Various ‎– Le Jazz Non (A Compilation Of Nineties NZ Noise)

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1 Gate (3) To Kiss The Wall
Guitar, Tape, Programmed By – Michael Morley
2 Rain (4) Invisible
Guitar – Danny ButtLyrics By, Drums – Peter StapletonRecorded By, Mixed By – Rain (4)Vocals – Kim Pieters
3 Witcyst Witcyst Play Piano Is Spirit
Piano – M. Witcyst*
4 Thela Look Out! The Fucking Hot Jet
Drums – Paul Douglas (2)Guitar – Dean Roberts, Dion Workman
5 Sandoz Lab Technicians It's All Just 3:33
6 Empirical Howsomever
Saw [Shimsaw, Saw-blade], Electronics [Amp] – Marcel Bear
7 Omit The Encompassing
Synthesizer, Effects [Treatments], Noises [Feedback], Performer [Garbage Can] – Omit
8 RST Event [Edit]
Guitar, Electronics [Transistor] – Andrew Moon
9 Doramaar Acidez Max 0'4°
Drums – Kim PietersGuitar – Adria Morgan, Sara StephensonRecorded By, Mixed By – Doramaar
10 Lame & Sorry Minus Eleven
Guitar – Big Sorry Brown, Little Lame McGee
11 A Handful Of Dust The Kaballah Of The Horse Pegasus
Drums – Peter StapletonGuitar – Bruce RussellRecorded By – James GreigViolin – Alastair Galbraith
12 Surface Of The Earth 4:02
Guitar, Electronics – D. Smith*, P. Toohey*, T. McGurk*

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Packaged in printed, foldover card wallet with CD in separate inner sleeve, plus two cards featuring an essay by Nick Cain entitled "Free Noise" - It's the New Thing.

1 - Rec. My Pit PC, 20/2/96
2 - Rec. and mixed Nov. 1994.
3 - Rec. Whau Valley Primary School, 19/9/95.
4 - Rec. Dec. 1995.
5 - Rec. 9/12/95 at 9 Canongate, Dunedin.
6 - Rec. Jan 1996 at Bear Hotmelt on cassette 4-track.
7 - Rec. Dec. 1995.
8 - From Event Horizon LP (Imperial).
9 - Rec. and mixed at Purakaunui.
11 - Rec. live to Video 8 at the Dux de Lux, Christchurch, 17/8/95.
12 - Rec. at Thistle Hall, Wellington, 27/12/94.



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September 5, 2016
IT APPEARS - TO my delighted ears - that there is a movement going on in New Zealand these days and it's not a resurgence of the Dunedin sound neither. Bruce Russell (guitarist for A HANDFUL OF DUST) is the founder and chief instigator of this fabulous label, and is single handedly leading the charge, setting the stage and proudly carrying the flag of NZ "Free Noise." What is "Free Noise" you ask? Nick Cain sums it up for us in the liner notes found in the labels now trademark natural cardstock packaging as "the soundbite label which has been applied to a certain brand of newly emergent New Zealand musical activity. It is 'free' because it adheres to principles of improvisation, and it is 'noise' because in rhythm, texture, tone, melody and volume it is outside the parameters of what is domestically accepted as 'music.'" Among the bands, as far reaching as Port Chalmers; Auckland; Blenheim; Christchurch and Wellington - SURFACE OF THE EARTH are one of my new found favorites. What you experience are 12 unique manifestations of sound (some with words) that transport the listener on a shimmering non-dimensional carpet ride via transistors, tapes, garbage cans, shimsaw (a shimsaw is a stretched band of steel with pick-ups); saw-blades and some piano and guitar. Songs of note include Michael Morley of GATE "To Kiss the Wall"; THELA "Look Out! The Fucking Hot Jet"; RAIN doing "Invisible" with Kim Peters on vocals; LAME & SORRY "Minus Eleven" featuring Alastair Galbraith as Little Lame McGee; SANDOZ LAB TECHNICIANS "It's All Just" and the organic drone of SURFACE OF THE EARTH. Pay attention to the sounds because thru all this experimentation comes divination. And as the title suggests - Jazz it's not - but like Jazz (improvisational), it's the start of something big that could define a culture - and a music.