Seht

Stephen Clover – who also released lathe cut albums under the names Logstore and the Longshoremen.

Yet another of the post H-Corp NZ bands that have risen in the aftermath of the mid-90’s free noise frenzy. Seht is much more about minimalism, field recordings, and still, beautiful moments. Some tracks here (like ‘Canned Laughter’) are outright disturbing and quite experimental while others focus only on solo acoustic guitar. Like Antony Milton, Seht demonstrates an all-too-genius use of field recordings, the pinnacle of which being the 10 minute ‘St. Valentine’s Day’ track that escalates a found recording of a Salvation Army Band to near cosmic proportions!
Last Visible Dog

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Seen Through

The duo of Antony Milton and Ben Spiers – both prominent wellington based experimental artists. Seen Through is a largely improvisation guitar-distortion duo, releasing material on Pseudoarcana, and a split release with US Outfit Davenport on Haamumaa.

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Witcyst

Perhaps the most prolific artist new zealand has ever produced, Michael Veet Ruiliude has produced as Witcyst, or as an number of his other mysterious alias, Veetjist, M. W. Vit, Wytcystallio, Mxvxwx, Thighte Whistle, or a handful of groups – Falcoxi, Failian Falien, Naughty Pakehas, G.A.M etc etc the list goes on.

On his own Extemporanious and Lifespace labels there are over 600 documented Ruiliude recordings, and this number is growing daily, as he tends to release pretty much everything he records.

Purely a mail-order marvel, a witcyst package contains a bizarre array of musical snippets in any grab-bag stylistic approaches, and acompanied by various pieces of visual artwork. With all this activity, Ruiliude has also found time to collaborate with and contribute material with Clayton Noone and his Root Don Lonie For Cash label, whilst still maintaining a release schedule on his own labels of mammoth proportion.

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The Winter

Wellington trio led by Dave Edwards (guitar / harmonica), with San Shimla (Cello) and prolific New Zealand music journalist Simon Sweetman (Drums / Percussion). Edwards has been self releasing on his own Fiff Dimension website his own recordings for a few years, and the Parataxes album marks his debut in a group ensemble (on Antony Milton‘s fine Pseudoarcana label), which Foxy Digitalis‘s Brad Rose commends for the interact improv feel of the recordings.
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Peter Wright

Co-founder of the Krkrkrk label (along with David Khan) and a prolific member of a number of Christchurch underground bands dating back to the early 90s, Peter Wright is also an exceedingly prolific solo musician, releasing material under multiple guises on Krkrkrk (Bent Gastropod Omnibus, In Vitro, Coitus) as well as on his own label, Apoplexy. Wright is also one of the creative minds behind the brilliant Krautrock superstars Beautiful Losers.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Wank [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1993 Krkrkrk Krk003]
  • Expresso Spasm [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1993 Krkrkrk Krk004]
  • Haggis [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1994 Krkrkrk Krk010]
  • Dust To Dust [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk043]
  • Drag [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk051]
  • Seep [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk058]
  • 040769 [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk060]
  • Man In Blue Box [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk064]
  • Man In Glass Cage [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk074]
  • Duna Cdr [1997? Last Visible Dog Lvd024]
  • Lp #1 [1998 Apoplexy Apx05]
  • Syncopate Cdr [1998? Apoplexy Apx06]
  • Moments Of Inappropriate Abandon Lathe-Cut Double-7″ [1998? Apoplexy Apx07]
  • Radioplay Cdr [1999? Apoplexy Apx09]
  • Automaton Cdr [1999? Apoplexy Apx10]
  • Confinement And Release Cdr [2000 W/ Dave Khan Apoplexy Apx12]
  • Transfusion Cdr [2000 Last Visible Dog Lvd044]
  • Distant Bombs Cdr [Apoplexy Apx15]
  • Bent Gastropod Omnibus [Compilation Of Bent Gastropod Omnibus Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk120]
  • In Vitro No. 1 [Compilation Of In Vitro Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk121]
  • In Vitro No. 2 [Compilation Of In Vitro Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk122]
  • Coitus [Compilation Of Coitus Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk123]
  • A Tiny Camp In The Wilderness [Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • Catch A Spear As It Flies Cd-R [2003? Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • The Broken Kawai Cd-R [2003? Pseudoarcana Pa017]
  • Desolation Beauty Violence Cd-R [2004 Foxglove Foxglove026]
  • Yellow Horizon [2005 Pseudoarcana]

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With Throats As Fine As Needles

New duo comprised of Celebrate Psi Phenomenon / Birchville Cat Motel‘s Campbell Kneale and Pseudoarcana / A.M.‘s Antony Milton.

Extended fluttering organ drones, shifting like sonic sand dunes, elemental forces dragging melodies and chords out over thousands of years, the glacial flow of sound, warm and dreamy, recorded live in old bunkers and tunnels, these two tracks of primieval ur-drone, reverberate and shimmer, like clouds of crystal shimmer, meditative and tranquil, a gorgeous almost static haze! some more perfectly pristine drone music from these two masters!
Aquarius Records

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Street

The duo of Antony Milton (aka AM) and Greg Larking, who play a clattering brew of experimental drone noise featuring guitar, violin etc.

On “School Of Religious Studies” they take an abrasive approach to collaboration, and come out the other side bloodied and bruised. These recordings teeter between beautiful, cathartic releases of tension and chaotic warlike nightmares. for a noisy improv album, there’s a lot going on here.
Brad Rose; taken from Foxy Digitalis

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The Stumps

The Stumps are the New Zealand superspawn of Antony Milton (Pseudoarcana, The Nether Dawn, Etc), Stephen Clover (Seht), and James Kirk (Sandoz Lab Technicians, Gate etc). With a laundry list of individual accomplishments preceding them, “Lost Weekends” brings high expectations. Compared to such seminal acts as Acid Mothers Temple and Fushitusha, these kiwis have their own twist in their psychedelic cosmic explorations. They are robust and powerful; an exciting and often overwhelming listening experience. It’ll burn out your eardrums and douse the flames in hot wax. But fear not, within these methodic blasts are moments of icy calm. Underneath all this chaos is a relaxed thread, keeping some semblance of order intact.
Foxy Digitalis

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Lost Weekend Cd-R [2006 Foxglove Foxglove121]
  • The Black Wood [2007 Last Visible Dog]
  • Split Fleet Dodge Lp [2007 Palindrone]

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Swagger Jack

‘Swagger Jack’ is something else entirely. Jacks my hillbilly-punk songwriting character (a hard-drinking embittered feral/hippy idealist who records occasionally ‘rattly’ and violent, but often ‘pretty’ (in a melancholy way) acoustic numbers on battery powered 4-trks in doc huts and hardly ever goes to town).

He’s meant to be someone other than me (..!), a way to sing poppy folksongs without getting too hung up on ‘the word’ (see post-structuralist crisis…) but seems to be morphing more and more into antony milton these days though which is something of a disturbing trend!
Antony Milton; taken from the [now sadly defunt] Bands.co.nz website

Earlier (mid 90s) lo-fi recordings from Antony Milton, all released on his own Wire Bridge label as cassettes. It looks like Milton still has these recordings available directly from his Pseudoarcana / Wire Bridge Website as he’s been converting these releases to CD-r.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Free Today, And Tomorrow Cassette / CD-r [Wire Bridge Wrb010]

  • Live At The Space Cassette [W/ Demarnia Lloyd / The Mr. Sterile Ensemble Wire Bridge Wrb011]

  • Gorse Cassette / CD-r [Wire Bridge Wrb012]

  • Flaying Begets Shelter Cassette / CD-r [Wire Bridge Wrb013]

  • My Good Guts Cassette / CD-r [Wire Bridge Wrb013]

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1/3 Octave Band

A Bill Wood and Jules Desmond duo, along with other contributors such as Ben Spiers.

String driven shiver floating in a lake of orchestral sheen. Hyper-kinetic drones fashioned from the slow moving gracefulness of supersonic spacejunk. Aimless grandeur
Pseudoarcana

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The System Likes You And Wants To Be Your Friend Cd-R [Pseudoarcana Pa047]
  • Fading Light From Distants Suns Cd-R [Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • Apocalypse Now And Then [Stinkbuzz]
  • Piscean Tragedies Double 8″ Lathe-Cut [Crawlspace]
  • Radiotron Lathe-Cut 7″ [Self-Released]
  • Untitled Cd-R [Freedom From Ff0182]

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