I’ve been guilty myself of creating a Barbed Wire Fence Symphony (called of course Barbed Wire Fence Symphony) and whizzing pipes to make strange sounds. And while this music is unlikely to interest many people, it sure is fun to make. And it raises that unanswerable question – What is music ?
Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) was a one of a kind ! A self taught blind Avant Garde / Experimentalist / Jazz composer and musician who performed on the streets of New York and influenced musicians like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. If you want weird and unusual but interesting, melodic and engaging; look no further than the legendary Moondog.
Earth is a pioneering Drone Metal band from Olympia, Washington, that was started by Dylan Carson in 1989.
Earth laid the foundation for what would become drone music – an entire genre dedicated to slow guitar music, heavy distortion and feedback. A sound that would lead to bands like Sunn O))), Burning Witch and Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine. Earth was probably influenced by bands like the Melvins, The Swans and Black Sabbath and at a time when Grunge was popular, were pretty much alone with their own kind of sound.
When I first heard Extra-Capsular Extraction in 1991 (complete with Kurt Cobain of Nirvana), I thought, ” What the fuck is that ? It’s so cool !”. I was hooked from day 1. And even though I haven’t followed the development of Drone Metal, I still think Earth is very cool and interesting !
So turn out the lights, lay back and let the music take you into the darkness !
The wonderful Australian band Dead Can Dance are a one of a kind, who have inspired countless musical artists all around the world.
The one and only, Diamanda Galas – straight from the fires of hell ! What a vocal range ! And what passion and madness !
Here are a couple of my favourite Industrial music pioneers from the late 80’s and early 90’s. They didn’t invent the genre but they did new things with it. I don’t listen much to Industrial music anymore but I can still appreciate some of it.
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The wonderful Robert Rich’s sleepish Perpetual – an electro minimalist masterpiece.