Noisevember – of Swift Noise(s) and Silences

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This November is a great season for Noise. For one thing we’re (i.e. I’m organizing and whoever wants to is submitting) doing the Swift Noise Tribute, more about which I’ve posted here. But, to reiterate swiftly: As a tribute to when Taylor Swift brought 8 seconds of noise to #1 of the Canadian iTunes charts. And this was before she took the brave step to withdraw her tracks from Spotify – while I’m not a fan of her music (each to their own), something I do respect her for…

(edit: this does not mean that I also respect her for building eyesore-esque seawalls in Rhode Island and other things I was told in the meanwhile… but unless other artists who whined about spotify but nonetheless did not withdraw their music. that’s all, thanks – 13.11.14. evening)

So far the compilation has met some great response with the Soundcloud group for the compilation already boasting almost 80 submissions (and new ones still coming in)!

The DEADLINE to submit your tracks is November 21st, by which time everybody wanting to submite (please, also those with their track already on soundcloud) send me a

!!!! .wav or .aiff !!!!

of the track and please clearly state the following in the email:

Artist Name | Track Name | your www

to swiftnoise[at]ivorybunker[dot]com

Also please have a bit of patience with me as this has turned into a rather big project and I’m having an unusually busy time with my day-job(s) as it is… good things take a while (yes, let’s stick with that one!)

~(sorry, should have stated that more clearly from the beginning, but in the spur of the moment a few things went a bit head over heel….)~

Oh, and please spread the word!

The second thing happening this November is something Lydia Morgan aka µ has dubbed Noisevember: The con7cept is quite simple and elegant – make 1 (one) Track everyday for all of Noisevember. In the wider genre of Noise.

Which is why I decided to go back to the very roots of Noise, i.e. Silence.

Well, there is a bit of a concept behind it all:

A part of the inspiration was that I have a memory of hearing a John Cage interview in a TV Documentation that ran on arte sometimes in the 90s to speak of “coloring the silence in different layers” (any help to ID this would be appreciated! hidari[at]gmx]net)

The second notion is more of a technical nature and has to do with the Noisefloor, the hopefully minimal to non-existent but also there at least in threat (and as a fact with my soundcard) little amount of noise (almost) every recording comes with. And with the simple fact that when you add signals of the same nature/frequency and same loudness on to each other they get amplified. Due to the fact that there are fluctuations in the noise – because basically it is white noise – there is also a certain degree of modulation between the signals.

Anyway – while apparently you are listening to silence, there is constant change in the minimal signal over the course of the 30 days. So if you turn your amplification up far enough or – even better – download the files and normalize them you can listen to a second layer of composition which is actually, as the name Noisevember suggests – noise.

Vintage Dubs at Dondrine – now on Dystopian Dub Discotheque

re: canada: I’ll be back with a proper update on Swift Noise real soon – so far it’s going great, so stay tuned!

Far from Jamaica, post-mortem dub:

It’s time to use this the day past All Hallow’s Ween Eve to return from the dead a very special project, at least in form of the resurrecting some of the recordings that were done:

Thus, via Dystopian Dub Discotheque, who recently brought you Nonjah Tunes 3, is another aural trip into bass & echoes ursuppe and intensified realms of psychedelic existenti-agogo:

[ddd001] - Dystopian Dub Developments: Live Cuts 2005/06

(release page on Dystopian Dub Discotheque wiki here!)

So, feel invited to have a listen to past meanderings…  or as yours truly can be heard invoking Dionysus on Track 05:  “Onto the Orgy…”

Meanwhile, some more background:

cd backDystopian Dub Developments started their live as being just the regulars at Dondrine Dub Developments, a monthly Jam session which, while in the name of Dub, did often drift into all kinds of genres and fused improvisation with electronica, dub with freejazz, drone with metal and whatever with anyways…

Running at Dondrine from 2005-2007 after which the core members Adam Strang, DFKT, Mario Stereo, Bernd Rausch, Emerson Spitfire and myself continued (with varying guests) continued to perform as Dystopian Dub Developments (and once, supporting Dub Trio at Arena Wien as Two-Sheds Dub Develpments.

A first collection of cuts from the inline recordings we used to do at almost all sessions was done in 2006, post-processed and mastered by myself only to make it to a run of about 15-20 cdrs, most of which given away for free).

As a special treat Violetta Parisini features on two of the tracks on Live Cuts.

Well, now thanks to the possibilities of the advanced interwebs, especial big up to Bandcamp,  distribution (as Pay as thou Wilt digital files) has become easier than ever giving us finally the means to reasonably release the highlights from years of jamming and hours (days if not weeks!) worth of material to pick from, so expect more soon.  So here, via DDD Bandcamp:

Up next on Dystopian Dub Discotheque will be

[ddd002] – The Difference Engine: Elektrokrishna Tape Dub Sessions a collaboration between DFKT and myself recorded in 1997/1998. O tempora, o lo-rez

Furthermore the previous two volumes of Nonjah Tunes will go up to the same Bandcamp page over the coming days  so you can find all in one place!

And let’s not forget – if you’re a producer of “out there”, experiemental, free dub or even dubnihilism, get in touch and send links to demo tracks (no attachments, plz) to dubnihilist[ at ]dystopiandubdiscotheque [dot] com


Swift Noise Compilation – Because it happened! (submit now!)

screen shot 2014-10-22 at 8.24.02 am.pngOn October 21st 2014 something wonderful happened: After a Glitch on behalf of iTunes 8 Seconds of White Noise were released under the somewhat cryptic title “Track 3″ but by  rather well known Artist Taylor Swift.


Now while some Trend-Spotters have predicted a rise in popularity for the Noise Genre, it was apparently only through the help of an artist well established in another genre that finally a Noise track made it to #1 in the charts. Yes, you read that correctly, as uncountable newsoutlets and blogs report

TRACK 3 went straight to #1 in the Canadian iTunes charts. Or, for example, CNN. Or Business Insider.

And already you can find reviews of the track, or the question if this is the best track on her 1989 album.
edit 15.11.2014 – removed video link to track because no longer working. please search yourself. sorry. thanks.


Well, WE, the international Noise scene realized quickly that Taylor Swift is nothing short of a pioneer and thus decided to pay tribute.

Swift Noise – is a Tribute Compilation in progress and a Soundcloud Group where Noisemakers near and far are invited to contribute their 8 Sec long “Tribute to when Taylor Swift brought Noise to #1 in the Canadian Charts” compilation

it’s the beauty of the Glitch!
it’s ‘Pataphysics all over again – not only was it unintentional, but we can also see the pataphysical concept of Szyzygy at work: The Pun, for as Thibault Autheman who suggested the title pointed thusly out, it all started with a Swift Noise…

Thus, Noisemakers (and Discordian Popes):

– everybody submit their 8 Second of white noise!!!

For now: Upload to Soundcloud and share to Group:


email to:

There’s a tentative deadline of 31-Oct. 2014, but stay tuned to stay posted…

A Facebook Event has been created here.

Spread the news to all Noiseheads worldwide – Let’s all be heard for 8 Seconds!!

Born on Nietzschemas – Nonjah Tunes 3 and…

… with it Dystopian Dub Discotheque, a new digital label for dubnihilism and fringe dub freshly founded and maintained by yours truly as an after-effect of the Dystopian Dub Developments…  And what better way to get things rolling that with Nonjah Tunes 3?!

Nonjah3-a2 copyIt has become a tradition to celebrate Nietzsche’s Birthday, or Nietzschemas as a Dubnihilist lovingly tends to call it, by releasing a compilation of Dub, Dub inspired or Anti-Dub tracks.

So, in time for the Philosopher‘s 170th Birthday, via Röcken, Naumburg, Basel and Milan we arrive at Volume 3 and with it at another, maybe even more whateveristic, milestone for dubnihilism:

While Nonjah Tunes 1 and Nonjah Tunes 2 were released on Digital Vomit Records, having been compiled via an open call of their forum, DV’s Cease to Exist – or at least Persist-move of recent made it seem appropriate to have Nonjah Tunes 3 as the first of the series to be released on my own brand new dub label Dystopian Dub Discotheque. And as its inaugural release:

Nonjah Tunes 3

Once again, via an open call for submissions, we arrived at a great compilation of interesting music following a loose definition of Dub or Dubnihilism, but even one or two tracks slightly beyond the fringes of dub; a challenging but entertaining listening experience:

1.Autonomaton – Atmosphere

2.Thee Crumb – The Torchbearer (1209 Mix)

3.Remote Origin – November

4.Plan x Sonny Blake – Atme

5.Keith Hic – In the centre of the Lucid

6.Tantrumist – Vacationbreak

7.Hardoff – iDubWrong

8. Verbalizer – The House of the Rising Sun Recorded in Russian Taxi on the Phone

9. his Namelessness Is Legion – Babylon via Röcken, Naumburg and Tyburn

10. µ – Collage #3 Think God out of Existence

11.Scrambled Ego – Repetitve Reign Injury

12.Shanks Pony – Chilling with Nixon (how high was he?)

13.DevilMonkey feat Benjamin James Wylie – World Destruction (Timezone cover)

14.Autonomaton – Opera Dub

Above: bandcamp – there: ddd003 release info/dl

But there’s more great stuff to come via Dystopian Dub Discotheque soon, the next two releases, planned for early November, will be

ddd001 – Dystopian Dub Developments: Live Cuts

ddd002 – The Difference Engine: Elektrokrishna Tape-Dub Sessions

Furthermore but not least: makers of dubnihilism, fringe dub, etc. should get in touch with demos… So make sure to head over to Dystopian Dub Discotheque and Blah Chess!

And a happy Nietzschemas to you all!

As I enter sagehood… – 40% off on bandcamp!



Alas how time flies… It feels like it was only yesterday (it was!) that I decided to celebrate my upcoming birthday by giving you the biggest discount on bandcamp to date. A whopping 40% off if you enter the code “evil_sage” at checkout.

This “evil_sage” offer starts on Oct. 9th 2014 and ends on the 13th of October at Midnight. So let him who hath understanding reckon age and date and/or whatever. Everyone else head over to my bandcamp page and treat yourself…

(The Great Black Matter Swindle 1 for example! Part Two also available)

(Or the ambient space adventures of Some Stars not yet Black Holes – or head for the free/pay as you like remix album!)

(Or if you’re more in the mood for some industrial/noise/drone sound, there’s also one his Namelessness is Legion album there)..

And there is quite a few more on my Bandcamp page, like Also Spoke Zerothruster where this Track comes from:

And plenty more – including a few Pay as you like/Free ones!

So head over, treat yourselves and celebrate my entering evil sagehood… by entering “evil_sage” (obviously without the ” “s)…



See you!