Friday, 14 December 2012

In Memory Of Damian Bisciglia

It was with great sadness that I awoke early this morning to this news from Eric Lanzillotta
 "I am sad to report the death of Damian Bisciglia. He took his own life earlier this week. He was only 52 years old, but leaves behind a great legacy of work.
I first became aware of Damian in the 1980s when a friend wrote his name and number on a piece of paper for me. He mentioned Points of Friction and thought we should meet each other. At that time I did have the nerve to call people out of the blue. So it wasn't until several years later that I got in touch with Damian. I knew of his work as Agog and his visual art from the cover to Randy Greif's "Bacteria and Gravity" LP released by RRRecords. I think it was probably through Randy that I first heard Agog as I got the "Putting Legs on a Snake" cassette from him.
The music of Agog was homemade musique concrete - amazing tape collages. It was really outstanding work that stood above a lot of what was coming out of the cassette culture at that time. Damian's work was superbly recorded and edited, and lovingly packaged. The packaging in a way was his downfall as he spent so much effort on it, that he made few copies of the cassettes on his own Spagyric label. The only cassette that was easily available was a split cassette with Zan Hoffman published by N D magazine in 1990. He also did a cassette for the legendary Broken Flag label, but it was towards the end of their first run and very few copies seem to have been made of that either. Probably the most heard was the Agog track on the five 7" box set edition of RRRecords's "Testament" series. His own cassettes reached fewer and fewer people over the years as his packaging grew more and more elaborate. Visiting him at his parent's house in the late 1990s, I was blown away by the creature sculptures that he was showing me. My amazement increased as he split them open to show me the cassettes that lived inside of them.
With so little available and such high quality, I wanted to do what I could to share his music. It ended up being a three year project, but I was able to release the only Agog LP on Anomalous Records in 2001. By the end of that year I was able to reissue one of the Points of Friction cassettes on CD. Both were very special releases for me. They didn't sell particularly well, but represented what "anomalous" meant to me.
But I am failing to mention Damian's work as an improvisor. He was a collector of junk materials and built his own instruments and sculptures. At times he would put himself down for only having these non-instruments. Perhaps this contributed to his shyness towards performing. I only saw him perform in front of an audience once. That was at Anomalous Records in 1994 in a duet with Joseph Hammer. Need I even say that it was amazing? His association with Joseph went all the way back the beginning of the 1980s when Points of Friction was formed with Kenny Ryman and Tim Alexander. After the group broke up, he worked mostly solo, but did collaborate through the post with Minoy, Adam Bohman, Johannes Bergmark, and Zan Hoffman. In recent years Mitchell Brown roused him to more activity helping encourage the reformation of Points of Friction and releasing a new CD of their music.
Damian's music and art remains little heard and known for the most part. I congratulate Mitchell Brown, Fredrik Nilsen, Dylan Nyoukis, Seymour Glass, Hitomo Arimoto, Ron Lessard, Eric Blevins, Zan Hoffman, Daniel Plunkett, and the others that helped get bits of his music into the world. I hope that his music does not disappear with his passing.
Earlier this year, Points of Friction played for the first time in a few years. Damian was excited about the event and excited about music in general. I got the impression that he was ramping up for more activity. Obviously there were other things that troubled him though. His life has sadly been cut short. I am thankfully for all that he gave us and will miss him.
Thank you Mitch for passing along this sad news. Thank you Nils for first pointing me in Damian's direction all those decades ago. Thank you Randy for helping me pick up that thread. Thank you Joseph for all you did." - Eric Lanzillotta

I never had the pleasure to meet Damian in person, but at some point in the 90s we made contact through the post. Traded tapes, collaborated, and I had the pleasure to interview him for Bananafish magazine. A couple of times in more recent years we tried to convince him to come play Colour Out Of Space but he respectfully declined, couldn't face the flight. My thoughts are with all his friends and loved ones.

here's a postal collaboration piece we did sometime in the late 90s.

Damian Bisciglia & Dylan Nyoukis - A Padded Suit For Ego Misters Girlfriend

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Blonk/Nyoukis "Dubbeltwee" free download

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Junk Operatic For John Cage

In November I was asked by The Wire magazine to curate a night inspired by John Cage as part of their 'Cage Rattling' event. My idea behind the evening was to show how Cage had an influence on non-musicians/noisicians. My own exposure to Cage in the early 1990s led onto discovering David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, MEV etc (all artists later bootlegged by Stomach Ache Records, a fine example of how this 'high brow' music was starting to give the Noise scene the horn, all pre-internet/Ubuweb/blogs/etc). Cageian crud first manifested itself in my sound in what Prick Decay called our Junk Operatics. This was basically the random layering of sounds, usually on our old four track tape player. We(myself and Lisa)would record on tracks independent of each other (without listening to previous tracks), and/or add random sections of live shows, field recordings etc, usually using the rolling of dice, our own crude form of I-Ching. So as well as having a night of live acts (Duncan Harrison & Jo Henderson, Bolide, Four Manatees, Hobo Sonn & HereHareHere, Ali Roberston, Lizzy Carey, The Bohman Brothers and myself with Phil Minton/Sharon Gal/Fiona Kennedy/Luke Poot) I also wanted to present a 'Junk Operatic' for the occasion, I decided to invite 5 artists I admire and whom I know have been influenced by Cage to submit to me a 7 minute piece (or thereabouts) inspired by Cage which i then proceeded to overlay atop one another. there was no editing, I just let the tracks do their own thing together. Many thanks to Seymour Glass, Doglady, T.Mikawa, I'DM Thfftable and Gen Ken Montgomery for contributing the tracks.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

'The Acrylic Widow'

Forthcoming solo LP by Dylan Nyoukis

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Monday, 9 July 2012

Friday, 25 May 2012

Chocolate Monk HQ mummerings

Blood Stereo - "The Larval Tuning Fork (& Other Visions)" LP

"Massive new album in an edition of 300 copies from the duo of Karen Constance & Dylan Nyoukis: The Larval Tuning Fork consist of two side-long works judiciously edited and put-together with an easy/impenetrable logic from live shows and performances across the globe. Much of this is on the minimal side as is the contemporary Blood Stereo style, with plundered conversations and small-scale clatter and drone put to the service of long blanks of almost hypnotically monomaniacal accumulations of tape and twonk. The way the whole deal is constructed unfolds with alla the seamless surreal appeal of a reverie or a dream, with extremely subtle vocal sounds see-sawing over a bed of barbed wire while what sounds like a buncha farmyard animals read fairytales to each other. Blood Stereo’s last few releases represent a considerable leap forward for the group in terms of logistics and advanced compositional vision and this is pretty much the apex of their contemporary form." - VT

"heavy tape-collage of live-recorded elements by the constance / nyoukis duo, canvassing their entirely zonked in-situ fibblings across multiple fidelities & locales, peppering the proceedings with “real” observations & “life moments” ... killer set (easily their most crisp & well-engineered ; removes a great bit of the moss from the audio spectrum, lets us in on the “details”) ; comes in an eye-popping sleeve w/ an insert (detail below) ..." - Mimaroglu

"Remember when you were a kid and you got your first big hunk of bubblegum? ‘Course after the first fif-teen seconds the stuff always tastes like rubber tires. But what kid could care? Nah, you were hoping to get a hugeass bubble going— something with a real sense of distention— that would plaster itself pink all over your hair and your clothes when it finally blew out. Dylan & Karen use tapes & toys & their mouths to bring you creaking doors, aviaries, doddering old ladies, a troupe of muppets grunting & puking their guts out, some old drunk sailor squeezing a harmonium, etc. But what’s important here is the overall bulge & slump as their record breathes, now bigger… now smaller… now bigger… and a little bigger still. Lately they’ve been taking advantage of improved sound quality, but it seems to be in the interest of making things more slippery rather than less so (and if you listen to a lot of records, you know what a fucking blue moon that is). So go ahead & let them get a little bit of their saliva on you. It’s the only way to find out whether they pop one off this time." - Liner Notes, Angela Sawyer

available from Twisted Knister

Blood Stereo - The Eight Thumbed Hand Serenades

Four cassettes housed in vinyl box. Each comes with a painting by Karen, ink potrait by Dylan, 12 page booklet, vinyl sticker and photograph personally signed to you, the dear listener. Numbered edition of 25 copies.

Track listing: Water Is, Fire Is Not (Live In Gothenburg, 2010) , The Running Face, No Meaningful Movements, Cradle Of The Union , The Hangover Song , Set Flame To Blues (Live In Brighton, 2008), Keep Clean The Beaks And Bows, Several Throws Of A One Sided Dice.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Get yr shit oot ma shit presents...

These ain't yr regular dunder-hieded lunks! These is special dunder-hieded lunks! Dylan Nyoukis has been skirting the outer limits of audio acceptability since the early 90's with noise/vocal/weirdo groups Prick Decay, Decaer Pinga and Blood Stereo. His output swings from unnervingly free mouth workouts to warped drones to electrical huh without hardly pausing to scratch it's dunted skull bone. Fritz Welch is kinda like an American Dylan Nyoukis seen through eyes full o molten wax and salty tears. Again making unholy use of gob is second nature to this ex-Peeesseye beast who's been busting out everything from subtle percussive nuance to bleak howling menace since swiping Glasgow's improv heart with a deftly calculated immigration maneuver back in '09. Some dork done paired them up! Heaven help us!

Edinburgh heavyweight noise and clatter crew return after far too long in their dank mushroom dungeon of a practice space. Loudest confusion I ever heard. Loudest and best! Check yr brain at the door, bozo.

Recent performances have involved a 10 man noise orchestra, a minimal drone trio, a 5 man percussive shakedown and a solo keyboard blast. This set promises to be none of the above, probably.

Just confirmed that Edinburgh's furriest small scale improv duo will be making the trek West also. Look at that bill! What is this? 2006???

£5 / 8.30pm