Through Depeche Mode, Yazoo and then Erasure I very quickly learnt that the Mute Records label was playing an important part in the history of electronic music. In my teenage years through friends, self discovery and research I learnt that Mute was not just Depeche Mode and Erasure. And then came the revelation. One day in 1988, while browsing some 7" singles at a record fair, I came across a blank white label promo with the catalogue number MUTE 58 etched into the runout groove. Duly purchased, without knowing who or what it was, I took it home and put it on the record deck. MUTE 58 is of course, Nitzer Ebb's "Let Your Body Learn". And this marvellous slice of vinyl turned out to be one of the biggest revelations in my life. Aggressive rhythm machines spurting electronic body music. My life changed and a world of new music was discovered. No longer was the radio friendly mainstream music the only sound in town. Experimental, industrial, sampling, noise all became fair game to me.
By this time I was a discographer (my first discography "Depeche Mode" was published in Record Collector magazine in May 1989 issue 117) and collector so I began to catalogue everything Mute. It wasn't and hasn't been easy as Mute spawned all sorts of spin-offs and subsidiaries (as you can see from the logo menu above). In the early 90s I worked for Spiral Scratch/Music Collector and when they closed down I setup my own collector's magazine called CyberNoise. CyberNoise was originally published between April 1992 and August 1995 (ISSN 0966-7636). Issues 0 to 3 were printed on 80gsm A4 paper and saddle stitched. Issues 4 and 5 were produced as "digi-zines" available on hand numbered 3.5" floppy disk (Mac or PC formatted) enclosed in an A5 plastic wallet with hand numbered insert. Around 1994/1995 most of the digital content on issues 4 and 5 floppy disks was made available on this crazy new thing called "the Internet". They were hosted on a Welsh university web site that did not even have a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) and was only accessible directly via an IP address. It then moved to http://www.zynet.co.uk/cynoise. It finally got it's own domain in 2000 where it resides now.
At the time CyberNoise included sections on Mute Records, The Fine Line and The Grey Area and I documented many Mute releases of that era. I've kept documenting since then and now finally with the launch of the new CyberNoise web site and the creation of the World Wide Release DataBase (WWRDB) I can finally put all my Mute Records information online in the form of this web site. I hope you enjoy it…
němý.cz is in no way endorsed by, or affiliated to, Mute Records, Mute artists or any of its subsidiary labels. It is simply a web site dedicated to the love for and of, what many consider to be, the best record label in the world.