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19.02.2019 - Demos

Dear All,

We are getting an awful lot of demo submissions. Whilst we would love to listen to them all, we simply cannot. We don’t even find the time to listen to music that we’ve bought for ourselves these days! So please feel absolutely free to send stuff in, but please don’t take it personally if we don’t reply. There are only 2 of us doing this…

Thank you for your understanding.

Steve & Karen x

22.10.2018 - Capri-Batterie & Stewart Lee – Bristol Fashion

We can finally announce the forthcoming release of this wonderful collaboration between the trio Capri-Batterie and the truly unique Stewart Lee.

The vinyl LP, limited to 500 copies, will available to pre-order soon from this website and will also be available to buy at the Café Oto show to support the release of the LP.

Get tickets for the show here: Cafe Oto

From Café Oto:

A trio comprised of Kordian Tetkov on drums, Tim Sayer on trumpet and electronics and Matthew Lord on Bass and Saxophone. With an unrestricted approach to improvisation that embraces the philosophy of ‘freedom’, as an affront to oppression in all its modern day manifestations, this is music making unafraid of ideology and charged with abstraction. The intensity levels achieved by Capri-Batterie are uncharacteristic for a small ensemble and the belligerent and anarchic fervour with which they coalesce the aesthetics of industrial rock, free jazz and noise art render their performances a highly energetic and intense undertaking.”

“Stewart Lee:
Highly regarded writer, stand-up comedian and director. Stewart Lee has been described as “the comedian’s comedian, and for good reason” by The Times, whilst he has described himself as “fat” and his performance as “positively Neanderthal, suggesting a jungle-dwelling hermit, struggling to coax notes out of a clarinet that has fallen from a passing aircraft”. Despite this, Stewart has been involved in numerous interesting musical projects and maintains a strong association with the avant-garde and improvised scene.”

16.08.2018 - Faust – Concert By The Lake Berlin 4th August 2018

If you nick any of these images, please let us know and credit the photo to Steve Pittis. Thanks.

15.05.2018 - Dirter mailing list

Yes, we know this is poor timing with the GDPR thing on the way, or is it? A lot of people have requested that we send out a mailing list, so we are in the process of getting it together. At least this way, you will opt in and we know we are not going to piss you off. The updates will probably be two or less a month depending on whether we have anything to tell you about. For the moment, though, please get in touch with Karen if you’d like to be included. There are a couple of upcoming things that are imminent, including a very limited double lathe cut record. So if you want to be kept up to date, please let us know and drop an email to It might be an idea to put “Add me to the mailing list” or something as the subject.



Blabbermouth – Record Store Day 7″ vinyl release (From the album “Hörspiel”, to be released Sept 2018)

Imagine a world not so far away where AI cyberbots mock the human race while their musical cyberserfs Blabbermouth provide a soundtrack spanning ambient, industrial, pop, world, folk and post-punk feat. drummer Mark Roberts, guitarist Lu Edmonds, recorded by Adie Hardy at Unit2 studios, singing by Turkish Roma scene diva Brenna MacCrimmon and the mega-voice of Siberian/Tuvan throatsinger Albert Kuvezin.
From the upcoming album “Hörspiel” exploring the distorted world of hybrid-warfare and fake-news re-purposed by synthetic speech & online machine translations into and between: English, Japanese, Turkish etc..
A. Deep State
Derin Devlet – homage to the Susurluk 1996 mega car-crash exposé of gubmint-mafia power tendrils of drugs, guns, money, glamour, terrorists & spies
text: Presidents Eisenhower & Attatürk + drug-gun-$$$ inventory of the car boot
feat: Albert Kuvezin & Brenna MacCrimmon, Lu & voice-robots
language: Turkish / English

A. Tohoku Manga
A train trip around NE Japan leads into the Zone (“Stalker” ©Strugatsky Bros)
text: stations of the Tohoku line, with a branch line or 2 thrown in…
feat: Lu, voice-robots & the chatter of old video-game parlours
language: Japanese

Lu Edmonds – (UK) guitar, cümbüs, saz, bVox
The Damned 1977, Kirsty MacColl 1978, 3 Mustaphas 3 1982, The Waterboys 1983, Mekons & Shriekback 1984, John Lydon’s PiL 1986, Yat-Kha 1992, Billy Bragg 1994, Lol Coxhill 2000, Babar Luck 2004, les Triaboliques & Raz3 2007 + one-offs: Laurie Anderson, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, Alaap, Yusuf Islam etc.

Mark Roberts – (UK) Drums,Synths
The Godfathers 1991, D-Ream 1993, DJ RAP 2000, Babar Luck + one-off albums, tours & sessions: Youssou n’Dour / Neneh Cherry (“7 seconds”), Massive Attack, Peter Bruntnell, Bay City Rollers etc.

Albert Kuvezin (Russia) singing
Lead kanzat throat-singer and guitarist of Siberian-Tuvan bands Yat-Kha & Haartyga (Kyzyl), founder member of the legendary Hun-Huur-Tu.

Brenna MacCrimmon (Canada) singing
Lead-singer with Istanbul’s klarnet maestro Selim Sesler, Baba Zula, solo artist

Adie Hardy – (UK) Mixing & Microphones
Engineering: Gus Dudgeon, Earl Brutus, Babar Luck, Yat-Kha, les Triaboliques, Bellowhead, Fun Lovin Criminals, Snuff, Toy Dolls /

Artwork by London artist Tommy Fiendish; animations by VJ Jules

Link here to buy:

12.03.2018 - andrew liles – COLOSSUS now available

I’ll let the man himself explain – but this is well worth getting, so click the link at the bottom. Mr and Mrs Dirter put in an appearance too…

As I enter my 50th year of existence I bring you COLOSSUS.

COLOSSUS is an inconceivably massive project that consists of 50 tracks all of which are 50 minutes long.

COLOSSUS PART ONE consists of the first 25 tracks.

COLOSSUS PART TWO completes the project and will be available on 11th March 2019, my 50th Birthday.

Parts One and Two combined will be just short of 42 hours of ‘music’.

The ‘songs’ are extreme, simple, complex, mellow, angular and often surreal adaptations of every single hit from the last 50 years that was at Number One in the UK charts on my birthday.

The music is either in the same key or with the same notes played but in a different order, backwards or inverted. Further music and notation has been added by myself. They are absolutely nothing like the originals.

Additionally, the words to the songs are formed from the lyrics to every Number One hit from the last 50 years. But with a twist.

I have adapted the lyrics by using the William Burroughs cut up method and further changed them to make some kind of structure, but they remain predominantly abstract and nonsensical.

Narration on Part One comes from the wonderful individuals that were and are and always will be Jean-Hervé Peron, Bobbie Watson, Jon Seagroatt, Brain Poole, Benjamin Louche, James Worse, Karen Pittis, Steve Pittis, Maniac, and Edward Ka-Spel.

Happy Birthday to me – here’s to 100.

21.06.2017 - Coming Soon…

Consumer Electronics “Estuary English” 2CD set with bonus tracks and live material, Andrew Liles CD box set, Nadja double vinyl LP and lots more. Watch this space.

23.03.2017 - Band Of Pain RSD LP

Not On Dirter, but on Cargo’s Very Friendly label. Issued for Record Store Day 2107, this is the first full length Band Of Pain record for some while. It has appearances from Steven Stapleton and Andrew Liles (among others) too. RSD link here:

05.02.2017 - The Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst is dead . Long live the “Avantgarde is Happening”

Support the AGF. Check here for the latest on the line-up and up to date news:

Various links to get involved and info here:

1998 , Jean-Herve Peron (faUSt) organises the Sommersonnewendenfest – SummerSolsticeParty –

a gathering of creative minds, to have fun and support eachothers dreams .

2004 The Avantgarde Schiphorst e.V. launches the Avantgarde Festival, three days of Utopia –sic Chris Cutler – where the independent , experimenal scene will meet.

2014 Last edition of AGF…. so far .

2017 first edition „Avantgarde is Happening“, directed by the AGFSpirit

As we need everybodys support to make it as magical as it was ,we decided to start a Crowdfunding .

Crowdfunding only works if we manage to spread the word as far as possible and be as loud as possible .Share the link, spread the word : if you work or take part in radioshows, magazins, newspaperss, online-media or tv shows,If you talk to your neighbors, to the people you meet on your street or in your bar.. do not forget to mention us ! Thank you indeed.

other idea how to help ? more information ? contact:

Thanks for your time, The AGFSpirit JM|I|JJ & all Scouts of Avantgarde is Happening

24.01.2017 - Pirated – Ahoy me hearties…

It has come to our attention that not only was there a fraudulent Dirter Bandcamp site online, but the person who was responsible is actually trying to pass himself off as Steve. The email address he uses is and he is based in Hungary. This is not our email address. We have taken the necessary action and for the moment, he has been stopped. We are also consulting our solicitors, as replying to people as “Steve” is fraud. We now own the Bandcamp Dirter page, but will not be posting any content for the moment. We do not own digital rights to certain releases, so for now it will remain inactive. Once we do have a legit DL site active, the announcement will be on here, as well as via the Dirter Promotions Twitter account.