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Irdial is a near-seminal techno label, originally formed in the UK back in 1988 to release 12" vinyl, and which decided to release electronic versions of much of its CD and vinyl back-catalogue for free on the Net back in 1999. Some of its most famous artists include Anthony Manning, Aqua Regia, Neuropolitique, Luke Slater, and Beautyon, and releases from the label have been used in Cameron Crowe's 'Vanilla Sky' and on seminal UK satirical TV show 'Brass Eye'. All of Irdial's releases here are available under the Free Music Philosophy, and there's more information available at the official site, where there are also links to merchandise and a limited amount of the remaining physical copies of these releases.

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For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of Numbers Stations. Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a one time pad is...
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Electric Enigma is a double album on which California-based artist Stephen P. McGreevy has documented recordings he made of Natural Radio - electromagnetic emissions in the very-low-frequency band caused by massive discharges and their after-effects in lightning storms and by the solar wind buffeting the earth's magnetic field, visible as Aurora Borealis and Australis. It would normally take long wires to pick up these emissions, which would hamper the mobility of a listener or recordist....
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Lost clusters in "D" Drive is the long lost LP from Mimi Majick. When her children are a bit more grown up, we promise to put her into the finest studio to complete this awesome work. In the mean time, here's her 'Mimi's Utilities EP'.
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S00nar is the latest abstract, experimental album from Irdial recording artist Beautyon. Beautyon is is inspired by the inexplicable, convoluted and fabulous language of fashion. "Brown is the New Black", "Simplicity is in, Minimalism is out". These phrases, are part of the starting point of all Beautyon pieces.
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Matt Cogger's pursuit of a new breed of "Drum Machine Music" continues with this LP and CD, originally issued in 1994 by Irdial.
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The Electric Family is a supergroup that comes together to execute brief driven recording projects. For this, the first set of Electric Family releases, the brief was to compose a 5 minute piece using only the Nintendo Super Famicom game console, running the Mariopaint cartridge. Mariopaint is, as you would suspect, a paint program. It also has a triphonic sequencer that allows you to compose music on a stave. Modern recording studios, and even those found in the bedrooms of musicians the world...
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Of Anthony Manning's releases on Irdial, the awe-inspiring "Islets in Pink Polypropylene" album continues to impress and bewilder with its intricacy, originality and emotion wrapped up in an organo-classical rigor that is unheard of in his contemporaries.
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Originally released in 1988 on 12" vinyl, "Pump Up The L.E.D.s to Red" was recently used as intro sound on an episode of UK satirical show "Brass Eye". File under multi-textured and layered drum machine music; energetic mood music, flattened hysteria.
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Lee Purkis is InSync. Lee was one of the founding owners of the legendary and influential shop Fat Cat Records. His releases are highly sought after classics. 'Storm', the first InSync release on Irdial-Discs, is the most requested 12" in our catalogue. Others had been offered the tape of this masterpiece, but refused to consider releasing it because "...the qwalit'ee wuddnt be gud enuf inaaat..." (it was mastered onto cassette). We of course realized that many of the revered and...
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Dilemma specialzes in a type of music known as "Chip Tunes". These "Chip Tunes" are produced with the most ancient of equipment, or mondern emulations of ancient equipment. The sounds produced are of 8bit resoultion, sounding like the old C64 / Atari computer consoles. Marriying a modern sensibility with antique analogue sequencers, Dilemma produces "modern 8bit classics" that pulse and pound with an appreciation of the power of super amplification, whilst...
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Clip Talk existed to create music for a compilation that appeared on the New Electronica label. There is one track to date, "Advanced Music Designs" which was a working title for a planned LP of grinding and rhythmic noise music, which has been delayed until further notice.
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Hainault's "Japan Inc." was inspired by an antique recording of Japanese hostesses playing a singing game with some clinets in a bar. The track was built around this, and many layers of samples were superimposed on the beat to make a thick, runaway train of relentlessly pounding house funk, with authentic Japanese opera percussion, and a dreamy "Float on" remix, which seduces and hypnotises the listener as it builds and falls. This "magpie manipulation", or...
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Beautyon is is inspired by the inexplicable, convoluted and fabulous language of fashion. "Brown is the New Black", "Simplicity is in, Minimalism is out". These phrases, are part of the starting point of all Beautyon pieces. Beautyon deals in a wide range of textures and sonic fabrics. "Your Ignorance Makes Me Ill and Angry" is an album of "distractions" leached from the sessions that produced "Pendolino". Its moods and sonic pallette are deep...
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Morganistic was a project started by Luke Slater. This 12" also features studio owner and producer Doug Martin, who engineerd the early Aqua Regia sessions at his Chelesea Spike studio, and Alan Sage. The ethereal feel of the title piece, "Morganistic" immediatly appeals with its introspective piano, subsonic base and off kilter drum pattern. This is a "what can happen if we let it" piece of music, pointing to possibilities for exploration, and fertile destinations that...
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Dilemma specialzes in a type of music known as "Chip Tunes". These "Chip Tunes" are produced with the most ancient of equipment, or mondern emulations of ancient equipment. The sounds produced are of 8bit resoultion, sounding like the old C64 / Atari computer consoles. Marriying a modern sensibility with antique analogue sequencers, Dilemma produces "modern 8bit classics" that pulse and pound with an appreciation of the power of super amplification, whilst...
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The first exponent of what could now be called "breakbeat disco", Aqua Regia was at the center of what was known as "Ambient House". These tracks date from the 2x12" vinyl 'Age Of Aqueous' EP from 1989.
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Originally released in 1995 on both CD and vinyl LP, this Irdial release from Anthony Manning shows off his abstract, experimental side to great effect.
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"No02" is a complete departure into a 100% digital equivalent of Issey Miyaki's world of pleats, expressed in sound. It is shocking, brutal, and utterly beautiful.
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Originally released on 12" vinyl in 1989 by Irdial, this is another example of of melting together different types of music and fusing them together with house music beats.
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A third Neuropolitique EP, released on 12" vinyl in 1993 from Irdial, this sees further exploration of the unique Detroit-influenced sounds showcased in earlier releases.
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Another excellent LP/CD release from 1997 by Anthony Manning, originally physically released by Irdial, but now available online.
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More interesting deep house from the Irdial label, originally released on 12" back in 1990.
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Thee J. Johanz issued this mysterious abstract, experimental album on CD and vinyl LP via Irdial back in 1995.
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More rare, abstract techno from the Irdial stable, originally put out on vinyl in 1991.
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Matt Cogger is Neuropolitique. After spending 2 years living and working in Detroit for Transmat Records, Matt returned to England and began recording in 1989. Matt created a new breed of "Drum Machine Music" partially owing its form to the influential music that came from the city of Detroit.
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The second Irdial EP from Matt Cogger, aka Neuropolitique, its moods are intense, claustrophobic, exhilarating, energetic, nervous, frenetic and soulful, using deceptively simple motifs and repeated phrases to great effect.
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The music of Anthony Manning is vivid, and can be used to illustrate the most delicate of ideas and concepts; it is timeless, priceless and ready for the widest of audiences. The Elastic Variations EP was originally issued on 12" vinyl in April 1994.
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This is a side project of Aqua Regia. There is only one release, called "EEP", which caused hysteria in Holland. It is a forerunner of "Treasure Trove Dance Music" that has come to prominence recently, raiding the rich history of dance music as its basis, and coadunating this with modern synth sequences. This had to be released under a separate name from Aqua Regia, since it is not house music, but an awesome hybrid of different styles. This theme would be carried on in the...
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The Ray Tracing project came about at the time of the Aqua Regia "The House Tribe" sessions. It is a mixture of tempos and textures, all distilled from a single sample recorded off air from the legendary pirate radio station Centerforce which was the co-ordinating power behind the rave scene circa 1989. Several iterations were produced, all distinctly different; a tour de force of synthesis, electric piano and furious drum machines flailing and slamming.