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Free Radicals


Wellington-based electronic / art-music group from the mid 1980’s who recorded and released their debut 12″ ‘Polarities’ with the assistance of a QEII Arts Council grant under the Demonstration Recording Subsidy Scheme. Formed by New York-born classical composer Jonathan Besser and former Victoria University lecturer and composer Ross Harris.

Released a 12″ EP on Bill Direen‘s South Indies label.


  • Jonathan Besser (synthesizer / bass / vocals)
  • Ross Harris (The Kugels, synthesizer / flugelhorn)
  • Gerry Meister (flute / guitar / effects)


  • Polarities 12″ (1983, self-released)
  • (i) 12″ EP (1987, South Indies, SOIN9122)
  • Immaterial Elements cassette (1987, self-released, 70AD)
  • Free Radicals (compilation 2020, Rattle Echo, RAT-D096)


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