John Duncan

Tone 11 – John Duncan “Tap Internal”

CD – 1 track – 46:47

Track listing:

1. Tap Internal

Painter/experimental musician John Duncan is renowned for his use of shortwave radio. Getting his start hosting radio programs (including one such show titled Close Radio), Duncan began his musical journey in 1980, as he likened the sounds of a shortwave radio to what one may hear while dreaming, and began to merge this uncharted sound with music (another popular technique of Duncan’s is recording his voice on tape reading text backwards, then inverting the tape to achieve peculiar effects on his voice).One of his earliest recordings, the 1984 cassette Pleasure Escape, includes a piece titled “Blind Date,” which features Duncan talking about a dead body and a vasectomy operation. Further releases followed, such as music for a series of Japanese porno films, titled The John See Soundtracks, plus Riot, Incoming, The Crackling, Tap Internal, Palace of Mind, and NAV, among others. [Greg Prato, All Music Guide]

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TO:20 – John Duncan “Send”

Track list:

1. Entry
2. Program
3. 363 Tokyo
4. Snake Ride
5. Priority
6. Sleepers
7. Shatter
8. Crucible
9. Trespass

Artwork by John Critchley
Recorded in Tokyo at Unomori, in Amsterdam at Studio Uithoorn 28:2 & Steim between 1985 & 1992.

Snake Ride is a soundtrack for début broadcast of Tokyo pirate radio & television station TVC 1, operated by Duncan between 1986-88.

Mastered at Flare & Ground control (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
Dedicated to Dr. Takuya Sakaguchi.

The CD came with a poster and a 24pp booklet “the stop exercise”, an interview conducted by John Duncan and Andrew McKenzie and edited by Jon Wozencroft.

The compact disc was packaged in a postal container in cardboard sealed by a printed sticker which could be customised and then posted on to yourself.

“Choose a good stamp. Mail your copy overseas to an unknown address, and then have it returned to sender, blacked by officialdom! The simple idea is to see what visual surprises might take place to complement the sonic.”