Category Archives: Experimental

The Black Box EP – Gerstein

After pestering Maurizio Pustianaz for a while he finally sent me a batch of early (1986) session tracks to choose from for an exclusive Klappstuhl Records release and here it is; minimal, raw and remiscent of the cold 80’s mood, still influenced by the earlier industrial experimental scene – think of Robert Rental, Konstruktivists or The Elephant Table Album for some slight touchpoints.

More info on recent releases /activites can be found @ noisebrigade.org

Trism 14 > Delta-Sleep Inducing Peptide‘ Cataplectic Episodes > Reissued

Nearly lost in time and never properly reissued until now Klappstuhl proudly presents a freshly transferred and fully approved digital reissue of this 1991 Cassette Only EP @ bandcamp.

As for more current releases and other available reissues please see D.S.I.P.’s site.

Dada Dada Ist ? – GERSTEIN

A new track taken from a forthcoming release by Gerstein (Maurizio Pustianaz) of Noisebrigade / A New Life / …. has just been released shortly after his highly recommended compilation 32 Years Of Rain which gives a great overview of all the periods he went through since he actively made and published own works – from early Industrial / Minimal Electronics to Piano Works, Post – EBM / Technoid / Darkwave and various Collaborative Works. Early ltd. tape only releases are also present here as later CD or Digital only releases . A few remixes and unreleased tracks make this even more interesting to follow him on his journey through the mind.

51 Shades Of Grey – [multer] live in Köln 2006

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Digital Version available immediately here,
limited and numbered heavy weight physical and hand-stamped copy can be ordered at drone records.

Frans de Waard wrote in Vital Weekly 1057, November 2016;

[MULTER] – KÖLN 4/11/2006 (CDR by Klappstuhl)

Normally I don’t mention the package of a product because basically I think that music should speak for itself, and when I mention covers, it is to say that the cover has not a lot of information, is printed too darkly, too small or such like; but hardly the standard of design. Klappstuhl Records have some fine releases on their label so far, but their design needs some improvement, so there’s your exception. But then I got this new release by [Multer] in which the CD box contains a plate of metal, and thus the whole thing is quite a heavy weight release. On a transparent sheet we see the rest of the info on the back; now that’s what we like, even when the whole idea of metal sheets inside jewel cases isn’t exactly new (Radboud Mens’ ‘Sine’ comes to mind).
[Multer] is a trio of Neidhart on guitar, whom we otherwise know as N (with a number attached to that to indicate which release he’s now at), Thomas Geiter on keyboards and live mix and Mal Hoeschen on field recordings and live mix. They have been around for close to
twenty years but didn’t release that much over that long period, about a dozen or so releases, mainly on their own Gesungswerk label. Between 2003 and 2011 there have been no releases (also after that nothing, until this one), but the group did perform live, such as on the night of November 4th 2006 at the lovely Kulturbunker in Cologne, organized by Auf Abwegen’s mastermind Till Kniola. I am not sure if they played more concerts in those years or if there is otherwise a reason to release this now, but the fifty-four minute concert sounds like something that should/could have been released much earlier. Why wait all these years, I thought. The music of [Multer] is that of post-rock influenced drones, mainly through the use of the guitar and effects, but that is, I think, only a part of the story. The other two members have also quite some input in the overall sound, with their chirping of insects or recordings of voices talking, the latter adding more atmosphere to the music than something of a lyrical content, it seems.
The whole piece is the sum of various parts, and [Multer] play their music while staying on the same volume level for a while and then go up in crescendo I think, in order to reach a not so loud climax and then continues with a single sound for the next segment. None of this music is very loud even when there are a few climaxes to be noted. This is simply a wonderful live recording and it’s great to have from a band like this; they have a sparse output, so anything is welcome, I should think.
(FdW)

Ornithology

After some promising teasers at soundcloud by Cousin Silas, a gifted guitarist and musician from Huddersfield the full album of his collaboration with Glove Of Bones is now available for free at Bristol’s digital dizzy Netlabel. Some more info and the possibility to obtain a limited hardcopy can be found easily per the Glove Of Bones home.

Glove Of Bones

Which is actually how I found about these as there are more interesting publications by A4+ of Glove Of Bones heading into the ambient / experimental / electronica and non-electronica field with a very own and original approach to enjoy either as “name your price” digital release or as physical well crafted, handmade and obviously limited art editions.

Severed Heads : Do They All Come Back ? (Vol. IV)

Tom Ellard writes “Severed Heads has refused to make new music since 2007, as there was no compelling reason to do so. But when asked by Ears Have Ears to perform a new 20m piece on air at FBi Radio, it came to mind that BUGHLT had recently offered to cut a 20m long acetate. That the acetate lathe once made discs for radio play inspired a piece formed from 78 rpm records that we would both perform and cut to disc. We’re pleased to present the first new SH tracks in 9 years. It’s Stewart’s first writing credit too!”

Also over at SevCom there is a choice to vote for your favourite tracks performed on Unsound, Krakow, Poland in October.

Besides Dark Entries & Medical Records have reissued / issued various classic S.H. Albums on Vinyl and / or downloads lately, the most interesting in my humble opinion being the stretched Version of Stretcher …

SEVERED HEADS Undead Retro Futuristic Revivalism From Down Under

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A great find on the interwebs, a full length interview with Tom Ellard (Head of ‘Heads) talking pre-digital age history and anecdotes like hanging out with SPK – actually published already in January 2013 @ Resident Advisor really worth a listen.
More about current activities, reissues, musings about life can be found here and always worth a visit is the SevCom bandcamp page of course.

DsorDNE Liquidi Silenzio

Late November finally one of my all-time favourite tape only releases got reissued; the 1992 HAX tape ‘Carceri’ of Marco Milanesion’s DsorDNE project – freshly remastered by the Maestro himself. A personal highlight of 2015.

9 cento 9

On another note, concerning his more current works the renowned portugese label Thisco issued an EP consisting of 3 tracks constructed out of original soundwork developed by (r), as Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo his partner in crime at O.F.F. audioprod & studio in Turin, Italy.
The experimental EP published under his current alias 9CENTO9 can be found alongside equally interesting Releases by Simon Crab (Bourbonese Qualk), Rasalasad (Walt Thisney a.o.) and Martin A. Smith here as part of a new digital only Release series.

bourbonese qualk: re-qualk (Feeding The Hungry Ghosts)

…. a long time ago Bourbonese Qualk where part of the anarcho punk side of industrial / experimental music, living in a Squat, running their own Recloose Organisation as label and umbrella for concerts etc. and touring quite often in eastern european countries behind the iron curtain.
Their moment of fame came with their contribution in the ever important Elephant Table Compilation Album, then a mile and stepping stone for all those independent minded free spirits in the wake of the post-punk, post-TG UK of the early 80’s.

During time the line-up and the group changed, early members left to concentrate on other projects, in 1987 the eponymously titled *Bourbonese Qualk* Album closed the first chapter with Stanza‘s departure to develope a short career in music as The State and later in multi-media projects and art.
Simon Crab was left as the sole core member and started as new with Miles Miles (Guitar, Sax, Trumpet, …) and Owen Rossiter (working as tour drummer for the Stereo MC’s during the same period to make a living) and the New International Recording’s label which lasted only for a few releases into the 90’s.

UNPOP

After 1991’s superb and of course underrated Unpop Album on the brilliant and ambitious Total label. 1993 BoQu turned more into a Solo Project when Simon Crab was influenced by the fledgeling Praxis label’ boss (ex-Vision mainman Christoph Fringeli, then just moved to London), the heavy techno influenced Album and it’s accompanieng 12″ Singles where the last sign (besides a few compilation appeareances and a live collection until 2001’s On Uncertainity which saw them return to group form and the diversity of influences that made Unpop and most of their releases so original accompanied by a limited 7″ on Klanggalerie.

All hopes for further activities died with Miles Miles in October 2002. Simon Crab announced the end of Bourbonese Qualk and set up the archive site where nearly everything issued is available for free download since. Most if not all their releases are out of print since years and there was hardly any intention to make them available again in any other format.

sunseastar

Simon first appeared back with Andy C. Wilson 2007 as sunseastar and this year with his debut as solo artist, on ‘Hello America’ another fine and hardly to categorize Album, which was preceeded by the full length version of ‘Saccade’ via Thisco as free download in May 2013.

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This could have been the end of the story but the now Berlin based Mannequin Label digged through the early releases and culled together a new Compilation for a CD/DLP issue which saw the light early this year too; ‘1983-1986’.

This release was supported in March with a remix 12″ of ‘Lies’, also available in digital format. The original short track from ‘Preparing For Power’ treated and extended by the until then to me unknown Ancient Methods does really works surprisingly fine and keeps the original spirit.

But not enough with retrospective Qualk, in June a remastered live concert from the Unpop era surfaced via Tristan Koreya’s netlabel Nostalgie De La Boue.
Live At ‘La Salamandre’, recorded in Strasbourg October 1991. Get this first official live release for free, and enjoy.

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For current solo activites and reference visit http://www.simoncrab.com.