C.C.C.C. - Amplified Crystal




A combination of studio and live material later mixed by Akifumi Nakajima (aka Aube) who also designed the cover art.

LP released on Endorphine Factory in 1992.

Amplified Crystal

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C.C.C.C. - Loud Sounds Dopa / Live In U.S.A.




Two live sets from an American tour recorded in October 1992.

CD released on Endorphine Factory in 1993.

Loud Dopa fixed me alright ...

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C.C.C.C. - Community Center Cyber Crash / Live In Pittsburgh




Recorded live at Wilkins School Community Center on the 11th of October 1992.

LP jointly released on RRRecords and SSS Productions in 1994.

Community Center Cyber Crash / Live In Pittsburgh

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Sewage - Encounter Of The Spooky Kind

Ugly noise by Hiroshi Kazuki/Sewage, released as a CDR by Denshi Zatsuon in 2003. 

Sewage - Encounter Of The Spooky Kind

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Blackest Ever Black - The Scold's Bridle




A typically diverse selection which includes the likes of Minimal Man, Mount Vernon Arts Lab, NON, Pan Sonic, And Also The Trees, British Electric Foundation and Raime. Quality.

I posted the first three tapes in the Krokodilo series five years ago. In case you weren't here at the time, here's Helena Hauff, Feral Love and Family Sex.

CDr released on Blackest Ever Black in 2010.

The Scold's Bridle

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Damion Romero - No Information Available

That title isn't exactly true. Three tracks, the last (and longest) of which was apparently recorded at midnight from the front porch of Romero's home in Los Angeles in 2004. Released as a CDR on Koji Tano's Denshi Zatsuon label. 

Damion Romero - No Information Available

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Blackest Ever Black - There Is Something Wrong With England




No Shit Sherlock!



C86 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2013.

There Is Something Wrong With England

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C.C.C.C. - Cosmic Coincidence Control Center




I don't know why (and I'm willing to accept that it may only be me) but CCCC don't seem to get the credit showered upon many of their Japanese noise neighbours. Maybe it's a male thing whereby Hiroshi Hasegawa's synth work is seen to not quite match up to the more eviscerating techniques on offer elsewhere. That of course would be complete bollocks. Maybe you don't think that at all. In fact, I have no idea why I've just said it. See you tomorrow.

By the way, this includes the Sonic Machine single-sided tape that nobody has ever seen which is obviously an excellent thing.

CD released on Endorphine Factory in 1992.

Cosmic Coincidence Control Center

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Thought Broadcast - Psychomimic




There are parts that remind me of incidental musical inserts from "exotic" black and white films from the 1940s. Then you pass through the space burble continuum into a shiny land populated by Aphexian devotees of Fluke and Autechre. Take me with you ... don't leave me here!

C20 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2013.

Psychomimic

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Nord - Abstract Moon

Here's a case of Nord's longtime fans helping the band get back on its feet. K2 released "Electronic Initiation", then Hiroshi Hasegawa (of CCCC) joined the band, which seems natural since Nord's psychedelic synth noise was clearly an influence on Astro. This album documents a live concert in Yokohama from March 2003. It was released as a CDR by Akihiro Shimizu/Thirdorgan on his Alienation label the same year. So far, it's the most recent Nord material available, though I'm hoping someone will go back and reissue the OOP tapes and maybe remaster/reissue the rest of the early vinyl.

Nord - Abstract Moon

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Nord - NG Tapes




Well, I may as well contribute something to the Nord theme.

Originally, this was a tape that came with / was sold with (?) some copies of the LSD LP when it was released in Japan in 1984. So the chances of actually hearing it? Zero.

Apart from the no doubt entirely altruistic efforts of some plucky entrepreneurs who released this bootleg LP on P∴C∴P∴ Records (geddit) in 2014.

NG Tapes

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Nord - Electronic Initiation

Nord had already been dormant for a number of years, at least since 1993, when Kimihide Kusafuka/K2 put out this comeback (?) album on his Kinky Music Institute label in 1999. The cover art gets right to the point: this is psychedelic noise, and the line from those old Nord record to Astro & CCCC is clear.

Nord - Electronic Initiation

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Gnod - SLT




Sitting within the veins of Chris and Paddy's Gnod (R&D) / Dwellings & Druss than the psychospace juggernaut of more usual proceedings ...

C36 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2013.

SLT

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C.C.C.C. - Early Works




If you were expecting the next chapter in the Mlehst histories then the good news is that the man has been in touch and there is a big reissue plan underway as well as the wave of new releases ... so keep your ears peeled.

So, how about this as a consolation?

The first three discs are live recordings made between 1990 and 1992 featuring the line-up of Hiroshi Hasegawa and Mayuko Hino with Fumio Kosakai. The fourth disc has previously released tracks from the Phantasmagoria tape and the split release with Jalopaz and Alchemy Of The 20th Century.

Four CD set released on Carlos Giffoni's No Fun Productions in 2007.

Early

Works

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Gewissen - Robisheaux Reminds Us




Kommissarian birdsong signals the entry into a world of dark medieval electronics.

C94 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

Robisheaux Reminds Us

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Mlehst - The History Of Mlehst - Chapter 3




More excellent archive originally recorded and (largely) released in 1995 and '96.

CDr released on Self Abuse Records in 2005.

Chapter 3

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Blackest Ever Black - What I Learned On My Holidays




What I learned on my holidays is the person behind the Blackest Ever Black mixtapes is Kiran Sande, who runs the label. Makes perfect sense once you think about it. Chances are that he is also responsible for the Gewissen and New Private Window projects. Anyway ...

C94 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

What I Learned On My Holidays

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Nina - No Observable Effect Concentration




Brooding drones that build into complex cinematic sculptures. Quite beautiful!

C90 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

No Observable Effect Concentration

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Nord - LSD

Nord were one of the very first Japanese noise bands, starting at the same time as Merzbow, Hijokaidan, K2 and CCCC and yet (like Seed Mouth, Diesel Guitar and Agencement) they don't get a lot of credit. Their self-titled 1981 debut LP was reissued as a double-CD version (still available from the label, Art Into Life), but the rest is long out of print and due for some love. Here's their second record, self-released in 1984 and now going for massive amounts of money from collectors. 

Nord - LSD

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Mlehst - The History Of Mlehst - Chapter 2




The first track "Fishwife Futurist" takes it's name from a 1994 tape and is around 32 minutes of nightmarish electronic laudanum. How much is taken from that tape (if any) is anybodies guess. Two tracks are from the "Occasional Stimulation / Anal Dentist" tape and one from "A Cold Fuck". The other two, I can't nail to a release from that 94/95 period ... maybe ideas from the time that were floating around. Who knows?

CDr released on Self Abuse Records in 2004.

Chapter 2

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va - Mafia vs. Yakuza

Organized crime themed double CDR on Koji Tano's excellent Denshi Zatsuon label from 1999. It came out in two versions: first, the CDRs came out in an edition of 80 copied folded inside some lead. Then, a second edition appeared in a normal paper-and-plastic package. The American disc, by Macronympha/OVMN, has a way-too-long collage of iconic dialogue from mafia movies. Then the Japanese disc has a track each by MSBR and Government Alpha followed by a track by the both of them.

disc 1
disc 2

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Brian Not Brian - Holywell Session




This flows from the mind of Brian G. Morrison (co-founder of Going Good). The mix starts of in an understated swoony trance like way and will probably raise thoughts of "so where's the drama?". Well, that comes with time and certainly with repeated listens. It almost disappears from view in order to burrow away and find the pleasure buttons. Then it all starts to make a lot of sense.

C60 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

Holywell Session

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Mlehst - The History Of Mlehst - Chapter 1




I don't know the finer detail but it seems that the Mlehst mission was pretty ruthlessly terminated at the turn of the century. His former label Bandaged Hand Produce faced a similar fate and it seems all of the masters were destroyed in 2001. Luckily for us lot there appears to have been a change of heart around 2005 and he started to record again and continues to go from strength to strength. This was the first of a series of releases that sought to pull together the archive that survived. Ali now operates the Belief Recordings label and (unless I'm ridiculously deluded) has a purchasing page on Discogs.

"The orignal mastertapes for the "Coldness" and "Sickness" cassettes are long-lost like so much of the early recordings. The mixes presented here were done in the winter of 1993 and released by Drahtfunk Prod in early 1994. "The Slappers" was never released. Track 7 was remixed at a later unknown date (possibly 1996/7?). Other unreleased material from 1993 was worked into finished pieces for the "Secret History" CD on Bandaged Hand Produce in 2000."

CDr released on Self Abuse Records in 2004.

Chapter 1

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Variations of Sex - Fight, Consume and Die

I hope you like obscure Japanese noise, because that's what I'm posting now. Variations of Sex (a stupid name for a band, eh?) was the project of Koichi Maruyama. He made a handful of albums in the mid-00s and, as far as I know, called it a day. This one came out as a CDR on Dotsmark in 2005.

Variations of Sex - Fight, Consume and Die

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Nzetwork Down - 1/1996/1997

Another strange album of electronic noise that I can't tell you anything useful about, other than that someone called Miki Naohiko is behind the unGoogleable band name. As far as I can tell, the Hasikamke label didn't put out anything else and neither did the artist.

Nzetwork Down - 1/1996/1997

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Blackest Ever Black - Rat Needs Constant Affirmation




I've always taken these Blackest Ever Black mix-tapes to be a rotation of associated people charged with offering a window into the label's subversive aesthetic rather than a specific individual tasked with sequencing the delights on offer. Pretty smart eh? I mean what kind of middle name is "Ever" anyway ... see, nothing gets past me! The tape you say? Dunno, make your own mind up.

C98 released in Krokodilo Tapes in 2015.

Rat Needs Constant Affirmation

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va - Sakura Bomber

I have no information about this Japanese noise cassette. It's not on Discogs. I don't remember when or where I got it. The only bands on the tape that I've heard of are Daruin and NP, and I can't even find information about the rest: Tal-Tal, Chikopido, Nichi-Jo, Helmar, Hyakutorimushi, Nazi, Ko-Zui, Chikopido and Meiouyanma. All I can tell you is that "Sakura Bomber" is a Japanese noise tape from the mid-1990s, probably.

va - Sakura Bomber

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Techno Menses / K. Kusafuka - Requiem In The Sun / Re-Musick / Demise Symphonika




A much needed reissue of some of Kimihide Kusafuka's earliest work from 1983-4 full of space-synth semi-martial "pop music".

Double LP released on Vinyl-on-demand ‎in 2014.

Requiem In The Sun / Re-Musick / Demise Symphonika

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Gewissen - Alexée Riget




I have no idea who is behind "Gewissen". Whoever it is, I doff my proverbial cap to the person/people who have created this completely absorbing mix of classically inflected world music that still disorientates and surprises. Bravo and all that!

C90 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2015.

Alexée Riget

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Kommissar Hjuler und Frau and The Kommissar Hjuler Allstar Band - Wanderup Indoor Riot




Again, the first side of the tape is a reissue of a 27 copy CDr from whenever that features Kommissar Hjuler, Mama Bär and Sascha Thomsen apparently having a dada pint in a dada pub. The reverse is just utterly fucked in the head aka genuinely brilliant ... a REVELATION style Ivor Cutler for the end of all things. Humanity is fucked anyway so why can't this be the last soundtrack?

C46 released on Green Records And Tapes in 2012.

Wanderup Indoor Riot

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Control Unit - Oto Live




I truly love it when this happens!

When I posted the Burn tape, I mentioned that this was one of the releases that i was looking for and one of us sent it to me. As usual, my gain is yours also. Recorded live at the quite legendary Cafe Oto in London on June the 17th, 2012 this is some really brilliant psychedelic guitar feedback noise murk. A share that has genuinely made my month more meaningful.

CDr released on Chocolate Monk in 2012.

Oto Live

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va - Contemporary Denshi-Zatsuon Vol. 2


Second compilation in this series from Denshi Zatsuon, this time featuring American and Japanese noise. From the US, we get tracks from Solid Eye (members of LAFMS), Speculum Fight (aka Damion Romero) and inBOIL. The Japanese contributions are from two legendary noise artists, MSBR and Incapacitants.

va - Contemporary Denshi-Zatsuon Vol. 2

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Kommissar Hjuler und Frau / Peter Kastner / Kakawaka - Whole Lotta Love




Initially, Side A was self-released as a CDr in an edition of eleven. Luckily, Knox Mitchell was on hand to reissue it on tape so more of us could listen to the Zep "classic" get the kicking it deserves. The reverse sees each have tracks of their own and each one are great. All in all, this is one little gem that slipped under many a radar.

C60 released on Green Records And Tapes in 2012.

Whole Lotta Love

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va - Contemporary Denshi-Zatsuon Vol. 1

Compilation of Japanese and Dutch music, released in 2001 on Koji Tano's Denshi Zatsuon label. Includes a track by Goem, then solo tracks by Goem's members Roel Meelkop, Peter Duimelinks and Freiband (aka Frans de Waard). The Japanese contributions are by i.d., Utah Kawasaki & Tetsuro Yasunaga (of Minamo), and Pezica.

va - Contemporary Denshi-Zatsuon Vol. 1

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Penile Colonie / Prison Planet - Penile Colonie / Prison Planet




"A double A-side split of paranoid ozploitation from two career criminals…Penile Colonie (sic) is an imagined artifact from early colonial Australia…Prison Planet projects a future in which the whole earth has gone the way of Norfolk Island. Or, in their own words: a series of relics and prophecies from the arse end of the world, for the arse end of humanity."

C46 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2015.

Penile Colonie / Prison Planet

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Basket Case - Untitled

Untitled Michigan basement jazz grime by John Olson (Spykes), Lisa Colwell (The Lake Bottoms, Commune Ills) and Geoff Walker (who was a member of Gravitar), released by Gods of Tundra in 2009.

Basket Case - Untitled

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Gen Ken Montgomery & Conrad Schnitzler - GENCON Duets




So, whilst we're on the subject ...

CD released on GD Stereo in 2010.

GENCON Duets

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Conrad Schitzler and Gen Ken Montgomery and Mama Baer / Kommissar Hjuler und Frau ‎– GEN CON FLUX



Three of the Gen Con tracks on here are the shorter collaborations from the earlier GENCON Duets release. Not sure why there would be such a direct lift but there is also a 12 minute collaboration that I don't think has appeared elsewhere plus a 12 minute collaboration / obfuscation with Mama herself and a further long-form Kommissar Hjuler und Frau piece. All aboard!

LP released on Psych.KG in 2015.

Gen Con Flux

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Techno Menses - Lazar Blade 2

A fun album of Esplendor Geometrico-ish heavy machine rhythms by the duo of Kimihide Kusafuka (K2) and Tomoya Sakashita, released in 2001 as a CDR on Koji Tano's Denshi Zatsuon label. Kusafuka had been recording music like this since 1984, and some of that early stuff was reissued on wax by Vinyl on Demand. There also, apparently, was a tape on Audiofile and a later self-released double CD that are yet unheard by me. 

Techno Menses - Lazar Blade 2

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Chris Farrell - No Vampire




Wonderful mix-tape of warped dub. Genuinely great ... turn it up as far as you can!

C96 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2015.

No Vampire

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Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Baer - Sicherüngskopie #13




Answers on a self-addressed postcard.

A fistful of micro-edition releases brought together for this compilation ... which came out in another tiny edition.

Double CDr jointly released on Poot Records ‎and Der Schöne Hjuler-Memorial-Fond in 2008.

Sicherüngskopie #13

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Id Battery - Last Blue Before Black

Mysterious, Jewelled-Antler-related concrete rustling by Loren Chasse and Brandon LaBelle, released by Unique Ancient Tavern in 1998. If you like Small Cruel Party, Toy Bizarre, Hands To or Artificial Memory Trace, check this one out.

Id Battery - Last Blue Before Black

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Kommissar Hjuler und Frau - Halluzinationalsozialismus




Everybody in the house go ... what?

CDr released on Der Schöne Hjuler-Memorial-Fond in 2004.

Halluzinationalsozialismus

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New Private Window - The Desperate Hours




"Self-surveilling internet field recordings and derivative, masturbatory ambience courtesy of Leicester-based “media research project” NPW. Clear browsing history after listening."

C34 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2015.

The Desperate Hours

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Mama Bär - Melancholie, Zwiespalt und 2 Kochrezepte




This begins with the faintest pretense that this might in some way be "normal" which is even more disconcerting than the truth. It's a small planet orbiting within the Mama / Hjuler solar system. Normal rules do not apply. Rules do not apply.

Acetate LP released on Der Schöne Hjuler-Memorial-Fond in an edition of 27 in 2005.

Melancholie, Zwiespalt & 2 Kochrezepte

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Alessandro Adriani - We Drift In And Out




Tribal tech-trance from the man who runs Mannequin Records.

C60 released on the Blackest Ever Black cassette only subsidiary Krokodilo Tapes in 2016.

We Drift In And Out

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Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Baer & Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel - Two Couples




Disjointed fluxan rhythms with one couple on each side.

LP released on Ultramarine in 2011.

Two Couples

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Silvia Kastel - Bibula Harena




Delightfully dark dance music for people who can't dance ... which suits me just fine!

C98 released on Id Mud, a tape offshoot of (what could be considered Silvia's rightful home) Blackest Ever Black.

Bibula Harena

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Silvia Kastel - Love Tape




Coming on like a slurred Lemon Kitten, this is the signal that the hallucinatory noise will eventually crystallise into the dark-wave tech rhythms of the future.

C30 released on Ultramarine in 2011.

Love Tape

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