Multiplicitas (Music &
This is an experimental music project from Mick Magic who has been around
for so long (maybe more than 30 years) as a pioneer of the underground tape
movement. There are a lot of Post-punk, experimental and other bands that
released their music through the tape label of Music & Elsewhere. This time
Mick Magic returns after 23 years (!) by releasing new music and exploring
the path of the digital world with a special 2 disk set called
Multiplicitas. Disc 1 is called Solidarietas and it is a lengthy track (60
minutes long) featuring strange mechanical sounds that offer you a noisy and
chaotic experience! Disc 2 is called
Curiositas and consists of 7
tracks that sound close to the
Space Rock experience of bands such as Hawkwind and Pink Fairies. Most of
the parts are electronic experimentations and to the best of my knowledge
there is also a heavy use of field recordings that create value to the word
“experiment”. This is an obscure trip to the experimental sound of early
1980s, full of passion for the psychedelic and the dark romantic culture.
Tune in and travel in space…
LINK - 7th August 2020:
Multiplicitas by Magic
Multiplicitas, the extra special double debut album by Magic Bullet, another
artistic incarnation of the underground and independent music guru that is
Mick Magic. This blog, too had the pleasure over the recent years of
savouring and writing about Mick's long-standing travails in the underground
music scene - and this is yet another epic creative venture unleashed on the
rather surreal world of 2020...
The double album consists of Solidarietas and Curiositas - and they take us
from something firmly rooted in experimental sound galaxies to head-bobbing
high-octane progressive rock.
Solidarietas was reportedly born out of a creative wave that initially
provided a shorter work for a musique concrète compilation. This hour-long
experimental composition is demanding attention - which is quite different
from what often seems misconceptions about the genre state.
It may well start with elements of ambient noise, radio broadcast fragments
in Russian language, natural sounds - but, like all imaginative musique
concrete, it is not background ambiental music. It is clearly a product of
the digital era, this is not Varèse experimenting with rudimentary tapes...
Thus, there is much more precise control in sculpting sounds - and
considerably more processing possibilities that propel the listener into
In a many ways, the mindset that is required for an introspective work like
Klaus Schulze's Sebastian im Traum is needed here. The overall effect, not
the individual elements matter here as we are taken on a sonic journey. The
processed 'raw materials' certainly seem to fuse time and space, evoking
imagery from the Soviet era, moving through the cogs of some immense Pink
Floydian machinery, then floating off to some alien corners of outer
The second disc, Curiositas brings a mighty energy injection with the
opening track, M.M.A.T.T. 33 - which is a mash-up of earlier Magic Moments
At Twilight Time works, mainly from Creavolution (latter having been
reviewed on this blog, too). It feels remarkably fluid for a mash-up, and
with a driving rhythm that will certainly
recharge battery cells after
The A.F.C. Song continues on an
energetic note, and rightly so - as it is a tribute, firmly rooted in space
punk, to A.F.C Wimbledon. Dance, Freak gives us an ambiental,
mysterious-sounding repose with sampled and processed voices, with a return
to high-octane and tight riffs that have serious head-bobbing potential.
Stille Nacht follows as a re-interpretation of the traditional song, which
will definitely surprise many. It starts as an ambiental journey, with a
sonic imagery evoking winter scenes, with a dreamy, but playful, piano
arriving on the scene... until a firm and eminently electronic section
cranks up the energy levels.
As Christmas, its natural setting, and the whole sacred/secular
juxtaposition of things around that time of the year got a thorough(ly)
prog-rock treatment, why not look at (and dive into) Easter, too?
Thankfully, the following two tracks do just that - the first of those,
Jesus Is Dead (Let's Eat Chocolate!) has a charming family connection, too
with the mastermind behind this double album - as it features a very young
family member (undoubtedly also a great fan of, uhm, secular aspects of
Easter, namely the aforementioned chocolate).
We keep the energising and forward-driving, even propelling, rhythms and
riffs, with a tempo that stays with us for the Jesus Has Risen (Let's Mow
The Lawn) track, too - where we have more electronics joining the
arrangements, with (no pun intended, or maybe a little bit...) spirited
modulations of synthesised sounds.
The bonus track, which ends our sonic journey from experimental to
high-octane prog rock realms, is Live In Session (On Tudno FM) - an edit in
three parts of a recent radio appearance, with special live versions of
tracks from Curiositas.
Thus, definitely not shortage in creativity and inspiration, which means
that hopefully other concept albums from Magic Bullet await us in the
future. In the current rather unusual, often well-and-truly mad times, it is
certainly a very welcome escape from everyday surrealism.
LINK - 12th September 2020:
When it comes to underground music, real underground music, then there are
few people who have had as much impact as Mick Magic. Not only did he have
his own band in Magic Moments At Twilight Time, but he set up a cassette
label which during its existence released nearly 600 albums. In recent years
he has started recording again, as well as releasing material by other
artists, and here we have a double CD of his latest project, Magic Bullet.
In fact, this is actually a combination of two albums, ‘Solidarietas’ and
‘Curiositas’, both of which were released last year, almost by mistake. The
plan was to release an album called ‘Digitalis’ as the debut, but on talking
with a Russian label the decision was made instead to release the
single-track hour-long album , ‘Solidarietas’ , instead.
That piece of music is now called “Lengthy Audio Work With A Pretentious
Title In Russian” and is a strangely compelling piece of music. It is mostly
white noise synths, yet they create something that is incredibly analogue
and visual. I am sure that everyone who hears this piece of music will “see”
something different, but for me it starts as a rolling sea in a moonlit
night before becoming a storm. The first time
I played this was on a
lengthy car journey and I found
it incredibly compelling, although I am fully aware it will not be for
everyone, and it really does need to be played from beginning to end in one
sitting otherwise all impact is lost. ‘Curiositas’ is literally that, a
collection of curios and bits and bobs which Mick felt ought to be more
widely available. There is a mash-up of old MMATT material, an edited
version of their first ever live radio performance, “Stille Nacht” is a
rather strange electronic take on the carol while “Jesus Is Dead (Let’s Eat
Chocolate!)” and “Jesus Has Risen (Let’s Mow The Lawn!)” are even more weird
in a somewhat techno and EBM style.
Mick produces music which is totally off the wall, yet always with a sense
of humour, and it definitely resonates with me. For more information on
this, and everything he has ever been involved with, then visit
http://www.mickmagic.net/ which is surely one of the most detailed and
informative sites around.
LINK - 27th March 2021:
Reviewed by Kev Rowland