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    The original album from 2000, plus three unreleased tracks from the 2000 tour, and full artwork of the programme and notes
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  • Last remaining copies of Diary CD
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Original CD in brown cardboard sleeve, with CD and on-body credits. Last 3 copies from the original 2000 tour. Never to be repressed

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Crossbreed 07:43
Openwork 06:01
Mare Ibrium 05:06
Past Tense 06:29
Radial Nerve 06:49
Goldtwist 05:55
Continue On 01:06
Spiral 10:42
Diary Close 06:33


The music on this CD was recorded at live appearances in Montreal, Brussels, Utrecht, New York and Paris at various times between 1996 and 2000, and released in conjunction with a special UK tour. Diary combines cool beats with cinematic atmosphere, adding extracts from telephone conversations, vocal cut ups and modem screeches to the mix. Occasionally rhythmic and dance orientated, sometimes dark and abstract, Diary is engaging and thought-provoking throughout. Some of the pieces were later reworked and released on subsequent album releases, so you will hear clues and remnants of future releases.

The Diary Tour was a UK based tour where I explained in the programme notes:

"As an audience member one can only ever experience the performance itself, devoid of the flotsam and jetsam of everything outside of that night itself that contributes towards the show in your town.

A diary is means of recording our history, moments that are lost each and every day, our passions and ideas. I have kept a diary since I was twelve years old, never missing a day since 1976. No matter where I am nor at what hour I still record each day. Diaries have always fascinated me, peeling away at the surface of your day and storing it. Much of my work has dealt with issues of sampling and the dichotomy between the public and the private spectrum. By reading extracts from the last 24 years of my entries according to the day of the performance I shall be revealing a layer of my own history.

This tour is an attempt to unite these elements into an entertaining and amusing performance that also takes into account the physicality of performance and touring. A form of live tour diary where the sounds and images themselves of the tour become the materials to work with, each performance taking elements of the journey between cities, the preparation for the shows, the lay bys, the hotels, the motorways, the venue itself, greeting the promoters, the dressing room, the lighting crew, hurriedly eating before a performance, the backstage becoming the frontstage. Tours are always colourful experiences full of moments that dissolve into memory, disappear into the baggage, and this show highlights how notions of time and distance are displaced in modern globe-trotting.

Using these elements within the live performance is an attempt to bridge the divide between audience and performer. Every show is very different from the previous, each feeding into the next, and in so doing divesting the blare of celebrity."

So, here is the original album, plus three additional tracks from the live dates, including my live reading of my own personal diaries in the closing track. It will probably be the only chance you'll ever have to dig into these private writings.


released November 5, 1999

Written, performed and produced by Robin Rimbaud

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Robin Rimbaud - Scanner is an artist and composer working in London. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998). His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. ... more


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