Oddity #1: Cock ESP/Evil Moisture's "Monsters
Of Cock" split 5" vinyl
This must be one of the most extreme, crazy noise releases ever. It boasts a
startling 381 songs in UNDER 5 MINUTES!
Adding to the mystery, it was
released on 12 record labels, and only 380 copies were made. But, then again, what
else can you expect from a collaboration between the likes of Gameboy, Sunship, Betley
Welcomes Careful Drivers, Freedom From, Uglysound and
many more... For the mos part, it seems to
be out of print, although some of the songs also appear on Gameboy's "Recycled Sampler" (a
60 minute cassette), along with numerous other noise tracks.
Addendum: Recently, V/Vm Test Records' Freenoise Archives has put
Monsters of Cock up for
Oddity #2: Major Ego Produkt
Major Ego Produkt was a small label run by MAJOR EGO. It
had a main label section,
focusing on "normal" noise music, but it also has a trashart section, which is called
Major Ego Produkt Objekts & Aktions. This subdivision has a number of
releases, which are all released in limited editions ranging anywhere between 1-50
copies. Their first release was a playable 7" record that was mounted on top of
a broken LP; only 19 copies were made. Not so weird. But, then came
their second release, of only which 2 were made. It was a playable audio cassette
(with remixes of poor quality bootlegs) trapped inside a functioning radio/tape deck.
To access the tape, you had to unscrew the tape deck and take it apart. Later
came a tape packaged in dessert jelly, of which 10 copies were made. Then came a
tape with a "pornmontage" in a glass frame, with, brace yourself, human sperm.
Thankfully only 1 copy was made. Then, a tape packaged is another tape's
ashes (2 copies), a tape packaged in broken glass (10 copies), and an unplayable object
made with pieces of CD and LP were all produced. Later came a tiny wooden box with
assorted objects in it, which had no real musical value, much like it's successor, a
cassette box object described as "a statement that will make you laugh or freak
out." Both of those releases were made in editions of 10. Then comes a
4-track locked inside a broken 4-track mixer, which is very expensive and thus limited to
one copy. Later came the illegal Drum & Bass release, consisting of tobacco and
a chunk of hash (10 copies). In the later years came a broken tape release - one
copy, and the final release, called "Best of Popular Music," which consisted of
3 blank cds in a portfolio. One copy was made and it is a statement about the state
of popular music.
Oddity #3: MSBR
All noise fans know about MSBR. His mixture of amazing, brutal noise and
handmade packaging ideas have made him one of the most respected Japanese artists ever.
Every cd released on his label is crafted beautifully in unique, experimental
packaging. For example, the first release, an MSBR LP, used wire, aluminum, gold and
silver powder, concrete, sand, plaster, and various other xeroxed bits in the packaging.
Another tape was wrapped in oiled newspaper. In yet another case, smoked
small fish (along with wood, yarn and paper) were used! One particularily inventive
release was made with chocolate and cocoa powder, which formed a hard chocolate shell
around the cd encased inside. And if that isn't enough, each copy of the
"Schaschlik" release came in one of his socks. For more information,
including pictures all of MSBR's best packaging ideas, visit www.msbr.com.
Oddity #4: Jandek
Lots of people already know about Jandek, but I wouldn't feel right excluding him
here. Jandek is a musician. He has 29 releases out, all on his own
"Corwood" label. What's so special about that? Well, that's
pretty much all we know about him. Huh? Well, Jandek is a mysterious
person. All of his music has it's own distinct style and is very hard to describe -
half singing, half talking, but completely unsettling. He has a little cult
following going on, with many people trying to investigate and theorize on who he actually
is. Some of his releases have pictures of him on them, but he always appears to be
detached and unhappy in them (like the picture shown here). Lots of his music is
spooky; lots of it is depressed. Apparently, he last released an entirely solo voice
record called "Put My Dream On This Planet" and a new cd, "This Narrow
Road" will be out shortly. Keep in mind that Jandek has never performed in
public or had any interviews done. He (or rather Corwood Industries) has used the
same P.O. Box for 20 years. Read about the legendary Jandek mystery in full at tisue.net/jandek/. It's an odd little tale.
Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh! A Music War 7"
This is similar to the first oddity, except it is a compilation. In short,
this seven-incher, on Slap-A-Ham Records, features 84 songs by 73 bands. That's a
lot. Of course, every song is short, with music by the likes of Fuck On The Beach
and Final Conflict. And, interestingly enough, this is the third in a series.
The two others, "Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh! The Record" and "Son of
Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh!" are both out. "The Record" only has 41
bands playing 64 songs, and is available in many different vinyl colours.
"Son of..." has an impressive 69 songs, and is only available in
purple. All of the songs are of the grindcore / diy / hardcore genre, and each
song is named appropriately. Tracks include "Penis Art" (done by fittingly
named Dicktator), "goat molester", "i wonder who can say in 15 seconds
anything more sophisticated than bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh!", and my personal
favourite: "vomit omlet." That song is [sic] in two ways.
Oddity #6: Thurston
Moore/Marco Fusinato - tm/mf cd
The "tm/mf" cd is an interesting collaboration between a musician and a
visual artist. Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) played 10 songs, each
one a little longer than a minute, while Marco Fusinato struggled to paint a picture in
the short duration of each piece. Apparently, all of Marco's paintings turned out as
canvases painted red, as there wasn't much time for anything else. However, each
painting was done with a different "paintbrush"; objects such as plastic bags, a
tin can, and many more were all used. Unfortunately, you can't see the paintings
while listening to the music in cd form, so it's probably little more than a novelty.
As one critic (Aquarius Records) puts it: "This sucks. I mean this
really sucks. I don't think I can express how much this sucky piece of suck really
sucks." For more information, including photos, go to http://www.cottier.com.au/exhibition/tmmf.html.
#7: American Tapes
I'm sure many people have heard of American Tapes. Famous in the diy noise
underground, American Tapes is often considered to be in the same realm as MSBR Records.
As of now, they have something like 81 tapes and 4 books out. Like MSBR, most
of these releases have been crafted with beautiful, homemade packaging - making use of a
variety of bizarre materials. Often, things like wood pieces, wire, paint, branches,
and paper will be used. In one case, a pea pod, goop, a paint stick, and a crushed
Del Monte can were used! Other things that have popped up on various covers include
grime, windex, paint remover, a tackboard, toy railroad tracks, wood filler, toothpicks,
iron rods, and chalk. What about the music? It's mostly experimental stuff;
guitar-and-drum pieces, free jazz, and songs played on homemade instruments have all been
released on American Tapes at one point or another. For more information,
including the American Tapes discography, a write-up about the history of the label, and
pictures of all of their best packaging ideas, visit their webpage at http://www.msu.edu/~olsonjoh/.
||Oddity #8: Tangerine Awkestra - Aliens Took My Mom
oddity, released on the Mullatta Records label, is comprised of a number of avant garde
pieces played by pre-schoolers and grade-schoolers. The young 'uns bring us
multi-instrumented tracks of Bach, Sonny Rollins, and many more. As well, there are a
number of pieces composed by the children themselves, with all the instruments
incorporated: percussion, piano, violin, and recorder. Interestingly enough, the label
describes it as "programme music for an alien invasion of Earth," hence the
title. This is the same record label that brought us Oddity #9...
#9: Help Aphex Twin
Electronica pranksters V/VM made a series of 2 "HelpAphexTwin"
releases, made of unofficial and unauthorized remixes of Aphex Twin's
work. They are both 3" cd's, and are released on their own "HelpAphexTwin"
label. HAT01 (the first release) is called "we don't give a
shit" and HAT02 (the second release) is called "because you
don't give a fuck". Despite thier prankster notoriety, they claim
that they were "not fooling" when they made this series.
386DX is a neat little band with one cd out, entitled "The Best of
386DX" (on Staalplaat). They make computer-sounding versions of songs
that already exist. For example, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
(Nirvana), and "Purple Haze" (Hendrix) have both been treated to
some 386DX-ing. There are 15 songs on this album, and they all sound like
crappy casio keyboard demo-songs, along with a computer voice (you know,
the ones the pronounce everything that's typed into them phonetically). As
you can guess, all the background music is played on the 386DX, an actual
(old old old) instrument that has a similar kitch value to old casio
organs. Interestingly enough, the cover is made of ASCII art, depicting a
certain Rolling Stones album cover. This also comes with a video (to be
played on a computer), which is for their version of "California
Dreaming." This video features a person playing the song while
dancing enthusiastically on a street, with pedestrians and all.
These guys are insane. Reynols is a trio based in Argentina. The lead
singer/drummer has Down's Syndrome. Their name evolved from an incident
where a chihuahua walked on a tv remote and the tv changed to an image of
Burt Reynolds, although nobody knows what happened to the unfortunate
"d." At one point, they were almost arrested for plugging their
guitars into pumpkins and "playing" in public (in Buenos Aires)
because the government thought it would give Argentina a bad image. At one
point, they created a cd called "Pauline Oliveros in the Arms of
Reynols," which caused them to be invited to perform with Oliveros
for a seven-hour concert at the Lincoln Center! Also, they've performed
concerts to plants on various occassions, created tributes to dry ice, and
have performed "psychic energy refractions with toothbrushes".
They have tons of releases out (over 50) on tons of labels, including BWCD,
Childish Tapes, Scrotum Records, American Tapes, and much much more. They
have become quite infamous, on a wordwide level, and have appeared on many
public broadcasts, including daytime talkshows and such. One of their
releases was comprised solely of blank tape hiss. Another release was a
blank cd case, considered the "dematerialized CD." Yet another
was "10,000 Chickens Symphony," an opera made by 10,000
chickens. They've made a rock opera about fish. To sum up, I'll give you a
nice litle anecdote. In a "Speeder" interview, when they were
asked how successful they think that they are, they replied, "more
famous than a frozen glass of wool." That's Reynols for you.
#12: 16 inch records
Produced by the University of Missouri's Department of Communication
and also used by radio stations to record broadcasts, these massive
records require special players that are made to fit vinyl bigger than
your average 12-inchers. These are obviously not available to the general
public for regular purchase, and are not regularly made anymore. A friend
of mine, Jason Tar (the creator of !ooT,eviLnaCskcuD Records), gave me
this information about them: "16" records were mass produced. A
local shop (Stormy Records) has a ton of 'em. Plus they even have a player
for sale, but it is surely pricey."
#13: A Kombi - Music To Drive-By
Whoopee Doo! An entire cd made using the sounds of a Volkswagen! A
Volkswagen Kombi! A Kombi!! Well, that explains the "artist"
involved here. The driver, Lucas Abela (also the owner of the Dual Plover
label that this is released on) was involved in a car accident that almost
took his life. After that, his car began to make strange noises whenever
he drove it. Thus, the idea was born. Unfortunately, A Kombi is no longer
with us (he passed away in 1996), but his legacy will live on! Luckily,
Lucas is still alive and kicking, and his Dual Plover label continues to
bring us high quality music from the likes of the Noise Ramones, Deerhoof,
and even Merzbow! The Dual Plover webpage is at www.dualplover.com.
#14: Crippled Ninja Productions
Crippled Ninja Productions is probably best known for its
"videogame music" releases, the ones that sound like
ultra-complex 4-bit videogame scores. Aside from those, though, they've
released loads of other cool stuff. At one point, they released a 30
minute remix cdr using the sounds from 11 hours of musical doodling
(available for 2 dollars), an experimental video tape with super-saturated
images, a cd using sounds from a laundromat and a payphone outside said
laundromat (also two dollars), and a series of cassettes that each contain
unique sounds - none are alike. As well, each Crippled Ninja package comes
with tons of cool stuff inside it! Check 'em out at http://www.difmin.com/crippledninjas.
For lots more information, check out Indieville's interview
with Crippled Ninja Productions!
Also, check out a review
of a Crippled Ninja compilation!
dogproofracoonbubble is a diy noise musician whose music comes from a
large variety of sources. He has taken musical samples (or found sounds)
from various places, including a water treatment facility, electronic
children's toys, vacuums, and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Once he collects these sounds, he cuts them up and puts them together to
make some fascinating sound art. He's also made a video which collects a
variety of short clips, played in slow-motion. Things like a fire and a
team handball match, among others, are given the slow-motion treatment on
the 30 minute video, and the score is done by none other than dogproof...
He is also planning a video that uses images from a broken nintendo
machine. Everything's released on tape or vhs and everything's dirt cheap.
In fact, you can get the slow-motion video for a mere three dollars,
postage paid! He is also known for the "cut up yr world on recycled
cassette" series, released in a series of 10, where each cassette is
unique! Go over to http://community-2.webtv.net/dogproofracoonb/SOUND/
to see a catalogue and more information on dogproofracoonbubble. (All his
releases are on the gi'-i-sa-wa record label.) As well, you can learn more
about dogproofracoonbubble in his Indieville
#16: Telesmata - Neologistics
This is an entire CD made using a SayIt digital voice synthesizer, a
program in which you! Only 33 copies were made and released on UBUS
Records, and it was Telesmata's first release, ever! Telelesmata would
type random letters (and spaces) to see what the synthesizer would say.
What would come out would be weird, made-up words. This yielded similar
results as if you were to pronounce the phrase "snakjha hfiaji
askjhasf." That is also why the musician named it "Neologistics."
As you may already know, a neologism is a word that doesn't actually
exist. Just so you know, SayIt is a freeware program available for
download from AnalogX. For more info, including mp3 files and a chance to
buy it for 8 bucks, visit http://www.homestead.com/ubus/main.html.
Also, you can hear a previously unreleased Telesmata track, "A Day At
The Races," on the new Bind-A-Placket Records compilation, Harsh
Planet. "A Day At The Races" uses solely the sounds of
automobile engines as its sound source.
#17: Smashed Hits
This nCr label release has an interesting story behind it. The cd,
essentially, is a "remix" album of a bunch of songs from
mainstream pop albums turned into psychotic experimental noise.
Originally, it was made as a kind of a prank. The creators, nCr Records,
found out about a concert that was coming to their town called "The
Smash Hits Roadshow," so they set out to make a cd to sell to all the
mainstream-loving kids as they left the show. They would explain to the
kids that it was a "bootleg" cd of all the bands they had just
heard. Unfortunately, the cd wasn't ready when the concert came along, so
they never got the chance to complete their mission. So, now it is
available to all us noise fans (and people with a sense of humour). For
more information about nCr (and Smashed Hits), visit http://www.angelfire.com/emo/ncrecords/.
#18: SEALED BAG
This is an interesting release, on the Impulse To Injury label from
Quebec. It's a recording of the sound of the CD being packaged into it's
paper bag. Very conceptual, this little cd is probably worth buying just
for the novelty value. As well, only 5 copies were ever made. It's only 2
bucks american, which is also kind of neat. Check out the Impluse To
Injury label website at http://radiantslab.com/impulse/.
D-503 has put out many releases, all of them experimental. One release
was 59 seconds of noise, recorded onto a floppy disc (this was on Lucha
Libre Recordings). It also came with a text file and a jpeg. Another
release, called "I'm Feeling Puffy" was an entire album made
with the sounds of a skipping Puff Daddy cd found on the side of the road
(also on Lucha Libre). It is available for 2 bucks american! As well, some
sounds were added by D-503. I will explain more of his releases in the
next Oddities showcase...
#20: Yuffie's Space Quest
This is a neat little record label that's produced quite a number of
releases. One release came in a chip bag (an EMPTY chip bag), and you
could specify what flavour you wanted, Ready Salted, Salt n' Vinegar, or
Smokey Bacon. Unfortunately, all 9 copies are now sold out. Another
release included a noise cover of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood."
Various things can show up on the packaging of Yuffie's releases;
scissors, calculator parts, matches, and lots of other junk have all
showed up at one time or another. Another release, D-503's "Pop
Tunes," was made using solely the sounds of skipping and manipulated
pop cds. Another release (on a sublabel called BraBomb Produkt) was just a
theme song from the cartoon series "Gustav: Lover of Many
Women." 15 seconds in length, the creators themselves deemed it
"the biggest waste of a CDR you are ever likely to encounter."
Another one of Bra Bomb's releases was a video: one minute of cartoons and
30 seconds of "a dog's ass." It was soundtracked by the Orators.
Yuffie is starting a new series of tapes, called "Short Tapes,"
where each tape is a C1 (a one minute tape.) In each Short Tape, there are
two musicians involved, and each one does a 30 second piece for their side
of the cassette. Also planned for Yuffie's Space Quest's future is a
7", with 2 mainstream song covers (or should I say reconstructions?),
including the much-loved "Thong Song." If that wasn't enough,
every one of Yuffie releases is 5 bucks or less!
#25: Stahlgren & Ferguson's "Printing With Magnetic Inks
This cool little 3 inch CD has an interesting story behind it.
Stahlgren and Ferguson, the artists, were asked by Omag Magnetizing
Systems to fix the problems in the Magnetic Ink Numbering System, a series
of machines that sort all of the paper cheques that pass through the World
Banking Systems. They spent longer than a month recording all the various
aspects of the numbering system, including the magnetizing, printing,
reading, and sorting processes. They helped fix the problem, but in the
end they were left with tapes upon tapes of recordings that captured the
whole process microscopically. Within this release, you can hear a small
portion of these recordings. The sounds were edited and processed a bit,
of course, but you still get an essence of what it is like.
#26: MWF's "Big Seventies Songbook" CDR
Upon receiving this submission for Oddities, I had no idea what to
think. Although I was familiar with some of MWF's other works, that
doesn't mean much, considering MWF's music is more eclectic than Radio
Shack's battery counter. In the "Big Seventies Songbook," MWF
reconstructs a whole plethora of music from the 1970s, including
"Yellow Submarine" (retitled "Giant Yello Sub") and
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (retitled "In-A-Zen-Gadda-Da-Vida").
But, don't expect to recognize much of this, as many of the fragments of
melody are buried within MWF's electronic diddlings and doodlings, and
most of the vocals are heavily modulated - to the point of just sounding
silly. Want to know some other tracks on this album? Here's a few more:
"Puff The Magic Dragon." "Across The Universe,"
"Games People Play," and "Cinnamon Girl," among
others. By the way, this release is available for 10 dollars on CDR and 5
dollars on cassette at www.woodrecords.com.
A full review will be done shortly.
#27: Spazz - Funky Ass Li'l Platter
Grindcore heroes Spazz released this, a ONE-INCH plastic record, on
Slap-A-Ham records. We're not sure how long it is, but it's
definitely under a minute. Only one pressing was ever done, and only
14 copies of it were produced. It kame in handmade green covers and
featured two songs (one on each side): "Hemorrhoidal Dance of
Death" (played at 78 RPM) and "Patches Are For Posers"
(played at 33 RPM). It was apparently bootlegged at one point, so
perhaps there's hope for you tracking it down (I doubt anyone's willing to
part with their copy).
#28: The Electric Family - MARIOPAINT
Remember the old "Mario Paint" program that could be
purchased for the Super Nintendo videogame console? You could draw
pictures, play silly games, and - best of all - compose works of music by
placing notes on a time signature and choosing from a selection of wacky,
heavily synthesized sounds. Well, by hooking their Nintendo system
up to an amplifier (via RCA cables through a VHS recorder), The Electric
Family have composed an ENTIRE ALBUM of Mario Paint symphonies. Upon
hearing these tracks, you'll recognize a sort of experimental charm that
goes with them, and there's some melodies to enjoy as well. You can check
out free MP3s of the entire album here.
#29: CASH The Scent Of Money
Although technically not a MUSICAL release, CASH was released by Vinyl
Communications and is carried by Mego Records' distribution house, M.DOS.
What CASH is, essentially, is perfume. A bottle of perfume.
What does it smell like? Cash. Yes, after eight months in the
lab, the folks at Sabotage Communications have produced a perfume that
smells like a freshly-minted American one hundred dollar bill. And,
it's only $18.85 American for 50ml! That's 50ml of $100 for only
$18.85!! Well, not quite. Recently, they filled up a
massive tanker truck with the perfume and allowed people to dispense it
into specially created CASH flacons for their own personal use. Want
to smell rich? Track this stuff down!
#30: The Slight Slappers 2" Record
Zach Howard writes: "Hi, here's something that you can add to
the Oddities section of your site. It's a 2" record by the Japanese
thrash band, Slight Slappers. It was released on Slap a Ham
records, the same label that did the Spazz 1" record (see
Oddity #27). There were 666 copies of the record made. It's billed as a
"total noise" ep in case anyone ever found a way to play it. On
the back it says "If you wanna break needle, Go ahead, put this on
turntable!! To; All D.J. Play this vinyl fuckin' loud at any
clubs!!". Hope this makes a good addition to your site. Take care."
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#31: Collin Olan's "rec01"
This is an interesting 3" CD co-released on Listen / Apestaartje.
Two waterproof contact microphones were frozen inside a 10" by
10" block of ice. The ice was then submerged in water and the
recording was started, lasting until the ice had finished melting.
No processing was made to the recording, although small digital errors
#32: Erik Mylenek "youresofuckingselfish"
Courtesy of psycho-label extraordinaire, youresofuckingselfish
is a long, droney noise track made solely out of an angry conversation Erik
had with his girlfriend.
#33: Asaurus Records Themed Compilations
Pop/lo-fi label Asaurus Records is notorious for their legendary themed
compilations. They'll get a wide array of their best friends and
create all sorts of topical comps and tribute albums. There's Candycore,
a collection of 27 songs about candy. Then there's There Were
Trees in That Forest, an Arbor Day comp with all the songs about
trees, and For Whom The Casio Tolls, a collection of 17 kiddie-keyboard
tunes. A Tape Between Friends, limited to 100 copies, is
defined as "a collection of songs recorded in out-of-way places,
recreating the sound and feeling of nostalgia." On the tribute
album front, they've done a cassette comp called The Hiss That We Have
Missed (19 Smashing Pumpkins covers) and have one for Depeche
Mode in the works. The best thing is - all of these are
available cheap, usually at three or four dollars. As well, Asaurus
constantly has a number of comps in the works - check out their website
for details and instructions on how to contribute (forthcoming projects include
the Depeche Mode tribute and a collection of commercial jingle
Oddity #34: Dead Vagina "ex-girlfriends"
Well to begin with, they've named their band "Dead
Vagina," which is notable in itself. But more interestingly, this is a
twelve track noise record with each song named after a a different one of
the band members' ex-girlfriends. Zany.
Oddity #35: The "Sloppy Seconds" compilation
4800 tracks, 4800 different submissions, 80 minutes, one
second per track. That is the concept behind Obscurica Records' Sloppy
They plan on breaking the CDR up into 80 minute-long sets of 60 tracks each,
and are currently at track number fourteen as of writing (not bad
for such an ambitious project). What the final product will be like is
anyone's guess, but it's surely worth checking out.
Oddity #36: Jon "Smoke"
Sounds like a
little five year old Japanese girl, playing
somewhat interesting organ and singing in a voice about
ten pitches higher than the Deerhoof chick... all the songs are about
Oddity #37: Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect
Electronica from Southeast Asia
This one was put out on Sublime
Frequencies, I believe, which is a pretty weird record label run by the Sun
City Girls. Some of the albums they've put out are really musically
rewarding; actual bands in Niger or the Sahara Desert playing music.. really
great shit. SOME of the albums they release are just random street sounds or
random gamelan performances. This is probably the most bizarre album they've
released though; it's just the sounds of dragonflies, but the dragonflies
are noisier than Merzbow or Wolf Eyes or
something. This is crazy shit, it actually hurt my ears.
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