Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Call for Submissions: Visual and Sound Works: Materials, Process, 'The Landscape'.


I'm currently in the process of organising an exhibition of visual and sound works that relate to 'landscape', however that may be interpreted, comparing the emphasis on 'material' and 'process' in the making of both kinds of works within the 'No-Audience Underground'.

If I can lay a little context...

 I have recently been developing a series of paintings that place emphasis on making explicit the process with which they have been made, declaring their own material properties - the paint is definitely paint; the mixing of colours is evident within the layered, heavily textured surface. Although there is nothing illustrated in a figurative sense, the works seem to relate in some way to 'the landscape'. I don't think is necessarily a subconscious thing. I soak up the, often overwhelming, colours, textures, shapes, forms, smells and sounds of my immediate environment and don't doubt my internal recording of this stimulus manifests itself in the paintings.

I always make these works listening to music, often the work of artists loosely collected under Rob Hayler's 'No-Audience Underground' umbrella. This is music that is rich in material properties - tape hiss, static, tones, drones, clicks, scrapes, feedback. It's often a very tactile sound; a minimal music that doesn't hide, nay accentuates, it's method of construction. The use of field recordings is prevalent too - and particularly interesting when considered in relation to the idea of 'the landscape'. I don't necessarily mean this in an overtly Romantic, pastoral way, as recordings of daily existence, urban banalities, documents of the city, are just as interesting. A Brutalist library is as much a part of the landscape as a withering oak.

Whilst working on the paintings, I began to make comparisons between my work and the music, the tactility, the emphasis on material properties, the assumed environmental influences of... and lo! the idea for an exhibition combining the two was born.

There's a lot of visual work being made within the No-Audience Underground, whether that's conventional art objects or visual works that are given a utilitarian purpose, wrapped lovingly around a cassette, CDR or large slab of plastic. Or, works that exist somewhere in between the two. I feel a platform to collect and present these works, and to make explicit the connection to the music produced within the extended No-Audience community, would be a really interesting thing: Presenting visual works in the gallery space along with various No-Audience sound recordings.

So, I'm putting a call out for interested visual artists and musicians, or sound artists, for lack of a non-icky term, who's work relates in some way to 'LANDSCAPE', however that may be interpreted, and places emphasis on PROCESS and MATERIALS. 

The exhibition will be held at South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford and will take place March through April 2017.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal of works to be exhibited then please email me at crow_versus_crow (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk, including a brief summary of your work and links to relevant examples of work.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #107



The 107th  episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show, featuring a special focus on the MERZfunder fundraiser compilation which is raising funds for the Langdale Merzbarn. More information on that project can be found here: https://merzfunder.bandcamp.com/

Recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a Zoom H1 recorder as a microphone. Stitched together using outdated software. Please listen to this on headphones. 


If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.


This episode originally aired in a far inferior mono form on 96.7 Phoenix FM (Calderdale) on Sunday 23rd October 2016 between 6 and 8pm.

1. Glove Of Bones - Radio Merzman Ursonate Babblogue (MERZfunder / digitalDIZZY, 2016)
2. Broken Shoulder - There Are Good Moments (Hashiridase / Kirigirisu Recordings, 2016)

3. Stef Ketteringham – Divide (Guitar Arrangements / Romac Puncture Repairs, 2016)
4. Bird People - Lahn Sunset Drone (Part 2) (Excerpt) (Lahn Sunset Drone / Cruel Nature Records, 2016)

5. Tlön – Death of a Planet (Chapter II / Aphelion Editions, 2016)
6. Leyden Jars – The Big Crunch (The Nature & That / Mordant Music, 2016)

7. Pauwel De Buck – Untitled (Tape Your Skin / Smeltkop, 2014)

8. Saxon Chambers – Bokwus (MERZfunder / digitalDIZZY, 2016)
9. Isharok – Sunsplat (MERZfunder / digitalDIZZY, 2016)
10. Damno Te - NoizMetal Plaster Relief (MERZfunder / digitalDIZZY, 2016)

11. Rasalasad – Nerve (MERZfunder / digitalDIZZY, 2016)
12. Lost Trail – Looptape (Excerpt) (o u t d o o r g a m e s / Third Kind Records, 2016)
13. France – Untitled (excerpt) (Live à l’Ottfest / Ana Ott, 2016)

14. Posset - Chummed Heat (Posset / Yokonono / Cruel Nature Records, 2016)
15. Yokonono – Skull (Excerpt) (Posset / Yokonono / Cruel Nature Records, 2016)
16. Shareholder – Crossways (MERZfunder / digitalDIZZY, 2016)

17. yol – Pylon (MERZfunder / digitalDIZZY, 2016)
18. Nitkowski - Burn Wood, Make Lye (Effortless Charm / Dinner And A Show Records, Triple Jump Records, Vacant Fulfilment, 2016)



Thank You

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #106


The 106th  episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show.

Recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a Zoom H1 recorder as a microphone. Stitched together using outdated software. Please listen to this on headphones. 


If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.


This episode originally aired in a far inferior mono form on 96.7 Phoenix FM (Calderdale) on Sunday 23rd October 2016 between 6 and 8pm.

1. Sonic Youth – Compilation Blues (Geffen Rarities Vol. 1 / Geffen, 1994)

2. Grey Guides – Just Burned Down a Care Home (Beast Mask Supremacist / Crow Versus Crow, 2016)
3. Richard Scott's Lightning Ensemble & Jon Rose – Trio (Auslanders: Live in Berlin / Vernacular Recordings, 2016)
4. Papal Bull - Brassy Exit Burrs (In Is In, Nrmeegecy Is Emergency, Uyo Is You, Cna Is Can, Siht Is Shit, On Is On, A Is A, Polihs Is Polish, Tiancvdseetas Is Sedevacantist / Chocolate Monk, 2016)
5. Alan Courtis / Cyrus Pireh – Coils On Malbec (Excerpt) (Coils On Malbec / Shinkoyo, 2016)

6. Hole House - Was She a Tape Recording? (A Stranger in Town / Aetheric Records, 2016)
7. Embla Quickbeam & Graham Dunning - Active Agents (Inside Memory's Head / Third Kind Records, 2016)
8. African Ghost Valley – OXND8 (Uccide / Czaszka Records, 2016)
9. XAM Duo – The Test Dream (XAM Duo / Sonic Cathedral, 2016)
10. William Ryan Fritch - A Tense Spiral (Ill Tides / Lost Tribe Sound, 2016)

11. Alocasia Garden - The Fire Burning in Glass of Red (Falling Softly on the Heads of Those Responsible / Strange Rules, 2016)
12. Cremation Lily & Kevin Sanders - Heather, Shining Light (Falling Softly on the Heads of Those Responsible / Strange Rules, 2016)

13. James Blackshaw & Lubomyr Melnyk – Venant (The Watchers / Important Records, 2013)

14. Blutiger Jupiter - 3rd Movement (Europa / Ana Ott, 2016)
15. Non - Romance Fatal Dentro De Un Auto (Rise / Mute, 1982)

16. Lichens - Heilagur Draugur (Lítió Fólk / Morc, 2012)
17. Elizabeth Cotton - I'm Going Away (Shake Sugaree / Folkways, 1967)
Thank you

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Grey Guides - Beast Mask Supremacist (CVC003)


It's an absolute pleasure to be able to present you with Grey Guides' Beast Mask Supremacist, available as a limited edition cassette and digital download via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp.

Available as an edition of 50 cassettes, Beast Mask Supremacist is the third release from Leeds-based duo, Grey Guides, following two self-released CDRs, Back to Mucus and Songs from Grüppen Aleph-Aleph.

With Beast Mask Supremacist, the duo of Lynden St. John (vocals, tapes) and Matt Hurricane-Salt (guitar), accompanied by the presence of spiritual mediator Hogan, disseminate decrepit fragments of an abstract, non-linear narrative revolving around a cast of elusory characters perceptible only on the periphery of consciousness; Glimmers of structures emerge with a sense of uncanny familiarity from the ritualistic drone and ecstatic din, before becoming submerged once again within the complex void; Subliminal transmissions soaked in layers of whirling hiss and magnetic skree. A Burroughsian séance.

'The music staggers along bathed in hiss, echo, and garbled voices, sounding like aging tape recordings of a ritual or séance reassembled into chilling noise transmissions. This music creeps under your skin and deep into the recesses of consciousness. The titles are ace to boot, e.g. ‘Just Burned Down a Care Home’, or ‘Yoo Doo Rite’.'

Spool's Out


'Tuned into the Fortean Times this duo’s reification cacophony of subliminal and subconscious entities – messages from the damned and inter-dimensional – is a most unnerving soundtrack. Imbued in part by early Throbbing Gristle, Blood Stereo, and of course the archdeacon of strange macabre and strung-out visions, William Burroughs, Beast Mask Supremacist is an imaginary (we hope) field recording expedition beyond the ether. Whether they got out alive remains questionable; the found remnants sounding like a battle between complete immersion and total destruction.'

Monolith Cocktail


'Now this well might out weird even those impish chaps the truth about frank in terms of sonic hi-jinks that messes with your head...truly an unnerving and uneasy listening experience all squirelling tape manipulations, hissing howls, white noise terrorphonics and er – primitive chanting and something which we’d have to say and admire, features among the mayhem and melee some of the finest blood lusting wolf howls we’ve heard on a platter since UK Decay’s ‘rising from the dread’. Approach with due care.'

The Sunday Experience



Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tor Fest 'Tape Roast' cassette-only DJ set with Natalia Beylis

Photo by Sophie Cooper

As part if this year's Tor Fest, I had the pleasure of collaborating on a DJ set of tape-only cuts with Natalia Beylis (Woven Skull, The Sunken Hum, Divil A'Bit...), improvising our unplanned selections in a 'call-and-response' manner. This was recorded and has aired, warps, pops, hiss, cuts and all, by excellent human Tristan Bath, as part of his Spool's Out show for The Quietus on Resonance 104.4fm.

During our set we featured excerpts, in varying lengths, of:

Dick Sutphen - Detach From Your Emotions (Probe 7) (Valley of the Sun)
Recordings produced by Nigel Tucker and Andrew Jones – (Weird & Wonderful Nature Sounds / BBC Wildlife Magazine)
Kink Gong – The Lisu (Excerpt) (The Lisu / Discrepant)
Natalia Beylis - The Sunken Hum Vol. 1 (Extract) (The Sunken Hum Vol.1 / Deserted Village)
Leyden Jars – The Heat of Darkness (Heat Death / Mordant Music)
Eddie Lenihan - The Dalcassians' Banshee (Six Terrible Women / Claddagh Records)
Gail Ghimp – ‘Fire’ Side (Excerpt) (Fire/Failure Soundtrack / Soft Corridor)
Dan Beckman - Full Gallop Number 8 Audiozine (Excerpt) (Full Gallop Number 8 Audiozine / Full Gallop)
Butthole Surfers – Kuntz (Locust Abortion Technician / SST Records)
Willie Stewart - Non - Plastique No 9 1/2 (Excerpts) (Non - Plastique No 9 1/2 / Not on Label)
Score – Heavy Low Concentration (Slump / Cruel Nature Records)
Posset – Zappa Excuse (Friction Rivers / Singing Knives)
Natalia Learning to Talk - home recording by Jeff Beylis
Unknown Artist - Our Favourite Bird Songs of Australia  (Our Favourite Bird Songs of Australia , with commentary by Harold & Audrey Crouch / Not on Label)
Unknown Artists - Ladring Sri Kondur (The Sultan's Pleasure: Javanese Gamelan & Vocal Music / Music of the World)
Miles Davis – On The Corner (On The Corner / Columbia)
Unknown Artist - Sawt El Badii Vol1 (Not on Label)

Thanks to Tristan / Spool's Out for the opportunity to share this with you. And thanks to Jake & Sof / Tor Press for having us contribute our magnetic wares in the first place. Viva Tor Fest!


Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #105



The 105th  episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show.

Recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a Zoom H1 recorder as a microphone. Stitched together using outdated software. Please listen to this on headphones. 


If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.


This episode originally aired in a far inferior mono form on 96.7 Phoenix FM (Calderdale) on Sunday 25th September 2016 between 6 and 8pm.

1. Vile Plumage & The Burselm Community Radio Players - The Ghosts of Burselm Ghosts (Unreleased Radio Play / 2016)

2. Eddie ‘One String’ Jones - Walk With Me Lord (One String Blues / Takoma, 1996)
3. Yokonono - Haunted Head (Haunted Head / Beartown Records, 2016)
4. Posset - Side One (Excerpt) (Gratitude Vest / Invisible City Records, 2016)
5. Stef Ketteringham - Just a Thought (Guitar Arrangements / Romac Puncture Repairs, 2016)
6. Edward Hazelton - Mocking The Train, Mocking The Dogs (One String Blues / Takoma, 1996)

7. Antti Tolvi - Leijunta 2 (Leijunta / Kirigirisu Recordings, 2016)

8. Delphine Dora - Dans la Brume Chuchotante (Le Fruit de mes Songes / Bezirk Tapes, 2016)
9. Ten - VZ (Yukon Youth / Ten Recordings, 2016)
10. Shape Worship - An Exemplar (Eva Bowen remix) (A City Rewritten / Front & Follow, 2016)
11. Expose Your Eyes - Three Final Artus (Final Tales Of Artus / Fiend Recordings, 2016)

12. David Birchall / Colin Webster - Duo 2 (Gravity Lacks / Vernacular Recordings, 2016)
13. Neck Vs.Throat - One of Your Five a Day (Volume 3 / Not on Label, 2016)

14. G H - Angels And Doormen (Housebound Demigod / Modern Love, 2016)
15. Can - Smoke (E.F.S. No. 59) (Flow Motion / Virgin, 1976)
16. Leyden Jars - Foreground/Background (Heat Death / Mordant Music, 2016)

17. Micromelancolié - Hades Falls part 1 (Leaving Hades / Czaszka Records, 2016)
18. Alocasia Garden - Scars To Pave A Future (“Survival” / Vanity Pill, 2016)

19. Roji - The Hundred Headed Women (The Hundred Headed Women / Shhpuma, 2016)






Thank you.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #104


The 104th  episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show.

Recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a Zoom H1 recorder as a microphone. Stitched together using outdated software. Please listen to this on headphones. 


If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.



This episode originally aired in a far inferior mono form on 96.7 Phoenix FM (Calderdale) on Sunday 28th August 2016 between 6 and 8pm.


1. Iggy Pop - I’m Bored (New Values / Arista, 1979)

2. Rattle - Boom (Rattle / Upset the Rhythm, 2016)
3. BigRoadBreaker - Medium (Disterplication (Collected Works 1995 - 2000 (Volume 2) / digitalDIZZY, 2016)
4. Grey Guides - One Eye Lower than the Other (TBC / Crow Versus Crow Records, 2016)

5. Social Junk - Those Final Seconds (Born Into It / Digitalis Records, 2009)
6. Musica Elettronica Viva - Spacecraft (MEV 40 / New World Records, 2008)

7. Robert Ashley - Automatic Writing (OHM - The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music / Ellipsis Arts, 2005)
8. Isnaj Dui - Scatter And Drift (Dioptrics / F Box Records, 2015)

9. Z. Zsigo - Untitled (Parts I-III) (Untitled / Strange Rules, 2016)
10. Orgy of Carrion - Deep Eyes (Obscured Ceremonies Under Hell Moon / Defiled Light, 2016)

11. The Gerogerigegege - Anal Beethoven #2 (Senzuri Power Up / Vis A Vis Audio Arts, 1991)
12. Shareholder - Future Kind (Five Mile Throwdowns / Not on Label, 2016)

13. Wasp Bomb - Eagle Phase (Live at the Northy / Cruel Nature Recordings, 2016)
14. Piotr Cisak + Petar Stipsits -  Phonetics Of The Unspeakable I (Excerpt) (Phonetics Of The Unspeakable / Cruel Nature Recordings, 2016)

15. Eastern Grain - Wake of Desert Fox (Coalition / Strange Rules, 2016)
16. Cathedral - Shalt Not (Totem / Strange Rules, 2016)
17. Ryan Loecker - 1006 (LRC/ Strange Rules, 2016)




Thank you