Ramjac Corporation (Reel To Reel)

Ramjac is sound artist, programmer and percussionist Paul Chivers, one of UK's unsung electronic pioneers, known for his voltaic live shows during the heady Summer of Love in 1988 and beyond. Jamming his own flavour of sampled beats live from his Atari and Emulator, Ramjac performed at the now legendary Sunrise, Energy and Back To The Future raves and went on to tour with Orbital, The Shaman and The Irresistible Force.

Best known for his releases on cult label Irdial Discs, his now highly sought after and much heralded classic “"Cameroon Massif!” EP has become a feature of the more ground breaking DJs again and will be reissued this summer by Emotional Rescue Recordings, including a never heard before “live" version and will be followed by further unreleased material from the period.

Ramjac's rhythmic programming style, weighted by his training with West African and Cuban drummers, led him to work with the likes of Coldcut and Herbie Hancock, Juno Reactor and Ojos de Brujo, Mark Stewart and Asian Dub Foundation. According to ADF's Dr Das, “What Ramjac does, is show up the relationships between different musics and the routes they have taken. More than a lot of people, Ramjac is the missing link between house, acid house, breakbeat, jungle and dub and percussion based musics.”

This year sees Ramjac return to playing live, now working two 8 track reel-to-reel tape recorders. As Paul notes, "We have much more sophisticated technology now, but I've kept everything in my archive, and in a world where nothing makes sense any more, its time for analogue tape to carry the message again!”

Ramjac is joined on stage by master of ceremonies Milo Lapis, who's voice has become known over the past 17 years to listeners of the 50-50 Sound System's roots & culture show on Resonance 104.4 FM. 50-50 was founded in Hendon in 1986 and the sound have been collaborating with Ramjac since the mid 1990's, notably with their combined event Kaboom! which is back again in 2018.