va - Voice Crack Remixes

Entirely unnecessary compilation of remixes of Voice Crack sounds. Did this really need to exist? Most probably not, but exist it does and so here it is for you. Two of the remixes are by Aphasic and Toby Reynolds (aka DJ Scud), the two gents who compiled and released this on their own Ambush label in 2002. I'm not even sure whether these tracks can rightly be called "remixes"; more accurately, they're original tracks that use Voice Crack as a source sound. Other remixers include Hrvatski (aka Keith Fullerton Whitman), Jim O'Rourke, Matmos, Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker, and... Norbert Moslang!

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Oshiri Penpenz - Oshiri Penpenz




Yusuke Mukae on drums, Kirara Nakabayashi on guitar and Motako Ishii on lungs. Buttholian cowboy music!

This is a self-released CDr from 2006. This was a "show your workings out" experiment that would turn into Micro de Ikou (ミクロで行こう) two years later or this time tomorrow depending on your reference points.

Oshiri Penpenz

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Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Sound_Shifting

This is the CD that came inside a 90-page book documenting Voice Crack's contribution to the 49th Venice Biennal exhibition in 2001.

Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl - Sound_Shifting

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Oshiri Pen Penz - Black Album




Trumans Water are forced to live in South Park and spend their lives covering Shockabilly covers using rubber instruments. Yeah. Warped genius!

Self-released CDr EP from 2003.

黒アルバム

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Voice Crack - Shock_Late




Did somebody mention Shock_Late?

LP released on Entenpfuhl ‎in 2000.

Shock_Late

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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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va - Asian Flashback - Underground Music From Asia

Anyone reading this blog is surely familiar with PSF's required-listening-for-everybody compilation series, Tokyo Flashback. In 2007, the premier psych/rock/jazz/folk/noise label unleashed a flashback with artists from Japan, South Korea and China and it's just as solid as anything else on PSF, which is to say that it's a jaw-dropping collection of both known and little-known Asian artists. Includes Li Jianhong (both with his fierce noise-rock duo D!O!D!O!D! and in a trio with Shoji Hano and Narita Munehiro), Soonie, Mustangs, Amature Amplifier, Kim Young Jin, and many others.

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Ché-SHIZU - I Can't Promise




Takuya Nishimura, Tori Kudo, Tsukasa Takahashi and Chei Mukai with the latter three later becoming members of the free-form ensemble Maher Shalal Hash Baz although not always at the same time.

Originally an LP released on Zero Records in 1984. This is the Alchemy Records CD reissue from 2001 that had two additional tracks.

I Can't Promise

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Junji Hirose & Yoshinori Motoki - Chi-Chi-Chi-Nngacah

The great Junji Hirose plays all sorts of noise-making junk for his duo LP with percussionist Yoshinori Motoki. Recorded in 1982 and 1983, released on vinyl by Cacoon in 1984.

Junji Hirose & Yoshinori Motoki - Chi-Chi-Chi-Nngacah

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Ché-SHIZU - Nazareth




Another series of live recordings ... recorded in Tokyo between 1983 and 1993.

CD released on P.S.F. Records in 1993.

ナザレ

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Ché-SHIZU - Live 1996 水晶




Unsurprisingly, this is a series of live recordings. From 1996. There is another (7 track) version that does the rounds that purports to be this. It isn't, it's actually Glimmering Star. If that's what you have, delete and replace.

13 track CD released on P.S.F. Records in 1997.

Live 1996 水晶

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Ché-SHIZU - Glimmering Star




Takuya Nishimura (Miminokoto, Suishou No Fune et al) on bass, Ikuro Takahashi (Fushitsusha, LSD March, High Rise, Overhang Party an so on) on drums, Koma Keita on guitar and Chie Mukai (of East Bionic Symphonia, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and Marginal Consort) on keyboards. Given the people on board, you might expect it to be full-roar psychedelic rock-freak-out. Whilst it occasionally stretches out, it's more lilting and introverted but repeated listening peels back the details and carries on rewarding.

Initially an LP released on Aleutian Retto in 1999. This is the CD reissue on Alchemy Records from 2002 with additional tracks.

瞬きの星

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Junji Hirose - Hodgepodge

Hirose's ultra-rare 2nd LP, this one was recorded in 1981 and released by Cacoon in 1982. It features a big step forward for Hirose, this time playing sax, electric guitar, and noise-making junk. He's joined by Yasuhiro Yamazaki (drummer for Masayuki Takayanagi's groups!), bassist Shuichi Nagano, and the late jazz guitarist Akira Iijima.

Junji Hirose - Hodgepodge

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Junji Hirose ‎– Solo Saxophone

Ultra-rare 1980 LP of (you guessed it!) solo saxophone improvisation by Junji Hirose, who first came to my attention via his duo with Otomo Yoshihide and as a member of Otomo's legendary jazz/noise/rock band, Ground Zero. Released on vinyl by Cacoon and now going for big yen. 

Junji Hirose ‎– Solo Saxophone

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Miminokoto - Live At Penguin House In Tokyo 2013




All Hail Ivangov! Cheers mate!!!

CDr released on Plunk's Plan in 2013.

Live At Penguin House In Tokyo 2013

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Miminokoto - Official Bootleg




I haven't posted the four releases available on Plunk's Plan for obvious reasons. I have posted everything else that we have.

Unfortunately, we are missing 1/13, 14/2001, Live Performance 2009, Morning Dew, Earth Droplets [朝の露 地の雫], Live Performance 2012 + 1 and Live At Penguin House In Tokyo 2013.

If you can help us to continue our idolatry of this great band, please help us out and share!!!

Self-released tour CDr from 2003.

Official Bootleg

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Miminokoto - Live Performance 2007




Presumably this was for sale on tour (as such things tend to be) and it's notable for having Mitsuru Tabata on bass on the final track.

Self-released CDr from 2008.

Live Performance 2007

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Miminokoto - Hitoyogiri




... and back to the current line-up with Suzuki Junzo front and centre.

CD released on Important Records in 2011.

Hitoyogiri

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random re-ups

John Hudak - Mover Head
John Hudak - Helen Marie: Reinterpretations
John Hudak - Think
John Hudak - Blackening
Chris Phinney & John Hudak - Spot the Uses
John Hudak - Wind Rain and Cloud to Human Beings
John Hudak - Don't Worry About Anything, I'll Talk to You Tomorrow
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg - The Codfish Suit
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg - 9.11 (Desperation Is the Mother of Laughter)
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg - Zzz....
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg - Ebola/Swedish Dreamers
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg - Two Thin Eating One Fat
Hirsche Nichts Aufs Sofa - Die Verschung des Metzgers
Hirsche Nichts Aufs Sofa - Runter Da, Zimtsterne Und Baghwan Jünger
Hirsche Nichts Aufs Sofa - Die Drehorgel Als Feuerspritze

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Miminokoto - Miminokoto




And so it begins ...

CD released on Gyuune Cassette in 2002.

Whilst I'm here, I've re-upped the posts from 2012: US Tour 2005; Orange Garage; Miminokoto 3; Live '04; Live.

みみのこと

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Miminokoto - Miminokoto 2



For their second outing, we are back to Takuya Nishimura on bass ...

CD released on Austin Record in 2003.

みみのこと2

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Miminokoto - Green Mansions




Masami Kawaguchi on guitar and vocals, Hiroaki Takeuchi on bass and Koji Shimura behind the kit.

CD released on Alchemy Records in 2005.

緑の住処

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New Miminokoto - All About Mimi




It took the re-arrival of Takuya Nishimura (formerly the bassist with Ché-SHIZU and Suishou No Fune) to formally announce the arrival of New Miminokoto ... on later releases, they reverted to "just" Miminokoto again.

CD released on P.S.F. Records in 2009.

It is ...

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