbonese Qualk spielte und unter anderem ein Buch über die Band Faust verfasst hat. Das RBE-Reissue ist sowohl als limitierte Box erhältlich (mit Doppel-LP, Single und Bonus-CD), ansonsten gibt es die Doppel-LP und die Single (mit dem Titel Falling / The Message Is Received) auch einzeln. Musikalisch sind RBE durchaus zeittypisch, ein Großteil der Stücke besteht aus Minimal-Elektronik, einige längere Nummern lassen sich eher dem Industrial zuordnen. Düstere, von Entfremdung geprägte Nummern neben Synthiepop-Stücken, die zwar karg sind, aber keineswegs negativistisch – eine solche Mischung war zu jener Zeit durchaus üblich, als sowohl Human League wie New Order, Throbbing Gristle wie S.P.K. als Teil einer neuen Ästhetik betrachtet wurden, allesamt Gruppen, die gerade dabei waren, die Altlasten des Rock zu entsorgen. Lediglich Puristen begannen da schon wieder zu trennen oder in Fraktionen zu denken. Am dogmatischsten freilich waren die Punkrocker, denen RBE wahrscheinlich so wenig wie Cabaret Voltaire zugesagt hätte, da Punk sowohl Pop wie auch Avantgarde verschmähte. RBE ist auf elegante Art beides, ein Pop- und ein avantgardistisches Noise-Projekt. Wobei der hier zugrunde liegende Pop-Begriff aus der damaligen Zeit heraus begriffen werden muss, wo Pop noch emphatisch mit einer Haltung in Verbindung gebracht wurde.

Testcard

Stunning Compilation

Absolute stunning compilation of this early 1980's minimal electronics / industrial band. The 7 inch (see below) is great but this 2LP document is even more mindblowing. This is where minimal electronics and psychedelic music meet. Truly old style industrial music as it should be... not aiming at noise for noise but at delivering a great listening experience. A massive compilation that is besides a great document also simply a brilliant release to listen to.

Martijn van Gessel, Enfant Terrible

Too Experimental to be Pop Music

80's electronics/industrial project by a member of Bourbonese Qualk. On this 7" are two excellent tracks that can compete with some early Cabaret Voltaire stuff (think 'Mix-Up' era). Rather melodic for industrial but too experimental and industrial in structure and texture to be pop music. But... some minimal synth fans will dig this as well for sure. Highly recommended!

Martijn van Gessel, Enfant Terrible