Arvo Zylo – ‘333’ DVD
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. *At this time, it looks like there will be a version with less than 33 artists and a proper DVD menu, as well as an edition with all of the material that is a data DVD, due to an oversight in terms of how DVD menu design works.
Blood Rhtyhms – ‘Cutting Teeth’
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.
Architeuthis Dux – ‘Submergence’
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.
Machine Listener – ‘Sentient System’
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.