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 on: Today at 04:07:09 PM 
Started by WCN - Last post by absurdexposition
Here in Canada, other than a package from the UK received earlier this week, I haven't gotten anything in 2 weeks (as of tomorrow). I usually get packages of distro stock daily. However, the orders that I ship seem to be arriving.

 on: Today at 01:49:40 PM 
Started by FreakAnimalFinland - Last post by theotherjohn
The early 2000's filesharing days of the internet were definitely an overlooked time for developing a more specialised or focused knowledge of music, or discovering things you wouldn't usually see in your local HMV. Word of mouth about Napster spread around my circle of friends at high/upper school and many a unique discovery was made, either intentionally or by accident. Sure, you could grab whatever nu-metal song you liked at the time for free, but what happens when you tried to download "Nirvana - Enter Sandman (Metallica cover).mp3" on your friend's recommendation? You get introduced to Wesley Willis and outsider music. Alternatively, you typed in swear words for a laugh and discovered the joys of Anal Cunt and their endlessly amusing/amusingly endless song titles which were perfectly suited to the P2P medium. And given that download speeds were grindingly slow on a pre-broadband modem and internet usage was then paid for by the minute, those sub-1MB downloads were quicker and easier to collect than a 4 minute song which might end up being broken after you'd finished downloading it 20 minutes later. Plus, the resulting download would be bloody funny to hear too.

My introduction to noise was via mp3.com where I first heard Whitehouse after reading about them in Bizarre magazine - when I listened to Dedicated To Peter Kurten (the obvious first choice), I wasn't sure if the sound I was hearing was broken because I was using a then-new-to-me codec called RealMedia. I had to listen to a few more tracks before I realised, wait, that actually IS what they actually sound like. Mind blown. I recall striking up a conversation with a stranger on Azureus or Morpheus or one of those successors to Napster that had a chat feature, and me casually mentioned discovering a band called Whitehouse which she probably wouldn't know about  - it turned out her boyfriend was a fan and had seen them play live recently. Mind blown again. I'm pretty sure the first full album download I made was Quality Time, copies of which I burned onto a CDr to hand to one of my English teachers at school, in return for some CDR compilations of early industrial from her partner (which is how I first heard TG and the sort). And because he worked as a studio engineer in a music college, that connection ended up resulting in him recording the first demo for the first (if only) band I was in at school.

Another thing about early filesharing was that pre-2005 or so, the internet was still considered an unsafe place (at least for younger people like me) for sending payment by electronic means, so downloading music just seemed like the natural conclusion to the whole computer/internet experience. Hackers stealing your card details seemed like a constant threat then, before PayPal or places like Amazon made things (seem) safer. Why bother with the stress when you can just get the music without the fluff? No wonder the music industry shit themselves at the thought of no-one paying excessive costs for physical media anymore! And what few things I was brave enough to buy in the early days of the internet were by still using traditional means like cheques, bank transfers, postal orders, ringing up someone's phone number to swap your card (or your parent's card) details or even the good old cash in the mail method (including asking your post office to exchange currency if you were paying dollars). The internet was just considered an extension of the phone book, and with that some extra effort was required to do most things. Hell, even waiting for your modem to connect or loading up web pages took a decent amount of time...

Anyways, I would argue that in the early days of filesharing there was plenty of intimacy given it was a new thing. Same goes for anything new before it becomes routine or gets co-opted. Early Myspace had intimacy, early Amazon had intimacy (how I miss the public Lists features reviewers would create for sharing music/book/film recommendations), YouTube had intimacy, Facebook had intimacy, this forum had intimacy. But people's attention spans can only stretch so far, and certainly the internet doesn't encourage a slower way of experiencing things in the long term. The fault probably lies with the medium itself, given people experience the internet spacially rather than durationally. You know the somewhat frozen limitations of a C90 mixtape cassette or a physical/hard collection - not so much a network of computers, data drives and the people using them that change and evolve constantly.

 on: Today at 01:09:47 PM 
Started by WCN - Last post by Urban Noise
Here in Portugal, packages are sent and received without problems from must places around the world. Delayed yes, but looks like those delays have very little to do with the Portuguese postal system.
Sent a couple of packs a few days ago, both inside EU and outside, and all are on their way.

 on: Today at 10:31:55 AM 
Started by WCN - Last post by evilxskin
I bought a record from US. Which was shipped 27th March. After that it has been flying between Miami and Chicago airports. Currently it sits in Chicago. Looks bad, migth be a long wait before it finds it way to Finland.

Just checked the Finnish post situation. From here you cannot send anything outside Europe except China. Some countries in Europe it's not possible either, like to Portugal.

 on: Today at 07:30:57 AM 
Started by RyanWreck - Last post by Eris/Ostia
SICKNESS - either everything or "best of" curated by the artist himself. 

 on: Today at 07:04:45 AM 
Started by GEWALTMONOPOL - Last post by Eris/Ostia
50 or so minute live collaboration from 2006. Busy stuff with loads of synth and oscillator laser squiggles. Most likely improvised and more or less aimless. It has definitely its moments and could've been cut n' pasted into a nice 20 minute EP. Good-looking covers.

DJINN "1978" CD
Dark ambient with industrial touches. I first out it on as background sound for reading but every now and then had to put the book down and concentrate on sounds. Not the darkest and most oppressive end of the genre. In the end, not bad/not great and generally not my favourite kind of noise/related.

 on: Today at 06:53:34 AM 
Started by FreakAnimalFinland - Last post by minimal.impact
Definitely one of the more interesting Australian labels currently - maybe a little indebted to Breakdance The Dawn?

It's come out of the same climate, and I believe there is a crossover between the persons responsible for releases on both labels. Saw LG live last year and thought the set dragged on a bit, but that may just be me. The Dysfunctional Aesthetics tape and this set were both a fair bit clearer, pushing into the ethereal realm.

Raum I think are also one of those groups that translate better to a solo listening experience. Wasn't a fan of the couple of live sets I've seen, but the recorded material was a pleasure to hear.

 on: Today at 06:03:46 AM 
Started by FreakAnimalFinland - Last post by absoluten calfeutrail
My favourite Essential Minerals release remains the LG self titled cassette from 2015:


It's a shame the 2019 release Dysfunctional Aesthetics contains none of the damaged tape gunk of that glorious 2015 work. The Stasis Duo release from 2015 is really great too, and from the 2019 batch I like the Raum duo recording - especially the ultra spare B-side piece. Definitely one of the more interesting Australian labels currently - maybe a little indebted to Breakdance The Dawn?

 on: Today at 04:38:10 AM 
Started by FreakAnimalFinland - Last post by minimal.impact
Essential Minerals, anyone? I've been jamming some of the youtube stuff all morning. Picks of the bunch I've found so far are CC, The Year of the Sex Olympics, Troth and and Faecal Flower.


 on: Today at 03:05:02 AM 
Started by 777was666 - Last post by 777was666

Tony Conrad / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - Taking Issue (LP, Album, Ltd)
Maybe Mental - To Cease Burning (Cass)

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