EED - Morphic Resonance

Scratchy and tumbling free-improv by a sax/drums/tuba trio whose 1999 disc was the sole mark they made upon this planet before succumbing to whatever "morphic resonance" is supposed to be.

EED - Morphic Resonance

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va - The Noise Is All In Your Head

Is it, though? Gold Soundz strikes again with a wonderful comp from 2003, this time featuring an international all-star cast. Tracks from Continental Fruit, Oren Ambarchi, Noxagt, Lasse Marhaug, Thurston Moore, Volcano the Bear, Rats With Wings, Neil Campbell and more. The Greatest Band Name Award goes to Neil Mackay, former bassist in Loop and The Hair & Skin Trading Company, whose solo blurp is credited to If You Meet Your Anti-Self Don't Shake Hands. It's actually good advice!

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Double Leopards - Double Leopards




A trio of Chris Gray, Jon Chapman and Marcia Bassett with less forest dwelling fever tones and more elevated future drones.

CDr released on Polyamory in 2002.

Double Leopards

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Double Leopards - Soulless Dust, Speed And Strength




Five long-form tracks of glorious pagan psychosis.

Self-released CDr from 2002.

Soulless Dust, Speed And Strength

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Double Leopards - Urban Concussion




A request came in for this one ... yasswaddah posted this flac rip on his great blog dedicated to the label. The link is gone so here it is again just in case you weren't looking the first time around.

LP released on the excellent Qbico in 2004.

Urban Concussion

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va - Hi Fi Allergi



2003 compilation CDR from Sindre Bjerga's Gold Soundz label, featuring Norwegian noise artists such as Waffelpung, Fredrik Ness Sevendal, Uranus Rash and other strange obscurities.

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va - Klang Spectrum 2 (A Compilation of Underground Music from Madison)

Comp CDR of noise/folk/improv weirdos from the greater Davenport/Second Family Band orbit in Madison, Wisconsin. Includes such anti-luminaries as Garage Indians, Drunjus, Bruce Carkiss, Craig Microcassette System, Metrocide, The Mumber Toes, Right Arm Severed, db Pedersen and others you probably haven't heard of. Released as a CDR by 23 Productions, the label run by Clay Ruby, who was in Davenport (and several other of these bands) before re-christening himself as Burial Hex.

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va - Vhutemas Archetypi

Mute's 1991 CD reissue of an industrial compilation originally published in 1986 as an LP on Lustmord's Side Effects label. This is such a great album. Music from Laibach, Hunting Lodge, Gerechtigkeits Liga (a group I'd love to hear more of!), SPK and Lustmord, with incomprehensible liner notes by Graeme Revell.

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Wolf Eyes & Double Leopards - Breeding Turbines Vol One




They keep switching position ... I can't keep up.

C20 released on American Tapes in 2004 ... it's AM 373 btw.

Breeding Turbines Vol One

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Double Leopards & Wolf Eyes - Breeding Turbines Two




An exemplary combination released as a CDr on the worshipful American Tapes label in 2005.

It's AM 407 btw.

Breeding Turbines Two

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va - The Tyranny Of The Beat (Original Soundtracks From The Grey Area)

A compilation from 1991 intended to preview Mute's Grey Area sub-label, announcing their plans to make classic industrial and post-punk sides available again. This was very exciting when it came out. Before this, the original albums were very hard to come by. The disc included music from Throbbing Gristle, Non, Swell Maps, Monte Cazazza, Chris Carter, The Boys Next Door, Can, SPK, Dome, Wire, Die Krupps, Einstuerzende Neubauten, DAF and more. It's still a hell of a collection.

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Wolf Eyes & Double Leopards - 1




It's Wolf Eyes and Double Leopards.

C20 released on Heavy Tapes in 2004 in an edition of 30.

Two

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Wolf Eyes & Double Leopards - 2




It's Wolf Eyes and Double Leopards.

C20 released on Heavy Tapes in 2004 in an edition of 30.

Two

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Hive Mind & Mammal - Our War




Hypnotic tribal drone and pulse in this collaboration between Greh and Gary Beauvais.

C30 released on Gary's Animal Disguise in 2006.

Our War

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va - 2:3 -- Oswald Wiener Zum 65. Geburtstag


Strange compilation from 2000, featuring writers, sound and visual artists. Tracks by Mouse On Mars, Thomas Brinkmann, Wolfgang Muller (from Die Todliche Doris), Marcus Schmickler, Valie Export, Nihilist Spasm Band, Gerhard Ruhm and more.

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va - Good Music


Four-way split of Norwegian noise on a CD released in 2000 by Lasse Marhaug's Jazzassin label and Tore Boe's KomKol Autoprod. One quarter apiece by Jazzkammer (Marhaug's duo with John Hegre), Arm, KA (an outgrowth of Tore Boe's Origami Replika) and Clop Neplat.

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va - Cottage Industrial Vol 3

Mid-00's international noise/weirdo compilation from the Humbug label, with tracks by Idea Fire Company, Pho, Ryfylke, Orange Manifold, Wooden Wand, OvO, Raionbaishi, Moth (aka Jon Dale), Excepter, Lunt, WaWa, Violets Rock n' Roll, Sinistri (previously known as Starfuckers), Maskinanlegg and Anders Hana.

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Kjetil D Brandsdal - Freedom Waaaoh Waaoh

You might know Kjetil D Brandsdal as a member of Fibo-Trespo, or with noise rock bands Ultralyd, Noxagt, No Balls, University Punx and so on. This disc compiles some early tracks from his first two self-published LPs. It was released by the great Corpus Hermeticum in 1999.

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Hive Mind & Religious Knives - Untitled




Collaborations can be pleasantly dark.

3" CDr released on Chondritic Sound in 2005.

Hive Knives

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KA - Water Mertz

An album from 2004 by a trio offshoot of Origami Replika, released as an edition-of-75 CDR by Cipher Productions.

KA - Water Mertz

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Hive Mind & Religious Knives - Untitled




There's an old piano and it's playing hot.

CDr released on Chondritic Sound in 2005.

Hive Knive

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Hive Mind - Sand Beasts




Internal music designed to make you think ... possibly about what is creeping up behind (or inside) you.

CD jointly released on Chondritic Sound, PACrec and Troniks.

Sand Beasts



... and in a display of loveliness, in the first few editions, Greh also included this 3" CDr.

Ports Of Entry

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Astro - Fracture Composition




Three live tracks that were then taken back into the studio and remixed. The third is "Japanese Royal Blue Part 3" which is both sides of the Turgid LP turning into a different beast altogether right in front of your ears.

CD released on Rape Art Productions in 2009.

Fracture Composition

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Hive Mind / Damion Romero - Return To Steam




You already know that Hive Mind is the work of Greh Holger (who also recorded as Black Sand Desert amongst other pseudonyms) so I won't bother telling you that. On this, both get two sides each to provide some quality tones, drones and layered filth.

A double C30 set released on Greh's always excellent Chondritic Sound in 2009 in an edition of 50.

Return To Steam

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Astro - Japanese Royal Blue




Two live tracks recorded in Tokyo and Stockholm respectively in 2007 and 2008.

LP released on the great Turgid Animal in 2010.

Japanese Royal Blue

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Astromero - Live In San Francisco




Hiroshi Hasegawa with Damion Romero on one live recording (guess where) and one studio recording. I've seen the legs of the former but not the latter so I'm not sure if this constitutes a theme.

LP released on No Fun Productions in 2009.

Live In San Francisco

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Damion Romero & David Scott Stone - John Wiese's Legs




Now that I've thought about it, you only see John stood behind a table full of electronics. He must have something to hide.

3" CDr released on P-Tapes in 2005.

The Truth Will Set Him Free

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Damion Romero - Twins




A very satisfying exploration of machine hum, tones and drones.

Double LP from P-Tapes and (appropriately) Tone Filth in 2007.

Twins

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Damion Romero - Missing Link




More insistent drone by the very excellent Mr. Romero.

C30 released on Hanson Records in 2007.

Missing Link

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Speculum Fight / Lab Rat - Split




Apparently, Lab Rat is the work of Patrick Barber (who amongst other things was in the great Blowhole). The construction of his side of the tape is credited to bicycle, effects and tape ... it's brilliant and genuinely sinister. Unfortunately, this is the only Rat that I have to offer ...

C52 released on Anomalous Records in 1994.

Speculum Fight / Lab Rat

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Speculum Fight - Lost Live 2




Two more disoriented live performances from 1996. If you are following the narrative you will rightly be shouting into the face of strangers "where's the Lost 2 CDr then you bastard?". I consider that to be a perfectly appropriate approach to people you have never met before. If one of them coughs it up then slide it this way!

C30 released on Hanson Records in 2007.

Lost Live 2

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Gang Of Three




Yesterday, I woke up to find out that, as a consequence of an apparently random sequence of events, Andy Gill had died. Andy was the guitarist with the Gang Of Four ... one of the very few truly influential bands spawned by the UK post-punk revelation. Given that their initial heyday was forty years ago there may be some whippersnappers out there who have no idea that they existed. The first album is one of the most urgently important releases to have climbed out of my godforsaken xenophobic set of islands.

This is the Infinite Zero remastered CD edition that was re-released in 1995 and includes the original LP from 1979 and the full self-titled 12" from 1980. It's essential.



Dirt Behind The Daydream



This is the Strange Fruit CD from 1990 that brings together the three Peel Sessions recorded between 1979 and 1981. It's essential.

Dressed For The H-Bomb

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va - Fit For Kings (A Compilation Of Peripheral New Zealand Music Series II)

This 2000 CD, released by Crawlspace Records, collects tracks originally released on the label's series of lathe-cut 8" records. Personally, as proud completist collector scum, I would have preferred to hear entire 8" records rather than just a track from each, but this is better than nothing. Noise from RST, Sandoz Lab Technicians (plus solo tracks from each member), Pahjib, Crude, Empirical, Wayne Gordon, Pit Viper, Lapdog and Duncan Bruce.

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Speculum Spyked - Speculum Spyked




It's Damion Romero and John Olson on a single-sided LP released on American Tapes in 2006. Necessary by definition.

It's AM502 btw ...

Speculum Spyked

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va - Fit For Kings (A Compilation Of Peripheral New Zealand Music)

Necessary compilation CD of New Zealand noise and out-rock by such underground heroes as Crude, Children's Television Workshop, Witcyst, Aesthetics, Parmentier, Casagante Apparatus, Pointsman and White Saucer. Released by Drunken Fish in 1998.

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Speculum Fight - Lost Live




This takes the Lost idea and transplants it into three live venues with very different results.

CDr released on P-Tapes in 2002.

Lost Live

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va - Electronic Music From High Schools

There must be a story to this one, but I can't figure out what it is. Released as a CD on Flexidisc ( not the format, but a label run by Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto), this album claims to contain electronic music recorded by high school kids in 1968, 1972 and 1973 with one track at the end from 1984. It seems to be a reissue of an LP released by Recorded Publications Company from Camden, New Jersey, which was, in fact, an imprint that would manufacture vinyl records for school bands. My husband assures me that this was a real thing, and that his high school band recorded such an LP (he played the trumpet, of course. I was more of a French horn girl) in the late 1980s. It's possible that Dangers made all of this music himself and grafted a believable concept onto it. It's also possible that a high school had an electronic music lab, made an LP for the kids and parents to keep as a souvenir, and this was a Creel Pone style small-run reissue for fans of outsider electronic music. If you have more information or inside knowledge than I do, please enlighten us all in the comments.

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Speculum Fight - Lost




If you're not careful you will underestimate this. From the onset of the machine hum there is real agency and over the course of one hour it evolves into a quietly triumphant aside from the fuss that other people have generated inside your head.

CDr released on P-Tapes in 2002.

lost and found

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Autopsia - Wound

An archival album of early machine noise and oppressive tape loop doom by Czech industrial band Autopsia, who are still going strong today. These tracks were recorded between 1981 and 1987, released in 1993 as a CD on Hypnobeat/Gymnastic Records. Fans of Vivenza or (early) Laibach take note!

Autopsia - Wound

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Speculum Fight - White Elephant




An alter-ego of Damion Romero with saturated drones and scratchy homemade electronics.

C54 released on his own P-Tapes in 1994.

White Elephant

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Dead Machines / Damion Romero / John Wiese - Friday The 13th



On it's own, the attendance list makes you bend the knee but then each get their own side of vinyl and the fourth side is everybody at the same time including Mr O on the old skronky saxophone. When I was a kid I always looked forward to the next edition of the Marvel Team-Up comic so yeah, this always works for me. The crackle is all part of the show.

Double LP recorded live on Friday January the 13th 2006 at Il Corral and released on Anarchymoon Recordings later that year.

Friday The 13th

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Religious Knives & Dead Machines - In Brooklyn After Dark




Shaman clank and fiery drones ... everything you could possibly need.

C40 released on American Tapes in 2006.

In Brooklyn After Dark

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RU-486 - Disease and Development

Texan power electronics filth from 2009, released on tape by Danvers State Recordings in a run of 65 copies.

RU-486 - Disease and Development

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Scott Davey - Goner (Solo Electronic Music, 1988-'93)

Here's an ultra obscure tape to start your week! "Goner (Solo Electronic Music, 1988-'93)" is, as far my pal Discogs and I can tell, the only album by Scott Davey, who played synthesizer in the San Francisco post-punk band Red Asphalt (1978-1982). Homemade electric noises, Residential song-like things, samples and radio buzz recorded after Davey's Red Asphalt days, released on cassette by Egg & Anvil in 1993. Warning: it's an old cassette, and I made the best possible rip, yet artifacts remain. If you don't like it, go buy a copy and rip it yourself. "This is your mother, you poop! You're gone and you didn't return my call, you poop! Call me, you shit ass! Alright, bye bye."

Scott Davey - Goner (Solo Electronic Music, 1988-'93)

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Dead Machines - Future Funerals




How to sneak up behind people using stretched electronics.

C40 released on American Tapes in 2003.

Future Funerals

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Double Leopards & Dead Machines - Fuck Victoriaville




A legendary group of people delivering thirteen minutes of threatening temple drone.

Single sided LP released on American Tapes in 2005.

Fuck Victoria-ahh

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The Dead Machines - Organs Without A Body




Quite possibly the high point of Dead Machines and AmTapes and (by definition) everything else.

C80 and C54 set released on American Tapes in 2003.

Organs Without A Body

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