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Monday, August 17, 2015

Transitory Reflection

On November 1st, in collaboration with Tritriangle, I'll be conducting a sort of serialist musique concrete sound installation, and I'm having an open call for participants.  I'm looking for Chicago residents to record a segment of their ride on an "L" train.  Bonus if you can also record video, and it doesn't need to be of other people, it could be out of the window, your reflection, etc.   Participants, or "Passengers" would ideally be able to play music tracks on a device with headphones/earbuds and also their recording of the train on command.   Segments of the piece will be amplified, while others will capitalize on the acoustic value of earbuds going at once in the space.  There will be two performances of this, 20 "passengers" each performance.  Interested participants can email me at nopartofit AT gmail dot com.   This will be part of Chicago Artists Month, and will be promoted considerably.  Participants will be credited in a program distributed at the venue, Tritriangle.

Also, I did an interview with the podcast "Undressing Underground", co-hosted by Rob M, a friend I made  who also interviewed me at Indiana Noise Fest.  It will be aired tomorrow night after a bit with Shotgun Seamstress.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Radio remnants and a review

Illusion of Safety "Surrender"

We spent a collective 8.5 hours at WZRD on 7/13/2015-  Sarah Moskowitz, Mike Krause, Lidia Vomito, Bryan Chump Change, and myself.  Here is a document of that madness.  Metal, synth-pop, punk, outsider music, experimental, ambient, shoegaze, soundtracks, industrial, noise, synth soundscapes, gamelan, latin pop, prog, rockabilly, novelty, doo-wop...   some fine freeform programming, if I may say so myself.

My scheduled appearance on WNUR with Dan Burke was not to be, but I did find a Memory Waves Transmission review of Illusion of Safety's "Surrender", which was released on no part of it, and may be the last release with the now defunct Illusion of Safety moniker.

Here's  a short blip:
Surrender is a great return to the genre for Illusion of Safety, a release that finds Burke switching expertly between forms of noise for a variety of great tracks. The first side is generally quieter, while Side B opens up for catchy beats, sampling, and a more pronounced sound. Both are good listens, and fans of Illusion of Safety’s work will find Burke has crafted another exceptional record.

Some airplay from my friend Little Fyodor on his Under The Floorboards radio show on KGNU--
From June.  WILT (from Nocturnal Requiem on NO PART OF IT), Architeuthis Dux, Merzbow, Jeff Chenault, and others were included.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Radio happenings and autohypnosis

Monday July 13th will be a reunion of sorts, as it will feature myself as well as Lidia Vomito & Bryan Chump Change as guests on WZRD with other alumni who were regular hosts/guest hosts/co-hosts on my defunkt Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show.  This will be from 4pm to at least 10pm CST and possibly beyond that.  88.3 fm in Chicago, and streaming worldwide.

In other radio news, long time freeform radio personality, 1st generation industrial cassette culture maverick, and veteran pizza / frisbee enthusiast Daniel Burke has asked me to join him once again for this Sound of Error/Voice of Reason radio show on WNUR.   This will be Thursday July 23rd on 89.3fm in Chicago from 2-6:30pm CST or so.  Dan usually has a one hour long synth segment called "Patchworks" between 5-6pm, and we usually pretty much dismantle the rock paradigm for the rest of the time.  There are others, but here is my first time being a guest with Dan on WNUR, if you want.

And one more thing, a Spaniard label, Mute Sound, released a series of CDRs called "Autohypnosis", these are compilations featuring one minute tracks.  You can hear and download my contribution "Upheaval Version 60", to the 28th volume here.  Lots of serendipity going on here.   Speaking of "Upheaval", keep an eye out for an entire cassette of new Upheaval versions at the amazing "luxurious linen/sterling silver ink" label Tymbal Tapes some time this year.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blood Rhythms aired on Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet Radio Show at WFMU!

MY CASTLE OF QUIET is one of my favorite radio shows and one of the things that drags me to the internet again and again.  Wm.  has aired the Blood Rhythms LP once before, and he's now aired it a second time, this time with an excerpt from Side B.   Also played/highlights were Night Terrors, Night Bitch, Nightstick, Ash Pool, Peste Noire, DDAA, and Circuit Des Yeux.

Monday, June 15, 2015

"Assembly" reviewed at Heathen Harvest

The hardworking team of Post-Industrial torch-bearers over at Heathen Harvest kindly produced a fond review of the recent Blood Rhythms LP "Assembly".  The full review can be found HERE.

I’ve purchased noise tapes that have been nailed to planks of wood, unlabeled floppy disks, painted mini-disks, and CDs whose cases are covered in some sort of plastic goo. Even among these nihilistic competitors of packaging, Blood Rhythms’ Assembly stands out for its intensive craftsmanship (in the most appropriately filthy way) and calls back to earlier days of underground experimental music.

The record’s multi-directional recording foundation demands a beautiful sound-system in order to take in the full experience of the industrial decay that Arvo Zylo has pressed to vinyl. However, I suppose playing the record over the PA of an abandoned warehouse would work just as well. The rusted conveyor belts and creaking meat lockers of Chicago still lord over American noise music.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Transistor Recording

For those interested, the live recording of my live soundtrack to a segment of the 1925 silent film version of  The Wizard of Oz at Transistor is now available HERE.

Finally there was a satisfactory incarnation of this piece, without power outage, blown speakers, or burnt bulbs of any kind.  Thanks to Andy at Transistor for letting it happen.  

Good Stuff House was also excellent to share a bill with.  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Arvo featured in the Chicago Reader's "In Rotation" this week!

photo of COIL by the late Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, from his book of Photography 

I am very pleased to announce that after months of carefully dancing words around in my mind every time I listened to something, my contribution to the Chicago Reader's IN ROTATION is finally here!   Copies will be around news-stands all over Chicago for the next week!

The Chicago Reader's benevolent staff writer, Leor Galil, asked me to write down three things I'm currently obsessing over, and then pass it on for someone else to do the same thing.  I passed the torch to my friend Sarah Moskowitz, who had made regular appearances on my old Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show, and is now a regular DJ at WZRD.  She's always had some of the best and diverse tastes I've known, and I think what she came up with is great.  

Leor first interviewed me for an article on "deliberately obscure" labels some months ago.  He's also written articles on Record Store Day, recently departed Chicago superfan Ray Ellingsen, and that Mafia/Murder expo whose name I can't remember, among many other things.  Check out that Dennis Larsson album if you can!  

Thanks to the Chicago Reader!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

New review of Sequencer Works from Traumatic Static

I will have copies of this tape with me at TRANSISTOR when I do a set on May 15th, for the record.  
Here is a rather freewheeling and excitable review of the new tape on OUT-OF-BODY RECORDS.

Many thanks for the detailed writing!  Some choice excerpts:

I swear to God I feel 
like I can hear colors and see sounds after this one.

I can't remember the last
time a release has left me with my jaw dragging on the floor and my eyes bulging
out of my head like this one has.Don't even get me started on how my ears reacted
to this shit.Too late, I've already started.  The A side contains a single track 
of brain melting music that feels like a sexual assault on the senses...And like a
whore working the streets to pay for her next fix, you'll find yourself completely
hooked on this shit

This whole thing is just bizarre but totally addictive.
Off tempo music that sounds like something between a school marching band and a gypsy
caravan is heard for a while until heavy synth bass blasts like a fog horn over ghastly
graveyard ambiance.Sorta sounds like it could have been in the movie Creepshow at times.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Arvo's Sequencer Works played at Words On Sounds Podcast

Scott Scholz's Words on Sounds blog used to be an excellent review site, which has now morphed into a podcast.  Scott used to have a radio show which was not archived in any way, so it's really nice to see that he has moved on to being a podcast.  Generally, Scholz has a great taste for what he'll call "creative" music, where it is tied by only the single strain of being "experimental", and otherwise diverse without the meandering aspects associated with the genre, often with particularly innovative uses of melody.  I'm always thrilled to be aired in the company of the artists he plays, and in this case, my recent cassette on Out-of-Body Records was sampled among other artists such as Crown Larks, who recently played an excellent show at the Empty Bottle here in Chicago, as well as Wei Zhongle, Invisible Things featuring Mark Shippy of U.S. Maple & a member of Parts & Labor, Corpo Mente, Millions, and some other things you've probably never heard of.  Scott has also recently started a cassette label called Tymbal Tapes, packed with stainless steel ink on "luxurious" linen.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Live Silent Film Accompaniment May 15th at Transistor

May 15, 2015
Friday night live at Transistor: layering/repetition-obsessed noise artist Arvo Zylo and backwoods avant-garde from Good Stuff House, 8:00 p.m. Free, BYOB.
For this Transistor performance, Arvo Zylo (Blood Rhythms, NO PART OF IT LABEL, chronic freeform radio DJ, freelance sound writer) will perform a soundtrack to a segment of the 1925 silent film version of 'The Wizard of Oz.' Says Arvo: 'I initially brought the silent film version of 'The Wizard of Oz' on a random gut feeling, to accompany a piece for two sequencers in 2012 at ENEMY. We randomly picked a segment of the movie, because I've always loved the imagery (and hated the music) to the film. What happened, I felt, went perfectly to the scenes where Dorothy is being kidnapped. I later found symbolism that doesn't quite catch on in the Judy Garland version, a much more grim prognosis for the life of Dorothy, and decided to progress with the material to make it even more fitting. I have yet to perform it again in Chicago [since 2012], but when I have tried it out of town, there has always been some mishap or shortage. I will try it one more time.'
'I've been making experimental music that wavers around but is undeniably anchored in the vein of industrial noise. I work under my own name as well as under the collaborative umbrella moniker Blood Rhythms.
I started out having no previous knowledge about experimental music, with a primitive sequencer, where I'd destroy presets and cause malfunctions as a primary source of compositional inspiration. My work has evolved to fetishize extreme layering, repetition, raw material action, feedback, human sounds, and naturally abrasive elements without the use of effects pedals.
I've toured the Midwest numerous times, as well as being featured at Denver Noise Fest every year since 2010, and also Dead Audio Fest in Houston (2010), St. Louis Fest (2010), Heavy Focus (Minneapolis, 2010), and am scheduled for more in the future. Radio stations I've been interviewed or featured on include WFMU (New Jersey), WZRD (Chicago), and WKCR (New York).
In terms of recorded output, I have done split releases with GX Jupitter-Larsen, Le Scrambled Debutante, TOMB, and Death Factory. Some of my releases have been produced by such outfits as Locrian's private label Land of Decay, Banned Productions headed by AMK, Phage Tapes, Spleencoffin, Enemata Productions (headed by Rick from Infirmary), and others.
Visit Arvo's website[Above photo by Dana Day.]
Good Stuff House is Mike Weis (Zelienople, Kwaidan, and solo), Matt Christensen (Zelienople, Enemy Chorus and solo) and Scott Tuma (solo, Souled American, Boxhead Ensemble). This trio formed in 2006 to release a limited CD on Time-Lag Records in 2006, which was reissued on vinyl, cassette and download in 2013 on the Texas label Holodeck. The trio followed up this debut recording with an album called 'Endless Bummer' on the San Francisco label Root Strata. The band has been a side-project of sorts for each member, so live performances are few and far between. After a three-year hiatus, GSH returned for a string of shows in 2014. This performance at Transistor will be their first outing in 2015. The set will consist of three different arrangements from each individual. Christensen will play guitar, Tuma will be on guitar, vocals and harmonica, and Weis on percussion. Critics have characterized GSH as 'ambient folk', 'Americana-drone', 'hillbilly drift', 'the intersection between dusty country and ghostly ambient,' and 'backwoods avant-garde.'


Monday, April 27, 2015

Bryan Lewis Saunders & Arvo Zylo Pleasure Tunnel/Temple of Paradise reviewed on Memory Wave Transmissions

The Pleasure Tunnel/The Temple of Paradise is an intriguing listen from start to finish, and there’s a lot of things worth returning to in this package. Both artists have notes about the making of this tape, as well as a full transcript of both channels of Saunders’ dreams. It means spending time reading each transcript, allowing the noise to envelop in the process – perhaps then, one can very nearly enter the dreams of another.  MORE HERE.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sequencer Works Volume 1 available for pre-order on Out-of-Body Records

Sex & Violence & Transfiguration

If you see Terminator 2 or the solo noise artist FILTH, who also operates the OUT-OF-BODY RECORDS imprint out of Denton TX, you can pre order a copy of the first volume in a series of "Sequencer Works", which is due to come out in March.  Terminator 2 was on tour this month: incredible stoner/doom metal with heavy electronics and earnest Sabbath riff wizardry coming solely from a distorted/heavily effected bass.  Maybe they still are on tour, and I got to see a prototype of what this tape will look like.  It comes with 2 transparencies of a bluish tint that were taken from actual x rays for children with adult teeth growing in.   It also comes with liner notes.  O-O-B is a stellar label and I'm happy that out of all of the billions of audio wankers out there that there are people who wish to spotlight my material.

I have said before that I started out trying to make music, and then started extrapolating on the mistakes/malfunctions instead of getting better at music, with a Yamaha RM1x sequencer.  I've also said that I can do a Muslimgauze with the amount of unreleased material I have created with my sequencer.  I probably won't though, I will  probably do three volumes of the stuff that has been bothering me that it is not out.  Such is the case with Vol. 1, it is material that didn't have a home or didn't exist as a limb of any kind of creative / corporeal audio body, but it bothered me that it didn't see the light of day.  This label is perfect for it.   This release is all out-takes from the release "333" which took me 6 years to be happy with.  Specifically, it is material that stood well on its own to me, and simply didn't fit the abstract concept I was going for with "333".  Taken as a whole, it is a snapshot of my little journey in unraveling musical structures and enjoying the debris more than the model.  I hope it sells out in 3.33 minutes.  Thanks again to Rob for doing it!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Show May 15 at Transistor / Ghost Box Comp / Le Colibri series

I'll be performing a live soundtrack at Transistor on May 15th.  Excited to perform this multimedia bookstore / screening / performance venue.  

I have contributed a track to a large comp for my friends at Ghost Box Radio, a great institution for dark ambient music.  The comp is called Telephone to the Dead and also features Matthew Schultz (Lab Report), Atrium Carceri, Mystified....  63 artists in all.  

Also, at the beginning of every year for the last 7 years, I have been part of an extensive and highly conceptual net comp series inspired by Carl Jung's "Red Book" called Necktar.  This volume features 128 artists (and a remix created from the material).  This series intends to be complete in 2017.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Short, outdated interview + screenshot + airplay

There was an interview going for a while... a year or two ago...   for a zine that I guess is not happening anymore, but I just found some of our exchange published at Centipede Farm. Thanks! And below is another proud moment worth documenting...


An excerpt from "Falling Tower, Terrible Fountain" cassette on Side of the Sun Recordings was aired on WFMU's My Castle of Quiet, thanks to Wm. Berger!  Also on the move was GIDIM, Enslaved, Electric Eels, and Electric Funeral, Bludded Head, Ennio Morricone's improv group, Faust, and John Carpenter!

Falling Tower was also exhibited a couple of times by Little Fyodor on his Under the Floorboards radio show on KGNU.  This is a show for somewhat willfully obscure artists, where only material that has been submitted is played.  I had dinner with Little Fyodor and Babushka in December, and gladly gave them the recent output of what I was up to!  Good people.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Reviews in Vital Weekly


ARVO ZYLO - FALLING TOWER, TERRIBLE FOUNTAIN (cassette by Side Of The Sun Recordings)
Before playing all of this I read the press message, typed on an old fashioned typewriter, and was charmed by the fact that No Part Of It, 'does not operate as a merchant on the worldwide web. Money orders and mail boxes only'; there are 200 copies of this record, one hundred available by No Part Of It and the other hundred from RRRecords, all with handmade covers of collage like material. It looks all a bit noisy, but here's the more interesting part: 'the debut LP finds five people (Bruce Lamont, Dave Purdie, Brian Klein, Andy Ortman and Arvo Zylo) in a neat locker with mostly untrained brass instruments (I am copying here - FdW) and a 15 foot long tube, with directional recordings happening in each corner. The recordings were then cut into hundreds of layers and loops, and juxtaposed to 

excessive degrees' - now that's something I find interesting. The insert says - printed - that one side is to be played at 45 rpm and one at 33 rpm, but handwritten, maybe because someone later on suggested such a thing, 'playable at any speed', always something I like very much. There are no blood rhythms to be found on this record, but the two sides are quite different. Of the two, 'Cutter Magnolias' is the louder piece, with recognizable, shorter loops, which seems to be amass to a lesser extent than the piece on the other side, 'Coarse Land'. This means that 'Cutter Magnolias' is the noisier piece, and 'Coarse Land' is very quiet. The latter is an almost Phill Niblock exercise in slow monotone sounds, swarming around like a giant mass of drone like sounds. An excellent piece of music. 'Cutter Magnolias' is a fine one, though, perhaps, a bit lesser of the two but it had an interesting, direct in your face approach, even a rhythmical aspect to it all. A great record by all accounts, and you should get at least two copies so you an spin them at the same time at different speeds, and further enhance the mass aspect of this. Great 'noise'.
It made me all the more curious about the two cassettes. The first is by Arvo Zylo solo and has two sidelong pieces. Here we find him in a more much noise mood, noise in the traditional sense of 'harsh, unpleasant, machine like' music, at least much of the tape. 'Falling Tower' starts out interesting with tape manipulations before landing in noise land, while the other side does this in reverse. It starts out noise based and then goes very quiet. Now, I don't mind a good bit of noise, and the LP already convinced me that Zylo has some fine tricks up his sleeve, but maybe this noise goes on too long, without an interesting interjection. The quieter bits are much more interesting and show an interesting way of manipulating sounds using the same crude techniques, but without exploding necessarily into a wall of power electronics. A somewhat crude tape with some fine moments. 
The other cassette is a split channel release (again! See also the top of this weekly) with in one channel sleep/dream recordings from a lung infected Bryan Lewis Saunders (who by now has a lot of releases which include his dream material) and Zylo on the other. The inside cover has a transcript of these dreams. This is another of those more conceptual recordings which you can easily dismiss as 'rubbish I can do too', but which I think are pretty fascinating all together, especially as there is some sort of electronic manipulation going, which effectively ruins any good night sleep: a motor like onslaught of sound effects takes place, but sometimes these effects are also kept to a minimum. Here I'm lost about the split channel thing. Maybe this is only for the opening section and when the transformations come in the same some process takes place for both channels? Curious enough to know how that worked out. I liked this tape even more than the other one, perhaps because the noise seemed more spaced out and it worked in quite a captivating manner. Great release! (FdW)
Address: No Part Of It - 1002 W Montrose Ave - Box 130 - Chicago, IL 60613 - USA

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Belated Ecstatic Year End Hoopla / new article on obscure labels featured in The Chicago Reader

 WFMU's My Castle of Quiet - December 31, 2014: #249 "Turn Away, Never Ever Look Back" 

I spent almost 3 weeks without going on the internet at all.  

Thanks Thank Thanks to everyone who showed up and especially bought records at the Jan 2nd Show at Club Rectum.  It was unlike any other show I have ever witnessed, and I performed with some amazing people.   Doug Abrams of Black Bear Combo also made a guest appearance on top of the artists already mentioned in the Reader article, not to mention Alejandro Morales of Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan / RUNNING as last minute blunt smoking bonus drummer man!  It was like a fog machine without the fog.   Everybody was stellar.  Thanks to everybody for everything forever.  

AND speaking of the Reader, I have been interviewed for an article on local niche labels, by Leor Galil, and it should be in print next week.  Keep an eye out for it at newstands in real life.
*update-  here is the online version

AND some year end nudges:
First from my friend Scott Scholz and his intensely comprehensive WORDS ON SOUNDS podcast
The "Assembly" LP as well as Illusion of Safety's "Surrender" album is featured alongside Charles Barabe, Liz Albee/Hans Grusel, Pulse Emitter, Mahler Haze, and

Also, a snip of the new Arvo Zylo/Bryan Lewis Saunders collaboration from a later episode:

The Blood Rhythms "Assembly" LP was aired on New Year's Eve by Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet / WFMU radio show alongside Dhampyr, Severed Heads, Raspberry Bulbs, and of course Fabio Frizzi among others!  Wm.  is a friend and I'm so glad he's back in action!

Illusion of Safety is also in a year end list of Esoterrorist, whom I don't believe reviewed the album when I sent it, but better late than never!  http://esoterrorist.com/?p=1625

And I think I forgot to mention this 6 month old review of WILT's
Nocturnal Requiem on No Part of It:

These are still available.   WILT will have a pro cassette version in the summer.

And I still have yet to put out newsletters, but my collaboration with Bryan Lewis Saunders is now available!  Bryan recorded 2 different dreams recordings that took place at the same dream location.   He has done dream recordings hundreds of times, and this was the only time he returned to the same location in his dream, so he put the two audio recordings together, because they also happened to have damn near the same length, and he had a severe lung infection at the time so it's doubly weezy.   I did what I could to honor this magical place "The Pleasure Tunnel / The Temple of Paradise", and it comes on pro cassette with 2 colors on no liner shells, a full color double sided 5 panel J card with transcript, and is a c40 or so on Chrome tapes.  $7ppd USA / $15 Elsewhere

Bryan and RRRecords should have copies available NOW if you don't feel like sending me a money order.  

Until next time....

Thursday, December 25, 2014


"oops wrong year"

Read the primer for the show in The Chicago Reader, including a review of the new "Assembly" LP here.
Photo credit: Christine Kozol, with thanks to Chris Turner.

To get the address of the venue....

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Facebook event  page

"Assembly" was aired (and I'm told is considered one of the top albums of the year) by Scott Scholz on his WORDS ON SOUNDS podcast.

Recent Guest DJ appearance on WZRD here.

Thanks for reading/listening!

For the record, it seems like Montoro listened to Side B first, but other than that, I couldn't have imagined a better review, much less written one myself!

...this show is a release party for its debut LP, Assembly, a joint effort by Zylo’s No Part of It label and venerable Massachusetts experimental imprint RRRecords. Zylo assembled its music from as many as 66 simultaneous samples of brass and woodwind instruments played by himself, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House), Dave Purdie (Silver Abuse), Brian Klein (the Machinist), and Andy Ortmann (Panicsville). Recorded in a meat locker on three MiniDisc machines, their improvisations include blowing through a 15-foot pipe and placing the bells of their horns against the metal walls. The album starts out approximating something that a giant refrigerator full of horn players could’ve done in real time, but then hard edits and obvious looping and layering kick in, transforming their output into something like an industrial beat. Zylo applied no effects to the stacked tones, but they sometimes sound like an electric piano or accordion, a Dremel tool on glass, a steam vent at a steel mill, or a close-miked vacuum cleaner—at their peak, they could pass for the stampeding offspring of a wildebeest and a locomotive. The other side is lush and meditative, its ambient shimmer and howl suggesting bowed cymbals or far-off leaf blowers and floor buffers; drop its playback speed from 45 to 33, and it sounds like a church choir of whales.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Release party Jan 2nd at Club Rectum / photos of some of Ron Lessard's "Assembly" covers / guest DJ on WZRD Monday




Blood Rhythms will feature at least 4 drummers with me, doing a configuration I've wanted to do since I was 19.  The debut of Blood Rhythms was actually myself with the entire band ONO in 2010, so it's important that they're here for this special day.  I believe they will do a stripped down incarnation this time, because their 2 drummers are working with me!   ONO are always captivating and somewhat magical.  I never get tired of seeing them play.   I have interviewed ONO and travis the vocalist alone on 2 separate occasions and their first album "Machines That Kill People" (1981 or 83, not sure off hand) is among the very few perfect records in my collection.  It is an finely balanced amalgamation of experimentation and rawness with focus of intent and conceptual continuity.  Their two most recent records on Moniker records are not too shabby, either. 

And onward to two artists, Neil Jendon, and Vertonen, whom I've ridden with to play respective fests out of town, but I do not believe I've actually done a show with them in Chicago!

In 2010, Neil Jendon and I performed at STL Noise Fest.  His recent work with theremin coupled with modular synth has been incredible!  Every set has had a carefully crafted sonic tapestry and a shifting settlement of decorum often anchored around a modular synthesizer, which I'm under the impression might be temporarily retired, so expect something new and exciting from this veteran artist, whom I've seen play a gazillion times, and never been disappointed.   Jendon is also known as the synth dude in Kwaidan with Andre' Foisy of Locrian, and percussionist* Mike Weis of Zelienople.   Jendon has a CD on Vertonen's C.I.P. label, and a collaboration with legendary Italian noise act SSHE RETINA STIMULANTS out on Chicago label Bloodlust!.

Vertonen and I shared a bill at Minneapolis's Heavy Focus fest in 2010, as well as sharing a bill at STL Noise Fest in the same year.   The thing about Vertonen in Chicago, is that his local sets are often 5 minute long sets of deep ripping harsh noise, often based off of a jaloppy of a turntable that looks like some kind of 1960s military grade play school record player.  However, I've been told that Vertonen's Blake Edwards (formerly the junk player in Anatomy of Habit) is going to audition some new material which represents a significant change in direction.  Edwards has been impressively prolific in recent years, having done a picture disc with Ratskin records which is composed entirely from sounds that were recorded personally at various factory facilities, and in no small way give a deeply respectful nod to VIVENZA that puts him on a similar plane of existence as an artist.  Some of his sets out of town have had a gnarly Russian synth which he has exhibited in a number of releases with different configurations, and in collaborations with Washingtonian dadaists/surrealists At Jennie Richie.   That and an LP inspired by the depths (and heights) at which a person starts to go insane from lack of oxygen, topped off by a number of collaborative recordings with Eric Lunde (Boy Dirt Car) as well as Ohio cassette tape manipulator Jason Zeh, and in general a dense output of diverse, highly conceptual, high quality releases  since 1993 or so means that this artist is definitely a guy to show up early for.  

 Blood Rhythms have a debut LP out featuring Bruce Lamont, Andy Ortmann, Arvo Zylo, Dave Purdie, and Brian Klein. It is co released between Arvo Zylo's "no net label", NO PART OF IT, and legendary noise label RRRECORDS. Limited to 200 copies (with some overflow), 100 covers are assembled by Ron Lessard with source material mostly from medical books....  in his inimitable fashion (examples below). 100 covers are assembled by Arvo Zylo with volumes of a 1929 encyclopedia, and various debris including sandpaper, sheet metal, plexi glass, varnish, razor blades, washers, and so forth. 

 (Samples can be found here, most of which have specifically been spoken for) 

$15 ppd USA for Ron covers 
$23 ppd USA for Arvo covers 
International shipping please inquire. 

 1002 W Montrose Ave Box 130 
Chicago ILL 60613 USA 

Money orders / hidden cash at your own risk only, to the above label address. 
Only around 60 correct copies remain in my possession altogether, at this time. 
If RRR is out, check Revolver distribution. 

 Audio excerpts:



 The LP, titled "Assembly" is comprised of source material assembled in excessive amounts of layers from a session of brass and wind instruments inside of a meat locker, also with a 15 foot long tube. Recorded with 3 different mini disc recorders in the corners, Arvo Zylo piled on loops and sidereal tidbits to the point where, at moments, the listener may hear voices that are not there, and at other moments, it sounds like a train crashing over and over. 

 Playable at all speeds. 

 On January 2nd, there will be a release party for Blood Rhythms, which is a revolving collaborative umbrella moniker for Arvo Zylo to curate. Last time, at the Empty Bottle in support of DEAD TECH (Illusion of Safety meets Mitch Enderle), Blood Rhythms featured travis from ONO, Mike Weis of Zelienople and Kwaidan, Chris Turner of Nookleptia, and several other brass players accidentally going for 75 minutes without notice while travis bellowed effected stream of consciousness/free association vocalisms without wavering. This time it will be different.

I will be on WZRD Monday night as a guest DJ some time between 4 and 7pm.  I will be playing selections from artists playing the release party, among other favorites and recent acquisitions.

 Below are photos of covers by Ron Lessard, the (less than 30) remaining covers are hand stamped in addition to having an insert which is hand stamped 5 times, hand numbered, and has a hand written "PLAYABLE AT ALL SPEEDS" message.  I decided to take photos inside rather than waiting for a time where I woke up before dusk to do it. Going quick!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Now Available on SIDE OF THE SUN RECORDINGS, a very sparse and under-the-radar label headed by a good friend, is a pro duplicated cassette comprised of layered malfunctions, destroyed presets, and barren/animated noise soundtrack montages.  The audio is mastered by Zach Adams (Verdant, BKPR), just over 30 minutes of material, and is limited to 100 copies. The Falling Tower tarot card is my birth card and this is symbolically a very personal release.  I also happen to believe that it is the last of this kind for this label, who like me, would rather make connections in person than trying to promote heavily on the internet.  I mentioned the impetus of the tape in an interview with Heathen Harvest.   I don't have copies in my possession yet, but purchase inquiries can go here:
punkferret138 AT yahoo.com


Audio excerpts:


Assembly is mastered by Zach Adams (BKPR, Verdant) and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.  I "assembled" 3 directional recordings of Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House), Dave Purdie (Silver Abuse, Satan 2000), Brian Klein (The Machinist), Andy Ortmann (Panicsville, Nihilist Records) and myself playing mostly untrained brass and woodwind together inside of what could ostensibly be called a meat locker.  I then cut hundreds of loops, layered it to the point of madness, and massaged them into action.  At times, depending on the placement of the speakers, the listener might hear things that sound like voices which are not there.   Other times, it sounds like a train crashing over and over again.  The record is playable at all speeds.  Inserts are hand-stamped 4 different times and hand numbered, xeroxed directly from manually typewritten text.

And after months of debacle after debacle since April, and 6 years of dilly dallying with other labels, I finally have presentable copies of the Blood Rhythms LP ASSEMBLY.    This is co-released with RRRECORDS, who will have copies next week.   100 copies have inimitable hand made / collaged cover art by Ron Lessard, with material entirely from medical books, and 100+ copies have hand made / collaged / assembled covers from all kinds of hardware store / found detritus of mine. Each of the copies with my art include an anti record.  Many copies have been pre ordered since there was such a delay, and the covers were well done ahead of time.  A couple people framed them as mantle pieces!  Ron's copies are $15 postage paid in USA, and mine are $23 ppd.  Outside of USA should probably just contact RRR or refer to my most recent post on the matter of international shipping.

I have very few set aside for wholesale but rates are available.  

I refuse to use paypal or any other digital currency device as a merchant. 
I rely heavily on xeroxed newsletters and tangible connections, so my label could be called a "no net label" if you want, even if I am doing this in an email.  i may not check again for some time.  Mail is best for me.

1002 W Montrose Ave
Box 130
Chicago, ILL 60613

Thanks to all who have purchased so far!  It has certainly been more than I had expected!

AND, this is my friend Gas Mask Horse at Indiana Noise Fest.   We went down there together and had a great time.  We each did interviews for a student documentary, met some cool noise artists and reunited with some others, and opened for HELLWITCH (despite not being able to stay to see them unfortunately) !!!!!.  There was a hand painted split c10 cassette between GMH and I limited to 15 copies, with a kinda "transgressive" song that I did when I was 19 on my side.  I'm still waiting for other documents to surface, but you can hear a phone recording of my set through a blown out PA if you want.  Thanks to Laura for setting that up and everyone I met on the way!

In other news,  Out-of-Body Records is sending off something of mine to the plant this week.  The first in a series, "Sequencer Works Volume One" is comprised of material that didn't fit conceptually onto my opus 333 release, which took 6 years for me to be happy with, and at one point was 3 discs long.  Fevered and whirling dysfunctional deep psychic / psychodrama / cinematic epics  screaming and pouncing through a beaten up machine that was designed to make bad 16 bit dance music.  Check out this label, everything on it is killer.

 Sequencer Works Volume Two, a collection of my more musical material from 2000-2003, won't be long after that, and will be out through the support of 3 other labels; Rainbow Bridge, CIP, and Forever Escaping Boredom.    Also, my long awaited collaboration with Bryan Lewis Saunders is next on the list, and hopefully another LP in the summer, but this one won't take 7 months to press!

Monday, September 22, 2014

BLOOD RHYTHMS "Assembly" LP still in progress / Arvo at Indiana Noise Fest again in November

I keep forgetting to say thanks to everyone who came out to the BLOOD RHYTHMS show on 9/7.   THANK YOU!  We played for 75 minutes and it was mostly incredible.   Dead Tech, Death Factory, and Graveform were all great.  I sold all the test pressings I wanted to sell, which of course came with a hand made LP jacket of their choice.  I hung about 30 jackets at the Empty Bottle for a week on display.    Heard some nice comments about them.  Many thanks to the Empty Bottle!  And especially Kenny Rasmussen for doing excellent sound!   

But the reality is that with the company I was working with, there was never any hope of getting the LPs on time, like I was mislead to believe, so now I am starting all over again with a new pressing plant.  The test pressings sound excellent.  Side A is cut at 45 RPM and intended for alternate playback at other speeds.  Side B is like wise, and cut at 33.3 RPM.  180 gram with lacquers meant to capitalize on the depth/warmth of it.  No compromise.  Read more, listen to samples, and look at examples of record covers HERE

Pre orders are naturally happening, because some people want more involved art covers than others.  So I am offering them as a thing to look at while the records are still being made.  Some are certainly more heavy than others, too.  So if any inquiring onlooker should wish to reserve a copy of the LP with my hand made covers (I did 100, and Ron Lessard / RRRecords did 100), I will send the art their way first, and then the LP separately when it is ready. 

For U.S. residents, one could send $20-$40 depending on how heavy they are willing / interested in having their art be.  Some of them are 20 pounds.  For residents outside of the U.S.  You can expect to add anywhere from $15-$50 depending on how much you value collage art with or without 150 razor blades or 20 gauge sheet metal and so forth.  All of my hand made covers come with anti records, by the way.  OR for jackets by Ron Lessard, all made from medical books, $15 ppd in US and $27 ppd Elsewhere.   

I will not offer paypal for purchasing any NO PART OF IT releases at this time. Only physical currency.  (Comparable/proud) Trade inquiries for any releases other than the LP are welcome, and I will probably say yes.

The money orders or hidden cash at your own risk can go to the following address.  Nothing bigger than a cassette will fit in this mail box....   so if you must send a demo, it would need to be a 3 inch disc or a quaintly packaged cassette. And I will probably say no.

1002 w.  Montrose Ave
BOX 130
Chicago ILL 60613

Also, rumor has it I will be making an appearance on WZRD on September 29th between 4-7pm CST.  Keep it a secret.  

AND, I have been asked to return to Indiana Noise Fest, in Columbus Indiana.  Last time I played / screamed for an entire hour for the first time.  I haven't played solo in a while, I don't even remember.  Maybe since March in Austin Texas.  Whatever I do, it will definitely be NEW.  More info here

I have numerous other releases in various states of progress, it has been a pretty prolific period of time that is now changing, but my involvement with the internet is experiencing a serious digression.  Feel free to write the above address or follow the unusual distribution channels. 

One more thing, I just found that someone first discovered ONO when ONO was the band with me, for the 2010 live debut of my BLOOD RHYTHMS project.   Illusion of Safety headlined as an industrial trio, and before that ONO started without me for my own piece that I set on them!  It was incredible.  There was a snow storm brewing and severe weather abound.  27 people were there, and one of them was either the founder of ONO's label Moniker records or a writer for Foxy Digitalis (not sure).  Here is the article.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coming Back Home To You (Dreamland Surveillance)

el mundo está perpetuamente superar a sí mismo en lo que respecta a alcanzar nuevas mesetas de mierda

Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Tumbledown
Faith No More - Naked In Front of The Computer
KISS - Love Gun
Pepe Iglesias "El Zorro" - Eso Es El Amor (interrupted/talked over)

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Making Love To a Vampire with a Monkey on My Knee  (excerpt)
The Fall - Cyber Insekt
Iggy Pop - Repo Man
 Blanks77 - Funtime (Stooges Cover)
The Queers - This Place Sucks
Dicks - Little Boys' Feet
The Gizmos - Dead Astronauts
Robyn Hitchcock - Uncorrected Personality Traits
Andrew Liles - The Mind As An Engine That Hitherto Ceases To Function Correctly
Tiny Tim - Aren't You Glad You're You  *disruptive screaming*
Blut Aus Nord - The Fall:  Chapter I  *disruptive screaming*

Jackie Gleason - Deep Purple (talk over)

Enoch Light - Sunrise Over Sumatra
Unspecified Music of Indonesia - Sumatra Andung Andung: Work Music (excerpt)
Ethel Waters - Y'had It Comin' To You
 Carmen Miranda - Ciudado Hein!
Betty Hutton - Hit The Road To Dreamland
Taco - Livin' In My Dreamworld
Bucks Fizz - Talking In Your Sleep

Ralph Carmichael - Weird Menace (from The Blob, 1958)  *talk over*
Ike Yard - Wolfen *talk over, reading bad poetry*

Los Iniciados - Peter Pan
Aviador Dro - Anarchy In The Planet (in Spanish, Sex Pistols cover)
Nomeansno - Body Bag
Arthur Lee & Love - Somebody's Watching You 
The Seeds -  Can't Seem To Make You Mine

Dead Kennedys - Cesspools In Eden
Kilslug - March of The Skeletons
The Chocolate Watchband - Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)
Television Personalities - A Sense of Belonging *mocked over*

Infinite Body - A Fool Persists (talked over)

Led Zeppelin - Your Time Is Gonna Come

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BLOOD RHYTHMS LP cover art, hand made LP covers

 I spent every night for over a month, and several hundred dollars on supplies, making hand made LP covers for the upcoming BLOOD RHYTHMS LP "Assembly".   A total of 112 covers exist, although only 100 of those will be available.  Of a total of 200, this is co released with RRRECORDS, with another 100 hand made covers by Ron Lessard / Emil Beaulieau, in his inimitable fashion, this time focused on medical illustration books.  They all look excellent from him.  All of the inserts are hand numbered and hand stamped numerous times with custom made stamps.  I cannot wait for it to finally be finished.  It has been pushing since April, with one failed test pressing due to "electro static", another set of "heating problems" with the plating company, and a "staggering" shorthandedness with the pressing company.    There is still a small twinkle of a possibility that this LP will be ready for the show on September 7th, but in any case, these will not be available for sale on the internet, and they will be available at least as a pre order at The Empty Bottle.  One can purchase the cover/sleeve, and get the LP later.    The 100 that I made include an anti record.  Here are some selections for my hand made LP covers. A good amount of LP covers will be hung around the Empty Bottle on display, to be chosen at a reduced price as either a release party or "pre order" deal. 

"In 1981, Mitch Enderle was the first collaborator with Dan Burke recording as Psychotic Dub, which later became Illusion Of Safety. In 1985 Mitch released a cassette on Complacency called Dead Tech. This work was Industrial music described as "noise like it used to be", featuring distorted drum machine, loops, samples, synth, guitar, and vocals very similar to early SPK, Nocturnal Emission, and Test Department. Longtime collaborators Mitch and Dan will be recreating some of this material for only the second time ever for this performance at Empty Bottle"


BLOOD RHYTHMS is ARVO (ZYLO)'s industrial noise project, often as a collaborative umbrella, but not always. He has been active since 2000 and currently likes to use layers of similar sources such as trumpets or power tools on sheet metal, or do raw, feedback laden performances with amplified objects and primal screams and lyrics about body politics and the alchemy of grief. For this event, Arvo will be rekindling the spirit of his previous (loosely labelled) "brass ensembles" that happened regularly between 2007 and 2010. DEATH FACTORY, aka MICHAEL KRAUSE’s returns with their old school industrial noise atmospherics. His ”noisescapes” run the gamut from heavy electronics to death industrial, paying tribute to bands from THROBBING GRISTLE to MERZBOW, cult movies and “weird sounds from factories in the northwest Chicago, IL neighborhood.”

$8 or FREE with RSVP: http://www.ticketweb.com/fb/5313045/eb

Graveform (Heavy electronics/Power electronics
project Of Nathan Hill) :

Death Factory
(Industrial/Noise/synthscapes project of Michael Krause founded in 1988):

Blood Rhythms :

Blood Rhythms (with ONO)

early incarnation of the ensemble-