25 Jun 2013
Factory Communications Limited postal frank 
Factory Communications Limited postal frank

Original postage frank for 59 pence dated 8 August 1989 bearing FCL smokestack silhouette logo.

Many thanks to Jim who is currently selling this item and others on eBay.

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19 Jun 2013
Steve Martland 1959-2013 
Steve Martland 1959-2013

In celebration of the life of Steve Martland who sadly passed away on 6 May 2013 we present a full transcript of the Factory Classical promotional sheet for Steve which contains a mini-biography, a short piece by long-time collaborator Stevan Keane, Martland's own musings on Wolfgang and "The Critics" (plus a resumé of his output for the Factory Classical label).

Steve Martland

Steve Martland studied composition with Louis Andriessen in Holland and Gunter Schulier in the United States. His refusal to conform to the received stereotype of what a composer should be, and Martland's inclination to regard cameras as an invitation to strip, have raised more than eyebrows among classical critics. Similarly, his strong political views and outspoken criticisms of the British musical establishment hove made him a controversial figure.

Rejecting classical institutions (Martland has described the symphony orchestra as a mausoleum), he has chosen to work with such diverse artists as the post-punk band Test Department; the British jazz orchestra Loose Tubes; the Dutch street orchestra do Voiharding; the experimental Maarten Altena Ensemble and the ex-Communards singer Sarah Jane Morris, for whom Martland wrote the song cycle Glad Day. (Glad Day is available on CD single format by Factory Classical, Facd 306).

Drill, a work featured with Babi Yar on Martland's first recording for Factory Records (Facd 266), was choreographed by Graeme Murphy for the dance work Soft Bruising. It received its premiere at the Sydney Opera House. True Colour, an evening of dance and computer graphic art choreographed to Martland's music, toured Holland to great acclaim. His Re-mix won an international award after being choreographed by Aletta Collins for the BBC Dance House series. it follows the success of the Channel 4 commission Cult, a dance video filmed at Manchester's Hacienda club and screened In September last year. Other television projects have included the BBC commissioned Albion which, directed by Peter West, is a sustained attack on the cultural and social legacy of Thatcherism. Like Glad Day, and the video theatre work Terra Firma, Albion was the result of a collaboration with the writer Stevan Keane.

Steve Martland is a body builder.

Crossing The Border

The first recording of Martland's astonishing new composition for twenty-six strings, Crossing The Border was premiered on October 10th 1991 by the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra In Gdansk, conducted by the composer.This album includes four other Martland compositions made available for the first time; Principia, American Invention, Re-mix and Shoulder To Shoulder.

The use of procedures found in earlier music, for example, the Baroque orchestration principle of instrumental families remaining in fixed groups, the medieval feature of repetition of melodic and rhythmic material, the locket techniques, the canonic and strict contrapuntal writing, the playing 'on' tonality, the rhythmic drive, and a preference for instruments and an attitude to performance outside the classical tradition, are all features common to the music on this recording. Anti-romanticism in concert with a self-conscious rejection of traditional classical ensembles is at the heart of the composer's musical/political stance.

Popular forms of music certaInly have an influence on his work. Witness the simple verse chorus structure of Principia. Without imitating — and thereby eviscerating — jazz Itself, jazz (and pop) instruments are used simply for their sound quality. This music demands hair-raising rhythmic accuracy, the capacity to count irregular meters, the ability to play in unison, and, not least, the stamina to sustain an almost constant loud dynamic. It Is therefore no accident that Re-mix, Principia and Shoulder To Shoulder were originally written for radical Dutch ensembles. That these ensembles prefer to perform in venues other than concert halls is in keeping with the composer's own desire to extend the audience beyond a privileged elite.

Compositionally the string orchestra piece Crossing The Border is a response to the Chaconne In D Minor for Solo Violin by Bach, one feature of which is a constant acceleration of rhythmic activity over a steady pulse. The title Crossing The Border, however, reflects a preoccupation with the social function of the artist. For Steve Martland, all stages of composition— production, reproduction and consumption—are as political as they are inextricably entwined. His ideal: to make the world a better place.

© Stevan Keane, London, February 1992.


The Steve Martland Band perform Mozart's Serenade in C Minor K388, Serenade in E-fIat Major K375, and Martland's distinctive arrangements of six arias from Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, and The Marriage of Figaro. in the 18th century life for a jobbing musician was as financially viable as it is now. To supplement their lamentable incomes, orchestral players would often form 'Harmonie' (wind) bands. Like human juke boxes, they'd perform operatic hits outside taverns and at court dinners. With arrangements by contemporaries of Mozart, such as Joseph Tribensee and Johann Wendt, they played some of the best music ever written to an audience that would otherwise never have heard it.

Wolfgang is my attempt to do the same thing, but having looked at Tribensee and Wendt's adaptations I realised they now had nothing to offer. Wind players I spoke to agreed so I made my own arrangements of six arias from three Mozart operas. In the circumstances it seemed irrelevant to be faithful to the original instrumentation. Consequently, each aria employs a different combination of eight instruments Including cor anglals, bass clarinet and soprano saxophone.

I hadn't actually heard half the numbers so I made piano reductions of the full scores and then re-scored the material for the band. Simple string parts found themselves becoming fiendishly difficult bass clarinet parts and the original vocal parts were often split between several instruments. The stratospherically high horn parts in the first aria of the recording — La ci darem la mano — would have been unheard of in Mozart's day. But all in all, with not a single note changed or excluded, the Mozart style is maintained.

Steve Martland. London, February 1992

The critics

'He looks like a construction worker—but isn't. He could be a nightclub bruiser, until you speak to him. He might be in a band named Incendiary Devices or Waspish Malefactors, yet he's not. Martland is a classical composer.'

A girl having a sexual fantasy

'Martland has become champion for a new generation of composers out to change the classical world.' The Scotsman

'A major talent.' The Guardian

The catalogue...

'The coupling of works by Martland for orchestra and for two pianos must be one of the strongest New Music records of the decades'

The Independent (on Babi Yar/Drill)

'... the most exciting two piano work since Messiaen's Vision de L'Amen.'

Q magazine on Drill

'One of the most gripping works the post- minimalist aesthetic has produced.'

New York Village Voice on Drill

'Someone should Drill a large hole and bury Steve Martland and his so-called music now to save posterity the troubl& Letter to Classic CD


Babi Yar/Drill; A Factory Classical Album, Compact Disc and Cassette; Fact 266, Facd 266 and Fact 266c. Glad Day: A Factory CIasscal Compact Disc Single; Facd 306.

Crossing The Border

A Factory Classical Compact Disc and Cassette; Facd 366 and Fact 366c.

Wolfgang: A Factory Classical compact Disc and Cassette; Facd 406 and Fact 406c.


With thanks to Mark @ The Record Peddler for the Martland info sheet

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18 Jun 2013
Red Mecca vinyl out 22 July 2013 
More Cabaret Voltaire reissue news following recent announcements about #8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985), comes via Mute who will re-release the iconic 1981 album Red Mecca on 22 July 2013.

This will be the first time the album has been available on vinyl since Mute's own 1990 reissue. Red Mecca features the classic Cabs line-up of Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson.


A Touch Of Evil
Sly Doubt
A Thousand Ways

Red Mask
Split Second Feeling
Black Mask
Spread The Virus
A Touch Of Evil (Reprise)

The album is available to pre-order via the Cabaret Voltaire Shop.

More info via the official Cabaret Voltaire Facebook.

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Hacienda London Fri 21 June @ The Coronet 
Haçienda London @ The Coronet

A reminder that this Friday 21 June sees FAC 51 The Hacienda makes a return to London after a long hiatus with a packed line-up featuring Peter Hook and the Light (New Order live highlights set), 808 State (live), Super White Assassin (live) plus an impressive DJ roster including Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, Danny Rampling, Jon Dasilva, Justin Robertson, Peter Hook, K Klass, Bobby Langley and Allister Whitehead.

Hacienda London @ The Coronet
Friday 21 June 2013
8pm to 4am

The Coronet
28 New Kent Rd
London SE1 6TJ

Advance Tickets: GBP 20.00 via AGMP, See Tickets, Ticketweb, Eventim, Gigantic, Stargreen.com or phone 0844 249 1000

More info via www.fac51thehacienda.com

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Uncut Funk with LA77 & Denise Johnson 
Uncut Funk with LA77 & Denise Johnson

Uncut Funk's Resident DJ Martin Moscrop (ACR) hands over the reigns of funk to special guests LA77 this Friday 21 June at the Nook and Cranny in Chorlton, Manchester. Not only that but the very special guest is none other than Denise Johnson (A Certain Ratio / Primal Scream).

It's free entry and the funk starts at 8pm.

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Vini Reilly's Stupefied Playlist 
The Vini Reilly Stupefied Playlist

Vini Reilly's handwritten Stupefied playlist for our friends at Stupefaction as part of their ongoing series which quite recently featured ACR's Donald Johnson. There's also a return for the Professor of Factory Records (who he? Ed.)

Watch out for Caesar of The Wake's playlist in coming weeks.

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16 Jun 2013
A pub chat going off-topic 
Graphic designer Malcolm Garrett is among the speakers at Owt Dis-course, an event at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on 1 July 2013 as part of Manchester School of Art's 175th anniversary celebrations. Dave Haslam comperes.

Tickets priced 8.00 GBP are available now via Eventbrite.

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15 Jun 2013
Barney's autobiography due autumn 2014 
The Bookseller has announced that Transworld has signed a deal to publish an autobiography from New Order lead singer Bernard Sumner in autumn 2014.

Bernard Sumner is quoted saying: "Joy Division and New Order have both left quite a legacy but up until now I've been happy to let the music speak for itself. Somehow it feels like the right time to give my personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I've been in."

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Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches poster 
Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches poster

Original Central Station Design poster for Happy Mondays for the FACD 320 Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches album.

Thanks again to Mark @ The Record Peddler for imagery (Cerysmatic's copy is in deep storage!).

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FAC 86R Hacienda Model Kit 
FAC 86R Hacienda Model Kit

The FAC 86R cardboard model kit of FAC The Hacienda was designed by Trevor Johnson which and was originally Factory Records' 1983 Christmas present (FAC 86).

This reproduction was later sold at FAC 281 The Area.

With thanks to Mark @ The Record Peddler for imagery.

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Cabaret Voltaire #8385 Collected Works 
Limited edition deluxe 6CD, 2DVD & 4LP box set set for release in November 2013 via the Cabaret Voltaire shop.

Cabaret Voltaire #8385 Collected Works will include remastered versions of The Crackdown, Micro-Phonies, Drinking Gasoline, The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord and also feature B-sides, remixes, 2 live concerts, Gasoline In Your Eye and unreleased material by Cabaret Voltaire.

Meanwhile, a new book Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music is available to pre-order and is the first serious discussion of industrial music and comes replete with a foreword by the Cabs' Stephen Mallinder, PhD.

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12 Jun 2013
A Certain Ratio live @ Plato's Liverpool '81 
A Certain Ratio live @ Plato's, Liverpool 1981 - original gig poster

Rare original gig poster courtesy of Mark @ The Record Peddler


Wednesday 9th September

A Certain Ratio
The Jazz Defectors (sic)
Swamp Children

At Plato's, Fraser St

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8 Jun 2013
John Metcalfe Band live at Goldmark Gallery 
John Metcalfe Band live at Goldmark Gallery

The John Metcalfe Band will play a special concert at the very intimate (60 seats) Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 8pm.

John Metcalfe was last seen curating and playing at the excellent Monomedia event at Kings Place in London and is currently recording new material at Eastcote Studios.

The Goldmark quite recently played host to Anna Domino and Snakefarm.

Tickets are priced £25.00 available direct from The Goldmark Gallery.

Goldmark Gallery
14 Orange Street

Tel: 01572 821424

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5 Jun 2013
Hot Vestry live at Camden Monarch 
Hot Vestry live at Camden Monarch 20 June 2013

Hot Vestry's first London gig (and 133rd all-time) is at The Monarch, Camden, London on Thursday 20 June 2013. The gig is part of Majesty's monthly event showcasing the best in new music from across the UK. Bibelots and Richard Allan II complete the line-up.

Hot Vestry have supported New Order at the Manchester Apollo and are set to appear on the bill at Jodrell Bank Live Transmission.

Doors 7.30pm
Tickets 4.00 GBP


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4 Jun 2013
Dojo Stupefied 
Donald Johnson's Stupefied Playlist featuring biographical notes by a certain Professor of the Factory Records History Department (who hell he? Ed.) is now live over at our good friends Stupefaction.

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3 Jun 2013
Tony and Vini by Stephen Wright 
Tony Wilson and Vini Reilly by photographer Stephen Wright as featured on A Paean To Wilson by The Durutti Column

A limited edition photographic print is now available via smithsphotos.com of the complete version of the photo used on the cover of A Paean to Wilson by The Durutti Column. The 12" × 8" image is reproduced on 10" × 14" silver halide photographic paper. The photo is printed in one size only and is a limited edition of 500 priced 125.00 GBP each. Stephen Wright will sign and edition each print.

Stephen will also donate 25.00 GBP to Christies Hospital, Manchester, from the proceeds of each print sold.

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