Listen to the Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour Live on CHMR-FM

... almost every Saturday from 4 - 6 PM (Newfoundland Time Zone -- 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific) at Listeners are invited to participate in person or through Skype (skype name: mannlichercarcano).

Sunday, May 17, 2099

Mannlicher Who?!

Mannlicher Carcano is an experimental, improvisational audio collage group who have been working together since 1987, creating performances, recordings, installations, and radio art. They produce a weekly radio and web-cast, The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour. The group has released over 50 cassettes, CDs, CDRs, and vinyl recordings, and archived hundreds of mp3 radio transcriptions.

Mannlicher Carcano is a pirate-radio sound-terrorist musical collective who use improvisational audio collage techniques to control minds. Formed in 1984 by those clandestine cryptonyms "Really Happening"(Los Angeles, CA), "Porter Hall" (Guelph, ON) and "Gogo Godot" (Winnipeg), Mannlicher's Anarchist-Avant-Garde, Post-Punk, Classical-DIY, Plunderphonic, Experimental-Apocalypse, Analog-Acoustic-Pop-Autopsy style is auralgasmic.

MC creates a musical salad by combining home-made instruments (the Spring-Strung Bass, Ventor, and Cast Aluminum Cello), miscellaneous sound and noise producing vessels and conventional instruments in their ongoing quest to understand and expand the contemporary urban acoustic ecology. In addition to a weekly telephone-linked live radio program/webcast

The MannlicherCarcano Radio Hour at noon), MC have issued hundreds of self-released titles, appeared on experimental music and radio art compilations, produced soundtracks for films, created installations for art gallery's and museums, and have tended the fires of their loyal cult-like following on theInternet. 
- C.H. Cummings, founder, Pleonasm Records

The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour is a weekly live, improvised audio collage that links multiple radio stations and sound artists in various locations around the world. New contributors are welcomed and can contribute audio via Skype contact with Mannlicher Carcano or via the CHMR studio phone line (Saturdays, 4-6pm Newfoundland Time Zone). Mannlicher Carcano is an audio collage ensemble originally based in Winnipeg and now distributed throughout the globe. Their work spans multiple decades and much of it is archived at

  - Mike Edgerton, experimental text-sound vocal operative

Mannlicher Carcano's Off Register is a soundscape created by the simultaneous playing of three individually composed sections of different lengths, which constantly recombine into new configurations. Mannlicher Carcano is comprised of three members: Porter Hall, Really Happening, and Gogo Godot, each of whom lives in a different North American city. Each collaborator created his portion of Off Register without knowledge of the other components, thereby creating a sound environment removed from both geographical specificity and individual creative intent. The work is a continuation of the group’s Ambient Narrative series, which uses narrative elements and structures (musical, verbal, documentary, and theatrical), and assembles them into a shifting, participatory, non-hierarchical continuum.
                                             "Mannlicher Carcano: Off Register"
                                             2001-07-24 until 2001-07-24
                                             University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach

Mannlicher-Carcano is actually an Italian military 6.77 mm (.266/67 cal.) rimless bottle-necked rifle cartridge, developed from 1889-1891 and used in the M 91 Carcano rifle and its successors. In US parlance, the moniker "Carcano" is frequently added to better distinguish it from the rimmed hunting cartridge 6.5x52mmR (US version: .25-35 Winchester). Ballistically, its performance is very similar to that of the 6.5x54mm Mannlicher-Schönauer.

Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Mannlicher Carcano, a performance and recording group based in the Various Area, have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Mannlicher Carcano re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Mannlicher Carcano have been sued twice for copyright infringement.

Mannlicher Carcano is...

... an improvisational audio collage and radio art collective that coalesced in the mid-1980’s out of a number of new music, sound art, and post-punk experiments, and has been performing and recording regularly for over 30 years, in spite of not living in the same city for the last 25.

... Really Happening (Los Angeles, CA), Porter Hall (St. John's NFLD) and R.F. (Gogo) Godot (Winnipeg, MB), though the group has many regular adjunct participants, and has played with over 200 collaborators over the course of its history -- current regular adjuncts include Kenneth Friendliness (LA) and Rock Hill (Montreal).

... MC’s early performances were highly theatrical, with costumes, stage sets, and elaborate collaged light shows providing a visual analog of their densely layered sound. Then as now, the sound was generated using a wide range of sources, including traditional (trumpet, bullroarer, drums) and invented (spring-strung bass, Ventor, cast aluminum cello) instruments, thrift store electronic equipment: portable record players playing warped Montovani, sound effects at the wrong speed , or stuck fragments of religious tirades ; children’s toys, radios, live phone calls, tape loops, field recordings of environmental soundscapes and contact miced appliances.

... in addition to their experimental theatrical performances,  a group of participants in numerous sound art exhibitions, academic conferences, new music festivals, experimental radio and radio art broadcasts, as well as the participating in cassette culture underground with the production and distribution of 9 full length cassettes, as well as a number of quirky vinyl projects. Mannlicher Carcano was the subject of a cover story in the Fall 2002 issue of the highly respected new music journal Musicworks.

... an early web presence, albeit (mis)using generic site-building programs and vanishing hosts. Their first CD Half Duplex Receive Only was released in a limited edition in 2001, followed by 11 further self-released CDRs mostly drawing material from their weekly live 3-city improvised audio collage radio program and webcast “The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour”.

... The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour combines live signals from up to five different cities, transmitted via Skype or over phone lines from their respective locations then added to and mixed live to air and web by Porter Hall. The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour was hosted by Peterborough’s Trent Radio, CFRU-FM 93.3 at the University of Guelph , and now finds its home at CHMR FM in St. John's Newfoundland.
Links to recent shows and other news and archived material are available at

Click here to download a 2 CD retrospective of live, studio, radio performances... and more - spanning two decades!This is a preview of the forthcoming 3-disc anthology 'Mannlicher Carcano: Trouble Comes in Threes' Extensive liner notes, copiously illustrated....

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Best Batch Yet!

Now before y'all go in a feeding frenzy DLing these, let our intern Nguyễn check them first, it's been a while... 

OK, Nguyễn says these last four check out, though 20180901 is a rerun. Dig in!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Keepin' it Reel too Reel in the 15650!

You know those mofos what say "Meow meow call that music! Meow meow no melody, meow meow no structure, meow meow TOO LOUD?" Well, one of our secret meow meow founding members would like to suggest something you can stick in your meow meow ears if you don't like the meow meow sounds of the mighty Mannlicher Carcano!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Return of Allah-Go-Rhythm

I think AGR is on the first one - if you find yourself listening to accounts of bathroom DMT chemistry and dog-headed guardians of infinitely tessellated mosques, you're in the right place!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Let's try a new batch of links... 3 good 3 bad GO!

Image found with Gogo Porter Really google image search

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lets Try These Links and See What Happens!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Radio Monekey Freedom Vols 1 & 2 PLUS+++!!!

(the last couple of unedited broadcasts) PLUS+++

...the July 29th broadcast mixed with the Lompoc Western Sighthound Specialty field recording, which only penetrated the broadcast mix intermittently!!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

This seems to be the right tactic...

Wait a couple of days before attempting to DL from the CHMRchive --

PS: First Mannatee™® to identify the above painting detail wins a free cigar!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Will this work? Was anything getting through?

Getting through from the dog show in Lompoc? Or from Gogo through Lompoc to Porter? Dealing with skype forced upgrade issues, things get complicated.

Monday, July 24, 2017

MCRH Saturday July 22, 2017 with Porter, Really, Rock (briefly), Herr Schurdt, Dr. Pityface, and Woodpity.

And here is the mysteriously vanished file reappeared from the week before!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We'll give this one more shot... 
                                   Failed No File! These ones worked:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


For those anxious Mannatees that can't wait until Saturday, here is the edit of the jam MC performed off-air last Saturday, with Porter Hall wandering the streets of Toronto, interacting with the locals and Hairy Mary Hall (by phone?) along with a raucous Los Angeles contingent featuring Dr, Pityface, Woodpity Pitywood, and new member Spotty Signal, alongside Kenneth Friendliness and Really Happening. Additional harmony vocals from Chloe & Portfolio. Edited together by R. Happening from 4 separate source fragments, the track is entitled 170527 for 170603 (Loud & Clear), and will be available here for a limited time only! Below: Top to bottom -- Really Happening, Woodpity Pitywood, Spotty Signal. Photo by Dr. Pityface.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Coming soon... SINGULARITY

Mannlicher Carcano: SINGULARITY -- a collection of 20 3-minute excerpts from the Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour, live performances, and studio concoctions. Each disc will contain a randomly generated mix drawing from a pool of 999 possible singles, and the album will be issued in a strictly limited edition of 3.32693155076408E+41.

Here are the first two sample singles slated for this ambitious magnum opus, Singularity 001 (The Cry of the Yet), and Singularity 002 (Kumbaya)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Here are links to the last month of shows...

And none of them seem to work! POOOORRRRTERRR!!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Evidence of MC's Early Internetventions Unearthed!!

While digging through a bin of moldy collage materials, Really Happening came across this evidence of Mannlicher's legendary early absurdist interventions using free web-hosting and design services from the mid-90s to the early 2000s, when this Cafepress giftshop was set up. 

The site was the last of 3 or 4 of these interventionist sites, which were filled with misinformation, confusing linkage, and the cheesiest default design elements available. The skeleton of the site's front page is viewable via the Wayback machine, but all the pictorial content is missing, and the layers of pages weren't saved, so it's not really worth the click.  

We can't make out what the image on offer was, but there is some recollection that it was a completely unintelligible, densely layered lo-res digital mish-mash that no one in their right minds would want on their $1000 coffee mug. We went to see if these items were still available on the Cafepress site, but all we found was this:

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Original Cast

Here are the two most recent broadcast transcription mp3s, available for free download for a brief window in time, then gone, gone, gone....

MC rifle cast by Daniel Hawkins

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Really Porter Mannlicher


Really Porter Mannlicher was edited from the February 25, 2017 edition of the weekly improvised audio collage radio program, The Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour (broadcast weekly on CHMR 93.5fm, Saturdays from 4 to 6pm). It consists of a single 1:19min improvisation between two Mannlicher Carcano members, Really Happening and Porter Hall. It begins and ends with short spoken conversations as they conceive and plan this project but for the most part, it is classic Mannlicher Carcano. Really Porter Mannlicher is an edition of one CD project submitted to the RPM 2017 Challenge (to make an album in the month of February):

Really Happening (Los Angeles, California):

electric guitar
Mr. Bill doll 
RC20XL Loop Station
Vinyl: Christ's Ambassadors & Mind Development: Deep Relaxation
cassette loop (ST to sculpture "Order Here")
ARP Odyssey
KORG Electribe ER-1
live soundscape - neighbour's yard worker blowing leaves

Porter Hall (St. John’s, Newfoundland):

Alesis microverb 4 multi-effects 
KORG Monotron (analog ribbon synthesizer)
KORG Monotron Delay
CD: St. John’s vocalX “Introduction to the Elements” (RPM submission)
toy micro pan pipes
Macdonald’s toy siren (designed to attach to bicycle handlebars)
Merry-Okee elf/normal toy microphone
modified squeaky element from a toy chicken

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Missing Links

Porter fought the robots the only way he knew how -- by deleting the Mainframe! Sure, mankind was thrown back into the dark ages of no Mannlicher Carcano Radio Show archive links except for the ones on, but now mankind can crawl back from the ooze all over again and relive those glory days of gradually emerging higher consciousness, as if nobody had ever listened to Mannlicher Carcano before! Let's start here:

Friday, January 6, 2017

Do you, Really?

These next two should work, but have no associated file, we'll check it out...

OK, let's try one more and see if there's something screwy going on with the archive...

This is okay! This one is alright! This one is alright! This one is all right!!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

MC Live at Art Basil LA 2016

 This is the youtube archive of Mr. Let's Paint TV's live stream from the Art Basil LA art fair in his backyard in Van Nuys CA. The actual performance is the first hour +45 or so, then there's an MC soundtrack over a fairly minimal video, then several more hours of less eventful documentation. Participating in this performance, which was the LA segment of the regular Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour, were Really Happening, Kenneth Friendliness, and Herr Schurdt, with cameo appearances from Mr. Let's Paint TV and new member Sun Dog, plus sonic backwash from Porter in Newfoundland. The actual broadcast version of the show will be linked here shortly.

 More info on Art Basil LA at

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016


In 1985, at the nadir of L. Cohen's career (his masterpiece Various Positions having been released only in Canada), Mannlicher Carcano resolved to jump start it by lending the weight of their endorsement via a tribute LP of Cohen covers, to be entitled "LEONARD COHENS GREATEST HITS (as performed by mannlicher carcano)", and they recorded 3 or 4 numbers before Jennifer Warnes (who had apparently been listening in to private conversations in the Tower of Song commissary) beat them to the punch. On Saturday, Nov 13 2016, the group realized one of the originally conceived covers with this profound yet danceable rendition of one of Cohen's most obscure numbers, the rambling, desperate "Please Don't Pass Me By (A Disgrace)" from 1970. Dig.

PS: This version does not appear on the broadcast version of the radio show linked below. So you'll just have to download both.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Best Show Ever!

Featuring Kenneth Friendliness, Herr Schurdt, the FBC Senior Adult Choir, Further Deconstructions of Dawn, The Reptilian Monkey Dance Party, and some racket from Porter & Gogo.