The Sea of Wires – Individually Screened

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Cassette, Sea of Wires, 1980

Coventry, England, synthesizer duo The Sea of Wires were another shadowy outfit from the electronic Dark Ages, those very early 1980s, just as synths started to get smaller and more affordable. Releasing just a few self-released tapes and making a couple of compilation appearances, Chris Jones and compadre Tony “T” Murphy mostly relied on beat-free sequencer pulses with something of a Kraut influence, plus the occasional nod to the past glories of the Radiophonic Workshop. Since this tape is SOW #2, we’ve always hoped that there was a #1, to add to their 1983 follow-up and Chris J’s solo tape. A few years later and they’d have been on ICR or Direction, I suspect, and more widely known and loved. Anyway, enjoy this one at least.

A1. Invincible
A2. Seascape
A3. Is the New Man Human
A4. Return of the Captain
B1. Robot Dance
B2. An Endless Rainy Day
B3. Breathing
B4. Viking

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5 thoughts on “The Sea of Wires – Individually Screened

  1. MARK CROPPER says:

    RE SEA OF WIRES – THE DUO’S NAMES WERE CHRIS JONES AND T. I BELIEVE THAT IT STOOD FOR TREVOR SO IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT HE USED AN ALIAS ! I USED TO BE IN FAIRLY REGULAR CONTACT WITH CHRIS, HE WAS A VERY WITTY AND SELF EFFACING CORRESPONDENT AND HIS KNOWLEDGE OF GERMAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC WAS ENCYCLOPAEDIC. YOU WERE RIGHT TO INFER THAT THERE WAS A FIRST ALBUM. CHRIS LENT ME THE ONLY EXISTING COPY. THERE WAS ALSO A PHENOMENALLY GOOD SOLO ALBUM BY CHRIS CALLED “DIVERSIONS” WHICH STILL SOUNDS FRESH 25 YEARS AFTER I FIRST GOT IT. I’VE TRANSFERRED MY COPY TO CD. I PLAY IT TO FRIENDS AND THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT RECENT. CHRIS AND I LOST TOUCH (AS YOU DO) WHEN I RELOCATED AFTER MY DIVORCE BUT I STILL LISTEN TO THAT CD FREQUENTLY.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i’ll be sure to pass your kind regards on to T.ony !!

    • friendsound says:

      Do more than that! Get him to drop us a note so we can persuade him to let us post stuff from his tape archive! – Thorsten

      • ian gregory says:

        I’m forwarding this ‘cos i don’t think he will be aware of the site.He was my best man 10 years ago!!- ian

  3. ian gregory says:

    hey, T, you famous!!!!

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