Iszoloscope

Iszoloscope

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Yann Faussurier underwent a lot of introspection before arriving at the sinister, squalling noise he now produces as Iszoloscope. Dismissive of any mainstream music ("it always has been a real joke to me"), Faussurier found his place on the vast musical continuum through videogames, of all things. A fervent gamer, he says he derived a lot of his esthetic direction from games like Doom¸ Nocturne and Unreal Tournament and a sci-fi shooter called R-Type, all of which combine moody action and eerie soundtracks. After becoming acquainted with the menacing atmospherics of artists like The Future Sound Of London, Coil and Scorn, Faussurier began DJing at CHUO 89.1 FM (the University of Ottawa's radio station) with friend François Bénard. The two started composing original music together in 1999. Caustic and experimental, the work they created under the esoteric Iszoloscope moniker consisted of heavily processed ambience and bristling noisy beats. The duo's first full-length, Coagulating Wreckage, was released on Belgium's Spectre label in September, 2001; by then, however, Bénard had already quit the project. That suited Faussurier just fine. After gathering field-recorded samples, he manipulates them with all sorts of effects. Faussurier has no preconceived ideas of the result; the processed samples end up sounding nothing like the source material, which is what makes albums like Aquifère (2002) and Au Seuil Du Néant (2003, Ant-Zen) sound so alien.

As of today, Iszoloscope has remixed countless artists, appeared on dozens compilations, produced 2 more full length albums on the German label Ant-Zen Les Gorges Des Limbes (2004), and The Audient Void (2005) along with several EPs and collaborations on the European labels Yb70 and Ad Noiseam. A lot of electronic music tends to be bold and shimmering; Iszoloscope's sound is more jagged and elusive. What makes the project even more unusual is the fact that such outlandish noise should emanate from a burgh like Ottawa: O-Town ain't exactly a buzzword in electronic circles.

In 2008 Guillaume Nadon joined as active member of Iszoloscope.
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Iszoloscope Discography Tracks

Albums

Iszoloscope Coagulating Wreckage (Album) Spectre Belgium 2001 Sell This Version
NA05 Iszoloscope Aquifère(CD, Album) Nautilus (2) NA05 Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
act 138.3 Iszoloscope This Monstrosity Is Part Of My Fibric(LP) Ant-Zen act 138.3 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
act 138 Iszoloscope Au Seuil Du Néant(2xCD, Album) Ant-Zen act 138 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
act178 Iszoloscope Les Gorges Des Limbes(CD, Album) Ant-Zen act178 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
act189 Iszoloscope The Audient Void(CD, Album) Ant-Zen act189 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
act 258 Iszoloscope The Edge Of Certainty(CD, Album) Ant-Zen act 258 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Iszoloscope False Vacuum (Album) Ant-Zen Germany 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Iszoloscope Solistice(2xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Not On Label (Iszoloscope Self-Released) none 2001
S10 Iszoloscope · Antigen Shift Iszoloscope · Antigen Shift - The Blood Dimmed Tide(CD, Mini) Spectre S10 Belgium 2002 Sell This Version
adn 25 Tarmvred And Iszoloscope Tarmvred And Iszoloscope - Do America(CD, Maxi) Ad Noiseam adn 25 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
YB70 09 Iszoloscope / Ebola Iszoloscope / Ebola - Split(CD, EP) Yb70 YB70 09 France 2004 Sell This Version
act257 Iszoloscope Beyond Within(CD, EP) Ant-Zen act257 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
none Iszoloscope Actaeontor(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Iszoloscope Self-Released) none 2011
none Iszoloscope Halloween Theme (2016 Edit)(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Iszoloscope Self-Released) none Netherlands 2016

Compilations

Iszoloscope Beyond Within And So On (Comp) Ant-Zen US 2010
none Iszoloscope Iszoloscope(M/Stick, Comp, Ltd + 33xFile, FLAC + 33xFile, MP3,) Not On Label (Iszoloscope Self-Released) none 2011 Sell This Version

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industrialgyrl

industrialgyrl

August 26, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
Sorry to disagree with Reticulum on this....but "one of the big guns"? In name maybe, but not if you actually listen to them. What isnt meandering ambient pseudo-disguised as rhythmic noise is rushed and frankly very subpar "breakcore". What I hear when I listen to them is a very juvenile attempt at "something" in this general region, but nothing solid at all. Its like they want want to be all subgenres (rhythmic noise, dark ambient, and breakcore) all at once. Its a giant muddled MESS! You want the big guns?: Imminent [Starvation], PAL, and Synapscape. Theyre the ones who started it (unless you want to get super anally-retentive and call in Esplendor Geometrico). If you want quality rhythmic noise truly representative of the genre look to the above-mentioned artists + dont hesitate to check out Dazzling Malicious, Aural Blasphemy, and Idyl while youre at it. I guarantee that if youre a TRUE rhythmic noise fan, youll thank me
Reticulum_Flux

Reticulum_Flux

January 29, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
One of the big guns in the rhythmic noise music category. Iszoloscope first debuted in 2001 with his Coagulating Wreckage album. It was crunchy hard noise with little rhythm or direction. Next up was Aquifere in 2002 - this was quite a change from the first release. This album would see Iszo take on ambience and recreate the feeling of being trapped in an underwater tunnel. 2003's Au Seuil Du Neant was his next effort. This album perfected what he did with his first CD - rhythmic noise. It was clear at this time where Iszoloscope was heading... or was it? In 2004 he released his Les Gorges Des Limbes CD. A extremely dark ambient album with no beats what so ever. 2005's The Audient Void would see Iszo return to noise, but this time many more electronics were added in and gave a club edge to his music. While Iszoloscope continues to change directions he manages to get better and better with each release.

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