is an improvisational audio collage and radio art collective that coalesced in the mid-1980’s out of a number of new music, sound art, and post-punk experiments, and has been performing and recording regularly for over 25 years, in spite of not living in the same city for the last 20.
The core members of the group are Really Happening (Los Angeles, CA), Porter Hall (St. John's NFLD) and R.F. (Gogo) Godot (Winnipeg, MB), though the group has many regular adjunct participants, and has played with over 200 collaborators over the course of its history.
MC’s early performances were highly theatrical, with costumes, stage sets, and elaborate collaged light shows providing a visual analog of their densely layered sound. Then as now, the sound was generated using a wide range of sources, including traditional (trumpet, bullroarer, drums) and invented (spring-strung bass, Ventor, cast aluminum cello) instruments, thrift store electronic equipment: portable record players playing warped Montovani, sound effects at the wrong speed , or stuck fragments of religious tirades ; children’s toys, radios, live phone calls, tape loops, field recordings of environmental soundscapes and contact miced appliances.
In addition to their experimental theatrical performances, MC have participated in numerous sound art exhibitions, academic conferences, new music festivals, experimental radio and radio art broadcasts, as well as participating in the cassette underground with the production and distribution of 9 full length cassettes, as well as a number of quirky vinyl projects. Mannlicher was the subject of a cover story in the Fall 2002 issue of the highly respected new music journal Musicworks. They had an early web presence, albeit (mis)using generic site-building programs and vanishing hosts. Their first CD Half Duplex Receive Only was released in a limited edition in 2001, followed by 8 further self-released CDRs mostly drawing material from their weekly live 3-city improvised audio collage radio program and webcast “The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour”.
The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour combines live signals from up to five different cities, transmitted via Skype or over phone lines from their respective locations then added to and mixed live to air and web by Porter Hall. The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour was hosted by Peterborough’s Trent Radio, CFRU-FM 93.3 at the University of Guelph , and now finds its home at CHMR FM in St. John's Newfoundland.
Links to recent shows and other news and archived material are available at mannlichercarcano.blogspot.com
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