61 Hours and Counting!

At present, we have collected sixty-one installments of Resonance 104.4 FM's "One Hour As..." program. Sixty-One! That's thanks to YOU, the Bleak Bliss readers who have contributed your own recordings.

Please have a look at our archive. The list of titles - otherwise unpublished works by John Duncan, Zbigniew Karkowski, Steve Brand/Augur, and more - is now alphabetized and easier to sort through, as is the list of titles we have not yet located. As we've learned, there are even more programs out there that we didn't even know existed! It's all quite exciting.

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Kazunao Nagata - The World of Electronic Sound


The mysterious Kazunao Nagata runs the somewhat mainstream dance-music label Transonic and plays in the rather friendly drum'n'bass/techno/disco band Fantastic Explosion. But if that's all he did, his four solo albums would not be here at Bleak Bliss. For a short while in the late 1990's, Transonic had a small sub-label called Zero Gravity, which produced a handful of albums that are unlike any other music I can think of. All are adorned with impeccably-designed cover art that resembles a mid-1970's conception of what the future might look like, bold colors set on (mostly) white backgrounds, almost menacingly sterile. The music is maybe an outgrowth of ambient techno, but taken in a direction that no other travelers have followed. 

Nagata himself only ever made four solo albums, all published on Zero Gravity and all titled The World of Electronic Sound. The first one is the most normal (relatively speaking, anyway), but the next three veer off into territory for which there are no adequate descriptive words. The sounds are as stark and brutally clinical as the graphic design, and yet... somehow... there's something else happening. I'm not sure what it is. 

It's a shame Nagata didn't make any more albums like these... as far as I can tell, he only does the techno thing these days. But I suppose if you make four albums as fascinating and inscrutable as these, you've earned the right to sit back, take it easy and make disco for awhile. 




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Kazunao Nagata - The World of Electronic Sound 2 (In Concert 1996 & 1997)


Here we go. Nagata stretches out with a document of two live extra-planetary explorations.

Kazunao Nagata - The World of Electronic Sound 2 (In Concert 1996 & 1997)

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Kazunao Nagata - The World of Electronic Sound 3


Shorter tracks on this installment, more song-like than volumes 2 and 4 but no less thrilling. 

Kazunao Nagata - The World of Electronic Sound 3

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Kazunao Nagata - The World of Electronic Sound 4


The furthest out of all Nagata's solo albums (all of which are further out than most), The World of Electronic Sound 4 contains one massive, brutally cosmic track called "History of Showa".

Kazunao Nagata - The World of Electronic Sound 4

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Seiji Nagai & α - Electronic Noise Improvisation 1999


Solo noise from a former Taj Mahal Traveller, who shifted to India when the group disbanded in the mid-1970's. As far as I can tell, this is the only album he's produced since then.  α is a pseudonym for Minoru Yonemoto, whose output seems to be limited to a 3"CDr (unheard by me) and a split lathe-cut 8" record with Eso Steel


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Nerve Net Noise - 160/240


So you think you're tough, do ya? You like harsh noise? Yeah? No problem for you, is it toughie? Well, get ready to weep. You cannot make it through this album. It's not that the music is even particularly harsh. It is not aggressive. The sleeve is entirely white, no imagery for helpless listeners to grab onto. The sound is merciless: two synthesizers bleeping dispassionately, one synth on each half-hour track and zero human interaction. Indeed, no humanity at all. The only other sound you'll hear is the soft sobbing coming out of your defeated face after five minutes. 

Oh, but I'm mistaken. There will be another sound, though you won't be able to make it out very well. Listen closely, and you might be able to discern the distant echo of derisive chuckling. Hear it? Good. That would be me, laughing at you. You said you were tough. Look at you now. Reduced to blubbering by a little album of music. Pathetic. 


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Sonic Boom - The Art of Sound


A 2xCD compilation that came inside the catalogue for an exhibition at Hayward Gallery, London, called Sonic Boom: The Art of Sound, curated by David Toop in 2000. The catalogue itself is a well-designed hard-bound book full of photos and essays. If sound art and/or art-leaning music interests you, the book is well worth seeking out. The CDs by themselves, though, are interesting on their own, with tracks by Christian Marclay, Ken Ikeda, Scanner, Christina Kubisch, Lee Ranaldo, Ryoji Ikeda, Disinformation, Phillip Jeck, Rafael Toral, Max Eastley, John Oswald, Brian Eno, Angela Bulloch, Thomas Koner, Ian Walton & Russell Mills, Paul Schutze, Pan Sonic, Project DARK, Paul Burwell, and more. 


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Electronic Music Festival


The granddaddy of all Zero Gravity releases, "Electronic Music Festival" succinctly demonstrates everything about the label that merits the slack-jawed admiration/disbelief with which it is commonly greeted. Label boss Kazunao Nagata starts it off with a solo slab of serious bloop, setting the tone with an atmosphere of... well, whatever you'd call it. I'm not sure, except that it only exists on Zero Gravity. Then we get similarly cosmic synth snarls from Utah Kawasaki (who has since made a name for himself in the Off-Site/Hibari improv orbit), Trio Rakant (in which protagonist Aikaiwa is joined by a gentlman who calls himself God Nagato... and who am I to argue?), and bass drone master Tamaru. This is followed by a gob-smacking white-hot blast of WTF by the mighty Nerve Net Noise. If that's not all, the album ends with a massive session which combines the talents of nearly everyone who appeared previously in one mega-team-up, culminating in a display of analog glory that loosens planets from orbit and sends them all hurtling into deep space.

Electronic Music Festival

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Trio Rakant - Kokorosususu


As with all albums on Zero Gravity, "Kokorosusususu" is an hour of brain-expanding synth confusion. The artist behind this one-man "trio" is Akaiwa, who you also probably (don't) know as DJ Stone Free and Strange Garden

Trio Rakant - Kokorosususu

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Yoshimitsu Ichiraku - The Music of Surround Panner


The in-demand jazz/improv drummer (Icharaku is the I in I/S/O) puts down his sticks and picks up what sounds like a roomful of synthesizers for a scorching set of eardrum-tickling madness. On Zero Gravity, the only appropriate home for a head-spinner as far out as this.

Yoshimitsu Ichiraku - The Music of Surround Panner

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Far East Experimental Sounds: Sounds of Fantasy


Wonderful 2xCD compilation of sub-sub-sub-underground noise/ambient weirdness from Far East Experimental Sounds, a label that was run by the late Takehito Nakezato. Features long tracks by Tagomago (half of the great Nerve Net Noise), drone bassist Tamaru8kg, Computer Soup, Bukatu, and Taka Sato. 

Sounds of Fantasy disc 1
Sounds of Fantasy disc 2

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Even More "One Hour As..."!

Bleak Bliss readers are the best. Badgerstump and I extend huge thanks once more to those of you who have located and sent in additional installments of Resonance 104.4 FM's "One Hour As..." program. We have now updated the archive with more shows, including a couple that weren't even on my original list! Apparently, there are shows still out there that I didn't know about.

Follow the link to the original post to get "One Hour As..." broadcasts by Seth Nehil, Peter Christopherson, RLW, Akira Rabelais, and more.

And of course, if you have some "One Hour As" broadcasts to add, leave us a comment or write us an email and we'll be happy to keep adding to the archive.

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Anemone Tube / Hunger‎ - Split




C40 featuring Jörg Hochapfel, Christoph Rothmeier and Karsten Hochapfel alongside Anemone Tube on Stefan's Transfixional Entertainment label from 1997.

Anemone Tube / Hunger‎

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Anemone Tube / Tender Love‎ - Inflicted Domain / Blasting Secret Combinations




Apparently Tender Love‎ was the work of M. Headache. This is a C56 split tape on his Inner Space Records label from 1998.

Inflicted Domain / Blasting Secret Combinations

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Yggdrasil / Anemone Tube‎ - Wald




C44 featuring Yggdrasil (aka Michael Krause) and Anemone Tube‎ on Transfixional Entertainment from 1998.

Wald

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Tarkatak / Anemone Tube‎ - Split




This features Tarkatak (aka Lutz Pruditsch) reworking Anemone Tube‎ (aka Stefan Hanser) alongside original Anemone Tube‎ work.

Split CDr jointly released on Lutz's Trümmer Kassetten and Stefan's Transfixional Entertainment labels.

Tarkatak / Anemone Tube‎

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Last Rape / Pollutive Static‎ - Split




Split CDr featuring Richard Ramirez and Sean E. Matzus' Last Rape project and Hal Hutchinson's Pollutive Static‎. Released on Love Earth Music in 2011.

Last Rape / Pollutive Static‎

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Mania / Hal Hutchinson - Split




C30 featuring Keith Brewer's Mania. Released on Hal's deceased Der Bünker Records in 2011.

Mania / Hal Hutchinson

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Earhate / Hal Hutchinson‎ - Split




Split CDr featuring Ryan O'Neill's Earhate project. Released on Smell The Stench.

Earhate / Hal Hutchinson‎

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Zenith - All That Remains: The Surviving Records Of "VCR Static Death"




Zenith, (based on the electronics brand of the same name) is a Wisconsin based HNW project. The project has been on hold for about two years now and the final release is still up in the air.

All That Remains compiles the first forays into 'VCRHNW,' noise walls made by capturing static from a VCR (the Zenith 4110) on different tape recorders and fed through a TV to manipulate volume levels and create different types of wall noise. This was released by the great and sadly defunct PigDurt Productions in 2010 in an edition of ten. Two C60s and a C40 full of noise walls.

Zenith also recorded as FAP and My Lovely Figment. He was also responsible for the excellent Dictafawn microcassette label. Although the label no longer releases, the entire catlogue is available for free download on it's Bandcamp page.

Zenith went on to release a CDr on Slow Death Records in 2011 (available for free here) and, speaking of Dictafawn, a solo microcassette the same year.

Tape 1

Tape 2

Tape 3

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Caligine, Li Jianhong & Zhu Xiaolong - Shiyun / Yuxuan




Caligne is the brainchild of Gabriele de Seta who is joined by a revolving collective of musicians who number approximately fifteen across his releases since around 2008.

This is a double 5" CDr set on Nothing Out There from this year. On this release, Caligne are joined by Chinese legends Li Jianhong & Zhu Xiaolong.

The first disc has Caligine alongside Li Jianhong (and you already know that I love Li Jianhong). It really is a beautiful piece of live recording...imagine Sunburned and NNCK with some gentle electronics...you're nearly there...and then the 20 minute final track expands and explodes into a different dimension...

The second disc has Caligne alongside Zhu Xiaolong. Zhu Xiaolong used to be the guitarist with Tongue. If you know his work from there then this will be a surprise. This live piece is Sir Richard Bishop sitting on a beach as the sun goes down. It's the vision of Derek Bailey with a slanted doff of the cap to Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt...the occasional voice in the background is Zhu Xiaolong's young son Yu Xuan by the way...so if you ever doubted that this was recorded live...

Nothing Out There is run by Constantin Dubois. He is one half of the magnificent Przewalski's Horses (alongside Aurélie Brouet). He also records as Draisine and you should check that out as well!

This masterpiece is still for sale and you can find it via the label site. Frankly you should just go and buy this now. Nothing Out There has the same creative aesthetic as the deeply missed aRCHIVE label which means that as much love goes into the packaging and the design as goes into the actual music.

Sometimes, blogging seems to be a competition to see how far you can piss into a strong wind. And then something takes your feet out from underneath you. This is one such thing. About three weeks ago, Gabriele just sent me this out of a blue clear sky. No ulterior motives on his part. No requests for promotion or anything like that. Just here it is, do you want to post it? I asked him to check it with Constantin before I considered posting it and he was equally happy with this going ahead.

I have been sitting on this for about three weeks. I would have posted it sooner but I just couldn't stop listening to it. I have to say that I am proud to be in a position to post such a wonderful thing!

[I forgot to mention that Gabriele also runs Monstres Par Excès.]

Shiyun

Yuxuan

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Caligine - Minimalia, Vol. 1



3" CDr released on Monstres Par Excès in 2008.

Minimalia, Vol. 1

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Caligine - Minimalia, Vol. 2




3" CDr released on Monstres Par Excès in 2009.

Minimalia, Vol. 2

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Darren Tate - Remains


This album, published in a small self-released edition of 150 copies, collects some of Darren Tate's earliest music from 1985 and 1986, remastered in 2004. 

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Darren Tate - 3/3/06


Just like it says on the package, this CDR was sold at a performance in Preston on 3 March 2006 at the Integration 5 event. Tate made 75 signed and numbered copies. You were not at that concert. 



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Darren Tate - Time Lag


More lovely drone by Darren Tate, this time from a CDR self-released by the artist in an edition of 50 copies in 2005.

Darren Tate - Time Lag

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Darren Tate, Daisuke Suzuki, & Kathleen Vance - Trees Kissing Trees


Placid, arboreal smoochfest from 2005.

Darren Tate, Daisuke Suzuki, & Kathleen Vance - Trees Kissing Trees


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Darren Tate - Strange Artifact


One big slice of warm drone pie, self-published on Tate's Fungal label in a run of 100 copies in 2004. 


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More "One Hour As..."

Most pieces recorded for Resonance 104.4 FM's "One Hour As..." broadcasts remain unreleased. Here are all of the shows that we could find (so far). In the few cases when a show has been made available by the artist, the link below leads you to directly to them.

Michael Prime - One Hour as Peyote (for sale at iTunes)
Zbigniew Karkowski - One Hour as It-Is-Ness

Still more "One Hour As..." programs remain unreleased and unheard by me. Here is as complete a list as I've been able to compile. If you have recordings of any of these and would like to donate them to this archive, please leave a comment below!

Achim Wollscheid - One Hour as Social Music
Alex Nielson & Richard Youngs – One Hour as Ourselves
Arden Hill (Duul_Drv) - One Hour as Live
Antek Vvon Cunt - One Hour as Furv
Civyiu Kkliu - One Night as Providing Access to a Sound Utility [24:00-06:00h]
Climax Golden Twins - One Hour as 78rpm
Costes - One Hour as Dark Outside/Dark Inside
Else Marie Pade - 26m 30s as Four Illustrations
EVOL – One Hour as 0.0000011407955261548605 Centuries
Gen Ken Montgomery - One Hour As Was/As Is
GX Jupitter-Larsen - One Hour as the Polywave
[ -HYPH- ] - One our as Breathing as if Dependent on Gadgets
Ilios - One Hour as 620206000 Bytes
Jliat - One Hour as Radio
Jliat – One Hour as “Education”…
Joe Colley - One Hour as a Mind Loses Itself
Julian Ottavi - One Hour as a Breath
Junko Hiroshige/Dust Breeders/Art Pratten - One Hour as the Rape of the Sleeping Beauty
Kapotte Muziek - Three Hours As
Kouhei Matsunaga – One Hour as…
Lief Elggren - One Hour as a Divine Update
Michael Gendreau – One Hour as a Monitor of the Microvibration of Turntable Motors and the Macrovibration of Roughly Cut Transcription Discs
The Loop Orchestra - One Hour as a Walk in the Very Black Forest
No - "As..."  !!
<O>Blatt (Keiko Uenishi) – One Hour as Shifting Blanks
Oren Ambarchi & Martin Ng - One Hour as the Wrong Crab
Paulo Raposo & Marc Behrens – One Hour as Reinterpretation
Pierre Berthet - One Hour as Three Attempts to Outwit the Microphones' Rigidity
Raymond Dijkstra - One Hour as un Oiseau Enferme, Sauf le Tete, Dans une Boite Contenant de l'Hydrogène sulfure Muert Assex Rapidment
Reynols - One Hour as the Megamind-Wig of God's Chihuahua
Robert Millis - One Hour as Disappeared
Rudolf Eb.er - ……. asS …….
Sedayne - One Hour Astray
Seth Cluett - One Hour as Warmth Grows from Noise
Si_Comm & SETI - One Hour as Hyperlanguage
The Sons of God - One Hour as a Divine Update
Tape Salad - One Hour as Tape Salad Gently Shoved Down Your Throat While Ants Please You (Live Studio Performance)
Thanos Crysakis - One Hour as a Topography of Vastness (As Aural Plane for a Butoh Dance)
Tom Loberg & Lasse Marhaug - One Hour as Two Unlimited
Yoshida Tatsuya - One Hour as a Composer/Improviser
Yukiko Ito - One Hour as Time Travel (1980 and 2003 About Her)

... and if YOU happen to be an artist who recorded a piece for "One Hour As..." years ago, please consider making it available at a Bandcamp page, on iTunes, at your website... or if you can't be bothered with any of that, feel free to send us a link to be added to our archive right here! More bliss = less bleak. 

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