Mix: Cooped Up

The sound of domestic self-isolation gone horribly wrong. Junk and trash thrashed out of sheer desperation, degradation of language, slow but deliberate descent into panic and madness. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen to any of you. Thots and preyers.

“Isolation” by Kim Beyer-Johnson

00:00. Usurper – 2nd untitled track from Fishing for Tripe (Chocolate Monk, 2013)

04:28. Derek Bailey & Han Bennink – “Who Is That” from Derek Bailey & Han Bennink (Incus, 1972)

08:28. Laurie Tompkins – “War” from Heat, War, Sweat Law (Slip, 2016)

12:14. Territorial Gobbing – “Went” from Stud Mechanism (Cadmus Tape, 2019)

18:00. Textile Orchestra – “The Beginning of the End” [excerpt] from For the Boss (Beta-lactam Ring, 2009)

21:09. The New Blockaders & Putrefier – “Tiras Abrasivas” from Schleifmittelbögen (Birthbiter, 2007)

24:46. Micro_Penis – “Lorsque la lune est pleine je le sens vraiment” from Tolvek (Doubtful Sounds, 2011)

28:53. Animal Collective – “Panic” from Here Comes the Indian (Paw Tracks, 2003)

33:28. Taku Unami – 2nd part of “Whistler Vanished in Wind” from The Whistler (Erstwhile, 2017)

35:02. Boredoms – “Used CD” from Super Roots (WEA, 1993)

Mix: Environmental Interactions

Pieces of improvised music that whether intentionally or unintentionally incorporate the sounds of their surroundings. Audiences (both human and not) and locales introduce new, serendipitous textures or influence the progression of the piece in fantastically unpredictable ways.

Max Eastley & Evan Parker

00:00. Three Forks – “Drunken Traffic” [excerpt] from Seven Layer Ape (United Fairy Moons, 2005)

03:33. Hermione Johnson & Stefan Neville – “Gala” from Scrum (Feeding Tube, 2016)

10:10. R.O.T. – excerpt from fifth segment of Klein Eiland (morc, 2020)

12:17. Alec Livaditis – “Clear and Cloud” [excerpt] from Clear and Cloud (Kye, 2015)

16:32. Áine O’Dwyer – “An Unkindness of Ravens” from Music for Church Cleaners (Fort Evil Fruit, 2012)

19:26. Chow Mwng – “Grid Ref SH610646” from Dis-Ordinance (Recordiau Dukes, 2019)

23:43. Evan Parker – second untitled track from Evan Parker with Birds (Treader, 2004)

32:10. Glorias Navales – “Enero Vuelta” from Cofradía Náutica (Kye, 2016)

34:17. Derek Bailey – “Paris” [excerpt] from Aida (Incus, 1980)

Mix: The Cask of Amontillado

Poe bores me to tears, but one of his most well known stories provides a fitting, albeit overly poetic title for this mix, which is focused on walls that are intensely immersive, some to the point of stifling imprisonment. Ranging from the conspicuously sparse to the overwhelmingly maximalist, these are the pieces that demand to be listened to in entirety, that refuse to relinquish their hold over you until their final minutes expire. As with all of my wall noise mixes, I highly recommend you listen to the full versions of the pieces you enjoy most to get the full effect. Some (I won’t spoil which) even change over the course of the duration.

“imprisonment of mind” by shelja_arts

00:00. JohnW – “-” from Wordless Paragraph (Absent Erratum, 2019)

04:31. Little Fictions – “River Spirit” from River Spirit (Void Worship, 2016)

08:20. Ratteknaeghen – “Deel 1” from Jammerlijke Toestand Door Lichamelijk Contact (Lost Light, 2019)

12:50. Vilgoć – “Granice” from Granice (Szara Reneta, 2020)

17:37. Waves of Light – “Time Is the Destroyer” from Time Is the Destroyer / Myths (Absent Erratum, 2018)

22:40. Ushinawareta Tamashi – “Runessansu” from LB_120 (Lurker Bias, 2018)

27:44. arboreal – “deconstruction” from deconstruction (Perpetual Abjection, 2019)

33:04. Kongcorong – “Kongcorong” from Kongcorong (Nature Noise Wall, 2018)

37:32. Nascitari – “Iopregoperluisullaterra.luipregapermenellospazio” from Your Sewer / My Church (Lost Light, 2016)

Mix: Sonic Stew

Stew is a good meal to make on a freezing cold evening when you just need some warmth in your body. Stew is also a good meal to make when all you have are some broth and a pile of disparate ingredients you don’t really know what to do with. Apply the two preceding sentences to dense, playful collage music—what I like to refer to as “sonic stew”—and the claims still hold true. Go ahead and help yourself to a sizable spoonful.

00:00. Faust – beginning of “Why Don’t You Eat Carrots?” from Faust (Polydor, 1971)

00:56. Gus Coma – “Meet Our Employees” from Color Him Coma (It’s War Boys, 1983)

03:58. Sugar Pills Bone – “Lumb Airline Crash on Blue Waffle Island” from Lumb (Orb Tapes, 2019)

07:29. Martin Tétreault – “Induction” from La Nuit Où J’Ai Dit Non (Audioview, 1997)

15:59. Guido Gamboa – “Nasal Passage Complication Inducing Variants of Voluntary Breathing, Light Sensitivity Traced to Anticipation of Migraine Aura Onsets” from 2018: Recent Amelioration of Lingering Proprioceptive Issues, Elimination of Winter Coat Improves Muscle Tension (Regional Bears, 2018)

19:30. Gomma Workshop – “Bruitages cubik” from Almanacco Moderno (Madcap, 2004)

24:02. Five Starcle Men – “Ducks Abduct” from Gomba Reject Ward Japan (Lost Frog Productions, 2007)

26:11. Ken Shoticker – “ctch th mnkey” from avatar toolkit (fals.ch, 2001)

27:15. Ground-Zero – “The Glory of Hong Kong – Kabukicho Conference” from Revolutionary Pekinese Opera Ver.1.28 (ReR, 1996)

31:45. Stanol Ester – “Yn, the Monts of the Mystics” from Yn, the Monts of the Mystics (self-released, 2018)

35:01. Ash Charge – “II” from Ash Charge (Garden Magik, 2019)

Mix: Past Vocalisms

This mix is based on a strange little digital-only album released last October by Spricht Editions, a Denmark imprint focused on “vocal oriented sound.” Here are where our unspoken words, random gargles, little tongue clicks we do when we’re irritated or bored, unintelligible howls of frustration, and hums of contentment all gather and congeal. Take care that your shoes don’t get stuck in the muck—but if they do, stay a while.

Ami Yoshida

00:00. c.haxholm – “1” from Past Vocalisms (Spricht Editions, 2019)

06:38. Graham Lambkin & Áine O’Dwyer – “One and One Is Two” from Green Ways (Erstwhile, 2018)

10:47. Lily Greenham – “Improvisation” from Lingual Music (Paradigm Discs, 2007)

12:04. Ami Yoshida – 5th untitled track from Tiger Thrush (Improvised Music from Japan, 2003)

14:26. Gil J. Wolman – “Mégapneumies” from L’Anticoncept (Alga Marghen, 1999)

16:07. Yeast Culture – “Folk Songs of the Neskowin Indians” from Dueterium: Yeast Culture Improvacoustic Series Vol. 1 (Regional Bears, 2019)

20:54. Ute Wassermann, Duncan Harrison, Dylan Nyoukis & Claus Haxholm – excerpt from side A of Dissecting an Utterance (Spricht Editions, 2019)

22:49. Katalin Ladik – “Shaman Song / Sámánének” from Phonopoetics (Alga Marghen, 2019)

24:14. Michael Barthel – excerpt from side C of Heme (Geräuschmanufaktur, 2017)

26:26. Jamison Williams – “Part One” from Silly Symphonies, Vol. 1 (Lurker Bias, 2020)

29:19. Matthew Revert – “Dear Heath” from Letters to Friends of the Late Darcy O’Meara (Round Bale Recordings, 2018)

32:24. Rodrigo Ambriz – “Despojado al fin por su propio soplo” from Una silueta se precipita en arcadas (Szara Reneta, 2018)

Mix: Free Rock

There’s not just an essential, but also an audible difference between an orchestrated, technical maelstrom and total improvisation. The former may sound chaotic or random but cannot match the complete, blissful freedom of the latter. The songs in this mix, however, lie somewhere on a spectrum between those two endpoints, tending towards spontaneous gesture without disregarding or eliminating the fragments of structure that still linger in the music. Some of them gradually fall back into a conventional meter, others remain formless and ease through fluid dynamic changes, and still others play rhythmic patterns so loosely that they often don’t appear to be rhythmic at all.

Gorge Trio

00:00. Dilute – end of “Apple” from Grape Blueprints Pour Spinach Olive Grape (54º40′ or Fight!, 2002)

02:14. Storm & Stress – “And Third and Youngest, Unnamed” from Under Thunder and Fluorescent Lights (Touch and Go, 2000)

07:22. Gorge Trio – “Roof Halves and Dewdrop Gems” from Open Mouth, O Wisp (Skin Graft, 2004)

10:41. Coptic Light – “Mix the Races” from Coptic Light (No Quarter, 2005)

18:27. Who’s Your Favorite Son, God? – “Tapestry Mouth” from Out of Body Diva (KDVS Recordings, 2006)

20:40. Sister Iodine – “Western Lei” from Helle (Textile, 2004)

23:57. Fading Tapes – “O-bon” from Radio Okinawa (Katuktu Collective, 2018)

29:09. Jackie-O Motherfucker – “Dark Falcon” from Ballads of the Revolution (Fire, 2009)

33:46. zOoOoOm – “Ablution” from Eight My Heart (Condor, 2004)

Mix: Breakdown Bonanza

Hey guys, it’s Jack from WatchMojo and today we’re counting down our picks for the HARDEST BREAKDOWNS OF ALL TIME. No real theme here folks; these tracks come from a wide variety of artists, scenes, and time periods. What they all have in common, however, is their ability to make you headbang so hard you hit your noggin on a wall or pull a muscle in your neck (both of which I have done). Enjoy.


00:00. Chamber – “Replacing Every Weakness” from Ripping / Pulling / Tearing (Pure Noise, 2019)

02:39. remorse. – “The End” from Giving Up in Life’s Torment (self-released, 2019)

06:18. Hayworth – “The Industrial Park” from I Hope the Thunder and Lightning Kill You (self-released, 2008)

07:49. Gaza – “Gristle” from I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die (Black Market Activities, 2006)

12:07. End – “Necessary Death” from From the Unforgiving Arms of God (Good Fight, 2017)

14:56. Bicycle – “Dirt Girl Grinder” from I Have Loved You With an Everlasting Love (self-released, 2016)

18:23. Roseblood – “Pure Sadism” from No One Here Gets Out Alive (self-released, 2018)

20:41. Bloodbather – “Consequence” from Pressure (self-released, 2018)

21:55. Sectioned – “Starved Lives” from Annihilated (self-released, 2018)

26:30. Oktober Skyline – “If I Were in the Chinese Army…” from That’s How Tripods Work (Doppelganger, 2004)

28:09. Architect – “Broke Dick Dog” from All Is Not Lost (Black Market Activities, 2007)

32:29. Wreck of the Minotaur – “My Sweet Annabella I’m Not Coming Home” from A Little Roy One on One (self-released, 2009)

36:12. Pupil Slicer – “Crusher” from split with Sense Offender (self-released, 2019)

38:35. Sleepsculptor – “A Transmutation” from Entry: Dispersal (self-released, 2019)