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Music group from Newcastle upon Tyne in north east England. Their music, often experimental, at times dissonant and made of industrial textures, falls into the ambient and drone music category.

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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nml 8813cd Zoviet France - A Classic Guide To No Man's Land album art Various First Vigil (as :Zoviet France) Various - A Classic Guide To No Man's Land(CD, Comp) No Man's Land nml 8813cd Germany 1988 Sell This Version
none Zoviet France - 4 Sound Films By album art Stan Brakhage Loud Visual Noises Stan Brakhage - 4 Sound Films By(VHS) Not On Label (Joel Haertling Self-released) none US 1990 Sell This Version
TOTAL 2 Zoviet France - Total Volume 2 - The Body album art Various False Witness (as Soviet France) Various - Total Volume 2 - The Body(CD, Comp) Total TOTAL 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Out There ⁓ A Thread Through Time album art Various Synaesthetica (as :Zoviet * France:) Various - Out There ⁓ A Thread Through Time (Comp) Pi Recordings UK 1994 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Ambient 4:  Isolationism album art Various Daisy Gun (as :zoviet*france:) Various - Ambient 4: Isolationism (Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
MP CD 22 Zoviet France - In Memoriam Gilles Deleuze album art Various On The Edge Of A Grain Of Sand (as :Zoviet * France:) Various - In Memoriam Gilles Deleuze(2xCD, Comp) Mille Plateaux MP CD 22 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
WWCD 019 Zoviet France - Slumbermusic album art Various As Falls Snoqualmie, So Falls Snoqualmie Falls (as Zoviet*France) and 1 more… Various - Slumbermusic(CD, Comp) Universal Egg WWCD 019 UK 1996 Sell This Version
STCD110, STCD 110 Zoviet France - Occupied Territories album art Muslimgauze Muzzled (as Zoviet*france) Muslimgauze - Occupied Territories(2xCD) Staalplaat, Staalplaat STCD110, STCD 110 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
LA5CD Zoviet France - Minimalism: More Or Less album art Various Tuuschende Escalone (as :Sophie & Franz:) Various - Minimalism: More Or Less(2xCD, Comp) Law & Auder LA5CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
zf20111129AAC Zoviet France - E18 album art :zoviet*france:* :zoviet*france:* - E18(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf20111129AAC UK 2011
zf20110918AAC Zoviet France - Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11 album art :zoviet*france:* :zoviet*france:* - Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf20110918AAC UK 2011
none Zoviet France - Curlwing album art :zoviet*france:* :zoviet*france:* - Curlwing(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2013
zf201305612-3MP3 Zoviet France - Loaded By The Moon album art :zoviet*france:* :zoviet*france:* - Loaded By The Moon(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf201305612-3MP3 2013
none Zoviet France - Circa 10.12 (Via 10.13) album art :zoviet*france:* Recomposed By Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* Recomposed By Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - Circa 10.12 (Via 10.13)(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2014
none Zoviet France - North Of North (Broadcast Mix 2) album art :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - North Of North (Broadcast Mix 2)(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2014
av064, AV 64, none Zoviet France - Flexible Pooling album art :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - Flexible Pooling(Flexi, 7", Shape, Ltd, Whi) Alt.Vinyl, Alt.Vinyl, Baltic (3) av064, AV 64, none UK 2015 Sell This Version
zf1800002AAC Zoviet France - Farewell To Coal And Ice album art :zoviet*france:* :zoviet*france:* - Farewell To Coal And Ice(File, AAC, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf1800002AAC UK 2018

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ptv023

ptv023

May 21, 2019
Great news from Vinyl on Demand for those who can afford it:
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VOD155: ZOVIET FRANCE "Châsse" complete album works 1982-1987 15Lp-Wooden Box with Shirt (ltd. 400) plus 11 Stand Alone Releases (ltd. 200 each)
vladimir.ursinovich

vladimir.ursinovich

September 7, 2015
edited over 4 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 14 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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