Carriage Return

by Philip Sanderson



Originally released as a download on the Mutant Sounds blog. A few cassette copies were made (less than 5).

Notes accompany the blog release
To mark the 30th anniversary of the release of first Snatch Tape in 1979 we are pleased to announce the issuing of a final DIY cassette. Entitled Carriage Return the work consists of two twenty minute sound collages assembled from the thirty years of accumulated reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes, mini disks, CDRs in the Snatch Tapes archive.

Focussing on music and voice-overs originally recorded for various film and video projects Carriage Return weaves a fragmented narration concerning ghost sightings, car crashes, ley lines and hidden bends in and around Blue Bell Hill in Kent, England. Mixed with the spoken word is prepared piano, VCS3 synth, circuit bent Casio, shortwave radio, pots and pans and the usual melodic cacophony we have come to expect from Snatch Tapes.

Snatch Tapes is well know for its pioneering DIY approach and this final tape is a true Do It Yourself release in that listeners are supplied with all the files needed to make up their own cassette. Provided are two 20 minute MP3 files (one for each side of the tape) and full sleeve and label artwork ready to print off at home. All you need is a cassette deck, a blank C46 tape and a pair of scissors (or scalpel for a cleaner cut). Listeners may of course use the mp3 files on their iPods on the understanding that after a thirty-day trial period they should either transfer the files to cassette or erase them.

Review of Carriage Return on the Mutant Sounds blog
"Gobsmackingly great surrealist clusterfuckery refashioned from vivisected fragments sourced from the entirety of the Snatch tapes archive. Swarming subterranean electronic malevolence bleeds into antiquated Hauntological ghostings that are then sheared at right angles by a Cupol-like and hermetically bleak species of minimal synthiness. An apex of queasy delirium for your predilection."


released March 22, 2016

All tracks run consecutively, Music recorded 1979 - 2009. All music by Philip Sanderson. With the voices of Gustav Metzger, Nigel Jacklin, Patricia Hosking, Susana Ostler, Tim Meacham, Tony Raven.

Near Side 21:00
1a Where The Lines Are
1b Empty Spaces
1c One Possible Theory
1d Are You Ready?
1e Everything He is Not
1f Now For The News in Full
1g The Whole Of Bluebell Hill is Heavily Charged
1h Decomposition

Blind Side 20:40
2a Numerous Reports Of Black Magic and Pagan Ritual
2b Body Under The Bridge
2c Hello This is Your Dad
2d A Highly Intesified Field Has Built Up
2e Maybe The Art is Going To Die Fairly Quickly
2f Station Green
2g Insist On Sitting in The Back Of The Car
2h Slightly Backwards



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A DIY post-punk experimental label started by Philip Sanderson, three compilation cassettes (Snatch 1-3) were released between 1979 and 1981 as well as tapes by Storm Bugs, David Jackman, and Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey. Since 2001 there have been numerous re-issues on vinyl and CD. This Bandcamp site features digital versions of old and brand new material. ... more

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