27 Sep 2012
My cat's Eric 
Check out our new companion site on Tumblr for Cerysmatic and Scream City artefacts such as used and unused images and other snippets we like the look of.

For starters, My cat's Eric has a full set of Scream City covers.

When's the next Scream City coming out we hear you ask? Well, that's a good question but be we don't quite know the answer yet. But it will be soon(ish).

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22 Sep 2012
The alphabet according to Mark Reeder 
The new edition of Electronic Beats magazine includes an alphabet (from Amiga to Zong) by ex-FAC remixer extraordinaire Mark Reeder.

You may download the electronic version at issuu.com but be aware that the printed edition comes with a free CD which includes the Shark Vegas track You Hurt Me (taken from the FAC 111 single) plus a Pet Shop Boys interview.

The alphabet according to Mark Reeder

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19 Sep 2012
Steve Morris for Musicians Without Borders 
Steve Morris takes a break from touring with New Order to play a special DJ set in Albert Square, Manchester alongside Jez Kerr's Family Bizarre on Sunday 23 September 2012. Entry is free with donations requested for Musicians Without Borders which is a Manchester-based charity supporting war and torture survivors living in the UK, Kosovo, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Middle East. They are hosting some amazing FREE events and a fundraiser as part of Manchester Peace Festival at Manchester Food & Drink Festival in Albert Square, Manchester.

DJ Steve Morris (New Order)
DJ Tintin
The Family Bizarre (with vocalist Jez Kerr of ACR
The Oreohs

Sun 23 September
Albert Square
Manchester
5.30–11.00pm

FREE ENTRY

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16 Sep 2012
Back to the start 
A warm welcome back to the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board which has been away for a while. Subject to the level of usage (and the level of spamming) this will hopefully be a permanent return. Thank you for your forebearance.

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12 Sep 2012
The Wim Mertens exclusive interview 
Cerysmatic Factory is proud to present an exclusive and very rare interview by Brandon Spivey with the Belgian multi-instrumentalist and composer, Wim Mertens.

Wim Mertens (® Usura)

Recorded in Bruxelles, Belgium on 29 August 2012 the interview covers in depth the origins of Wim's music, his musical education, style, influences, philosophy and recording techniques.

The interview was recorded to a high standard using professional equipment, is punctuated with selected clips of Wim's work and lasts a full 90 minutes.

Many thanks to Brandon Spivey, Laszlo Umbreit (sound recording), Paul Pledger (Executive Consultant), Chusa at Usura and last but not least, Wim Mertens for making it all happen.

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Listen to the full interview

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2 Sep 2012
T-Coy - Carino + Singles [LTMCD 2576] 
LTM releases the debut compilation of early Deconstruction label House singles and Hacienda classics by underground dance act T-Coy (which stood for 'Take care of yourself') which was formed by Simon Topping (ex-A Certain Ratio) and Mike Pickering (Hacienda DJ, ex-Quando Quango, M People).

T-Coy - Carino + Singles [LTMCD 2576]

The album includes Carino (original 12" plus new remixes by Motor City Drum Ensemble and Steve Mac), 'I Like To Listen' and 'Night Train', along with 'Dream 17', a collaboration with A Guy Called Gerald originally released as Annette on the North: Sound of the Dance Underground album.

Tracklisting

1. Carino
2. Regret
3. I Like To Listen
4. Da Me Mas
5. Catalonia
6. Night Train
7. Keep On Drivin'
8. I Ain't Nightclubbing
9. Dream Slumber
10. Carino (Steve Mac's Old Skool Big Room)
11. Carino (Motor City Drum Ensemble)

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Artist: T-Coy
Title: Carino + Singles
Label: LTM [->]
Format: CD, digital download
Catalogue number: LTMCD 2576
Release date: Out now

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1 Sep 2012
GQ Icon - Bernard Sumner 
Lee Gale has written a 5-page article on Bernard Sumner which in the September 2012 issue of GQ (British Edition).

With an in-depth interview with the man himself plus contributions from Karl Bartos, Dave Haslam, Johnny Marr, David Nolan and Peter Saville it's a great tribute to "the straight man of Madchester".

GQ Icon - Bernard Sumner

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New Order - An Exhibition Catalogue 
Electronic Beats presents
New Order: An Exhibition
Featuring works by Peter Saville and Kevin Cummins
June 21-July 4, 2012 at. HBC, Berlin

New Order: An Exhibition Featuring works by Peter Saville and Kevin Cummins; front
Front cover

Contents:

Foreword by Max Dax, Editor-in-Chief, Electronic Beats Magazine
"Life is a struggle, but art in its highest form is victory" (Essay by Paul Morley)
"There was a fascination for everything related to the war because it was all around me" (Bernard Sumner) (A round table interview with Max Dax and New Order's founding members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert)

Peter Saville - Works 1981-2005 (illustrated catalogue of New Order sleeves)
Kevin Cummins - Works 1981-2009 (selected photographs)

Appendix - Notes on Kevin Cummins, Max Dax, Paul Morley and Peter Saville

Acknowledgements:

Electronic Beats would like to give special thanks to New Order, Kevin Cummins, Peter Saville and Paul Morley, Rebecca Boulton and Andrew Robinson at Prime Management, Alice Cowling and Matt Robertson at Peter Saville Studio, Kathleen Karrer, Corinna Koch, Luci Lux, Damien Mazières and Michael Lutz.

New Order: An Exhibition Featuring works by Peter Saville and Kevin Cummins; reverse
Back cover

With thanks to Mark Rutter for procuring a copy from the exhibition.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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