Encyclopaedia Electronica are delighted to announce that, in association with Mute, “From The Port To The Bridge” – the story of Thomas Leer and Robert Rental” exhibition will be on view at The Horse Hospital, London from Friday January 21st – Thursday 10th February 2022.

First premiered at The Beacon Art Centre in Greenock in October 2018, the exhibition brings together personal artefacts and publicity materials relating to the work of Thomas and Robert between the 1970s and 2000s.

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD Open Mon – Sat, 12 – 6pm.

“The Bridge” album will be re-released on white vinyl (first time since 1979) and CD (first time since 1992) by Mute on 28th January 2022. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to buy these in advance of the release date.



I received this compilation LP in the post the other day from Francois Marche’ – a thank you for providing the WAV files of the original tapes on Rob Maycock’s Mindscan label. Rob and I used to communicate by post in the late 1980s and early 1990s and he would send me his latest tapes and fanzines. The original tapes have been made available here:

If you’d like to purchase the LP, it is available here:





I have been researching this project for RIG Arts since January, in the company of Katrina McLellan, James Grant & Chris Fallen. The results are multi-media focused: a week-long exhibition at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock in July 2019, a free 20-page booklet, a celebration gig held at The Beacon featuring the return of The Cuban Heels for the first time since the early 1980s(!), and a forthcoming documentary film which will be hosted on RIG Arts website in August 2019.

We are keen to display the exhibition and film elsewhere, so if you have any ideas, please get in touch via the contact form.




I was asked to write a chapter on Industrial Music and ‘Place’ for this book series. The result was “Post-Industrialism and Industrial Music” in book 2 of this 2 part-er. All proceeds from the profits from these books are distributed to environmental charities, and everyone has contributed their work free of charge.

You can order this book here



Three years in the making, Encyclopaedia Electronica is delighted to announce a retrospective exhibition of the work of Port Glasgow-born electronic music pioneers, Thomas Leer and the late Robert Rental, two of Scotland’s finest, but perhaps less well-known, musicians.

Thomas and Robert’s ground-breaking music helped create the template for an explosion of independent post-punk releases and the synth-pop boom of the early 1980s.

Free exhibition and documentary  2nd – 28th October, Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock PA15 1HJ. Open 10am – 6pm Mon – Sat. Also open evenings and Sundays when there are other performances going on in the Centre. See The Beacon’s interactive brochure for more details:

There will be a range of merchandise available, including booklet, posters, t-shirts, postcard sets, vinyl, CDs etc on Saturdays 10am – 6pm throughout October.



In memory of our late friend DIL23, some friends have come together to organise #ADayforDIL on Saturday 23rd June. There will be a gig in Glasgow involving Ruby, Security, Laica and others, as well as a day of releases, both physical and digital. All profits from the day will be going to MacMillan Cancer Support.

As part of the day, I am auctioning off DIL23’s Throbbing Gristle posters, kindly donated by his sister Fiona. There are 6 posters, images and details below. The auctions are by ‘sealed bids’ by email to me at:   Bid up to whatever you want, and as many times as you want. The highest bid winners will be announced at #ADayforDIL on 23rd June. Payment will be by Paypal.

Auction 1:
Throbbing Gristle Berlin 2006 Poster
59cm x 42cm, Heavy Silk Card Stock
Signed by all 4 TG members
Embossed TG stamp
2 cellotape marks on reverse


Auction 2:
Throbbing Gristle Cancelled Camber Sands 2004 Re-TG Poster
59cm x 42cm, Heavy Matt Card Stock
2 cellotape marks on reverse

Auction 3:
Throbbing Gristle Music From The Death Factory 1991 Mute/A Grey Area Poster
59cm x 42cm, Medium Silk Card Stock
1 cellotape mark on reverse

Auction 4:
Throbbing Gristle Music From The Death Factory 2000s Poster
59cm x 42cm, Heavy Silk Card Stock
Embossed TG Stamp
2 cellotape marks on reverse

Auction 5:
Throbbing Gristle Prostitution 2007 Poster
59cm x 42cm, Heavy Silk Card Stock
Embossed TG Stamp
2 cellotape marks on reverse

Auction 6:
Throbbing Gristle Desertshore Installation 2007 Poster & Flyer
29.5cm x 42cm, Medium Glossy Paper Stock
15cm x 21cm, Medium Card Stock
Flyer signed by all 4 TG members
2 cellotape marks on reverse of poster, one on reverse of flyer

(please note these last 2 images have been cropped to meet image size limit)



Over the last few weeks Encyclopaedia Electronica has been compiling this download album for Electronic Sound magazine, along with

If you purchase the vinyl bundle of the magazine you also get a download code for an incredible 13-track album that takes a journey through the underbelly of Sheffield past, featuring acts including Vice Versa, I’m So Hollow, They Must Be Russians, 2.3 and more.


Hobbies Of Today: ‘Metal Boys’ / The Naughtiest Girl Was A Monitor: ‘All The Naked Heroes’ / Vice Versa: ‘Trapped In Celluloid’ / I’m So Hollow: ‘Fashion’ / I’m So Hollow: ‘I Don’t Know’/ I’m So Hollow: ‘No. 1’ / They Must Be Russians: ‘Disco Rise’ / They Must Be Russians: ‘Nothing To Lose’ / They Must Be Russians: ‘Treasure House’ / They Must Be Russians: ‘Doom & Decay’ / Surface Mutants: ‘Somewhere Strange’ / 2.3: ‘London’ / Naked Pygmy Voles: ‘Berlin Horse’



Martin Lilleker Dementia Project fundraiser

Martin Lilleker was Sheffield’s answer to John Peel, forever supporting and encouraging local bands via his regular music columns in the local press from the 1970s onwards. He went on to write 2 influential books on Sheffield music from the 1950s – 1980s. Sadly, Martin died of early onset dementia in his early sixties on December 31st last year.

In Martin’s collection were a number of demo tapes that he’d kept for over 30 years. With the support of Martin’s family, and the artists involved, we are bringing these back into the digital realm, whilst also raising funds for the Dementia Music Project at the nursing home where Martin spent his last days. People will have personal players with personalised playlists created just for them, so that they get the pleasure of music they loved.

The first 3 releases (Vendino Pact, Surface Mutants and 391) are now available at the Sheffield Tape Archive. More to follow. Thanks to all the bands and individuals involved.