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Amazing Science Friction vol 1 (8th Anniversary)

by Man From Uranus

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released March 7, 2008


When Man From Uranus shimmies onstage, he announces that he'd probably have preferred to call himself Rockhausen. While this certainly would have saved him from the endless innuendo the name he's stuck with brings, Phil Uranus still cuts an eccentric figure in his Sun Ra t-shirt and scientist-gone-bad-on-experimental-drugs demeanour. No-one could accuse him of not engaging with his audience, and Phil annotates each number with footnotes before tending to his machines with the air of someone who loves and cares for them, but really, really wants to abuse the sounds they can make.

So there are gurgling and droning loops, beats made manifestly unhinged, analogue bass thumps and some hardcore avantgarde interference with the notion of the straightahead four-four rhythm, mostly selected from MFU's new Amazing Science Friction Volume One CD.

No sound is left unstoned, the mood shifting between happy-go-lucky toytown electronica and a scattering of heaving stabs fried enough to bring the electricians in to check the wiring. Phil brings in various boxes of tricks into play in his best electronic rock star manner, twisting them to his midriff and wrenching further sparks from their innards; the best buzzing coming from a Stylophone amped up to eleven and used to strip paint from the walls.

All the time he is obviously enthralled by the malformed sounds the various devices are capabale of having coaxed from them - and anyone still so misguided as to believe that electronic music is dry or devoid of emotion should come and see Man From Uranus some time for a lesson in applied synthesized dementia.


Certaines sources affirment que Man From Uranus ne viendrait pas de l’espace mais de Floride. Peu importe les rumeurs, puisque c’est depuis l’excentrique Cambridge (UK) qu’il a composé ses morceaux d’electro-vintage, à l’aide d’une armée de synthétiseurs, oscillateurs ou samplers, son Theremin et ses walkmans à cassettes.

On trouve dans ces pièces bricolées des bouts de Space Jazz , de Krautrock et de Stockhausen, l’energie de Sun Ra, des Stooges ou The Fall, le tout lié par une folie garage communicative. Sans connexion avec la musique électronique contemporaine, ce savant fou concocte dans le secret de son laboratoire des potions sonores au goût unique, The Wire le décrivant même comme un “scientifique dissident au paysage musical immense”.

Depuis 2000, Man From Uranus a tourné avec Felix Kubin, Faust et Pram, et collaboré avec Ann Shenton (Add N to X ) et Broadcast, joué à la Tate Modern de Londres et au Royal College of Art, et accompli une résidence de Thereministe à Glastonbury.

Amazing Science friction vol.1 est la première sortie de son label Outer Music, relayée en France par le label liégeois Freaksville Records. Recueil de morceaux jusque là épars, collaborations avec Broadcast, ou Agaskodo Teliverek, c’est “la musique que ferait un ordinateur surpuissant des années 70 à un bal de promo”.

Man From Uranus a récemment quitté Cambridge pour s’installer à Londres. Il a participé à de nombreuses productions Freaksville, a sorti plusieurs albums sur le label et a réalisé quelques clips pour les Loved Drones, Dragon Noir ou Rockhausen.


"MFU is a quintessentially English phenomenon - in fact, it's tempting to be more specific and describe him as a quintessentially Cambridge phenomenon. A maverick boffin oblivious to the wider musical landscape, MFU constructs appealingly eccentric snippets of fizzing analogue psychedelia which seems to owe as much to the quirky, Moogtastic sounds of 70s cult TV as they do to groups like Stereolab or Broadcast (who make a couple of guest appearances here). This album anthologises recordings made over the last four years and for the most part it's a volley of brief, breezy and barely-suppressed giggles, complete with comedy titles and whimsical samples. But a couple of tracks suggest greater substance: "New Planet Professor" revels in a soaring, consciousness-expanding keyboard solo which coould have been excised from some mystical Caravan bootleg, while the closing "Space Station 3 On The Shores Of Infinity" stretches out through 12 minutes of cosmic, Radiophonic space"
The Wire

"This rules.... bonkers electronics in a library music styling which I think is gonna appeal to folks who like the Radiophonic Workshop gear as well as Ghost Box shenanigans. It's probably a bit more playful than those folks though..... think of the music a 1970's super computer would be making on an Open University special. It does go a bit spazzed out and fans of Agoskodo Teliverek will recognise a song from their album on here played with MFA. It's a lot of fun though and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Lots of spaceship whirring noises and outer space weirdness pervade this 23 track funstick but as a child brought up on Sapphire & Steel this rules my world. Well recommended!!"
Norman Records

"Faut-il préciser que les amateurs de bizarreries cosmiques, de pétages de plomb semi-contrôlés, d'objets musicaux non identifiés sont cordialement invités à se ruer sur ce disque ?"

"Man from Uranus tente rationnellement d’expliquer au monde que l’invasion des toasters géants à déjà débuté. Entre les lignes de code, un seul message: protégez-vous derrière mon Roland, je sauverai le monde"

"L'homme d'Uranus recourt aux synthés vintage, à quelques instruments acoustiques… Le résultat est assez attachant et quelques morceaux très habiles"

"Ces «Amazing Science friction» sonnent comme un cartoon SF, absurde et intemporel"

"Amazing science friction rassemble ainsi 23 morceaux tour à tour azimutés, intrigants, croquignolets et insupportables. Prêt pour le décollage ?"
Le Focus-Vif

"Dans le monde du rock Colgate où les disques ne se vendent plus, où les groupies crient plus fort que le chanteur, Man From Uranus fait tache: il est moche, talentueux et hors des modes. Le petit prince du synthe(xupery) est définitivement l'homme à abattre"



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An English phenomenon, Man From Uranus (also known as MFU) is a quirky maverick drawn to Earth to spill among us his appealing and Moogtastic psychedelia.

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