The Sound Projector First Issue 1996

The Microwave Manual

This first issue was published in October 1996. As with many a first effort, many mistakes were involved. As the print run has now sold out, however, there’s no good reason why the entire contents of the issue cannot be ‘archived’ on the Web. It’s been slightly modified in the process; I’ve added a lost paragraph to the Theremin article, and a Philip Glass review to the American section. There’s occasional ‘supplied’ information in square brackets. I’ve omitted pp 3-4, which were Chris Butler’s ‘diary’ piece, and my harsh diatribe against dance music that earned me more enemies than friends! Two lines have been deleted from the La Monte Young piece, because they were just plain wrong. The remainder, for better or worse, stands as originally published.

Below is the original ‘manifesto’ and contributor list to the first issue.

ED PINSENT 02/2001

2007 update: the Kosmische pages from issue 1 have now been recycled into Krautrock Kompendium.



Original position in magazine: p 2

The Sound Projector is written and drawn by Underground Cartoonists who like music. Put it down now if all you want is obsessive trainspotter information, or 100% authentic facts. The Sound Projector is personal, speculative, humourous, eccentric, and discursive – simply an open platform for ideas, pointers, directions, the million and one ways in which the drug of music can short-circuit your brain, expand your horizons, and connect you to your inner being. So please, dear reader, do not write to me correcting any factual errors you find in these pages, else I shall simply lose the will to live.

This is not a ‘happening’ magazine, a lot of what you’re about to read is probably out of date. We refer to records and compact discs that we have purchased in the last five or six years, and in some cases to rare records that are long out of print. In neither case do we guarantee that you can purchase any of them; we provide you with full discographical details just in case you wish to try ordering them up, but also for the sake of accuracy.

Our ‘subject headings’ reflect nothing but the Editor’s eccentricity and his love of taxonomy. (Imagine how refereshing it might be to find such absurdist headings at the Virgin Megastore, perhaps changing every month on the whim of the managers.) We try our best to come to terms with the welter of fascinating musics in the kaleidoscope before us, but separation is not the only answer. How ridiculous to pigeonhole the remarkable talents of Joe Meek, for example; we should point out his obvious connections with Kraftwerk. ‘Atherwellen’, on their 1975 Radioactivity LP, is a melody which is a near-duplication of a phrase from the timeless ‘Telstar’, hence Ralf and Florian’s tribute to a fellow genius-boffin of electronics. Like Meek, they opted for very simple melodies; perhaps both were so absorbed in their programming and splicing activities that the tune was the last thing to be worked out. In Kraftwerk’s case, the technology demanded this simplicity; as for Meek, well…he was just a simpleton! Nonetheless, with his pioneering use of clunky analogue electronics for music-making, and with one of his eye-sockets glued firmly to a telescope surveying the wonders of outer space, there is no doubt that Joe Meek can be dubbed ‘The First Krautrocker’ – yet he wasn’t even born in Cologne! Remember you read it here first.

Where uncredited, all writings and drawings are by Ed Pinsent. I have assigned writing credits to my worthy constituents where appropriate. But there is a collaborative side to the project…ideas have been generated not completely in isolation, but through chance remarks, phone conversations, letters and discussions. By the same token, I have used some ideas which came up in conversations with Edwin Pouncey, and tried to identify these where they occur. I am also greatly indebted to the latter for supplying me with the greater part of the CDs described herein, for facsimiles of rare sleeve art, and for his overall guidance and expertise in many specialist areas of music and record-accumulating.

  • Ed Pinsent (= Editor)
  • Marc Baines
  • John Bagnall
  • Harley Richardson
  • Edwin Pouncey
  • Bosco Hazard
  • Chris Butler