01/05/20: New Arrivals from Beartown, Danvers State, Fieldwork, Hospital, Industrial Coast, Monorail Trespassing, Ruido Latino, White Centipede Noise
LASSE MARHAUG – Gjota 10”
BRIGHTING – Techniques To Destroy A Mind CS
STRAIGHT PANIC / DOSIS LETALIS – Rooted In Slavery CS
H.C.O.D. / AISCHROLATREIA – Crystallization CD
MOONBEAM TERROR – Comfort Knife LP
PAIN JERK – Mission Invisible CD
RICHARD RAMIREZ – Amplified Tactics 2LP
LICKING WOUNDS – Co-Ed CS
LIGATURE – 245 Days In Hell CS
SCANT – Estrangement CS
Ruido Latino / self-released
[HF] – MCDXCI CS
TAB IN/TAB OUT / [HF] CS
White Centipede Noise
Incoming titles from Amphetamine Sulphate, Cloister, Damien Records, Fourth Dimension, Modern Decadence, No Rent, Segerhuva, Self Abuse, Tesco
New year, better rates. Thank you for an incredible 2019, I was kept very busy. Weekly updates resume this Sunday. Here’s to another year of noise!
New Canada LP shipping rates:
- 450g-1kg (1-3 LPs): $12.00
- 1kg-1.5kg (4-5 LPs): $13.00
- 1.5kg-2kg (6-7 LPs): $14.00
- 2kg-2.5kg (7-8 LPs): $15.00
- up to 450g (up to 5 CS or 4 CDs): $5.00
- 450g-950g (up to 2 LPs): $6.00
- 950g-1.5kg (up to 5 LPs): $7.00
- up to 150g (2 CS or 1 CD): $5.00
- 150g-200g (3 CS): $6.00
- 200-250g (4 CS or 2 CD): $7.00
- 250-350g (5 CS or 3 CD): $8.00
- 350g-450g (4 CD): $9.00
- 450g-500g (1 LP): $11.00
- 500g-750g (2 LP): $13.00
- 750g-1kg (3 LP): $17.00
- 1kg-1.25kg (4 LP): $21.00
- 1.25kg-1.5kg (5 LP): $25.00
12/22/19: New Arrivals and Restocks from Fall Into Void, Hospital, Idiopathic, Total Black, Unrest, Untitled, Urashima
Fall Into Void
THE RITA – Lip Line CS
INCAPACITANTS – Stupid Is Stupid 4LP
MASONNA – Shinsen Na Clitoris LP
SLOGUN – The Pleasures of Death 2LP
SMELL & QUIM – Cosmic Bondage 2LP
SHOT DOG CS
SKIN GRAFT – Below Hell CS
SUNK COST – Mechanical Grinding Reaction 2CS
DAVE PHILLIPS – Sixth Mass Extinction LP
Владимирский централ CS
AM NOT – Extraterritoriality CS
CONTROLLED OPPOSITION CS
UNTITLED #1 Zine
BIZARRE UPROAR – Amputaatio LP
CLIMAX DENIAL – In the Absence of Self-Control LP
CONTROLLED DEATH – Ritualistic Mutilation in the Bloody Darkness 2LP
DEAD BODY LOVE / ATRAX MORGUE LP
INCAPACITANTS – Project Pallo ’85 3LP Wooden Box
MASONNA – Bursting Absolute Moods: The Lost First Album 1989 LP
MAURIZIO BIANCHI – Cold Tape LP
Incoming titles from Amphetamine Sulphate, Beartown, Damien Records, Danvers State, Fourth Dimension, Hospital, Modern Decadence, Monorail Trespassing, No Rent, Segerhuva, Tesco, White Centipede Noise
Chefsideologens Bolag / Styggelse
KOMMANDO RJF – Sweet Slow Suicide CD
CUSTODIAN & GNAWED – Loathsome CS
FLYSCH – Floating On A Rope b/w Friendly Latitude CS
KIRAN ARORA – Fever Swamp CS
KYLE FLANAGAN – Highway To Hell CS
MO*TE – Anti Is Anti Is Anti CS
The latest CONTROLLED DEATH and INCAPACITANTS titles from Urashima have already been and gone. I will order more, please let me know if you are interested so I can get adequate amounts.
Incoming titles from Amphetamine Sulphate, Beartown, Damien Records, Fall Into Void, Fourth Dimension, Hospital, Monorail Trespassing, No Rent, Segerhuva, Tesco, Total Black, Unrest, Urashima, White Centipede Noise
The first review of the Rusalka LP can be found here. Plenty of copies still available. International distribution is being sorted.
12/07/19: RUSALKA – Base Waters LP out now! + New Arrivals from Angst, Deadline, Receiving Vault, White Centipede Noise
Absurd Exposition is proud to present the debut LP from Vancouver’s RUSALKA.
Kate Rissiek has been a mainstay of the west coast Canadian harsh noise scene for over a decade now and “Base Waters” comes nearly seven years after Rusalka’s initial involvement with Absurd Exposition (“Blood Comes Anyway”, 2013). Within those years a line can be traced that has continued to tighten around a formidable body of work – from solo releases on stalwart labels such as New Forces, to splits with the likes of MK9 and THE RITA on Neural Operations, and a compilation appearance on heavy electronics powerhouse Tesco Organization. “Base Waters” showcases an artist dedicated to their craft and at the top of their game. However, if anything is evident during Rusalka’s past eleven years, it is that “peak performance” negates the fact that there are still more peaks to climb (and make no doubt – they will be climbed). This is a much-deserved LP from one of the most consistent and ever-improving noise acts of our time.
Using a theremin as a centerpiece, Rusalka leads us straight into a harsh noise odyssey of oceanic depths – but something is lurking beneath the waves. It’s dark. Fog horns sound. A lighthouse is pulsating. Underwater evasion. Capitulation. Receding tides. No respite. These waters run thick.
Recorded May 2019
Mastered by Pentti Dassum
Rusalka is Kate Rissiek
Absurd Exposition AE34
Edition of 221. Includes insert and download code. Stream/download.
5 art edition copies are also available (total edition of 30).
CIRCUIT WOUND – Burnt Landscape Panorama CS
COLD CLIMAX – Brute of Opportunity CS
CRACKED SLIT CS
HERETIC GRAIL – With Ropes and Broken Will CS
HYMENAL OPENING – Believing a Victim CS + Poster
IGOR RUZ – “Inhumanities” Art Book
MASKHEAD – Climax of the Flesh CS
Deadline / Next Halloween / Room 2A
BLACK LEATHER JESUS – A.N.T.I. CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS – Juliet of the Spirits CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS – Anti-LaVey CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / MSBR – Sonic Destruction CS
BLACK LEATHER JESUS / THRESHOLD OF SLEEP – Dead Fetus in the Womb CS
EDWARD KA-SPEL / NUITS ROUGES – Midnight Pharmacy LP
MANPLUG – Show 2CS
MRAT – Scanning Tongues of Echoing Triggers CS
MSBR / RICHARD RAMIREZ – Sonic Aggression CS
MY GEISHA SUCK HOLE CS
RICHARD RAMIREZ CS
SMELL & QUIM – Noize On Feel the Cum CS
THE SIAMESE MODEL – Murderous Clitoris CS
RUSALKA – Manipulate-Decimate CS
SISSISTERS – Spectator CS
WINCE – Fester CS
White Centipede Noise
HEAT SIGNATURE – Disguised Human Presence CD
JEPH JERMAN – Arcane Facture CD
WINCE – Shame CD
Incoming titles from Chefsideologens Bolag, Damien Records, Fourth Dimension, Hospital, New Forces, Segerhuva, Total Black, Unrest, Urashima, White Centipede Noise
ten cassettes housed in a handmade wooden box, complete with reproductions of the corroded photography by jim haynes of some of the artists in the box, a booklet including liner notes from emily pothast, drew daniel, donna stonecipher, and jim haynes.
if anything, ‘on corrosion’ is a monumental project – a 10 cassette anthology housed in a handcrafted wooden box and featuring full albums from kleistwahr, neutral, pinkcourtesyphone, alice kemp, she spread sorrow, g*park, relay for death, francisco meirino, fossil aerosol mining project, and himukalt. the collection also stands as the 50th release for the helen scarsdale agency, an imprint founded in 2003 and dedicated to post-industrial research, recombinant noise, surrealist demolition, existential vacancy and then some.
the overarching theme of this compilation refers to that of jim haynes, the agency’s founder and the curator for ‘on corrosion.’ entropy. disintegration. collapse. decay. yet, from the beginning of the boxset’s production, the focus was directed elsewhere, with other artists invited to present their ideas, aesthetics, concepts, and strategies upon the theme at hand.
ten albums housed in a wooden box with a near seven hour running time, with texts provided by drew daniel, emily pothast, donna stonecipher, and jim haynes, and audio mastering by james plotkin.
neutral is the no wave / anti-rock duo of dan johansson (sewer election, ättestupa, amateur hour, etc.) and sofie herner (leda, enhet för fri musik), both with deep connections to the swedish noise scene. as neutral, the two smear voice, guitar, organ, and smoldering noise into narcoleptic songs that rewire the strategies of dome by way of gate and mars.
‘lågliv’ translates to ‘lowlife,’ an apt metaphor for neutral’s subterranean murk and shambolic discontent that they languidly manifest as a punk dourness emptied of all rock ’n’ roll theatrics. desperate, demolished, and dejected.
kleistwahr is the solo project of gary mundy, the legendary power electronic and noise-rock musician who is a founding member of ramleh and runs the highly influential broken flag label.
solemn drones and elegiac long-form passages gird kleistwahr’s ‘winter,’ which often chimes, glistens, and glows through a unhurried constructs for organ, synth, guitar, and electronics. yet mundy pivots throughout with triumphant explosions of shrill noise, redlined overload, and harrowingly anguished vocals from the great unknown. quintessential kleistwahr.
pinkcourtesyphone is the pseudonym for the los angeles based minimalist richard chartier. under this moniker, chartier indulges in an emotional torpor through his hauntological compositions for forgotten dreams with an opiated grandeur and subtle application of certain nostalgic camp.
‘shouting at nuance’ glances back to chartier’s earliest works that were recorded onto tape, with allusions to decay as an unrecognizable reconstruction of past works, whereby his ghostly ambience becomes a dub of itself, echoing back a dispersion of drift and drone into a feedback loop of disintegrated memory.
francisco meirino is an swiss experimental musician and polymath, exploring the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure. such investigations take place through modular synths, tape manipulation, emf detection / disruption, field recordings, and various home-made electronics.
‘a collection of damaged reel tape loops’ culls those eponymous loops from a found set of reel-to-reel tape which meirino systematically mangled (buried, crumpled, soaked in water, scratched, etc.) and worked into composition. accretions of surface noise, textural sibilance, and muffled distortion pile into dense masses of sound amidst the elliptical repetitions of the ghostly song fragments that broadcast from the original tapes.
alice kemp is a british artist articulating a broken and illogical syntax of the subconscious through trance states and as she puts it, “erotic mourning.” she has performed extensively, occasionally as an associate to the schimpfluch-gruppe of swiss extreme aktionists.
it is a rarified violence that the kemp invokes on her ‘9 dreams in erotic mourning.’ something disfigured. something fucked. something left behind. the subject matter of her investigations are deliberately inscrutable as she grotesquely amplifies a moment of terror, or fear, of sadness through pockets of piano melodies broken by psychoacoustic noise, razor-cut silence, ghastly vocalizations, crushed acts of physical aggression, and buckets of high-pressure suspense.
at the onset of fossil aerosol mining project’s ‘hydration disequilibrium,’ a detuned fragment of a sickly sweet disco-muzak melody broadcasts from the past as an ugly reminder that not all things from previous decades should be treasured. upon this necessary reminder, fossil aerosol continues their case for chronicling the residues from disintegrated media and the utterances of a zombified past.
since the mid-1980s, fossil aerosol mining project has excavated the refuse from the late 20th century wasteland of america. moldering audio tape, cracked vhs cartridges, and damaged 35mm film have proven to be a rich source material for their hauntological suites of deconstructed media samples and gauzy hypnosis, often reminiscent of their occasional collaborators :zoviet*france:.
she spread sorrow is the work of italian industrialist alice kundalini. in her sparse and grimly atmospheric applications of noise, tone, and electronic sequencing, she spread sorrow expresses a volatile emotional core that speaks to abuse and repression with an unblinking candidness.
kundalini’s signature whispered vocals once again beckons her audience closer on ‘orchid seeds.’ kundalini states that the album, “is about 5 different women of my family. each track is about one of them with their difficult story and strengths. my family is totally destroyed now, no relation between anyone, but in the past there was a strong tradition of women with interesting personalities” this sibilant allegorical history comes into focus amidst a claustrophobic and cinematic pall of dark ambient blight and death industrial torpor.
g*park is the long standing schimpfluch member marc zeier, whose cryptic assemblages manifest through technically precise yet psychologically strenuous strategies of musique concrete and controlled noise.
‘nosode’ follows his impeccable ‘gour,’ ‘sub,’ and ‘reuters’ albums with a dislocation of source material from human voice, piano, and field recordings into disfigured utterances, uncomfortable passages of creaking wood, bone, metal, etc., and whipcrack punctuations of sonic violence. zeier locates these razor-cut activities against deathray drones and blackened shadow.
relay for death is the noise project for the twin sisters roxann and rachal spikula. their hermetic works consistently reflect a bleak nihilism, all the while carving an autonomous space for survival as the rest of the existence crumbles. previous works have been published by hanson, no rent, and rrrecords.
‘mutual consuming’ is a dire piece of isolationist thrum, spectral caterwaul, and heavy gloom through an oblique and abstracted coupling of electronics, noise, and ominous field recordings. as immersive as thomas köner’s haunting ambience but fully entrenched in the industrial meditations of mb.
himukalt’s ‘torn asunder: the half girl’ was born of tragedy in the wake a relationship that failed. just as she manifests the amplifications of desire, rage, anxiety, and despair from her previous works, himukalt’s ester kärkkäinen navigates the territory of spurned love through a demonstratively personal if explosively detrimental take on power electronics and heavy industrial electronics.
the nevada based artist began himukalt in 2016 as a vehicle for her noise constructs and crude programming that found references to puce mary, anenzephalia, and atrax morgue’s mörder machine. since then, she has maintained a manic schedule with releases for malignant, found remains, total black, no rent and now this return to helen scarsdale who published her first cassette.
Incoming titles from Angst, Deadline, Fourth Dimension, Hospital, Receiving Vault, Total Black, Unrest, Urashima White Centipede Noise
11/24/19: New Arrivals from 4iB, Ballast, Breathing Problem, Dead Gods, Neural Operations, No Rent, Outsider Art, Phage, Untitled
KNURL – Risk of Entrapment CD
ARVO ZYLO – Children of the Stones Re-Envisioned by Arvo Zylo 2 x 3” CD-R
AHLZAGAILZEHGUH – Black Destination LP
SUBKLINIK – Cremator / Of Bones and Death 2LP
BLIND DATE – Cowpoke 2CS
JACKSON-PRATT – Showgirls 2CS
MISTLETOE – Azoth 2CS
PRAYING FOR OBLIVION – Doppelganger CS
WHIP OF THE UFO – AFB CD-R
JACOB WINANS – Delaware CS
NATURAL ORTHODOXY – The Moment of Imminent Danger CS
ORDEAL BY ROSES – A Petty and Childish Obsession CS
OTTERANS – Canal Ghosts CS
SATORI – The Braver the Bull the Better the Bullfight CS
BACULUM – I Would Rather Feel Empty Than Full of False Hopes 2CD
BONEMAGIC – Reflex Bleeding CS
COUMADIN / SPRING BREAK CS
FRATAXIN / POLLUTANT CS
SHORT EYES CS
SPRING BREAK – Scared Little White Boys 2CS
STRAIGHT PANIC / NATURAL ORTHODOXY CS
STRAIGHT PANIC + LICKING WOUNDS / WITCHES OF MALIBU CS
VARIOUS – Metalchemy CD (GRUNT / RICHARD RAMIREZ / KNURL / K2 / etc)
UNTITLED #1 Zine (RUSALKA / TED BYRNES / THRONE HEAP / etc)
Incoming titles from Angst, Deadline, Helen Scarsdale Agency, Hospital, Receiving Vault, Total Black, Unrest, White Centipede Noise
MARTIN BLADH – “Marty Page” Chapbook
SAM MCKINLAY – “The Rita: Anatomical Charisma” Art Book
NEW JUCHE – “The Devils” Book (with art cards)
JOSH PETERSON – “Granite City Blues” Book
JOSH PETERSON – “Missing” Chapbook
FORM HUNTER – Wrecked CS
INTERNATIONAL KLEIN BLUE – 09.20.17 CS
MAGNETIC CORONER – Black Hole CS
HISTORY OF LEATHER – Digging In CS
DOSIS LETALIS + KADAVER – I CS
EATING SCABS FOR PROTEIN – Underneath the Visual CS
SCALD HYMN – Voices Trapped In Yearning CS
Incoming titles from 4iB, Angst, Ballast, Breathing Problem, Dead Gods, Deadline, Hospital, No Rent, Untitled, White Centipede Noise
11/3/19: New Arrivals and Restocks from Fusty, New Approach, Oxen + New P.I.T. tape. + Rusalka/MK9 Tour
CADU TENORIO – Corrupted Data孤独死 CS
FULL SERVICE AVAILABLE – II CS + Zine
HERETIC GRAIL – We Shall Overcome LP
MONDO CARNAGE CS
ROSEBUD – Erroneous Existence CS
SEWER SYSTEM – … CS
SHAMEFUL – Impossible Navigation CS
CONCRETE MASCARA – Bilharzia CD
CUNTS – Destroy 3: Live at Koenji Studio Dom 3” CD
FORM HUNTER – Chrome Tint CS
HEAT SIGNATURE – Dehumanization In Progress CD
P.I.G.S. – Live at Soup CS
PRIMITIVE ISOLATION TACTICS – We Are Flaming and on Fire CS
SEWER SYSTEM / UNSUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CONDITION 3” CD
Incoming titles from Amphetamine Sulphate, Ballast, Breathing Problem, Gracious Host, Hospital, No Rent, White Centipede Noise
“Taylor Geddes (Scream & Writhe) as Primitive Isolation Tactics guides ominous, unrelenting dissonance soaking in a fervent surging foulness of harsh noise. Meticulous in his calculated bedlam, Taylor gives us a merciless and squalid beating of essential euphoric breakthroughs into a disorienting, surging harsh noise reverse gravity. The universe’s trend toward disorder is a fundamental law which says that any system can only move from more to less ordered, and that the chaos or disorder of a system, it’s entropy can never decrease.”
Assembled this past spring during the height of the Merzcast when many of us were feeling reinvigorated and excited about Merzbow and harsh noise in general. This has all the same elements as last year’s tape, Past Spheres and Present Circles, just turned up a few notches. Many thanks to Matt for wanting to get this out there and for releasing it alongside the indomitable forces of FORM HUNTER and SCATHING.
Available from myself, oxen-label.com and likely fine distributors known to carry Oxen titles.
RUSALKA and MK9 are currently on tour in the US. MK9 has copies of the recently-released Contaminants CS, and RUSALKA has limited artist edition copies of the upcoming Base Waters LP which will be officially released later this year.