Metek is the musical works of Fredrik Nilsson of Sweden. The newly ventured netlabelish aspect of The Centipede Farm proudly presents this digital release of “My Ordinary Life”. We asked him some questions about it too:
CF: How long have you been doing this kind of music? Have you had other projects or bands you’ve been involved in?
M: yes yes . I had a broken taperecorder I use to play around with when I was only 10 years … I recorded animals at wong speed at the farm where I grew up ..
CF: You described the piece as being about “my struggle … and the extremeness I feel”. And yet the title, “My Ordinary Life” seems to contradict the idea of extremeness. Do you mean to say that extremeness is ordinary for you?
M: yes I am extreme . I have an extreme way to experience the world around me . I have a extreme way to express myself but that is my everyday so I guess its normal for me and ofcours other people who experience things the same way.
CF: are you able to elaborate on that extremeness and struggle and how it influences your music and this piece in particular?
M: hmm dont really understand this question but I try to answer anyway .. I think evolve all the time both as a human being and as a musichian .. I try to find new was to express myself as dynamic and multifaceted as possible .. I see myself doing that the same way I develop as a musichian
Also keep on the lookout for upcoming Metek split releases with Jan-Morten Iversen, Josef Nadek, and Thirdorgan, and Nilsson’s dark ambient project with Bian, M.v.B, coming soon on Deadtones Records.
Evidently Serbia’s got it goin’ on. Yesterday we brought you some Third I, today it’s our latest Raven joint, two new dynamic walls of grimy noise drone, Djordje continuing to pull his project in a synthier and more layered direction. Also coming this April on cassette tape and download, along with the below.
Day 4 of the spring batch reveal; definitely among Serbia’s most fascinating experimental music projects, Third I have done everything from dark ambient to drone to harsh noise to improvisation, each release a concept of its own and all highly recommendable. “Glitch Pieces” is 14 unique short, high-energy pieces of glitchy, squiggly, electronic sounds and static. A seriously fun listen.
The first two tracks, Rantau Ranjau (Indonesia) interprets nuclear contamination/devastation/mutation through harsh squalls of staticky feedback. For the last two, L’eclipse Nue (Japan/USA) does likewise through the vehicle of noisy old-school electronic industrial that sounds a bit like what I picture it would be like if Skinny Puppy ever decided to just get loose and jam a bit. Sandwiched in between is a collab track nicely combines the elements of both artists’ sounds.
Here’s #2 of my day-by-day reveal of the spring batch. Sam Hayes covers miles of stylistic ground in a mere 25 minutes from minimal melodic synth jam (with live drums!) to crunchy noise to super-chilled droney ambient.
Bloggers, zine-ers, podcasts, traders, feel free to get in touch if something interests you! Several more streams to be released here in the coming days!
Beginning the reveal of the seriously epic Spring 2013 batch of sounds from The Centipede Farm with (finally!) the new Distant Trains release, “Explortation”, a re-purposing of ancient deteriorating cassette recordings of guitar improvisation chronicling my discovery of the wonders of digital delay circa 1996/7, over which I overdubbed and collaged guitars, bass, drums, no-input mixer, keyboards, loops, and various other effects and sounds in 2012/3 to make something new that careens wildly between noise, mellow ambient bits, and crazy instrumental rock jams.
Keep an eye on this space for more new Centipede Farm releases in the works, all of which will also be made available on cassette tape in a couple-three weeks. Great stuff coming up from Raven, Third I, Consciousness Prism, Vales, Rantau Ranjau/L’Eclipse Nue, SBDD, and Nyhos.
One week ago yesterday I loaded some gear into my car, picked up Dave Wren (Moulttrigger) at his house, grabbed some beer, and drove up to Boone, a small town west of Ames that a couple old friends come from but that otherwise doesn’t usually have much going on, where I took part in one of the most epic noise/experimental music gigs I’ve ever been to.
I consider “Zeitgeist 2012″ one of my great triumphs of 2012 even though I honestly don’t feel like I did a lot more than show up and play. But that’s the beauty of it, it came together so organically everybody just put in what they had to offer, though the biggest contributor was no doubt Trent Reis (Juxwl) who hosted it at his occasional show space known as the Elephungeon. I think it was also his PA that we used. Trent really came through big on this. Hell, there was even free food. Going into that weekend I knew this thing would be a success even if this bunch of freak sound artists just ended up playing for each other, because great things were bound to come of our just meeting each other in person, and honestly this scene is very participatory; we don’t care a whole lot about the artist/audience distinction; one thing I’ve noticed happens an awful lot when someone becomes exposed to this scene is that immediately want to start their own noise project. That’s probably why Henry Rollins said in that LA Weekly piece that noise is more punk rock than punk rock ever was. Turned out we got a few people who came just to check out the show, and I think they left with some great tapes and CDs and their minds reeling with sound and freedom. Zeitgeist was the kind of experience that really makes my synapses light up.
Both are available on download and BASF Chrome C-62. Both are awesome.
Mahler Haze “Lupus Dei”
Ghosts of Dead Tables/Bonehole split
P.S. I now have a tumblr.
Awwww damn. Look at those sexycore tapes.
Dave Wren of Des Moines is moulttrigger and “Birds” is his latest opus, built entirely from bird samples, via the National Geographic Guide to Bird Sounds, manipulated and mangled and arranged every which way into various emotional messes. Loopy, droney, noisy, featuring a healthy dose of big low-end rumbles and packed with audio treats for both headphone and speaker listening.
Give it a listen courtesy of the moulttrigger Bandcamp:
Then swing on over to my shiny new Storenvy page to pick up one of these tapes.