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Coup de Grâce


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Michael Moynihan started his first musical project in 1984, a power electronics project named Coup de Grace, for which he produced cassettes, image booklets, essays and performed live. In 1988, at the age of 18, Moynihan published an edition of Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Antichrist featuring artwork by Trevor Brown.

Commencement/Corpse Education - Cassette (CDG-003 1985)
Anthems For Doomed Youth - Cassette (CDG-004 (1985)
Dokument Over Europe - Cassette (Club Moral CM62 (1986)

- Coup De Grâce an Oral History

“In 1983, when I was fourteen years old, I started doing experiments with electronic equipment. I was fascinated with the idea of electronic instruments, and I had a small kit with which you could build oscillators and circuits that basically made white noise or frequency noise. So I started building those, and little keyboards, and manipulating reel-to-reel tape recorders at different speeds to make noise collage with tapes - that was the first music I did.”

“I was sitting down in my room in the basement of my parent’s house building these things. Around that time I also picked up on the fact that there was other music out there like this, that people actually listened to.”

“I’d hear about one thing and then see a reference to some other music group that would be even more extreme. Not so much avant-garde or experimental, because I really don’t like those terms much, but music which carried certain ideas in it.

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