The first review of The Game EP is now
online at goths.ru.
However I'm a bit disappointed the two reviewers only gave it 4 and
4.5 stars out of ten. I ran the article through Google translation
tool, but much of it came out as gibberish so I'm not entirely sure
what they disliked about my music. Oh well. I know there are
definitely some Russians who enjoy my music and I'm still waiting
to see how it fares with English speaking reviewers; I'll keep my
fingers crossed they like it better.
I got some much better news a couple of hours later: a track
I recently made called "Placenta of the Universe" is being included
on a compilation album, released by Brownian (e)Motion. This
track's a foray back into the rhythmic noise genre; a style which I
embraced in my early days of making music but have mostly neglected
since 2010. It was quite nice to work in that style again! I
haven't yet had a chance to download the compilation but it's
here on Bandcamp - hopefully I will be able to listen to most
of it tonight when I get home.
The new video is still coming on: here's the first special
effects test footage I've produced:
Please note this video isn't a comprehensive how-to guide for
circuit bending; it's more of a vague overview of what to expect.
I've intentionally left some details out because half the fun of
circuit bending is to research/discover the specific 'bends' for
yourself but this might (or might not) set you off in the right
Fans of Non-Bio's more experimental output will be pleased to
know that we've recently teamed up with Tooth Kink (who we met at
our Scream Lounge gig earlier in the year), DPRSSN and Matthew
Anderson to create this two track EP (they're fairly long tracks).
London-based industrialists Non-Bio are proud to announce the
launch of The Game, a new four track EP and their first release
since 2011. This EP marks a move away from the experimental sound
of the Blue Horned Humanoids album and into more accessible
territory for a wider audience.
The Game is available through
Downloads are free, although visitors are encouraged to pay how
much they feel the EP is worth. A limited number of compact disc
editions can also be purchased through this page, priced at £3 each
(plus postage and packing). Being a true multimedia project since
its inception, Non-Bio has also released a video for the EP’s title
track, which can be viewed here:
Non-Bio consists of founder Howard Gardner (programming,
electronics, VJing and vocals) and Karl Lloyd of X-KiN fame (live
synth, samples and backing vocals). Influences include Wumpscut,
Noisuf-X, Skinny Puppy, Sheep On Drugs and Aphex Twin. Non-Bio
hopes to schedule some more live shows later in the year and is
recording material for a new album due for release in 2014.
I think the Scream Lounge gig generally surpassed the first
one. This is primarily because we'd had more time to get
comfortable with the material and (in my case) overcome initial
nerves and also because - being on my home turf - we were able to
pull in a bit more of a local crowd.
Marta kindly recorded four of our six songs:
I did get film of the other bands too (Dominic Hemy,
Gimnastic, Daniel Vincent and MOX Salnikov) but I think this post's
getting a bit cluttered now with video panels - you can see the
full collection here on
Youtube channel. And of course I should mention that the whole
event was an album launch party in honour of Daniel Vincent's new
release The Enemy Game - full details of that
here - it's very
So yeah, a very successful night, and I DJed for an hour
after after the bands had all finished.
Non-Bio are pleased to announce our next live date, which is
to take place at
Lounge, Croydon on the 5th January. We are playing at the
launch party for the new album
The Enemy Game by
Vincent, along with Dominic Hemy, Gimnastic and MOX. It will be
a great night!
On Saturday 17th at Esquires, Bedford Non-Bio finally put on
a live show. It was the furst time in five years that I'd stood
on-stage as part of a band and the first time ever that I'd fronted
a band or played my own material.
Attendance at the event (Alt+Control Reloaded) suffered a
bit as a result of scheduling clashes with other events, although
it did pick up a bit later in the night; we were the first band on,
followed by S.W.A.N.K., Spucktute and finally System:FX.
The beginning of our set, filmed courtesy of Max Rael
Probably the part at which we began to hit our stride
(the camera had now passed to Euroted
Oh, and we were wearing tin-foil hats for this song.
And the last two songs (I forget who was filming this)
It's strange and interesting to see how we looked on
stage; my voice sounds different from here than it did through the
monitors too (I should have turned the effects up higher) but
that's all part of the learning process. We're hoping to do another
live show in January (TBC) and will try and incorporate some
lessons learned here. But I'm generally very pleased with how it
went - no mishaps and the half hour set seemed to last only about
five minutes from our perspective!
I filmed some of the other band's songs too for good measure
(before the camera's memory card reached capacity and I had to
My favourite S.W.A.N.K. song, unfortunately cut short before
A brand new song here from Spucktute!
I took a lot more photos of everyone there but so
far I've had time only to put them on Facebook. None of the
equipment broke down - not even the home-made instruments - and
Karl proved to be an excellent Noizitar player (arguably the
world's finest!) and the promoters nad other band people were all
After the bands finished I was scheduled to play a half hour
DJ set but the organisers kindly let me run through til 1am, which
was excellent. The DJing generally went pretty well, other than
Traktor developing a bit of a judder about halfway through and
having to be restarted. I played:
23:40 : The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
23:45 : Icon Of Coil - Shallow Nation
23:49 : The Armageddon Dildos - Resist (Lard mix)
23:53 : Combichrist - Give Head If You Got It
23:58 : (x)-Rx - Hit The Drums
00:03 : Hocico - Ruptura
00:07 : Kommand+Kontrol - Watched By Machines (XP8 remix)
00:14 : And One - Steine Sind Steine
00:17 : Apoptygma Berzerk - Non-Stop Violence
00:20 : The Retrosic - Bomb
00:23 : X-Kin - Believe In You (Darkmorte Rocks Mix)
00:27 : Skinny Puppy - Assimilate
00:33 : XP8 - Download Me (P2P Version)
00:37 : VNV Nation - Epicentre
00:44 : Wolfsheim - The Sparrows And The Nightingales
00:48 : Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
00:52 : The Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
So yes, a successful night I'd say. I even sold a