9.20.2014

K2













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"Teknodrug"
Year:  1993
Country:  Japan
City:  Shizuoka
Artist:  草深公秀 (Kusafuka Kimihide)
Label:   Kinky Music Institute
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  4
Time:   50 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Experimental    Noise















K2 is Japanese noise musician Kimihide Kusafuka who was active since the early 80s and produced a number of tapes and CDs, particularly for his own Kinky Music Institute label.
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9.18.2014

ASSÜCK













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"Misery index"
Year:  1996
Country:  US
City:  Saint Petersburg , FL
Label:  Sound pollution
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  33 min.
Lyrical themes: anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:     Grindcore





















ASSÜCK was an american grindcore band from Saint Petersburg Florida, active from 1987 to 1998. The band proved influential with their album Anticapital (1992) voted number 4 in the Terrorizer list of their top 20 US grindcore albums, who described it as a "low-calibre battery of brooding, malicious, doom-ridden grind pitched somewhere between early Napalm Death and even earlier Bolt Thrower". According to journalist Greg Pratt, "Assück were an incredible band with probably metal's best drummer [Rob Proctor], although no one ever mentions his name. They combined shockingly well-written poetic and political lyrics with catchy songs, insane musicianship and a short-fast-loud brutality that no one has topped since. Writing for "Maximumrockandroll", Felix von Havoc describes the political punk and metal roots of this band, stating "Assuck managed to combine the anger, fury and social commentary of a anarcho punk band with the musicianship and production quality of a technical heavy metal band.
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http://www.warlordclothing.com/xcart/images/D/assuck_anticapital_LG.jpg"Anti-Capital"
Year:  1991
Country:  US
City: Saint Petersburg , FL
Label:  Sound pollution
Format:  CD
Tracks: 
Time: 
Lyrical themes:  anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:     Grindcore













How does a band manage to play this fast without taking heavy dosages of speed? How does the singer growl that deeply with out straining his vocal chords? Who cares, as long as ASSÜCK continues to perform and release albums like "Anti-Capital". With 15 songs that clock in under 16 minutes, these guys blaze through some of the most politically charged grindcore at an inhuman speed. This absolutely rules.
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9.05.2014

VANESSA GATES














PEIISTE
"Death to Art"
Year:  2009
Country:  US
City:  Houston , TX
Artist:  Vanessa Gates
Label:  Vulnavia editions
Format:  cassette
Tracks: 4
Time:  62 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:     Harsh Noise
























Vanessa Gates is also known as Vanessa Totenblom. She is a noise artist now living in Texas. Works with the projects Peiste, Peiiste, Blood Sacriifice, Black Leather Jesus, R.S.P., Viking Movement, Intended Malice, Priest in Shit, Are the Volcanoes Still Active?, Fun in Latex, Fatal Apartment and many others. After listened to some recordings of them, I realize she makes usually a crude, rude and raw harsh noise, but in some projects she has experienced also with styles totally opposite like space, ambient or drone. For example in the album "Runikama" of PHOENIX DIAMOND, Vanessa Gates show us her softer side, and I personally like very much the artists make different kinds of music and not always the same. PEIISTE is the clear and total definition of harsh noise, not more, not less; but she has something special in this recordings and of course I love these kind of title for the tracks: "Destroy The Chapel", "Against Religion, Against Society", "Against Art" and finally "Science Is Institutionalized Fraud". Total principles declaration. Music + Attitude, it remind me the true old punk attitude.
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8.28.2014

BONNIE JONES


















"Vines"
Year:  2006
Country:  South Korea
City:  Seoul
Artist:  Bonnie Jones
Label:  EMR rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  3
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Experimental
















Bonnie Jones works with sound, text and performance. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised by dairy farmers in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. In sound performances Bonnie plays the circuit boards of digital delay pedals. Her primary sound collaborators are Joe Foster in Korea (as the duet “English”) and andy hayleck. She is also a member of the Performance Thanatology Research Society, a interdisciplinary performance group dedicated to the advancement of a higher histrionics brought on by imminent finalities. Bonnie has performed at the Kim Dae Hwan Museum, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, the ErstQuake Festival, and the 14 Karat Cabaret. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College.
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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.

























http://bestiarie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/scumearth_portada.jpgWHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE "SCUMEARTH" RECORDING?




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.
























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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








untitled cover art"Untitled"
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/
JULIEN SKROBEK
"Minutes"
Year:  2014
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Artist:  Julien Skrobek
Label:  Kiks Girlfriend Records
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, youtubes, etc. about noise scene. There are still physical copies of this awesome cassette, so If somebody want to buy it can go HERE .
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KIKS GIRLFRIEND RECORDS : UK based recordings outlet. Primitive electronics, noise, harsh noise, textural and performative works. Art edition vinyl discs and CD(r). Limited cassette tape editions, dubbed in house. The Cell 14 record shop Nottingham (see bottom of page). The label is active since 2004 in Nottingham, UK.
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"The ruined castle"
Year:  2014
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Label:  Ink runs rec.
Format:  CD
Edition:  10 copies
Tracks:  1
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Ambient Noise Wall


















Another JULIEN SKROBEK work which I like very much for the same reasons of other recordings. Because here there are also these few elements which become the fast, furious and rage HNW in a calm, quiet and slow ANW. Again that sound reminiscent of burning wood in a fire, slowly at home in winter. Not ennoying noise but the opposite, a nice, warm and almost friendly little noise. Very similar to HNW in sexternal tructure, but with a "soul" totally opposite. This time SKROBEK named his project SADISTIC FALL, but fortunately continues his typical musical style.
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STATIC PARK
"Planet of the red​-​masked wallers"
Year:  2014
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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RUINE
"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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