Voice Crack - Ballchannel

Coming out the same year as Voice Crack's "Shock_Late" LP, this little 7" single was released on a wonderful label called Meeuw Muzak.

Voice Crack - Ballchannel

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Oshiripenpenz - Live ブートレグ




Imagine an implied love of The Stooges mixed with the best of the Amphetamine Reptile artists, add a hint of Discharge and all of the respect for the audience of Hanatarash. Ladies and gentlemen ... Oshiripenpenz recorded live at Namba Bears in their native Osaka during 2001.

CDr released on Frying Start Records in 2001.

Live Bootleg

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Voice Crack - Infra_Red

Continuing where "Below Beyond Above" left off, 1999's "Infra_Red" is the sound of your tinnitus nightmares coming true.

Voice Crack - Infra_Red

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Hovlakin - ほぶらきん・コンプリートBox




Hovlakin (or Hoburakin) were another of those great Japanese chaos-punk groups that re-imagined Western punk, exploded and disappeared. They released a few singles and flexis in the very early 80s and disappeared from view (at least on my side of the planet ... where, frankly, they were invisible in the first place). Almost inevitably, it's thanks to Jojo Hiroshige and his wonderful Alchemy Records that they began to appear at all ... and then this ... the Complete Box! It came with a DVD which I don't have ... so it's the Incomplete Box and life just keeps on proving that you can't have everything.

Six CDs courtesy of Youth Inc. in 2013.

Complete

Box

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Morisada Michihiro & Motoki Yoshinori - Tsurusen Kamesen




Morisada Michihiro on contrabass and Motoki Yoshinori on S.M. flute (whatever that is) creating the kind of free-form music that would take a room in 200 Motels.

LP released on Motoki Records in 1981.

Tsurusen Kamesen

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Voice Crack - Taken and Changed

Several artists on the Austrian label Mego were influenced by Voice Crack's misuse of electronics and their aesthetic of intentional technological failure (particularly Florian Hecker, Pita, and Farmers Manual). It seemed natural that Mego and Voice Crack would cross paths eventually, and so they did with this 1999 album. "Taken and Changed" was only released online by an mp3-only Mego sub-label called Fals.ch. Nothing from Fals.ch seems to be available online anymore, so here this is now.

Voice Crack - Taken and Changed

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Chie Mukai, Yoshinori Motoki - 10 Minutes Free Improvisation Festival




Collaborations recorded between 1982 and 1983 using what sound like traditional instruments ....

C44 released on Cacoon in 1983.

Free Improvisation Festival

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Voice Crack - Below Beyond Above

Discogs nerds might notice that eight years pass between "Earflash" and its follow-up, "Below Beyond Above". What happened in all that time? Voice Crack went from being a self-contained unit to one element of other, larger, groups. They released two more collaborative albums with Borbetomagus (both exceedingly good examples of what it might sound like to get Peter Brotzmann's beard wet and stick him face-first into an electrical socket) and one with Gunter Mueller (another Swiss artist leaving jazz behind and embracing abstract electronics). They also shed occasional drummer Knut Remond, leaving Moslang and Guhl's cracked electronics free to wander the stratosphere unencumbered by anything resembling terrestrial instrumentation or logic. Back on their own, they created an album that scales back the assault and aims for more Tudor-esque abstraction. Recorded in 1997, released as a CD by Uhlang in 1998.

Voice Crack - Below Beyond Above

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Chie Mukai - Kokyu Improvisation




There are three distinct pieces within this single track that opens up a fascinating window (well, I think it is...) into the early solo work of Chie Mukai. All recorded live at planB in Tokyo in 1984 with prerecorded tape work and live scraped and manipulated metal objects ...

CD released on P.S.F. Records in 1990.

Kokyu Improvisation

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Voice Crack - Earflash

By 1990, several key events happened in the lives of our heroes Moslang & Guhl. They acquired a 3rd member in percussionist Knut Remond, who you might know from the Swiss industrial rock band 16-17. With director Peter Liechti, they made a fantastically entertaining film, "Kick That Habit" (reissued as a DVD by Drag City and readily available), which showcased their "cracked everyday-electronics". They toured extensively, and made fruitful allies with like-minded American jazz/noise trio Borbetomagus (with whom they would record several collaborative albums). And of course, they took the name of their 1986 LP as their own band name. 1990 saw them at the height of their most aggressive phase, creating blinding masses of short-circuit bouyed by Remond's remorseless bass drum. A brilliant album, and one of the true classics of harsh noise.

Voice Crack - Earflash

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Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Kick That Habit

And here we are, a Voice Crack album in all but name! This LP was recorded live in (of all places) Birmingham, Alabama, back in 1986, then released by Uhlang (which is pointedly not the same label as Uhlklang) later the same year.

(note: I've re-upped the previous post of this album here)

Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Kick That Habit

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz - January 14th 1989 Kyoto / Maher Goes To Gothic Country.




"Recorded live on January 1, 1989 at Kodomo Bunka Kaikan small hall, Kyoto at the "Nashikuzushi no kyowakoku" concert."

LP released on Org Records in 1991 in an edition of only 100 copies.

January 14th 1989 Kyoto

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Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Knack On

Several years after "Deep Voices", and the proto-Voice Crack boys have shed their jazz roots, replacing saxophones and basses with distressed toasters, clock radios, egg timers, flashlights and all manner of "cracked everyday-electronics" (a term they coined to describe their particular brand of warranty-negating found-object-wreckage). First released as an LP on Uhlklang (a division of FMP) in 1983, reissued on CD in 2001 by Atavistic.

(note: I've re-upped the previous post of this album here)

Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Knack On 

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Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Deep Voices

Way back in 1978, two Swiss multi-instrumentalists recorded a little LP for well-respected jazz/improv label FMP. In 1995, a short-lived label called Urthona (run by the guy behind Quiet Artworks, Hajsch, and PFN) reissued it on CD. This post is taken from the CD version. Taken on their own terms, these duos for reeds, strings, percussion and electronics are quite good. However, what makes "Deep Voices" particularly noteworthy is that it's the debut album by the band who would soon begin to wreck domestic electronics and create sheets of white-hot din under the name Voice Crack. And if you're reading this and thinking, "gee, I wonder whether a skipload of Voice Crack albums are about to show up on this blog", then that means you've been paying attention.

Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Deep Voices

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz - L'Autre Cap [他の岬]




Originally released as an LP and CD (with the CD having an extra track) on K in 2006, this was then released on 7 e.p. in Japan with an additional disc where the set is recorded live at Shinjuku Jam, Tokyo on July the 4th, 2006 (Jim O'Rourke is playing as part of the group here as well). Discogs gives the first disc with the same track list as the vinyl version ... it isn't, it's the same as the CD version. This is the Japanese release btw.

他の岬

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John Hudak - Old Moon

Two little 3"CDrs wrapped in a paper band, released by Kissy Records in 2003.

John Hudak - Old Moon

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz - C'est La Dernière Chanson




177 of Tori Kudo's improvisational collective's predominantly blink and you miss them recordings were released as a double CD on K in 2009. In the same year, in Japan, it came with an additional disc of outtakes.

Triple CD released on 7 e.p. in 2009.

C'est La Dernière Chanson

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Return Visit To Rock Mass




... but I suppose you can decide for yourselves.

Triple CD released on Org Records in 1996.

Compact

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Return Visit To Rock Mass




From memory, there were only three hundred copies of this, which plays a large part in explaining the rapid price speculation. Apparently, around two thirds of this are different takes and mixes than those on the CD version. Whether that is true or a blatant tactic by the speculators to increase it's scarcity value is somebody else's guess!

Triple LP released on Org Records in 1996.

Vinyl

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz - From A Summer To Another Summer (An Egypt To Another Egypt)




This contains the three people in the previous Ché-SHIZU post as well as a multitude of other people. It's probably possible to describe the extraordinary diversity within the sound of Maher Shalal Hash Baz but I'm not that brave ... lover not a fighter and all that.

CD released on Geographic in 2000. It also came in a double vinyl edition with three additional tracks ... unfortunately, I don't have that.

From A Summer To Another Summer

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