This week’s track is “The Gate” from the album “Apocalyptic Metaphors”.
It is inspired by and uses as a base audio source, the introductory scenes from one of the “Cube” films. I believe “Cube 2”, but can’t really remember. The piece symbolically represents the gate of the bottomless pit from Revelation 9. The harsh discomfort of this piece is intended to represent the effects of the release of Apollyon and his demons into the world.
Evolution of Noises
Russolo’s “The Art of Noise”
may have been an unknowing manifesto for what became Industrial music. Much happened in the world of music between 1913 and the late 60’s. Here we now stand almost 20 years into the new century and the evolution of what was pioneered 35, 40, 50 plus years ago by the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Tangerine Dream, Stockhausen, Cage, Z’ev, Coil, Skinny Puppy, Rice etc. etc. has ultimately become “…dripping with boredom stemming from familiarity…” to borrow from Russulo’s writing. It seems to me, the audiences have become content with the same tired old oontz oontz, 303 bass, metallic percussion, distorted voice etc. that was fresh all those years ago. Where do we go from here as composers with all of our fancy technology? Any attempts to go way off the chart are met with complete lack of interest. What is next for “Experimental” music besides everything that has already been done? I love TG and SP and all of the great pioneering efforts of SPK and Lustmord, Merzbow, and Test Dept. However, It has become stagnant and it is time to evolve. I don’t know the answers. I have re-read “The Art of Noise” and it has inspired this line of thinking and I want myself and other composers and listeners to take Russolo’s challenge into the next decade and hear what we can come up with.
- Greg Watkins – 08, July, 2019
Tyrant Flycatcher from the “Enigma” album is perhaps an unusual track for Static in as much as it incorporates the use of higher tempo rhythmic elements. The experiments leading to this track were highly influenced by some of the earlier material from the Skinny Puppy side project known as Download. Tyrant Flycatcher is a mind bending excursion into frenetic rhythms that evolve and collapse yet somehow resist the urge to resolve.
Check out this amazing radio program from Italy. This Sunday will include music from Static of Masses.
Sunday 16 June 2019. H 21.00 – 22.00 Italy time,
UNEXPLAINED SOUNDS GROUP radio transmission,
The Recognition Test # 161, curated by Raffaele Pezzella (a.k.a. Sonologyst) and Rossana Puglisi.
https://extra.resonance.fm/ (Monday, 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. UK time).
https://www.ruc.pt/ (Wednesday, 06.00 – 07.00 p.m. Portugal time).
Synteteka, Igorrr, Hjärnkultur, OFFERBEEST, Murmler, Cristiano Bocci, Static Of Masses, SONOLOGYST, J S-Horseman, ILUITEQ.
Podcast on Mixcloud
Unexplained Sounds Group https://unexplainedsoundsgroup.bandcamp.com/
Eighth Tower Records
This week’s featured track is from the Enigma album. “Angel of the Devil” is probably my personal favorite on that album. It is also a favorite to perform live. The dramatic percussion section at the climax of the piece is a blast to play. The inspiration for this one came from the classic theme of the vampire and his/her struggle to find a place between humanity and oblivion. Please enjoy.
Just added the Industrial Music Electronics Piston Honda Mk3 to the Modular synth arsenal. Within the first few moments, I can already tell this is a beast that will find it’s way into many new recordings.