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Friday, August 19, 2016

FORMANT Interview, + Airplays, Reviews


Arvo Zylo was interviewed by The Formant in a two part series.  The first part is available now.  Here is the intro:
The entire existence of The Formant is based on engaging with music and the people that create and propagate it on a personal level. I favour the road less travelled; the difficult listening experience; and the confrontational underground above the latest trend. I‘d rather talk to the artist, the label or DJ with something to say than review the track that has already been talked about on every other media outlet. Needless to say when I find an entity that values the same ideals I take note, and when Arvo Zylo contacted me personally after I reviewed his work on Tymbal Tapes a while back I was eager to find out more about this illusive artist and specifically about his “off-the-grid” label, No Part of It.
What took life as a money order label and has only recently developed to incorporate a digital outlet immediately grabbed my attention for it’s purposeful and blatant contempt of common musical and industry practises. My first encounter with the label came through Blood Rhythms’ (a Arvo Zylo moniker) In a vacuum – a track so upfront and confrontational that it would shake any mild mannered individual to its core. I simply had to find out more, and knowing very little about this obscure label and artist other than it’s based in Chicago and it’s called No Part of It, that meant a lot of questions emailed to Arvo Zylo the man and the artist behind the label.




The new reissue of Hello Walls, by Arvo Zylo was aired by MuhMur radio in the UK.  The first track, at 36 minutes long, "Body of Defective Memories" was aired first, in its entirety.  The new NO PART OF IT reissue of Ataraxic Ataxia's "Shadow Sea" was also aired, along with John Hudak, Iron Fist of The Sun, Modelbau, Con-Dom, and more!  MuhMur Radio Programme is curated by Steve Cammack, who has been listening and involved in noise and its various inceptions since at least the early 80s.  He's got a project called Dieter Muh which has had material released on Hanson Records, EE Tapes, Harbinger Sound, Xerxes, Cipher Productions, and Tesco, among others.  He's also been involved with Vagina Dentata Organ frequently, and just has many stories that would make a relative latecomer enthusiast drool.   Be sure to follow his blog for playlists, previous guest appearances (including a recent guest spot by Frans De Waard), HERE.

 In July I received a package from Chicago based label NO PART OF IT, I have asked the guy who runs the label, Arvo Zylo, if he is interested in sending something "special" for a broadcast, which I am happy to say he is … and in the meantime he sent me some of his recordings and releases. The Arvo Zylo "Hello Walls" Cdr has rarely been out of the disc player. Also of note is the Arvo Zylo and Bryan Lewis Saunders collaboration tape "The Pleasure Tunnel".



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The new Blood Rhythms PRO CDR was reviewed by Frans De Waard at Vital Weekly.  Here are some excerpts.

BLOOD RHYTHMS — HEURISTICS (CDR by No Part Of It)

Back in Vital Weekly 965 I was amazed by the fact that someone send me a letter, typed on typewriter, about a record that one could obtain by writing a letter, since the label, as the name implied, had no part of it, i.e. the worldwide web and such. I was looking for information on Blood Rhythms and to my surprise I saw the label now has a website and bandcamp of sorts, but who can blame them? A product needs to be sold, I guess. Blood Rhythms is, as far as I could dig up information, mainly the project of Arvo Zylo, who also works under his own 
name; it is not clear when he does that and when Blood Rhythms is more appropriate. Over the last fifteen years he has recorded a lot of material, which in his own words, was intended for '7 inches or prestigious compilations, or they were criminally under-released, perhaps prematurely', but now found their way on this compilation of sorts. While I only heard the previous LP, I can't say I have a clear picture of the music of Blood Rhythms, but I liked that LP a lot. It seemed to have an interesting fresh look upon re-using sounds from all sorts, and present them in an ambient way, or noise, or just funny and strange; which is perhaps something one could also of the music of Zylo solo.
   Many of these pieces one could say are media pieces: using sounds from other sources, which are treated with electronic effects and/or sampled.
 ..... Blood Rhythms are at their best when they keep their ambience on the industrial side, with 
mechanical loops of a conveyer belt and an air conditioning van, such as in the long 'The Stifling Air', or applying old musique concrete techniques in 'Mope' (very NWW), or the intense synth bursts of 'Dismissil'. Here there is enough to intensity and power in the noise based ambient music to make this fully enjoyable. As such even the more 'silly' pieces become quite enjoyable as counterparts to the pieces I like best. In all its diversity a release I quite enjoyed. (FdW)


Illusion of Safety, WILT, Thirteen Hurts, and Arvo Zylo were aired by Difficult Music for Difficult People in Germany.  Hieroglyphic Being, Asmus Tiechens, and Sote were also played, among others.  


Thirteen Hurts has been getting a fair amount of airplay at KFJC.  Notably, as part of a truffle of 13s, (Yahowha 13, 13th Floor Elevators, etc) or as part of another set by Number 6, featuring Psychic TV, Dalek, RZA, Shredded Nerve, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Nordvargr, K2, and more.....   Then there was a set by Gato Girl with Hive Mind, Cloama, Test Dept., Bad News, Lustmord, Tribes of Neurot, and Negativland.  Then a set by Abacus Finch with Louise Huebner, Christian Marclay, Nurse With Wound, and COH, more...   Then another set by Number 6, and another by Eamon Devil Era , and so forth.....   Thanks for the support!  If there is a petition to get audio archives up for this station, we will sign it!


On August 1st, a WZRD DJ (Sarah) aired a track from the new Ferrante & Teicher release, prior to its official release date.  There is no archive, but the set was great, and the playlist is worth saving.

Stick Men with Ray Guns “Christian Rat Attack”
The Untouchables “Crawlin’”
Arcesia “White Panther”
Aksak Maboul “I Viaggi Formano la Gioventu”
Aranos, Jon Mueller & Chris Rosenau “Now Sparkling Ice”
Letha Rodman Melchior “Hypatia Rilles”
Auditor “forced to take the shape of a man”
Niels Lyhne Lokkegaard “Decending Piece”
Angkanang Kunchai “Missing Lover”
Andy Stott “On My Mind”
…mixed in with “Dark Matter Leak” by Angel
Suicidal Tendencies “Institutionalized”
Tuxedomoon “L’Etranger”
Recording of a Naqshbandi zikr in Bosnia
Iasos “Cloud Prayer”
Alfred Panou & the Art Ensemble of Chicago “Je Suis Un Sauvage”
Robert Black performing Giacinto Scelsi’s “Et Maintenant C’est a Vous de Jouer”
Arvo Zylo: untitled track from cassette about to be released on Bob Bucko Jr’s label, Personal Archives: Heavenly Sounds in Lo​-​Fidelity: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher
[your dj speaks over some harp music by Reinecke]
Tiny Tim “Girl”
The Cadets “I Got Loaded”
Alice Cooper “You Drive Me Nervous”
Velma Cross & Her High Steppers “I’ll Be Oh So Good”
Anne-James Chaton, Alva Noto & Andy Moor “Chapitre V: Calculs” (from the album Decade)
Niki Neecke “Funnyfoodfactory”

Sunday, July 31, 2016

ARVO PLAYS FERRANTE & TEICHER and things.



There is a new release available for PRE ORDER at PERSONAL ARCHIVES:  Heavenly Sounds In Lo-Fidelity:  Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher.  This is two full length cassettes in a butterfly case, for over 80 minutes of material, all sourced from records by legendary prepared piano exotica/easy listening duo Ferrante & Teicher.




Ferrante & Teicher were initially a duo of twin grand piano players who began playing prepared piano duets with spiraling mad arrangements, for what could be called part of the "percussion craze" of the late 50s, or "proto exotica".   They were massively successful, and continued to make record after record of schmaltzy covers of show tunes, movie soundtracks, classical music,  love song standards, etc.  

Arvo Zylo has been making odd, often manic soundscapes and noise with a malfunctioning sequencer, hundreds of layers of horns, or mic'ed objects, among other things, starting in 2000.   He owns about 15 albums by Ferrante & Teicher, along with several other percussive records of the 30s and 40s (Enoch Light especially).  One day, listening to the peculiar sound design on "Soundproof!" (1956), he decided to explore F & T's peculiarities more thoroughly, and became inspired to build some sound structures of his own out of them.  The contents range from daffy percussion psychosis to smoothed out industrual/ambiante.  Over 80 minutes of material.  Cassettes come in a butterfly case with two full color covers, and printed labels.  Limited to 50 copies.   Mastered by Zach Adams.  Cover art and label design by Arvo Zylo, with some help from Ivonne Simonds Fals.  

IN OTHER NEWS:

Some airplay that unfortunately is not archived to my knowledge....

The new release by Thirteen Hurts on no part of it was aired on KFJC, by Herb Rockwell, alongside Severed Heads, Alessandro Cortini, RZA, Portishead, and Miles Davis, among others!  

Also on KFJC, aired by Dangerous Dan, was Arvo Zylo's Hello Walls CD (at 3:33AM).   Dan played the title track inbetween work by Umberto, the Buzzcocks, Sun Ra, The Cosmic Dead, and others!

Heuristics was also aired at least three times on KFJC.  with Gato Girl, who played "Remove All Doubt" parts one and two, with lots of other killer tracks by Skinny Puppy, Lustmord, Negativland, Missing Foundation, Chris & Cosey, Crash Worship, M.B., Blackhouse.... and you get the picture.   

Laethaka also played Blood Rhythms, track three, "Outage", spun in there with Iced Earth, Ghoul, Endon, Bastard Noise, Merzbow, False Flag, Dissecting Table, Autopsia, Robert Rich, Moloch, etc etc etc.  

"Outage" again was played by Ras Babo along with tracks by The Dezurik Sisters, Madlib, Big Debbie, Mahalia Jackson, Blackhouse (again), and Muslimgauze.......   THANKS FOLKS!!!!

Traumatic Static has posted a new review on the BLOOD RHYTHMS "Heuristics" CD.  
Excerpts:
 Most of the material 
here features more traditional instrumentation sampling and experimentation 
with avant-garde style looping. Throughout the duration of the release, I was 
quite pleased with the usage of minimalist synth and keyboards. To me, it 
seems most of the goal here was to give off a very spooky vibe akin to some 
of Current 93’s and even older 90's post-industrial influenced work....

....From the 
start of the album, the opening track “In a Vacuum” (which is an alternate version) 
is more along the lines of traditional old school noise; very abrasive but not subtle. 
The rest of the album starts to kick off with the second track and it is immensely 
satisfying to hear a more relaxing collaboration of synth and raw industrial: furthermore, 
it gives off an insane, amusing tone. Third and Fourth tracks are the most entertaining to 
me. “Never fuck in the woods” is quite campy to say the least but it is a great listen to 
because of the blend of harmonic Gothic organs, samples from what seem like classic b-movies, 
and relaxing static/distortion. “Dismissal” is also a nice little six-minute masterpiece that 
focuses on ambiance and rhythmic drones combined with the underlying minimal- esque harmony. 
“Remove All Doubt” Part I and II feature a splendid mesh of dark electronic sounds mixed with 
some very distorted psychedelic loops. The closing of this masterpiece is over 20 minutes but 
begins as a wonderful atmospheric, but turns into a skinny puppy (remission era) or nineties 
post-industrial (not that cyber electro bullshit) followed by intense cold noise near the 
sixteen-minute mark. 

TRAUMATIC STATIC also reviewed the new release by Thirteen Hurts:

hirteen Hurts - UVB-76 is a perfect release in my opinion; 
Furthermore, The switch ups and transitions to sort of minimal-synth 
style to synths infused with a considerate amount of feedback on certain 
tracks is pleasing. I've listened to this album quite a few times and was 
amazed by the high levels of high pitched feedback on certain tracks. Even 
the first track of the release starts off with drones and this piercing high 
pitched feedback that blends together like an abrasive masterpiece. There’s 
lot of voice sampling (which I cannot decipher for the life of me, radio calls?). 
The second and third tracks are harsher than the first (“Transmitter” being a very 
cold, minimalistic track). The third track is also where things get a bit lo-fi synth-
like but is gently interrupting by the high pitch feedback. Now, as we get into the 
fourth track (which spans over 8 minutes) 4625kHz, things become a colder, traditional 
dark power electronics piece. “Propagation” comes off to me as a very creative track 
because of the drones starts off low within the initial beginning, but sort of progresses 
into a cohesive pattern of two distinct levels of distortion. The next one is highly experimental 
because of the breaks between the screeching sound and enormous amount of feedback (besides the 
next track). Alright, the track “Monolyth” is my second favorite track because it contains a lot o
f build up into a point it bursts into a moment of just gritty noise; as if a nuke has been dropped. 
The next two tracks are pretty decent, the former track being much cooler to me because of the lack 
of structure, but that’s just my thoughts. The last couple tracks are pretty well put together as 
well, but the last track is my favorite because it presents itself as a synthy track but is creative 
while doing so. You can really tell Richard enjoyed playing around with the rhythmic aspects of the 
minimalism in the track. Though it is very brief (span over 3:45), I enjoyed every second of it.

In conclusion, I’d say this release was very enjoyable the most part. 
Perhaps, it is because of the amount of exploration of the synth in a 
presentable way.

THANKSSS!!!!

Three NO PART OF IT releases (Blood Rhythms, Thirteen Hurts, and Ataraxic Ataxia) were aired on Little Fyodor's Under The Floorboards (KGNU) Radio Show:  Here is the playlist.  
  • Inside/Outside - Radio #3 - Territory
  • Atraraxic Ataxia - Au Claire De La Lune - Shadow Sea
  • Disism - The Typical Swinger - Berlin Way
  • Blood Rhythms - Mope - Heuristics
  • Sterile Garden - Side B - Streets Of Horns
  • Jay T. Yamamato - Wearing The Inseminated Fish Mask - Soundtracks For The New Strange
  • Gort Vs. Goom - Signaling Right While Turning Left - Gort Vs. Goom Single July 2016
  • Star Period Star - 629.3 - 629/dust Storm Ep
  • TENTATIVELY, A CONVENIENCE, - Tender Buttons - Significantly Different From The Other One
  • Ryan J. Boyd - It's Easy - Love Is A Shoe Factory
  • Martha And The Muffins - Jad Fair Shook My Hand - Tape Hiss: Emanations From The Cassette Underground
  • Thirteen Hurts - Suppressed Lower Sideband - UVB-7

Monday, July 18, 2016

Arvo on WZRD, Airplay on WMFU and Words on Sounds, Sequencer Works Volume Two reviewed in Heathen Harvest



Arvo was on WZRD for over six hours today.  He aired material by Alan Vega with Etant Donnes, dave phillips with Hiroshi Hasegawa, Sudden Infant, Foetus, Dan Burke's new modular project, Soundoferror, Hans Grusel, organ maladies by bran (...) pos, Jarboe, Swans, WIZZARD, Tomb, Bull of Heaven, Smegma, Lydia Lunch with Cypress Grove, Esplendor Geometrico, LAIBACH, Madonna with Otto Von Wernherr, DEV/NULL, Nash the Slash, Prince's first LP, Dissecting Table, Nuit Noire, a French punk infused black metal band who writes mostly songs about fairies, and more!  TUNE IN, TUNE OUT, JUMP! (THEY SAY)




The recent release by Thirteen Hurts on NO PART OF IT was aired on the excellent and carefully curated  WORDS ON SOUNDS podcast, alongside a diverse array of creative sounds by Paperbark, Sex Funeral, Arve Henriksen & Teun Verbrugen, and Hillboggle (Headboggle and his father!), among many others!  Thanks Scott!  A


A piece from the new BLOOD RHYTHMS release, Heuristics, was aired on Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet Radio Show (WFMU), it is the final track on the album, and it's an honor to have it finish out the show, as it is 20 minutes long or so.  We think it's worth it.  Wm. also played material by a frequent collaborator, Michael Krause (Death Factory), in his lesser known Morlokk project, as well as Guru Guru, Renegade Soundwave, the collaborative project of Marc Hurtado (Etant Donnes) with Alan Vega (Suicide), Butthole Surfers, and plenty of black metal and dark ambient vibes as usual.  Thanks as always to Mr. Berger!  





Sequencer Works Vol 2 has been reviewed by Heathen Harvest.  Here is an excerpt:

....there is certainly enough diversity of material to make the experience interesting. For the artist in process, this release is an excellent form of process documentation and audio experimentation. Releases like this one, while not always the most repeatable, are certainly some of the more interesting ones to discover. Any artist or band can make music you enjoy, but oftentimes the experience of going through the stages of development and experimentation can be much more rewarding. The time spent listening in is at least time well spent.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NO PART OF IT stickers, WFMU Airplay, show recap, Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher, Hello Walls reviewed, HH News Item

NO PART OF IT now has stickers.  All orders will come with one.  You can also send a post card or something of the sort to the mail box if you want one.

The show at Mousetrap on June 19th was a success.  Bride and Spiteful Womb came to town and brought the goods.  Talented artist Vesna Jovanovich was also in attendance, and she kindly took some photos of the show.


In other news.....

Crop from Arvo's collage fold-out

"Heavenly Sounds in Lo-Fi: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher" is well in progress.  Arvo Zylo took well over a dozen LPs that he owns of these prepared piano sibling wizards and went batshit.  Sounds range from daffy percussion psychosis to smoothed out industrual/ambiante.  We are told the tapes are dubbed, so it's just a matter of fine-tuning a bit and printing the art.  It will be a double cassette with fold out art and printed labels, thanks to the fine folks at PERSONAL ARCHIVES.  Stay tuned for more info as it develops.



BLOOD RHYTHMS was aired on Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet Radio Show at WFMU, alongside Doom, Rosemary Krust, Sodom, Cherubs, Occult 45, Clandestine Blaze, Macronympha, Steve Moore, and more!  It should be noted that "Mention This", a track featuring vocals by Atalee Judy, is only available as a bonus item with digital purchases, not streaming on bandcamp.  It is track 2 on the CD, but as yet, this radio archive is the only way to stream the track at this time.  

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Arvo Zylo - Hello Walls was glowlingly reviewed by TRAUMATIC STATIC, head on over and see what else they're up to.


REVIEW - ARVO ZYLO - HELLO WALLS - CD

ARVO ZYLO - HELLO WALLS - CD
NO PART OF IT RECORDS
MINIMALIST HARSH NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL NOISE/AMBIENT NOISE
PRO PRESSED CDR IN A JEWEL CASE WITH INSERT.


I.) BODY OF DEFECTIVE MEMORIES:
"Hello Walls" was originally released on cassette by Enemata Productions
in 2008. Later re-issued on No Part Of It Records in 2010 on cassette in
a black latex bag filled with funerary soil. Finally we have a cd version
also re-re-issued via No Part Of It. This is an album I missed out on the
first two times around and one that I am extremely happy to own a physical
copy of now. ARVO ZYLO is a project that you never know what to expect from.
Past albums have presented everything from Harsh Noise, Extremely experimental
Industrial and Glitch, Sequencer experimentation and music closer to Electronica
and a dozen other sounds and styles that would take up far too much space to list
here. With "Hello Walls" my first thought was "Is this a Harsh Noise Wall style
release from ARVO ZYLO?!?!" Three long tracks with dark and dingy minimalist art
also added to that initial impression. Well it was wrong. What we actually have
here is a Minimal Harsh Noise masterpiece. "Body Of Defective Memories" opens
the album and drags us into a nearly thirty five minute sprawl of cavernous,
Sub-terrain exploration. A very slow build up leads us deeper down and further
in. Short bass movements cloaked in small traces of distortion are looped along
with a silent hum. Foggy atmospheres are invoked by a resonating cloud of long
stretched moaning sound. Crunching sounds like fragmented voices appear and vanish
until they become a frequent addition. Upon length we hear that they are wet and
sloshing sounds like that of foamy water licking the shoreline in repetition. 
Additional Ambient tones begin to rise after some time. Tranquil reversed drones
that create a faint, But beautiful melody. Meditative and thought provoking. Over-
time these transform into ghostly choir like voices and high pitched distant ringing.
The vibrations made feel as if they bounce off of the walls of your skull endlessly.
Harsh bursts like steam billowing from some hidden schism in the center of the earth
come in phased loops crossing from one speaker to the next in cyclic motions. Secondary
textures begin to accompany this from somewhere far in the distance. The effect this has
on the listener is entrancing. More and more harsh sounds are added to this to form an
expansive and immersive listening experience. Eventually this winds down into a more
minimal and stripped down segment. Crunching rhythms are looped along a backdrop of
synth organs and choir-like tones. Curiouser and Curiouser, Further down the rabbit
hole we go. Again the rhythmic sections become more dominant and things begin to
warp once more. Deep melodic tones are heard in tiny intervals. Harmonic keys play
a spooky intermission like something you'd hear on a classic Scooby Doo cartoon.
The theme of something mysterious lurking in the shadows. Highly experimental and
very weird sounds become the main focus as the melody continues. Playful, Pitch-
shifted voices are heard coming from every direction like a gathering of mischievous
Ghouls, Goblins, Imps and entities. This slows down into a spiraling downward slope
until all is hissing and exhaling static and muffled inhuman vocal patterns.  

II.) HELLO WALLS:
(FEATURING GUEST VOCALS BY: INFECTIOUS REX/MORGAN MCDONALD/NIKOLA VASILIC) The following title track is much shorter at under nine minutes. A gathering
frenzy of sound is heard. Crowded rooms full of obscured and voices and deep
windswept textures. It sounds like there is a 1950's era party on the other side 
of several walls. This is slowly drowned out and engulfed by the massive gathering
of a powerful storm brewing. High end Harsh Noise style feedback and signals begin
to make their presence known. High pitched frequencies of spacey sound. A large
vacuum expands and lets loose a cosmic storm. Ultra dense tones blend with distant
high pitched pulses creating what sounds like an interplanetary war. The audio 
equivalent to something out of a 50's dime store Sci-Fi tabloid. Harsh Noise elements
come in a mangled array of scraping, Destructive force. Stretched out ambient drifts
are laid over top gently in haunting patterns. Sub-bass grows like to an earth shattering
quake. Loud, Rumbling and devouring. The guest vocals noted at in the album insert must
be very buried in the mix. I can hear traces of what sounds like voices but they are
too far gone to comprehend. Things become much quieter suddenly and softly sung female
vocals are heard barely above a whisper which concludes the piece.

III.) PHANTOM DECORUM:
The final track "Phantom Decorum" is slightly over thirty minutes long, Making this
quite a demanding listen. It begins close to where "Hello Walls" left off. Windswept
atmospheres wrap around and whip about as a gentle piano melody plays a slight-fully
mournful and contemplative tune. Blowing gusts and random field recordings of what
sounds like activity at a market or busy street are heard. The fumbling of objects
and children's laughter, Distant whistling, Car horns, Etc. Free-form organ playing
is heard at times. Resonating tones rise and fall and rise again to loud drones.
Random voices call out random words. Sound collage meets free-form experimentation.
Very different from anything else I've heard from ARVO ZYLO while also featuring
signature tones and things that bridge the gap between this and other releases making
it feel like part of a whole. Wet phasers contain strange otherworldly noises. Brakes
squeal. Children scream. And the main drone begins to invoke uncomfortable feelings.
Impending doom, Dread, Anxiety, The fear of something awful on it's way. Hammering
sounds make me imagine the citizens of a once quiet and peaceful town boarding their
homes shut in anticipation of a coming nightmare. The drone grows louder and brings
with it a more threatening and urgent feeling. The streets sound mostly deserted other
than clueless hooligans and trouble makers. A sense of panic is conjured by what has
become a very bleak soundscape. Bass tones flood distant streets as the previously 
mentioned wet tones re-appear. More alien and violent this time...Whipping with deadly
strikes. What sounds like a steam engine screeching on distant tracks is heard as oscillating
bass tones mimic speeding vehicle engines. Weird synth/keyboard sounds and Industrial rhythms
begin. Power tools grind metal on metal. Things begin to take on a "Factory sound." Perhaps
preparation are being made for a coming terror? Clanging, Metallic piano keys play a playful
melody that sounds almost devious. Things are quieter now but things still don't feel "Safe."
Drones are still present sounding like some infinite infernal machine motor whirring for an
unknown, Sinister purpose. Things warp into another dimension. Alien voices take over the
remainder of the track. The End? Not quite. There is a hidden surprise at the end but I 
won't spoil it for you.

A TRULY UNIQUE ALBUM. RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF ENDOMETRIUM CUNTPLOW/BLOOD RHYTHMS/
NITE SHADEZ/UNCERTAIN/GHOST MINER/ETC:



Also, big thanks to HEATHEN HARVEST for including our recent "batch" as a news item!!  This important outlet deserves your support!




Friday, June 17, 2016

BLOOD RHYTHMS SHOW on Sunday, airplay and reviews from KJFC, WFMU, and KGNU; Ataraxic Ataxia and Thirteen Hurts



BLOOD RHYTHMS has been graciously asked to join a bill on Sunday, with friends BRIDE (PA., featuring Panther Modern of T.O.M.B.), Spiteful Womb (NY Death Industrial), a newer project by Mike from Magia Nuda & Winters In Osaka, called FRIGHTENED MOON, and two other local acts, RUPTURED, and HEART OF PALM. Here is the event page:    Sorry for the short notice!  There is a strong possibility that this could be that last BLOOD RHYTHMS show in America.  The show will start at 7pm.  Email for more info.  



ATARAXIC ATAXIA was aired on Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet Radio Show on WFMU, alongside Wolf Eyes, Dead C, Necrophagia, Cherubs, Circle, and a live set by Moros, among other things.

KFJC reviewed the recent NO PART OF IT release, a reissue of SHADOW SEA.

Atarixic Ataxia is a Violin + Electronics duo of Nicole Pizzato and Dominic Dufner. The tracks on Sea Shadows are multi-layered, usually starting with a simple theme and growing to a sonic blast as the layers multiply and the distortion builds.
The violin and electronics are a nice juxtaposition and are used quite differently in each track. Sometimes the violin is on top, soaring and screeching over a bed of throbbing rumbles. On other tracks, the relationship is inverted, with beeping, buzzing, and grinding noise taking place over looped rhythmic violin lines.
Track 2 was recorded live and is my personal favorite.



KFJC also briefly reviewed the newest release by BLOOD RHYTHMS...  "Heuristics"

Collective anchored by Arvo Zylo from Chicago.
Noise and a variety of ambient electronic sounds. Keeps the listener on their toes. I listened to this while traveling and kept wondering if it was the tracks or the airplane or something behind me. Each track was made at a different time and album history is written inside.
– Billie Joe Tolliver


Thirteen Hurts was aired on Little Fyodor's Under The Floorboards Radio Show on KGNU

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Jun 4, 2016 11:00 PM (MT)

THANKS TO ALL CONCERNED.

BLOOD RHYTHMS REVIEWED BY THE ANSWER IS IN THE BEAT
This LP was a "mispress" copy, proper copies can be had HERE
SKIN FLINT can be had from the label HERE

Blood Rhythms: Assembly LP
Blood Rhythms: Assembly LP
A couple months ago, I got an unexpected package in the mail from Chicago. Attached to it was an ’80s issue of Rolling Stone with Huey Lewis on the cover, which is too darn awesome. I didn’t keep it, because really what am I going to do with it, but I should’ve at least snapped a photo, but I don’t remember to do things like that. But anyway, there were a bunch of cool CD-r’s in it, and a tape I haven’t gotten around to listening to yet, and this LP. The record doesn’t have a cover, but it was packaged in this custom cardboard sleeve (and I didn’t realize there was a record in it at first and almost threw it out, I just thought it was weird that it was so heavy). The record was apparently recorded in an inactive meat locker with 3 mini disc recorders (a dead format recording in a dead space which used to hold dead animals). The record is “playable at all speeds”, but the A-side is 45 and the B-side is 33. “Coarse Land” on the A-side is a dirty, gray drone made of rusty horns, and it sounds even more like death at 33. The second side, “Cutter Magnolias”, is disturbing in a different way. Really abrasive horns which sound like they’re covered in gunpowder and the musicians are blowing their brains out. Then eventually these horns get cut into samples, and are looped into repetitive, ever-building patterns, until they’re all squonking in unison. Then it just keeps getting heavier and more punishing. At some points it feels like the record’s skipping, but then it changes and you realized how hard your head’s just been played. And then I think it actually does end in a locked groove. Definitely the most hypnotic free jazz/noise record I’ve ever heard.
Blood Rhythms: Skin Flint CDr
Blood Rhythms: Skin Flint CDr
The other Blood Rhythms release was the Skin Flint CDr, which features project founder Arvo Zylo (who sent me the package) along with Wyatt Howland, aka Skin Graft. The opening title track is a 22-mintue excerpt of an hour-long improv session, and it’s constant in-the-red bleeding-ears harsh noise, but it feels like there’s some really blown out melodies buried underneath. Am I just imagining things? It sounds like there’s something trying to break out from all the nullifying static. Is there any escape from noise? “Melt Compartment” starts with a fast pattering rhythm which turns into wet splattering which then somehow turns into an even faster, pulled-apart rhythm. Eventually this all gets swallowed by a pulsating vessel of noise. “Zippers With Eyes” (the unedited version of a track which appeared in shortened form on a split tape) starts with another static-y rhythm, the type Alec Empire might’ve started a track with back in the day. The rhythm splashes with echo between the speakers, and of course it gets built up with distortion, eventually being fashioned into some sort of mutating audio fireball. And then later the beat picks up and gets even more DHR-sounding, turning into some sort of hell-dungeon gabber. Finally it all falls dead on the floor and it takes a good minute or so for my consciousness to re-adjust.

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