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o artists

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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a artists

Airport

Biography

The very wayward guitar/electronics duo that eventually gave birth to Birchville Cat Motel.
Reguiling atonal plonkery and profound multi-stringed shingle slides by two irrepressible young guns utterly oblivious to the fact that most people wanted to stone them to death with spare change. I can’t believe we did this in public.
– Campbell Kneale describing his work on the Crest95 album

Members

  • Campbell Kneale (Guitar/Electronics, 1995?)
  • Matt Lee (Guitar/Samples/Keyboards/Vocals, 1995?)

Discography

  • Airport lathe-cut 10″ EP (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Split cassette (w/ Cowcatcher, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Crest95 CDr (1995, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)

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a artists

Armpit

Biography

Hugely prolific duo CJA (aka Clayton Noone) and Sugar Jon, who have released a never-ending stack of albums for the likes of Root Don Lonie For Cash, PseduoArcana, Own Recordings, Freedom From…

Members

  • Clayton Noone (Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals/Drums/Tapes, 1993? -)
  • Sugar Jon (Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals/Drums/Clarinette, 1993? -)

Discography

  • Caveman Special 7″ Lathe (1993, Root Don Lone For Cash, root! 005)
  • (Alien Cover) 7″ Lathe (1994, Own Recordings, OR-7)
  • Mars Brew (1995, Own Recordings, OR3)
  • Ruby cassette (1998, Freedom From, FF050)
  • Hot Metal 7″ Lathe (1999, 20City)
  • Iron Jack CDr (2000, Freedom From, FF086)
  • The Praying Mantis Double CDr (2002, PseudoArcana, PA010)
  • Birth | Squat CDr (2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Butta Daze (2003, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Aplit Lathe LP (w/ F.L.O.W.E.R. 2004, Root Don Lone For Cash)
  • Don’t Worry Frank, There’s A Baby On The Way: Live 1993 – 2003 CDr (2005, Root Don Lonie For Cash)
  • Mano O Mano CDr (2005, Rhizone)
  • Unloved &/Or Used CDr (2006, Foxglove, foxglove122)
  • Reach Out 5xCDr (2007, Dreamtime Taped Sounds)
  • Untitled split CDr (w/ Kraus 2007, Root Don Lone For Cash, root! 222)
  • Tron (2008, Last Visible Dog)
  • Whiskey Dr CDr (2008, Root Don Lonie For Cash, 234)
  • Freeplay Dr CDr (2008, Root Don Lonie For Cash, 236)
  • Tron II CDr (2008, Trapdoor Tapes, TT040)
  • Untitled split Lathe 7″ (w/ Monks of Balhill 2010, Root Don Lone For Cash, root! 359)
  • Makes Poor Choices CDr (2011, Root Don Lonie For Cash, 383)
  • Lazy Belly Button Goofles split CDr (w/ Kutomo 2011, Root Don Lone For Cash, root! 385)
  • Leisure and Elderley LP (2016, Planam, ARMPLIN)

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b artists

Black Boned Angel

Biography

Drone-metal group from Birchville Cat Motel‘s Campbell Kneale, recordings feature contributions from Sandoz Lab Technicians‘ James Kirk, Antony Milton and 1/3 Octave Band‘s Jules Desmond.

As is the case with all Kneale groups, incredibly prolific with a number of releases on a variety of underground labels, including Celebrate Psi Phenomenon and Battlecruiser.

Members

  • Campbell Kneale (Guitar/Drums/Tape, 2003 -)
  • Antony Milton (2006?)
  • James Kirk (Guitar, 2006? -)
  • Jules Desmond (Bass, 2007)

Discography

  • Supereclipse (2003, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Eternal Love CDr (2004, Battlecruiser)
  • Heavens Blaze Forth The Death of Princes (2005, Battlecruiser)
  • Ashes 3xCDr (2006, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Eternal Hunger CD Maxi Single  (2006, Battlecruiser)
  • Eternal Love / Eternal Hunger (2007 Compilation, Riot Season)
  • Bliss and Void Inseparable (2006, 20 Buck Spin, SPIN003)
  • Dashed Upon Stones EP (2007, Battlecruiser)
  • Christ Send Light Split Single (w/ Nadja 2008, Battlecruiser)
  • The Endless Coming Into Life (2008, 20 Buck Spin, SPIN023)
  • Verdun (2009, Riot Season)
  • Split Release with Nadja (w/ Nadja 2009, 20 Buck Spin)
  • The Witch Must Be Killed (2010, Conspiracy Records)
  • The End (2013, Handmade Birds, HB053)

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b artists

Birchville Cat Motel

Biography

Extremely prolific Wellington experimental sound-artist who also records his given name of Campbell Kneale, and as a founding member of such varied performance outfits as Lugosi, Hataitai Bowling Club, Black Boned Angel etc.

Kneale has been making music since the mid 90’s, accumulating a vast amount of (usually) limited edition CDr releases and building a name for himself overseas, were he receives a considerably higher profile (though due to the nature of his music – quite abstract, this popularity is limited to an appreciative cult following).

Though primarily the alias of Kneale, Birchville Cat Motel recordings often featured like-minded improvisational musicians, such as the superb Jewelled Wings on Freedom From. An all acoustic, no overdue stew of drone and clatter driven by just about any household item imaginable (one such moment devolves into an orchestra of wind-tubes), the recording features prominent Wellington artists Kieran Monaghan and Bill Wood (Surface of the Earth).

In 2002 I had the pleasure of conducting an email interview with Kneale, before I was really too familiar with his work. Kneale was candid and satirical, which lead to a rather entertaining interview, that can be read here.

Kneale has since gone on to establish quite a name for himself in underground circles, with Wellingtons improvisation scene being touted as something of a second-coming for New Zealand outsider music.

Members

  • Campbell Kneale

Discography

  • Birchville Cat Motel & Small Blue Torch – Split ‎(Cass)(1995, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel & Small Blue Torch – Split (1996, Small Blue Recordings)
  • Untitled CDr (1997, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel (1997, Insample / Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, In004)
  • Love, Lies, Bleeding ‎(Cass, C60)(1998, American Tapes, AM059)
  • Birchville Cat Motel / Small Blue Torch – China Slope / L.P ‎(Cass)(1998, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel / rhBand – Childrens Prayer To The Fourteen Good Angels ‎(Lathe, 8″, Cle)(1998, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Tinfoilteeth ‎(Lathe, 8″, Shape, Squ)(1998, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Split Lathe-Cut 7″ / Cassette (W/ Eso Steel 1998, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Siberian Earth Curve (1998, Drunken Fish Records, DFR43
  • Blankangelspace (1999, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Lion of Eight Thousand Generations LP (1999 Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers)
  • A Muslin Veil of Bravery (1999, Spite, SPITE45)
  • Cranes Are Sleeping (2000, Ecstatic Peace!)
  • Vespertine CDr (2000, Last Visible Dog, LVD022)
  • Swarming Tamagotchi Plague CDr (2000, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Shapeshifter (2000, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Crop Circle Empires (2000, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • She Feckless Steed ‎(Cass, C30)(2000, White Tapes, whi25.CS)
  • Birchville Cat Motel / MSBR & Eso Steel – Droop Drone Drops ‎(CDr)(2001, Denshi Zatsuon, DZ-CDR002)
  • Jewelled Wings (2001, Freedom From, FF100)
  • We Count These Prayers LP (2001, Corpus Hermeticum, Hermes037
  • Serene Trajectories Split CDr (w/ Esosteel 2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Home CDr (2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Mighty Spine Catcher CDr (2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Zenkoji CDr (2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel vs. The Ecstasy Trio (w/ The Ecstasy Trio 2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • September CDr (2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • White Gound Elder 2 x CDr (2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Creeping Frost Onset CDr (2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Summer’s Seething Pulse (2003, Mar/ino Recordings)
  • Assholes of the World Unite and Hunt in Packs CDr (w/ Guilty Connector 2003, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Untitled Split Cd (W/ Bruce Russell 2003, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Copenhagen (2003, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Beautiful Speck Triumph (2004, Last Visible Dog)
  • Nurse (2004, Fencing Flatworm Recordings, ff027)
  • With Maples Ablaze (2004, Scarcelight Recordings, slr21)
  • Chi Vampires (2004, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 1008)
  • Birchville Cat Motel With Lee Ranaldo – 30th December 2004 (2005, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 1011)
  • Black Void Orange Cat (2005, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel / A.M.* / DEL – Live At Cuba Street Carnival & Huttstock (2005, TWR Tapes)
  • Firepower Fragrant Cloud (2005, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel / Opaque – Untitled (2006, Kovorox Sound, KOVO-019)
  • Bees & Wasps ‎(Cass, Ltd, C30)(2006, Beyond Repair Records, Beyond Repair Records 014)
  • Our Love Will Destroy The World (2006, PseudoArcana, PACD075)
  • Her Anger Is Limitless (2006, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Curved Surface Destroyer ‎(3xCD) (2006, Last Visible Dog, LVD 105/106/107)
  • Birchville Cat Motel & Yellow Swans – Birchville Cat Motel & Yellow Swans ‎(2006, Important Records (2), IMPREC117)
  • Fear Falls Burning & Birchville Cat Motel – Fear Falls Burning & Birchville Cat Motel (2007, Conspiracy Records)
  • Seventh Ruined Hex ‎(2007, Important Records (2), IMPREC169)
  • Bird Sister Blasphemy ‎(2007, Battlecruiser)
  • Birds Call Home Their Dead ‎(2007, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 1019)
  • Birchville Cat Motel With Anla Courtis – Three Sparkling Echoes ‎(2007, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 1018)
  • Astro Catastrophies ‎(2007, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Four Freckle Constellation (2008, Conspiracy Records (2))
  • Second Curved Surface Destroyer )(2008, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Gunpowder Temple Of Heaven (2008, Pica Disk, PICA004)
  • Came A Great Stallion Whose First Leap Sparked The Celestial Star (2011, Don’t Fuck With Magic, DFWM-009)
  • Glamourpuss (Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • The Stripey Tape (Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel & Lugosi – Split (Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Holy Mother Of God ‎(Cass, EP, C10)(1995, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel / Eso Steel – Split ‎(7″, Cle)(1997, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Grey Wolves Gather / Blue Jewel Drift ‎(Lathe, 7″)(1998, Secret Safari, 07 cones)
  • Fountain And The Love Of Tokyo ‎(Lathe, 7″)(1998, Animal Kingdom)
  • China Slope ‎(Lathe, 12″)(1998, Stabbies And The Rocket Recordings)
  • Crestfallen / Winters Crackling Glory 2 versions(2002, Killer, Killer)
  • Glass Harvest Mason ‎(7″, Num)(2003, Veglia, veglia12)
  • Screamformelongbeach ‎(CDr, Mini)(2003, PseudoArcana, PA025)
  • Birchville Cat Motel & Reynols – Split ‎(12″)(2004, Reverse Recordings, rev-001)
  • Stellar Collapse ‎(CDr, Mini)(2005, Kning Disk, 20)
  • Small Christian Victories ‎(CDr, Mini)(2006, diagnosis… DON’T! reCoRdings, DONT013)
  • The Frog Prince ‎(7″, S/Sided)(2007, Anthem Records)
  • Untitled ‎(Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Invisible ‎(Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Long Vanished Spirals ‎(2002, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Chaos Steel Skeletons: Three ‎(2xCDr, Comp, Ltd)(2006, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Chaos Steel Skeletons: Two ‎(2xCDr, Comp, Ltd)(2006, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Chaos Steel Skeletons: One ‎(2xCDr, Comp, Ltd)(2006, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel, Charalambides, Tarentel – Rockumentaries ‎(3xDVDr, Mini, Ltd)(2008, Nothing Out There, n.o.t.#5b, n.o.t.#5c, n.o.t.#5t)
  • Alpine Pacific Triangle ‎(CDr, Ltd)(2014, Don’t Fuck With Magic)
  • A Tiny Circle Of Throbbing Attics ‎(Cass)(Unknown, Root Don Lonie For Cash, #115)
  • Cyclops Super Trike ‎(Cass)(Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel / Ashtray Navigations – Birchville Cat Motel / Ashtray Navigations ‎(Lathe, 8″, Pic)(Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  • Birchville Cat Motel & 010010 – Untitled ‎(Cass, C60)(Unknown, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)

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Interviews

Campbell Kneale [December 2002]

First off, describe your music in 10 words or less

Antarcticish.

Please substitute my use of the genre label ‘noise’, i’m not particularly fond of it myself..

Neither. ‘Noise’ is term usually used by Kylie fans to make generalizations about music that threatens them. Or nu-metallers to describe soundtrack-making, punk-prog bands with beards and turntables. neither of the above have any right to use the word.

You have a huge catalog – not just under the ‘Birchville Cat Motel‘ moniker but a number of other side-projects. if somebody was interested in delving into your releases — where should they start, and why?

That’s a very big question. Tsk.
In spite of the two-car-garage sized back-catalog (i forget how many… maybe 50-60?) every Birchville Cat Motel release is different and has its own unique voice due to the fact that Birchville Cat Motel is more about a methodology, or means of making music, rather than creating a ‘sound’ easily identifiable as Birchville Cat Motel.

The early recordings were very loud and caustic, as time has progressed, the aesthetic matured and personalized, and i began to find that i was increasingly drawn to the complexities of quieter textures. i have my personal favorites which i’m sure will prompt heated debate among my peers. On a desert island with only my own records for company I would choose…

‘We count these prayers’ CD (Corpus Hermeticum, NZ) 2001
Probably the best guitar-based record i ever made. The balance between dissonance, consonance, and slow motion, junk-crush is pretty compelling. A subtly illuminating record.

‘Crestfallen’ 7″ (Killer Records, Norway) 2001
An oceanic kinda drifting thing made up from largely acoustic instruments and tweaked kitchen gadgets. My favorite ‘Sunset’ record.

‘Summers seething pulse’ CD (Elsie and Jack, UK) 2003
Actually it’s not due out until the end of December but it’s a real doozy. A very creamy platter of head-sauce. Amplified picture framing wire and electric wallpaper are only some of the first-class doo-dads i invented for this release. Rock’n’rolls very own birdman contest.

New Zealand actually has quite a collection of ‘textural’ musicians. With the success of Alistair Galbraith, The Dead C, Roy Montgomery, Wreck Small Speakers etc, how do you think people in know perceive New Zealand on an international scale?

Well, with all due respect to all those luminaries listed and not to deny the impact they have had on the perception of NZ music overseas… they represent the ‘old farts scene’. Although I am very familiar with their material, i personally don’t feel any real affiliation with these artists with regards to my own work.

These folk were making cutting edge records 15 years ago. the international record-buying public know a shitload more about NZ underground music than your average NZ music journalist. The Dead C are still invisible to the NZ music media in spite of having influenced an entire generation of musicians from Sebadoh to Sonic Youth, let alone little old me. Other than the odd bunch of records i sell at a live show, all of my records go overseas to a large audience of enthusiasts who know all about your neighbor who dubs cassettes of his band off in editions of 20.

Who do you see as your contemporaries?

If by ‘contemporaries’ you mean ‘lunatic noise buddies’, then my contemporaries are many. I mean, if you think of ‘music’ as a small subset of ‘sound’ you get a better idea of the scale of sonic ground ripe for exploration. In October i performed at the lines of flight festival in Dunedin which covered a healthy swag of artists who are prominent within the New Zealand and international community. Bruce Russell, Sandoz Lab Technicians, Peter Wright, Nova Scotia, CM Ensemble, K-Group, Omit, Esosteel… All of whom have many top-notch releases are very visible within their respective non-genres internationally.

Overseas there are communities that run parallel to the New Zealand thing too… Europe, UK, USA, Japan… And it is becoming easier, not to mention increasingly beneficial, for many of us to network with the various organizations involved for distribution of our records and touring. the upcoming European tour is all about creating contacts and forming a live circuit to get more of our music over there.

We get paid well, sell lots of records, and perform to large enthusiastic audiences. whereas, I have pretty much ‘retired’ from playing live in any regular sense here in NZ. I don’t feel compelled to play for 4 people any more.

Do you consider your music to be more influential or recognized overseas than in New Zealand?

on my most recent tour of Japan i visited record shops in Tokyo and a number of other cities that had a whole celebrate psi phenomenon section! i met bands who shyly stated in their very best English that they had been profoundly influenced by my records! it was a truly humbling experience.

I discovered first hand that New Zealand underground music is treated with near-reverence everywhere except New Zealand.

My upcoming tour of Europe i will be stopping by Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, and the UK. I have significant fan-bases in all of these countries. Most of my records go to the USA.

To contrast, in NZ I have only just started to have shows where more than a small handful of people come along. Not that long ago i was billed in a local gig guide as a visiting US guitarist!

A lot of musicians credit krautrock, japanoise and the likes of the Berlin avant garde scene as important influences. Do you feel any particular ‘scene’ has influenced your recordings?

Nope. the last record i paid money for was Motley Crues ‘Shout at the devil’.

I like some japanoise-related stuff like Merzbow, MSBR, and Guilty Connector and I performed with some of them in japan which was quite a thrill. Black-psych like Fushitsusha. I played with some of the Japanese Onkyo dudes here in NZ recently… Toshimaru Nakamura, Sachiko M, Tetuzi Akiyama, and Otomo Yoshihide… They were incredible! i loved them… but i don’t know if they have influenced me. our respective music forms are very personal. time will tell. I don’t think my music can really be internationalized the same way that New Zealand ‘rock’ is.

Birchville Cat Motel is not really influenced by music. I’m more fond of second-hand shops, train stations, old atlases, Antarctica, Siberia, Alaska, Poppy Z Brite books, dodgy heavy metal…

So do you consider your music visually descriptive? or is there some other kind of connection your going for here?

There is some other kind of connection going on. But its a lot less tangible than simply transcribing visual experiences into music. I guess godspeed you black emperor are a prime example of a band that is operates very successfully on this level… undeniable filmic and you almost feel miffed that you can’t see the pictures that should accompany this music.

For me, the experiences i like to work with are those brief fleeting ones, like childhood aromas unleashed from an old cupboard, that infuriating elusiveness of not quite being able to place a certain sensation.

Utterly evocative but impossible to fully apprehend. at these moments you become not just a person in a particular moment, but you connect with something much larger. a personal history, full of things that nobody else could understand, and that you couldn’t really describe in words.

I’ve always sought to find inspiration in my location. currently that location is suburban Lower Hutt. Suburbia has a nasty reputation for being a congregation point for soullessness but i have come to disagree. i have seen brief glimpses of a very deeply ingrained spirituality here, not connected with any obvious religious affiliation, but connected with the big patterns of human existence. work, sleep, travel, children, hospitality, home decorating… what would probably pass as ‘boring’ or ‘insignificant’ to your average e-popping, superficially urbanite, ravebunny, again links people with a much larger pattern of life that has continued unchanged, other than on the surface, for countless generations. i find the mundane beautiful and very grand.

When you played with the touring Japanese, did you play alongside Nakamura’s no-input desk? His performance here in Christchurch with Greg Malcolm was quite spectacular.

Yes. I had been aware of Nakamura’s no-input thing for quite a while and i was pretty excited about the possibility of being able to perform with him. his purity of sound and the purity of intent demonstrated in his work has always struck a chord with me (not a power-chord you understand). i did some recording with Akiyama as well… he’s a fascinating guitarist. very little of what he does sounds like an acoustic guitar.

I understand you like to keep your recordings pretty minimal – what kind of toys do you use to forge and alter your recordings?

I have no personal aversion to overdubs. In fact, most of my music is constructed using layers of overdubbed improvisations. I used to have an old Fostex reel-to-reel 8 track. it was cool but it was becoming expensive tracking down tape and DAT’s to master onto. i switched to computer after I got back from Japan.

Using the computer to record with certainly has opened up new possibilities, but to be honest, i’m not sure i want all those possibilities. sure, its great to be able to record tape-less, mix automatically, master straight to disc, and spit out a CDr at the end of the process, but the ability to ‘alter’ sounds I find hugely distracting. i use the computer as a recorder… that’s all. A bit of EQ, a hint of spatial clarification, but most of those effect knobs make everything sound like wimpy shit. Fine if you want to make electronical but as hard as it may be for some to fathom, i’m not interested in the slightest in electronica.

Do you think the likes of pro-tools and other digital manipulation applications have helped or hindered the course of experimental music?

Um… helped. the digitization of experimental music has seen it become the new punk rock… its strengthened the DIY ethic of self production, self promotion, self dissemination. (the old punk rock works for the factory nowadays)

Do you have any opinions on any of the more commercially leaning bands such as the ‘drone based’ Spacemen 3, Godspeed! Your Black Emperor etc or so-called ‘slow-core’ bands like Bedhead and Low?

Spacemen3 suck. fucking boring English twats. History should confiscate their reputation.

I’m pretty fond of GS!YBE. they’re like everything that Radiohead could have been if they weren’t fucking boring English twats. very cinematic. movie-ish. enigmatic and black.

Bedhead, never heard of them. are they English? Low. zzzzzzz… twats. what about the Melvins?!? aren’t they slow-core?

Promotion time: plug a new release on your label (celebrate psi phenomenon) that you’re not directly involved with.

‘Shutupalreadydamn! A tribute 2 Prince’ Double CD

Everybody who ever heard this says it’s the best compilation they own! 20-something New Zealand and international envelope-pushers getting very loose and covering the little-sexy-purple-muthafucker. It is absolutely stunning what people have done with some extremely non-representative source material. hits! hits! hits! everything from Birchvilles faux-arena rock, to cm ensembles drifting church organ liturgies, to Sunships sex-murder-mass destruction, to Matt Silcocks… um… ‘rap’ to… oh oh, it’s just so damn good all over. The best thing about the compilation is that it is very funny, but never crosses that fine line and becomes a ‘joke’. Tt’s unusually respectful.

Any national tour plans for once you get back from Europe?

Nope.

Would anybody come?

Hahaha. No actually, that’s entirely true. i am hoping to lure some international like-minds to New Zealand with the promise of Marmite, well-paying shows, and mature, respectful New Zealand audiences. If they are silly enough to fall for my slick stories, there could be a tour with Japanese head-crusher MSBR, Norwegian vintage-horror-flick improvisers DEL, and maybe even UK bedroom, laptop-astrologer Simon Wickham smith. We will see.

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Record Labels

Celebrate Psi Phenomenon

campbell kneale’s (aka birchville cat motel)) fast growing cd-r label, a prominent force in the new strain of new zealand underground labels, along the same line as root don lonie for cash corpus hermeticum. based out of lower-hutt, campbell’s mostly cd-r releases have spread internationally, with outfits such as armpit and lugosi helping to establish this unusual label. celebrate psi phenomenon releases have no set agenda, though kneale has always been a ‘challanging’ musician, attempting to push the boundaries at any given opportunity.
compilation discography
picks in bold

  • shutupalreadydamn!: a tribute to prince double cd-r []
  • supernaut: the black sabbath tribute cassette []

contact details
if available

  • celebrate psi phenomenon website [official website]
  • campbell kneale [label head / email contact]
  • campbell knealern
  • 4 whakataki grovern
  • waiwheturn
  • lower huttrn
  • new zealand [postal address]

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m artists

Antony Milton

Wellington based founder of the Psuedoarcana label, who also performs by the initials A.M., as well as Nether Dawn and Street, and has releases on Clayton Noone’s Root Don Lonie For Cash Peter Wrights’ Apoplexy label.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Wire Bridge Cassette [Wire BridgeWrb001]

  • Sketches Cassette [Wire BridgeWrb002]

  • Ash Feathers, And Radios Bark Cassette [Wire BridgeWrb003]

  • Tinfoil Cassette [Wire BridgeWrb004]

  • Place Cassette [Wire BridgeWrb005]

  • Sirens Cassette [Wire BridgeWrb006]

  • Queenslandbrisbane Cassette And Book [Wire BridgeWrb007]

  • And Where The Coloured Planes Are Rafts Cassette And Book [Wire BridgeWrb008]

  • Fleeting Cassette [Wire BridgeWrb009]

  • Near/Far Cd-R [2001 Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]

  • Big Rooms, Small Rooms Double Cd-R [2002 Root Don Lonie For CashRdl084]

  • Fracture Floor Cd-R [W/ Snakes Beings 2003 Maggotism International]

  • Yet Marvelous Stasis Cd-R [2003 Haamumaa]

  • Sirens [2005 Compilation / Reissue Of Previous ‘Sirens’ Cassettes Pseudoarcana]

  • The End Of This Short Road [2007 Deserted Village]

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n artists

Richard Neave

Core Member Of Metonymic Young Guns CM Ensemble, Richard Finally Allows Daylight To Strike His Own Home-Taped Skronk. Primal, Profoundly Filthy, And Delightfully Unique Guitarsplatter That Will Leave That Distinctive Odour Of Electrical Smoke Wherever You Play It. People Who Had Their Chandeliers Lit By Totals Sky Blue Void Or Dead C’S Driver Ufo Should Definately Fill Out The Attached Form. Post-Morley!
– Label description of ‘You’re not welcome cd-r’ (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)

Richard Neave was an uncompromising noise artist and extreme audience provoker. He spent years beating up his guitar either solo or flanked by musicians such as Nick Hodgson/Harte, Lee Noyes, Peter Wright etc. Taking great pride in pushing the annoying, provocative nature of his playing he drove audiences away where-ever he played. Needless to say he was a legendary figure in the Christchurch underground music scene and those of us who knew Richard were very sad at his passing in 2010.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • You’re Not Welcome cd-r [Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • Un-Repent (with Lee Noyes) [Ideal State Recordings]

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n artists

Nether Dawn

Yet Another Antony Milton Project! Guitar-Noise/Drift/Drone. Nz Free Noise Turns All Psychedelic And Transcendental. Everything Is Beautiful And Broken. If This Was The Foundation Of Western Music, Vhf Records Would Be Top 40 And Mathew Bower Would Be Our President.
Last Visible Dog

My Late Night Electric Guitar Drone ‘Blues’ Project. When I Record This Project I Generally Hand A Mic Out Of A Window Sometime Around Midnight (Usually On Rainy Nights), And Improvise Along With The Incidental Sounds, Building Up Layers (With More Guitars, Organs, Violin) Until I Have A ‘Finished’ Piece. Its Kind Of ‘Gestural’ And Lush (Lots Of Reverb…)
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