Arvo Zylo's acclaimed "333" release re-envisioned, re-constructed, re-animated, and so forth. 33 artists, including Dave Phillips, Sudden Infant, Hans Grusel, Bran (...) Pos, Vertonen, Bull of Heaven, Bruce Lamont, Bride, Skulsyr (TOMB, Dreadlords), Protman, Insect Deli, and more. Features cover art* by Yasutoshi Yoshida (Government Alpha) *inverted with permission.
DVD comes in a jewel case with professional full color art by Yasutoshi Yoshida. Menu design by Jason Ogawa and Arvo Zylo, featuring reworkings by 33 artists, as well as the original "333" album by Arvo Zylo. Contributions include videos and a surround sound piece.
Architeuthis Dux is a noise unit from Austin, TX, perhaps best known for their heavily engaging, blistering harsh noise performances. Active since 2012, the duo of Kenny Brieger and Tony Duran have created an impressive oeuvre of mostly limited CDR editions, some in quantities as low as 15 copies.
Through over a dozen releases, there have, on many occasions, been moments of what one can only call "blissed out abrasions"; Traversing territory that comes off with an almost kraut-rock oriented synth meltdown glaze, topped off with lo-fi metallic clang, shrieking industrial grit, and just generally bleak and tortured, surgical steel atmospheres.
NO PART OF IT proposed to hone in on these reflective moments, and compiled a morass of penetrating, expertly organized cacophony that serves to stand apart, or give way to, the rest of Architeuthis Dux's more aggressive power electronics and heavy electronic work. The result is just under an hour of crisp sampling, damaged percussion, and simultaneously subdued, yet clearly pissed off pedal action that could stand up to SPK's early live sets, or Nurse With Wound's darkest moments.
"Somnoroase Păsărele" is a somewhat mysterious project from Romania, whose origins and intentions are veiled in relative secrecy. Having been active since the early 70s, so it is said, the project didn't begin to release material publicly until 2013, with a handler to deal with labels, and releases in quantities as low as 30 copies. That said, SP has been freaking out people all over the place with their inventive flair since the proverbial head peeked out from under the sand.
If we were to try to sum things up in a few words, the overall sound of Somnoroase Păsărele comes off as a mixture of darkly proggy occultronic medleys of purely introspective, heavily dynamic noises. There doesn't appear to be many boundaries, or derivatives, coming from whatever place this source of inspiration resides. With 0RT0, NO PART OF IT begins a series of releases by the outfit under that title, with a thematic tendency to lean on the more meditative sides of Somnoroase Păsărele. Around 40 minutes in duration, these pieces were culled and sequenced from over 8 hours of material in the same vein. Be sure not to miss the beginning of something beautiful.
Machine Listener began with such a name due to a project that is based on exploring and exploiting inherent characteristics from machines, and making compositions from them. In the beginning, it seems that everything from home printers to huge factory generators were used as sources. Their electromagnetic signals or the frequencies they emitted, or simply the noises they make, were the basis of compositions by sound artist Matthew Gallagher. Eventually, of course, Gallagher moved into sourcing the potential of synthesizers, both as machines and as instruments.
It can be assumed that Machine Listener's pure synth LP ("Endless Coil"), now out on Tusco Embassy (where we can guess that machines were used for their proper intention) came after "Sentient System", released in extremely limited quantities by noise-filth veteran Wyatt Howland (Skin Graft) on his own SK SK label in 2014. It is not up to us to say how "Sentient System" was created, but it is safe to assume that a little of both of these approaches were traversed, and as a result, "Sentient System" could be considered the apex of Machine Listener's adventures with mechanical, aleatoric components of industry.
Whatever the case may be, "Sentient System" is unlike any other recording you'll ever hear. It is both excellent in terms of composition and also permeated with a conceptually sound "hands off" approach, with caterwauling animal behavior, screeching panic signals and pervasive cicada hum. Some segments of these soundscapes could fit perfectly as cerebral, revelatory moments in a particularly head-fucked horror film, hewn with a certain feeling for a desolate science fiction future, or simply in mindscapes where pure noise is the end and the means. The release stands on its own, and apart from the rest, but at the same time is extremely important in adding to the legacy of industrial noise.
Originally limited to a criminally low quantity of copies, we here at NO PART OF IT are extremely excited to bring this release to a wider audience.
A collection of live recordings initially intended as a bonus for a special edition version of Blood Rhythms' 2015 LP "Assembly" that never happened, these are reissued recordings from a scarce tape in 2009, remastered by Zach Adams.
Live group performances around this time featured Daniel Burke (Illusion of Safety), Michael Krause (Death Factory), Michael Kendrick (Rope), Travis (ONO), and several other appearances from friends and respected stalwarts. There is a gradual evolution evident here, where the first show (April Fool's Day, 2007) started with as many blaring horns as could be mustered, and from there, group outings gradually morphed into a sort of krautrock / industrial / scrap metal / synth damage ensemble.
All recordings here were captured direct from the soundboard (before post production/meddling), except for Ronny's, and Elastic Arts, which was mixed down from a room recording and a direct soundboard recording.
Arvo Zylo has completed a collaboration with Architeuthis Dux, it was incubating for a few years, and we are very excited about it. Physical copies will eventually be released on Ka-Rye Eye Tapes.
Delirious Music For Delirious People is now on Bandcamp. Very few copies of the digipak version remain.
The Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show haunted the airwaves of WLUW into the wee hours of dreary Monday Nights since for 7 years (ended in 2014).
"Host Arvo Fingers uses his lengthy experience as a sleepless madman to wield surrealistic songs and sounds into a slithering swath for 4 hours a week. Presently, "Delirious Insomniac" is also syndicated on RadioKL.Hr in Croatia, with occasional interviews, virtual guest installations, ghost hosts, and radio art. On September 9th, 2011, Arvo Fingers and WLUW will be celebrating the 4th Anniversary of the Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show as well as the release of the first volume of "Delirious Music For Delirious People", a compilation featuring Jarboe, Controlled Bleeding, Zola Jesus, Boyd Rice and Friends, Gary Wilson, BeNe GeSSeRiT, Big City Orchestra, Hans Grusel's Krankenkabinet, and others."
Cover art, layout/design, compiled by, Arvo Zylo
Part two of Arvo Zylo's interview in The Formant has been published. Here is part one.
In the first part we came the know a label that existed as a money-order label before making the move to the digital realm, a label that thrives in the personable engagement with its audiences and favours the road less travelled through music. We’ve documented most of the history of the label in part one, including some very interesting incidents with Tonetta and a foolhardy cover artists, and in part two we delve further into the community that exists around No Part of It and more of the music on the label.
Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher was reviewed by Tiny Mix Tapes.
Strap in for this one. Deconstruction like a scrapbook of moldyFerrante & Teicher LPs picked from milk crates and smoke-yellow shelves, sewn together and laid out flat for ears to soak. The mix bounces back and forth with vertigo sway at times. Locked and falling. A bit blown out here and there. Completely robbed of original sweetness then and now. Hiss and pop aren’t cleaned up either. Rather, gleaned and looped. Layers upon caked and crusted layers toying with repetition and chaos, morphing into brontosaurus heights of reversal and stretching. A smidge of effects. Then completely doused. Arvo treating Ferrante & Teicher like wet clay, maneuvering the past into future past. Whole compositions transformed into blizzards. Others picked at like bones by beaks. Grab a copy of the massive, outstanding double cassette directly fromPersonal Archives, and listen below.
Thirteen Hurts and Arvo Zylo releases on NO PART OF IT were reviewed by Frans de Waard at Vital Weekly.
Here are some excerpts:
On UVB-76 by Thirteen Hurts:
At sixty-six minutes this is surely quite a heavy noise
release, but it turned out that Thirteen Hurts actually uses quite a bit of variation in these eleven pieces. Swiftly
cutting from sounds to sounds, going all over the frequency range (and band no doubt), from piercing high-end
feedback to stomach stomping low-end, and usually overlaying them.
On Arvo Zylo's "Hello Walls":
The music is very minimal on all three of these pieces and I think this is easily the best work
I heard from him so far. Everything is very drone like, and it sounds like he's using low-resolution samples and
sound effects, which are slowly moved around but throughout these pieces there is lot of variation with the material.
Always, so it seems, there is a new element dropping in and out of the mix, keep a constant flow of the music,
and which makes a truly fascinating listen, especially on the two longer pieces. The shorter title piece didn’t cut it
for me, as it was simply a bit muddy, and a bit noisy, in terms of overlaying sound material. In the longer pieces
that seemed to be a bit less present and a bit more open, with organ like drones, a soaring voice sample and the
amplification of tin foil. All of that worked in a really great, almost hallucinating way. This is an excellent
Review of Arvo Zylo's Sequencer Works, Volume Two. The "Answer is In The Beat" is also a radio show, and its archives are at the same blog, where the tape was played alongside Throbbing Gristle, Prince, Crystal Castles, Graham Repulski, and much more!
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"The Pleasure Tunnel" by Arvo Zylo & Bryan Lewis Saunders, was aired on MuhMur Radio Programme, on Sound Art Radio in the UK. Also aired were Dave Phillips, Yen Pox, PBK, Cranioclast, and many other stellar acts.
Thirteen Hurts, Ataraxic Ataxia, Blood Rhythms, and Arvo Zylo were aired on Little Fyodor's KGNU radio show "Under The Floorboards". For about 20 years, this show plays only content given directly to Little Fyodor, and specializes in material that is not intended for widespread attention. The archive didn't work, but the playlist is here: