Thursday, September 29, 2011


Cops Of Matter (cassette, Aeon, 1983, UK)

Rare & demented release from the enigmatic UK ritual improvisation group.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pacific 231

The Lost Judgement (cassette, Le Syndicat, 1985?, France)

Excellent early release from french sound artist, Pierre Jolivet a.k.a. Pacific 231 (Le Syndicat 08).

A new 2xCD documenting a large amount of unheard material from this time period, 1983-86 Compendium, is available to order here.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

transmission 17

In the last couple of months, I've dived head first into the world of Japanese 80's under-underground music. The dedicated bloggers at Stalking Duppi, Habit Of Sex, and a few others are solely responsible. This is a mix of some personal favorites I've found. The music is difficult to describe -- truly unique, dark, and sublime. I've included links to the tracks' respective posts.

Funeral Party - Dream Of Embryo (サンドノイズにまける子等) +
Duppi - はつねつのみやこ +
Pneuma - 滅びの塔 +
Lost - お前は呪文を唱へる +
Salaried Man Club - The Thought Of Y +
Noise - 羊 +
MLD - Dynamo +
Pale Cocoon - 自動人形 +
The Mask Of The Imperial Family - Untitled II +


Nord (LP, Pinakotheca, 1981, Japan)

Debut LP from this dark-electronic duo. Nord is best known for the tense, minimal pulse-isms of their second and third LPs, LSD and Ego Trip. This one is much more abrasive, but still hints at the atmosphere they would conjure later.

Le Syndicat

Le Document (cassette, Le Syndicat, 1982, France)

One of the earliest cassette releases from France's merciless bruitiste masters.

For an extensive history and shop catalogue visit - the official Le Syndicat site.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Lingua Franca-X (12", Atelier Peyotl, 1984, Japan)

From what I understand, this is what R.N.A. Organism morphed in to. Excellent repetitive experimental funk in the Czukay/Plank tradition. Atelier Peyotl was also responsible for the fantastic international compilation, Sound Cosmodel.

The second track, "dB", is the obvious standout. A whoosh of atonal guitar... precise, in-the-pocket rhythm section, hypnotic bell-synth (?) line, chanted/effected vocals.... all of this, within a crowded train station during a thunderstorm. Great stuff.

Their full-length from 1983, "Lingua Franca-1" is available to check out here.


Punkanachrock (7", Pinakotheca, 1981, Japan)

Posted years ago in the vast and essential archive which is Mutant Sounds. Supposedly recorded from 1975-77, but released by the highly sought-after Japanese Pinakotheca label in 1981 (in an awesome triangular sleeve).

There's a lot happening on this little record.... acid warped guitar, short delayed vocal ramblings, claustrophobic vibe throughout. Maybe a kindred spirit to Cabs' 70s attic explorations?

They also appear on Vanity's elusive Music double LP compilation.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bourbonese Qualk

The Spike (LP, Dossier, 1985, Germany)

Excellent & unique third full-length from the classic early industrial(?) pioneers.

The remaining members of the group set up an online archive of nearly all of their material, which you can check out here, 100% free.

BQ instigator, Simon Crab also has a very interesting blog - stalker.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Art & Technique

Clima-X (LP, Hi-Tec Records, 1981, France)

The fantastic debut LP from France's under-appreciated avant-electronic unit. This is their only release that wasn't available for preview on the web. I thought I would change that.

Side A is quite an ambient venture in a similar synthetic, murky realm as maybe Mask Of The Imperial Family or a more muffled Empirical Sleeping Consort. Side B hints more in the direction of the record's successor, Diabolus In Mecanica, with its excellent use of rhythm boxes, sound generators and strange vocals- a la early Esplendor Geometrico, or possibly Bryn Jones' pre-Muslimgauze moniker E.g. Oblique Graph.

More Art & Technique:
Alea Jacta Est [12", 1983]