va - Macro Dub Infection Volume 1

Another double-disc set compiled by Kevin Martin, featuring music from Omni Trio (formerly known as Robert Haigh/Sema), Automaton (heavy industrial dub by Bill Laswell), Mad Professor, Coil, Tortoise, 4 Hero, Spring Heel Jack, Wagon Christ, Ice, Iration Steppas and more.

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Various - Rewired Burglar Alarms




Spectacular reworkings of the New Sounds For Burglar Alarms CDr courtesy of Pål Asle Pettersen, Robert Horton, Sten Ove Toft, Per Gisle Galåen, Steffan De Turck, Andy Jarvis and Mikarla Jarvis (from the Stoke/Leeds collectives that unanimously bring joy to the world), Kurt Bolianatz, Jan-Morten Iversen, Charles Balls (aka Andrew Zukerman) and Anders Gjerde. Very very very good!

CDr released on Sindre Bjerga's Gold Soundz in 2006.

Rewired Burglar Alarms

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va - Ambient 4: Isolationism

The fourth volume of Virgin Records' series of ambient compilations is the only one I listen to with any frequency. Compiled by Kevin Martin (of GOD, Ice, The Bug and Techno Animal), it features music by Ice, Techno Animal, O'Rang (aka Mick Harris), Scorn and Lull (both Harris again), Final, Main, KK Null, Jim O'Rourke, Labradford, Disco Inferno, James Plotkin, KK Null, Sufi (aka a member of 4AD's A.R. Kane & M/A/R/R/S), Zoviet France, Nijiumu (aka Keiji Haino), Total, Thomas Koner, AMM, Experimental Audio Research, Aphex Twin, Seefeel, Paul Schutze, Raoul Bjorkenheim, David Toop & Max Eastley. I suppose "isolationism" was intended to be a marketing-friendly term for dark drone music, but the diversity of this compilation implies that it never meant much. Still, it's a great album and has held up longer than the word "isolationism" (or illbient, glitch, lowercase, IDM and so on) ever did.

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Sindre Bjerga - New Sounds For Burglar Alarms!




Norwegian legend produces 2 minutes of blinding noise followed by a 15 minute intro to a Sunn O))) song that they wished they'd written.

3" CDr released on DOKURO in 2009.

New Sounds For Burglar Alarms!

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ABH - Drag




The first side is full of groaning metal infiltrated by material from The New Blockaders' seminal "Changez Les Blockeurs". The second side is the sound of Nobuo Yamada battling with quantum physics.

C30 released on the excellent Vitrine in 2016.

Drag

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Artbreakhotel - Crazy Lotta




This is probably as close to Harsh Noise as Nobuo Yamada gets ... and it's (obviously) wonderful.

C40 released on Tordon Ljud in 2014.

Crazy Lotta

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Artbreakhotel - Tut / Nix




Ever wanted to put random metal objects into a tumble dryer and turn it on to see what it sounds like? I have ...

Excellent C10 jointly released in Japan on VLZ Produkt and HISSterik Tapes in 2010.

Tut / Nix

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ARTBREAKHOTEL - Contemporary Metal Vibes




When you sit down and listen to Nobuo Yamada you start to think that you recognise parts of his field recordings and that engenders a degree of superficial familiarity. But there is no such thing in any of his works. Everything is new. Everything is different. Frankly, the man's a genius.

CDr released on ABH in 2008.

Contemporary Metal Vibes

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ARTBREAKHOTEL - Circulation Of Dive




Operatic fury and soaring metal noise clangour followed by it's inverse deconstruction. Or something like that. Or rearrange the words in any particular order. Or just listen because it really is great.

CDr released on ABH in 2007.

Circulation Of Dive

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Artbreakhotel / Graham Moore - Split




Nobuo Yamada (possibly) using the same source material that he used in Empty Can Street Orchestra but taking it into a completely different (noise) direction. Graham Moore is the founder of Blossoming Noise and played in a host of other outfits. He contributes a wealth of cut up glitch that sounds like an unholy alliance between Crank Sturgeon, AFX and Id M Theft Able. Strange but true!

CD released on Blossoming Noise in 2005.

Artbreakhotel / Graham Moore

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Nobuo Yamada - Cheap, Metal, Motion




More junk metal and household objects explored and exploited with the final track, involving a musical box, pointing directly to the noise recordings that would follow under a different name.

CDr released on his own ABH label in 2002.

Cheap, Metal, Motion

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Nobuo Yamada - Tape Recorder's Mad Joy




Riotous cut-up glitch and clipped noise loops ...

CDr released on ABH in 2003.

Tape Recorder's Mad Joy

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Nobuo Yamada - Vase Echoes




Recording devices placed inside ordinary vases and the vases placed in diverse locations. An astonishingly wonderful example of what you can create with the potential sounds that lie around you. I'm assuming that it helps if you are a genius.

CDr released on ABH in 2004.

Vase Echoes

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Nobuo Yamada - Empty Can Street Orchestra




Field recordings of tin cans being dragged through a mine and a tunnel before being turned into electronic compositions. Why? Because it's a great idea ...

CDr released in Japan on his own ABH label in 2008.

Empty Can Street Orchestra

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Matsuo Ohno - Play On Animals




Frankly bizarre collection of processed animal sounds forced into the shape of traditional songs from around the world. Why? Not a clue ...

Originally released as a flexi disc in 1970, this is the vinyl 7" reissue on EM Records from 2011.

Play On Animals

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Divination - Distill

I don't understand how Bill Laswell names things. Divination has been the "band" name he's used for a drone/dub project that's been just him by himself and, at other times, collaborations with people from his usual stable (Buckethead, Nicky Skopelitis, Robert Musso, etc) and with entirely different bands (including Jah Wobble, DXT, Mick Harris and many others). For this double album, though, Divination appears to be listed on the cover as the band name, though the content is a compilation. I don't get it, and maybe I don't need to. It could be that Divination only refers to the mood... something that in the 1990s was called "isolationist", a dark electronic drone with nods toward languid cough-syrup dub. On "Distill", you get long solo yawns by Bill Laswell, his regular collaborator Anton Fier, FAX Records staples Pete Namlook and Testu Inoue, Thomas Koner (Async Sense), Haruomi Hosono (of Yellow Magic Orchestra), Paul Schutze, and Mick Harris.

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Matsuo Ohno - Astro Boy / Yamatoji / Yuragi / And The Others




I'm testing my memory now ... originally Astro Boy was called The Mighty Atom but, when the manga was translated into an American cartoon, the nuclear reference was made more acceptable ... hey kids, if only trumpy was around then!

The first part is Matsuo Ohno announcing, for instance, "Astro Boy’s Telescopic Neck" followed by the sound effect. From there, you drift away into the longer form compositions ...

CD released on King Records in 2005.

Astro Boy ... And The Others

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Matsuo Ohno - I Saw The Outer Limits / The War In Space




Sterling electronic compositions that were used as part of the soundtracks for the two titular films that were released in 1978 and 1977 respectively.

CD released on King Records in 2005.

I Saw The War In Space

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Matsuo Ohno - Memory In The Beginning




Matsuo Ohno is a legendary composer using electronics to create beautiful soundscapes that have been used as soundtracks and effects used in what would appear (from an occidental perspective) in the most unlikely places. Run yourself a bath and drink this in.

CD released on King Records in 2005.

Memory In The Beginning

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Ice - Bad Blood

Like Techno Animal's excellent "The Brotherhood of the Bomb", Ice attempted a major label industrial hip-hop album and it's just as good. El-P (of Run the Jewels) appears on one song and Blixa Bargeld (who I assume you know) appears on three songs.

Ice - Bad Blood

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