Bernard Heidsieck - Derviche/Le Robert

A very long sound poem comprised of 26 pieces, one for each letter of the alphabet, written between 1978 and 1986 and recorded between 1982 and 1986. While a few tracks appeared on sound poetry compilation cassettes in the 1980s, this is the entire work on three CDs with a 200-page book, released by Al Dente in 2004.

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Bernard Heidsieck - Respirations Et Brèves Rencontres




"Each piece is name after a poet that Heidsieck is having an imaginary conversation with. In each case he uses the sounds of that poet breathing which have been taken from recordings of that person reading." Improbable but true.

Three CDs that were included in a book published by Al Dante in 1999.

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Bernard Heidsieck - Poème-Partition X

Two recordings of Bernard Heidsieck's sound poem "Poème-Partition X", both recorded in 1960. Released as a very limited edition LP by Alga Marghen in 1996.

Bernard Heidsieck - Poème-Partition X

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Vertonen - Return Of The Interrobang




This is probably just me ... but ... this is the sound of a party in a club in an alternate dimension that is so close to you that only a particle physicist could get you admission. What do you mean "that makes no sense"? You won't be saying that when I'm sitting at the bar sipping on my Piña Colada!

CD released on Blake's Crippled Intellect Productions in 2005.

Return Of The Interrobang

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Vertonen - Orchid Collider




On this release, Blake Edwards delivers so much variety and covers just about everything you droneheads could possibly want. Just dive in.

CD released on his own Crippled Intellect Productions in 2005.

Orchid Collider

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Vertonen - Rogyapas Bath




Beautiful drones that are perfectly attuned to the landscape on the cover ...

C20 released on What We Do Is Secret in 2007.

Rogyapas Bath

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PCRV / Vertonen - Deep Time




Matt Taggart and Blake Edwards creating sublime dreamscapes before finding the ear next to the white picket fence and showing us what lies beneath.

CDr released on Power Silence in 2009.

Deep Time

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PCRV - Day / Night




Two live tracks captured in Seattle on June the 12th, 2005.

3" CDr released on Misanthrope Studio in 2006.

Night and Day

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Bernard Heidsieck - Canal Street

The poem "Canal Street" was written between 1974 and 1976, recorded in 1976 and then self-released as a 3LP boxset ten years later. This reissue from 2001 came out as two CDs with a book, published by sound poetry label Al Dente's Collection Niok subdivision in 2001.

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Pop Culture Rape Victim - Carbon Monoxide Therapy




Fifty minutes of quality immersive gear-switching noise courtesy of Matt Taggart.

CDr jointly released on Scrotum Records and Recordings For The Summer in 2005.

Carbon Monoxide Therapy

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Bernard Heidsieck - 50/70

Four recordings of French sound poet (and bank manager!) Bernard Heidsieck, recorded in 1957, 1977 and 1979, released as an LP by Alga Marghen in 1998.

Bernard Heidsieck - 50/70

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P.C.R.V. & Goat - Present Mano Isquierda Del Camino




Now this is my kind of heaven. Andy O’Sullivan and Matt Taggart recorded live in July 2002.

C52 released on Philosophy Shop (probably) in 2003.

Present Mano Isquierda Del Camino

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Double Leopards - Untitled

An untitled collection of four-track recordings from 1999 to 2001, released as a CDR by Polyamory in 2002.

Double Leopards - Untitled

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Goat - The Satyric Passion




Truly extraordinary tape courtesy of Andy O’Sullivan (aka Mr. Goat) with "Dorbo" on Stun Guitar and "Bill F" with the occasional vocals.

Ridiculously great C40 released on his own Philosophy Shop label in who knows when.

The Satyric Passion

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Infirmary - Room Of Nightmares




One side of fierce and one side of brooding ...

C60 released on Enemata Productions in 2008.

Room Of Nightmares

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Infirmary - Black Hole Reflection




Rick Winn. Wall Noise. Every one wins.

Single-sided C80 released on Enemata Productions in 2008.

Black Hole Reflection

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The Rita & Wilt - Werewolf In The Black Space




This is one for the ultra-nerds like me! This is the analogue glory of the tape (without the C10) ... and there were only 15 of these released.

C20 released on The Institute For Organic Conversations in 2006.

Werewolf In The Black Space

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The Rita + Wilt - Werewolf In The Black Space




Sam McKinlay with the mighty Wilt. This was originally a C20 tape released on Wilt's The Institute For Organic Conversations in 2006. There was an initial 10 copies that also has a C10. This reissue has both tapes as well as a 12 and a half minute track that was previously unreleased.

CD released on Cipher Productions in 2008.

Werewolf In The Black Space

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Moribund - Mens Rea




Shawn Royal giving the world pulsing noise with a slice of power electronics.

C48 released on Barbarian Tapes in 2007.

Mens Rea

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Double Leopards - A Pebble of Thousands of Unmapped Revolutions

Their second album, released as an LP by Eclipse Records in 2001. Band member Marcia Bassett went on to record solo noise as Zaimph and would play in noise/bliss/noise groups The Hototogisu (with Matthew Bower, of Skullflower), the lower-key GHQ (with Pete Nolan, of Magik Markers), and Zaika (with Tom Carter). Jon Chapman would vanish from the Leopards, but would record with New Zealand outfits Rory Storm and the Invaders, Eye, and Sinking Infinities. Chris Gray later played drums in an early line-up of Endless Boogie.

Double Leopards - A Pebble of Thousands of Unmapped Revolutions

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Double Leopards - The Axe Helve

The debut album by Double Leopards, this contains the group's earliest recordings from 1998 and 1999, self-released as an LP on Heavy Conversation in 1999.

Double Leopards - The Axe Helve

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Grain Belt - Grain Belt




... and here we have Sam Stoxen (aka Baculum), Oskar Brummel (aka Willful) and Wince all at the same time!

CD jointly released on Small Doses, White Centipede Noise and Phage Tapes in 2010.

Grain Belt

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Wince - Buried Rage




This was self-released right at the start of the Willful project and probably accounts for the difference in sound quality when compared to the previous post.

C30 released in 2008 in an edition of 30.

Buried Rage

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Wince - Mushed Down Retardation




Seriously fucked up smile on your face broken noise from Oskar Brummel.

C20 released on Joy De Vivre in 2011.

Mushed Down Retardation

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Willful - 1982




This is the only thing that I have heard by Willful. It's extraordinary and I love it.

3" CDr released on Small Doses in 2009 in an edition of 61.

1982

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Baculum - Wood




... and this time with whirring blades. Sam Stoxen also records as Knife Attack and POTR and is a member of White Plague, ...Massacre and Grain Belt amongst others. Everything that I've heard is mighty fine and you should chase all of it down.

3" CDr released on Phage Tapes in 2007.

Wood

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Baculum - Crumble




Straight up in your face harsh noise.

3" CDr released on Degenerate in 2008.

Crumble

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Baculum - When The Fallout Comes




Broiling oxyacetylene noise attack from the hands of Sam Stoxen.

3" CDr released on DumpsterScore in 2009.

When The Fallout Comes

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Baculum - Heavy Machinery



Fierce sounds from inside the noise factory.

3" CDr released on Corrosive Art Records in 2010.

Heavy Machinery

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Svartvit - Untitled




Kevin Jansen's Wall Noise project on a C60 released as part of the 12 Months Cassette Swap series in 2012.

Tape Swap

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MX Nihil - Cock Is Master




MX Nihil is the work of Matthias Mützlitz (aka Die Reitenden Leichen and a dozen other projects) delivering up two sides of Harsh Noise Wall inferno.

C42 released on World Nihil in 2008.

Cock Is Master

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Paniek - Brethren




Paniek (aka Panic) released a series of WWII themed HNW tapes on War Story with all of them only being available as single copies. The seventh (Atlantikwall) is a huge four C90 boxset ... gutted to say that I've never heard it ...

C20 released on War Story in 2011 in an edition of one copy.

Brethren

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Paniek - Normandy




Excellent Wall Noise with a static kick.

C62 released on War Story in 2011 in an edition of one copy.

Normandy

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Murder Book - Revenge Initiation




Pulsing noise with a touch of the doom metal about it.

C30 released on Turgid Animal in 2007.

Revenge Initiation

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Murder Book - Blood Stains The Paint




Twisted noise that wouldn't feel out of place as the incidental music in a 1950's Sci-Fi B-Movie.

C46 released on Turgid Animal in 2007.

Blood Stains The Paint

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va - The Great New World in Environment and Acceleration

The opposite of yesterday's compilation, here is some austere sound art! One of my most-played compilations of this type of music, "The Great New World..." was issued by Dutch multi-media art organization V2_Archeif (same people who brought us the just-as-essential "CD For the Unstable Media" compilation) in 1993. Music by Small Cruel Party, The Haters, Ron Kuiliva, Illusion of Safety, Lt. Caramel, Kapotte Muziek, Pedro Bericat, and more.  


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Mutant Ape - Women Of The S.S.




George in spectacular form ... release the beast!

C20 released on Nurse Etiquette in 2006 in an edition of 66.

Women Of The S.S.

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va - The Beast 666 & The Archangels of Sex

The best tracks from two cassettes of industrial ritual music originally released in 1985 by Nekrophile Rekords in Austria, reissued on CD by Staalplaat in 1992. A pity the complete tapes weren't reissued, but it's nice to at least be able to hear some of this stuff. If death-obsessed occult dark ambience is your thing, here are some creeps banging on bones in basements. Music by Korpses Katatonic, Sleep Chamber, Coil, Hunting Lodge, MetgumbnerboneEwald Spiss, Ain Soph, Toy Muzik and Zero Kama.

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Mutant Ape / Karst - Split




Two George Proctor projects on one tape. Wonderful.

C60 released on Phage Tapes in 2008 in an edition of 41 copies.

Mutant Ape / Karst

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va - X-Rated-The Dark Files

Obscure compilation of mostly gloomy ambient music released in 2006 by the Dutch label Steamin' Soundworks, with one hell of a lineup: Nurse With Wound, Threshold Houseboys Choir, Scanner, Black Sun Productions, Monoton, Aural Rage, Coil, Raison d'Etre, Markant, KaH, and the Legendary Pink Dots!

va - X-Rated-The Dark Files

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Karst - The Blood Moon Lands




This starts off with a space-rock vibe before building up into a beast of pulsing noise. Really quite spectacular!

CDr released on Small Doses in 2009.

The Blood Moon Lands

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Culver and Karst - Quarter Mile Volcano




Roil and Rumble from two of England's finest.

CDr released on Striate Cortex in 2010.

Quarter Mile Volcano

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Culver & Karst - Mile High Volcano




Lee Stokoe and George Proctor delivering brooding, atmospheric noise that is a hair's breadth from developing into a drone.

CDr released on Lisca Records in 2011.

Mile High Volcano

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Voltigeurs - Voltigeurs




It's Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies. It's sublime. End.

CD released on Turgid Animal in 2009.

Voltiguers

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Voltigeurs - Tentacle Rape




Gorgeous crushing and suffocating guitar noise!

Self-released CDr from 2009.

Tentacle Rape

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va - Solipsism 22

The 22nd (duh) album on Self Abuse's CDR division, Solipsism, released in an edition of 100 copies in 1999. When these came out, I remember disliking the label's inkjet covers and poor design. Time has been kind to Solipsism, though. Looking at it from 2017, it's a strong catalog of noise by both somewhat-known and still-obscure artists from Japan, Australia, Finland, Denmark and the USA. This particular comp focuses on lesser-known bands: Agit8, Antenna 59, Expose Your Eyes, Kummerlige Forhold, Marquis Konspirator, Mono, Mutagen, Nitza, Oedipus Flex, Tadayuki Miura, and The End.

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Vomir / Voltigeurs - He Shall Come




Naturally, Romain Perrot gives you an impenetrable Wall. Voltigeurs are Matthew Bower and Samantha Davies who both record together as Black Sun Roof! and (obviously) are in Skullflower. You already know that you like it.

CDr for sale during the Vomir and Voltigeurs UK tour in November, 2010.

He Shall Come

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va - The Swingers Club

Released as a limited-to-100-copies CDR in 1997 by Solipsism, a CDR-only sublabel of Self Abuse Records, this is a compilation of harsh noise collaborations. Each track features one artist using sounds from someone else. Aube makes a track out of Blazen y Sharp source material, Blazen y Sharp makes a track out of Smell & Quim's source material, Hyware makes a track out of OVMN's source material, and so on. Other pairings include Rotten Piece/Cock ESP, Macronympha/Pain Jerk, Smell & Quim/Hanged Man's Orgasm, MSBR/Hyware, Cock ESP/Iugula-Thor, Crawl Unit/Aube, Skin Crime/MSBR, Hanged Man's Orgasm/Crawl Unit, and Sukora/Rotten Piece.

va - The Swingers Club

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Vomir / Cannibal Ritual - Split




If you are not familiar with Cannibal Ritual, you should definitely go here to hear more.

Single-sided C90 released on Black Grave Tapes in 2008.

Vomir / Cannibal Ritual

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Devo - Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology

Another double-disc set of de-evolution from 2000, this one features album tracks from throughout the band's career (which means plenty from the crappier albums, like "Total Devo" and "Shout", by which point they had already become irrelevant) but also songs from the self-released early singles and some unreleased music.

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