I’m (“hype”-adjective) to announce two upcoming live performances, all to take place in a near future setting (aka the near future):
Coming up first is the debut live performance of my Death Industrial/Ambient Industrial project Death Librarian. After releasing tracks on compilations last year and the debut album Ghost Elegies at the beginning of the year, I’m excited to bring this project to live audiences for the first time on October 21st in Hackney, East London.
NOISE=NOISE x Telegrafia \0005 at Telegrafia, Mare Street. October 21st 2023. Doors 7:30 with >Σ, Timothy Tate, Death Librarian, Crow, Tyryyyn
An interesting line-up on the noisy, experimental side. Tickets are available via the Telegrafia Shop: https://telegrafia.uk/shop/ For those interested in synth DIY, there will be a workshop to build a small DIY sampler on in the afternoon of the 21st. Check the telegrafia link for tickets/more. NNNN fb-event.
On December 10th I’ll be performing the first Tomoroh Hidari gig in front of an actual audience since 2013. Yes, there’s been live streams during lockdown when my 小さな夢達 album was released. But other than that, I haven’t performed a Tomoroh Hidari gig since September 2013. So it might be about time.
DIS/LOYAL Sunday 10th December 2023 at Aces*Eights, Tufnell Park, London. With Dragon, Tomoroh Hidari, Charnull, Am Not & Ever Orchid
I’ve been a lot more comfortable in the studio (bunker) for the last few years, but happy to be giving playing live another try. If those gigs go reasonably well I might be up for more… so stay tuned.
And if you are putting on shows and are interested in having me, reach out via hidari [@] gmx [.] net. Ta!
… wake up where the clouds are far from obscuring this October Dawn.
Once there was an album called Dubnihilism. Originally it was called Hypnopaedic Rhymes for Dubnihilist Education. Yes, I had been reading Brave New World and listening to King Tubby et al. TL:DR it became Dubnihilism: A simple idea of blazing up the herb for non-Jah purposes turned into an in-group joke with Dystopian Dub Developments, which had been born as Dondrine Dub Developments – a monthly jam session in a bar called Die Dondrine in Vienna’s 7th district. As it is, the track Kirchengasse is named after that location.
Eventually the name The Dubnihilist stuck. And when last year (2022) I started to explore dub techno and ambient dub realms the name was already there.
And now, on 6th October, a follow up 2 track EP – Stargazer – was released via bandcamp and other major streaming/download platforms.
On The Verge Of The Best Madness So Far, a panicked flight from the Plateau of Leng as conjured up in my debut The Necrophonicon (see this post), to which this Mini-Album was intended to be the second chapter. Building on one of the core tenets of Lovecraft’s work, madness – a state of mind I was quite interested at the time (evil tongues might say somewhat near as well), and a staple in the discussion of the life and work of some of the more, let’s call them extravagant, artists. So naturally a great field of exploration, sonically and in the tapestry of title, cover, etc. that usually comes packaged with the musick.
Musically it was a continuation of the breakbeat/breakcore/glitch IDM inspired sound I was producing on The Necrophonicon, although having played a couple of live performances in between finishing the former and starting to work on On The Verge…, this was a noticeable influence and some of the tracks did, in their first incantations, stem from some of those live performances. Most noticeably Wounding of the Bright, By Hook and By Crook and, pretty much directly lifted from my live-set, Lucifera Is A DJ, a schlager crossover mashup of Luciferette and I off the Necrophonicon.
Wounding of the Bright as interpreted by Stable Diffusion
Wounding of the Bright is, of course, Hexagram 36 from the I-Ging, a book I had first encountered many, many years earlier in high school, which I had rediscovered at the time I recorded On the Verge… via Philip K Dick’s The Man In The High Castle.
(If you excuse me wandering off on a tangent there, it was – once again – many years later that I connected the dots and got the reference to PKD and the I-Ging as well as the Horselover Fat character from Valis in the track Oh Merry-Go Round on Current 93/Hilmar Örn Hilmarson’s classic “Island” album:
“Philip throws hexagrams
To discover the cosmos
Talks with Christ
Metal fish glints
On the girl’s breast
And the Ape’s
thus things going full circles by coincidence, connecting the dots of various influences… Gnosticism hasn’t been one yet, tho.
Current 93 would later on be a direct influence for Some Stars not yet Black Holes (although the influence doesn’t go much further than the title…) but I digressed further than intended, thus let’s return to our Best Madness…
…So far, so good. “No Reason to get Euclidic” is based on a joke, whereby “going non-euclidic” was an in-group euphemism for being off your t*ts (as they say), or more soberly called, entering altered states. All purely theoretical, of course.
The Cruelty Knits A Snare, is a line from a William Blake Poem. I’ll leave it to you to search which one now… the track also appears on a mammoth compilation – “PHOTON COLLISIONS” – by Welsh brothers and underground legends Somatic Responses that came out around 2013. Do check that one out!
Last not least the EP ends with a remix of Wounding of the Bright by Dino Felipe! I first came across Dino’s releases on Schematic (and am very stoked to have since also released there), before meeting him on Soulseek (a place where I also met Robbie Martin from Record Label Records – another story…) and eventually asking him for a remix. The result, “Disflated”, was described as “Science-Play-Bunny” by Rom from Schematic.
The whole EP was originally planned to come out as 12″ on Isolate Records. However, after Wai Cheng sadly passed away much too young, that sadly never came to be. So eventually it only saw a release via Ivory Bunker Bandcamp in 2020. With two additional tracks, the above mentioned By Hook and By Crook and A.O.S (aka Austin Osman Spare)… That ought to do it for Trivia… if you’re still here, or if you’ve scrolled down to here… without further ado:
On The Verge of the Best Madness So Far on Bandcamp:
On streaming services and other stores:
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The first time I heard a piece of music by Andrew Lagowski was in 1994/95 when I got a compilation called The Cave 1654 which featured a track – Komarov – by his Legion project. Quite intrigued by this track, its sample and the story in the compilation booklet I began exploring more of his work, first Legion and S.E.T.I., then his more beat oriented projects such as his collaboration with another fave of mine, Lustmord, Terror Against Terror and his output under Lagowski. It was in late 1995 that I found his Europa EP at a store in Soho on one of my London trips. Decades before moving to this city. With other releases to follow, especially when I discovered his bandcamp many years later….
Fast forward to the present, and our paths crossed on some not to be named social media platform. A “meet bruit” that should eventually lead to him remixing the track Anikim on my recent Oblivion Engine EP (two fantastic mixes).
Now I had the honor and pleasure to return the favor contributing two remix to his – if I may say so – fantastic new album “2525”, out today on Bandcamp. So please have a listen and, if you haven’t done so yet, explore more of Andrew’s manifold output!
A couple of days too late for Lovecraft’s lesser feast, and aeons too late to change the fate of the Earth being invaded by some Elder Gods and Great Old Ones…. yes, I’m setting the tone for some eldritch horrors here:
I was young and I needed the trouble, so what better than to wake up great Cthulhu and go mad… And thus it came to pass that back in 2004 my debut album, The Necrophonicon, was spawned.
It’s not, nowadays, the oldest album of mine available online as some like Alien Audio Absurdities or Dubnihilism were recorded earlier, they just never saw a release until years later. But it was, following a couple of compilation tracks and remixes, my first full length release at the time. In its original form it came out on CD (ISO13) on Isolate Records, a pioneering US electronic/IDM/Breakcore label run by mastermind Wai Cheng aka Optic, who sadly passed away in 2006. “On The Verge Of The Best Madness So Far” was originally intended as follow up release on 12″. More on that in an upcoming post.
For logical reason The Necrophonicon was labelled a Lovecraftian thing (that, in the opinion of some at least, shouldn’t be). The name was inspired by the Necronomicon, here becoming the book of dead sounds. I liked the idea of “killing sounds”, as literally a lot of the sounds on the album where samples that were “killed” – mangles, mashed up, distorted, resynthesized until their original life had left them, and they took up some form of zombie- or afterlife. There are also a number of tracks that all are lovecraft inspired – Miss Cthulhu84, Innsmouth Rock-A-Doodle, Frozen Deserts (with its vocal sample from an audio-play of At The Mountains of Madness) or Tentacle Ballet.
But it also had more general pulp & some sci-fi influences – Battle for the 10th Planet, I did it for Satan… and some weird La Vey inspired bull-isht bits Luciferette and I. I certainly saw it more as a pulp/sleaze/b-movie kinda thing, than strictly Lovecraftian. And now you all know…
Recently, after almost 20 years (yay, anniversary in October 2024 – may need to think of something for that), The Necrophonicon has entered the realm of Streaming Services:
Hardcore adepts, of course, will buy via Ivory Bunker Bandcamp!
For those after a bit more trivia – the very first Lovecraft story I read was “Cool Air”. I found it in a collection of horror stories in our school library. Yes, school libraries are important! I was, however, already familiar with the name from its very prominent feature on cover of Iron Maiden’s legendary Live after Death album… Among my favourite stories are Dreams in the Witchhouse (which I’ve adapted for a compilation, the name of which I still find unspeakable… I mean, we all know how scared of anything to do with sex HPL was…); Dreamquest for Unknown Kadath, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Mountains of Madness (one of those books, along with William Gibsons Neuromancer that I make a point of re-reading every couple of years) and In The Walls of Eryx. But there are, of course, many more.
Soon, quasi part 2 on this topic, a bit of background on “On The Verge Of The Best Madness So Far”. Stay tuned (or out of tune, as long as you keep vib(rat)ing… f’thagn
Electronic musician and music producer.
Also recording as The Dubnihilist and Death Librarian.
Releases on Ivory Bunker Recordings, Schematic Music Company, Mahorka, Record Label Records, Dystopian Dub Discotheque, Isolate Records, bruit, Component Recordings and more.
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