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Amazing psychedelia from my label a couple years back.
‘Kingdom of the Birds’ received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and was one of the stand-out tracks on the highly acclaimed compilation album, ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind – Volume 1 – Cosmic Space Music’ by DJs The Amorphous Androgynous/Future Sound Of London.
["Quite simply the best compilation album ever!" TIME OUT, LONDON.
"Album of the year or any other year.. Fucking mind-blowing". NOEL GALLAGHER FROM OASIS. Rolling Stone Magazine.
“…. the strongest argument to turn on/ tune in etc. since Lennon thought naming a song after a children's home might be a good laugh." 9/10 NME]
Be prepared to have your minds further blown by the rest of this album.
Cosmic space music indeed.
I am currently working on an ep of frequency healing /response technology within musical pieces. Unbelieveably, I’ve pretty much gotten to choose my first choice of vocalists for this.
I met Gordon Anderson through a mutual interest in UFOs. Gordon is co-founder of seminal 90s band, The Beta Band and amazing cult noughties band, The Aliens – and he gladly allowed me to have a go at blending his unique vocal harmonies with some of my frequency healing project that I’ve been working on a good while. I have also enlisted the amazing vocal talents of Dexy Valentine from The Magic Wands… so two of my absolute favorite vocalists. Excited! Hope to have this finished early in 2013 and it should be released on mmrmmr music via IODA.
The Aliens – Magic Man
The Magic Wands – Space
High Strangeness 8 – The Very Essence Of High Strangeness: Lorin Cutts with Margie Kay & Jari Mikkola
Lorin Cutts talks with renowned psychic, remote viewer, UFO/alien experiencer/researcher and fellow Global Radio Alliance host and partner, Margie Kay. Margie has done psychic work for the Kansas City PD, solved missing persons cases, done many years of front line paranormal research and had some highly unusual experiences along the way.
Jari Mikkola is the brains behind the International Spirits, Shadows and Secrets Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 – and explains his background in paranormal research. He also explains how the conference appears to be being helped from forces from elsewhere resulting in some rather interesting EVPs (electronic voice phenomena).
Both perhaps represent a different way in trying to view and correlate UFO and alien experiences alongside other paranormal subjects – and perhaps see it as part of a bigger whole. An approach that can possibly ask broader questions of these subjects, our universe and the world we live in.
Aired: 8pm EST, Sunday 16th September 2012. Archive here: http://www.kgraradio.com/free-archives
A misspent youth as a singer/bass player in various punk bands from the age of 14 brought cider-fuelled dreams of rock n roll stardom. That was until an opportunity came along to move to the big smoke and work as a tape-operator and later as an engineer in a London recording studio. It was in this studio that Lorin fell in love with the developing music technology of the day. The studio had been set up in a Camden attic by The Eurythmics to record their ‘Sweet Dreams’ LP, and it was here that he learned how to mix in the dead of night by sneakily digging out master tapes and making his own mixes of tracks.
The studio was also host to a couple of very early drum machines/toys built by legendary Kraftwerk producer Conny Plank. Lorin says, ‘it seems almost dreamlike that my first exposure to electronic music making was in these amazing circumstances. I never truly appreciated how lucky I was at the time. I don’t have many regrets, but if I had one it would be turning down the chance to buy Dave Stewart’s ‘typewriter’ drum machine (the one that appears in the ‘Sweet Dreams’ video) for 50 quid. I simply didn’t have the money’. During this time Lorin worked as tape-operator/apprentice and learned how many records were made. He even appeared on a few and is particularly proud of making crowd noises in a supposed strip club alongside Johnny Thunders on his ‘Copy Cats’ LP.
Stints as engineer, studio manager and vocalist in various indie bands followed until in 1991 when a reluctant visit to Trade club in London showed Lorin how the other side of the music obsessed public lived. This music was just as dark, dirty and rebellious as punk, but without all the hideous hours spent hung over in the back of a transit van on a tour of the East Midlands.
Trade became a weekly scheduled stop and using skills learned during his grueling studio experience, he was soon making tracks for legendary Trade DJs Tony de Vit and Tall Paul as well as those at brand new club-on-the-block DTPM. The following year saw the debut releases of original tracks and remixes on fledgling labels Hooj Choons, Positiva, and Jumpin’ and Pumpin’, and of course numerous obligatory white labels.
A seven year publishing deal was signed in 1994 with Polygram / London Records, but by 1996 he’d become tired of the vacuous place that the music industry and club scene can become. Disillusioned and exhausted, Lorin moved once more and became a West Country recluse, listening to Strange Cargo albums with his sheep dogs in Somerset.
By 2004 Lorin had once again became excited by new developments in music technology, and a growing love of the breaks scene in the UK tempted him out of exile. DJ dates followed in places as far afield as Russia, Europe, and the USA. Exposure to a barrage of amazing new music prompted the launch of music label and multi-media company – mmrmmr. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Lorin spends his time between writing, producing and remixing music, researching UFO’s and frequency healing, and working as a freelance writer.
Lorin is currently working with frequency healing / response and incorporating this technology into his music production.
Lorin is also co-founder and executive partner of KGRA and presents Saturday Night Sounds and High Strangeness radio shows there.
TV credits include: Top Gear, Inbetweeners, Eddie Izzard, Royal Variety Performance, MTV, BBC, ITV, Channel 4. Publishers include: Polygram, Warner Chappell, BMG, Audio Network and BBC Worldwide.
All things Lorin Cutts on mmrmmr.com: here
We’ve spoken to Lorin Cutts who runs a popular radio show about UFOs on US online radio network Global Radio Alliance, which he also helped to co-found. Lorin explains the strengths and weaknesess of net radio and why the internet can be great for niche topics – with a large audience.
1. How did you get involved with radio and why?
I appeared as a guest on a net radio show last year to talk about my UFO research and writing. That was the start of a great friendship with the hosts (Race Hobbs and Royce Fitzgerald of Eye Witness Radio based in Arkansas, USA) and they invited me to do a monthly slot on their show regarding ‘high strangeness’ (the para-psychological and sometimes bizarre effects attached to some UFO encounters). By episode two we had become mired in petty politics and contractual problems with their host net radio network – and so we walked and started our own network – The Global Alliance. Within three months I’d gone from guest on a show to being a partner in a network… so it all happened in the blink of an eye and very organically really.
2. How would you describe net radio as a medium, what are its strengths, weaknesses?
Net radio is in it’s infancy and it’s a very exciting time right now. As a medium – it has it’s pitfalls that need to be ironed out before it can really reach it’s full potential. The quality is often sub-standard… but that’s also it’s beauty, I guess, in that anyone with a PC can host a podcast or show. What we are trying to do is attain a quality as a network of shows and hosts, somewhat comparable to terrestrial and digital talk radio – in both content and production values. There are also bandwidth and technology issues that need to be overcome before net radio can be a viable alternative to conventional radio broadcasting… but make no mistake, no one can really call which way it’s going to go – but I think you’d have to be crazy to not think that the internet isn’t in some way going to be instrumental in radio broadcasting of the future.
I think of this time as perhaps comparable to that time in the music industry when the industry refused to acknowledge the potential of iTunes and the inevitable downloading revolution. But eventually the people decide and the industry caves to technological advances because they have to. Another downside related to this period is the apparent snobbery of some people towards net radio – which is understandable. But the way I see things is – if you have 10, 1,000, 300,000 or 3 million listeners – I don’t really care in what medium they are accessing our shows. The important thing is that they are doing and are able to do so.
3. How does radio work for you, what are the advantages for you?
With our subject matter it works really well. We knew there was a massive market for our shows because a) Ufos is one of the most searched subjects on the internet and b) the most syndicated show in US radio is ‘Coast to Coast’ – with some 20 million plus listeners. ‘Coast’ covers many of the subjects we do. In fact many of our hosts and guests have appeared on the show on many occasions. I think net radio is a goldmine for getting alternative information out there… and we are aiming to branch out into marketing the network as an ‘alternative talk radio’ network rather than simply UFOs and the paranormal – which is how we started out. We want to cover current affairs, alternative research, suppressed information, technology, hidden history, spirituality and much more.
4. Why do you think the medium works online?
I think it works because it’s easy. People also tend to be searching for our subject matter anyway and can find us easily. You have a captive market in that people are surfing anyway. There’s still some confusion as to how people will ultimately consume net radio. Do they do it whilst surfing? Do they want to listen on demand to archives rather than live and and perhaps access a live chatroom? Are they willing to pay for downloadable archives – perhaps if ad free? Do they want to download and then listen whilst driving to work or doing household chores? I guess there are no rules right now and we learn by trial and error to a certain extent. We don’t know anyone who’s really tried this before.
5. What is the future for net radio?
As I already mentioned.. I think no matter what – the internet is going to be absolutely instrumental in radio broadcasting development. Who knows what form that will eventually take. What I do know is that if you can listen on demand and plug in and play an app on your iphone or android into your car stereo – for free… and the content is professional and of high quality – then XM/digital radios days are numbered. I think the industry knows this and moves will be made to control and regulate the playing field – but maybe I’m just paranoid.
6. Finally could you talk a bit about your experiences with UFO research, how you got involved with that and what impact you think radio has had on this work.
I became fascinated by the UFO subject after a close encounter in Portugal in 1993. I never thought I’d be publicly talking about it or airing my views, but I began writing for a UFO magazine in the UK and the rest came from that really. It’s a funny subject – anyone can call themselves a ‘ufologist’ or ‘researcher’ and do little more than surf the internet. For that reason I think integrity is everything in this subject and you quickly learn whose opinions you trust and those one chooses to discard. Personally, I feel I’m walking this tightrope between UFO ‘experiencer’ and ‘researcher’ – so I’m not sure what that says about any integrity I may or may not have to other people. But as my friend Mike Clelland said ‘hey we’re ufolgist’s – we don’t have any credibility to the outside world anyway!’.
Radio has really been instrumental in getting my opinions and thoughts out. I’m actually quite taken aback by just how effective and how quickly that has happened. So much so, that I really feel my profile is way out of step with what I see as the real work – that of researching, writing and completing my books. Once they are done I’ll feel like less of a charlatan. Creating the Global Radio Alliance and doing my radio show has taken up a lot of the time I was spending on those things, so it’s a double edged sword. i don’t regret it one bit though and the Global Radio Alliance has been one hell of a learning and growing experience for us all.
Lorin hosts his ‘High Strangeness’ show on his Global Radio Alliance network at 8pm EST on the third Sunday of each month at GlobalRadioAlliance.com