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My efforts at keeping a timeline of new Coil recording surfaces since beginning my Coil research in 2014.

2014

2014-xx-xx: 1983-08-04 “A Manifestation of the Will” – Club Magenta, London, England, UK [AUD #1b]
Concert indexed into 4 tracks, seems to be the best and most complete source thus far.

2014-10-07: 2004-07-25 Ocean, Hackney, London, England [AUD #2]
Complete recording, but unfortunately horrible quality. Still, brilliant performances of “Edgeways,” “Wraiths and Strays,” and “Black Antlers” shine through. Thank you, Anders B.!

2014-12-xx: 2002-04-27 Play Game On-Only Connect – The Barbican, London, UK [AMT]
Clips of a couple of songs only as a part of a larger sampler video, but the full video is in archives somewhere. Thank you, Robin Rimbaud!

2015

2015-xx-xx: 2002-04-06 Teatro delle Celebrazioni, Bologna, IT [AUD]
Mono audience recording, sounds far different from the official MIX release. A lot of the songs are prone to peaking and are sadly unlistenable, but it’s just cool to have an alternative. Thank you, Ben S. (not the taper; just shared it)!

2016

2016-07-23: 2004-10-23 Dublin Electronic Arts Festival – City Hall, Dublin, Ireland [AUD]
Previously only available on Youtube. Still incomplete, not the best recordng, but pretty cool to have regardless. Thank you, Alex Thompson (not the taper; just shared it)!

2016-07-24: 2002-03-30 Artooz Festival, John Lennon Municipal, Limoges, France [AUD #2]
Great quality recording of Coil’s 1st “Backwards / Remote Viewer” phase. It replaces AUD #1, which is essentially unlistenable. Thank you, Stefan Beiersmann (not the taper; just shared it)!

2016-07-24: 2002-04-10 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany [AUD #2]
Incomplete recording that has bad portions of peaking and a stereo imbalance, but has moments of great quality. More hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes than on AUD #1. Thank you, Stefan Beiersmann (not the taper; just shared it)!

2016-07-24: 2002-04-12 Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany [AMT #1b]
Same video as AMT #1a and in worse quality, but it’s one full video file and the frame is significantly zoomed out; this begs so many questions about the other source. Thank you, Stefan Beiersmann (not the taper; just shared it)!

2016-07-24: 2002-10-29 Flex, Vienna, AT [AUD #2]
Until this day, only “I Am Angie Bowie (Sine Waves)” from this source has surfaced. Unfortunately, this source is ruined by glitches throughout, and like AUD #1, it too is missing “An Unearthly Red.”

2016-07-xx: 1999-12-14 “20′ to 2000” – Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany [AMT]
There’s much debate as to whether this was an actual gig or not. Live footage seems to indicate it was an actual concert, but the video is so dark and pixelated it’s hard to make anything out. I can recognize the layout of the venue, but not much else. Still, pretty unique recording. Thank you, Stefan Beiersmann (not the taper; just shared it)!

2016-08-16: 1983-12-03 Atonal Festival II – Berlin, DE [EDIT]
Incomplete professional edit, uploaded to Youtube only. Apparently this edit was released on a few obscure VHS tapes that no one knows or has. Pretty amazing to see more video footage from 1983! It’s a 2-camera edit that sounds and looks pretty good. Hopefully the full thing surfaces some day! Thank you, Claus Laufenburg (not the taper; just uploaded it)!

2016-08-xx: 2002-10-12 Megalithomania – Conway Hall, London, UK [AUD #1]
Includes an announcer intro not included on the SBD! The sound is decent and shows some audience participation.

2016-09-16: 2002-04-04 Rote Fabrik, Zürich, CH [AMT #1b]
For years, only backstage footage, officially uploaded to Vimeo by Black Sun Productions, was available. Finally, Pierce Wyss and Massimo Villani, in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg, posted the full recording of the gig to Youtube (and later onto archive.org, the only BSP tape to be uploaded there) as the 1st installment in a free alternate CSO. This was a brand new gig, so it made big waves in the community. This is a 2nd-gen copy that sadly cuts out towards the end of “Backwards.” Thank you, Massimo and Claus!

2016-10-08: 2002-07-13 Dour Festival – “La Plaine de La Machine à Feu,” Dour, Belgium [AMT #1]
The 2nd installment in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. This was a brand new gig, so it made big waves in the community. This is a 2nd-gen copy that sadly cuts out towards the end of “Backwards.”

2016-11-16: 2002-10-27 Palac Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic [AMT #1]
The 4th installment in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. The centered camera angle used on EDIT. This was one of my most requested gigs to see in full, and it was pretty cool seeing it in full, albeit in widescreen and compressed Youtube quality.

2016-11-16: 2004-05-31 Wave Gotik Treffen, Day 4 – Haus, Leipzig, Germany [AMT #2]
The 3rd installment in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. Probably the best watch among this alternate CSO – Massimo is an excellent cinematographer and he was situated right at the front of the stage! It’s baffling why Peter did not use it on CSO!

2016-11-19: 2002-04-07 Muffathalle, München, DE [AMT]
The 5th installment in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. Tragically incomplete, but includes some amazing shots.

2016-11-19: 2002-06-07 New Forms III – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, NL [AMT #1]
Bonus in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. Soundcheck footage. It’s baffling why Peter did not use it on CSO!

2016-11-19: 2002-07-26 Il Violino e la Selce – Corte Malatestiana, Fano, IT [AMT #1a]
The 6th installment in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube in two parts and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. The first half is excellent quality, but has bad cinematography, and the second half is lesser quality, but better cinematography! Well worth a watch regardless, despite bad sound.

2016-11-22: 2002-04-04 Rote Fabrik, Zürich, CH [AMT #1a]
“Backwards” from the master tape surfaced on Youtube, albeit in incomplete form and stretched to wide-screen.

2016-11-23: 2002-04-06 Teatro delle Celebrazioni, Bologna, IT [AMT #1]
The 8th installment in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout, not present on EDIT. Better video quality than EDIT, but horrible sound.

2016-11-23: 2002-04-06 Teatro delle Celebrazioni, Bologna, IT [AMT #2]
Bonus in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. Rehearsal footage, originally labeled as an “invocation to bring Colour Sound Oblivion” into existence by Anarcocks, who uploaded part of it in February 2009. This is the complete version and it’s amazing, having the most backstage footage of Coil ever. It’s baffling why Peter did not use it on CSO!

2016-11-23: 2002-04-06 Teatro delle Celebrazioni, Bologna, IT [AMT #3/4]
Bonus in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. Interview footage; gig footage was also shot but not present on these tapes, unfortunately. One of the only interviews to have John Balance present! Great interview, too. It’s baffling why Peter did not use it on CSO!

2016-11-23: 2002-06-07 New Forms III – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, NL [AMT #2a]
The 7th installment in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. The full onstage camera angle as seen on EDIT.

2016-11-23: 2002-10-29 Flex, Vienna, AT [AMT #3]
Bonus in Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, uploaded to Youtube and stretched to widescreen in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Tiny cuts throughout. Interview footage. More complete and better sound than the AMT #2 interview footage. It’s baffling why Peter did not use it on CSO!

2016-12-24: 2002-06-07 New Forms III – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, NL [AMT #3]
Shared on the “Coil” Facebook page by Massimo Villani (not the taper; just sharer) for Christmas. 15-second clip of “Backwards.” Front row recording makes it surprisingly watchable for a phone clip. Thank you!

2016-xx-xx: 2002-10-25 St. John’s Church, Gdansk, Poland [AMT #1]
I had never even heard rumors of this video before, so seeing it for the first time was a big deal for me. Decent quality static camera that includes some valuable pre-show footage of Peter, tragically cuts out after the first four songs. Thank you, Pete Greening (not the taper; just sharer)!

2017

2017-02-16: 2004-06-03 Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL [AUD, MP3]
Part of Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, digitized and shared online in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Peaks terribly – EDIT has better audio but this source is complete. Thank you, Massimo and Claus!

2017-03-08: 2004-05-23 La Loco, Paris, France [AUD #2]
Part of Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, digitized and shared online in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. While this one is incomplete, it is good quality and a better alternative to the SBD than AUD #1. Thank you, Massimo and Claus!

2017-03-08: 2004-05-31 Wave Gotik Treffen, Day 4 – Haus, Leipzig, Germany [AUD #2]
Part of Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, digitized and shared online in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg. Unfortunately, this source has a horrible stereo imbalance, with the left channel peaking constantly. Still, in includes some interesting pre-show and post-show audio. Thank you, Massimo and Claus!

2017-03-08: 2004-07-11 Il Violino E La Selce Festival – Jesi, IT [AUD #2]
Part of Black Sun Productions’ alternate, free Colour Sound Oblivion, digitized and shared online in conjunction with Claus Laufenburg.Prone to peaking during “The Gimp (Sometimes)” and “Sex With Sun Ra,” mix dramatically changes midway through the latter song, indicating Pierce ans Massimo changed the recorder’s settings on the fly, and the recording largely stops peaking from there. Some other problems, but this is a great recording and a great alternative to the cut-riddled SBD! Thank you, Massimo and Claus!

2017-03-11: 2002-10-05 Ydrogeios Club, Thessaloniki, Greece [AMT #3]
9 phone clips, including two clips of a previously unavailable “Bang Bang”! Thank you, Davide Gostoli!

2017-04-15: 2000-04-02 Cornucopea (Two South Bank Evenings with Julian Cope) – Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London, UK [AMT #1]
This was a total surprise. I stumbled onto a clip of it on Youtube, contacted the poster, and they shared it with me! It’s not the best watch, given the taper had to be clandestine, lest get their camera taken away, and all the video effects really make it a drag, but with a little bit of editing, this recording has its moments. It’s cool just knowing it exist. Thank you, RileyElFuk!

2017-05-29: 1983-10-12 Recession Studios, London, UK [AUD]
5 minutes only of what we can ascertain to be “Baptism of Fire” in decent quality; the rest is Peter North and Attrition. Nevertheless, this is a historically significant recording, as it took over 34 years for the final 1983 gig to surface in any capacity. Thank you, Javier Hernando!

2017-06-24: 2004-07-11 Il Violino E La Selce Festival – Jesi, IT [AMT #3a]
Brand new footage, “All the Pretty Little Horses” and “Bang Bang” only. The latter song was wonderful to surface, given AMT #1 and AMT #2 lacked it. Also includes ~16 minutes of Antony and Julia Kent’s set, which is very nice. Thank you, Brian Conniffe (not the taper; just sharer)!

2017-07-04: 2002-06-07 New Forms III – Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, NL [AMT #2b]
Unknown DVDr release, unlisted on Discogs and possibly semi-official. Same as AMT #2a, except not in wide-screen; better watch because of it. Thank you, Jon Whitney (not the taper; just sharer)!

2017-07-04: 2002-07-26 Il Violino e la Selce – Corte Malatestiana, Fano, IT [AMT #2 / MIX (AMT #1b)]
Unknown DVDr release, unlisted on Discogs and possibly semi-official. Second half is the same as the second half of AMT #1a, but fewer cuts. “The Last Rites of Spring” is an amazing discovery by itself! Sound is plagued by burn errors, unfortunately. Thank you, Jon Whitney (not the taper; just sharer)!

2017-09-18: 2004-07-11 Il Violino E La Selce Festival – Jesi, IT [AMT #3b]
Unofficially bootlegged on 2008’s All The Pretty Little Horses vinyl/DVDr boxset; the boxset was extremely limited, so this was the first time this footage had ever been available publicly. Better quality than AMT #3a, adding all the other songs, including “Amethyst Deceivers”! Thank you, Maarten Schermer (not the taper; just sharer)!

2017-10-10: 2002-10-25 St. John’s Church, Gdansk, Poland [AMT #2]
Salvaged from a broken VHS tape. The taper, Ash Neuro, credits me for inspiring him to dig out the tape and digitize it! Thank you, man! Because the tape was broken, a lot of footage tragically got lost, but at least we have what we have.

2017-10-17 + 2017-10-21: 2000-09-19 “Persistence is All” – Royal Festival Hall, London, England [AMT #2a + AMT #2b]
Uploaded to Youtube out of nowhere! It was a nice surprise. Static camera, but well-positioned; the backing video projections provide enough entertainment, even as the band are obscured in darkness. AMT #2a was originally uploaded in 240p with screwed up stereo sound, but the archive.org upload, AMT #2b, is edited, i.e. it has better quality and mono sound, making it the superior watch (despite the sync issues at the end of the last song).

2018

2018-02-11: 2002-04-13 Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau, Germany [SBD #1b]
Previously, only “Sick Mirrors” (SBD #1a) was available. This is the first SBD to surface in years, so this is just fantastic! This recording marks the first time “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals,” “Slur,” and “A Cold Cell” are available in SBD quality! Thank you, Don Rubin (not the taper, just the sharer)!

2018-04-02: 2002-10-12 Megalithomania – Conway Hall, London, UK [AUD #2]
Morgan Yew dedicated digitizing his mini-disc of this show to me. It’s much better than AUD #1 and includes other funny tid bits at the show. John’s comments off-microphone are quite audible. Thank you, man!

2018-05-06: Threshold HouseBoys Choir 2009-05-15 Luchtbal, Antwerp, Belgium [AMT #1]
The first non-Coil related notation on this website (possibly hinting at things to come). This is the first nearly complete THBC live recording to surface, of which we are aware. Shot from the balcony, it has a lot of bumps in the audio where the frame changes, but is surprisingly watchable, getting better as it goes along. Surfaced in two parts, the second part is tragically broken, with 0:40-0:58 being unwatchable. You must skip this portion manually in your video player. This recording is at best M1 or M2; thujone23 recorded it and cannot access his master at the moment, so this is the best we have. Thank you to the anonymous donor for sharing the recording with us and thujone23 for allowing us to share it publicly.

2018-05-11: 2001-03-25 Oblique LU Nights Festival – Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France [AMT]
Previously, of this source, only two stills showing John and Thighpaulsandra wrestling had surfaced. Finally, we got the full video, and it’s a great watch. A little dark and muddy, but the framing is excellent throughout, only occasionally going out of focus or shaking to the point of distraction. It’s complete, thankfully, and also it’s very nice seeing more footage of “Titan Arch,” which was only played twice. Thank you, Chris (not the taper, just the sharer)!

2018-05-20: 2001-06-03 Wave Gotik Treffen, Day 3 – Agra Hall, Leipzig, Germany [AUD #4]
Not as good as AUD #1, as it is relatively distant sounding before the mix changes a few times, but this item is very nice to have. Thank you, Chris (not the taper, just the sharer)!

2018-05-27: 2004-10-23 Dublin Electronic Arts Festival – City Hall, Dublin, Ireland [AUD #2]
Lineage: Audio cassette from eBay (M?) > Denon Stereo Cassette Tape Deck DR-M11 > E-MU 0404 PCI Card > Wavelab 6 > .wav > flac. It came in a VHS-style case, housing an audio cassette and four pictures of John, Peter, Ossian, and Cliff. Only a few copies were sold on eBay in this way. This source is a bit of a mystery. We compared it with the CSO 14 audio and it seems to be the same source…at least partially. The audience dialogue during “Stranded with Gifts” is the same, but other parts of the audio differ, for example the level of peaking during “White Rainbow” and the fact that “Tom’s Radio Weston” cuts in. I always thought CSO 14’s audio was a mix of the 3 camera sources used in the edit, given that’s what it says on the DVD’s title card. Without the raw video sources to compare audio with, it’s unclear if that’s the case, or if Peter used an external audio source, i.e. an AUD, for the boxset. Even if this source is the same, or one of the same sources as CSO 14, it seems to be rawer audio, given it’s quieter and a little less hissy. Not sure if this makes it a higher or lower-generation source. Good to have, nonetheless. Thank you, Chris (not the taper, just the sharer)!

2018-06-20: 2002-10-05 Ydrogeios Club, Thessaloniki, Greece [AUD]
No idea this source existed – nice surprise! It’s lo-fi, compared to the SBD, but it is the most complete source of the show we have obtained so far, with audience banter not available on any other sources, with only two cuts. Thank you, Chris (not the taper, just the sharer)!

Source Upgrades

My efforts at keeping a timeline of new Coil recording source upgrades since beginning my Coil research in 2014.

2017-03-08: 2004-06-03 Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL [AUD, M0 WAV]
Master WAV surfaced. Thank you, Claus Laufenburg!

2017-03-11: 2000-09-19 “Persistence is All” – Royal Festival Hall, London, England [AMT #1, M1]
1st-gen copy. Has a few more seconds on “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil.” Thank you, Davide Gostoli!

2018-04-13: 2002-10-01 Royal Festival Hall, London, England [AUD #1a, M2 WAV]
Lineage: Mini-Disc (M0) > Straight copy of Mini-Disc (M1) > Audacity, WAV > CDr (M2) > WAV. Sounds better than previous circulating versions, rendering MP3 versions of AUD #1a and AUD #1c obsolete. Thank you, Pete Greening!

2018-04-13: 2002-10-12 Megalithomania – Conway Hall, London, UK [AUD #1, M2 WAV]
Lineage: Mini-Disc (M0) > Straight copy of Mini-Disc (M1) > Audacity, WAV > CDr (M2) > WAV. Thank you, Pete Greening!