Friday, March 16, 2018

Documenting the No-Audience Underground

I've frequently referred to the "no-audience underground" term which has been coined by Rob Hayler of Midwich and of Radio Free Midwich blog to describe the North England experimental/noise scene which consists of a core of musicians having eschewed the idea of being "accepted" or "understood" by a wider audience and play for themselves and for a group of people which includes also other musicians. In this blog I have covered many of the musicians involved in this scene like Culver, Smut, Witchblood, Posset, etc, that play some of the best music ever recorded in the experimental/drone/noise milieu. Now that the Radio Free Midwich blog has ceased operations, the task of making this scene visible has been upheld by other media, one of which is the TQ Zine I covered last week. Another very interesting project is the No-Audience Underground Tapes initiated by David Howcroft. He documents live gigs of various artists playing in the hotbeds of this scene, Newcastle and Gateshead, which he then puts to tape and sends for free to anyone asking, not even asking for shipping costs. I have myself got a number of tapes. This is undeground sharing par excellence. So far he has produced more than 40 tapes, including live gigs by Culver, Vampyres, Depletion, Smut, Witchblood, Posset, The New Blockaders, Xazzaz, Noize Choir, Fells, gigs in the Tusk Festival and many many others. Also I hear he's doing an interesting Nurse With Wound project which sounds fun.

I think that this is a project that really encapsulates the meaning of the underground. Having stated here that downloading is not enough and that we all ought to support great artists by giving something in return and that physical tapes, cds or vinyl cannot be replaced by mp3 files, I highly urge that all readers send an email to David to get copies of those gigs and to encourage him to keep the N-Aut project going. His email is

Belgium - A Visual Concert

Belgium is a German music ensemble headed by Georg Sehrbrock fusing classical music with rhythmic ambient music, contemporary jazz and eastern influences in that style that was very popular in the 1980s and early 1990s and which you could hear in all kinds of documentaries. This was their first album. 1994 cd on Klangbilder.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

dsic ‎– Love City cdr

Glitchy noisy electronics by this New Zealand/UK outfit. Mid-to-late-90s Coil meets computer-era Merzbow? 2007 cdr on lf records.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Misha Mishajashvili

Misha Mishajashvili is a dub/ambient artist from Lasnamäe, Talinn, Estonia and he kindly sent me some of his stuff to listen to. One of the labels he uses to describe his music is "stalincore," which is a very intriguing concept in itself given this blog's fascination with Georgian mustaches. The "Stalin" aspect lays in Misha's inclusion of speeches of various CCCP officials in his tracks It is also quite interesting to see a guy from Estonia, which is a country that was incorporated into the Soviet Union under - to put it mildly - dubious conditions. So, Misha's music is heavy industrial/dub drum rhythms and distortions - that would sound in place in a dark decadent post-Soviet club - over samples of old Russian orchestrated music pieces and choirs (and possibly other sources). So, if I had to draw comparison, I'd say this is like a rhythmic version of The Caretaker (due to the ballroom pieces) and perhaps of Quantic (due to the cinematic quality created), thereby creating a dystopian but also dreamy feeling that is accentuated by the Soviet speeches.


Misha's blog is and you can go there to listen to his stuff and perhaps contribute something. I'd recommend the most recent 2018 album as a good start, and perhaps 2011 which includes more traditional music samples.

Farewell to Stephen Hawking

I woke up early this morning and went to the Wikipedia site for my daily dose of Middle East attacks and I see in the recent deaths section that Stephen Hawking passed away. There's not much to say about his contribution to cosmology and theoretical physics, especially his expounding of theories on this great natural phenomenon called the black hole, not to mention how important his presence has been to bring down religious interpretations of the world's origins. On a more personal note, however, I should say that being a physicist myself I cannot even begin to count how many hours I've spend reading his works or watching videos about him. So, just as a little and meaningless farewell I'm dedicating one of the most famous Rush songs, which is about that one dark star, for which Hawking wagered a bet against Kip Thorne on whether it is a black hole, plus the purported captured sound of gravitational waves coming the collision of black holes, as well as the sounds of the rings of Saturn. Although the exploration of our solar system wasn't his main interest, the contribution of astrophysicists and cosmologists to our understanding and knowledge of the universe is a great source of noise bliss for all of us freaks.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Posset - The Sultan EP cdr

Dictaphone manipulation, found noises and musics, and clanging, albeit without any salivating on the mic by Joe Murray, aka Posset. WTF is Putin doing on the cover wearing a Russian flag skullcap? 2010 self-released cdr.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Posset ‎– Peed-trofm:oc tape

This is surprisingly varied given its short duration. It features Joe Murray-Posset's standard drooling madness, severely autistic moanings and field recordings dicta manipulation and then moves to cooking pots banning with an admiringly aptitude at creating drum rolls and even blast beats (he's like the Pete Sandovan of kitchen drumming), ending with a calming ambient loop w/ tonal alterations. Sweet little thingy. 2010 tape on Gold Soundz.