Noise History class is underway with a full-to-the-brim episode focusing on the Skin Crime s/t LP on Hospital Productions from 2003. We had a conversation looking back on this time with Pat, and appropriately (as you’ll hear), Mark jumps on out of nowhere near the end. We talked with Dominick leading up to the episode and insert his recollections and thoughts on releasing the very first Hospital LP throughout. Part “in conversation,” part “audio documentary,” all SKIN CRIME.
For the ExtraNOISEXTRA segment on the patreon, we hear a lot more background from Dominick including Peter Lee’s involvement, the idea behind the center labels, and a story of laying out the LP with his teacher. This segment immediately follows the regular episode on the patreon feed.
We had a great time catching up with our old friend Andy Ortmann of Panicsville and Nihilist Recordings. Andy has been doing it since 1992 with no signs of stopping. From his beginnings in St. Louis to relocating to Chicago, we go into his entire noise history. Ortmann has worked with innumerable artists and his passion for the underground has never wavered. Head thru a portal to the outer limits and forget about the return.
For the ExtraNoisextra segment on the patreon, Mike pulls out a compilation VHS that Andy made for Mike over 20 years ago. We go through the entire contents and have a blast heading down VHS memory lane.
Video game composer and sound designer Ross Tregenza joins us to discuss the process of creating all the sounds for the new Texas Chain Saw Massacre video game and maintaining a faithful atmosphere to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film. Tregenza’s soundtrack plays separately from the game as an excellent dark ambient album rich in tension. We discuss how he got into the industry, his work for Cyberpunk 2077, varying levels of chicken agitation and composing for games in general.
For the ExtraNOISEXTRA segment, Ross talks about his favorite video games and horror movies.
Up in the Arctic Circle sits Lasse Marhaug, a prominent figure in the noise underground since the early 90s. Lasse joins us to dissect his history, from metal and grindcore tape trading to discovering noise to connecting with noiseheads all over the world. Pack your bags for the Northern-most reaches and gear up for another ice cold noise history lesson.
For the ExtraNoisextra segment on the patreon, Lasse talks film and tea. This 15 minute segment is near the end of episode on the patreon feed.
Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance joins us for a great talk on a different branch of the underground. Six Organs has provided some incredible outer folk and expansive guitar work since the 90s. His newest album “Sleep Tones” is a full on double LP or pure ambient just released on VDSQ. Chasny has also worked closely with David Tibet, from being in the live Current 93 line up to handling some guitar on the magnificent “The Light is Leaving Us All.”
For the ExtraNoisextra segment on the patreon, we’ve included one side of the “Sleep Tones” album. This selection comes right after the interview to send you to the dream side.
From providing homemade Manson shirts to John Balance and David Tibet to buzzing around the Psychic TV world to narrating Genesis P-Orridge’s autobiography, Paul “Bee” Hampshire has been all around the world, heavily within the UK industrial scene. Bee tells us his life story, which includes briefly being a pop star in Japan as well as working at an early 80s fetish club, and gives a cool different history of the strange world of the 80s and 90s.
Mike and Tara were having massive problems with their Sequential Circuits Six Trak synth. Greh came over to repair it and record an episode while doing it. Lo and behold, when Greh arrived, the synth decided to start working again. Still, Greh takes us through opening and cleaning the Six Trak and gives plenty of advice on how to maintain a synth. It’s another episode in the vein of “Studio Reorganization.”
Illusion of Safety is one of the longest running projects in the industrial noise underground, and Dan Burke was cool enough to sit down with us and go over his entire history. From seeing the final Throbbing Gristle show in San Francisco, to creating the IOS world with all its collaborators, Dan has stories and insight for days. It’s another mandatory history lesson on Noisextra.
Continuing our coverage of those playing the Hospital night of the NWN/Hospital Japan Fest, we had Jim Mroz of Lussuria in the Noisextra den for a great talk. We discuss the history of Lussuria, how he came to the noise underground, the importance of the Hospital store, founding Rogue State University, and so much more.
In the second part of our discussion with Kristian Olsson, we get into Alframania, Kristian’s work under his own name, his writings with “Shock Tilt” and his forthcoming book “Giftnalen”, as well as his thoughts and philosophy on the noise industrial underground. Today’s episode is another great course in the underground …not only for history but also the present and future.