Bad Alchemy #6 (1986)


60 pages magazine+cassette featuring:

01 Markus Eichenberger ‘Atemketten Nr 27/8+Do (Pt One)’ (2:39)
02 Andres Bosshard-Günter Müller ‘114,3’ (6:05)
03 Christoph Gallio ‘Fishdance’ (1:05)
04 Schlagwerk-3 ‘Itnüginamuki’ (2:50)
05 Josef K. Noyce ‘For Ileh’ (3:56)
06 Josef K. Noyce ‘Somebody’s watching you’ (2:01)
07 H.N.A.S. ‘Viel Spaß Auf Dem Sofa’ (2:45)
08 David Garland ‘The Heavy Load’ (3:16)
09 David Garland ‘Play Within A Play’ (4:03)
10 David Garland ‘Poor Me’ (2:47)
11 5 UU’S ‘Misery Loves Company’ (2:14)
12 5 UU’S ‘Hot & Cold Frog’ (3:39)
13 Monochrome Bleu ‘Imagination’ (2:34)
14 Monochrome Bleu ‘La Traviata’ (2:40)
Total time: 43:00

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Bad Alchemy was a german avantgarde music magazine launched by Rigobert Dittmann. Their musical scope ranged from avant rock to industrial music. This #6 issue and cassette various tracks make for a rather german-american affair, as well as a typical musical thing from the mid-1980s with a cold wave sound to most of the tracks. The H.N.A.S. offering reminds me of Die Tödliche Doris and Joy Division at the same time, which I believe is quite unusual for them. Additionally, H.N.A.S. member Christoph Heeman contributes nice artwork to the issue, including the beautiful collage on the back cover (click first thumbnail above). The 3 David Garland songs are absolutely exquisite – to no surprise if you know his then just released 1986 ‘Control Songs’ LP. The swiss saxophonist Markus Eichenberger contributes an outstanding track of clarinet along Eskimo women weird singing. Monochrome Bleu was an austrian band which had quite a fame at the time. Daniel Plunkett of texan ND magazine was a huge fan – he organized a US tour for them. This is probably the kind of band that deserves to be heard on stage. Their 2nd track here (‘La Traviata’) is very good, mixing operatic voices and field recordings around an opera house.

Sound quality of mp3s is fine – this is a chrome quality cassette, after all. I’m attaching a PDF of the 60 pages magazine as well, for you to peruse and practice your german.


6 Responses to “Bad Alchemy #6 (1986)”

  1. 1 Ansgar Wilken January 9, 2008 at 1:02 am

    By the way … the BAD ALCHEMY “Fanzine” is still alive! The newest one is no. 56, released in November of 2007 (…). Take a look at (including pdf-scans from some out of print – BA-magazines). For german readers:
    best, a. (great blog!)

  2. 2 continuo January 9, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Thank you, Ansgar. You’re right, Bad Alchemy is still active, though without a cassette, alas! Thanks for visiting.

    Interesting label you have over there at
    I couldn’t find any info on your releases on your site (only one page?). I’m curious about Ensemble Sondarc.

  3. 3 Ansgar Wilken March 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    hi, just realized there is a reply … you will find further informations about HAPPY ZLOTY on the NAIVSUPER – page (just click on the picture!). there are descriptions, pictures, reviews and some links to buy that stuff … direct link:
    best, a.

  4. 4 JG February 21, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Hope you can upload the whole series of old BA, those with cassettes.

  5. 5 continuo February 21, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I plan to work on other issues soon. Thanks for your interest.

  6. 6 JG March 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Again, I’m very happy for what has shown up so far. Thanks a lot!

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