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Greetings!

My name's Steve Hartwell and these pages are devoted to a selection of my (mainly musical) activities during the late 80s and early 90s. It all started with Peeved Records (a joint venture with Pete Skelley) releasing a tape and single by Southampton based band Gestalt / Primary. We continued with releases mainly from the Cambridge area (where I was working). I was also heavily involved with a local music magazine called Scene And Heard (a successor to Blue Suede News). For more detail and some interviews please see the overview.

I made music as a triplet of solo projects:
  The Dead Goldfish Ensemble (by far the most prolific)
  Machine Maid Man (vocal music - but no singing!)
  Pink Goldfish (a one song act for a compilation)
a half dozen duos:
  Deaf Goes East (with Steve Xerri)
  Johnson's Fiver (with Steph McNicholas)
  Rites Of Post (with Rob Baylis AKA The Detective)
  Featuring Karen Wheeler (with Chris Mann)
  High Tech Pagodas (with Rob Baylis AKA The Detective)
  A Band Of Steves (with Steve Buttercase)
and one group:
  And Why Not? (with Helen Kibble, Sue Fielding and Gordon Chambers)

New Cassette Release

Hot on the heels of Fishy Tails Conatala Records have released Podule (Conatala Tape 01). This brings together unreleased tracks with some extremely rare ones from the original cassette era Goldfish. It is available initially from All Night Flight (UK) and Incidental Music (CA). You can hear Talk Is Rash, Pompey and Big Bear on Sound cloud.

Sleeve for Podule
Cover design by Yu Yokoyama

First Vinyl Release By The Dead Goldfish Ensemble!

Sleeve for Fishy Tails
Cover design by Yu Yokoyama

The first copies have arrived in Japan!

Fishy Tails has arrived!

This is a deliberately retrospective LP compiled by Conatala Records (CONATALA003). If you buy the record there is a link to a free download of new material (Polonia). The digital version is available from Bandcamp (but without Polonia). You can hear the boss of Conatala Records talk about the label on Youtube.

Now available from (amongst others):

See the shop page for a more complete list.

Radio Silence Now Available For Download

At long last our one and only single, Radio Silence by The Primary is available for free Download. It is also comes with a free bonus track, Beating Hearts Temptation, which in a different life might have been the follow up single.

Officially on Youtube!

For many years The Dead Goldfish Ensemble material has been put up on Youtube by a variety of people but I have now got myself an account! The first three videos contain new music to go with, hopefully, interesting shots of some great tits in and around our bird box.

Latest Compilation Appearance

The situation in 2020 meant that the Serendip Lab 10th anniversary festival could not take place, instead all the previous participants were asked to contribute to a compilation. The resulting Serendip Lab 10 ans is now available on Bandcamp.

Free Downloads

Many of the Peeved releases together with albums by Machine Maid Man and Deaf Goes East are now available for free download. Links are next to the entries in the album listings and on the Shop page.

Music To Buy


Music For Free

Various tracks have been put on Youtube and Vimeo:
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - No Static At All
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Dependence Gravity Elegance
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Delerium Grand Exotic
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Delaminate Grinding Echo
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Darning Graduate Experts
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - JDH
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Distinctly Gratuitous Expertise
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Drooling Generous Egg
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Digital Grumpy Elephants
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Decidedly Gregarious Engines
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - DeeGeeE
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Deep Gravity Effort
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Dart Ghost End
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Ace
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - All The Hands
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Dazzling One
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Ewuska
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Ooh
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Flowing Slowly
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Night
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Chewing Shoes
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - In Tune With The Moon
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Telephone Bill
Machine Maid Man - Constantinople
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Painful Ears
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Turn on the night
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Softly
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Music for Bowls (complete cassette)
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Walking Walls
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Chewing Shoes
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Fractal Landscape
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Dazzle One / All The Hands
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Ooh
Machine Maid Man - Swipe
Deaf Goes East - Stuttering Eastern Machines
Deaf Goes East - Diamond Dark
High Tech Pagodas - The Valley
Radio shows:
No Pigeon Holes 29/10/1989 Machine Maid Man - Rambo
Live mix by Loops Haunt 08/04/2014 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Dazzling One
Auto Route Des Titans (French / English) 25/10/2017 interview before gig
Radio Lyl's Radio Crochet (French) 02/11/2017 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Talking Cash
Parachute Radio Show (French) 28/12/2017 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - On The Town
Noods Radio Ceramics 19/03/2018 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - IC
NTS Radio Adam Oko and Tatsuhiko Sakamoto 14/06/2018 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Graduate Experts V1 (Track listing)
NTS Radio Adam Oko w/ D.I.T.C. 17/02/2019 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - On The Town
NTS Radio Adam Oko w/ Frere Tuck 19/01/2020 Deaf Goes East - Hidden Intention (mis-credited to The Dead Goldfish Ensemble)
Subcity Radio Between The Waves 06/11/2018 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Ewuska
Seance Centre Radio with Jed Bindeman 22/08/2018 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Panda
Ouiedire 16 / Serendip Lab 2010-2019 15/01/2019 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - On The Town (demo)
Adam Oko 27/01/2019 Perfect Vision - Engines
Adam Oko 24/11/2019 Perfect Vision - Labour Like This
NTS Radio Otologic 15/03/2021 The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Chewing Shoes
Bandcamp:
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Fishy Tails LP
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Nessie
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Czesc
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - Gee
The Dead Goldfish Ensemble - On The Town (Demo)

Cassette Nostalgia

Given it's renewed popularity I have re-published here my thoughts on the Cassette Scene (originally presented in Caught In The Act produced by Stick It In Your Ear).

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