Conelrad is not only an obsolete Cold War radio warning system, it is also the name used by a Goon living in the UK who claims to be working on his English Lit Ph.D. and creates electronic music in his spare time as a means of unwinding. So far Conelrad has created five releases:
- Not A Gun (EP, 2005)
- Community Shelter Planning (EP, 2007)
- Function Creep (LP, 2007)
- Sure Is The Risk Made (LP, 2009)
- Five Automatic Landings (EP, 2011)
Many of Conelrad's pieces are titled with or include references to Cold War events, for example "Faded Giant" and "Able Archer 83" from Community Shelter Planning, as well as "Paternoster" and "Samantha Smith" from Sure Is The Risk Made. In addition to this, much of the music is evocative of the lurking dread suffusing the Cold War period, so it would not be unreasonable to term Conelrad's music "Cold War Ambient".
All five releases can be downloaded at Conelrad's website for no charge. Do e-mail him and let him know if you like it, would you?
UPDATE (9/8/2011) Information about fifth EP, Five Automatic Landings, added