DAS RAD is an outfit with Martin Archer (wind / electronica / keys), Steve Dinsdale (percussion / keys) and myself on guitar & loops. Our first album is now out!
Working on mixes of some improv pieces for “Hallo Europa”, the next album by Das Rad, thought I’d share a snippet of live guitar looping (and why not?)
Some footage of the band (Martin Archer, Steve Dinsdale, Nick Robinson) working on their debut album with Jan Todd at the desk…
We’ve just spent two days fueled with creative adrenalin to lay the groundwork for our first album. Endless thanks to Jan Todd, who “rode the faders” and to Mrs A, who supplied gastronomic delights 😉
More details to follow
Here’s the audio (45 minutes) from our gig in 2016 – better late than never – these things must be done delicately!
Looking forward to a weekend of recording for the first album from DAS RAD – we’re exchanging ideas by the web – wish I’d had this facility 30 years ago 😉
Our second outing was part of the day of Discus Music at the 3 Cranes, part of the Tramlines Festival. Playing (somewhat unusually) during the daytime, Martin, Steve and I played just a single piece, lasting over 7 hours. Maybe. Photos by Kathy and others 😉
And here’s a short video extract from the gig – for the full show you’ll have to buy the DVD 😉
Closing passages from the debut performance of DAS RAD at a medieval building in Sheffield. June 24 2016. Thanks to Jez for the video, Steve for the audio & Jan for the lighting…
Some pics from our night at Bishop’s 24/06/16
Got a couple of exciting events with DAS RAD – featuring myself along with
Following an early career with 1980s jazz punk pell mellers Bass Tone Trap, followed by the fondly remembered and widely gigged Hornweb Sax Quartet, Martin disappeared into the recording studio for 15 years in 1994, from where he produced a series of highly acclaimed albums for his own Discus imprint. In recent years, as well as forging a several album creative partnership with veteran vocalist Julie Tippetts, Martin currently works with avant rock groups Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere and Combat Astronomy, 35 voice experimental music choir Juxtavoices,and most recently ten piece jazz group Engine Room Favourites, in which Martin revisits his AACM roots.
Steve Dinsdale plays keyboards and drums in the leading British electronic trio Radio Massacre International, who have released a plethora of albums over the last 20 years and played concerts in both Europe and America. He is also a member of Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere and Engine Room Favourites, and has several solo albums to his name.