Various ‘The Best Of Tonspur Tapes’

A compilation of post-industrial bands from the 1980s might seam a bleak prospect, but this is something different. It’s a continuous mix of music lifted from Stefan Schwab’s Tonspur Tapes back catalogue. Tonspur was a German cassette label active from 1986 to 1995, releasing dozens of tapes by the usual suspects of the fringe experimental scene, like Big City Orchestra, The Dead Goldfish Ensemble, Brume, De Fabriek, Doc Wör Mirran, Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, David Prescott, The Haters, etc. The Best of Tonspur Tapes was issued on Tonspur’s parent label Echtzeit in 1989 and reissued by Hypertonia World Enterprise, Norway, in 1992. I assume the mix was done by Schwab himself, though he’s not credited as such on the cover. The mix favors atmospheric excerpts flowing effortlessly into each other to form two coherent, ambitious tracks, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A labor of love from Stefan Schwab and a pleasure to listen to.

Side A (28:57)
SSR 231
Abner Malaty
If, Bwana
Kapotte Muziek & Context
Alain Basso
Pacific 231

Side B (28:13)
Human Flesh
Conrad Schnitzler
Abner Malaty
Siegmar Fricke
Comando Bruno
Pacific 231
The Grey Wolves
Big City Orchestra
Doc Wör Mirran

Total time 57:10
Cassette released on Echtzeit, Germany, 1989



11 Responses to “Various ‘The Best Of Tonspur Tapes’”

  1. 1 Dualtrack January 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I love this stuff, some old friends. Thanks!

  2. 2 continuo January 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    You’re welcome.

  3. 3 frans de waard January 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Interesting! I never saw this as a tape before, even when I’m on it!


  4. 4 continuo January 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hi, Frans. Possibly Mr. Schwab didn’t send a copy to all participants. That would be 22 tapes to send away for free and would have ruined Tonspur, I guess! Thanks for dropping by.

  5. 5 Engrudo January 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Let me say this is an amazing blog.

    Great work. Thank you very much.

  6. 6 twinkle January 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Schwab created a melodic and quietly playful mix here – tasteful yet full of subtle invention. A pleasing and respectful effort in style. Thanxs Continuo.

  7. 7 continuo January 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    This fine mix certainly deserves praises.

  8. 8 Rafael Flores / Comando Bruno April 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    This tape appears originally as “TRANSMISSION (A Tonspur radio special)” with different cover.
    Schwab never send me a copy :(

  9. 9 continuo April 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I didn’t know of this mix being originally known as Transmission. Thanks for the info. It seems a bit unfair, though, to put Stefan Schwab on trial for failing to send you and Frans De Waard a special mix he intended for radio play to promote the bands on his label.

  10. 10 derrick April 17, 2012 at 3:03 am

    i would be extremely grateful if you could reupload this.
    best regards,

  11. 11 continuo April 17, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Maybe a reader could help if you’d leave a comment on the Re-ups page.

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