VariousLe Jazz Non (A Compilation Of Nineties NZ Noise)

Label:Corpus Hermeticum – Hermes014
CD, Compilation
Country:New Zealand
Genre:Electronic, Rock, Classical
Style:Noise, Abstract, Avantgarde, Contemporary, Drone, Ambient, Experimental


1Gate (3)To Kiss The Wall
Guitar, Tape, Programmed ByMichael Morley
2Rain (4)Invisible
GuitarDanny Butt
Lyrics By, DrumsPeter Stapleton
Recorded By, Mixed ByRain (4)
VocalsKim Pieters
3WitcystWitcyst Play Piano Is Spirit
PianoM. Witcyst*
4ThelaLook Out! The Fucking Hot Jet3:24
5Sandoz Lab TechniciansIt's All Just3:33
Saw [Shimsaw, Saw-blade], Electronics [Amp]Marcel Bear
7OmitThe Encompassing
Synthesizer, Effects [Treatments], Noises [Feedback], Performer [Garbage Can]Omit
8RSTEvent [Edit]
Guitar, Electronics [Transistor]Andrew Moon
9DoramaarAcidez Max 0'4°
DrumsKim Pieters
Recorded By, Mixed ByDoramaar
10Lame & SorryMinus Eleven8:01
11A Handful Of DustThe Kaballah Of The Horse Pegasus
DrumsPeter Stapleton
GuitarBruce Russell
Recorded ByJames Greig
12Surface Of The Earth4:02
Guitar, ElectronicsD. Smith*, P. Toohey*, T. McGurk*

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Packaged in printed, foldover card wallet with CD in separate inner sleeve, plus two cards featuring an essay by Nick Cain entitled "Free Noise" - It's the New Thing.

Compiled April 1996.

1 - Rec. My Pit PC, 20/2/96
2 - Rec. and mixed Nov. 1994.
3 - Rec. Whau Valley Primary School, 19/9/95.
4 - Rec. Dec. 1995.
5 - Rec. 9/12/95 at 9 Canongate, Dunedin.
6 - Rec. Jan 1996 at Bear Hotmelt on cassette 4-track.
7 - Rec. Dec. 1995.
8 - From Event Horizon LP (Imperial).
9 - Rec. and mixed at Purakaunui.
11 - Rec. live to Video 8 at the Dux de Lux, Christchurch, 17/8/95.
12 - Rec. at Thistle Hall, Wellington, 27/12/94.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: MADE BY PMI * HERMES014 * #01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L282


  • notec's avatar
    IT APPEARS - TO my delighted ears - that there is a movement going on in New Zealand these days and it's not a resurgence of the Dunedin sound neither. Bruce Russell (guitarist for A HANDFUL OF DUST) is the founder and chief instigator of this fabulous label, and is single handedly leading the charge, setting the stage and proudly carrying the flag of NZ "Free Noise." What is "Free Noise" you ask? Nick Cain sums it up for us in the liner notes found in the labels now trademark natural cardstock packaging as "the soundbite label which has been applied to a certain brand of newly emergent New Zealand musical activity. It is 'free' because it adheres to principles of improvisation, and it is 'noise' because in rhythm, texture, tone, melody and volume it is outside the parameters of what is domestically accepted as 'music.'" Among the bands, as far reaching as Port Chalmers; Auckland; Blenheim; Christchurch and Wellington - SURFACE OF THE EARTH are one of my new found favorites. What you experience are 12 unique manifestations of sound (some with words) that transport the listener on a shimmering non-dimensional carpet ride via transistors, tapes, garbage cans, shimsaw (a shimsaw is a stretched band of steel with pick-ups); saw-blades and some piano and guitar. Songs of note include Michael Morley of GATE "To Kiss the Wall"; THELA "Look Out! The Fucking Hot Jet"; RAIN doing "Invisible" with Kim Peters on vocals; LAME & SORRY "Minus Eleven" featuring Alastair Galbraith as Little Lame McGee; SANDOZ LAB TECHNICIANS "It's All Just" and the organic drone of SURFACE OF THE EARTH. Pay attention to the sounds because thru all this experimentation comes divination. And as the title suggests - Jazz it's not - but like Jazz (improvisational), it's the start of something big that could define a culture - and a music.


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