The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Gig #143: Of late 48: とらチャンネル, Concrete Mascara, Judgitzu, Torturing Nurse, OOIOO, Harsh Noise Movement, Zu Hanatarash, hissquiet, Odour Trail, Salac, KK NULL, Robert Henke, Scatmother, Abed Abed, Infernal Legions Of Mordor, Mrs. Dink


Concrete Mascara
Torturing Nurse
Harsh Noise Movement
Odour Trail
Robert Henke
Abed Abed
Infernal Legions Of Mordor
Mrs. Dink


【MMD】ハードフレンズ 【けものフレンズ】
‘我慢できませんでした、ごめんなさい。’ — sm2168098


Concrete MascaraFutile Pattern
Perennial Disappointment is rife with urgency and tension, where caustic, distortion filled frequencies meet slashing, blown out noise, hyper-rhythmic pulsations, and venomous, dueling vocals. Collectively, it’s a perfectly engineered and concise declaration of arrival that should be a revelation for those that consider the genre to be one dimensional and stagnant.’ — bc


Judgitzu Umeme
‘Judgitzu, the production alias of Julien Hairon, channels the singeli sound pioneered by the Nyege Nyege crew into his own singular take on speedcore. ‘Umeme’ is a 180bpm slice of brain-melting bass and ear-shredding synthesis. Described by Boomkat as a “punk ethnomusicologist”, Hairon runs the Les Cartes Postales Sonores and petPets labels, and has spent the last six years recording traditional music in Asia, Oceania and Africa. He has been a resident in Tanzania since 2017.’ — Fact Magazine


Torturing Nurse live at LUFF
‘Torturing Nurse formally began as the duo of Junky and guitarist Misuzu Tornado banging their way around Junkyard’s former practice room on April 25, 2004. 15+ years later, it’s fair to say that Torturing Nurse is both China’s most extreme act — past shows have entailed S&M, bondage, raw pork, duct tape, and forcible dragging by the hair — and also its most prolific. Discogs places Torturing Nurse’s recorded output at 244 releases, but Junky balks at that: he maintains his own list of releases, which at this writing sits at 404.’ — RADII


‘Founded by Kyoko and YoshimiO (also a co-founding member of Boredoms) in 1995, the group has explored different instrumental and anti-formal arrangements throughout the years. On Nijimusi, they chose to prioritize a conventional rock set up of two guitars, bass and drums, which, when mixed with some brash and repetitive vocals, results in some delightfully bizarre, punk-inflected jams.’ — Fact Magazine


‘Unless you are a fan of noise/power electronics and have been living under a rock, you are well aware of Harsh Noise Movement; the artist and label. Harsh Noise Movement is one of the most prolific acts and labels in the genre today.’ — Noise Beneath the Snow


Zu Obsidian
‘For over fifteen years, ZU’s modus operandi of straddling and abusing musical genres has resulted in over fifteen unique album releases across labels such as Ipecac, Atavistic, Headz (jp). John Zorn describes their sound as “a powerful and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days”.’ — Zuband


Hanatarsh bulldozer gig
‘Hanatarashi (ハナタラシ), meaning “sniveler” or “snot-nosed” in Japanese, was a noise band created by later Boredoms frontman Yamantaka Eye and featured Zeni Geva guitarist Mitsuru Tabata. The outfit was formed in Osaka, Japan in 1984 after Eye and Tabata met as stage hands at an Einstürzende Neubauten show. One of the band’s most infamous shows included Eye destroying part of a venue with a backhoe bulldozer by driving it through the back wall and onto the stage.’ — Wiki


hissquiet the sun aint gunna shine anymore
‘Hissquiet uses glistening tones and dark ambience to blur the lines between comfort and chaos. Working from a home studio in the mountains of New Hampshire as a one person project, Hissquiet is constantly perfecting a style that can be akin to early ambient Aphex Twin, Tim Hecker, or Godspeed You!’ — stf


Odour Trail Untitled A
‘from “Feminist Performance Artist Challenges The Phallic Mythology Of Male Creativity, 1993”.’ — PI


Salac Euphoria
‘Members of Bristol collective Avon Terror Corps, Salac are a Gaelic industrial duo hailing from separate cold corners of the world. Intersecting pagan ritualism with industrial choral alchemy, together they sculpt séances of sacred sound; igniting fires through walls of noise, voice, disjointed rhythm structures and intense ceremonial performance. One for the midnight edge-lords, Salac is a terrifying trip through abandoned wells, ritual dreampop, so-dank-it’s-almost-slo-grime industrial heaviness and the wild plants of Hy Brasil.’ — Avon Terror Corps


KK NULL live at KGRn, Tokyo
‘KAZUYUKI KISHINO was born in Tokyo, Japan. Composer, guitarist, singer, mastermind of ZENI GEVA. One of the top names in Japanese noise music and in a larger context, one of the great cult artists in experimental music since the early 80’s. After playing the guitar as his main instrument for nearly thirty years, KK NULL has gradually moved towards a more electronic approach. Since the late 90’s he has concentrated his efforts on his solo & collaborative recordings, exploring the outer territories of electronica, creating intense clashing wave of noise, structured electro-acoustic ambience, broken down rhythmics, scattered pitch sculptures, droning isolationist material which could be described “cosmic noise maximal/minimalism”.’ — OW


Robert Henke CBM 8032
‘At this week’s CTM Festival in Berlin, Robert Henke presented the German premiere of his new A/V show, CBM 8032. In the show, Henke uses five primitive CBM 8032 computers from 1980 to create an audiovisual show from microchips 100,000 times less powerful than the one you’d find in a modern washing machine.’ — Fact Magazine


Scatmother Piquerism
‘The sounds of Scatmother might cut your eardrum like a scalpel, with its insanely sharp tuned Power Electronics, heavier than a gut-punch. Raise the volume high while listening in order to enjoy the torture to its fullest!’ — Cold Spring


Abed Abed Yung Guns
‘Bangor, Maine’s ABED ABED’s tracks are minimalists at heart, working with only a few cheap boxes, but maximalist in enormous output! Their style hovers between Actress before he became all shiny AI and artsy and early Bunker recordings. Heavy, but subtle and with a distinct underground flavor. His sound is also melancholic in tone and melody. As if it longs for days long past or for a future different than one could ever imagine. Optimal experimental techno with some house overtones and a distorted slo-mo edge…’ — New York Haunted


Infernal Legions of Mordor Incel Exterminator
‘Infernal Legions Of Mordor is what happens when one person somehow winds up living in the middle of nowhere Texas, listening to garbage from all across the spectrum of metal/punk/noise, watching shitty movies and tv shows, being a memelord, actually caring about things that matter in the sociopolitical realm, and for whatever godforsaken reason decides to throw all of these things together into one manic sonic assault of ultrashit noisecore, presented in the most displeasurable way. And obviously, this is a good thing.’ — Fucked By Noise


Mrs Dink Big Finish
‘Somewhere out there, an engineer is creating a preset. He/she wants to do good. Make a sound that’s cool and recognizable and actually sounds like an accordion. Create a rhythm that actually sounds like salsa, or a marching band. But we, the users of the instruments, dispise his/her work. Using presets is the lowest of the low, something you just can’t ever do. Tweak the preset. Don’t ever use the preset. This is a special release for all of you. We wanted to share with you some of our fav presets and create tracks with them in which they are still recognizable. This is not some ironic hipster joke, this is us paying tribute to the men and women that created banks upon banks of presets for the gear we like to use. We hear ya, and even though we don’t use the presets, we appreciate the thoughts of adding them to the instruments! We are forever IN DEBT TO THE PRESET!’ — New York Haunted




p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, There is some kind of Terry Southern documentary film or TV thing in the works, so maybe it was for that? I fully agree about ‘The Loved One’. It’s very strange here for sure. I haven’t been outside yet but I have to go somewhere today, so I’ll find out if or how often one gets asked for that printed document one needs to have with one. I got your email, thank you! And I look forward to watching the video today in fact. ** Sypha, The film version is very, very of its time. I like that period of wild, psychedelic-ish, silly films, but, yeah, it’s an amusing, uneven time capsule mostly, I think. You’re lucky your store is still operating at all. I hope that continues to be the case and that you don’t end up in a dead zone like Paris is. ** Tosh Berman, Hi, Tosh! Yes, it’s a very non-Parisian Paris at the moment. Paris without strolling and cafes and so on. Very, very odd. Not uninteresting in concept but due to get annoying very soon. Good question about the printer-less people. I don’t know. I believe it’s possible to fill out the form on your phone and show it on the screen as a pdf. I think so. I’m still pretty zen about the situation here. People seem pretty chill at least so far, but who knows after a week or more of this. No one really believes this will be over in the prescribed two weeks. I seem to be totally healthy thus far, as are all of my friends, last I heard. You do what it takes to stay 100%, sir. ** Bill, Hi, Bill. Like I told Tosh, I’m not sure what the people without printers do other than show a pdf of the filled out form on their phones. I’m venturing out today for the first time, so I’ll see what’s what. I know the police are intervening when they see people who aren’t keeping the 6 ft. distance regulation. Or they are on the news. I think I saw your email/post in my cyber-mailbox. Exciting! Thank you! I’ll set it up and write back to you! Thank you so much! ** wolf, Pretty real indeed, wolfie. Me too about feeling fortunate that France has a country that has a decisive-seeming leader who does what a leader is supposed to do right now, as much as I generally dislike and distrust Macron a lot. But, lord, compared to your fool over there and the US’s evil moron, wow. It’s hard to imagine that you guys won’t be in pretty much our situation pretty soon. The quarantining thing does seem to be to go-to approach everywhere at some point. Dude, people are getting so fucked by this economically. It’s unbelievable. As long as just under 50% of the US continues to support Trump, and I don’t see that shifting dramatically, no, universal healthcare is an increasingly popular pipe dream that has no real future no matter who gets elected. Despite what the hard core fans of a certain candidate fantasise, you can’t have a real revolution within the system in place there. There’s a lot of Walter Mitty syndrome going on over there these days, I think. Anyway, blah blah … Hang in there big time, buddy. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. That novel is a charmer. I think you’ll think so. If we can do it over here, and we are successfully doing it at least 24 hours into it, you can. Stay as safe as need be. ** Jeff J, Hi, Jeff! Good to see you! Mm, ‘TMC’ isn’t a bad place to start, novel-wise. I remember being very entertained by ‘Blue Movie’, and maybe more so, but I haven’t read it in ages. It’s a weird combination of crazy and peaceful here. You can well imagine. I’m not sure why the US is being so incremental and pussy-footing — well, actually, of course I know why — but it’s hard for me to imagine you guys won’t get locked down. Maybe I’m wrong. Or maybe it’ll just be major cities? It just seems like the only good/bad solution unless a vaccine or cure appears suddenly. France is starting to test a possible cure drug today. Yeah, ‘India Song’ is wonderful. Mm, well, cinemas have been shut here for a bit. Before that I saw a not-good French documentary about ‘Second Life’ and, as I think I may have said, Margaret Honda’s ‘Color Correction’, which was an intense experience. Mostly I’ve been watching films re: future blog posts I’ve been making, so I’ve seen a couple of Marie Losier films, some Vivienne Dick films, rewatched a couple of old Richard Kern films, some early Harmony Korine shorts I’d never seen, … I … didn’t do a post on the Buzzati book unless I’m blanking, but it’s an excellent idea. Obviously I hope your allergies leave you the fuck alone, and take care, and I’m still up for a Skype if/when you want. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. Man, try not to panic. That is not going to help, right? Well, if you were in your situation here, you would not have any problem at all going to that clinic. There’s no ‘exemption’ thing here. No need for it. You can do what you want as long as your going out has a specific purpose and you have the form stating where you’re going. You can’t wander aimlessly about or go hang out with your friends if there’s no other purpose to the gathering. You can take walks, but only in your own neighbourhood. There’s no restriction on traveling within France. It’s not martial law or anything. It’s not like being imprisoned. I can’t imagine that whatever comes down in NYC is going to be more strict than what we have here. Try to stay as calm and practical as you can, man. ** Okay. I made you a new gig of new things I’ve been into to entertain you during your increased home time, so I hope you’ll give the thing a listen and maybe find things that your ears and moods and tastes agree with. See you tomorrow.


  1. David Ehrenstein

    Actually I DO see things shifting. A very recent poll said 60 percent of Americans say Trump has totally fucked up on dealing with the epidemic and don’t trust him at all. Meanwhile on the PrimaRy Parade Joe Biden is trouncing Bernie Sanders in Florida and Illinois. So Joe is Da Man. I have no doubt he’ll decimate Trump in the General — including the “Electoral College”

    The Watchword is DON’T PANIC. I’ve always taken precautions when being around people because far too many sneee and cough directly into the air. Their parents didn’t raise them right and we’re all now paying the price.

    Your music selections reflect much of tday’s nervousness, but I prefer Something soothing

  2. _Black_Acrylic

    The degraded techno of Abed Abed is new to me but I like it a lot. If we could all just freak out to it inside individual strobe-lit cellars, maybe this virus can be beaten?

  3. Thomas Moronic

    Hey Dennis,

    Excellent and clatteringly loud gig today. Lots of fun from my ears’ point of view.

    I owe you a massive thank you for the generous and kind blurb you have to my new novel. Thanks so, so much, Dennis. I was so giddy when Philip let me see what you wrote. I and my novel thank you a ton.

    Hope you’re hanging in there with the crazy state of things at the moment. Our Prime Minister is a fucking fool.

  4. Bill

    Another intriguing collection today, Dennis! Will delve deeper through the day… after all, there’s not much else to do, right? Haha.

    Actually my regular Wednesday drinking group will be imbibing online tonight. At least we’ll be having beers at the same time.

    Great to see Robert Henke’s CBM piece. I actually hung out with him when it was in its early stages, but haven’t seen the final product. He kindly agreed to an interview for my class:


  5. Steve Erickson

    Like David, I prefer mellower sounds than the harsh tone of most of today’s picks at the moment. I did like Zu and Abed Abed. But I’ve been using ’70s rock (BOC, Patti, Cheap Trick), current pop hits like Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” the Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” and Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” and recent jazz(-adjacent) albums by Kassa Overall, Sam Gendel and Moses Boyd as musical comfort food. I am also listening to Rina Sawayama’s album for the first time and started writing a review.

    I have one music-related question I need to ask you privately.

    It must be pretty obvious that I wrote here last night at a peak of anxiety. I talked to my doctor today and he told me that I’m not losing my sight but nothing can be done to improve it till I get surgery, and that it simply can’t be done amidst this medical emergency. It’s an awful situation, which is making boredom even more difficult, but it could be worse. I talked to my shrink today on a video conference app, and he has a cold – or COVID?

  6. David Ehrenstein

    While the Coronavirus has rendered in-person sales moot, sale-by-mail is still possible. So write to me via and I’ll send you lists of the books, Ds and DVDs I have for sale.

  7. schlix

    Hey Dennis,
    thank you for the excellent choice of sound and music.

    Not long ago I was clicking myself through the classic Japanese noise stuff
    and still it gives me energy and joy: Boredoms, Hanatarash, Merzbow, Gerogerigegege, Zeni Geva, Otomo Yoshihide violating guitars and turntables.
    I love that Torturing Noise performance but the beat orientated stuff like Mrs Dink, Salac, Abed Abed and Judgitzu are the great discoveries. Cool!
    I saw Robert Henke playing live a few times n Berlin and it was always exciting.

    Do you remember that Ernie and Bert version of the first video:

    I hope you (and certainly everyone else here) are doing good.


  8. Jeff J

    Hey Dennis – Always enjoy these days. It’s going to soundtrack my freelance work tomorrow, so more comments after I’ve delved deeper. I really like the new OOIOO on initial spin and cool to see Hantarash here. That’s something older, right? They don’t have a new album?

    Do you know what happened to The Boredoms? They were making some extraordinary music and seemed to slowly drift away. Eye seems like a fascinating artist – you ever a fan of his visual collages and sculptures? – but it seems like he’s been silent for 10-15 years now. Or maybe active in Japan and I’ve missed it?

    Interesting about the Harmony Korine shorts — will those be part of a post, I hope? Any real standouts?

    Yes to Skype! Friday morning (my time) or anytime Saturday? I’ll email you tomorrow about it.

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