PRESS-BOOK UPDATE 86-94 / ARCHIVES 84-85
PACIFIC 231 "Unusual Perversions" (VP 231):
In similar areas to P16 D4, P231 offer no compromise in their world of
harsh, tortured noise recalling the early ideas of TG and MB. Exhalted
images are wasted on a diet of fizz dressed in out of focus dinner
jackets. Hang out to dry as this record perspires easily whilst being
played. Side 2 opens like an angry can of bees. Images of subterranean
monsters come to mind inhabiting strange stone monoliths arranged in
the shape of a 6. Squirm you worm. Let it do battle with your ears !
L'ENFER EST INTIME "Volume 0" (VP 231 / LE SYNDICAT):
This is an international compilation realized by LE SYNDICAT in
association with VP 231. In late 1984 dozens of groups were invited to
contribute to a compilation project with the theme "Hell is Intimate".
So great was the response that several volumes will be released of
which this is the first. Volume 0 features tracks by John Duncan/Paul
Hurst, Controlled Bleeding, Le Syndicat, Etant Donnes, Ankh and other
practitioners of harsh electronic music. Package in a folder with
PACIFIC 231 / BERLINERLUFT "Nuit & Brouillard" (VP 231 / NEW WAVE):
Live recordings of P231 and studio version of live material by
BERLINERLUFT the event being recorded 4/10/83. P231 in their 25
minutes piece create the definative noisework using Nazi and Allied
speeches marches etc... over sounds similar to their visual-ie, that
of planes in flight. This comparatively simple idea works well in that
the drones are not static but shift though the speeches etc...
cleverly confuse things. The BERLINERLUFT side however did little for
me lying a little too close to 'rock' music to me although there are
elements of say T.G. somewhere in there. Packaging is superb but I'ld
start with the LE SYNDICAT release of P231 first if it is just them
who interest you. I'm unsure of the price but write to P231 for
details (address elsewhere). I hope that is the last Nazi speech tape
I hear !
...France's PACIFIC 231's "N¡2 (Live)" (humpback whales from hell)...
PACIFIC 231 "Power Assume" & PACIFIC 231 "The Last Morality":
PACIFIC 231 "The Lost Judgement" (LE SYNDICAT):
The P231 tape is a 30 minutes 'soundtrack' type piece consisting of
many infrasounds which are subtly mixed together achieving an overall
result similar to the more droning Alvin Lucier works and has great
depht to it. The other side is a collection of archive tracks are
pretty variable and of the more 'normal' P231 sound, synth,
distortion, radio, harsh vocals etc... the earlier(?) pieces are again
too randomly put together but the overall intensity of P231's work
does shine through and as such is a good introduction to their work as
well as providing a taster of the "War" tape reviewed elsewhere.
PACIFIC 231 "The Last Morality" (LADD-FRITH):
Pacific 231 is a french legend, and this is a document of two live
performances conducted in France in late 1984. A mind boggling epic
about Man & Nature executed with tapes, vocals & harmonized feedback.
PACIFIC 231 & Elisabeth Morcellet "Figures Narcissiques" (VIDEO):
Jeu de dames, Atlas, Moon Light, Figures Narcissiques y Suspension son
los titulos de las diferentes peizas que componen esta obra. Soledad y
sensualidad. La musica de PACIFIC 231 (uno de los pioneros del sonido
"industrial" en Francia) evoluciona sin cesar a lo largo del tiempo:
desde las saturaciones y percusiones industriales de su primer LP a
una musica mas ritualista e hipnotica, como esta banda sonora.
VOX POPULI ! & VOX 231 "Ebats Spirituels" (CTHULHU Rec.):
The title translates to "Spiritual Frolics" an accurate summation of
the mood of this tape, which consists of 12 short, experimental
pieces. The tracks are mysterious and meditative, combining flute,
guitar, zither, cornet, synthesizer, and voice, and using various
treatments on these instruments. Side one is more minimal, and is
primarily acoustic, although many of the acoustic sounds are
electronically processed. Side two, which primarily features Gnouf Tap
of Vox Populi ! and Pierre of Pacific 231, is every bit as mysterious,
but a little less meditative, places more emphasis on electronics,
especially sequencer, and even uses a bit of screeching noise, along
with the likes of slowed-down cornet. An excellent tape, one of the
best of this kind I've heard, both in terms of content and recording
PACIFIC 231 "Enhance Your Sex":
French specialists of harsh and powerful industrial electronic
distortion, Pacific 231, here with a nice piece of murmuring monotony.
The group is responsible for some records, of which especially the
great "Unusual Perversions" is notable. Also contributions as such as
"Ritual dos Sadicos 1 & 2" and "L'enfer est Intime".
RES PUBLIKA (Sweden)
PACIFIC 231 "Unusual Perversions" (VP 231):
Gettato di riva in riva, contrade selvagge dove regnano la guerra e il
massacro, i sacrifici insensati di Unusual Perversions portano verso
l'annichilimento corporale e pscichico. Questo album uscito all'inizio
del 1987, avviava la musica verso nuovi territori dove era sostituita
da una poesia pura e irriducibile (senza pero rinnegare le cognizioni
della musica punk o industriale che lo hanno preceduto). In seguito la
tensione della musica di Pacific 231 ha raggiunto degli strati interni
sempre meno visibili. Il seguito del percorso di Pacific 231 ci
promette ancora nuove sorprese. (extract).
PACIFIC 231 das jagdhorn schrillt, bohrt sich ins ohr, kehrt in
echointervallen zuruck endlose klangwellen spornen an zur treibjagd
der triebe starre blicke durchbohren imaginares freiwild erlegt und
gezahlt vor dem buhnenthron ihr jager und treiber elenden hunde was
starrt ihr mich so an...schweben an straden die nicht sind, leise
behutsam fast unhohrbar vox populi ! dein anlitz ehrt stolz dein
hohrer zu sein, auf sandduhnen wandelnd eine arena wie eine fata
morgana luftschloßer zum fulhen und beruhrendann...ist es weg, wie nie
dagewesen und doch...
PSYCLONES & PACIFIC 231 "Psy 231" (LADD-FRITH):
International 4 track cass. collaboration of intense, psychic
dimensions. A companion release to the new 10" on BNIA.. Excellent!!!!
And of course.... Recommended!!!!! (U.S.A)
PSYCLONES & PACIFIC 231 "Live!!!" (LADD-FRITH):
The long-awaited live release! Excellent stereo high fidelity board
mix. Haunting chant-noise and synthi wave washout. Powerful
improvisation with electronics & acoustics. Lots of fun & lots of
PSYCLONES & PACIFIC 231 "Art Decade" (LADD-FRITH):
Impressive new release from this power trio of avant-gardists!! Super
stereo mix & hi-fi recordings of the latest mail collaborations.
Scary, fun, trippy, and moddy cuts designed for total soundwave
penetration!!! Includes cover songs by PSY 231, and of course, the
multi-faceted compositions of PSY 231. Full Color Cover!!!!! WOW!!!
PACIFIC 231 "Xochipilli" (LADD-FRITH):
Hmmm-a mysterious computer image on the cover, no songs titles, no
information sent, what was I in for ? One man and his machine. Ambient
noise swirled out of the speakers, a soundtrack of despair. Distant
voices echoed through the wall of sound. The tape played on and on,
disturbing, unnerving yet interesting. Just when I thought it would be
more of the same, it changed. A reggae beat filters through the rain
like a ray of sunlight enveloped the gloom (got creative there, Jim).
Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Pierre Jolivet sends his message of noise.
RRR Records are you listening ?
ALTERNATIVE PRESS (U.S.A)