Saturday, December 10, 2016

Mauve Zone Recordings Day

This weekend, Dennis Cooper's blog is hosting a special article I wrote celebrating the ten year anniversary of Mauve Zone Recordings, a non-profit Internet Archive netlabel devoted to weird/esoteric music that I created back in 2007. For those who have never heard of Mauve Zone Recordings (or MZR for short), it is a good introduction. The entry may be found here (warning: a few images on it are NSFW):

http://denniscooperblog.com/sypha-pr...ic-surrealism/

Saturday, December 3, 2016

OUT NOW: Various: Beyond The Mauve Zone [MZR040]


 
 
Mauve Zone Recordings is thrilled to announce the long-awaited release of Beyond The Mauve Zone, our label's 40th release and second compilation album (following 2008's acclaimed A Dream as White as the Death of a Seagull). Featuring 15 songs and running to over 70 minutes, this compilation album (which has been months in the making) is surely one of the most epic creations to yet spring forth from the nightmare factories of the Mauve Zone.
 
As with all MZR releases, it may be listened to/downloaded for free here:
 
Track listing:

1. Orchestra 23: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (Intro) 3:37
2. Boy Destroyer: Leonardo 4:38
3. ▼RIL Y▲: We Are The Void We Worship 8:08
4. Cadaver Synod: Five Billion Years of Hell-Engineering 5:52
5. The People’s Tongue: Shooby Laboof Propulsion 2:09
6. Thomas Moore: Sling 9:09
7. James Champagne: Beyond the Mauve Zone 7:19
8. Orchestra 23: Intermission 2016 1:54
9. M. Karo: Tiempo Peligroso 7:47
10. Zyklon Vagina: Bass Decay 3:19
11. Bryce Clayton Eiman: My Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist 4:27
12. Death Head Moths: Eraser (Polite) 2:29
13. Sypha Nadon: Melenkurion Skyweir 4:28
14. Orchestra 23: Dark House (Outro) 3:37
15. Mystery Guest: The Grand Feline-ale 3:19

Total Running Time: 72:15

Album Concept: Arthur Limbo
Art Direction + Design: James Champagne
Front cover illustration by James Champagne
Back cover illustration by Steffi Grant, extracted from the back cover of Kenneth Grant’s book Beyond the Mauve Zone (and further modified by James Champagne)

Artist/track information:

Orchestra 23
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Boy Destroyer is:
Sypha Nadon: Rhythm
Isabelle Ducasse: Electronics, Noises
Ray Pissed: Samples

▼RIL Y▲ is Choronzon as music, post- post -apocalypse bass. Identity vampirism thru genre raping time signature sigils and rerun ritual atavism. Chopped and Screwed cough syrup time dislocation. We are dancing across the abyss asleep on the basement floor of the neverending party. Ecstasy to dynamite the Daathian prison gate and return to ourselves beyond the stars.

Cadaver Synod
“Sounds are rabies, spread by rat tails.”
-Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia

The People's Tongue are two people who exist in Indianapolis, Indiana and Portland, Oregon. They crawled onto the scene in 2002 and deposited their first LP "Speedwalk Fantasy." That was followed by "Saturday Night Fever" and the MZR international hit "Sonny Bono's Favorites." "Shooby Leboof Propulsion" is an unreleased single created using the Five Obstructions method. Neither participate can recall the details of the Obstructions. They are at work on their fourth album.

Thomas Moore
"I don't make music anymore so this was fun. I tried to make a track that I'd like to hear in a cruise bar or a darkroom at a sex club, because more often than not, the music I hear in those places isn't my thing".

James Champagne
“…when in doubt, surrealism.”
-Quentin S. Crisp, “The Haunted Bicycle”

M. Karo
m. karo has been making music on and off for 30 years. His current projects are:
http://darkerthennormal.tumblr.com
http://admiral-byrd-the-band.tumblr.com
Many of his songs may also be heard on his YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/mkaro/videos

Zyklon Vagina
CLASSIFIED

Bryce Eiman (b. 1956) grew up on a farm a few miles outside St Joseph, MO. He learned the rudiments of music in public school and received instruction in piano and baritone horn, but was influenced mostly by the sound of farm equipment. He does not consider his own work music but rather therapy. His first release appeared in 1987, followed by a few handfuls of others.
Played in WOMB (with Peter Keller), Dirt Log (with Craig Hilton), Bicameral Mind (with Shaun Sandor), and Weather Machine (with Joe Hendrix). 



Death Head Moths is James Champagne
It was a Coil remix of the Nine Inch Nails song “Closer” (which appeared during the opening credits of the film Se7en) that served as my primary inspiration to begin recording electronic music of my own. It seems only fitting, then, that now I do this song, a cover of Coil doing a remix of the Nine Inch Nails song “Eraser” (as heard on the NIN remix album “Further Down the Spiral,” where it was known as the “Polite” mix). Lyrics by Trent Reznor.

Sypha Nadon
“What is your will?
To meet with Choronzon, between the Worlds.
To what end?
That I may be the Needle’s Eye for Chaos itself.”
-Maggie Cook, The Magickal Record of Nema 1975-1977: An Initiatory Journal For Admittance To The Typhonian Order
 
 
A big thank you to all the artists who contributed to this incarnation of the Mauve Zone.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Coming Soon From Mauve Zone Recordings: Beyond The Mauve Zone [MZR040]

This weekend (most likely on Saturday) will see the release of the long-awaited Beyond The Mauve Zone album, the label's 40th release (and second compilation album overall). The release of this album shall bring to a triumphant conclusion the tenth year of Mauve Zone Recordings' temporal existence.

Track listing:

1. Orchestra 23: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (Intro) 3:37
2. Boy Destroyer: Leonardo 4:38
3. ▼RIL Y▲: We Are The Void We Worship 8:08
4. Cadaver Synod: Five Billion Years of Hell-Engineering 5:52
5. The People’s Tongue: Shooby Laboof Propulsion 2:09
6. Thomas Moore: Sling 9:09
7. James Champagne: Beyond the Mauve Zone 7:19
8. Orchestra 23: Intermission 2016 1:54
9. M. Karo: Tiempo Peligroso 7:47
10. Zyklon Vagina: Bass Decay 3:19
11. Bryce Clayton Eiman: My Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist 4:27
12. Death Head Moths: Eraser (Polite) 2:29
13. Sypha Nadon: Melenkurion Skyweir 4:28
14. Orchestra 23: Dark House (Outro) 3:37
15. Mystery Guest: The Grand Feline-ale 3:19

Total Running Time: 72:15

Stay tuned for further details...


 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

New artists added to Beyond the Mauve Zone

Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce some new artists have been added to next month's BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE compilation album. These artists are Thomas Moore, M. Karo (both of whom have previously appeared on MZR products in the past), and the newcomer ▼RIL Y▲. They will be joining Orchestra 23, Boy Destroyer, Cadaver Synod, Death Head Moths, Zyklon Vagina, James Champagne, and (of course) Sypha Nadon. We are also in negotiations with The People's Tongue to get something on there as well. Hopefully we'll be able to post a finalized track listing soon.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

OUT NOW: James Champagne: Experiment XX [MZR039]



Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the release of James Champagne's Experiment XX [MZR039]. As always, it may be listened to/downloaded for free at our Internet Archive page:

https://archive.org/details/MZR039
 
This is not really a new album but a "lost" one. It was recorded at Mauve Zone Studios in October of 2009, when I was just beginning to use the FL Studio program for the first time and familiarizing myself with its operational procedures. Because back then I hadn't yet paid for the program and was only using the demo version, I was thus unable to save my work, so I recorded a number of songs (around six) as first... takes (this was also how the Boy Destroyer album Socialist Boy Scouts was created, as it was recorded shortly after these initial experiments). At the time I considered releasing these six songs on MZR under the Sypha Nadon name (with the working album title being either Experiment XX or Xperiment XX), but as I got better using FL Studio I began to see these tracks as very primitive and decided to not release them. This year I was bored one day and gave the album another listen, and to my surprise I found that I liked what I was hearing: it's true that as one-and-done tracks these are quite raw and glitchy, yet at the same time they have a sort of experimental/improvised psychedelic repetitive style that meets my favor: they really sound unlike anything else I've done. So I've decided to release them now, 7 years later, under my own name.

Track listing:

1. Industrial Concert for Faceless Dwarves (4:59)
2. The Bion Experiments (9:59)
3. Nude Frolic With Hyperspace Elves (9:59)
4. Et in Arcadia ego (9:51)
5. Masturbating Mugwumps (8:15)
6. Bloodstream of Tiamat (8:45)


Thursday, September 29, 2016

COMING SOON TO MZR: James Champagne: Experiment XX (LP) [MZR039]


This is not really a new album but a "lost" one. It was recorded in October of 2009, when I was just beginning to use the FL Studio program for the first time and familiarizing myself with its operational procedures. Because back then I hadn't yet paid for the program and was only using the demo version, I was thus unable to save my work, so I recorded a number of songs (around six) as first... takes (this was also how the Boy Destroyer album Socialist Boy Scouts was created, as it was recorded shortly after these initial experiments). At the time I considered releasing these six songs on MZR under the Sypha Nadon name (with the working album title being either Experiment XX or Xperiment XX), but as I got better using FL Studio I began to see these tracks as very primitive and decided to not release them. This year I was bored one day and gave the album another listen, and to my surprise I found that I liked what I was hearing: it's true that as one-and-done tracks these are quite raw and glitchy, yet at the same time they have a sort of experimental/improvised psychedelic repetitive style that meets my favor: they really sound unlike anything else I've done. So I've decided to release them now, 7 years later, under my own name.

Track listing:

1. Industrial Concert for Faceless Dwarves (4:59)
2. The Bion Experiments (9:59)
3. Nude Frolic With Hyperspace Elves (9:59)
4. Et in Arcadia ego (9:51)
5. Masturbating Mugwumps (8:15)
6. Bloodstream of Tiamat (8:45)

We hope to release this album in early October of this year.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sneak Preview of "Beyond the Mauve Zone" [MZR040]


In regards to the upcoming Mauve Zone Recordings Beyond the Mauve Zone album due to be released later this year, I've once again employed the mysterious musical entity known as Orchestra 23 (hint: actually just another of my musical pseudonyms) to record an intro, intermission, and outro track for the album, in much the same way they did a similar duty for the1st MZR compilation album. As a preview for the album, here is the opening track, "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman." ...The song is divided into two parts: part 1 is kind of a bombastic, orchestral, prog rock affair, with chuch organs, timpani, choirs, and so on (of course, it's all MIDI, so it still sounds kind of tame), while part 2 is a more somber and pastoral affair, somewhat heavy on the oboe.



It will be impossible for me to finalize the tracklisting until all the contributers have sent me their songs, but here is a small list of some of the acts to expect (plus their proposed song titles):

Sypha Nadon: Melenkurion Skyweir
Boy Destroyer: Leonardo
Cadaver Synod: Genocide Loop
Zyklon Vagina: Bass Decay
Death Head Moths: Eraser (Polite) Nine Inch Nails/Coil cover
Orchestra 23: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (Intro), Intermission 2016, Dark House (Outro)
The Cat Band: ????

 Plus other mystery acts to be revealed in the coming weeks.