Mute Records announce ‘An Introduction To…’ Series of CD releases

Komputer to play FREE gig 17th Dec 2011

Mute have just announced the release of a new CD series – ”ËœAn Introduction To”¦’ neither a “best of” nor a “greatest hits”, is a series of compilations giving a revealing introduction to the world of Mute. Each release will be compiled by the artist to give a unique perspective, and will be presented with new artwork and sleeve notes.
Forthcoming releases in 2012 include ‘An Introduction To”¦ Crime and The City Solution, Laibach, Anita Lane, Client, Fad Gadget & Cabaret Voltaire’ with more to be announced.

The first release has been confirmed as ”ËœKonnecting An Introduction To I START COUNTING / FORTRAN 5 / KOMPUTER’

‘Konnecting”¦ I Start Counting, Fortran 5, Komputer’ showcases the pure pop side of the duo, offering a simple connection to their three incarnations: I Start Counting, Fortran 5 and Komputer. Collaborating since 1982, Simon Leonard and David Baker signed to Mute in 1984, and have been releasing albums ever since.

Konnecting”¦ tracks the duo’s output from the first Mute release, Letters To A Friend (I Start Counting, 1984, produced by Daniel Miller), through to the club hit, Heart On The Line (Fortran 5, mixed by Vince Clarke), the Midnight Cowboy sampling Time To Dream (1993, Fortran 5) through to Komputer’s paean to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space (Valentina, 1997) to the very British electronic pop/folk music of Headphones And Ringtones and Like A Bird, from Komputer’s 2007 release, Synthetik.

Simon Leonard and David Baker originally met at Middlesex University where they DJed together and, in 1982 began to collaborate on an electronic pop project, I Start Counting. Both had an abiding affection for pop music as well as a deep love of music in general, although Leonard specialised more in technology and David’s bias was on the musical side. I Start Counting released two albums, and, in 1987, supported Erasure on a European tour.

In 1990 the new material they were working on was sounding quite different from their electro pop roots and it was decided that a new name, Fortran 5, would give the new dance/techno style a completely fresh start. The duo also began to collaborate with a number of other artists including DJ Colin Faver, Thrash of The Orb, Rodney Slater of the Bonzos and Neil Arthur of Blancmange. Remixes were provided by the likes of Vince Clarke, Moby, Joey Negro, David Holmes and Pascal Gabriel, while the duo supplied remixes for other artists including Erasure, Inspiral Carpets and Laibach.

David and Simon then reacted to the tedium of mid 90’s indie guitar music by returning to their Kraftwerk inspired roots which again provoked a name change.

Komputer’s first releases, the ‘Komputer EP’ and the subsequent album ‘The World Of Tomorrow’; were a respectful homage to the duo’s German electronic heroes. Later material saw Komputer absorbing a much wider variety of influences and creating their own unique style of English electronic pop/folk music.

The duo never performed live as Fortran 5, but from the earliest days as Komputer, live shows were very important, leading to many performances all over Europe, most recently appearing at the Short Circuit presents Mute festival at London’s Roundhouse.

‘KONNECTING”¦’ TRACKLISTING

Letters To A Friend (I Start Counting)
Million Headed Monster (I Start Counting)
Heart On The Line (Fortran 5)
Time To Dream (Fortran 5)
Valentina (Komputer)
Looking Down On London (Komputer)
Love Baby (Fortran 5)
Lose Him (I Start Counting)
Headphones And Ringtones (Komputer)
Still Smiling (I Start Counting)
Like A Bird (Komputer)
Empty Room (I Start Counting)
Look To The Future (Fortran 5)
Persian Blues (Fortran 5)

To mark the release Komputer are hosting a FREE gig ”“ obviously this will be packed so suggest you get there early”¦

KOMPUTER
17 DECEMBER 2011
THE FINSBURY, MANOR HOUSE TUBE
FREE ENTRY 8pm ”“ 3am

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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  2. Hi Phil, Interesting review. I thank the web for allowing me to discover new gems like this. I am intrigued by the title of their tracks and look forward to hearing them.

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