The Rita - Dark Leviathan Abyss


#9 in Limbless Records' accurately-monikered "Waste of Plastic" series of one-minute noise tapes.  Here's The Rita being The Rita for a minute, 30 seconds per side. Make your own The Rita full-length by playing this tape on repeat sixty consecutive times.

The Rita - Dark Leviathan Abyss

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Jean Street - Chainfight




You should know Nate Young from his solo work as Regression and his work with Wolf Eyes, Demons, Stare Case and a slew of others. He also runs (or ran?) AA Records with Demons member Alivia Zivich.

CDr released on John Olson's American Tapes in 2000 in an edition of 20. It's AM155 btw.

Chainfight

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Jean Street ‎- Chainfight Two




Single sided C48 released on John Olson's American Tapes in 2001 in an edition of nineteen copies. It's AM191 btw.

Chainfight Two

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Jean Street ‎- Jean Street




Nate Young on a CDr released on Aaron Dilloway's Hanson Records in 2001. The label has a Bandcamp page as well should you want to check it out.

Jean Street

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RoboChanMan - Japanese Corruption




I finish where I started.

A great single sided C48 on Yasushi Tahara's Robotomy Tapes from 1998.

Japanese Corruption

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Robochanman ‎- 燃える天下り帝国




Stupendously fucked up C10 released on Shit-Eye Cassettes in 2005 in and edition of 66.

The reverse of the j-card exhorts us to say "Thanx To Cunts" and who am I to argue?

Moeru Amakudari Teikoku

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MSBR & RoboChanMan - Final Electro Acoustic Work 1




Koji Tano and Yasushi Tahara on a CDr released on the former's MSBR Records in 2003.

This appears to be the final Final Electro Acoustic Work.

Final Electro Acoustic Work 1

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MSBR ‎– Final Harsh Work #1




You will have already have figured out that this is the first (erm...) Final Harsh Work. This is a C56 released on Yasushi Tahara's Robotomy Tapes in 1996 in an edition of 50. Yasushi Tahara also recorded as RoboChanMan and several other projects that will no doubt remained unheard by us.

The truth (whatever that may be) behind the Final Harsh Works is undoubtedly lost to us since Koji Tano left us. There were seven singular releases that I know about. I have #7, #18 and #22 and have never seen numbers 4 and 5. A lot of the others were parts of other MSBR releases and splits. For instance, number 30 was released as part of Denshi Zatsuon's reworked version of the Structured Suicide tape in 2003. I have the original tape but not the reworked version.

Enjoy it and remember the man responsible for the great things that he gave to us.

Final Harsh Work #1

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MSBR - The Final Harsh Work No. 2



MSBR, the noise alter ego of the late Koji Tano, was never known for being particularly lighthearted. But how else is one to understand the series of tapes released as "the final harsh work"? The mere existence of a #2 makes the title funny (how "final" was the first one?), but Tano eventually made 22 "final harsh works" before that evil bastard cancer took him from the world far too soon.

This tape was released in an edition of 50 numbered copies by the legendary Spite label, and shows a side of MSBR that is not appreciated nearly enough: epic, outer-space synth psychedelia! Harsh? Nah. This music is spacious and warm, expanding outward. If ugliness is what you expect from a noise tape, you will be disappointed. By its conclusion, "Final Harsh Work No.2" is positively soaring!

MSBR - The Final Harsh Work No. 2

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Various ‎– 10時間 / Ju-Jikan: 10 Hours Of Sound From Japan




This is a double CD set jointly released by the venue and 23five as a companion piece for an exhibition held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art held between September the 22nd and 30th, 2001.

The bad news is this isn't ten hours long. The good news is that this is nearly two and a half hours featuring the likes of Ryoji Ikeda, Pain Jerk, Masahiro Miwa, Otomo Yoshihide, Masonna, Nerve Net Noise, Merzbow, Hanatarash and Astro.

Ju

Jikan

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Scorpio & Glass‎ - Shortly Before The Bullshit Started




Scorpio & Glass is the work of Khristopher Reinshagen (aka Body Collector etc). I love his work. Full. Stop.

The title might be appropriate for the shit be gwan on my part of the blog for a while. I'm going to see if I can go cold turkey and not post any "noise" (whatever that term means) for the entire month of April.

C30 released on Annex Scum (which was a sub-label of Nurse Etiquette) in 2011.

Shortly Before The Bullshit Started

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Scorpio & Glass‎ - Scared To Death




C30 released on Nurse Etiquette in 2011 in an edition of 21.

Scared To Death

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Scorpio & Glass‎ - Eight Days For Trifecta




C30 released in an edition of 84 on Ryan Martin's Robert & Leopold in 2011.

Eight Days For Trifecta

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Gate - Fear Of Music



One of the earliest releases on Precious Metal. C60 released in 1989.

I really need to hear the Hate tape on Precious Metal from 1990 if anybody out there is willing to share!

Fear Of Music

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Gate - Metric




This is perhaps a more traditional take on "rock music" but only one that could be imagined into existence in New Zealand.

This was originally released as a tape on Precious Metal in 1991. Luckily, it was also released on vinyl on Majora in 1992.

Metric

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Gate - Guitar




This is a magnificent sprawling beast of a record!

LP released on Majora in 1992.

Guitar

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Gate - Amerika




Gate is the work of Michael Morley when he was taking time out from The Dead C. Although Gate goes down as a solo project, there were surely other people on at least some of the early releases. The further away you get, the hazier the details are ...

LP released on Majora in 1993.

Amerika

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Michael Morley / Bruce Russell ‎- Radiation / Four Letters




Split 7" Lathe Cut released on Bruce's Corpus Hermeticum in 1995.

Radiation / Four Letters

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Michael Morley ‎- The Pavilion Of Fools




Dead C member using guitar and synthesizer to create rumbling basement noise, soaring soundscapes and alien B-Movie incidental music.

CD released on Gallerie Dessford Vogel in 1996.

The Pavilion Of Fools

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Omit - Internal




Thanks to somebody who offered this tape in the comments. I already have it but somehow managed to convince myself that I had posted it. Guess I just lost track ...

This is a C60 released by Clinton on his own Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 1990.

We were also pointed in the direction of a Live recording available on the Pseudoarcana bandcamp page that I was not aware of (and there's a link to youtube so you can watch as well).

Internal

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Omit - Transmogrification




Clinton handmade his own electronics, converted the likes of old lawnmower motors, and recorded such things as door hinges and window latches in order to interpret his view of the world. As such, this is a perfectly titled piece.

This is a C60 released on Clinton's Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 1993.

We adore Clinton's work as you may be able to tell. However, this might be the final thing that we are able to introduce you to.

Implausibly these days, the Quad and Ionospheres sets that I posted a couple of years ago are still alive in case you missed them the first time around.

We have the Tracer and Interceptor double CDs that were released in 2005 and 2008 (respectively) on Helen Scarsdale Agency. They appear to still be for sale so we will not be posting those.

However!

We have never heard the Deteriorations CDr released on Sysecular in 2003. This has driven us to despair for years. If you have this, please put us out of our misery!

Transmogrification

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Dust/Omit‎ - Fore-casts




Lovely little 7" released on the UK's Fisheye label way back in 1995.

Fore-casts

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Dust/Omit‎ - Deformed




Dust/Omit is Clinton Williams collaborating with the equally legendary Bruce Russell. Bruce is a member of The Dead C and records with Alastair Galbraith and Peter Stapleton as a A Handful Of Dust.

This CD was released on Bruce's Corpus Hermeticum label in 1996.

Deformed

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The Mount Vernon Arts Lab / Clockwork / Omit - Split




This is a three way split 7" featuring Drew Mulholland's Mount Vernon Arts Lab project, Clockwork (who were Hugo Lima, Carlos Lobo, Pedro Simões, João Santos and Pedro Monteiro ... their track was recorded by Rafael Toral as a nerdy aside) and (obviously) the wonderful Clinton Williams!

This was released by the London based Earworm label in 1997. From memory, this was part of a quarterly subscription series.

Earworm

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Thirdorgan - Dedicated to Spectruman

A brutal little tape of analog roar by the world's noisiest mailman, Akihiro Shimizu/Thirdorgan, released in 1998 on Philosophy Shop.

Thirdorgan - Dedicate to Spectruman

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Nihilist Spasm Band & Fossils - Split

Split cassette of Ontario noise on Wintage Records and Tapes, featuring particularly psychedelic tornados by veterans Nihilist Spasm Band and the dependably unpredictable Fossils (of whom I am an enthusiastic/obsessive fangirl/collector). Both sides are as solid as anything either band has done. Numbered edition of 100 copies in a weird spray-painted cardboard box thing.

Nihilist Spasm Band & Fossils - Split

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Pass No Past - EPs & Singles

This two-disc set collects post-punk & industrial EPs and singles released by Tokyo's Pass Records in that magic interval between 1978 and 1980. Some of the artists included here went on to achieve some notoriety: Friction's lead singer, Reck (formerly of Stooges-esque punk band 3.3), moved to New York City just in time to join the final incarnation of Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. Members of Can backed Phew (who previously led the punk band Aunt Sally) on her first solo album, and she's had an interesting career that continues today. Totsuzen Danball made records with Fred Frith and Lol Coxhill, and I believe are still active. The rest, though, are gloriously obscure and equally worthy no-wave exponents. I enjoy the miserable disco grind of Tsunematsu Masatoshi ("grinning grinning grinning in your face!!"and the jittery DNA-ish blurt left behind by Gunjogacrayon. The lone 7" by Rough Trade-ish Boys Boys (reminds me of Bow Wow Wow or X-Ray Spex, sort of) is fun, too.

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Inspiration & Power 14 Free Jazz Festival 1

Take that title seriously! An immensely powerful and inspiring blast of freedom from the summer of 1973 in Tokyo, "Inspiration & Power" documents a festival at which many of the heaviest of the era's/nation's heavy free jazz/improvisation monsters gathered to exhale some fire over two action-packed nights. Some of this music is relatively straight-ahead and definitely of its era, though it's as excellent as that sort of thing gets. A couple of tracks in particular, though, make this album required listening for pretty much anybody who has functioning ears and a soul.

There's music by New Herd Orchestra, a quintet led by trumpet player Itaru Oki, Now Music Ensemble, a duo of drummer Masahiko Togashi (who, amazingly, lost use of his legs after an accident but continued to develop his own style of playing) and pianist Masahiko Satoh (who has two albums on Julian Cope's Japrocksampler Top 50 list), Satoh again with Garandoh (a trio with bass & drums), and Yohsuke Yamashita Trio. The real standouts among an album full of standouts are a solo bass improvisation by the master, Motoharu Yoshizawa, and a scorching horror of remorseless post-Ayler/pre-Borbetomagus fury by Masayuki Takayangi's New Direction for the Arts that simply has to be heard to be believed. See if you aren't winded just by listening to their track (and if you like it, check out "La Grima" next). By the end of the decade, Takayanagi would record ear-bleeding duos with sax outcast Kaoru Abe, pull his guitar apart and set it on the table, and play a Tudor-esque jumble of circuits and cassette tapes. For his innovation, he was roundly ostracized by the Japanese jazz establishment, but not before his later work could galvanize the next generation.

"Inspiration & Power" first appeared as a 2xLP on Trio Records (Japan) in 1973, then experienced a few reissues on both vinyl and CD. This is the most recent 2xCD version, in a full-color gatefold sleeve with lots of liner notes in a language that neither Mr. Inside nor I can read.

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disc 2

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K-Group / Omit - Slow Movement




7" released on Colorful Clouds For Acoustics in 1998.

Slow Movement

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Omit‎ - Interior Desolation




CD released on Bruce Russell's Corpus Hermeticum in 1999.

Interior Desolation

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K-Group / Omit - Storage




LP released on Fusetron in 2001.

K-Group is Paul Toohey who was also a member of Surface Of The Earth.

Storage

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Omit‎ - Zero: Towards The Growing Of The Grey To Black




This is a double 7" lathe cut released on Clinton's Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 2001. There were only 50 copies of this, listen and love!

Zero

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Omit - Rejector




Is the Omitathon over?

Not yet it isn't.

This was released as a CDr on (I think, Clinton's) Sysecular label in 2002. Luckily, this was also released in the US as a CD on Anomalous Records at about the same time. This is a rip of the latter edition. Anomalous ceased operations approximately two years and seven days after this was released. God Bless all who sailed in her!

Rejector

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Omit - Intromit (The Early Recordings Oct 1987-Aug 1989)

Just like it says on the wrapper: Omit's earliest noises, recorded 1987 to 1989 and released on one glorious cassette in 1991. We end our Omitathon at the beginning.

Omit - Intromit (The Early Recordings Oct 1987-Aug 1989)

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Omit - Overcast

Recorded in 1989, released on a tape by Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 1990.

Omit - Overcast

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Omit - Recycled

The usually classy Omit succumbs to RRR's cash-grab series of recycled cassette tapes. Okay. 


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Omit - Retraction (Resistance in the Field of Subtracting Selfless Dissimulation)

This creeper is from 1993, and was perhaps the best 7" to come out on Stomach Ache Records.


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Omit - Rundowns

1995 cassette by New Zealand's darkest, Clinton Williams/Omit!


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Omit - Signals

More Omit? Sure, why not. This cassette came out in 1990. It's very good. 

Omit - Signals

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Omit - The Invision State (The Reasoning of the Void Below Self Expulsion)

A real stunner of a lathe-cut 7" by the always fascinating Omit, released by Trinder in 1994. 


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Omit - Frequency Drop-Points

This fairly brief Omit EP was first issued as a lathe-cut 7" in 1996 by an American label called Aegri Somnia Vana, then reissued as a CDR in 1999.

Omit - Frequency Drop-Points

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Omit - Fluid

Another pile of wires, circuits, and mystery from New Zealand's Omit, released as a cassette in 1992.

Omit - Fluid

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Omit - Complacency/Dissipation

Double lathe-cut 7" from Omit, recorded in 1997 and released in some teensy edition in 1998. 

Omit - Complacency/Dissipation

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Omit - Alienation

Recorded in 1989, released as a cassette in 1990 on Omit's own Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic label. Imagine irr. app. (ext.), Nurse With Wound, and a heaping dose of pure, uncut despair. Happy Valentine's Day!

Omit - Alienation 

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Omit - A Block of Face

Self-released cassette on Omit's own Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic label from 1991. Sinister homemade electronic nightmare music, not what you might expect to come from the tranquil, sunny wine country in the north of New Zealand's South Island.

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Nasmak - Indecent Exposure 5 & 6 (Only This Day and 77 Others)

Final two-tape set of art/punk/electronic loose ends by Nasmak, more mess from 1980 mopped up and spewed forth upon an ambivalent world by Plurex in 1981.

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Nasmak - Indecent Exposure 3 & 4 (The Smell Remains)

The second double-tape set of experimental bleeps n' bloops, rehearsals, and all-around confusion by Nasmak, this time issued on the legendary Plurex label (home of Minny Pops, World According To, Nexda, and others from the Dutch post-punk/art-damaged fringe) in 1981.

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Nasmak - Indecent Exposure 1 & 2 (Music For Brass,Wood, Drums and Violins)

First double-cassette set of weirdo improvisations, noise, demo versions of songs, live material and other detritus from Dutch new wave/post-punk band Nasmak. This was recorded in 1980 and self-released by the band in 1981. 


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The Pink Chunk Jazz Band - Alone And Effected




C40 released on American Tapes in 2008 (it's AM707 btw).

It's Daniel Dlugosielski and John Olson (you should recognise both from very recent posts). Discogs has this as a C60 but my copy weighs in as a C40 ... go figure.

Skronk electronics that appear to have been recorded by accident by somebody in a nearby apartment ...

You don't have to call it band if the word bothers you.

Alone And Effected

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Medical Lake - Easy Moves Alright

Session of hissy, reverb-drenched synth splat by one of John Olson's many alter egos. This cassette was originally released by Excite Bike in 2008 as an edition of 70 copies.

Medical Lake - Easy Moves Alright

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