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RoboChanMan - Japanese Corruption

Bleak Bliss - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 13:47

I finish where I started.

A great single sided C48 on Yasushi Tahara's Robotomy Tapes from 1998.

Japanese Corruption
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Robochanman ‎- 燃える天下り帝国

Bleak Bliss - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 13:24

Stupendously fucked up C10 released on Shit-Eye Cassettes in 2005 in and edition of 66.

The reverse of the j-card exhorts us to say "Thanx To Cunts" and who am I to argue?

Moeru Amakudari Teikoku
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MSBR & RoboChanMan - Final Electro Acoustic Work 1

Bleak Bliss - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 13:14

Koji Tano and Yasushi Tahara on a CDr released on the former's MSBR Records in 2003.

This appears to be the final Final Electro Acoustic Work.

Final Electro Acoustic Work 1
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MSBR ‎– Final Harsh Work #1

Bleak Bliss - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 13:03

You will have already have figured out that this is the first (erm...) Final Harsh Work. This is a C56 released on Yasushi Tahara's Robotomy Tapes in 1996 in an edition of 50. Yasushi Tahara also recorded as RoboChanMan and several other projects that will no doubt remained unheard by us.

The truth (whatever that may be) behind the Final Harsh Works is undoubtedly lost to us since Koji Tano left us. There were seven singular releases that I know about. I have #7, #18 and #22 and have never seen numbers 4 and 5. A lot of the others were parts of other MSBR releases and splits. For instance, number 30 was released as part of Denshi Zatsuon's reworked version of the Structured Suicide tape in 2003. I have the original tape but not the reworked version.

Enjoy it and remember the man responsible for the great things that he gave to us.

Final Harsh Work #1
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MSBR - The Final Harsh Work No. 2

Bleak Bliss - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 07:14

MSBR, the noise alter ego of the late Koji Tano, was never known for being particularly lighthearted. But how else is one to understand the series of tapes released as "the final harsh work"? The mere existence of a #2 makes the title funny (how "final" was the first one?), but Tano eventually made 22 "final harsh works" before that evil bastard cancer took him from the world far too soon.

This tape was released in an edition of 50 numbered copies by the legendary Spite label, and shows a side of MSBR that is not appreciated nearly enough: epic, outer-space synth psychedelia! Harsh? Nah. This music is spacious and warm, expanding outward. If ugliness is what you expect from a noise tape, you will be disappointed. By its conclusion, "Final Harsh Work No.2" is positively soaring!

MSBR - The Final Harsh Work No. 2
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Various ‎– 10時間 / Ju-Jikan: 10 Hours Of Sound From Japan

Bleak Bliss - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:01

This is a double CD set jointly released by the venue and 23five as a companion piece for an exhibition held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art held between September the 22nd and 30th, 2001.

The bad news is this isn't ten hours long. The good news is that this is nearly two and a half hours featuring the likes of Ryoji Ikeda, Pain Jerk, Masahiro Miwa, Otomo Yoshihide, Masonna, Nerve Net Noise, Merzbow, Hanatarash and Astro.


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Scorpio & Glass‎ - Shortly Before The Bullshit Started

Bleak Bliss - Sun, 02/23/2014 - 12:41

Scorpio & Glass is the work of Khristopher Reinshagen (aka Body Collector etc). I love his work. Full. Stop.

The title might be appropriate for the shit be gwan on my part of the blog for a while. I'm going to see if I can go cold turkey and not post any "noise" (whatever that term means) for the entire month of April.

C30 released on Annex Scum (which was a sub-label of Nurse Etiquette) in 2011.

Shortly Before The Bullshit Started
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Scorpio & Glass‎ - Scared To Death

Bleak Bliss - Sun, 02/23/2014 - 12:35

C30 released on Nurse Etiquette in 2011 in an edition of 21.

Scared To Death
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Scorpio & Glass‎ - Eight Days For Trifecta

Bleak Bliss - Sun, 02/23/2014 - 12:34

C30 released in an edition of 84 on Ryan Martin's Robert & Leopold in 2011.

Eight Days For Trifecta
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Gate - Fear Of Music

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 07:45

One of the earliest releases on Precious Metal. C60 released in 1989.

I really need to hear the Hate tape on Precious Metal from 1990 if anybody out there is willing to share!

Fear Of Music
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Gate - Metric

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 07:14

This is perhaps a more traditional take on "rock music" but only one that could be imagined into existence in New Zealand.

This was originally released as a tape on Precious Metal in 1991. Luckily, it was also released on vinyl on Majora in 1992.

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Gate - Guitar

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 07:09

This is a magnificent sprawling beast of a record!

LP released on Majora in 1992.

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Gate - Amerika

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 07:03

Gate is the work of Michael Morley when he was taking time out from The Dead C. Although Gate goes down as a solo project, there were surely other people on at least some of the early releases. The further away you get, the hazier the details are ...

LP released on Majora in 1993.

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Michael Morley / Bruce Russell ‎- Radiation / Four Letters

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 06:23

Split 7" Lathe Cut released on Bruce's Corpus Hermeticum in 1995.

Radiation / Four Letters
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Michael Morley ‎- The Pavilion Of Fools

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 05:56

Dead C member using guitar and synthesizer to create rumbling basement noise, soaring soundscapes and alien B-Movie incidental music.

CD released on Gallerie Dessford Vogel in 1996.

The Pavilion Of Fools
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Omit - Internal

Bleak Bliss - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 04:47

Thanks to somebody who offered this tape in the comments. I already have it but somehow managed to convince myself that I had posted it. Guess I just lost track ...

This is a C60 released by Clinton on his own Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 1990.

We were also pointed in the direction of a Live recording available on the Pseudoarcana bandcamp page that I was not aware of (and there's a link to youtube so you can watch as well).

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Omit - Transmogrification

Bleak Bliss - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:39

Clinton handmade his own electronics, converted the likes of old lawnmower motors, and recorded such things as door hinges and window latches in order to interpret his view of the world. As such, this is a perfectly titled piece.

This is a C60 released on Clinton's Deepskin Conceptual Mindmusic in 1993.

We adore Clinton's work as you may be able to tell. However, this might be the final thing that we are able to introduce you to.

Implausibly these days, the Quad and Ionospheres sets that I posted a couple of years ago are still alive in case you missed them the first time around.

We have the Tracer and Interceptor double CDs that were released in 2005 and 2008 (respectively) on Helen Scarsdale Agency. They appear to still be for sale so we will not be posting those.


We have never heard the Deteriorations CDr released on Sysecular in 2003. This has driven us to despair for years. If you have this, please put us out of our misery!

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Dust/Omit‎ - Fore-casts

Bleak Bliss - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:18

Lovely little 7" released on the UK's Fisheye label way back in 1995.

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