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Johansson got his start musically by making his own remixes of tracks by Skinny Puppy and posting them online under the name Triptamine, in 1998. In 2001, Johansson finished recording an album called Ileus that he self-released as a CDR under the name Tarmvred, with remixing by Hedberg, credited as DigiDroid. Around the same time, Johansson came into contact with Nicolas Chevreux who invited him to sign with a new label Chevreux was starting called Ad Noiseam. Hedberg continued working with Johansson until Hedberg was listed as a member of Tarmvred in 2003 on Viva 6581. Tarmvred has recorded primarily on the German Ad Noiseam label, although its latest release, the vinyl-only e.p. Tintorama, is on Low Res Records, based in Detroit, Michigan. A new full-length album is expected soon; Ad Noiseam said in January 2006 that “the waiting for a second full length album is slowly coming to an end…”

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Tarmvred’s music has an experimental, electronic style, with heavy beats, a barrage of irregular percussion, distortion, and sparse use of melody. Only one brief stanza of clearly sung lyrics appear in all of their work, by guest vocalist Gertrud Polonyi; it appears on track 5 of Subfusc, as well as on the track “Mourning” on Onomatopoeic (apparently the same recording of the lyrics). Heavily distorted lyrics appear on a few other tracks, never more than briefly. Their tracks sometimes wander between rhythmic and chaotic, and have a wide variety of motivs that continue falling away or appearing throughout the track. Tarmvred recorded much of Viva 6581 using a MOS 6581 sound chip, featured in early-80’s computers such as the Commodore 64.



from the album viva 6581

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  • hikankyoukai

    it would be GREAT if he put out something new. i hope he will someday!!

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Jpmx

    Another great artist that seems to have just vanished..

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Smirnon

    viva 6581 makes me very very happy :)

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • Spacewatcher

    Viva 6581 is amazing! oh fuck! [100500]

    12 Jan 2012 Reply

    Kill All Humans!

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • Frogsoda

    Viva 6581 is amazing!

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Kor21

    huh sexy

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Smirnon

    is this project still active? a full-length in the vein of viva 6581 would be much appreciated

    22 Nov 2010 Reply
  • subtruth

    Awesomeness ++ / productivity --

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Magnum_Silvered

    Best R&N act. Fuck yes.

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • d35c4rn4d4

    I've been waiting two years the new album!! U_U

    7 Aug 2010 Reply
  • xmag

    @gejm: Porównanie do Maruosy w moim mniemaniu nieadekwatne. Nie ta szuflada i nie ten styl. Może ktoś się z opisem rozpędził, ale Tarmvred gniecie całkiem dobrze.

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • versionfiv

    @dan wow dude, you really are!! been listening to that one since it came out! LONG time favorite!! "Ileus" is a good Tarmvred cd too, polygon window-esque.

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • neural_cyst

    Tintorama [ep] is amazing! Its so sad that there is no any full-length album after it. Great mix of broken industrial beats and minor mood melodies.

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • WormsOfTheEarth

    i am so behind the times..i just heard Subfusc...fucking amazing work

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • fourswords

    bows respectfully

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Lepharia

    Viva6581 arrived today. Very diverting : )

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • dirtnoise

    Viva6581 is just mind-blowing!

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • L0v3rm1nd3d

    un crack :3

    8 Aug 2009 Reply

    Wow great sound ^__*

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
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