Zoviet France

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Zoviet France is an idiosyncratic collective of anonymous postindustrialists, dronologists, and pseudo-ethnomusicologists. Their investigations have taken them into fictional cultures where nothing is easily located and reality often slips into the hypnagogic. Having secluded themselves in Newcastle, England since their inception in 1980, Zoviet France have developed a radical relationship with the cheap technologies of old-fashioned tape recorders, homemade acoustic instruments, primitive looping and sampling devices, and basic dub trickery. From these machines, the collective has crafted a distinctly unique vocabulary of postindustrial sonic hypnosis. Just as Zoviet France's sound was alchemic reconfigurations of inexpensive technologies, their vinyl packaging literally covered their sounds with aluminum, roofing shingles and porcelain.

Members:
Lisa Hale (1980-1981)
Robin Storey (1980-1992)
Peter Jensen (1980-1984)
Ben Ponton (1980-present)
Paolo di Paolo (1984-1986)
Mark Spybey (1987-1989)
Andy Eardley (1990-1995)
Mark Warren (1995-present)
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Zoviet France Discography Tracks

Albums

Zoviet France - :Garista: album art :$oviet:France:* :Garista: (Album) Not On Label UK 1982 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Mohnomishe album art :zoviet-france:* Mohnomishe (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Eostre album art :Zoviet:France:* Eostre (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music album art :zoviet-france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music (Album) Singing Ringing, Red Rhino Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Misfits, Loony Tunes And Squalid Criminals album art Soviet France* Misfits, Loony Tunes And Squalid Criminals (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Gesture Signal Threat album art :zoviet-france:* Gesture Signal Threat (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Loh Land album art :zoviet-france:* Loh Land (Album) Staaltape Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Assault And Mirage album art :zoviet-france:* Assault And Mirage (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - A Flock Of Rotations album art Soviet France* A Flock Of Rotations (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Shouting At The Ground album art :zoviet-france:* Shouting At The Ground (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Just An Illusion album art :zoviet*france:* Just An Illusion (Album) Staaltape Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Look Into Me album art :zoviet*france:* Look Into Me (Album) Charrm UK 1990 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Vienna 1990 album art :zoviet*france:* Vienna 1990 (Album) Charrm UK 1991 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Shadow, Thief Of The Sun album art Zoviet France Shadow, Thief Of The Sun (Album) DOVe 1991 Sell This Version
CHARRMCD17, CHARRM CD17 Zoviet France - What Is Not True album art :zoviet*france:* What Is Not True(CD, Album) Charrm, Charrm CHARRMCD17, CHARRM CD17 UK 1993 Sell This Version
THESE 11 CD Zoviet France - Unentitled album art :Zoviet*France:* / Jim O'Rourke / The Hafler Trio :Zoviet*France:* / Jim O'Rourke / The Hafler Trio - Unentitled(CD, Album) These Records THESE 11 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Digilogue album art :zoviet*france:* Digilogue (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings US 1996 Sell This Version
charrmcd24 Zoviet France - in.version album art :zoviet*france:* in.version(CD, Album) Charrm charrmcd24 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Zoviet France - Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback album art :zoviet*france:* Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Mort Aux Vaches none Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
TRAM 1 Zoviet France - The Decriminalisation Of Country Music album art :zoviet*france:* The Decriminalisation Of Country Music(CD, Album) Tramway TRAM 1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
zf20110918AAC Zoviet France - Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11 album art :zoviet*france:* Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf20110918AAC UK 2011
Zoviet France - 7.10.12 album art Zoviet France 7.10.12 (Album) Alt.Vinyl UK 2012 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - The Tables Are Turning album art :zoviet*france:* The Tables Are Turning (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings US 2013 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Patina Pooling album art :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - Patina Pooling (Album) Alt.Vinyl UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Zoviet France - $oviet France album art $oviet France* $oviet France (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1982 Sell This Version

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vladimir.ursinovich

vladimir.ursinovich

September 7, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
The godfathers of otherworldly and quixotic ambient.
divvynation

divvynation

January 30, 2013
anyone who uses this word .... hypnagogic .... must instantly stop.
nightatnoon

nightatnoon

August 2, 2008
While classic Zoviet France is unparalleled in greatness, it is unfortunate Ben has taken the path of digital gear. It sure shows in the music. Nothing against computers, its just that classic era Zoviet France was this timeless beautiful thing that seemed to have vanish when Robin Storey left. The Reformed Faction is up to snuff without losing that eloquent intangible. I stepped outside while *ZF* played a show a few years ago in San Francisco when I saw the digital gear they were using but made it back to see Michael Gira play. I will however be flying to Boston to see Mark and Robin play this November.

Here is an idea... how about Ben gives up the Zoviet France name and starts a misc. boring - run of the mill experimental side project. Then the Reformed Faction can restore the tarnished name, Zoviet France, once and for all!
Crijevo

Crijevo

May 7, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Zoviet:France is out of this world - a respectful compliment and as scary a thought on equal terms. Daring you to 'play' their records means challenge beyond formal treatment (sometimes as equally challenging when transferred onto CD). A phenomenon similar to the likes of Muslimgauze or some other obscure sound explorers - Z'ev, The Hafler Trio or Strafe Fur Rebellion. But like all of them, Zoviet:France is beauty and the beast in their own right, a non-descriptive sound-format offering stunning visual and auditive escape from the music's stereotypes.
Alastis

Alastis

October 16, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
I would say that *Zoviet-France* do not create music - they create imaginary soundtracks to the movies that could've looked like something that we often see in dreams. Critics are trying to find terms for this genre - some are calling it dark ambient, some are calling it "isolationism", but in essence none of these terms will help us to define what it is really Zoviet-France are creating.
According to some sources, their work usually consists of months of improvisation and painstaking editing work. Results are hard describe with ordinary terms. Its meditative and hypnotizing, but at the same time it have nothing to do with new age. Its agressive (at least in the early phase), but it have nothing to do with power electronics or harsh noise. Its influential, but at the same time few heard about it outside of avant-garde/experimental circles.
So what is it, really ? A giant sound puzzle ? Hypnotizing sound walls ? *Zoviet-France* music might be all of it, but it doesn't fit into existing genres and musical schemes.

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