REVIEWS

Martyr Of Sores ‘Speaking In Tongues’ C90
Musique Machine
Review by Roger Batty

Speaking in Tongues is a C90 release from one of Richard Ramirez’s many walled noise projects. The tape offers up two side long tracks worth of rewarding & entrancing wall-craft from this Texas based master of the form.

The first sides track is entitled What It Means To Speak In Tongues. This wall offers up a meeting between rapidly billowing end churning bass bound low-end noise texturing, which is weaved by thinner mid-ranged noise patterns that take in jittering, juddering & skipping textures. The formal tone structure of the wall remains fairly firm through-out the tracks length, but Ramirez coaxers out some subtle & rewarding shifts with-in the walls layers. The track ends with a sample of a preacher talking about legion.

The second side is entitled Legion, and it starts with a sample of a preacher discussing talking in tongues, more about legion, and lastly about demons. Pretty soon the wall comes in, and it’s quite a hazed, muffled yet suffocating affair- it brings together a stretched out sludgy bound judder, which is ebbed by this junk metal like jittering texture. The stretched-out & muffled judder remains fairly firm & fixed through-out (though it does get more blurred/ hazed from time to time), but the junk element sort of slides in & out of been muffled, more intense, or agitated.

Each tape comes wrapped in a doubled sided white paper sleeve, which features line drawings of medieval architecture. With the tape you also get bronze/gold inlay card that features old wood print like illustrations of various forms of witch trial like drowning- the whole thing comes 4″x6″ clear zip lock bag.

All in all this is a very worthy tape with two lengthy & appealing walls on offer, added to that the packaging it’s self is rather neat & effective working well with the concept of the project & this release. This came out in late August 2014 in a edition of 18 copies- so you might get lucky & still be able to snag yourself a copy.
4/5

Vomir / Acerbitas ‘Split’ Recycled C90
Metallic Imagery Blog
2014

vomir obviously needs no introduction. acerbitas is the creation of quagga curious label head michael ridge and he brings a level of brutality that stands up admirably next to the master of harsh noise wall.
this is nearly eighty minutes of absolutely unrelenting auditory destruction. and the packaging is another high-point: the recycled maxell cassette comes wrapped in pieces of a garbage bag and sealed with a sticker, tucked inside of a small clear plastic bag with a hand-numbered insert and limited to just twenty-five copies.
when I discovered this release, I had previously never heard of quagga curious sounds, but a quick perusal of their back catalogue will be enough to make any noise fan take notice. with releases from torturing nurse, dead body collection, kylie minoise, and government alpha, the music alone is worthwhile. then add in the fact that every release is hand-crafted in editions of anywhere from ten to fifty copies each and you have a very collectible label whose releases sell out almost instantly.
although nearly everything, including this split, is sold out from the label itself, several releases are available on discogs…this split included. do your best to support the label and the artists involved.

Richard Ramirez ‘Wrangle’ C20
Soundaries Blog
Review by Sam Hunt
2013

Following a seemingly-unbreakable chain of quality, Quagga Curious Sounds have accommodated room for Richard Ramirez, a seasoned veteran of harsh noise and a familiar name to many.
Along with typically-enticing QCS packaging (a naked, well-endowed male emblazoning the main artwork within the zip-bag, accompanied by bondage tape and a complimentary tissue), Ramirez unleashes schizophrenic, panicky harsh noise on both sides of the tape.
“Jack Wrangler” on side A consists of a foundation of alternating drones, switching between abrasive and humming, which is constantly and frantically attacked by wonderfully-executed bursts of harsh noise, like an aggressor being attacked in vain.
Side B’s “Orange Hanky Left” is a more progressive affair, dragging muddy, marshy harshness through half of its timespan, reminiscent of HNW but not quite as oppressive, before jarring into muddy schizoid noise and slowly building up the chaos to a frantic climax. For more visual metaphors, imagine a dead body being dragged through a forest before being dismembered and pulverised until the perpetrator sinks into self-destruction. Yeah, imagine that.
8/10

K2 ‘Funeral Songs’
Best Albums of 2012 (Part 2)
5:4 Blog
Simon Cummings

“Noise is an absurdly mistreated medium, & it’s tempting to hold one’s hands up in despair at the glut of instantly forgettable detritus released in its name. What makes Kimihide Kusafuka’s music so compelling is its interplay with—&, when appropriate, disregard for—notions of control, order & coherence. For an aesthetic so irrevocably at the cusp of all-out anarchy, there’s a considerable amount of narrative intelligibility in Funeral Songs, enabling one to make subjective but nonetheless meaningful sense of what is by anyone’s account one hell of a sonic ride. The best noise album of 2012, & by a long margin”
(Ranked 10th)

The Haters / blackhumour C30
Special Interests Magazine: General Sound Discussion
Andrew McIntosh

“15 Minute Glitch” is hissy, trebly and grimey in sound as feedback, voices, electronic sounds and who knows what else are looped and layered upon each other. As usual with much Haters work, the extent of the spiral’s time and the intricacy of the layers make each sound collide and compliment each other, giving the whole a feeling of both constant change and unchanging wholeness. The result is a pleasing mess of sounds under layers of hiss, discernible but unrecognisable.
By contrast, blackhumour takes a single sample, a brief sigh of a woman’s voice, and extends it into a piece of pure minimalism, very reminiscent of Reich’s early tape work. The sample is looped and layered at varying speeds and structure is basic, the stereo panning or giving and taking of a layer in a different tone or tempo made sparingly and carefully. The sparcity of the minimalist concept is offset by the changes and subtle structuring – this piece is best heard with headphones.

Chefkirk: Burl!!!! CDr
VITAL WEEKLY
number 669
week 11 2009

Roger H Smith on no-input mixer + sampler- 12 tracks of experimental noise and now only two left so get in your order now!- staccato hiss and feedback sounds, clicks et al. obviously modulated which is the problem here, well the problem is letting the modernist grand narrative in by the backdoor – “experimental” noise – like military intelligence, an oxymoron of huge proportions through which pin prink a thousand dead philosophers appear and not so much walk as talk again the dead weight of history the modernity of technics and experiment, the curse of all zombies is to feed of the living, you see a zombie is an oxymoron also as is the idea of killing one by a bullet in the head.. “Experimental music refers, in the English-language literature, to a compositional tradition which arose in the mid-twentieth century, particularly in North America, and whose most famous and influential exponent was John Cage (Grant 2003, 174). More loosely, the term is used to describe music within specific genres that pushes against their boundaries or definitions, or else whose approach is a hybrid of disparate styles, or incorporates unorthodox, new, distinctly unique ingredients” – and that is not noise is it playmates? Or is a no input mixer pushing against any boundaries- there are non – once again everybody say ‘Il n’y a pas de hors-texte’ – and again ‘Il n’y a pas de hors-texte’. (jliat)

Audiocum: Do Not Send Bullets By Mail 3″CDr
Stock Footage Zine, Issue 2 2009

This is a total noise symphony. Only we don’t know how many movements there are. And where they start and end for that matter.
Okay, the pro-noise YouTube ranters may not strictly agree with the “symphony” idea, but the track on this CD has a level of progression and variation that would definitely render some crazy graphic score. Alright, I’ll stop the classical bullshit.
“Do Not Send Bullets By Mail” is a 16-and-half-minute long track on a beautifully-designed MCD, that actually comes with a real bullet shell through the post. And you get the feel that French guy Audiocum is really quite a serious man.
It kicks straight in with low-end distortion and immediately grabs hold of you. And wonderfully, unlike many an epic noise song, the track progresses and progresses throughout, throwing in brand new sounds, highly varied textures and a wide range of dynamics and extremity.
The thing I like about this track is that it’s quite blatantly harsh as fuck, but seriously mixes it up. The track can rumble for a while, then throw out some piercing, evil fucking sounds all of a sudden, and then random, spasmodic blurts of noise interrupting gaps of silence. And all these kind of “sections” fit well with each other, and are well-placed and well-timed. Things seem to last as long as they need to; there’s no really strong sense of the track either dragging on or being too frenetic. There’s a good sense of control, which gives off a professional impression about Audiocum, like he knows what he’s doing.
This is why “symphony” springs to mind. The track is always moving, but in a logical, controlled way. There’s far more ups and downs, changes of pace and feel and such like than most. And the sixteen minutes that it lasts give that grandiose level that symphonies have.
Admittedly, it may become slightly dismissible or stagnant at times, but I put this mainly down to the length of the track myself. And even with the long running time, Audiocum uses it wisely and gives plenty of necessary variation.
Strongly-composed, capturing noise. I like it, I really do. And I feel a bit of a tit comparing it to a symphony when the back of the CD proudly states “Music is shit, Audiocum is Satan.”
8.3/10

Old QCS Review from losingtoday.com (Please note this is from a time when I used Myspace)
07-06-2009
Singled Out
Missive 210

http://www.myspace.com/quaggacurioussoundsandoddities – mentioned this imprint loosely in passing just a second ago when we happened across Norwich noise niks Zebra Mu on the Love Torture my space player. Anyway both Zebra Mu and Quagga Curious Sounds are headed up by Michael Ridge.
Okay any questions?
Well to date there have been some dozen or so releases – most appear long since sold out (in fact about 90% of the catalogue all told) and much to the furious sounds of gnashing teeth appear to have passed us by. Don’t fret though because releases by Audiocum and Carl Kruger are still available (just) both looking handsomely packaged with the former coming replete with a brass bullet shell which for those of you – like me – into your inserts and weird packages is surely a thing of desire. We here are thinking loads of head drilling ear gear here for all you admirers of all things Kylie Minoise, At War with False Noise, Kovorox, Tayside Mental Health and the such like. Five tracks loom large on the player of death opening with an excerpt from what we assume will be a forthcoming Splinter Vs Stalin split, alas no information on this lot though safe to say they make the kind of sound that would peel paint from walls and no doubt bend metal, an unrelenting no prisoners taken slab of squalling white noise sand storm that frankly sounds like its going to implode and disintegrate on itself any second soon as it pushes through the frequency tolerances. Described by Mr Ridge as ’harsh as fuck noise’ Audiocum do indeed push the ante with their acid bath aural atrocity, brutal and blistered this wilfully aggressive attack upon the senses and lobes is as ferocious as they come all served up as searing splinters of pummelling skree storms which despite their initial acute abruptness sound quite lulling and mesmeric once that is your head has retuned itself to the seizure stricken melee entailing within. Mind you nothing quite prepares you for the all out blitzkrieg of the sonic warring undertaken by Carl Kruger, culled from his ultra limited ‘the state is violence’ set which is apparently based on the book ‘Anarchism is American‘ – Kruger hits you square in the face with his attrition based aural contortions, a menacing spectacle of grating mayhem and butchered ad hoc time signatures jettisoned at speed and revealing itself all at once as a cacophonous carnage of circuit bending cruelty to which admirers of Hijokaidan will do well to seek at your earliest inconvenience. Sadly Chefkirk refused to play ball as did the Dead Wood track but then I guess you get the general idea of what’s afoot here.

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