VariousThe Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One

Label:Stones Throw Records – STH2223, Minimal Wave – MWC01
Series:The Minimal Wave Tapes – Volume One
CD, Compilation, Remastered
Style:New Wave, Industrial, Synth-pop, Minimal


1Linear MovementWay Out Of Living5:28
2Crash Course In ScienceFlying Turns3:05
3Oppenheimer AnalysisRadiance4:46
4Mark LaneWho's Really Listening4:35
5Tara CrossTempus Fugit4:09
6Turquoise DaysBlurred3:31
7Bene GesseritMickey, Please...
PerformerB Ghola*, Benedict G
8Esplendor GeométricoMoscú Está Helado3:45
9Das DingReassurance Ritual
PerformerDanny Bosten
10Martin DupontJust Because5:00
11Deux (2)Game & Performance3:39
12Somnambulist (2)Things I Was Due To Forget
PerformerMark Burghgraeve
13OhamaMy Time
PerformerTona Ohama
14Das KabinetteThe Cabinet3:56

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"This is the first official volume (available on CD, LP and digitally) of minimal wave music from Europe and North America recorded in the 1980s. Most of the songs were originally released on limited edition cassettes or vinyl by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them, Now, they've been remastered from their analog source tapes tapes for your listening pleasure. Brought to you by Veronica Vasicka and Peanut Butter Wolf."

Released in a standard jewel case. Includes an eight page fold-out insert with notes and photos.

The Stones Throw catalogue number is wrongly stated as SSTH2223 on the back of the inlay. The Minimal Wave catalogue number is taken from the label's web-site.

Track 1: Recorded in 1983. Originally released on a cassette entitled 'Pulse Music'.
Track 2: Recorded in 1981. Originally released on their album entitled 'Signals From Pier Thirteen'.
Track 3: Recorded in 1982. Originally self-released on a cassette entitled 'New Mexico'.
Track 4: Recorded in 1984. First released as the title track for the 'Who's Really Listening?' Mini-LP.
Track 5: Recorded in 1985. Originally released in France on the 'Tempus Fugit' LP in 1986.
Track 6: Recorded in 1984. Originally released as the B-side to their single 'Grey Skies' in 1984.
Track 7: Recorded in 1985. Appeared on a CD compilation entitled 'A Conclusion Of Unrestrained Philosophy' in 1989.
Track 8: Appeared on their first demo tape of 4 songs, and also on the Ata Tak label's V/A 'Fix Planet!' LP in 1980.
Track 9: Recorded in 1982. Released on cassette on the Tear Apart Tapes label. Also released on the V/A 'Trans Atlantic Overdub' in 1985.
Track 10: Recorded in 1983. Originally released on their 'Just Because...' LP in 1984.
Track 11: Recorded in 1983. Originally released on 'Felicita' in 1983.
Track 12: Recorded live on October 31, 1983 and released by central tapes on a cassette called 'Withered Land Live' in 1983.
Track 13: Recorded in 1982. Self-released on the 'Midnite News' cassette in 1986.
Track 14: Recorded in 1983. Self-released on 'The Cabinet' in 1983.

P&C Stones Throw Records, Minimal Wave Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 59457 22232 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 659457222321
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): DIDX-242214 1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L329
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI AKN02
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DIDX-242214 1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L329
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI AKN04
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): DIDX-242214 L4 1A 03
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L424
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 7264
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): DIDX-242214 1 C01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L329
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI AKN02

Other Versions (3)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One (2×LP, Compilation, Remastered)Stones Throw RecordsSTH2223US2010
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The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One (14×File, AAC, Compilation, Remastered, 256 kbps)Stones Throw Records, Minimal Wavenone2010
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The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One (14×File, MP3, Compilation, Remastered, VBR)Stones Throw RecordsSTH22232010



  • rafaelcova's avatar

    In the late 70s and early 80s were so musically prolific, so intense and artistic, that 30 years later we discovered precious jewels.

    When the word Underground had a deep meaning, real and wide, if the word art was worth more than money, were the times when the artistic value were superimposed to anything, where there was an ethical person stance of fidelity to oneself, where everything was more complicated and accessible at the same time, where creative freedom is found everywhere it was very hard times, indeed, and contradictory, but actually very funny, when someone wanted to express something as through personal art, performances, poetry, visual montages, costume and attitude.

    Innovation was the only rule set, maybe in my personal opinion is a very romantic vision of that time, but it was definitely a time much more interesting, innovative than the current (just talking about music) without going into other themes.

    This spectacular work could not come from another place but from New York, under the tutelage of Veronica Vasicka and great record collection, but some issues present here, many had only just been released on vinyl and tape format, with the collaboration of Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf, courageously edited this great and spectacular work, a record worthy of taste and explore, which leaves us with an endless hunger for more and more and more...

    Of course I agree, things must change and it would be unfair to say no more interesting things have happened in 10, 20, 30 years later, clear that if, many things have happened, and we have fun broadly, what happens is that my romance and attachment to that time are very deep, but really what I miss most of that time was that everything had a touch ARTY, in resume this album never let you down (although not even know the origins) and in this excellent work will find unknown gems that will blow your mind. Amazing! It's a good start to dive in filled in the remains of a beautiful dark age.
    • AnnaLogue's avatar
      Compilation of well known hits from our beloved genre, here presented under the artificial term Minimal Wave. But it is understood, that is not so easy to find the one-and-only genre term as back then there seemed to be none as well. Anyway, this is all simply about electropop (or synthpop, though this term has a more commercial touch) from the first decade of the 80’s when electronic instruments like synthesisers, drum machines, tape delays or vocoders were analogue and got into a price range that was affordable for the average person. People started to experiment and recorded their own music in their own small recording “studios” (often their bedrooms) – do-it-yourself was the motto of the day, definitely adapted from the earlier punk movement. Small editions were issued on cassettes or vinyls. The majority didn’t make it any further, unfortunately, described as being too synthetic, cold and lacking emotion, and, of course, not being commercial enough. Eventually the music was remembered only by a select few, through who the music lived on by vivid exchange of copied tapes, swapped vinyls, and later via digital formats. Already earlier compilations like “Zwischenfall – From the 80’s to the 90’s”, the brilliant Banshee CD series or the “Reminiscent” box as well as ‘CD-R bootleg’ series like Flexi-Pop took care of not letting this unknown music become totally forgotten. So this compilation is nothing new not all (for those already having been into it) and in no way the “first official” as claimed on the sleeve, but most probably can reach new listeners from other genres. Probably we don’t need ten volumes in this series, but it’s a great compilation for easy entry and convenient playback at your next synth party. So there’s really classic tracks on here ranging from 1980 to 1986 focusing on bands from Europe and North America, namely: LINEAR MOVEMENT, CRASH COURSE IN SCIENCE, OPPENHEIMER ANALYSIS, MARK LANE, TARA CROSS, TURQUOISE DAYS, BENE GESSERIT, ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO, DAS DING, MARTIN DUPONT, DEUX, SOMNAMBULIST, OHAMA, and DAS KABINETTE. Due to renewed interest a good amount of bands from back then have reformed to record again and play live shows. This music is anything but dead.


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