Imperium (Current 93 album)
Imperium is a studio album released in 1987 by the English experimental group Current 93. It was made during a musical style shift between the earlier abrasive industrial sound of Current 93, the more neofolk inspired approach that would characterize most of their subsequent output, it was released as an LP in 1987 on the Maldoror label, but in 1992 it was released as a CD on David Tibet's Durtro label. Since it has been reissued several times as both LP and CD on Durtro; the latest issue is from 2006, is only for sale in Russia and CIS countries. Tracks in the first half of Imperium notably make use of slowed down and looped samples from Alan Stivell's Renaissance de la Harpe Celtique. David Tibet
Halo (Current 93 album)
Halo is a live album, released in 2004, by Current 93. The front cover is a drawing by the same David Tibet which reproduces the cover of a Moody Blues album of 1971 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. "Halo" "Alone" "Mary Waits in Silence" "Calling for Vanished Faces II" "The Signs in the Stars" "All This World Makes Great Blood" "Good Morning, Great Moloch" "Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still" "5 Hypnagogue 5" "Silence Song" "Sleep Has His House" "4 Hypnagogue 4" "Fields of Rape" "So: This Empire Is Nothing" "Death of the Corn" "Locust" David Tibet – vocals Michael Cashmore – guitar, bass Maja Elliott – piano Joe Budenholzer – guitar Graham Jeffery – piano Joolie Wood – violin, recorder John Contreras – cello Karl Blake – vocals Finn Sands – vocals Michael Lawrence – sound Lauren Winton – visuals Cosey Tutti Fanni Chris Carter
County Clare is a county in Ireland, in the Mid-West Region and the province of Munster, bordered on the West by the Atlantic Ocean. There is debate whether it should be considered a part of Connacht. Clare County Council is the local authority; the county had a population of 118,817 at the 2016 census. The county town and largest settlement is Ennis. Clare is north-west of the River Shannon covering a total area of 3,400 square kilometres. Clare is the 7th largest of Ireland's 32 traditional counties in area and the 19th largest in terms of population, it is bordered by two counties in Munster and one county in Connacht: County Limerick to the south, County Tipperary to the east and County Galway to the north. Clare's nickname is the Banner County; the county is divided into the baronies of Bunratty Lower, Bunratty Upper, Clonderalaw, Ibrickan, Islands, Tulla Lower and Tulla Upper. These in turn are divided into civil parishes; these divisions are cadastral, defining ownership, rather than administrative.
Bodies of water define much of the physical boundaries of Clare. To the south-east is the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river, to the south is the Shannon Estuary; the border to the north-east is defined by Lough Derg, the third largest lake on Ireland. To the west is the Atlantic Ocean, to the north is Galway Bay. County Clare contains a unique karst region, which contains rare flowers and fauna. At the western edge of The Burren, facing the Atlantic Ocean, are the Cliffs of Moher; the highest point in County Clare is Moylussa, 532 m, in the Slieve Bernagh range in the east of the county. The following islands lie off the coast of the county: Aughinish Inishmore Island Inishloe Mutton Island Scattery Island County Clare hosts the oldest known evidence of human activity in Ireland; the patella of a bear, subject to butchering close to the time of death, was found in the Alice and Gwendoline Cave, near Edenvale House, Clarecastle. The bone features a number of linear-cut marks, has been dated to circa 10,500 BC, from the Paleolithic era.
This discovery, publicized in 2017, pushed back Ireland's occupation by 2,500 years - what was regarded as the oldest site of occupation was the Mesolithic site of Mount Sandel, County Londonderry. This bear bone was discovered in 1903 during an archaeological excavation but was not studied until over a century later. There was a Neolithic civilization in the Clare area — the name of the peoples is unknown, but the Prehistoric peoples left evidence behind in the form of ancient dolmen: single-chamber megalithic tombs consisting of three or more upright stones. Clare is one of the richest places in Ireland for these tombs; the most noted. The remains of the people inside the tomb have been excavated and dated to 3800 BC. Ptolemy created a map of Ireland in his Geographia with information dating from 100 AD. Within his map, Ptolemy names the areas in which they resided. Historians have found the tribes on the west of Ireland the most difficult to identify with known peoples. During the Early Middle Ages, the area was part of the Kingdom of Connacht ruled by the Uí Fiachrach Aidhne.
In the mid-10th century, it was annexed to the Kingdom of Munster to be settled by the Dalcassians. It was renamed meaning North Munster. Brian Boru became a leader from here during this period the most noted High King of Ireland. From 1118 onwards the Kingdom of Thomond was in place as its own petty kingdom, ruled by the O'Brien Clan. After the Norman invasion of Ireland, Thomas de Clare established a short-lived Norman lordship of Thomond, extinguished at the Battle of Dysert O'Dea in 1318 during Edward Bruce's invasion. There are two main hypotheses for the origins of the county name "Clare". One is that the name is derived from Thomas de Clare, embroiled in local politics and fighting in the 1270s and 1280s. An alternative hypothesis is that the county name Clare comes from the settlement of Clare, whose Irish name Clár refers to a crossing over the River Fergus. In 1543, during the Tudor conquest of Ireland, Murrough O'Brien, by surrender and regrant to Henry VIII, became Earl of Thomond within Henry's Kingdom of Ireland.
Henry Sidney as Lord Deputy of Ireland responded to the Desmond Rebellion by creating the presidency of Connaught in 1569 and presidency of Munster in 1570. He transferred Thomond from Munster to Connaught. About 1600, Clare was removed from the presidency of Connaught and made a presidency in its own right under the Earl of Thomond; when Henry O'Brien, 5th Earl of Thomond died in 1639, Lord Deputy Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford decreed Clare should return to the presidency of Munster, but the Wars of the Three Kingdoms delayed this until the Restoration of 1660. Clare's county nickname is the Banner County, for which various origins have been suggested: the banners captured by Clare's Dragoons at the Battle of Ramillies.
Dark ambient is a genre of post-industrial music that features an ominous, dark droning and gloomy, monumental or catacombal atmosphere with discordant overtones. It shows similarities towards ambient music, a genre, cited as a main influence by many dark ambient artists, both conceptually and compositionally. Although electronically generated, dark ambient includes the sampling of hand-played instruments and semi-acoustic recording procedures, is related to ritual industrial music; the term dark ambient was coined in the early 1990s by Roger Karmanik to describe the music of Raison d'être and related artists that are associated with the Cold Meat Industry record label. Dark ambient has its roots in the 1970s, with the introduction of newer and more affordable effects units and sampling technology. Early genre elements can be found on Throbbing Gristle's 1978 album D.o. A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle. Important early precursors of the genre were Tangerine Dream's early double-album Zeit, unlike most of their subsequent albums in abandoning any notion of rhythm or definable melody in favour of "darkly" sinuous disturbing sonics, Affenstunde by fellow krautrock band Popol Vuh.
Projects like Lustmord, Nocturnal Emissions, Zoviet France, evolved out of industrial music during the 1980s, were some of the earliest artists to create dark ambient music. These artists make use of industrial principles such as noise and shock tactics, but wield these elements with more subtlety. Additionally, ambient industrial has strong occultist tendencies, with a particular leaning toward magick, as expounded by Aleister Crowley, chaos magic giving the music a ritualistic flavor. Among the artists who produce ambient industrial/dark ambient are Controlled Bleeding, CTI, Coph Nia, Deutsch Nepal, Hafler Trio, Nocturnal Emissions, PGR, Thomas Köner, Zoviet France, Cabaret Voltaire, SPK, Lab Report, Akira Yamaoka, Robin Rimbaud, Vidna Obmana, Daniel Menche, Hwyl Nofio, Hieronymus Bosch, Final. Many of these artists are eclectic in their output, with much of it falling outside ambient industrial. Dark ambient consists of evolving dissonant harmonies of drones and resonances, low frequency rumbles and machine noises, sometimes supplemented by gongs, percussive rhythms, distorted voices and other found sounds processed to the point where the original sample cannot be recognized.
For example, entire works may be based on radio telescope recordings, the babbling of newborn babies, or sounds recorded through contact microphones on telegraph wires. The music tends to evoke a feeling of solitude, melancholy and isolation. However, while the theme in the music tends to be "dark" in nature, some artists create more organic soundscapes. Examples of such productions are those of Oöphoi, Alio Die, Mathias Grassow, Tau Ceti, Klaus Wiese; the Symphonies of the Planets series, a collection of works by Brain/Mind Research inspired by audible-frequency plasma waves recorded by the Voyager unmanned space probes, can be considered an organic manifestation of dark ambient. List of dark ambient artists List of electronic music genres
Dawn (Current 93 album)
Dawn is an album by the English group Current 93. It is among the earlier releases of Current 93 and has a more industrial sound, compared to the band's current apocalyptic folk sound. Released in 1987 as an LP on the Maldoror label, it was reissued in 1989 on CD by Durtro; this reissue mistakenly contained an alternate version of "Great Black Time". In 2002, the album was again reissued on CD, containing both the alternate and the original LP version of "Great Black Time". In 2009, the album was yet again reissued on CD, restoring only the original vinyl edition and excluding the bonus tracks from earlier editions; the limited bonus disc contained an Andrew Liles remix. The track "Great Black Time" contains a sample of "California Dreamin'"; the original LP cover featured the Dawn logo in black on a plain white background. On the first reissue, the cover was replaced with a lavish colour illustration. For future reissues, the cover was reverted to its original form, with the logo appearing in red on a plain black background.
"Great Black Time" - 14:45 "Maldoror Est Mort" - 18:15 "Great Black Time" - 14:46 "Maldoror Est Mort" - 18:19 "Great Black Time" - 14:49 "A Day in Dogland" - 6:16 "Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus" - 6:03 David Tibet Steven Stapleton John Balance John Murphy Rose McDowall Douglas P
England is a country, part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to Scotland to the north-northwest; the Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south; the country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Palaeolithic period, but takes its name from the Angles, a Germanic tribe deriving its name from the Anglia peninsula, who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England became a unified state in the 10th century, since the Age of Discovery, which began during the 15th century, has had a significant cultural and legal impact on the wider world; the English language, the Anglican Church, English law – the basis for the common law legal systems of many other countries around the world – developed in England, the country's parliamentary system of government has been adopted by other nations.
The Industrial Revolution began in 18th-century England, transforming its society into the world's first industrialised nation. England's terrain is chiefly low hills and plains in central and southern England. However, there is upland and mountainous terrain in the west; the capital is London, which has the largest metropolitan area in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. England's population of over 55 million comprises 84% of the population of the United Kingdom concentrated around London, the South East, conurbations in the Midlands, the North West, the North East, Yorkshire, which each developed as major industrial regions during the 19th century; the Kingdom of England – which after 1535 included Wales – ceased being a separate sovereign state on 1 May 1707, when the Acts of Union put into effect the terms agreed in the Treaty of Union the previous year, resulting in a political union with the Kingdom of Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
In 1922 the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, leading to the latter being renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The name "England" is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means "land of the Angles"; the Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages. The Angles came from the Anglia peninsula in the Bay of Kiel area of the Baltic Sea; the earliest recorded use of the term, as "Engla londe", is in the late-ninth-century translation into Old English of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. The term was used in a different sense to the modern one, meaning "the land inhabited by the English", it included English people in what is now south-east Scotland but was part of the English kingdom of Northumbria; the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded that the Domesday Book of 1086 covered the whole of England, meaning the English kingdom, but a few years the Chronicle stated that King Malcolm III went "out of Scotlande into Lothian in Englaland", thus using it in the more ancient sense.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, its modern spelling was first used in 1538. The earliest attested reference to the Angles occurs in the 1st-century work by Tacitus, Germania, in which the Latin word Anglii is used; the etymology of the tribal name itself is disputed by scholars. How and why a term derived from the name of a tribe, less significant than others, such as the Saxons, came to be used for the entire country and its people is not known, but it seems this is related to the custom of calling the Germanic people in Britain Angli Saxones or English Saxons to distinguish them from continental Saxons of Old Saxony between the Weser and Eider rivers in Northern Germany. In Scottish Gaelic, another language which developed on the island of Great Britain, the Saxon tribe gave their name to the word for England. An alternative name for England is Albion; the name Albion referred to the entire island of Great Britain. The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus the 4th-century BC De Mundo: "Beyond the Pillars of Hercules is the ocean that flows round the earth.
In it are two large islands called Britannia. But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, i.e. it was written in the Graeco-Roman period or afterwards. The word Albion or insula Albionum has two possible origins, it either derives from a cognate of the Latin albus meaning white, a reference to the white cliffs of Dover or from the phrase the "island of the Albiones" in the now lost Massaliote Periplus, attested through Avienus' Ora Maritima to which the former served as a source. Albion is now applied to England in a more poetic capacity. Another romantic name for England is Loegria, related to the Welsh word for England and made popular by its use in Arthurian legend; the earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximate
Whitehouse were an English power electronics band formed in 1980 credited for the founding of the power electronics subgenre of industrial music. The name Whitehouse was chosen both in mock tribute to the British morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse, in reference to a British pornographic magazine of the same name; the group's founding member and sole constant was William Bennett. He began as a guitarist for Essential Logic, he wrote of those early years, "I fantasised about creating a sound that could bludgeon an audience into submission." Bennett recorded as Come before forming Whitehouse in 1980. The group began performing live in 1982. In 2009, Bennett claimed that his pre-eminent inspiration was Yoko Ono: "Yoko's amazing music was by far the biggest influence on me, Whitehouse, in the formative years."Philip Best joined the group in 1982 at the age of 14, after running away from home. He was a member on and off since; the group was inactive for the second half of the 1980s. A "special biographical note" on the Susan Lawly website states, "All members of Whitehouse went to live outside London for varying reasons and pursued separate lives.
There was a feeling in the group that all that could be achieved had been realised."Eventually, Whitehouse re-emerged with a series of albums, recorded by the American audio engineer, Steve Albini, beginning with 1990's Thank Your Lucky Stars. Albini worked with the band until 1998. Through the 1990s the most stable line-up was Bennett and the writer Peter Sotos. Sotos left in 2002; the band had numerous other members in the 1980s including Kevin Tomkins, Steven Stapleton, Glenn Michael Wallis, John Murphy, Stefan Jaworzyn, Jim Goodall and Andrew McKenzie, though many of these participated only at live performances, not on recordings. Bennett terminated Whitehouse in 2008 to concentrate on his Cut Hands project. Whitehouse specialised in what they call "extreme electronic music", they were known for their controversial lyrics and imagery, which portrayed sadistic sex, misogyny, serial murder, eating disorders, child abuse, neo-nazi fetishism and other forms of violence and abjection. Whitehouse emerged as earlier industrial acts such as Throbbing Gristle and SPK were pulling back from noise and extreme sounds and embracing more conventional musical genres.
In opposition to this trend, Whitehouse wanted to take these earlier groups' sounds and fascination with extreme subject matter further. In doing so, they drew inspiration from some earlier experimental musicians and artists such as Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, Yoko Ono as well as writers such as Marquis de Sade; the signature sonic elements on their early recordings were simple, pulverizing electronic bass tones twinned with needling high frequencies, sometimes combined with ferocious washes of white noise, with or without vocals. In the early 1990s the band phased out the analog equipment responsible for this sound, instead relying more on computers. From 2000 they began incorporating percussive rhythms, sometimes from African instruments such as the djembe, both sampled and performed in-studio. Whitehouse were a key influence in the development of noise music as a musical genre in Europe, the US, elsewhere; the early music of Whitehouse is credited with pioneering the power electronics and noise genres.
The band's 2003 album Bird Seed was given an'honourable mention' in the digital musics category of Austria's annual Prix Ars Electronica awards. As Nick Cain of The Wire put it, Birthdeath Experience Total Sex Erector Dedicated to Peter Kürten Buchenwald New Britain Psychopathia Sexualis Right to Kill Great White Death Thank Your Lucky Stars Twice Is Not Enough Never Forget Death Halogen Quality Time Mummy and Daddy Cruise Bird Seed Asceticists 2006 Racket "Thank Your Lucky Stars" "Still Going Strong" "Just Like a Cunt" "Cruise" "Wriggle Like a Fucking Eel" Cream of the Second Coming Another Crack of the White Whip Tokyo Halogen The Sound of Being Alive Susan Lawly Come Organisation MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... William Bennett. Part I. Interview with William Bennett for Ràdio Web MACBA. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... William Bennett. Part II. A music selection by William Bennett. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Allmusic entry