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Thursday, 25 April 2019

GRIM MACHINE-Ghost Industrial-(E.T.C.-Greece-2017)+Hiss Tape-(Concrete Noise/E.T.C.-Greece-2018)+Exotica Mystica-(Concrete Noise/Ru.Mor.Re-Greece-2018)

This is the second post about Grim Machine, in fact, I posted already quite a few of his early productions + the first part of this well-done biography written by the Alexander himself, you find that post here.
A very big thanx to this amazing artist for his contribution and digital gifts.
Grim Machine is a solo project by Alex M. (The Zyklons, Black Faun)
through found/modified instruments and homemade/readymade sounds it deals with noise and improvisation as machinery made to attack reality, more or less, a useless skronk of freedom.
I swapped a few emails with Alexander, the headmaster of this project, He kindly wrote a biography based on his releases.

"Ghost Industrial, which followed shortly after, is an experiment on duration and continuity, a mechanical transcending wall of noise made from MRI scanner loops saturated and manipulated to the point of total destruction/ no recognition, where machine signals become the howling sound of human absence.
The next release was Hisss Tape, February 2018, an experiment inspired by Giacomo Leopardi’s thoughts on Philosophy of the Useless. It is the presentation of a sound/noise archive of every day and “useless” sounds by means of music concrete synthesis. The idea was to form a psychological palindrome narrative of sound itself, with no entry point and no way out. Side A is a 30 minute amplified total distorted cut up pastiche and side B consists of an everyday found-sound collage.
At that time GM started to explore furthermore the use of non- electro-acoustic devices and small instruments creating noise-scapes resembling natural and ethnographical or imaginary world sounds, questioning the distinction between the artificial and natural environment, perception and false identification. Following a growing interest on Field recordings and world traditional music from a sociopolitical point of view, 2018’s Exotica Mystica is the first step towards the idea of OTHER WORLD MUSIC, a “theory in practice” concept based on pan-ethnological primitivism, the primeval impulse of expression and creativity found in common universal roots, sound in ritual acts, a multi-layered experience of self -identification and social identity. The ideological standpoint of OTHER WORLD MUSIC is to utilize sound like an eternal instrument towards total freedom, to blend elements of universal heritage, cultural and artistic, in a free interpretation /statement constructing a collective subconscious soundtrack. To eliminate race, colour, gender, language, time, space…Every sound is played by real instruments or analogue gear and then processed in order to construct a new faux traditional field recording of a hypothetical lost unknown tribe, sans ethnicity and location, a future omen.
Nowadays GM’s main source of inspiration remains ancient art, symbols, myths, and rituals. Though the album releases of GM are conceptual and thematic, live performances are totally improvised rituals where primal form and structural narrative can be organized into a language addressing issues of spontaneity, evolvement, and deliverance. By blending sequences of sound in an unbroken continuity of loop layers and real-time processed physical sources, GM explores the use of noise as a medium of communication and improvisation as a way of storytelling.
Apart from the Grim Machine project, Alex M. also runs Concrete Noise DIY label and is a founding member of the long-lived Greek noise entity BLACK FAUN and the free jazz/improv duo The Zyklons. From 1998 and on he has been in many DIY HC/punk bands with varied discography. As Grim Machine he has 6 releases in E.C.T/ E.D.A and RU.MO.RE cassette/cdr labels and a split tape that includes his soundtrack version to the film Begotten by E.Elias.Merhige. He also participates in NOISE FROM THE RUINS OF EUROPE compilations #1 & 2 that present experimental music from the Balkan and Eastern Europe area. As a live act, he has played RTP festival, Noise Annoys fest, Kino-Bruitism, Multidom/Multeece, Signal Noise Soundsystem and lots of live concerts all around Greece. GM will play SOTU festival in Amsterdam on April and Fluff fest Psych Tent in the Czech Republic on July."

To complete this post I am including a video of one of his performance taken from his Youtube channel.
Enjoy it.
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https://grimmachine.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/grim_machine
https://soundcloud.com/thezyklons
https://www.facebook.com/BlackFaun/
https://www.discogs.com/label/1264202-ECT


 

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

WORST CASE SCENARIO-(Bumpidee-USA-1994)


Worst Case Scenario was an American hardcore band from Olympia, Washington, active in the mid-90s and raging a furious HC Punk with shouted lyrics and powerful drums. 
Enjoy it.
~f(a~r(a~w)a~y¬

Friday, 19 April 2019

ANATOMIA N1-(Fanzine-UK-1993)

This is the first issue of Anatomia, a very good and long fanzine focused on death metal and related sub-genres.
In this issue interviews to Monolith, Xaztur, Naked Whipper, Thus Defiled, Imprecation, Lugubrious, Vomitory, Depravity, Nocturnal Rites, Sentenced, Malediction, Edge Of Sanity, House Of Husher, Embalmed, Pestigore, Gorefest, Suffer + quite a few small articles about new death metal bands, lots of  LPs, EPs and demo reviews and same rather very death graphics.  
Very well done with passion and love this is
only for death metalheads.
Enjoy it.
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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Croniamantal –Latnamainorc-(Ritual De Sombras-Portugal-1991)

Amazing obscure ritual dark ambient project from the crypt of the 90s.
I haven`t got much info about it yet this is gold.
Gonna attach the Discogs info and a video found on Youtube.
Enjoy it. 
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Tracklist

Credits

Notes

Official release by Ritual De Sombras from 1991, original recordings made in 1990.
Cassette is packaged in small handmade paper box with black and gold printed artwork on it.
This is a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered copies.
 

Monday, 15 April 2019

Comando Bruno / Bogart ‎– Tension Test -(Bog-Art/ECDM-Germany-c60-1985)

Comando Bruno is Rafael Flores, Spanish composer, sound and video artist. His whole work is a milestone of experimental music and sound exploration, he produces audio/video works in a very much personal way too hard to define. Rafael Flores build a solid personal universe with intelligent use of natural recordings and the methods of musique concrete, collages and plenty of other vanguard approaches, mixed with a particular sense of humour next to the spirit of dada and surrealism. One of the most active sound artists in the industrial music scene (international cassette network, experimental video, radio and mail art), he influenced new generations of experimental sound artists. His most notorious feature is the intimate poetical touch in the sound works, quite unusual for the industrial music scene. From 1991 to 2001, Rafael Flores reduced musical activity, and was involved with video art, releasing just a very limited sound works as "friends only" private editions. After a long pause, he returns to editorial activity in 2002.
Rafael Flores has published numerous works under his own name and also as Comando Bruno. Was founder member of Diseño Corbusier band and The International Mail Music Group. Many collaboration works followed with like-minded musicians, GX Juppiter-Larsen, Francisco López, Neo Zelanda, Victor Nubla, Francisco Felipe, Esplendor Geométrico, Zan Hoffman, Anton Ignorant, to name a few.
His music was released all over the world by such labels as Monochrome Vision, Banned Production, Discos Esplendor Geometrico, Korm Plastics, Zeromoon, Graf Haufen , Tonspur, and by his own labels Laboratorios No and ECDM.His FB page is here.

Bogart is Hubert Haverkamp-Cologne-based experimental musician. His actual webpage is here.(all the info from Discogs)
 

Notes

Limited edition of 100 numbered copies (either hand-numbered or rubber-stamped numbered).
Available in regular ferro or chromium tapes.

"Spaimany Mail-Art"

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Warning Vol. 1+ Warning Vol. 2-(Fanzine-USA-2004/2005)

A very good fanzine published in Portland(California)at the beginning of this century.
A zine for Punks and Thrashers focused on hardcore punk, politics and political punk.
Interesting interviews and articles, lots of pics and a very punk graphic layout.
I am posting the vol 1 and 2  + including here the first editorial.
Enjoy it.
~f_a)r*a}w~a(y
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Thursday, 11 April 2019

UIS Label-Introduction,History and Links-(Russia-2009/2019)

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UIS is the music union and independent label from Russia. UIS produce non-commercial post-industrial compilations and spread audio cassettes and CDs on the streets, squares and other public places around the world. (intro from their Bandcamp page)
One of the headmasters of this great label is Al-Maytatu L-Habithu, I spoke about him when I posted the fantastic tape qamat-is-saatu-unpronounceable  and for this post,  He wrote a very good compendium about their work/projects including interesting links.
Big thanks to Al-Maytatu L-Habithu for his astonishing contribution.
Enjoy this amazing label.
~f(a*r)a~w*a)y~
 
Debatable art

Is art just entertainment nowadays? When professional artists are making money creating products for entertainment it is show business. What about these so-called experimental forms of art?

Modernists (experimental) art in XX-XXI centuries is “debatable” art. We have all this noise music, 4’33’’ performances, Malevich black square. It is like a question without answers. Can be noise music? What the difference between music and noise? Is silent is music? Is it Art? Modern experimental art generates these questions. All we have is endless discussions about the purpose of art. Art raises questions but does not answer. We can say that all this experimental art stands in a nihilist position.

Early art forms (an art of Pre-Modern) are not just about entertainment. Purpose of art was to capture and convey (express) the ideas, images, feelings, and knowledge as reliable as possible. Poets created ballads about past events like wars and coronations. Painters made frescoes in cathedrals as an illustration of the Bible. Musicians were inspired by religious plots, folklore, and literature.

I think it is important to save this traditionalists message in the experimental field. Instead of producing ‘experiment’ just for ‘experiment’, and ‘noise’ just for ‘noise’.

United Information Space (UIS)


The term “information space” came to sociology and philosophy from technical disciplines.

“Information space is the set of concepts and relations among them held by an information system; it describes the range of possible values or meanings an entity can have under the given rules and circumstances”. (wiki)
An information space is a type of information design in which representations of information objects are situated in a principled space. In a principled space location and direction have meaning, so that mapping and navigation become possible.
— MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

“Another definition (idealistic) is that the information space is the total results of the semantic activity of the humanity, "the world of names and titles", conjugated to the ontological world. Being a primary concept, the information space cannot be precisely defined and is set as a dialectical opposition to the material, physical, object space”. (wiki)
Information space surrounds us.
It is the results of the semantic activity of humanity. We can imagine it as an invisible network. It is a world of words and meanings. We are providing knowledge not just from our personal sensory experience but also via information communications. Patterns of our behaviour, our stereotypes, our thoughts are results of communication in so-called information space.

Information space can’t be viewed as an interrelated and indivisible whole. We can still see the difference between cultural levels and national characteristics of each region. But we will come to united information space in the future where all national, religious and cultural differences will disappear. (Maybe not…) Any way we can mourn the first consequences of globalization.

So “united information space” is the result of globalization, computerization and modernization. It is a futuristic idea.


 Music in information space.

Music is information. It provides the messages to attentive listeners. Will music transform into a cross-cultural form of art in upcoming united information space?

The problem of the development of rock music is blues clichés, beyond which an artist has no opportunity to go. At one time, these boundaries suspended the development of alternative rock music. Dance music (EDM) and pop music is only entertainment. And it follows the path of perfunctory development.

I think post-industrial music can be true alternative cross-cultural music, where spiritual aspects and ethnic music roots combine with high-tech innovations in sound. It is still true avant-garde modernists music – advanced guard of cross-cultural music of upcoming united information space. And we are proud to be a part of this movement.

UIS label history

The idea of UIS was born in summer 2009 and closely related with the activity of two Russian post-industrial projects [Qamat is-sa’atu] and Per Aspera.



Ixes (ex-member of [Qamat is-sa’atu], now in Per Aspera) dreamed to create brand new crossover post-industrial sound, which can be cross-cultural and based on a wide range of musical influences. He wanted to remove the stylistic limits and became free in musical expression.

His post-industrial project Per Aspera has its roots in so-called "schwarze szene" and rhythmic noise, but in fact, his music is a mix of different cultural influences. It is noted for high attention to rhythm, formalism, absurd and genre eclecticism that he calls UIS (United Information Space). His interpretation of the concept of "industrial music" is, first of all, freedom of choice for the realization of ideas. And this is the basic principle by which tracks were created.
The term UIS, which can be interpreted as United Information Space, means stylistic eclecticism and complete rejection of any genre limitations. Later, during the work with the project [Qamat is-sa atu], the term UIS acquired its second value is a non-commercial distribution of music in the different countries of the world.

Me (Al-Maytatu L-Habithu) and Ixes found UIS label in 2010. We start to produce compilations in cooperation with like-minded bands to express our ideas in information space.


/2010/ First release Geomatika [UIS-01] was a non-profit compilation which was attended by five post-industrial projects from Russia. The edition was a few numbers of CD-R. It was spread out in public places of Manila and Panglao island, Philippines.

Name your price download: https://uislabel.bandcamp.com/album/geomatika-uis-01

Free download mp3 archive: https://yadi.sk/d/agrjJBKo3F2mZm



/2013/ Abramacabra [UIS-02] was a non-profit tape release with single demo track. Per Aspera with the participation of [Qamat is-sa’atu] produced track dedicated to one of the most influential horror writer H.P.Lovecraft.

Unfortunately, we didn't finish the track in view of some problems, but anyway we published a number of demo tapes (about 15 cassettes) which were spread out in the streets of Providence, Rhode Island where Lovecraft lived and created his occult stories.





Free download mp3 archive: yadi.sk/d/xFGL4QNICyFvd



/2013/ Koi Pond [UIS-03] was created by six industrial projects from Russia and Belorussia for distribution over the capital of South Korea - Seoul.An edition was 50 copies single-side C90. Some audiocassettes were left in public places of this city at the end of November 2013.





Free download mp3 archive: yadi.sk/d/fDXIWxUeEkEBb



/2014/ Jamia [UIS-04] became our first concept compilation. We made it spread out in Jamaica. Jamaica is best known for every music lover as the origin of reggae and dub. The compilation was created in reggae/dub tradition where original tracks were on A side of the tapes and their psychedelic (dub) mixes on side B. Edition was 50 audiocassettes C60 and about 10 copies CD-R. The part of the issue was spread out on the streets of Kingston, Montego Bay and in other cities of Jamaica.





Free download mp3 archive: yadi.sk/d/CtFRNypFQkmr3


/2014/ North Air [UIS-05] became the most integral in content and hard for distribution among all releases of UIS-community. Eight projects from Russia and Italy created dark ambient tracks, inspired by the literature of the Age of Discovery.An edition was 50 audiocassettes. Some part of the edition was left on islands of Polynesian state Samoa, where the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson lived and worked. We dedicate this release to his immortal novel "Treasure Island".





Free download mp3 archive: yadi.sk/d/9Uuv3tmdTbwBQ



/2014/ Grotesque [UIS-06] was conceived as eclectic and weird work. Compilation unites Russian and Belarusian artists of different music genres from post-industrial to experimental black metal. There were no specific idea or concept of this release. We just freaked out and had fun. The edition was 50 audiocassettes C90. Some tapes were left among the Gustov Vigeland's grotesque sculptures in Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway.





Free download mp3 archive: yadi.sk/d/xDLNoxQ-VNY2K



/2015/ मोक्ष [UIS - 07] became our masterpiece. Edition 50 tapes. It was prepared to spread out in the Balinese village Trunyan that is worldwide known for its traditional funeral rituals.

Mokṣa (Skt. मोक्ष) in Hinduism means ''breaking from chains of reincarnation and all the miseries of material existence''.

The 9 track cassette compilation is divided into 3 parts - 3 existential phases:

Side A. Phase of Life is about the the existence of a soul in the material world (tracks 1-3) 

Side B. Phase of Death is about leaving of a soul from a body shell (tracks 4-6)

Side C. Phase of Eternity is about the astral journey of a soul (tracks 7-9) (non-physical phase is not available on physical release).
 
Please check out review by Heathen Harvest Periodical (USA): goo.gl/GvhNmC  




Photo-report: uislabel.blogspot.ru/p/uis-07-photos.html
Free download mp3 archive: 
yadi.sk/d/rLtESLT_harZj 


/2016/ Анатомический атлас [UIS - 08] was dedicated to the works of A. Vesalius, F. Ruysch, N. Tulp and to all progressive scientists, physicians and philosophers, who affected the development of medicine in Europe's Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. Edition 50 tapes. Part of  it was spread out in the streets of Eindhoven - one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands.

Reviews:
© Santa Sangre (Poland): goo.gl/I9IiSA 

© Mithra! Templezine (France): goo.gl/cVb1Jb 

© Existence Establishment (USA): existest.org/ee_v3/?p=9416 



Free download mp3 archive: yadi.sk/d/wOXG5AVNsdNJS 



/2017/ Аргандаб [UIS-09] brought together twelve projects from Russia, Denmark and Italy. Each participant dedicated his track to the tragic events of 1979-1989 - the war in Afghanistan. Part of the edition of 75 tapes was spread out on the streets of Kabul in 2017.




Free download mp3 archive: https://yadi.sk/d/FE6ZYLO73LdsJu



/2018/ Ещё не время предавать [UIS-10] is about Islamic Revolution in Iran. Working with the historical background we tried to convey the feel and mood of Iranian society in 1978–1979. The compilation includes the work of nine musical projects from Russia, Germany and the UK. Edition 75 tapes. Audio cassettes were randomly circulated in Tehran and Bandar Abbas in January 2018.







Our next work will be released in summer of 2019 dedicated to 45th anniversary of Cyprus conflict. We will bring together excellent post-industrial acts from Russia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Stay tuned for that!