Recently I bought a CD. When I sat down to listen to it on the stereo in my home office, it skipped in several places in track 2. Then it started skipping a lot more in track 3. I took it out, wiped some dust off it, tried track 3 again. It started skipping again at the same point in the track. I took it out again, ran a lens cleaner in the player, tried again. Same deal. Tried it the next day in my car player and it played fine, even though I know from experience that other CDs I have have a high tendency to skip in that player, and it gets especially skippy when driving on bumpy streets. The only theory I can come to about the home player is that some heavy bass frequencies in the music on the disc itself are causing vibrations that throw the player off. I think it’s absurd that a device intended for playing music can be thrown off by vibration, because after all, music is vibration, duh!

Record players are even worse. I enjoy listening to an LP on my turntable until my wife gets up and walks across the room or my kid starts jumping around and the needle jumps. But at least a record will still play continuously if it gets a speck of dust on it. It’ll just make some undesirable additional surface noise for each speck of dust, yeah that’s great. Anyone remember when CDs first came out and the instructions they would come with? You have to hold it veeeery carefully by the edges; don’t let it get any dust on it; and then if you do get something on it and you try to wipe it off with something, the thing you wipe it with just ends up depositing more crud on it! Don’t let it lay around outside its brittle plastic case and get scuffed up, either… any of that stuff happens and it won’t play right at all. It’s as if the inventors of the format expected all of us to be doing all our music listening in a laboratory cleanroom. Ridiculous.

Tell you this, though: I ain’t never heard a tape skip.

By the way I am now sold out of tapes of this (downloads still infinitely available):

But I do still have some hella good Mahler Haze stuff on pro-CDR in the Storenvy — Coming Events Cast Their Shadow Before (recently reviewed on The Vital Weekly), and Final Vapour.

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.

This weekend, motherfuckers!

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THE FOLLOWING ARE OUT NOW:

  • CFX-13 Distant Trains “Explortation”
  • CFX-14 Consciousness Prism “Nexus”
  • CFX-15 Rantau Ranjau / L’Eclipse Nue “Seeds of Sickness”
  • CFX-16 Vales “Boat Impressions”
  • CFX-17 Raven “Give Blood for Oil”
  • CFX-18 Third I “Glitch Pieces”

See the catalog page or the Storenvy or the bandcamp for details and ordering.

I’m too tired to say much more right now so here’s a bunch of photos of tapes:

Explortation

Nexus

Rantau Ranjau & L'Eclipse Nue

Boat Impressions

Give Blood for Oil

Third I "Glitch Pieces"

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!