Zoviet France

Profile:
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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Singles & EPs

Zoviet France - Gris album art :zoviet-france:* Gris No Man's Land, No Man's Land Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Self Released Zoviet France Utdrag(Minimax, Single, Ltd) Amino Self Released UK 2003 Sell This Version
SIG.MMXII.VI Zoviet France - Mammoth Mountain album art Four Hands / :Zoviet*France:* Four Hands / :Zoviet*France:* - Mammoth Mountain(12", Ltd, Tra) Signals SIG.MMXII.VI UK 2012 Sell This Version
none Zoviet France - Live, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, England 4 May 2015 (Extract) album art Zoviet France Live, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, England 4 May 2015 (Extract)(Acetate, 10", S/Sided, Single, Ltd, Num, S/Edition) Lathe Revival none UK 2015 Sell This Version
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

Compilations

Zoviet France - Collusion album art :zoviet*france:* Collusion (Comp) The Grey Area UK 1992 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Châsse album art :zoviet-france:* Châsse (Album, Comp) Vinyl-on-demand Germany 2019 Sell This Version
VOD155.2 Zoviet France :$oviet:France: / Norsch(LP, Comp, Ltd, RM) Vinyl-on-demand VOD155.2 Germany 2019 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

none Zoviet France - A Duck In A Tree 2016-08-27 | The Vessel Of Light album art :zoviet*france:* A Duck In A Tree 2016-08-27 | The Vessel Of Light(File, AAC, Mixed) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2016
none Zoviet France - A Duck In A Tree 2017-01-28 | Downscaling The Upsizing album art :zoviet*france:* A Duck In A Tree 2017-01-28 | Downscaling The Upsizing(File, AAC, Mixed) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2017

Miscellaneous

av010 Zoviet France - Shteirlel album art :zoviet*france:* Shteirlel(Lathe, 8", Shape, Ltd, Num, Cle) Alt.Vinyl av010 UK 2008 Sell This Version
zf20111129AAC Zoviet France - E18 album art :zoviet*france:* E18(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf20111129AAC UK 2011
Zoviet France - Live, Le Batofar, Paris 23 September 2011 (Extract) album art :zoviet*france:* Live, Le Batofar, Paris 23 September 2011 (Extract) Nostalgie De La boue Ivory Coast 2012
none Zoviet France - Curlwing album art :zoviet*france:* Curlwing(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2013
none Zoviet France - Icile Mbira 2 album art :zoviet*france:* Icile Mbira 2(File, AIFF) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2013
zf201305612-3MP3 Zoviet France - Loaded By The Moon album art :zoviet*france:* Loaded By The Moon(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf201305612-3MP3 2013
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
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 - By North (Tundar Influence) album art :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - By North (Tundar Influence)(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2015
none :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - Aperture Apparent(File, FLAC) Alt.Vinyl, Baltic (3) none UK 2015
zf1800002AAC Zoviet France - Farewell To Coal And Ice album art :zoviet*france:* Farewell To Coal And Ice(File, AAC, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf1800002AAC UK 2018
76N-aut# Zoviet France - Star & Shadow presents Savageland with Zoviet france LIVE album art Zoviet France Star & Shadow presents Savageland with Zoviet france LIVE(Cass, C90) No-Audience Underground Tapes 76N-aut# UK 2019 Sell This Version

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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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