Various ‘Gothenburg 86/87’

01 Chips Kiesbye ‘Trotsky Icepick (Dead)’ (4:56)
02 Conrad ‘Le Carré Des Oiseaux’ (3:54)
03 Erik Pauser ‘Go Go Go Gorgeous’ (3:36)
04 Karl Gasleben & Dan Söderqvist ‘Tertiär’ (3:53)
05 Peter Hagdahl ‘(Oh)!’ (2:07)
06 Marie Ell ‘Zu’ (5:56)
07 Tom Benson ‘Lycklige Henriks Polska’ (5:27)
08 Åke Parmerud ‘Dance Study No. 1’ (5:55)
09 Gert Bosshard ‘Diafonia Y’ (4:08)
10 Ulf Bilting ‘Two Phrases’ (4:28)
11 Nils Wohlrabe ‘There Ain’t No Cowboys Left Anymore’ (1:53)
12 Dede ‘Time Warp’ (4:08)
13 Henryk Lipp ‘Ladies And Gentlemen…’ (1:52)

Total time 52:10
LP released on Radium 226.05 in 1987

Radium 226.05 was created in the early 1980s in Göteborg, Sweden, first as an art galery and an art magazine (2 issues) interested in poetry, graphic art and photography, later organizing electronic music festivals, then releasing records and videos. It was created by the trio of Erik Pauser (b1957) who was then studying percussion at the Göteborg Academy of Music ; Ulrich Hillebrand (b1953), a German photographer ; and Carl Michael von Hausswolff (b1956) who moved to Göteborg in the late 1970s. Hausswolff: “I was concentrated on audio/visual arts, mostly performance art and live-installations, executing works in abandoned buildings and galleries while living on social security” (from The Wire interview). As a record company, Radium released albums by Rune Lindblad, Union Carbide Productions, Leif Elggren, Hausswolff’s own ‘The Conductor’ LP (1983), working with people like Jean-Louis Huhta, Zbigniew Karkowski or the Fylkingen team. Their musical scope blends electronic avantgarde, conceptual sound art, a few techno endeavours and a punk atttitude towards releasing records. Radium released 2 compilation LPs dedicated to the Göteborg (Gothenburg) scene. The 1st one in 1984 and this one in 1987. That was before death metal and power electronics went all the rage, when Göteborg still had a varied, vital and creative independent scene that these LPs helped document. The music here varies from synth prog à la Shostakovich (Chips Kiesbye) to utterly nuanced electroacoustic music (Åke Parmerud) ; from unusual bird cage sound installation+drum machine (by Conrad) to DAF lookalike (Peter Hagdahl) ; from a very mysterious track by Marie Ell including galloping horse library sounds and ethnic flute to an hommage to Nancarrow with many notes on de-tuned piano (Tom Benson). Plus funny little joke at end of side B. The only comparison I can think of are the 1991 Johnny Blue compilation LPs, except here the variety and high quality level stems from one town only. Hats off.


3 Responses to “Various ‘Gothenburg 86/87’”

  1. 1 Edna B December 21, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Am trying to contact Ulf Bilting. I am a family friend, but have lost contact. Can you direct this message to him, or send me his email so I can write to him? Thank you so much.

  2. 2 continuo December 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Edna, I’m afraid I can’t help with this. I have no idea how to get in touch with these people.

  3. 3 Timo March 6, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Edna. I can help. Get in touch and I´ll forward you to people who knows Ulf B.

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