The Sound Projector 13th issue

The Lamenting Octopus bears illustrious intelligence of elation

Lavish musical artefacts pouring
from the Horn of Plenty

Can tomorrow be more than the end of today?

Published January 2005
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  • MY CAT IS AN ALIEN Outer-space guitar duo from Turin, Italy
  • THE VITAMIN B12 Mysterious art music project based in Brighton UK
  • RHODRI DAVIES Classically trained Welsh harpist, pioneer of quiet improvisation
  • RONNIE SUNDIN Ultra-quiet electronicist from Sweden
  • EDWARD RUCHALSKI Very idiosyncratic and isolationist approach
  • LEAP-SECONDS Duo of UK minimalist players
  • MURMER From experimental theatre to field recording assemblage records


The usual full-to-capacity RECORD REVIEW SECTIONS include:

  • Lovely screeching dense racket in ATOMS OF PURE NOISE
  • Satanic Heavy Metal from Norway and other Nordic lands in BLACK METAL
  • Electronic and laptop music
  • Dull droning monotony
  • Amplifier humming and process din
  • Environmental recordings and derivatives
  • Modern composers and installation music
  • Japanese rock, pop, avant and electronic music
  • Substantial MERZBOW reviews and portrait
  • More releases from those UK anti-art merchants THE NEW BLOCKADERS
  • Crazy USA underground guitar bands, noise, folksters, experimenters, and droners
  • An amazing Fred Lane record reissue
  • The AMPLIFY 02 box set
  • Inaudible electronic music + inaudible improvised music
  • Great guitar and heavy beat noise rock
  • Electroacoustic and tape manipulation
  • An exploration of worlds of the strange and bizarre in THE UTTER FREAKDOM

In a substantial POP MUSIC FEATURE by Harley Richardson and friends, 1990s Hit singles are analysed in ‘The Chartists’, The Monkees are celebrated, Brian Wilson’s Smile is reappraised yet again!

Complete list of all records reviewed

Atoms of Pure Noise
Wolf Eyes – Burned Mind, Autodigest – A Compressed History of Everything Ever Recorded, Vol. 1, Blod – My Beloved Daughters, Space Machine – 3, Daniel Menche – Skadha, Dustbreeders and Junko – Mommy Close The Door, Frode Gjerstad / Lasse Marhaug – Red Edge, Golden Serenades – The Golden Serenades II, Heliogabalus – Tourette is Normal (Excerpt 2), Jarl – Parallel / Collapsing, Junko and Mattin – Pinknoise, Opaque – New Ways to Criticise, Organum / Z’EV, Tinnitus VU, Ryfylke – Boknafjord, Zbigniew Karkowski and Peter Rehberg – POP: Work Hard Play Harder, Deison / Marhaug – 33 Minutes of your Life

Rock Music
Sunn O))) – White 2, Khanate – Things Viral, Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse, Comets on Fire – Blue Cathedral, Isis – Panopticon, Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow, Zdrastvootie – Zdrastvootie, Nought – Nought, Dead Raven Choir – Wine, Women and Wolves, Pharaoh Overlord – The Battle of the Axehammer (Live), Pharaoh Overlord – II, The Dead C – The Damned, Melvins and Lustmord – Pigs of the Roman Empire, Killa – Silmat Sulkaset, The Fall – (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas

David Lee Myers – Arcane Device: Engines of Myth, Sachiko M – 1:2, Sachiko M – Toshimaru Nakamura, Otomo Yoshihide, Good morning good night, Otomo Yoshihide – Turntable Solo, Sci Hi – Who Trusts Crucible? Crucible Trusts No-one., Toshimaru Nakamura – No-input mixing board [3]

Black metal
Abruptum – In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo, In Aeturnum In Triumpho Tenebraum, Abruptum – Casus Luciferi, Abruptum – De Profundis Mors Vas Cousumet, Burzum – Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, Carcass – Choice Cuts, Esoteric – Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum, Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Striborg – Misanthropic Isolation / In the Heart of the Rainforest, Striborg – Nocturnal Emissions / Nyctophobia, The Meads of Asphodel – Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua

Music from Japan

Enkidu – Hasselt, Ikuro Takahasi – Anoyonodekigoto, K.K. Null – Ovo, LSD-March – Suddenly, like flames, Tsurubami – Kaina, eX-Girl – Endangered Species, Ghost – Hypnotic Underworld, Sayaka Imai – Mahiru-no-yume, Fushitsusha – Untitled, Absolut Null Punkt – Absolut Null Punkt

The Chartists

Bryan Adams & Mel C – When You’re Gone, Hoku – Another Dumb Blonde, Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body, Madonna – Beautiful Stranger, Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight, Five – Keep on Movin’, Destiny’s Child – Independent Woman, B*Witched – B*Witched, Len – Steal Your Sunshine, S Club 7 – S Club Party, East 17 – Stay Another Day, Puffy Amiyumi – An Illustrated History, Whigfield – Saturday Night, Snap – Welcome to Tomorrow, Los Del Rio – Macarena

Noises from the American Underground
Axolotl – Axolotl, Cerberus Shoal – Cerberus Shoal, Climax Golden Twins – Highly Bred and Sweetly Tempered, Gerald Hawk – The Honey Guide Bird, Jeff Fuccillo – Disturbed Strings, Mouthus – Mouthus, Ron ‘Pate and His Debonairs featuring Fred Lane – Raudelunas ‘Pataphysical Revue, Sapat / The SB – Seed and Surgery, Sun City Girls – Carnival Folklore Resurrection: Radio One and Two, Text of Light – Text of Light, Various Artists – Space is No Place: NYC Noise from the underground Volume 2, Steven Wray Lobdell – Live at Club Donut, Black Forest / Black Sea – Forcefields and Constellations, Black Forest / Black Sea – Radiant Symmetry


The New Blockaders – FaLtEn, The New Blockaders – Live at Hinoeuma London 2003, The New Blockaders – Changez Les Blockeurs: 21st Antiversary Edition, The New Blockaders – First Live Performance: Morden Tower, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 8th June 1983

The Utter Freakdom

Anla Courtis – Fractal Albur Solenoide, Anla Courtis – “…y el resplandor de la luz no conoce limites.”, Anla Courtis – Harmonica F’Ever, Courtis – (The name of this drone is hidden in your DNA), aNoMaLi – nitya-baddha, Courtis / Marhaug – North and South Neutrino, Die Tödliche Doris – Fallersleben, Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance – Here Comes Blood Stereo, Max Eastley / David Toop – Doll Creature, Minimal Self – Formula of Reversal, Gal – Hinaus:: In denWald., Onomatopoeia – A Marble Holder from Andover, John Duncan – Phantom Broadcast, Simon Wickham-Smith – Rapt, The Sonic Catering Band – Live from the Canteens of Atlantis, Various Artists – (si’ke-del’ik) volume one, Various Artists – The Bone Tickling Nightmare Pig: an exercise in futility

The Crackling Esther

Aleph – Senniki Norymberskie, ARM – Open Reminder, Asuna – Organ Leaf, Billy? – Calego, Biosphere – Autour de la Lune, Drawing Room – Music for Performance, Fennesz – Venice, Frieder Butzmann – Wunderschone Ruckkoppelungen, Hans Joachim Irmler – Life Like, Ilios – Encyclopedia-RW, irr.app.(ext.) – Dust Pincher Appliances, irr.app.(ext.) – Ozeanische Gefuhle, Kotra – Dissilient, Mikronytes – Live @ Sonic Circuits 2003, Müller_Möslang – Boom_box, Pink Eye Sore – Shonben, Rishaug Marhaug – Feel free at home, si-cut.db – Offices at Night [Volume 1 – Originals], Stop – Epo, Tu m’ – Pop Involved [Version 3.0], Knifehandchop – How I Left you, Various Artists – 33 RPM: Ten Hours of Sound from France, Various Artists – Alt+F4, Vitamins For You – I’m Sorry For Ever and For Always, Domenico Sciajno and Gert-Jan Prins – The d&b album

The droning ones

Alphane Moon / Our Glassie Azoth – Experimenting with an Amen / The Magician’s Heavenly Chaos, Ashtray Navigations – You Cannot Tell Cigars by the Picture on the Box, Ashtray Navigations – When you see the moon, you’ve got to howl, Bill Wood / Fredrik Ness Sevendal – Song of Degrees, Birchville Cat Motel – Beautiful Speck Triumph, Birchville Cat Motel – With Maples Ablaze, Keith Berry – The Golden Boat, Cremaster – 32.41 n/m 2, Leap-Seconds – Hints, Leap-Seconds – Atomic Time, Masayo Asahara – Saint Agnes Fountain, Minit – Now Right Here, Moljebka Pvlse – Tamon, Our Glassie Azoth – In the Wood of Wonder Her Fountain Sings, Pauline Oliveros & Reynols – The Minexcio Connection: Live! At The Rosendale Cafe, Rosy Parlane – Isis, Drawing Room – Music for Performance, The Hafler Trio – A House Waiting For Its Master

Quiet electronic
Elio Martusciello – Aesthetics of the Machine, Steve Roden / Tu m’ – Broken.Distant.Fragrant, Valerio Tricoli – “Did they? Did I?”, Paulo Raposo and Marc Behrens – Further Consequences of Reinterpretation, Ronnie Sundin – Standards, Giuseppe Ielasi / Renato Rinaldi – Oreledigneur,

Field recordings plus
murmer – They were dreaming they were stones, Various Artists – Rural Psychogeography, Robert Millis – Leaf Music Drunks Distant Drums: Recordings from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar, A.M. – Strata, B J Nilsen – Hazard 06_12_03, Jgrzinich – Intimations, Jason Kahn – Songs for Nicolas Ross, Joshua Abram – Lucky Kitchen presents Joshua Abram’s after, Justin Bennett – Noise Map, Pawel Grabowski – Glitch Letters, Tarab – Surfacedrift, toshiya tsunoda – scenery of decalcomania, Toshiya Tsunoda – Joel Stern, Tarab, Lawrence English, Overland

Tape Maschines Maken
Aki Onda – Ancient & Modern, Akira Rabelais – Spellewauerynsherde, Alessandro Bosetti – Antje Vowinckel, Charlemagne, la vue attachee sur son lac de Constance, amoureux de l’abime cache, Alvin Curran / Domenico Sciajni – Our Ur, Andrew Deutsch – Lung Cleaner, Edward Ruchalski – Having it Out, Edward Ruchalski – Moveable Sites, Francesco Michi – Sound Reportage, Coelacanth – The Glass Sponge, Coelacanth – Mud Wall, If, Bwana – Fire Chorus, Jem Finer and Andrew Kötting – Visionary Landscapes, Mixed Band Philanthropist – The Man who mistook a real woman for his muse and acted accordingly, Stéphane Roy – Migrations, The Loop Orchestra – Not Overtly Orchestral, Tibetan Red – Tibetan Red

In the Art Gallery
Alexei Borisov and Anton Nikkilä – Typical Human Beings, Alvin Curran – Lost Marbles, CM Von Hausswolff – Three overpopulated Cities built by short-sighted planners. An unbalanced and quite dangerous airport and an abandoned church, Ellen Fullman – Staggered Stasis, Michael J Schumacher – Stories, Tod Dockstader – Eight Electronic Pieces, Michael Wertmüller – Die Zeit, eine Gebrauchsanweisung, Pekka Airaksinen – Madam I’m Adam, Petri Kuljuntausta – Momentum, Scott Smallwood – Electrotherapy, Sten Hanson – Canned Porridge, Various Artists – Labor CD, Various Artists – Haunted Weather: Music, Silence and Memory, William Hooker – Complexity #2, Steve Roden – Speak no more about the leaves, Various Artists – Phrenesie #2: A space of language experimentation

Quiet Improv
Akio Suzuki / David Toop – Breath-Taking, Brett Larner / Toshimaru Nakamura – After school activity, Fabrice Eglin and Jérôme Noetinger – Psychotic Reactions and Lightnin’ Rag, Ferran Fages / Ruth Barberán / Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Atolón, Nmperign – We devote every effort to offer you the best that you deserve to have for your enjoyment., Reinhold Friedl / Bernhard Günter / Michael Vorfeld – Message Urgent, Stéphane Rives – Fibres, Tetuzi Akiyama / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide / Taku Unami – Compositions for Guitars Vol 2, Radu Malfatti / Mattin – Whitenoise for trombone and computer feedback, Various Artists – Amplify02: Balance, Xavier Charles – La Neige Attend La Neige

The Phantom of Liberty
Alessandro Bosetti – Zona, Ambarchi / Müller / Samartzis – Strange Love, AMM – At the Roundhouse, Anthony Guerra / Paul Hood / Joel Stern – Low Resistance Group, Dual – Destroy All Improv, Hilary Jeffery – Solo Trombone and Electronics, Keith Rowe / Axel Dörner / Franz Hautzinger – A View From The Window, Keith Rowe / Christian Fennesz – Live at the LU, Keith Rowe / Oren Ambrachi / Robbie Avenaim – Honey Pie, Korber / Müller / Steinbrüchel – Momentan Def, Matthew Earle / Will Guthrie / Adam Sussmann – Bridges, Norbert Möslang – lat_nc_, Oren Ambarchi – Grapes from the estate, Outward Sound Ensemble with Martin Archer – Cloudburst, Paul Hood – Cplastsics, Poire_Z and Phil Minton – _q, Raised By Wolves – We am monstroum, Rebecca – [Two Variations], The BSC – Good, Tomas Korber / erikm / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide – Brackwater, Tony Buck and Axel Dörner – Durch und Durch, Various Artists – Life is OK, Walter / Drumm / Lonberg-Helm – Eruption

Merzbow – 24 Hours: A Day of Seals, Merzbow – Frog +, Merzbow – Animal Magnetism, Merzbow and The New Blockaders – Oumagatoki, Merzbow and The New Blockaders – The Ten Foot Square Hut, Merzbow / Pan Sonic – V, Various Artists – Merzbow Frog Remixed and Revisited

Ralf Wehowsky

RLW – Views, RLW – eaRLy W 4, RLW – Tonlose Lieder, RLW – Points of Reference

Sublime frequencies
Various Artists – Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 1, Various Artists – I Remember Syria, Various Artists – Night Recordings from Bali, Various Artists – Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma) Vol 1, Various Artists – Radio Java, Various Artists – Radio Morocco, Various Artists – Radio Palestine: Sounds of the Eastern Mediterranean

Swedish sound art
Kent Tankred – Transmission, Leif E Boman – Ge.Nos 0911b, Leif Elggren – Virulent Images / Virulent Sound, Henrik Rylander – Formation

The Discurator’s Den
Various Artists – A Classic Guide to No Man’s Land: Pieces & Songs, Various Artists – Spire: Organ Works Past Present + Future, Jon Rose – The People’s Music, My Cat Is An Alien – The Rest Is Silence, James Tenney – Postal Pieces, Zukanican – E 5number


Amon Düül II – Vive La Trance, Faust – Faust IV, Comus – First Utterance, Mogollar – Mogollar

Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands, Wilco – A Ghost is Born, David Garland – On the Other Side of the Window, Dean Roberts – Be Mine Tonight, Autistic Daughters – Jealousy and Diamond, S.Q.E. – The Abyss Stares Back, Margareth Kammerer – To Be An Animal of Real Flesh

Jon Hellier’s Column
Daniel Patrick Quinn – Severed from the Land, Guapo – Five Suns, Scatter – Surprising Sing Stupendous Love, Leonard Cohen – Dear Heather, Tom Hamilton – London Fix, Beth Anderson – Peachy Keen-O, Chlorgeschlecht – Unyoga, Various Artists – Tryptaphonic Mind Explosion: Sounds From The Psychedelic Noise Underground, Elliott Smith – From a Basement on the Hill, The Birdtree – Orchards and Caravans, Long Live Death – To Do More Than God…To Die