8.09.2014

interview with: SCUMEARTH

































ALONSO URBANOS is the experimental musician behind the project called SCUMEARTH, one of the best examples still active in the spanish noise and industrial scene. Apart harsh sounds, SCUMEARTH make also another textures and landscapes more ambient / drone oriented.


























http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_rScBRKlTdoE/TVRZ01l0apI/AAAAAAACEgs/3iE5jpaeNC0/s400/scumearth_28012011_18.jpgWHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE CONVENTIONAL MUSIC?




In fact, I have ever done "mainstream music". I'm not a musician or career academy, everything I know I learned self-taught and influenced by other artists for almost unhealthy interest in machines and pottery. With SCUMEARTH I started already in 2000, just as the digital software were creating quite interesting tools and digital experimental music started strong, but over time and after spending some time in this format, I opted to use analog tools and spare computer and software in my first phase used external recordings with a microphone and minidisc, I recorded sources such as heat-fire, industrial machinery with contact mics, distortion pedal, then I processed it with digital software and built tracks, for example my first major work "A thing into the Dark" and "Black Snow I-II-III" are made with this method. What I wanted to get all this time is that the recordings I make for my edits can also be carried live today and after many direct and editions and thank the team that I have acquired over the years, I can say that is achieved. I think Live concert is also much richer for the viewer / listener. The interesting thing about this method is that I can play in my studio and record it, then play it live to 100% never sounds the same, and there I think is the interesting possibilities but also within the improvisation of the moment everything is calculated to sound machines in a scheme that I'm playing this as the set mounted, so if you know some of my edits will recognize if I play live. My style sound like experimental noise with a dark base, close to dark ambient, and other times it is dark ambient with a loud base and experimental sounds. That is the modus operandi of SCUMEARTH from its inception to the current date, now it's all real time without previous recordings, only generating what machines send pure electricity.

























http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rScBRKlTdoE/TVRZ1NiQwwI/AAAAAAACEg0/J_X1Na3OALw/s400/scumearth_28012011_11.jpgFOR WHAT REASON DO YOU THINK NOISE MUSIC AWAKENS IN PEOPLE 2 COMPLETLY OPPOSITE AESTHETICS: FOR SOME ONES (MERZBOW) IS PEACE, OPTIMISM, CIVILIZATION OR ABSTRACT ART. BUT FOR OTHER ONES IS WAR, VIOLENCE, SEXISM OR ANIMAL TORTURE.




Well, this is an issue that I can give you my opinion, but that does not think it's the truth, because every artist really externalized and internalized according to his tastes. If it is true that there is within the experimental music taste and approach extreme or taboo topics. The power electronics projects over time has become a channel to expose very dark sides of human being such as: extreme policies, bizarre sex, mass murderers, serial killers... but remember that just using sounds and very extreme and not suitable for all environments is how that is attached, I also believe that other people, listeners and artists use it as a personal challenge, sometimes unhealthy and anti-social, some posers and too much other paraphernalia... some artists simplify this and use it as a means of performing arts, most culturally... I think this depends on the sensitivity or lack of it at the time to focus your sounds / noises. There are many projects that use the aesthetics of the end to reach a certain audience, but then his music is poor or copy of others, so I think it's sad, same for styles with other less aggressive. In my personal case SCUMEARTH has never been focused on something like politics, for example, does not interest me at all mix noise with politics, in my opinion, but yes SCUMEARTH related be the human conscious and subconscious, sometimes dark, but also choose topics that interest me such as: medical science, biology, films, literature, etc. and I give my stamp of identity, becoming something conceptual, such as my latest work "Atomic Physics" is a vision of atomic energy and "Yokai" theme they are the stories of ghosts and monsters from Japanese folklore. Also very important in SCUMEARTH is to design issues, due my profession is a graphic designer, I think it's the ideal set if you buy a physical format, either on CD, LP or cassette, this part the most careful treatment, care and passion, almost like music / noise Ratio in SCUMEARTH.

























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ALL! All I like individually, but in the effort it costs me each, I liked working sounds in "Atomic physics" and in his absence the noise, energy and brutality of "Yokai" in a line more "Japanoise".








































WHY MANY PEOPLE PREFER CASSETTE FORMAT? HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RELEASES IN OTHER FORMATS? 


 

Cassette is a format that some of my generation we love and others not... I personally like format seems like a technological marvel-analogue, which is above the domestic range (or was a few years ago) may now it has become something of a collector's item, but that is also positive, this is something for minorities and do not care that most do not suits them because they can not put it in his generation mobile or computer and go your namely that device... many give importance to have a good team of domestic music, which includes repreductor cassette! ... personally today is also a way of paying homage to the era of "mailing list" in the 80's and 90's, where artists performed their stuff exchanges (today some highly prized tapes) which I enjoyed his last years. Maybe it's a format that seem from the current viewpoint and we invaded the digital era, it is "obsolete" for nothing farther from our reality, but hey, you also are giving options for all your digital download, meaning that at the end everyone is happy. With SCUMEARTH I made releases in CD and tape, in the near future will make on vinyl too. "Atomic physics" was on "Bestiarie Records" seal tape and now released in CD format with special bonus material. Also "Yokai" ("Mattoid Records") has come out in an awesome digipack with an exclusive remix of the spanish electronic band: Esplendor Geometrico.
























http://www.scumearth.com/images/scum01g.jpgWHAT KIND OF SENSATIONS, FEELINGS OR IDEAS DO YOU THINK CONNECT "SCUMEARTH" MUSIC?




Conscious and subconscious of human beings, sometimes dark (most of the time) science-medicine, biology, films, literature... and especially the machinery and pottery when connected!





























http://www.planetamodular.com/wp-content/Imagenes/bargris5.jpgWHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTENED TO WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD AND WHICH NOWADAYS?




I feel fortunate to grow as I have grown to know groups who opened another musical reality more "authentic" and gain knowledge and work what I like, as a Graphic Designer working with a handful of musical artists, creating music that I like . And even today I wonder how the groups got to know when we were without internet ... actual exchange of information and records with friends, we discovered fanzines and magazines, it was all more authentic and of course the effort that you did to give him more value to música.Sinceridad primarily because dwarf was heavy metal 80's like almost everyone in my neighborhood but I always listened to the same electronic and techno pop groups of the time, Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox, Tears for Fears, new wave My first serious disks... I changed from being a dwarf was Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity" and "Trans Europe Express" and later "Electric Cafe" (actually speak roughly 1985-1986 and unknowingly bought "Radioactivity" and "Trans Europe Express" because they were the disks at the store) I understood at first not very good... but then I was hooked as I listened more groups... after I spent my teens hooked to Depeche Mode to 90's or so... and there were new friends, fanzines, magazines, Front 242, Skinny Puppy, the legacy of Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal and a long etc.


























http://www.ccapitalia.net/galeria/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=7452&g2_serialNumber=2ANOTHER CURIOSITY THAT SURPRISE US ALL OF "SCUMEARTH" IS TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL AND TO IMAGINE THE HUGE BUDGET YOU HAVE INVESTED ALL THESE YEARS.





Well, as I said before to been and is an evolution gained over time and to get to my current "modus operandi", I need these tools I have relied on the concept of creating compositions and sounds by manipulation generated exclusively by electronic instruments, the sources are waveform generators, oscillators, photocells, tactile elements, contact mics, customized synthesizers... away from most of those based solely on the post-production and / or live performance by current software compositions digital. Scumearth offered here all sounds executed in real time, which only generate analog machines, creating from the denser atmosphere, electricity, up imaginary sounds of industrial machinery, kinetic, distortion, rhythmic elements, repetitive, through walls intense noise, which emerge and bind separately or all together in a final mix. The mixture of these sounds even be random, start with a very specific structure and studied to be executed in real time, live, leveraging the power of the equipment in each session, the latter is a very important factor to the sound entity. Experimentation is the key here.




























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AND OF COURSE THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND COLLABORATION.









Thank you for the interview opportunity. And for my past, present and future movements I invite you to meet me in my web and facebook too. Thank you! Kind regards.
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8.02.2014

NACHT UND NEBEL








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Year:  2013
Country:  UK
City:  Nottingham
Label:  Beartown rec.
Format:  cassette
Edition:  30 copies
Tracks:  4
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Noise    Drone
















NACHT UND NEBEL is a noise project from Henry Davies who has played in three Doom Metal bands: Moloch, Nadir and Death In The Woods. - "all sounds originally made with a 'cello", says his bandcamp - and here he gives us three short noise-haikus. The layering and broad textural variety is an immediate contrast with the flipside - "those that tremble as if they were mad" moves through gently repetitive loops into washes of drones and buzzes before riding out a muffled chugging loop, "derinkuyu" has a particularly eerie texture of deep muffled clangs, distortion and strings of little high-frequency squeals, and "anareta" pits squalls of fuzz against deeper underwater resonances.
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8.01.2014

JULIEN SKROBEK













Foto: New tape "Minutes" available from Kiks/GFR label. Minimal noise.
Details here: http://www.kiksbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
"Minutes"
Year:  2014
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Artist:  Julien Skrobek
Label:  Kiks / GFR
Format:  cassette
Edition:  limited
Tracks:  4
Time:  20
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Ambient Noise Wall























Not knowing who this young Frenchman named Julien Skrobek, I had heard some of their b-side projects as BUTCH BAG RUINE or without knowing the relationship between them. The only thing in common is that I liked. I recently looked up the biography of this artist, his discography, etc.. and I realized that (although not well known in the noise scene) are in front of a high value. I think it has the same or higher level of quality than other musicians or even American jaoneses noise, and I wish that one day (hopefully soon) his creativity is recognized. Besides the noise, experimental, musique concrète, drone and music in general, Julien Skrobek also known for being a great artist to make paintings, drawings, graffiti and even skateboards designs. Apparently he had had teenage interest in Rap music and Hip-Hop culture in general (very important in France). Important to mention also that he write in his own interesting musical blog with interviews, reviews, contacts, pics, youtebes, etc. about noise scene.
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STATIC PARK
"Planet of the red​-​masked wallers"
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Artist:  Julien Skrobek
Label:  none
Format:  cassette
Edition:  limited
Tracks:  5
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Ambient Noise Wall

















NOISE project started by Julien Skrobek from Paris (France). His style is a balance between HNW and landscapes and textures more Drone / Ambient oriented. But the element more surprising and original of STATIC PARK, is that mix between noise storms with instruments totally differents such as: Rap bases and drums, acoustic guitar, metallic bells, etc. These experiments become STATIC PARK in a original and totally unusual noise project. The artist is also talented to make paintigs, drawings and skateboard designs and write his own musical blog with interviews, reviews, contacts, etc. Another element that it seem has influenced the STATIC PARK noise is according to Skrobek hymself: "... so as I told you in a previous post I'm reading a kind of encyclopedia of exploitation movies. I must say I've already seen a good part of these movies but it's always nice to read about something you love. Anyway, the book inspired me for this release again, more specifically old-school SF/Horror  movies such as Mario Bava's Terrore Nello Spazio. However, the titles are also a reference to The Masque Of The Red Death by Roger Corman. I made my own little mix here... ".
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"La tristesse durera toute la vie"
Year:  2012
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Artist:  Julien Skrobek
Label:  Claustrophilia rec.
Format:  cassette
Edition:  20 copies
Tracks:  1
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:     Harsh  Noise  Wall












This is the first JULIEN SKROBEK release I listened to and the first idea I had in my mind was: what a hells was this musician thinking about to use this cover? and in fact, both cover and title ("The sadness will last a lifetime") is truly pesimistic, negative and sad. But this a Harsh Noise Wall recording, and this style not to use related with optimistic ideas or feelings. The cover is exactly I like in HNW style: extremely austere, simple, not coloured. JULIEN SKROBEK has nothing to do with absurd provocations, gore, bondage or terror, but with high quality level and big creativity. Here we have an only one big track of 40 minutes of static noise. Nothing more.
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7.26.2014

AMBASSADOR 21







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Year:  2013
Country:  Belarus
City:  Minsk
Artist:  Alexey & Natasha
Label:  Hands prod.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Rhythmic Noise













Founded in 2001 in Minsk, Belarus by Natasha A Twentyone (voice, electronics) and Alexey Protasov (voice, electronics), Ambassador21 fuses industrial/digital hardcore sounds with punk attitude and powerful lyrics in English and Russian. Duo toured a lot over Europe since 2003 and performed at the festivals like Wave-Gotik-Treffen (Germany), M'era Luna (Germany), Kinetik Festival (Canada), Maschinenfest (Germany), Ososphere Festival (France), Dark Dance Treffen (Germany), Koma Festival (Norway), Noxious Art Festival (France), Chauffer Dans La Noirceur (France), Castle Party (Poland), Elektroanschlag (Germany), Resistance Festival (UK), Sick & Twisted (UK), Sickfest (Russia), Dark Easter (Netherlands), Noise Central Festifal (Netherlands) and many more. In 2002 Ambassador21 founded their own record label Invasion. During Ambassador21 existence they released 26 full-length records and lots of tracks and remixes for Invasion, Metropolis, Ant-Zen, Hands Productions, Pflichtkauf, Vendetta Music, Audiotrauma, Out Of Line, Beton Kopf Media and more.
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"Never mind the bollocks"
Year:  2013
Country:  Belarus
City:  Minsk
Artist:  Alexey & Natasha
Label:  Invasion Wreck Chords
Format:  CD
Tracks: 18
Time:  62 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Rhythmic Noise















Alexey & Natasha recorded this release in 2 formats: studio and live. The purpouse of this album is not a tribute to the punk band Sex Pistols, but to protest and to support the gay marriage and adoption legalization. AMBASSADOR 21 is not the typical electronic project that has not ideas nor ideology, they have compromise and their songs has lyrical themes such as: social issues, politics, anti-racism, anti-fascism, etc. This double album was made in mp3 format through their own label Invasion "Wreck Chords" and you can still buy it  HERE .
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7.19.2014

JOHANNES BÜNEMANN














"The Beginnning Of The Light"
Year:  2014
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  99 rooms
Format:  CD
Tracks: 10
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Rhythmic Noise    Ambient



















The first thing that struck me when I came across this record on Bandcamp coincidentally, was the cover: a stunning and huge black stone monolith. I was curious and started listening. While I was looking for more information on network JOHANNES BÜNEMANN: biography, music, youtubes, b-side projects, turntables, etc. It was clear that this was not a newcomer, but a veteran in the world of music. This album has influences of moderate noise and distortions. Also landscapes of ambient and drone. But what surprised me were these rhythms so close to techno, breakbeat and to... why not say? Dance music. Yes, here are some rhythms and is danceable, but everything is treated seriously and not mainstream. I do not usually listen to Techno or Dance, but I like some rhythmic noise or noise power projects. I like definitely JOHANNES BÜNEMANN and this album in particular I think is fantastic. I recommend it.     10 / 10
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7.15.2014

SASCHA STADLMEIER












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EXEDO
"Wastage"
Year:  2014
Country:  Germany
City:  Augsburg
Label:  Attenuation Circuit
Format:  cassette
Edition:  4 copies
Tracks:  2
Time:  38
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Noise   Drone



















This is one of the many b-side musical projects run by Sascha Stadlmeier from Augsburg, Germany. Sascha run also an interesting label named "Attenuation Circuit Records" since 2000, so 15 years working, promoting and supporting the experimental music. Apart EXEDO we can named his main project called EMERGE and of course his own label: "Attenuation Circuit". And he has recorded from austere harsh noise to ambient to drone or even electronic music. The common denominator in his releases is the high creative level, but he can make styles really different between them. In EXEDO the sound move into drone / noise, sometimes closer to noise but sometimes closer to ambient / drone. In "wastage" we can listen to 2 tracks of almost 20 minutes each one and very similars between them. The cover could remind the german industrial music but not, here there is nothing to do about it. There is not rhythm nor melodies, just long noises, landscapes and emptyness. Nothing more. The better recommandation is to listen to several times because this is a great and good work.
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7.09.2014

ELÍAS MERINO










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Year:  2013
Country:  Spain
City:  Madrid
Artist:  Elías Merino & Grassa Dato
Label:  Experimenta Club
Format:  net
Tracks:  1
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Experimental   Ambient   Noise

















I listened to this net release few months ago and I didn´t like too much, but little by little I began to listen to several times and nowadays I can to affirm my conviction that we are in front of a great but hidden treasure. It seem almost nobody known this collaboration between these 2 spanish artists: Elías Merino & Grassa Dato, but the reality is together get to make a very good fruits. About styles, we can to named: ambient, drone, space and minimal noises, and all together get to create a great atmosphere: a little disturbing and mysterious, but nothing terrifying or sinister. Quite easy to listening and really interesting and mature. Very good work.




About the spanish net label EXPERIMENTA CLUB, I have just discovered it now but it seem a very interesting project. The label is focused on experimental music, sound art, electronics, field recordings and minimal noise, and is curated by Jaime Munárriz & Javier Piñango from Madrid. I recommend to see its releases in its website or in archive.org, there are true hidden treasures to discover.
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