Mar 9 2011, 23h28

    You should listen to this! It's really good! If you're convinced, download here!! If not, read on.

    1. into
    the ever-excellent intro track.

    2. krovo - Negatexil
    this is my track, so i probably shouldn't say too much about it. but it's got some cool and not-so-harsh sounds you might like.

    3. Finley Fucks the World - Pleasant Time
    this compilation is not for the weak. this track makes sure of that. >:] excellent if you love obnoxious things... which i do

    4. Fabio B - nights of polish disco
    an awesome really fast yet melodic semi- sounding sort of song. i'm guessing a LOT of time went into sequencing this in some sort of tracker.

    5. YAWE6gletshn - Mxxnsxng
    a wall of . the title is very apt. lots of excellent sounds for your pleasure.

    6. Chinese Church - Endless Vector Head
    a really short but sweet and very fun track! reminds me of Masonna when s/he's not doing wall noise and instead opts for the more psychedelic route (for example, Acid Recording (Parts 1, 2 And 3))

    7. Fækal Omsorg - Julegylle
    this is one of the things i love about glitch city - things are kept interesting because it's not an exclusive club for glitch musicians. there isn't really anything "glitch" about this, but nonetheless it's amazing. i don't want to give too much information away but it reminds me of Unexpect and but I know nothing about metal so don't hurt me if I'm wrong here.

    8. Apophallation - açaí surf
    from Apophallation, who has appeared on every glitch village compilation. HARSH HARSH HARSH. make sure your neighbors can hear this, they'll thank you!

    9. Shatter Mind - coke rape
    this isn't chiptune (at least i don't think it is) but the melodic patterns remind me of the glory days - especially RPGs like pokemon and zelda, but maybe i'm projecting. anyway, it's just beautiful.

    10. Vziel Projet - live improvisation 2011-01-09
    this is a really cool and sort of piece. it's very , which contributes to the shadowy inverted sort of sound and doesn't detract. if you've ever went exploring in the forest and found an old abandoned house that looks like it hasn't been used for years, this is what the satanic ritual going on in the basement of that house might sound like.

    11. Ralph Brown - blood and breakfast
    LOUD AND ERROR. this track is intense, lots of fast skipping noises and weirdness to keep you entertained. maybe this is what it would sound like if Ryoji Ikeda did crack.

    12. Razxca - one for
    this track has a really nice melody and a shuffling sort of rhythm to keep it together, but a lot of times they're overpowered by harsh noises in the foreground (this is not a bad thing of course). sadly it's another very short track but that just means you'll have to listen to it more.

    13. Morgen Mittag - Gauss
    a really cool gameboy/NES-sounding track. starts off with a propulsive beat that builds up, then stops halfway through and continues with a lovely noise-accented melody. heaven :)

    14. Notorious B.A.C.H. - The Return of the Nefarious Street Villains (feat. Ol' Squeaky-Clean Rascal)
    Another track that probably wouldn't be called "glitch" by anyone. It's a sort of thing. As you're listening to this compilation, this is a "what" moment.

    15. katti - jazz voor je mand (apophallation version)
    starts off with a lovely little jazzy (i guess) beat, and then cuts into even lovelier noise! another short but sweet track.

    16. Laundery Situation - Kana's Journey
    a really cool almost / sort of thing. i'm not good with genres but this is a really fun track that you might like if you're into the amen break or good electronic music.

    17. Daisy Cutter - FUCKING POINTLESS
    i can't help but love daisy cutter and his use of ALL CAPS. this song works best when you play it loudly and follow along closely. :)

    18. nxfxtxex - lowwwwr
    a really really cool noise track, lots of high pitch feedback noises. almost a "" of sorts, if it's not pretentious of me to say that. it's like drowning in a vat of boiling acid. you'll like it though, trust me.

    19. NOSKOVSOĻEGS - n_O
    another noise track, although that description doesn't do the tracks justice. all of the noise tracks on this compilation have a lot of really interesting textures, this one included. it's one of the longer tracks of the compilation, but the diversity of timbres and the strange samples will keep your attention.

    20. theoldones.mkv - FUCK ALL THE & Jordan can't even trust him anymore & Nautical Ned and his Symph
    a cute(???) glitch track which probably has the best song title of the whole compilation. the song title works pretty well for the track - incoherent in the best possible way.

    21. After Ovid - Girl + Boy
    more noise with a lot of weird "miscellanea" sounds... sadly rather short, but lovable nonetheless

    22. Moralton Eggtrade - Boggle
    more HARSHNESS with lots going on. for all you likers of the out there!

    23. Razxca - volabury base
    a sparse, dark sort of track, very and , . i guess you might call it "" but it's not just some "ominous" synth chords played slowly, it's something more like The Backwards Music Station (look it up on youtube if you don't know what that is).

    In conclusion, download it.

    Note to artists: if something I wrote about your track is inaccurate, feel free to correct me.
  • Digital Noise

    Out 14 2010, 1h03

    A lot of people go crazy over analog synthesizers. I personally have always been fond of digital synthesis... You'd think it'd be the other way around, with the inherent instability of analog equipment and all, but I find that digital synthesis offers much more interesting worlds of sound to explore... Everything is a number, but somehow from the deadness of pure math, something very alive arises. A few simple waveforms such as sines and triangles can modulate each other to points that are galaxies away from where and how they began.

    Using lots of large numbers in your audio math can often result in crazy sounds that approach simple white noise, but even a change of +1 or -1 can dramatically alter the sound - the audio vortex collapses in on itself, suddenly the numbers begin to align and for a short minute, there is a clean, pure, simple tone that pierces the air of the room. This is generally impossible to predict, but with practice, a person could easily become a master at manipulating variables within a fixed system to evoke similar (but never the same) results. A relative sort of control within a tornado of chaos.

    When the numbers are low, the winds begin to die down a bit, although never totally relenting in their sheer unpredictability. For minutes on end, you could simply be hearing a quieter version of the sinewave input, but suddenly, there is a tiny change in how the soundwaves merge, and harsh square waves rip apart the audio, turning a tranquil sound back into the beast it once was. This happens without intervention into the system - it is inherently instable, and even with every variable and number exposed, there is no way to undo it... I am simultaneously master and slave to the sound.

    Just as I can't take it anymore, it dawns on me that not only do I control the numbers, I also control the equation itself. I disconnect some wires, re-route them and the cycle starts all over again, in another galaxy, or possibly even another dimension of sound.
  • Krovo - Xyko [glitch, noise, rhythmic, abstract]

    Jul 18 2010, 6h01

    I just recently released my third album as krovo... Titled Xyko, it's made entirely out of synthesizer glitches (unstable sounds made from oscillator syncing, FM, etc) yet some tracks still retain rhythm and a few even have a melody of some sort. It's available 100% for free in V0 mp3 and FLAC. Check it out if you're into , , or ... It was inspired by artists like Autechre, Oval, Pan Sonic, La Peste, Vladislav Delay, Download, Merzbow, Gridlock and pretty much every artist on my charts (in some way or another)... So check it out if that sounds interesting to you. I don't usually advertise my own music, but I worked really hard on this album and I think there are people as weird as me out there who might enjoy it also.
  • Dissing my top 25

    Nov 15 2009, 3h54

    1. Autechre
    Two nerdy white boys from England making non-rhythmic instrumental "music" on extremely complex and expensive equipment, then they have the gall to mention hip-hop in an interview. Yeah, you're so totally hip-hop.

    Another thing: Quaristice sucks. It used to be that your music was confusing because it was so abstract and otherworldly. Quaristice is confusing because I can't tell whether I loathe it or love it.

    It's totally obvious that you're using Machinedrums exclusively now, by the way. Please go back to your old way of making music--EXPERIMENTING! If your next album is another Quaristice-type affair, then you're pretty much dead to me. Just being honest.

    2. Download
    No matter how hard they try, they're never going to make anything as good as The Eyes of Stanley Pain ever again. But with FiXeR it seems like they're trying to, and so they're probably never going to make anything as good as III ever again either.

    3. Skinny Puppy
    You're taking too much influence from "IDM" cliches like snare rushes and all that bullshit. Don't turn into Aphex Twin or I will hate you forever. Also, Mythmaker is very hit-or-miss, which frustrates me, but I'm not really expecting you to make anything as good as Last Rights or Too Dark Park again.

    4. Black Dice
    Your first four albums are amazing. Well, perhaps that's an overstatement, but they were really good because even though you were working with some very amusical sounds, the results were almost undeniably musical, but still quite experimental. With Load Blown, you pretty much perfected your skills in turning obtuse noises into pop songs.

    That's enough complimenting though. Repo fucking blows. You've become just another "experimental" (notice the quotes) band. As I listen to Repo, half of me is enjoying the weird sounds and textures you make, while the other half is crying softly because of those fucking drumloops. You've lost your experimental edge, and for what? Your sound was perfect, and you tainted it with one of the most cliche things in electronic music. I hate drumloops in experimental music. They're so overused and fucking BORING as hell. Maybe you could've saved yourselves if they were at least drenched in effects, but all you did to them was a little bit of distortion. Fuck drumloops, fuck Repo, and fuck you.

    5. Dead Voices on Air
    Shap, Frankie Pett Presents..., and Piss Frond were all really great records, so what the hell happened with From Labrador To Madagascar? It's pretty wanky. You have a new album out that I haven't gotten yet. I hope it's better.

    6. Scorn
    I really liked the first track on Stealth, but not enough to want to hear it seven more times.

    7. Prurient
    Just because Pleasure Ground was pretty good doesn't mean you should start using melodies all the time. If I wanted melodies, I wouldn't be listening to you. What happened to the emptiness of Black Vase and the action-packed ragefest of Church of Ammunition? The latter was an EP of two tracks, and it's still my favorite thing you've ever done. TWO TRACKS! That is NOT enough! Do more in that style and drop this melodic bullshit.

    8. Gorillaz
    Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't be listening to music this cool. Why was this project retired? Also, I keep forgetting to check out that new (old now) "Monkey" album. I don't remember what it's called.

    9. Swans
    Why so serious?

    10. La Peste
    I seriously hate Second Life because of people like you. Instead of making your music available in the real world, you perform concerts in Second Life. That is fucking lame as hell. I don't want to get an account on Second Life just to hear new songs by you. Seriously, work on the Hangars-Liquides website. Make some music available for free. You have no idea how hard it was for me to find the little that I got, and most of it was from your speedcore/throwaway era, not the I was expecting. I hate to end my rant about you on a good note, but the three flashcore albums I do have by you are fucking amazing. Do more of that, and not in Second Life. Please.

    11. Final
    Why is it that the further I get from my #1, the harder it is to come up with criticisms of these artists? Shouldn't it be the opposite? Well, anyway, I don't like the online distribution thing you're doing. I'd rather just get actual CDs. 3 was a great album, and I really don't expect anything after it to be as good, so I guess the online distribution thing isn't really that big a deal to me. Just from what I've read, it sounds like they're going to be drone made from guitar. I prefer the highly-processed form of drone like Burning Star Core and your first three albums. If I wanted guitar drone, I'd listen to Boris with Merzbow.

    12. Mindless Self Indulgence
    You'll Rebel To Anything and If were jokes. And I don't mean "joke" in the "Mindless Self Indulgence is a joke" sense of the word. I mean that you sold out, and fuck you. "If" is just pure pop-punk bullshit. MSI is dead to me.

    13. Boredoms
    Chocolate Synthesizer and Super Ae were good. Seadrum/House of Sun went on for far too long. I get the feeling that when you FINALLY release your next album, it won't be very good.

    14. Gridlock
    Further was too long, Trace was too "IDM" and Formless's tracks all sound the same. I rarely listen to an album by you all the way through. Also, your music can be very colorless and boring unless I'm in the mood for it.

    15. Ryoji Ikeda
    Dataplex was good enough; we didn't need another one in the form of Test Pattern. But we also didn't need See You At Regis Debray, because it sounds like a fucking joke.

    16. Burning Star Core
    Did you run out of ideas with Challenger? You released TWO amazing albums in 2007, so it shouldn't be that hard to make something for 2009. Time is running out, and so is my patience.

    17. Gescom
    See #1. Let's be honest here--Gescom is hardly an "umbrella project". It's probably 99% Autechre, and maybe somebody from Boards of Canada helps out once in a while. If it isn't, it sure sounds like it.

    A1-D1 suffers from the same problem that Quaristice does--some tracks are just mindblowingly good, while others are just mindblowingly bad.

    18. krovo
    Self-conscious humor can be kind of lame sometimes, but I don't care. The current image you have up is really lame. For how much you claim to hate MySpace, you sure don't have any problem with taking pictures in that stupid MySpace way--holding your own camera at a vomit-inducing angle and then applying some angsty black-and-white effect.

    Skk was better than Senkyder. Senkyder was a fucking sell-out, and the title track is just ridiculous. You seem to have dissolved into self-parody. Some of your tracks go on for a few minutes too long for the amount of ideas they have. Just because you have semidecent writing skills and can thus make your project sound cool in the biography doesn't mean you should, because you make it sound a lot more experimental than it is. (I'd like to note, though, that I do have tracks in the works that are much more experimental than the things currently on Also, if you haven't caught on by now, Krovo is my project. Shameless self-promotion alert!)

    19. Pan Sonic
    When you limit yourself to a VERY small sound palette, it's inevitable that some of your songs are going to sound pretty much the same. Contrary to popular opinion, Kesto probably isn't your best album. (I really like A better.) But I can't say for sure, since I've never listened to the whole thing. You know why I haven't? It's FOUR FUCKING DISCS LONG!

    20. Pigface
    DO ANOTHER REMIX ALBUM, WHY DON'T YOU? Oh, and I see on RYM that you have another album in the works. Took you long enough!

    21. Venetian Snares
    It pisses me off that you're in the top artists for the tag . (If you want to know why, read my shout on that page.) It saddens me that your recent work is so melodic. You're so much better with rhythm, but it seems like you're downplaying that aspect of your music. Doll Doll Doll is a great album, but it's doubtful that you're going to make anything as different and atmospheric as that was ever again. Maybe I should stop assuming things about the future of artists in order to diss them, though.

    22. Merzbow
    It's too bad that your songs are usually so long, because I really love your sounds, but they go on for too long most of the time. Anyone who has OCD about their music collection hates you, by the way, because it's pretty much impossible to get everything you've ever done. I'm glad I don't have OCD. Unfortunately, I do have a bit of ADD, hence the hatred for your long songs.

    23. Ohgr
    Maybe you should've left it at two albums. Devil's In My Details is decent but it's got the same problem as Mythmaker in that it's far too hit-and-miss for my tastes. Some of the songs are just stupid, like that one with the chicken clucking.

    24. Winterkälte
    Disturbance's beats were too obvious, Structures of Destruction's beats went on too long, and Drum N Noise was too samey. You have yet to make your perfect album, but it would seem you've dropped off the face of the Earth. That's too bad, because a lot of the other power noise acts I've listened to are pretty cheesy IMO.

    25. Plastikman
    Your lyrics are terrible, and Closer as a whole wasn't very good, especially compared to Musik and Consumed. I don't know if you've got another album in the works, and I don't even care enough to check right now.