Mix: Crackle!

Michel Waisvisz wasn’t the first to explore primitive electronic textures in improvisational music, but his 1978 album Crackle (whose title track gives this mix its name) signified more than that. The record was produced using Waisvisz’s self-invented cracklebox instrument, a notably personalized version of the plundered circuits used by so many (including myself). In my opinion, it’s just as important to seek out new sounds in everyday things as it is to make them using instruments with which we are already familiar. The piercing squeaks and grainy electric sputters of circuit bending have also become a recognizable and defining texture in modern electroacoustic improvisation.

Voice Crack (Norbert Möslang & Andy Guhl)

00:00. Michel Waisvisz – “Crackle” from Crackle (FMP, 1978)

02:28. Voice Crack – “Red Square” from Taken and Changed (Falsch, 1999)

08:27. English – “Senator Bustamente” from English (Copula, 2005)

14:24. Alexei Borisov & Phil Durrant – “Part 4” from In the Wood (Zeromoon, 2018)

19:37. Jazzkammer – “Bullets for Breakfast” from Timex (Rune Grammofon, 2000)

25:26. Yoshimitsu Ichiraku – “Machine Headz” from The Music of Surround Panner (Zero Gravity, 1998)

29:25. Takahiro Kawaguchi & Utah Kawasaki – “4:17” from Amorphous Spores (Erstwhile, 2015)

33:31. GOD – excerpt from Anti-Sex Anti-Wiretapping (Made in Taiwan) (Little Enjoyer, 2005)

36:40. Joe Colley – “Untitled Unstable Stereo Circuit” from Disasters of Self (Crippled Intellect, 2010)

Mix: Object-ivity

If you’re at all familiar with experimental music or adventurous sounds in general, it’s not an uncommon sight to see a musician credited with playing “objects” in the liner notes of a release. “Object” is clearly not a very specific classification, but here we take it to refer to something whose primary purpose is not music-making yielding sound, whether melodic or textural. The field of sound art is often concerned with exploring the acoustic properties and potentials of such objects, and they are also used in abstract improvisational contexts or as unconventional percussion devices. The tracks selected for this mix range from the primitive junk-painting of early Japanese pioneers Group Ongaku to manipulations of electric circuits and robotics to layered compositions formed from recordings of household appliances. I love this kind of stuff for many reasons: the use of objects requires no formal musical training or knowledge, their unique timbres can be harnessed for such a wide variety of purposes, and, most importantly, unexpected beauty is the best kind of beauty. Enjoy.

Pictured: Sound artist Rie Nakajima, taken by Q-O2 Gallery

00:00. Group Ongaku – “Object” from Music of Group Ongaku (Hear Sound Art Library, 1996)

04:57. Akio Suzuki – “Aeolian Harp” from Odds and Ends (Hören, 2002)

08:49. Jean-Luc Guionnet & Thomas Tilly – “Window, contact recording #1” from Stones, Air, Axioms / Delme (Fragment Factory, 2018)

10:56. John Collins McCormick – “7” from One Bone in the Arm (Pan y Rosas, 2018)

14:32. Joe Colley – “Untitled Unstable Stereo Circuit” from Disasters of Self (C.I.P., 2010)

19:00. Annea Lockwood – “Water Gong” from Glass World of Anna Lockwood (Tangent Recordings, 1970)

24:48. Pierre Henry – “Balancement 2” from Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (Philips, 1967)

27:23. Max Eastley – “Half Speed Metal Installation” from Installation Recordings 1973-2008 (Paradigm Discs, 2010)

31:14. Dirch Blewn – “Day 3” from Care Work (Soft Error, 2018)

36:01. Manja Ristić – “Buzzy & the Teapot” from Fairy & the River Teeth (Sonospace, 2018)

39:50. Jeph Jerman, Giacomo Salis & Paolo Sanna – 2nd untitled track from KIO GE (Confront Recordings, 2016)

43:24. Peter Brötzmann & Han Bennink – “Aufen 2” from Schwarzwaldfahrt (FMP, 1977)

45:52. Loren Chasse – “Arbor Pore I” from The Footpath (Naturestrip, 2008)

Mix: Japanese Hardcore, Old and New

While I think it’s strange to classify genres by the nationalities or races of the artists who fit under them, there is definitely a specific sound that comes to mind when I think of “Japanese hardcore.” It’s usually more aggressive, noisy, and eclectic, with many bands blurring boundaries between straight-up hardcore punk and other areas like noisecore, crust, and grind. Here are some of my favorites.

00:00. Gauze – “エッサホイサッサ” from 面を洗って出直して来い (XXX, 1997)

01:52. S.O.B. – “Hysteric to Temptation” from Don’t Be Swindle (Selfish, 1987)

03:22. Crow – “混沌神” from 血涙 (Prank, 2005)

07:21. Outo – “正直者は馬鹿を見る” from 正直者は馬鹿を見る (Selfish, 1987)

08:52. Lip Cream – “No Rules” from Kill Ugly Pop (Captain, 1986)

11:14. Friendship – “Rejected” from Hatred (Southern Lord, 2017)

12:25. Colored Rice Men – “Tumble Wind” from New Animal Life (Blood Sucker, 1999)

13:59. Kriegshög – “Heathen (Code Z)” from Kriegshög (La Vida Es Un Mus, 2010)

15:38. Kuro – “X / 絶望” from Who the Helpless (Blue Jug, 1984)

18:14. The Stalin – “水銀” from 虫 (Climax, 1983)

21:40. G.I.S.M. – “Document One” from Detestation (Dogma, 1983)

24:32. Boris – Third untitled track from Vein (Important, 2006)

26:12. Setsuna – “Worst Enemy” from Senseless Apocalypse (Conspiracy Evolve, 1997)

Mix: Short, Sweet, Shredding, Screamo

Here’s a very short mix of some of my favorite screamo songs. I tried to stick with some lesser known stuff, so you won’t see any Jeromes Dream or Orchid or the like in here (though I still love those bands). Enjoy!

00:00. Reversal of Man – “Get the Kid With the Sideburns” from Revolution Summer (Independence Day, 1998)

00:42. Phoenix Bodies – “Goddamn Pyramid Building Aliens” from split 7″ with Tyranny of Shaw (Init, 2004)

02:37. Frail Hands – “Dissolution” from Frail Hands (Middle-Man, 2017)

03:52. Ostraca – “Waiting for the Crash” from Last (Skeletal Lightning, 2017)

07:29. Улыбайся Ветру – “Навстречу времени” from Иллюзии (Upwind Productions, 2018)

08:58. Enkephalin – “One Punch Machine Gun” from split LP with Phoenix Bodies (Init, 2003)

11:11. Diploid – “It’s Not Safe” from Everything Went Red (Art As Catharsis, 2017)

12:49. Bucket Full of Teeth – “Capital Distracts and Imprisons” from IV (Level Plane, 2005)

14:10. Setsuko – “Child Without Brain” from The Shackles of Birth (Dog Knights Productions, 2018)

16:32. Masato Tanaka – “Mr. Bo Jangles’ Quest for Financial Solvency” from Demo (self-released, 2007)

17:23. Honeywell – “Screaming Numb Ears” from Industry (Mollycoddle, 1993)

18:50. Republic of Dreams – “Your Fahrenheit Is My Celsius” from split LP with Cloud Rat (IFB, 2012)

19:52. Maths – “Child Wandering Along the Thames” from The Fires Courting the Sea (Tangled Talk, 2015)

20:52. Arboles En Llamas – “San Expedito” from San Expedito (LaFlor, 2016)

22:06. Tristan Tzara – “Schizophrenia” from Da Ne Zaboravis (Shove, 2005)


Mix: Modern Musique Concrète

The term musique concrète, coined and developed as a practice by composer Pierre Schaeffer in the mid-20th century, refers to music produced with manipulated sounds whose source is often obfuscated or obscured completely. Originally an area largely explored in an academic and compositional setting, the principles of musique concrète have been adapted by many independent sound artists who utilize them in a more guerrilla, do-it-yourself way – and if you’re anything like me, this is more up your alley. Here’s a mix of many artists who work with these methods in a modern context.

00:00. Valerio Tricoli – “Le Qohelet” from Miseri Lares (PAN, 2014)

08:17. Jérôme Noetinger – “La tirette à Paulette” from dR (PiedNu, 2018)

13:51. Grisha Shakhnes – “Utopia” from All This Trouble for Nothing (Glistening Examples, 2015)

21:58. Still Image – “Undercurrent” from A Finite Line (Throne Heap, 2017)

28:57. Dirch Blewn – “Day 4” from Care Work (Soft Error, 2018)

33:08. Giovanni Lami – “PPK1” from Bias (Consumer Waste, 2016)

40:33. John Wiese – “Superstitious” from Deviate From Balance (Gilgongo, 2015)

46:08. Max Kuiper & Thorsten Soltau – “I” [Excerpt] from Animi Sub Volpe Latentes (Chondritic Sound, 2016)

51:28. Frenchbloke & Son – Excerpt of side A of tape one from Société de radiodiffusion de l’homme et du fils français: bruit dans l’intéret de musique (Seed, 2010)

56:41. Vanessa Rossetto – “Fake Cheese” from Fashion Tape (No Rent, 2018)


Mix: More Walls (Volume Warning)

Been listening to a lot of wall stuff lately so I thought I’d put my recent standbys together into a mix. For many of these I’d recommend checking out the full tapes/albums, hard to get the full effect otherwise. Hope you enjoy!

00:00. Lucy Jane Garcia – “Call Me Lucy Pt. I” from Call Me Lucy (self-released, 2016)

05:00. See Through Buildings – “Stage for One” from I’ll Waive the Cover Charge (Lost Light, 2016)

10:00. Shurayuki-hime – “A” from In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun (GERÄUSCHMANUFAKTUR, 2016)

15:00. Yume Hayashi – “B” from What the Summer Rain Knows (Avocado Tapes, 2016)

20:00. Eco Terror – “CASKET” 1, 12, 21, 31, 35 from Matryoshka Caskets (self-released, 2016)

24:44. Dosis Letalis – “Hurt and Anger I” from Hurt and Anger (Minimalist, 2017)

29:32. Taskmaster – Side A of Kriemhild Anal Saxon (Harsh Head Rituals, 2006)

35:00. Panic – “I’m Going Hunting” from Hunter (Cantankerous, 2011)

40:00. White Gold – “At the Least” from White Gold 2 (Troniks, 2017)

45:00. Heaven of Animals – “EIS//II_II_A” from Experiments in Shortwave Vol. II (Deadleg, 2018)

50:00. Train Cemetery – “Slough II” from Slough (Murder on Ponce, 2016)