Ralf Wehowsky / Kevin Drumm - Cases

Lovely chiming concrète cut-up static squelch from Ralf and the marvelous Kevin Drumm. We adore Kevin's work but we don't post it because he has a very organised and active bandcamp page where he also has a subscription option. When you go for that you get exclusive work that is only available to you. We highly recommend it!

CD released on Selektion in 2001.



Bruce Russell & Ralf Wehowsky - Midnight Crossroads Tape Recorder Blues

Isn't technology great? Apart from the Terminators, they're bad! Back in the day, this would have been about (literally) shipping an analogue tape to somebody so they could contribute and send it back and so on and so forth. And now you can get two legends who normally would be around eleven and a half thousand miles apart producing beautifully abstract and twisted compositions ... and then we get to share them with you. When you think about it, apart from all of the shit stuff, the world is a pretty good place to live on.

CD released on A Bruit Secret in 2005.

Midnight Crossroads Tape Recorder Blues


Ralf Wehowsky & Bruce Russell - Sights

This is one of the consequences of when Mr Russell went to stay with Mr Wehowsky for a while in 2003, with some cross-continental work added in later.

This should have been the soundtrack to Barbarella.

CD released on Corpus Hermeticum in 2004.



P16.D4 - V.R.N.L.

This C40 was initially released on Wahrnehmungen in 1981 and when the label changed it's name to Selektion it was re-released the following year. In 2005, Ralf released a remastered vinyl version on Was Soll Das? Schallplatten. This is the Selecktion tape in all its original analogue glory.

Von Rechts Nach Lichts


Rogalli Nr. II - Neue Deutsche Peinlichkeit

Rogalli Nr. II is also known as Charles Rogalli but it's actually Ralf Wehowsky.

This C30 was the fifth release on Achim Wollscheid and Ralf's Selektion label way back in 1981. It was restored and edited as the "eaRLy W - Three: Neue Deutsche Peinlichkeit" LP (more of which later aka when I get around to it) but this is the original tape.

Neue Deutsche Peinlichkeit


RLW - Acht

Sonorous abstractions released on Selektion in 1993 that again features Ewald Weber, Roger Schönauer and Stefan E. Schmidt.



RLW - 14 Recordings From 1980-1993

Self-explanatory CD released on Selektion in 1993 that also features contributions from Ewald Weber, Roger Schönauer and Stefan E. Schmidt (who were all in P16.D4 with Ralf), Bernd Leukert, Bernhard Jugel and Elliott Sharp.

14 Recordings


RLW - Revu Et Corrigé

"When (alternate versions of) this material were released in 1986 on LP (Nichts Niemand Nirgends Nie!, Selektion SLP 011), they suffered from poor technical qualities of the vinyl standard in general and Selektion's equipment in particular. This CD represents the original sound ideas (realized for the first time appropriately) and provides a look at 1985’s work, seen from today’s point of view."

Wonderful CD released on Bernhard Günter's Trente Oiseaux in 1995.

Revu Et Corrigé


RLW - When Freezing Air Stings Like Ice I Shall Breathe Again

Ralf Wehowsky creates very strange worlds on most occasions but the landscapes here drift in and out of focus to the point of being intangible before they smash into sharp focus and slip away again. CD released on Christoph Heemann's Streamline in 1995.

Stings Like Ice


Murder Corporation - The New Crimes

... and then, in 2015, menstrualrecordings released an eight disc reissue that is remastered from the original tapes.

I no longer know whether this and the Pure CDr are related. More importantly, I no longer care because finally I can hear The New Crimes!



Murder Corporation - New Crimes

In 1995, Moreno Daldosso released an eight tape set on his own Murder Release label called The New Crimes. Apparently there were "less than ten" copies (whatever that actually means) and always resigned myself to never hearing it. In 1996 (and later in 2000) RRRon released this CDr on his very reasonably priced Pure sister label that specialised in releasing new and lost treasures.

I naturally assumed that it was part of the box set of tapes and snapped it up straight away and figured it was as close as I was ever going to get ...

New Crimes


Various - Missing Nothing

This was a six CDr collection that served as a fundraiser for the Bang The Bore collective in 2012.

Astral Social Club, Andy Jarvis, Spoils & Relics, Kevin Sanders' Petals, Ashtray Navigations, John Butcher, Mark Sanders, Seth Cooke, Clive Henry and The A Band are the hooks that will drag you in. However, everything on here is well worth your undivided attention.

This seems to be the perfect way to temporarily conclude what will forever go down in history as "Bleak Bliss: The Compilation Years" ... who at the back said 'thank fuck for that'?








Various - Unbecoming: An International Compilation

CD released on Freedom In A Vacuum in 1993 featuring Pierre-André Arcand, PGR, Empirical Sleeping Consort, Allegory Chapel Ltd. and John Duncan alongside others who have slipped into the æther in the intervening 23 years.



Richard Duaine Lyons

Am I just getting old? Is this what it is like when you get old? Do I just have to get used to the fact that the people that I admire just leave?

It has just been announced that Prince Rogers Nelson has died at the age of 57. That really stinks. What will be reported far less and hurts me more is that Richard died today also at the age of 57.

Alongside Mark Hosler and Peter Conheim, he was a founder member of Negativland ... a genius collective of cut up / plunderphonic flies in the ointment of the American dream.

It always seems to be a trite and consoling cliché that people battle cancer ... Pastor Dick managed it for around 12 years. Today we all lost. Today he joined former Negativelanders Don Joyce and Ian Allen who we lost last year.

Raise a glass people!

Originally released on their own Seeland label in 1980 ...


... and a CD released on Seeland in 2002.

Deathsentences Of The Polished And Structurally Weak


Various - Voices In A Dark Room

Double C45 set released on Honeymoon Production in 1989 featuring Kapotte Muziek, Asmus Tietchens, Vidna Obmana, S.Core, blackhumour, The Haters, The Gerogerigegege and Merzbow amongst others.

Voices In A Dark Room


Various - Organisation Orange 1

Rafael Flores' Comando Bruno project, Pacific 231, Schlafengarten, The Grief, Bene Gesserit, La Sonorité Jaune and more on a C60 released on S.J. Organisation in 1986.

Organisation Orange 1


Various - Organisation Orange 2

Controlled Bleeding, Vivenza, Urbain Autopsy, Schlafengarten, Mystery Hearsay, Big City Orchestra, La Sonorité Jaune and a range of people who appear to only appear on old school "industrial" collections.

C90 and C10 set released on S.J. Organisation in 1987. Extract both files to the same folder etc ...

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va - Phonography.org: Compositions Using Field Recordings 1

From 2002, with Doug Haire, Cornucopia, Quiet American, Rod Stasick, Edward Ruchalski, Andrew Haylek, Marc McNulty, and more. 

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Various - Phonography.org: Compositions Using Field Recordings 2

The second of the compositions collections from 2002 featuring Dale Lloyd, Jon Tulchin, Yannick Dauby, Sawako Kato and Cédric Peyronnet amongst others. As far as I am aware, none of the tracks on the "Compositions" CDrs featured on any releases in the broader series.

Compositions Using Field Recordings 2


va - Phonography.org 1

Compilation of field recordings by Yannick Dauby, Rod Stasick, Dale Lloyd, Yuko Nexus6, Toy Bizarre, and more. Released on CDR in 2001.

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From 2002, featuring Richard Lerman, Marc McNulty, Christopher DeLaurenti, the Beige Channel, Murmer., and more,

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va - Phonography.org 3

From 2002, with John Hudak, Eric La Casa, Murmer., Toby Paddock, Yannick Dauby, and more.

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From 2003, with Kiyoshi Mizutani, The Beige Channel, Saw Trigge, Murmer., Robert Mills, Omnid, and more.

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Various - Phonography.org 5

Yannick Dauby, Jon Tulchin, jfrede, Michael Northam, Toy Bizarre and Éric La Casa is only the beginning of the tale ...

Phonography.org 5


Various - Phonography.org 6

15 field recordings from the likes of Frederic Yarm, Josh Russell, Anders Östberg and Michael Farley's The Beige Channel. CDr released on phonography.org in 2004.

Phonography.org 6


Various - Phonography.org 7

Robert Horton, Eric La Casa, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Michael Northam, j.frede and David Knott are just some of the people who brought the phonography.org series of CDrs to a close in 2005.

Phonography.org 7


Various - Music Made With Balloon And/Or Needle

Startlingly experimental double CD released on Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki's Balloon & Needle in 2014.

If, for some reason, the title doesn't give you a clue where this is heading then Tetsuya Umeda's "Use Paper As A Needle, Put Microphone In A Balloon" will probably seal the deal. As well as the likes of Hong Chulki, Frans de Waard, Jin Sangtae, Luciano Maggiore and Dave Phillips, you also get the venerable Eugene Chadbourne who makes a balloon sound like a choir of screaming saxophones. For eleven minutes. Remarkable.




Various - Xing-Wu / Insight

Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Taku Sugimoto, Reynols, Thuja, Oren Ambarchi, Andrea Neumann, Yannick Dauby, Matt Shoemaker and Michael Northam. That's only an indication of the quality of this double CD that was released on the Malaysian label Xing-Wu Records in 2004.




Various - Paper & Plastic

Where to begin? Well, let's try Agog, Jos Smolders, Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, Small Cruel Party, Yeast Culture, Achim Wollscheid, Kapotte Muziek, TAC and Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck amongst others. Oh, and did I mention Merzbow and a 20 minute collaboration between Emil Beaulieau & A4?

This saw several editions released between 2008 and 2010. This is the double CD that was jointly released on suitcase, Petri Supply and Incubator in 2010.




A4, KM, TAC - Materialsrecoveryfacility

All Fours (aka Eric Blevins), Kapotte Muziek (aka Frans de Waard, Peter Duimelinks and Roel Meelkop, although only the first two are mentioned on the release) and TAC (aka Tom Cox).

A wonderful collection of collaborations recorded between 1991 and 1993 and released as a CDr on Eric's suitcase label in 2011.



va - Just About Now

This compilation CD has the same title as the catalog for the previous edition of the exhibition, but it is entirely different. Includes music by m/s (Minoru Sato), Toshiya Tsunoda, and Jio Shimizu (all of the Japanese sound art/installation group WrK), Peter Duimelinks, Roel Meelkop, and Frans de Waard (of the Dutch group Kapotte Muziek), plus Justin Bennett and BMB Con., Masahiro Miwa, Reiner Schimmel and Edwin van der Heide.

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va - Just About Now

Tracks from an installation in Rotterdam, 1998, featuring Roel Meelkop, Francisco Lopez, Carsten Nicolai, Frans de Waard, Peter Duimelinks, and Ryoji Ikeda. Released as a CD by V2_Archief.

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Various - To Step Outside And Keep Walking

This is the first joint compilation release on Freedom In A Vacuum and Randy Greif's Swinging Axe Productions and this time it's from 1994 featuring Randy Greif, Art Simon, Contact With A Curve and Jocelyn Robert.

... Keep Walking


Various - Globus And Decibel

This was the second (and I think last) joint compilation release on Freedom In A Vacuum and Randy Greif's Swinging Axe Productions from 1997. There are three tracks from Christian Renou's Brume, two from Edward Ka-Spel (of Big City Orchestra, The Legendary Pink Dots and a host of other incarnations), three form Jörg Thomasius and "just" one from Stylus.

The latter is the collaboration of Jeph Jerman, Rick Tamura and Randy Greif. As far as I know, it's the only thing they recorded under that name and it's this 18 minute track that grabs me the most from a great bunch.

Globus And Decibel


Various - A Blind Man's Gallery Of Mirrors

This is a series of live recordings culled from the Freedom In A Vacuum festivals between 1991 and 1995. Amongst the goodness, you get Randy Greif, Edward Ka-Spel, Illusion Of Safety and Sigillum S with Mark Solotroff providing some live electronics.

Released on Freedom In A Vacuum in 1996.

Room Full Of Mirrors


Various - Registro De Voces

Randy Greif and Alva Svoboda, Esplendor Geométrico, Rafael Flores, Giancarlo Toniutti, Lieutenant Caramel, Kapotte Muziek, Francisco Felipe, Pacific 231, Luis Mesa and more on this C60 released on Luis' IEP label in 1987.

Luis Mesa is also known as Merz and you could do worse than go here, here, here, here and ... nah sod it ... do your own searching ... and say hello to Jonny as you pass through!

Registro De Voces


Various - We Know Time

Double C90 set released on James Levine's Jim Tapes in 1987.

Here you get Mr Levine collaborating with Richard Franecki as well as tracks by If Bwana, Randy Greif, Agog, Architects Office and around a dozen other surprises and delights.

Due to the size of the files this is in three parts so extract them all to the same folder etc ...





Various - Testament

I suppose that all you really need to know is that this is an LP released on RRRecords in 1988. If you insist in being curious then it has the work of Arcane Device, Illusion Of Safety, Swimming Behavior Of The Human Infant, Rik Rue, Eric Lunde, Native X, Sink Manhattan, Geins't Naït, Massimo Toniutti, John Wiggins and Randy Greif. If you remain curious, sorry I can't help you ... go and see a head doctor.



Various - Tearing The Wings Off Of Butterflies

You've gotta love '90s noise compilation tapes.

No. Seriously. It's the law.

Evil Moisture, AMK, Incapacitants, Macronympha, MSBR, Con-Dom, Emil Beaulieau, Taint, Smell & Quim, Sudden Infant, Aube, Putrefier, Thirdorgan, Orifice Training, C.C.C.C. and Human Skin Lanterns all gathered together in one place.

Apart from being great, it's also notable for presumably having Emil Beaulieau's (aka Ron Lessard's) response to Masaya Nakahara's "Fuck Off RRRecords, Bye Bye Noise Music" from the previous post.

C90 released on Keith Brewer's Taint Entertainment in 1994.

Extract both parts to the same folder ... etc

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va - Come Again II

Released in 1993 as a CD on Furnace Records (a division of Kim Cascone/PGR's Silent Records), this follow-up to the triple acetate set features lots of very short tracks by artists from the Japanese noise underground. This reached a wider audience than the previous volume (likely because the label made more than 63 copies) and is a lot of fun. Short blasts by all the usual suspects and some obscurities: Merzbow, Aube, Masonna, CCCC, Jojo Hiroshige, Incapacitants, Nord, Monde Bruits, KK Null, Dislocation, Diesel Guitars, Solmania, Flying Testicle, Love and Sincerity, Agencement, Hanatarash, Tatsuya Yoshida, S*Core, Mortal Vision, and more. The centerpiece, though, is a hip-hop collage by the magnificent Violent Onsen Geisha, which is provocatively titled "Fuck Off RRRecords, Bye Bye Noise Music".

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va - Come Again

If this isn't an ideal candidate for reissue, I don't know what is. "Come Again" was a triple acetate 7" set, released in an edition of just 63 copies by the legendary Vanilla Records in 1991. Along with "Japan Bashing Three", "Noise Forest", "Dry Lungs V", "Japanese/American Noise Treaty" and Banned Productions' "Ne" series, it helped launch artists who are now understood to be the most significant and influential in all of noise music. But with so few copies made, and then only as acetate singles, the only way the most people have heard this is as mp3s on blogs (like this one). Someone somewhere would do well to locate the original and remaster this music, then release it in a better-sounding and more widely available format. Until then, this is all most people have got.

Tracks by Violent Onsen Geisha (who records as Hair Stylistics), K.K. Null, Incapacitants, CCCC (here called Chaotic Custom Cock Commandos. Wow!), Merzbow (who is still going strong in 2016!), Dislocation (the multi-media improv group always seemed out of place on these harsh noise compilations, but it doesn't matter because they were so good), Aube (RIP), Monde Bruits (RIP), Masonna, Jojo Hiroshige (of Hijokaidan, and head of Alchemy Records, both going very strong today), Agencement (the violin and tape project of Hideaki Shimada, whose few recordings are all necessary and wonderful. While I'm busy telling people what to do, I'll also instruct an enterprising someone out there to produce a compilation of all the short tracks he's put on compilations), and finally a band called Shit Lovers, whose track "Please Let Me Eat Your Shit, SAVANNAH!" seems to be the only evidence of their existence.

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