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The Antidote Podcast

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2012 by noisenoisenoise

Sorry I haven”t been around for a little while but I promise that I’ll do better from now on. In the meantime did you know that there is now a ducksbattlesatan approved podcast? It is called The Antidote and feature myself and Ingmar from evolkweenthemusical blabbering on about records. It is ten buckets of goodly noise/experimental/drone excellentness and you should run here or to the itunes to get your free download.  The first two episodes are up and tonight we recorded episode 3. Listen right to the end to here about our special Menche competition. In a few weeks we record our beginners guide to Merzbow. Stay tuned!


Mark Fell – UL8 (Editions Mego) 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2012 by noisenoisenoise

Yesterday I was on a Lego run to a local shopping centre with my eldest. Despite his appreciation of One Direction, the kid has a pretty good ear. He has always had an opinion on noise and is a bit of a Daniel Menche fan. I decided to play a bit of Mark Fell as a soundtrack to the appalling traffic and rain. Truth be told, my first born was not a fan, his only comment being that it sounded like a vomiting robot. Although the vomiting robot comparison was lost on me, I had to agree that the first couple of tracks are pretty much unlistenable. There is something utterly nauseating about the beats that Fell creates which are both rubbery and harshly metallic at the same time. On the liner notes to this CD, Fell explain his process. The first five tracks are created by “using 32 operator frequency modulation synthesis configured in 16 pairs of operator and modulator, panned at equal positions around the circumference of a circle using high order ambisonics.” Got that? Didn’t think so.
Although I could gladly live the rest of my life without ever having to listen to those tracks ever again the fact is that this record, for the most part, is excellent stuff. The second suite of tracks are called Vortex Studies. I won’t spend time writing about how he came to make these tracks but they feel like an avant grade take on techno. The texture and elements work much better than the initial five tracks and if you love your electronica weird as shit then you will be very happy indeed.
The third suite is titled Acid In The Style Of Rian Treanor and reminded me much more of Fell’s previous work with .snd. The seven tracks which make up these experiments are absolutely fantastic. I think what it comes down to is that I like Fell as a difficult electronic musician rather than a theoretical sound artist. Best to leave that shit to Florian Hecker.

Best of 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2012 by noisenoisenoise

I spent most of 2011 catching up on releases that came out in 2010 so the best record I listened to all of last year was Black Mountain Transmitter’s Black Goat of the Woods. Yet when I actually compiled a list of the records I tracked  down in 2011 I was surprised by the sheer number of them. The other thing I’ve noticed is that I have barely written about any of them. This year’s releases (at least the ones I enjoyed) were a challenging bunch of records and it has taken me more listens in order to come to terms with many of these records than in past years. So here is my best of list, other records I enjoyed and some lists from some readers. Thanks again for all of your support and conversations this year. Here is to an even better 2012.

Records of 2011 (and I am ranking them for the first time.)

20. Skullflower – Fucked On a Pile of Corpses

19. Mamuthones – Mamuthones

18. Merzbow – Yaho-Niwa

17. Machinefabriek – Veldverk

16. Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides – Poisson

15. Zomby – Dedication

14. Peaking Lights – 936

13. Demdike Stare – Tryptych

12. Rustie – Glass Swords

11. The Thing with Jim O’Rourke – Shinjuku Growl

10. Pete Swanson – I Don’t Rock At All

9. Ectoplasm Girls – TxN

8. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath 1972

7. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica

6. New Blockaders/Merzbow/Anomali – Kali-Yuga Karma

5. Cut Hands – Afro Noise 1

4. Werewolf Jerusalem – Confessions of a Sex Maniac

3. Merzbow – Dead Zone

2. Daniel Menche and Anla Courtis – Yagua Ovy

1. Daniel Menche – Feral


Record I still don’t know if I like

Prurient – Bermuda Drain


Record’s I’ve listened to a lot

Kevin Drumm – Second

Merzbow & Jamie Saft – Merzdub

Black to Comm – 1968

Mouthus – No Canal

Richard Skelton – Landings


Ben’s List

Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

Julianna Barkwick – The Magic Place

Toby Goodshank – Truth, Jump, Fall

Merzbow – Dead Zone

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol 2

Daniel Menche – Feral

Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow

Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica

Prurient – Bermuda Drain

Richard Buckner – Our Blood

Honorable Mention:
Merzbow – Lop Lop

10 non-2011 CDs that blew me away:
Nurse with Wound – Huffin Rag Blues

Koji Asano – Galaxies

Yellow Swans – Deterioration

Lasse Marhaug/John Wiese – Country & Western

Ulver – Nattens Madrigal

Tim Hecker – Harmony In Ultraviolet

Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children

Keith Fullerton Whitman – Libson

Keith Fullerton Whitman – Playtroughs

Keith Fullerton Whitman – Multiples

Can – Tago Mago

Stephen’s List
Drone, noise, ambient
Asva – Presences of Absences
Barn Owl – Lost in the Glare
Deaf Center – Owl Splinter
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Rene Hell – The Terminal Symphony
Natural Snow Buildings – Chants of Niflheim
Natural Snow Buildings – Waves of the Random Sea
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Prurient – Bermuda Drain
Skullflower – Fucked on a Pile of Corpses
Metal, doom, stoner
Black Cobra – Invernal
Boris – New Album
Jesu – Ascension
Krallice – Diotima
Liturgy – Aesthethica
Subrosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones
Tombs – Path of Totality
Weedeater – Jason… the Dragon
Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
YOB – Atma
Psych, folk, new age
Charalambides – Exile
Steve Hauschildt – Tragedy and Geometry
Mark McGuire – Get Lost
Mark McGuire – A Young Person’s Guide to Mark McGuire
Six Organs of Admittance – Asleep on the Floodplain
Sun Araw – Ancient Romans
Woods – Sun and Shade
Rock, non-metal
Belong – Common Era
Cave – Neverendless
Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light
Grails – Deep Politics
White Hills – H-p1
Esoteric, experimental, other
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Beileid
Demdike Stare – Tryptych
Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings

Readers 2011 Lists

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2011 by noisenoisenoise

Well, I feel like I’ve spent most of this year catching up  on the records I missed  last year. So to address the balance I’m calling for Top 10 Lists from DBS readers. I thought two lists would be fun. One for 2011 releases and a general one for the records that rocked your world this year irrespective of when it was released.  The records do not have to be in a particular order (unless you want them to be) and you can even go beyond 10 if you feel the need.

If you want to participate send your lists to by Christmas and I’ll post them on boxing day.



Olive Music

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2011 by noisenoisenoise

A quick note to let you know that I’m also now writing for Olive Music. The reviews that I post there will be cross posted here.

New Blog – Expresswaytoyourskull

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 by noisenoisenoise

Miles – a reader and sometime contributor to this blog has started his own.  Check it out!

Best video ever (Part 2)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2010 by noisenoisenoise

Moustaches – yes, narrative -no. What do you reckon the other guy is whispering in Omar Souleyman’s  ear? The album this comes from is fantastic.

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