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[Music] JOHN 3:16 – Sinner’s Prayer

  Wave after wave of beautifully crunchy, hypnotic drone is what makes JOHN 3:16’s new release (a reissue from 2011, apparently), a 30-minute affair, so appealing. The guitar playing is so heavily textured that you feel like a sonic blanket has wrapped you up, making you forget, albeit temporarily, the vagaries of the world.  Drone …

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[Music] Frail Digit Lamb’s Tongue – Just Rulings in the Court of Astaroth?

I normally don’t cover much noise because the scene is filled with garbage.  Most of it consists of nihilists more interested in shocking their readers with crap record covers than constructing sonic art.  Most sound like a teenage kid flipping on the switch to their mother’s vacuum, recording it, and tacking on a diatribe and …

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[Music] Halim El-Dabh – Wire Recorder Piece (1944)

Egyptian-American composer Halim El-Dabh may well have been the first person to compose a piece in the style of Musique Concrète. There are arguments as to whether he or Pierre Schaeffer were first, and no one can say for sure. Sadly, he departed this mortal coil yesterday. Many thanks to my friend, George Miskedakis, for …

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[Music] Experimental Groundbreakers Controlled Bleeding Straddle the Primal and Cerebral

Controlled Bleeding were among the greatest of the post-Industrial acts the United States ever produced.  Bandcamp does a great job letting Paul Lemos speak of the band’s history, development, the loss of members Chris Moriarty and Joe Papa, and his future plans.

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[Music] George Hadow / Dirk Serries – Outermission

George Hadow in an English percussionist currently residing in Amsterdam. It was a bit of a shock to see that he would be pairing with Dirk Serries, who won his fame as Vidna Obmana, his dark ambient project out of Belgium, but they blend together rather nicely.

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[Music] Simon James – Akiha Den Den

  I think this is a case where the description of Simon James’ latest release speaks for itself: This vinyl and CD package collects electronic music created for an abandoned space: Akiha Den Den, the crumbling amusement park at the centre of a surreal radio drama, and the setting for a story woven from the …

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