The original Trashware guest is back in the hot seat. Crank Sturgeon proposed a discussion on contact microphones, so in this episode we go over what a contact mic is, general applications, how to record and affix the mics and amplifying slightly more traditional instruments, why the contact microphone is the perfect noise instrument, contact mics vs other microphones, in the studio and in the field, using with synthesizers and modular, troubleshooting contact mic issues, and plenty of Cranky anecdotes!
Shane English returns and brings us a tape from his deep cassette culture collection perfect for autumn days — Randy Greif’s “Golden Joy Club.” We go to abstract realms of mid 80s industrial sound with this very cool artifact on Greif’s own Swinging Axe label. Revel in the doorway of sleep go towards heaven’s hole.
We took a Noisextra field trip to the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Los Angeles and sat down with owner Lance Hill. He tells us how the museum got started, what his vision for it is, how the move to LA has gone and much more. It’s a very cool spot and resource and was a great podcast excursion.
Ever wonder what it was like to hang out with the one and only Rat Bastard? Today’s episode will be allow you to find out as we had a fantastic talk with Rat and get into his early days in Florida to his time in To Live and Shave in LA and of course the Laundry Room Squelchers. Rat has stories for days, from running a studio, to wild times at Churchill’s and much more. Rat Bastard has never slept and neither should you.
Bill Orcutt of Harry Pussy joins us today for a great historical discussion on a different branch of noise. In the 90s along with bands like To Live and Shave in LA and Laundry Room Squelchers, Harry Pussy tore apart all semblance of good taste and set proper foundations ablaze. Miami in the ’90s was a wild place and Orcutt was right in the middle. We also get into his return to sound and his current work. What was music?
In the first of two episodes, John Duncan sat down with us for a riveting conversation about his early days in Los Angeles to his mid-80s period living in Japan. We discuss multiple events and works staged in both locations, from Scare to Radio Code to his work in pornography and much more. Next week’s episode will focus on his time in Amsterdam and Italy to his current work. Another mandatory history lesson is now in session.
Jim O’Rourke takes a journey through his deep history with us and we were absolutely thrilled. We get into 1980s Chicago, setting up shows for Merzbow and Zoviet France, the cassette culture network, working and living in Europe with John Duncan and Christoph Heemann, and so much more. Jim has more stories than most people have had days, so sit back for a first hand historical account of the underground world.
For the ExtraNoisextra segment on the Patreon, we have a great talk on Jim’s history with and love of film.
It’s time another “roots of noise” episode as we went to Mitchell Brown’s (Gasp, Points of Friction) place to learn more about the world of “incredibly strange records” from the 50s and 60s. From delay drenched novelty records to recordings of earthquakes to recordings of insects to equipment test records, Mitchell is an expert in this arena. For this one, we play some examples of these records and react to them in the moment. Make sure your stereo is calibrated and dig in.
With the return of the Self Abuse Murder Series, we wanted to put up one of our Patreon episodes on the original Murder Series over here on the regular feed. March to 1980s Soviet Russia with this month’s Case History as Skin Crime tackles the werewolf-like existence of Andrei Chikatilo on the “Monster” 7″. We get into the life of the Butcher of Rostov and how perfectly the noise relates to his murders. Stay away from train stations and woods, but keep this 7″ close. You never know who you will run into.
Bob Scott, the mastermind behind Xome, took time to sit down with us to discuss his many decades in the noise world. From living in Japan in the 90s to tricking Mike into thinking he saw him play in 1999, this was a super fun and informative talk. Xome is one of the greats that is still going to this day, so fill up a jar with mud and put this one on at your next party.