The Hafler Trio

The Hafler Trio

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The Hafler Trio was originally founded by Andrew McKenzie and Christopher Watson, the only member currently remaining is McKenzie. A third founding member, the scientist Dr. Edward Moolenbeek, turned out to be a fiction created by the other two.
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The Hafler Trio "BANG" - An Open Letter (Album) Doublevision UK 1984 Sell This Version
none The Hafler Trio Hotondo Kiki Torenai(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) AQM none Japan 1985 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Three Ways Of Saying Two - The Netherlands Lectures (Album) Charrm UK 1986 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio & Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth The Hafler Trio & Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth - Untitled (Album) Crippled Frog Music Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
Nurse With Wound / The Hafler Trio Nurse With Wound / The Hafler Trio - Nurse With Wound And The Hafler Trio Hit Again! (Album) Staaltape Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio A Thirsty Fish (Album) Touch UK 1987 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Dislocation (Album) Staaltape Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
eee 01 The Hafler Trio / Luciano Dari The Hafler Trio / Luciano Dari - Ben, Ruach, Ab, Shaloshethem, Yechad Thaubodo / Idrogeni Superiori(LP) Musica Maxima Magnetica eee 01 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
none The Hafler Trio Dreamachine Data(Cass, Promo, Doc) Crippled Frog Music none Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Intoutof (Album) KK Records Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
TOC:2 The Hafler Trio Kuklos(Cass, Album, C60) Touch TOC:2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Ignotum Per Ignotius (Album) Touch UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio A Bag Of Cats (Album) Touch UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio The Hafler Trio Play The Hafler Trio (Album) Anckarström Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Kill The King (Album) Silent, Staalplaat Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio The Hafler Trio Play The Hafler Trio Play The Hafler Trio (Album) Tragic Figures Portugal 1991 Sell This Version
ADV OEB / 22-69 The Hafler Trio White(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (The Hafler Trio Self-released) ADV OEB / 22-69 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Tone 1, Tone: 1 The Hafler Trio Masturbatorium(CD, Album) Touch, Touch Tone 1, Tone: 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Mastery Of Money (Album) Touch UK 1992 Sell This Version
TONE 3 The Hafler Trio Fuck(CD, Album) Touch TONE 3 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TO:22 The Hafler Trio & The Sons Of God The Hafler Trio & The Sons Of God - Resurrection(CD, Album) Touch TO:22 UK 1993 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio How To Reform Mankind (Album) Touch UK 1994 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Negentropy (Album) Ash International, Anckarström UK 1994 Sell This Version
The Hafler Trio Seven Hours Sleep (Album) The Grey Area UK 1994 Sell This Version
SR71 The Hafler Trio One Dozen Ecomomical Stories By Peter Greenaway(CD, Album) L'Innomé, Sub Rosa SR71 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version

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exumer

exumer

September 7, 2011
Gavel down. Levity up.
h3o

h3o

June 1, 2010
the youtube video included here uses copyright material which is unauthorised and illegal. I have asked the creator of this to remove it, and they have refused. I ask you here to remove it, as, as I say, it is illegal. I was never asked for permission to use this material, and have never granted permission, ever, for it to be used in any way in this manner.

./andrew m. mckenzie
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Crijevo

Crijevo

February 24, 2009
The Hafler Trio is more of an 'enigma' than a 'band' or even a 'manifesto'. All the cliches are out there and The Hafler Trio managed to play a little trick suggesting 'music' is either dead or we are dead of silence... or at least impatient without the slightest trace of melody structure or rhythm. Through variety of documented sound, the 'trio's' principal, A. McKenzie, managed to put quite an impressive scrapbook of 'music' - one that we're usually witnessing in shopping malls, crowded streets, airports, supermarkets or on a deserted island...

It might be funny that all this passes unnoticed within ourselves - we are experiencing everyday rush of the busy life. Overscheduled, we're not thinking of it for one second to be 'music'. It's not necessarily relaxing of comforting - not to mention it is far from 'entertaining'. But in a sense, it is weirdly funny - and it can be listened to. A suggested, aestheticised sound routine. According to this very philosophy, we are all pretty much sound recordists, except maybe lacking proper equipment in the proper moment to record. The Hafler Trio were not the first to realise how to put such things into listener's perspective - however, they were brave enough to bring the outside world's soundtrack to the agenda.

The only thin line here, between sanity and insanity, is our very autosuggestion; can exposure to something called The Hafler Trio affect our perception to unknown extremes?

'Wash your brains, think again, double-check.'
Alastis

Alastis

April 11, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
Anything about the history of the band sounds odd (just like the band itself). First of all - its not a trio, its basically Andrew McKenzie himself, although in the beginning it was a duo of him and Chris Watson who later turned to a solo career. Yet another character in the group is Dr. Edward Moolenbeck, sound researcher who, apparently, turned out to be a mythical person.
Second thing is, of course, the music itself. It employs a variety of techniques - loops, computer effects, feedback, nearly anything to disorient the listener. H30 main achievement is that they were able to create many ambiences and oddities without the use of modern equipment, while they started back in the early 80s. Same can be said about UK own Zoviet France, who, however, sound little like H30 although their music can be equally disorienting and confusing.
Third part is that after a period of silence, number of new releases from the band crossed all possible barriers to the point where new record was released almost every day. Unfortunate side effect of this is that quality very often tends to be lost in the shuffle. One of the most cited reasons for this amount of new releases is Andrew struggle with a certain disease and his inability to pay medical bills in full.
Yet another important point is writings by Andrew McKenzie himself - some of them may sound like a technological nonsense and gibberish, but his analysis of sound and its effects on people in "Tape Delay" book is simply amazing.
So there you have it - H30 is one of the most unique acts to come out of Iceland and unlike many industrial/ambient/experimental/noise makers out there, it makes you think.
thezovietdada

thezovietdada

October 13, 2004
edited over 13 years ago
"a source of stimulation to action - in direct opposition to the lethargic obsession with escapism"

Absolutely, a sound artist who perhaps single-handedly changed the way I listen to my surrounding environment, made me listen to it, and made me get up off my ass and back to making great sound art with my cheap, but not limited, equipment. Inspiring in a magickal, consciousness-altering sense, without dulling the senses, always awakening new areas of the "three essentials" of the Hafler Trio.

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