Allan Bryant - Spaceball (Powrfl Nu Electric Gtarz N Nu Sounz)


Early 1990s self-released CD of guitar noise by genuine oddball Allan Bryant, who was a member of the great oddball ensemble Musica Electronica Viva along with heavy weirdos Richard Teitelbaum, George Lewis, Alvin Curran, Fred Rzewski, and more. Bryant's most glaring peculiarity is his singular method of spelling. See, he believes that rules of spelling are too rigid and take too much time to earn, so he spells everything in a few characters as possible... he thinks this makes communication more direct. Note that on the over of this, his first solo album, he helpfully lets you know (via parenthesis) that "Aln" is how he will spell his name from now on. He dsnt bthr abrevtng t wrd "electric" fr sum rzn. Hu noz y? Nt me. 

Allan Bryant - Spaceball (Powrfl Nu Electric Gtarz N Nu Sounz)

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Recycled Body Programm / Vidna Obmana / S.C.U.M. - Statue Series




Classy set of tapes that has Bart Hanselaar's Recycled Body Programm, Dirk Serries' Vidna Obmana (just in case you don't know, Dirk morphed into the excellent Fear Falls Burning) and S.C.U.M. (Masami Akita and Kiyoshi Mizutani).

The third tape is the great "The Scan Has Undergone Several Minor Revisions" that was released in Japan on Masami's ZSF Produkt label in the same year. I doubt that many in "the west" would have got to heard this otherwise. The fourth tape is a compilation (that has most of the Steel CUM tape) with some great collaborations and reworkings from the European chaps.

Four C60 set released on Seiten Sprung Aufnahmen in 1989.

Statue

Series

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Merzbow - Merzbuddha Variations




This pushes the beats to the back of the room and lets the crawling escalation take the main stage. I reckon my name still isn't on the list. Bastards!

C32 released on Duenn in 2012.

Merzbuddha Variations

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Merzbow - Merzbuddha




The kind of menacing beat driven techno-noise that plays in my favourite imaginary discotheque. Knowing my luck, they wouldn't let me in.

CD released on Important Records in 2005.

Merzbuddha

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Merzbow - 1633




Simply gorgeous example of Masami Akita's early 2K work.

LP released on En/Of in 2004 in a tiny edition of 100 copies.

Nothing else to say really.

1633

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Wolf Eyes & Merzbow - Live Frying




A collaboration made in heaven! The first track is from a gig at Kings in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2013. The second track is certainly studio and might be Mr Olson playing with source material.

CDr released on American Tapes in 2014.

Live Frying

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nEGAPADRÉS.3.3. - Untitled

Yet another strangely unpronounceable alter ego of a;GRUMH..., this one turned out to be the longest lasting. Similar to Theee Rebearth CorporationnEGAPADRÉS.3.3. was the Belgian duo's outlet for abstract noise, but with less silliness. The LP came out on Circle Records in 1987, but they've revived it for albums as recent as 2011, making it outlast even their "main" band.

nEGAPADRÉS.3.3 - Untitled

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 1




... and then there is this to complete a brilliant quartet.

Clock Warden Vol. 1

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Theee Rebearth Corporation - Verses

A one-time-only noise/ambient alter ego of Belgian industrial band à;GRUMH..., this LP came out in 1988 on their own Circle Records label.

Theee Rebearth Corporation - Verses

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 2




Psychedelic shamanism for the noise generation.

2016 tour gear.

Clock Warden Vol. 2

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à;GRUMH... - Rebearth

Phillippe Genion & Jacques Muerrens were a Belgian industrial band whose work was usually pretty goofy. They were fairly active in the early 1980s cassette-culture scene, with lots of short-lived pseudonyms on compilation tapes before they settled on the unpronounceable à;GRUMH.... for their main project. I enjoy à;GRUMH...'s albums of synth-pop tunes, but they're all marked by a refusal to take themselves too seriously. This record from 1986, though, is different. Noisy and dark with groaning and chanting, it sounds almost as if they tried to make a Psychic TV album. Maybe it's also all a joke? But maybe not. Hard to tell.

à;GRUMH... - Rebearth

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 3




Jazz sax space electronics with slurred Vega vocals ...

Another great self-released CDr for sale on tour in 2016.

Clock Warden Vol. 3

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Polar Praxis - Fireworks

The second Polar Praxis LP came out a year after the first one, with a confusingly similar title.

Polar Praxis - Fireworks

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Wolf Eyes - Clock Warden Vol. 4




Sinister guitar orchestras on this tour CDr from 2016

Clock Warden Vol. 4

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Polar Praxis - Music For Fireworks

Following several cassettes in 1983 and 1984 (yet unheard by me) and compilation tracks, Phillippe Genion's 1986 LP as Polar Praxis came out on Scarface Records in Belgium. Sounds like he'd been listening to a lot of "Phaedra".

Polar Praxis - Music For Fireworks

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Wolf Eyes - Strange Days




CDr that was for sale in the the Audio Social Dissent tour in 2016 and subsequently backed up by Strange Days II.

Strange Days

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Wolf Eyes - Live At Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto




Excellent live recording that manages to remind me of early Psychic TV sex magick disco.

Promo CDr put out by Sub Pop to warn the little hipsters what they were in for if they bought the Human Animal LP.

Live At Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto

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Steel CUM - Steel CUM




Otherwise known as S.C.U.M. or the Society for Cutting Up Merzbow (and many other variations). Kiyoshi Mizutani and Masami Akita slicing and dicing their own materiel for your personal delectation.

C60 released on their own ZSF Produkt in 1990.

Steel CUM

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Merzbow - 9888a




Funny you should mention these Merzbow people Mrs. Inside ... this was recorded in 1988, so maybe (just maybe) they are related in some way? Someone on discogs is trying to sell this for one hundred and five English pounds. Guess it must be popular ... no idea why, it just sounds like a load of old noise to me!

C44 released on 905 Tapes in 2010.

9888a

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Merzbow/SCUM - AXX/Spooning

Portuguese cassette from 1992, featuring strange noise by (I think?) a Japanese band called Merzbow/SCUM. As far as I'm aware, this is the only release they ever made, which is too bad because it's pretty good! If only Merzbow made even one more cassette, who knows what the group might have been capable of.

Merzbow/SCUM - AXX/Spooning

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