Saturday, August 5, 2017

more Total

ok let's try to approximate the completion of Total's discography. There will still be some releases which I don't have, but with the ones I have posted before (check the tag), we're close to it. NOTE: IF ANY READERS HAVE THE TOTAL/CULVER SPLIT TAPE ON MATCHING HEAD, PLEASE SEND A MESSAGE!

Total - Beyond The Rim

 

 After the initial run of Total in the mid-to-late-80s, Bower went on to form Skullflower, and only got back to releasing more experimentally-oriented material under the Total moniker in 1993 with this amazing 1993 lp on Majora.

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Total - Here, Time Is Space

 

This came out in the same year as Sky Blue Void  (posted already on this blog) and sounds like a mix between more subdued drone and all-out wild noise. 1994 2 X lp on Majora.

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Total - Glassy Warhead



This one seems a little bit more on a traditional noise track, with screeching mic noise and guitar delay attack. 1995 cd on Pure.

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Total - Tanzmusik Der Renaissance

 

Total psychedelic awesomeness. 1995 cd on Freek Records.

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Total - Silver Pillows



This starts deceptively blissfully but descends into guitar amp abuse, only to end up in a mess of guitar wails and some metal percussion jumping. 1995 10" on Majora.


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Total - Clear Factory



Real nice droning noise with guitar, piano and some beautiful background synths. 1996 lp on Majora.

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Total - Buffin' The Celestial Muffin

 

This one showcases the awesome reeds of John Godbert (Vibracathedral Orchestra), as well guest appearances by Neil Campbell (again of Vibracathedral), Stuart Dennison (Skullflower) and Philip Best (Consumer Electronics). 1997 cd on Rural Electrification Program and Format Supremacy.

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Total - Kaspar Hauser



High-pitched feedback invocations and cowbell clang. 1997 cd on Metonymic.

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Total - To Fall Like Cherry Blossoms



Jaw-dropping amp noise/winds/piano drone/free jazz. Bower is once again accompanied by John Godbert, as well as Neil Ireland. 1997 lp on American Tapes.

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Total - Mountain Tasting



Stunning elegiac experimentations with piano, violin, reeds and cymbals. Essential listening. 1997 lathe 7"

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Total - Eternity's Beautiful Frontispiece



Droning psychedelic contemplative awesomeness with John Godbert and Neil Campbell. 1998 cd on VHF Records.

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Total - Solid Objects Cast At Goblins

 

Sadly this was to be the last Total release, though the material was recorded in 1996. Once more this one features Bower and John Godbert on percussion and wind instruments and includes amazing shimmering drones. 2000 cd on VHF Records.


10 comments:

  1. This is heaven...

    Thanks a lot!

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  2. Hmm, "more Skullflower" on the way?:)

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  3. I think pretty much most Skullflower has already been posted everywhere, if there's any stuff you need, though, I could upload.

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  4. Yes, this is true, but I think it would be great all in one place.
    There are still many albums that I missed...

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  5. true dat. I'll try to make a post with all of them, though i don't think all of my files are in 320 kbps...

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  6. It doesn't matter.
    I look forward!

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  7. Dear Vladimir,

    when I can except your Skullflower uploads?

    Thanks!

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  8. hey man,

    I'm sorry for not having done it up till now. I'm on vacation right now so not too much time for a big post. hopefully I'll be able to have done it in late August.

    best

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