factor X started in June 1983 in Paignton as a conceptual music project by Shaun Robert. Since then, a lot of tapes were released, on labels like Drahtfunk Products, Schimpfluch, SPH, Jeremy Bamber Tapes, BV Tapes, Intransitive Recordings and Old Europa Cafe. The collaborative CD with TAC and Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock was published by Harsh Dept. in 1996, it has been quiet for many years, but now Shaun Robert emerged again with some new projects like Mutant Beatniks etc. It's a good time to remember his old and quite obscured recordings from the 80s!
Shaun Robert started doing music around 1979, unclear when play turned into something abit deeper, or pretentious, depending on your point of view. The first tape was an object, a cassette shell lacquerd in shiny globs of black paint, a piece of immoveable tape glued as in to play, it was played at full volume, the machines noise was a thing beating you up on a winter's day. The second tape by factor X was a cassette covered thickly with black gloss enamel paint, titled "E.T.A." (experimental tape art), the original tape was in lopsided stereo, but at some point I recorded it off into mono, the side A had a uncomfortable loop of french radio, with more Casio keyboard sounds farted through various speakers.
"022 was put together over the year 1985, there's a sound on here that take me right back to the time I recorded them, the first that comes to mind is the recording of a fire engine from the roof top where I was living, and the squeaking bed sounds from a flat I moved into later. I'd listen to the parts over and over, it's all very basically put together, with a technic I was using at the tape which was, three tape machines, two playing and one recording, and we're talking Radio Shack not even Pioneer. An extra thing I should mention, is that there was a 7" single part with the tape, I think I did a edition of 25, and sent them to poor devils I had the addresses of. I can only remember one good response from this guy in Portugal, a DJ on some radio station, he sent me this wonderful letter back saying how much he loved the record, and tried to play it out, but nearly got the sack. The single were second hand from a bargain bin, scratched to pieces, you could play them but destroy your stylus. I put labels on them so there was really no way of knowing who had originally done the little disc. The cover for the single was a drawing I did of an angular man, starting his walk down a path, a picture that has so what hung in my mind, think about now, after listening to 022, while recording it off to put up, there is a connection with the aboriginal content that's on the tape." - Shaun Robert, 2010