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Mark Van Hoen - The Worcester Tapes, 1983-1987

Mark Van Hoen

The Worcester Tapes, 1983-1987

The Tapeworm

Released: TBC | 11 track ambient album

Mark Van Hoen was born in London, England and grew up in the industrial Midlands of England. He began to create electronic music in 1981, later releasing his debut LP on Belgian label R&S in 1993. Since then, Van Hoen has had a succession of highly regarded releases and live performances, ranging from minimalist drone-based material (Aurobindo: Involution issued by Ash International in 1994) through the dark, foreboding and pulsating - sometimes abrasive - early Locust albums, to the more recent succession of releases on Editions Mego. Most recently, a composition released via TouchRadio marks a return to the esteemed audio-visual label Touch, after a long absence following the release of several albums in the 90s.

The Tapeworm release The Worcester Tapes comprise recordings made as a teenager in the 80s, after Mark moved to the historical English city. These tracks feature his first synthesiser and tape recorder, from 1983; tape loop experiments; and several tracks utilising the Roland S-10, Mark's first digital sampler...; The tape opens with a recently rediscovered 30 minute ambient piece from 1987, Fortified Hill. All of these recordings were originally mastered on cassette, and all titles are released here on a physical format for the first and only time. A fascinating snapshot of Mark's early music, made some 7-10 years before his first official releases.