Ted Adams / Mild Seven International

When I first began researching information for this site I stumbled across Ted Adam’s photography web page.  I sent him an e-mail and he responded the same day.  Other than my phone calls to Kim Cascone, Ted was my first contact with a Silent artist.  It was also the first time I realized that things at Silent weren’t always perfect, as well as the first time I realized that an artist might not even own an original copy of his work!

Before Mild Seven International came about, Ted Adams wrote and played for a number of rock, punk-a-billy, and experimental noise projects.  One of these projects (The Adonis Brothers) included Mark Ibold of Pavement.  In 1992, Ted released a 4 song EP of house music under the name Mild Seven International.

Mild Seven International borrowed its name from a brand of Japanese cigarettes.  Ted Adams saw a poster in Philly’s Chinatown advertising the cigarettes and the name stuck.  Ted sent Mild Seven tape in to the Silent Records office and Silent released it under the Pulse Soniq imprint.  Interestingly, this is the only CD Silent released that carried a ‘PS’ catalog number rather than the standard ‘SR’.  Surprisingly, the album was advertised in a few alternative rock magazines (rather than magazines that catered to dance music) then dropped. 

A couple years passed and Ted had completely forgotten about Mild Seven when he received a royalty check from Japan where the album had been receiving airplay.

Ted released a couple “jazzy atmospheric house music” 12” singles under the name 10” Sunshine, followed by a semi-rock album under the name Smoke Filled Men.  Although Shimmy Disk declined to release the Smoke Filled Men album, Ted and the band did get a chance to play at the Coney Island Freak Show before Ted finally decided to stop doing music.

Ted Adams now works in the editorial department at the Philadelphia Inquirer. His artwork is permanently on display in his home gallery in South Philadelphia.  You can also view his photography and “photopainting” techniques on the missioncrep.com website.

Teddy Adams / Mild Seven International Discography

The Adonis Brothers cassette, 1982 (includes Mark Ibold of Pavement)

Odessa Steps Sequence cassette, 1982

Balzac Achievers cassette, 1991

10" Sunshine - Golden Remixes cassette, 1992

Mild Seven International - Mild Seven International, Silent Records / Pulse Soniq, 1993

Smoke Filled Men, cassette, 1994

12” Singles:
Mild Seven International - Mild Seven International EP (4 tracks), 1992

10" Sunshine - 10" Sunshine EP (4 tracks), 1993   

Unreleased Material:
Bobby Wocket & the Jackets cassettes, 1981

Silent Release

Special silentrecords.net interview with Ted Adams (aka 10 Inch Sunshine)

How did you meet Kim Cascone and/or get involved with Silent Records?

I sent Silent a demo tape out of the blue. I think I saw Silent in a record-industry guide somewhere.

Briefly describe the "ambient" scene during the times you were putting out material for Silent.

I'm not sure if there really was an ambient "scene" at that time -- that was almost exactly 10 years ago. I sent Cascone my demo tape in 1992.

How has it changed?

Well, I guess being that there wasn't much of an "ambient" scene when I started (or at least none that un-hip l'il ol' me was aware of), "came into existence" might be a good way of putting it...
> Is there any unreleased material from the Silent period?

yup. tons and tons and tons of it.

What is your favorite Silent release?

Mine...I guess. But to be perfectly honest, I never really listened to very many other Silent artists -- or current artists in general.

Any plans on re-releasing the Silent material?


What are you up to now?

I work at a major newspaper; do mostly photography & visual art in my spare time. Still dabble in music from time to time.

Is there anything you would like to add?

The Mild Seven International album did have a couple "ambient" pieces, but it was largely sample-heavy experimental dance/house music. Some of it might be
called "trip-hop" in today's lingo.

* Note from the editor - please check out Ted Adams website:

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