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Background Noise: Lydia Lunch

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on July 24, 2011

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Lydia Lunch was a leading light of the very important New York no wave scene from the 70s in New York. It was really an art punk movement , she is The vocalist with Teenage Jesus And the Jerks (1976 at the age of 16. – 1979) originally and in recent years reformed. Her large and diverse body of work typically features provocative and confrontational delivery and has maintained an anti-commercial, do-it-yourself ethic, operating independently of major labels and distribution deals.[2]

 This morning a focus on Teenage Jesus And the Jerks, her first solo recording and her new group Big Sexy Noise (very strong elements of New York no wave ) first release from 2009, Teenage Jesus And the Jerks early recordings and the main feature her spoken word collaboration with French electronic sound artist,  Philippe petit called twist of fate from 2010.

Track, Title, Duration

1, Empty Eyes,1′ 37″ start with

2, Less of Life,1’ 40″ or

3, The Closet,2′ 54″

Queen of Siam first solo recording from 1980.

7, Lady Scarface,3′ 11″

10, Knives in the Drain,3′ 59″

Big Sexy Noise self titled CD from 2009

1, Gospel Singer,2′ 55″

5, Baby Faced Killer,4′ 18″

6, Bad for Bobby,3′ 18″


And now the main feature Twist of Fate from 2010. Spoken word collaboration between Lydia Lunch spoken word and French (from Marseille) sound artist, turntablist and label owner Philippe Petit. Lunch provides abstract paranoid spoken word tales and guitar textures, which Petit wraps in dense claustrophobic soundscapes. CD and DVD (of a live performance) released on monotype records. For the next 36 min immerse yourselves in some dark abstract places.

Track, Title, Duration

1, Thirsty,3′ 12″

3, Twist of Fate,9′ 48″

5, Oxygen,5′ 12″

6, Mysterious Disappearance,5′ 14″ (with guitar washes myLydia)

7, Dream Drugs,6′ 00″

8, Louse,6′ 45″



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Background Noise: New Label Spectrum Spools First Releases

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on June 3, 2011

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Two Brand-New first releases on the new label which is a meeting of Editions Mego from Austria and John Elliott from the group Emaralds. The label is called Spectrum Spools. The first release an LP record a sort of radiance by Fabric. A multidimensional work in which you can really submerge yourself. Fabric is the work of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Matthew Mullane.

Side , track number, title, duration

A,1,Orangeand Red,1′ approximately

“,2, Leaving the House,6′ approximately

“,4, camera,4′ approximately

B,1, containers,1′ approximately

“,2, light float,7′ 30” approximately

“,4, soft disconnect,4′ 50” approximately



The second release on the new label spectrum spools is by Bee Mask edited and mixed in Cleveland and Philadelphia. An electronic work of great beauty incorporating piano, voice, percussion and tape on par with the classics of experimental and electronic music, carefully and meticulously composed. Bee Mask’s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico. Real name Chris Madak, Bee Mask has been releasing a ton of music since the early noughties; this album is a vinyl edition of a limited cassette which came out on Gift Tapes last year. Both releases beautiful limited-edition records (500) with exquisite cover design. Thank you to Peter Rehburg for supplying us with these glorious releases which can be obtained through the website

Side, track number, title, duration

A, untitled, 12′ 50″ approximately

B,”, 15′ 10″

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Background Noise: Tony Barrell tribute and Thomas Koner feature

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on May 6, 2011

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this morning’s program is dedicated to the memory of Tony Barrell, a beautiful human being and a wonderful radio producer, program maker and broadcaster. He was a pioneer of the groundbreaking and possibly greatest ever radio station 2 JJ which went to air in 1975 on the ABC. Who can forget him playing San Francisco avant-gardeists the residents on the breakfast show. Since then he has created some of the finest radiophonic feature programs for the ABC radio National such as the real Far East. He passed away suddenly and peacefully on Wednesday night March 30 at the age of 70. This morning’s program is full of music which could really be a soundtrack for his life. And to accompany quiet contemplation of him who was larger than life. He was a great inspiration for myself and many others who have followed his journey in radio. He was the living embodiment of radio. And will be sorely missed as he is being already. We will never forget, his legacy will live forever. Thank you Tony. This is for you. Constantinople by the residents from 1978 from the duck stab EP.


A couple of passings in the world of experimental music in the early part of this year. Milton Babbit was a pioneering electroacoustic and music concrete composer. He worked at the Columbia Princeton university’s electronic music studios  in Manhattan (America’s first electronic music studio). And was also a teacher and theorist . He passed away at the age of 94 on January 31 . His meticulously constructed electronic music assemblages were fine and detailed as exemplified by this piece Philomel from 1964.

Early gurus of electronic music, CD 1 track 15. (4′ 57″)

Rolf Julius was a visual and sound artist from Germany . He passed away aged 72 on January 21

Here Is a sound piece called Black (inside) released on a flexi disk in the April issue of the wire magazine. (3′ 30″).

This morning minimal electronic soundscapes that we can immerse ourselves in by the German electronic sound artist Thomas Koner. From the reissue of his first three releases remastered and released as a beautiful triple CD in 2010   on type recordings. Slow, dark electronic music compositions for alien worlds almost with no human life.

CD1  first release Numatak Gongamur 1990


3, untitled,4′ 29″

6,”,3′ 30″

7,”,4′ 58″

CD 2 Teimo 1992

2, Andenes, 10′ 06″

3, Teimo,5′ 14″

CD 3 Permafrost 1993

4, permafrost, 10′ 09″

5, meta incognita,7′ 03″

Background Noise: Anthology Of Noise And Electronic Music Sixth A Chronology

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on January 10, 2011

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this morning the anthology noise and electronic music sixth a chronology. Another outstanding collection of challenging sounds from around the world on the sub rosa label from Belgium. This will be the second last in the intended series of seven. They have all been absolutely outstanding compilations, beautifully packaged and with comprehensive notes. Covering the years 1957 to 2010. Many of the anthologies have been in the top five compilations of the year in the wire review of the year and several have been number one.

CD 1

track, artist, country, title, year, duration

1,3,5,6, 11, 12

1, Israel Martinez, composer and sound artist from Mexico, Mi Vida, 2007,6′ 59″

3, Joseph Nechvatal, sound artist born in Germany lives and works between Tehran and San Francisco, Ego Masher, 1983,7′ 05″

5, Henry Cowell, USA, pioneering musical avant-gardist, The Banshee, 1925/1957,2′ 23″

6, Dick Raaymakers, Holland, Pioneer of electronic and tape music, Piano Forte, 1959/1960,4′ 55″

12, Torturing Nurse, Shanghai, Yes or No (heavily influenced by Japanese noise, 2010,4′ 49″


1,z’ev, composer, performer and percussionist, originally from Los Angeles lives and works in London and Los Angeles, 12 November 1980,Melkweg Amsterdam-prev. unrel.,7’33”

4,the pain barrier,Leipzig Germany,The Pain Barrier Virus, 2003, 5’33”

8, Tzvi Avni, composer, born in Germany lives and works in Tel Aviv Israel, vocalise, 1964, realised at the Columbia Princeton Electronic music centre and Tel Aviv, 5′ 21″?

9, Else Marie Pade composer, Denmark lives and works in Copenhagen, Syv Cirkler (seven circles) the first electronic music piece to be performed in Denmark in 1959 created in 1958,      7′ 06″

10, John Duncan artist, composer and performer, originally from Kansas lives in Bulgaria and Italy, the Nazca Transmission #2 (electronic manipulation of environmental sounds), 2005,8′ 13″

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Background Noise: Daphne Oram pioneering electronic music composer

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on November 1, 2010

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 we emerge from the rich world of John Cage. Daphne Oram (31 December 1925 – 5 January 2003) was a pioneering British composer and electronic musician. She was the creator of the “Oramics” (drawn sound) technique, a technique used to create electronic sounds. She was a pioneer of musique concrete and attended the RTF studio in Paris. She petitioned for an electronic music studio at the BBC and in 1958 co-founded the BBC radiophonic workshop with Desmond Briscoe. She was the first manager of the workshop which famously created the themes and sound for many radio features and dramas including Doctor Who. Her music was used to accompany sculpture displays, exhibitions, radio plays, radio and television advertisements,  films, plays and ballet. This morning a double CD featuring a broad range of her post-BBC recordings never released on CD before. It was released in 2007 on the paradigm label in the UK titled Oramics.


Track, title, source, year, duration

1, introduction, introduction to a demo tape sent out to potential clients, 1965?,3′ 33″

2, power tools, advertisement, 1965,0′ 48″

4, in a jazz style, no information,,0′ 42″

7, Lego builds it, advertisement, TV commercial, 1966,1′ 01″

9, intertel, TV soundtrack piece, 1966,1′ 23″

11, look at Oramics, probably for an episode of look at life featuring Daphne Oram and Oramics,,0′ 43″

12, rotolock, made for Rayant Films, 1967,1′ 31″ (bracket one)

13, purple dust, music for the play, 1962,6′ 50″

14, high-speed flight, made for Shell films, 1959,0′ 54″

15, studio experiment number one, first of five tryouts, undated,1′ 53″

19, Adwick high school number two (training them young in tape loops),,,2′ 22″

20, tumblewash, TV commercial for an English Electric washing machine, 1962,2′ 04″

Daphne Oram Was a highly intelligent, articulate and original musician, writer, composer and sound engineer. And was one of the leading players in the development of electronic music in Britain.


Track, title, source, year, duration

1, Rockets in Ursa Major (except one), incidental music for a play by Prof Fred Hoyle, 1962,4′ 54″

2, Food Preservation, one of several versions of this piece, 1964,3′ 20″

5, Episode Metallic, electronic tape with lighting control to accompany a mobile sculpture, 1965,5′ 28″

7, Adwick High School number three,1′ 35″ (bracket three)

8, Fanfare of Graphs, an early Oramics drawn sound experiment, 1968, 0′ 57″

12, Incidental Music For Invasion (excepts), 1958, music for a play by Adanov at the Edinburgh Festival,5′ 04″

16, Missile Away, excerpt from soundtrack, 1963,2′ 06″

18, Adwick High School number 4, the youngest ever tape loop makers,2′ 17″

21, conclusion, end of the demo tape,0′ 11″ (final bracket)

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Background Noise: German experimental rock and electronic music 1972, 1974 and 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on August 26, 2010

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, this morning spanning the years of German experimental electronic music from 1972 ,harmonia live  in 1974 and alva noto from last year. Starting with Kraut Rock group agitation free and the  first LP Malesch from 1972. They were one of the greatest exponents of German experimental rock music in the early 70s. A five piece from Berlin they formed in 1967. This album was their response to their Middle Eastern touring experience.

CD 1

Track, Title, Duration

1, you play for us today,6′ 14″

2, Sahara city,7′ 50″

3, Àla Tul,4′ 54″


Another great exponent of Kraut Rock, Harmonia recorded live in Germany in 1974. They formed in early 1973 as a collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu! and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Möbius of Cluster . As such they were really the Kraut Rock supergroup. Various websites quote Eno as saying that Harmonia was “the world’s most important rock band”. Their music includes the motorik drumming of Neu and the ambience of cluster. Here is a fine pulsing motorik piece.

CD 2

2, veteranissimo, 17′ 25″


CD 3 Xerox 2 from last year by Alva Noto from Berlin, 28 years later than Agitation Free sort of like going round in a loop. Minimal noise scapes. All tracks sample manipulation Xerox. And recorded in Berlin in 2008. Released on the raster noton label. Thanks for the samples is given to Stephen O’Malley, Michael Nyman, Ruichi Sakamoto, Continental airline malfunctioning.

4,Xerox meta phaser,6’23”
6,Xerox,monophaser 1,8’04”
9,Xerox Teion Acat,5’26”

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Background Noise: A Cloakroom Assembly new CD with Michael Tee

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on July 13, 2010

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this morning  the new double cd by a cloakroom assembly,Territory+Populatiom (Michael Tee,co-founder of msquared,1/2 of scattered order mk 1and 1/3 of ya ya choral). Michael Tee is our special guest taking us through the music on the new CD and also some unreleased recordings in rehearsal for the recent launch and live in Melbourne in April. Good morning Michael and welcome back to background noise. The new CD is released on Endgame Records ( ).
track, title, duration
unreleased live recording, 1, music from circa 1958 in rehearsal June 11, 2010,9′ 10″

2,Tom Salty,9’59
3,Beltane Jzzzz

unreleased live recording,Another Night in Stanwell Park (live at Loophole in Melbourne April 24, 2010,7′ 23″

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Background Noise: Musique Concrete pioneer Josef Anton Reidl recordings 1951 — 1998

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on April 9, 2010

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this morning we go back in time in the history of electronic music to a pioneer by the name of Josef Anton RIEDL the German electronic sound and multimedia artist. He was born in Munich in 1929 and composed music for experimental film and theatre. He worked with the founder of musique concrete Pierre Schaeffer in Paris from 1951 to 1955.  This is all Courtesy of a double CD release at the end of 2009 of recordings from 1951 to 2007 regions of sound on the additions RZ label from Germany. The compilation includes many of his musique concrete experiments and other compelling work such as Paper Music.

He worked at various music studios including the NWDR (Northwest German Broadcasting) studio in Cologne, and was the artistic director of the Siemens Studio For Electronic Music in Munich from 1959-1966 where most of these pieces were recorded my to do. During the same period he founded the Neue Musik München/Klang-Aktionen concert series, and established the Musik/Film/Dia/Licht-Galerie, which has presented multimedia compositions (“sound/light/scent-games”), audiovisual environments, events, exhibitions (“Paper Music I,” and installations at important national and international festivals. 

CD 1

Track, Title, Year,Time

1, Paper Music I, 1961/70,4′ 37″

3, Drawing — Clapping/-Draw, 1979/81,4′ 12″

5, Fontana Mix Mix, 1974/76/79,5′ 04″

7, from lautgedichtfolge g), 1977/79/98,5′ 00″, pure sound poetry


11, Polygonum, 1968/70,1′ 34″, musiquue concrete sound poetry

12,leonce and lena from, 1963/64,1′ 51″,”
13, Perhaps -Duo, 1963/68/70,3′ 26″ ”
14, Musique Concrete -Study II, 1951/59,2′ 33″

15, Musique Concrete –Study I, 1951/59,3′ 04″

18, from series of 4 studies: Study II 62, 1962,5′ 46″

CD 2

Track, Title, Year, Duration

1, composition No 3, 1965/67,6′ 28″

3, from series of 4 studies study 61 I, 1961,7′ 01″

5, electronic music study II, 1959,5′ 04″

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Background Noise: Swedish Text Sound part two and forerunners of Swedish electronic music

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on November 6, 2009

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this morning part two of Swedish text sound: a Stockholm Festival.CDs four and five from the five CD set released in 2005 on the Swedish label fylkingen. Swedish text sound is really an amalgam of sound poetry, text, concrete poetry and electroacoustics. There Is a Great Freedom of the Swedish word intended to free Swedish languageSome of the Work Is particularly Dada phonic reminiscent of Hugo Ball and Kurt Schwitters from the early 20th century. Unless stated otherwise all text sound pieces played this morning were realised at the studios of the EMS in Stockholm. Later forerunners of Swedish electronic music.

CD 4

track, artist, title, year, duration

3, Sandro Key-Aberg (1922 -1991), Tro-Hopp-Karlek (faith -hope -love) 1970,6′ 47″

He Was a major Swedish poet of his generation. This was his first attempt at text sound composition.

Realised at the Swedish radio.

5, Ilmar Leaban(1921 -2000), Stentorsston 1968,4′ 56

He Was Born in Estonia and moved to Sweden in 1943. He was very steeped in the tradition of the European avant-garde.

Particularly Dada phonic and a real freedom of the Swedish language. Electronic sound poetry. His work is pure sound poetry with echoes of Russian zaum (linguistic experiments in Russian futurism coined in 1913) and French lettrism began in the 1940s — a real dissection of language in this case Swedish and annihilation of the word.

6, Ilmar Leaban, I revolutionens sno (In the Snow of Revolution, 1970,3′ 51″

Again Swedish Dada phonics, electroacoustic sound poetry.

8, Ilmar Leaban, Ciel Inamputable (unamputable sky), 1970,4′ 07″

More freeing of Swedish language through multitrack Dada phonics

9, Ilmar Leaban, Des Dalles Et Des (about stone plates and dices) 1970,2′ 40″

CD5 Some European points of reference from the festival in Stockholm.

track, artist, title, year, duration

1, arrigo lora-totina (b 1928),chiacchere, 1976, 5′ 07″

He Is a poet, performance artist, painter and leading figure in Italian avant-gardism.Realised in his own studio in Italy.

5, Ladislav Novak (1925 -87), les miroirs aux alouettes, 1968, 3′ 07″

Was a Czech poet, painter and most notably collagist and a pioneer in Czechoslovakian concrete poetry.

6,”,ceterum autem, 1969,2′ 12″.These pieces have very little if any electroacoustic treatment.

9, Paul De Vree (1909-84), Stockholm ode, April bel sneow, 1971,5’07”front figure of the Belgian avante- garde.His concrete poems were very influential.First text sound composition in 1965.

Now some forerunners of Swedish electronic music,1955-65 from cd released on fylkingen in 2008.The first electronic music studio the EMS in Stockholm didn’t open until 1965.These early compositions mainly with reel-to-reel tape were made at home or other tape studios.

Track,Artist,Title,year,Duration, where realised


2,bengt hambraeus, doppetrohr 2, 1955,4′ 01″, realised at the studios of WDR cologne

(1928 -2000) The First Important Composer and Introducer of electronic music in Sweden. Very much musique concrete composition. He connected with Stockhausen and others in Germany.

3,rune lindblad,optica 2,1958-1959,5′ 57″, realised at the composer’s studio vastra frolunda

(1923 -1991) The First Person in Sweden to make tape music (1953). This piece is the result of experimentation with magnetic film sound.

5,arne mellnas,nite music,1964,6’04”, realised at the San Francisco tape music centre

(1923 -2002).He Was Involved in studies at the Darmstadt School in Germany in 1960. Wonderful early table loop composition.

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Background Noise: Swedish Text Sound Composition Part One

Posted in Uncategorized by loops on October 30, 2009

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this morning the first of two parts on Swedish text sound composition courtesy of the Swedish fylkingen label. Released originally between 1960 and and 1977 in conjunction with the Swedish radio.Documentation of the international   text sound composition a Stockholm festival which occurred several times between those years in Stockholm. This is a reissue on five CDs (2005)of the long out of print seven LP records of the recordings. Incredible recordings many of which were realised at the Stockholm Conservatory. Although the festival was international I have chosen to concentrate on the work of the lesser known in Australia, Swedish text sound artists. The Swedish text sound is really like a marriage of text and fragments of language and electroacoustics,intended to free Swedish language. Utilising electronic studio processing of text readings.With Elements of concrete poetry and music. A few historical markers:

Concrete Music was introduced to audiences in Sweden at a fylkingen concert as early as 1952. In the words of one of the important Swedish text sound composers Sten Hanson: Fylkingen was founded in 1933 as a chamber music Society to organise concerts in Stockholm mainly of contemporary music. In the mid-60s Fylkingen was divided into several working groups with different artistic and theoretical roles not solely music .One of which was dedicated to the linguistic arts and was chaired by 30-year-old bengt emil Johnson. The term text-sound composition was coined in 1967 in Sweden by the composers/writers Lars-Gunnar Bodin and Bengt Emil Johnsson

The reason for choosing the term  text sound composition was that it could be neutral in its description. And could cover everything from sound poetry to Stockhausen.It embraced a whole history from Russian(zaum) and Italian Futurism(which freed the word),Dada poetry(such as Hugo Ball and Kurt Schwitters),surrealism and the Fench Lettrism.Also the new electroacoustics and the reel-to-reeltape recorder a la Pierre Schaeffer’s musique concrete.

bengt emil Johnson and Lars Gunnar Bodin worked at the Swedish radio and in 1967 they were sent to a conference on radiophonic art.All the pieces you will hear were recorded at the studios of the EMS(Electronic music)  Stockholm unless stated.

CD 1

Track, Artist, Title, Year, Time

2,Lars Gunnar Bodin,Fom Any Point To Another,8’57”, 1968

(b.1935) has been a central figure in Swedish electroacoustic music since the  1960s.

4,”, Plus,1′ 18″, 1976 start the program with

5,svante bodin, Transition to Majorana Space, 10′ 59″, 1968

(b.1942)is the brother of Lars Gunnar Bodin is a meteorologist and during the 60s and 70s he was a text sound composer using his experience in science as a base for his compositions.

CD 2

Track, Artist, Title, Year, Time

7, Sten Hanson, Che,1′ 24″, 1968

8,”,coucher et souffler,3′ 25″, 1968

9,”, La Destruction de votre code genetique par drogues,toxines et irradation,1′ 47″, 1969

11,”, au 197.0,5′ 43″, 1976

12,”,biopsie restez pas debout,4′ 15″, 1968

(b.1936)has worked in experimental music, literature and performance art since the 1960s.President of Fylkingen 1961-84.

Background Noise Tuesday, October 20, 2009,CONTINUED

CD 3

Track, Artist, Title, Year

8,Bengt Emil Johnson,2/67(Medan),1967

Recorded at the Swedish Radio(b.1936)Started working with text sound composition in 1963 and is one of the first in the field.Pioneer of Swedish text sound composition.
visit to Daniel at Fylkingen.


Firstly, the exhibition opened last night and I spoke to Prof Colin Rhodes a few days ago.The Gallery Is Open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4:30 PM and midday until 4 PM on Sundays, Anne is visiting from America and will be speaking at the exhibition today, Wednesday from midday to 1 PM phone 9351 6883

Everyone should see the quintessential outsider art exhibition in the first exhibition by Susan King from New Zealand at the Callan Park outsider art Gallery, Sydney College of the arts in Rozelle, open Saturdays 11 AM to 4 PM or by appointment.Until Saturday, October 31.

Next Program CDs Four and Five from This Collection of Swedish Text Sound Composition As Well As Some pioneers of Swedish electronic music.



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