Irdial Discs

Irdial Discs

Profile:
Irdial Discs is a fiercely independent label that has been running since 1986. Owned and run by one person, Akin O. Fernandez, it has released a large volume of varied and experimental electronic music, including the debuts of several now legendary producers such as Lee Purkis (In Sync), Anthony Manning, Neuropolitique, Aqua Regia and Morganistic.

As well as being a landmark label in UK electronic music history, Irdial wowed the world in a wider context with some of its "found sound" projects, most notably the "Conet Project" CD which revealed the decades-long held secret of Numbers Stations, and the "Electric Enigma" CD featuring recordings made of the Aurora Borealis.

As part of its embracing the Free Music Philosophy, Irdial has made the majority of its catalogue available for free download from the Internet.

Catalogue numbers 31 - 40 do not appear as Discogs entries as they do not exist as physical releases. These places in the catalogue were taken up by radio transmissions under the title "Monster Music". The shows were pre-recorded and given to DJ Chips who aired them on his show on Touchdown FM, a prominent London pirate radio station in the early-mid 1990s. Subsequent to this they were also aired on Radio 4U in Berlin by Monika Dietel, and in Denmark at Lydmuren on National Danish Radio.

The Monster Music shows are listed below by Irdial catalogue number, compiling/performing artist, and title.

31 ird mmr 1 - Akin Fernandez - "Yes UFOs"
32 ird mmr 2 - Akin Fernandez - "Once Upon A Time"
33 ird mmr 3 - Matt Cogger - "Cosmat Selection"
34 ird mmr 4 - Akin Fernandez - "Perfect Game Music Fan Collection"
35 ird mmr 5 - Akin Fernandez - "Perfume World"
36 ird mmr 6 - Akin Fernandez - "Hip Hop 1983 collection"
37 ird mmr 7 - Akin Fernandez - "Creed Taylor To The Rescue!"
38 ird mmr 8 - Cultureclash - "Cultureclash Utrecht"
39 ird mmr 9 - Akin Fernandez - "Disco Lesson"
40 ird mmr 10 - Akin Fernandez - "Omnus Carwash"
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
3ird·td·1 Thieving Dreamer It's All Dreams(Cass, Album, C74) Irdial Discs 3ird·td·1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
5 ird td 2 Thieving Dreamer Hot Love 2(12", MiniAlbum) Irdial Discs 5 ird td 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
7 · ird · Aqr · 1 Aqua Regia Hot Love 3 & 5(12") Irdial Discs 7 · ird · Aqr · 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
9·ird·Aqr·2 Aqua Regia Pump Up The LED's To Red, Take Some Drugs And Shake Your Head ! 9·ird·Aqr·2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
10·IRD·AQR·3 Aqua Regia Big Band House(12") Irdial Discs 10·IRD·AQR·3 UK 1988 Sell This Version
10 ird aqr 3 r2 Aqua Regia Big Go Band Go House(12") Irdial Discs 10 ird aqr 3 r2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
11 ird aqr 4 Aqua Regia The Age Of Aqueous(2xLP, Album) Irdial Discs 11 ird aqr 4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12 IRD AQR 5 Aqua Regia New York City Smile On Me!(12") Irdial Discs 12 IRD AQR 5 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12 IRD AQR 5 R1 Aqua Regia New York City Smile On Me!(12" + 7") Irdial Discs, Irdial Discs 12 IRD AQR 5 R1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
16irdaqr6 Aqua Regia The House Tribe(12") Irdial Discs 16irdaqr6 UK 1989 Sell This Version
17 ird aqr 7 Aqua Regia Omnus Carwash(LP) Irdial Discs 17 ird aqr 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
18 ird aqrfb1 Aqua Regia Aqueanosolo(7") Irdial Discs 18 ird aqrfb1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
19 ird vco 1 Veco .19 Eep! 19 ird vco 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
20 IRD AQR 8 Aqua Regia Rugelach 20 IRD AQR 8 UK 1990 Sell This Version
21 ird rmj1 Ramjac Corporation Cameroon Massif! 21 ird rmj1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
22 ird rtc 1 Ray Tracing Slodato(12") Irdial Discs 22 ird rtc 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
22 ird rtc 1 Ray Tracing Slodato(12") Irdial Discs 22 ird rtc 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
23 ird hnt 1 Hainault Japan Inc.(12") Irdial Discs 23 ird hnt 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
24 ird bto 1 Beautyon Couple / Pendolino(12") Irdial Discs 24 ird bto 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
24 IRD PND 1 Beautyon Pendolino(12", TP) Irdial Discs 24 IRD PND 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
25 IRD AQR 9 Aqua Regia Uh, Ring Me; Bye / Directory Enquiries(12") Irdial Discs 25 IRD AQR 9 UK 1991 Sell This Version
26 IRD MAT1 Neuropolitique Gene Pools(12") Irdial Discs 26 IRD MAT1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
27 ird ins 1 In Sync Storm / Warm 27 ird ins 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
28 ird RMJ2 Ramjac* Analogue City(12") Irdial Discs 28 ird RMJ2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
29 ird col1 Aqua Regia vs. Rhythm Doc.* Aqua Regia vs. Rhythm Doc.* - Levels 1 - 5(12") Irdial Discs 29 ird col1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
30 ird bto 2 Beautyon Your Ignorance Makes Me Ill, And Angry(LP) Irdial Discs 30 ird bto 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
41 ird mgc 1 Morganistic In The Shadow(12") Irdial Discs 41 ird mgc 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
42 IRD MAT2 Neuropolitique Fusion-Neu(12") Irdial Discs 42 IRD MAT2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
43 ird ins 2 In Sync + Pluto In Sync + Pluto - Ratcatcher EP (EP) 43 ird ins 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
43 ird ins 2 In Sync Untitled(12", TP) Irdial Discs 43 ird ins 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
45 ird tjj 1 Thee J Johanz EP(12") Irdial Discs 45 ird tjj 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
47ird ins3 In Sync Pomping World(12") Irdial Discs 47ird ins3 UK 1994 Sell This Version
49 ird mat 3 Neuropolitique Large Spoon EP(12", EP) Irdial Discs 49 ird mat 3 UK 1993 Sell This Version
50 ird com 2 Various Monster Music (Comp) 50 ird com 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
50 ird com 2 Various There Are Too Many Fools Following Too Many Rules(2xCD, Comp) Irdial Discs 50 ird com 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
51 ird aev 1 Anthony Manning Elastic Variations(12") Irdial Discs 51 ird aev 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
52 ird mat 4 Neuropolitique Menage À Trois (Album) 52 ird mat 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
53 ird tjj 2 Thee J. Johanz* Confidential (Album) 53 ird tjj 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
54 ird aev 2 Anthony Manning Islets In Pink Polypropylene (Album) 54 ird aev 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
55ird com3 Various The Electric Family - Mariopaint (Comp) 55ird com3 UK 1995 Sell This Version
55ird sexcat 1 Aqua Regia A Taste Of Electricity(12", S/Sided) Irdial Discs 55ird sexcat 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
56 ird aev 3 Anthony Manning Chromium Nebulae (Album) 56 ird aev 3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
57 ird tef1 Various The Electric Family - Mariopaint (The 12 Inch) (EP) 57 ird tef1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
59ird tcp1 The Conet Project Recordings Of Shortwave Numbers Stations 59ird tcp1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
61 ird aev 4 Anthony Manning Concision (Album) 61 ird aev 4 UK 1997 Sell This Version
62ird tcp2 Stephen P. McGreevy Electric Enigma: The VLF Recordings Of Stephen P. McGreevy(2xCD) Irdial Discs 62ird tcp2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
63ird amf1 Mimi Majick* Mimi's Utilities 63ird amf1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
64 ird bto 5 Beautyon No02(CD, Album) Irdial Discs 64 ird bto 5 UK 1997 Sell This Version
67 ird oct 1 Dilemma (2) Chip Tunes 67 ird oct 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
70 ird moy 1 Madonna Over Yorkshire Madonna Over Yorkshire(CD) Irdial Discs 70 ird moy 1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
71ird bto6 Beautyon Naadsroom Only(File, MPEG-4 Video) Irdial Discs 71ird bto6 UK Unknown
888-05 In Sync Storm 888-05 UK 2006 Sell This Version
376.5842 Various Reverse Retreat Recall(LP) Irdial Discs 376.5842 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
GRLP 009 Various Narcosis - A Journey Through The Outs And Ins Of Underground(2xLP, Comp) Guerilla GRLP 009 UK 1993 Sell This Version
ird009 Aqua Regia Pump Up The LED's To Red, Take Some Drugs And Shake Your Head !(File, MP3) Irdial Discs ird009 UK Unknown
ird011 Aqua Regia The Age Of Aqueous(2xFile, MP3, RE, 160) Irdial Discs ird011 UK 2003
ird020 Aqua Regia Rugelach(File, MP3, RE, 160) Irdial Discs ird020 UK Unknown
ird025 Aqua Regia Uh, Ring Me; Bye / Directory Enquiries(File, MP3, 256) Irdial Discs ird025 UK Unknown
ird027 In Sync Storm(File, MP3, 160) Irdial Discs ird027 UK Unknown
ird30 Beautyon Your Ignorance Makes Me Ill, And Angry(3xFile, MP3, RE, 160) Irdial Discs ird30 UK Unknown
ird042 Neuropolitique EP(5xFile, MP3, 160) Irdial Discs ird042 UK Unknown
ird49 Neuropolitique Large Spoon EP(5xFile, MP3, EP, RE, 160) Irdial Discs ird49 UK Unknown
ird052 Neuropolitique Menage À Trois(7xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 160) Irdial Discs ird052 UK Unknown
ird058 Clip Talk Advanced Music Designs(File, MP3, 160) Irdial Discs ird058 UK 1996
ird059 The Conet Project Recordings Of Shortwave Numbers Stations(150xFile, MP3, Mono, 64 ) Irdial Discs ird059 2003
ird062 Stephen P. McGreevy Electric Enigma: The VLF Recordings Of Stephen P. McGreevy(14xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 64 ) Irdial Discs ird062 UK Unknown
ird065 Beautyon No02(20xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 160) Irdial Discs ird065 UK 2004
ird068 Dilemma (2) Chip Tunes ][(7xFile, MP3, 128) Irdial Discs ird068 UK Unknown
ird069 Beautyon S00nar: Suite For Sonar 2000(7xFile, MP3) Irdial Discs ird069 UK Unknown
ird070 Madonna Over Yorkshire Madonna Over Yorkshire(7xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 160) Irdial Discs ird070 UK 2004
kudcd6 Various The Kudos Digest: Issue A (Is For Apple)(CD, Comp) Kudos Records (3) kudcd6 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NO CAT. NO. NEEDED Gæoudji Sygnok Mort Aux Vaches Xtra Ekstra, Route 66 Eksperimentet(LP, Ltd, Pic, Etch) Alku, Escho, Syg Nok, Rune Grammofon, These Records, Pork Salad Press, Danish Vinyl Production, Kommunal Dubplate Service, Orthlorng Musork, Smalltown Supersound, Unbearable Recordings, V/Vm Test Records, Kling & Bang Galleri, English Muffin Records, Smallfish, Atomkraft Ja Tak Records, Andersens Contemporary, Phthalo, Mangel På Ilt, Irdial Discs, Ljud Records, Spirit Of Orr, Ninth World Music, P.A.I., Lucky Kitchen, Dekorder, Broklyn Beats, Tutl, Spezialmaterial Records, Kning Disk, Tender Productions, Fonal Records, Du Ligner Et S-Tog Records NO CAT. NO. NEEDED Denmark 2010 Sell This Version
none Various Pi34 Perfect Sync Selection Vol. 1(CD, Promo, Comp) Irdial Discs none UK 1997 Sell This Version
RS 94036 CD Various In Order To Dance 5(2xCD, Comp) R & S Records RS 94036 CD Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
TRAJECTORY 1010 In Sync Storm | Evolution I(12", EP, Tra) Last Known Trajectory TRAJECTORY 1010 UK 2014 Sell This Version

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ucci

ucci

June 13, 2015
As forward facing as Russian space travel in the late 1950s. A label that exists outside the realm of fads and is as contrived as the birth of Genghis Khan.
sceptres

sceptres

May 15, 2014
"In your hearts not the charts"

July 18, 2001
edited over 16 years ago
Irdial Discs is Europes most forward thinking and acting record label. When the web had only 20,000 sites, Irdial-Discs was there. They were the first to embrace Napster and, were cited in the Amicus Curae from Shawn Fanning, Napsters inventor, as an example of a company choosing to use Napster to distribute its copyrighted works. Irdial has adopted the Free Music Philosophy; allowing everyone online to download its recordings for free. Irdial is unflinching, brave and not constrained by the cowardice that strangles other labels.

They release the works of Britains greatest exponents of the music referred to as "Electronic Music", and released several classic works that would have been lost to the world due to plain and simple cowardice on the parts of inferior labels. Case in point, the classic track "Storm" by InSync, which was universally rejected simply because it was mastered on cassette. They took that cassette, cut directly from it, and created a sensation. This is how Irdial works, taking the raw, unfiltered genius of the chosen few, and then unleashing that genius without restraint.

Irdial takes risks. They live on the edge.

Shortwave Numbers Stations, the encrypted transmissions of worldwide espionage organizations, send messages to their agents in the field using the voices of erotic women, robotic men and German girls. The sound of these stations is extraordinary. No one in the thirty year history of these remarkable stations ever released a document detailing their operation and sound.

The British Library did not have a single recording of a Numbers Station in its archive. No spy novel referenced them, despite the fact that they can be heard by anyone with a simple hand held shortwave radio. Irdial was the first to act. Thanks to thier release, "The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations", this most secret of subjects has been brought out into the open. The first ever newspaper and magazine articles about Numbers Stations have been published, and the television media is finally waking up to the incredible nature of this phenomena.

Anthony Manning, Aqua Regia, Neuropolitique, Luke Slater, Beautyon; all of these legendary artists were the cutting edge of their day, and the ones that are still recording and releasing are now revered. In 1989, They released a record that flooded the mailbox of a certain BBC radio DJ John Peel, becoming one of his most requestd records of all time. People are *still* asking for information on that disc.

In 2001, Irdial-Discs surprised everyone again, by releasing a newly found super-genius, Philip Minns, who is "M/Y". Like all other Irdial-Artists he was found through a demo; they never employ "the usual suspects" and this is a part of thier strength. It is what keeps them unique and separate from other labels. M/Y's first and very beautiful release will probably confuse, startle and annoy the public, but "WTF do they know" has always been the Irdial battle cry and, as with the unheeded original warnings about CD, Irdial have been proved right again and again and again.