The Making of King Crimson’s Starless And Bible Black 

Source: Louder.

While Crimson may have been contemporaries of ELP, Genesis and Yes, as Fripp puts it: “King Crimson were nothing like the other bands of its generation. More accurately: the other bands, all more popular, liked and commercially successful, with their own triumphs and failures, were nothing like King Crimson.”

Back in the UK in January 1974, and with three new tracks in the can at George Martin’s AIR Studios, the band sifted through the many live multitracks from the tour, choosing the best improvisations and scrupulously editing the tapes to remove any hint of audience noise or applause. It was impossible to tell what had been improvised in concert and what had been recorded in the studio.

When it was released in that spring, not even the record company knew that Starless And Bible Black was essentially a live recording. Such secrecy by the band might have resulted from knowing that record labels paid a reduced royalty rate on live albums. The truth only emerged several years after Crimson had split up.

AMN Reviews: Various Artists – The Old Alchemist (2017; Eighth Tower Records)

If nothing else, the current end-of-the-world pandemic crisis has facilitated digging through recordings that have been sitting on the shelf (or in this case, the SSD) unlistened. Case in point, I’ve had a copy of The Old Alchemist for over two years and first put it on a couple of days ago. If nothing else, it goes to show that there is a virtually unlimited amount of music being made – such much that excellent material can easily get buried.

This compilation features a cadre of dark ambient artists that have been discussed in the pages before: New Risen Throne, Monocube, Xerxes The Dark, Alphaxone, Sonologyst, and Aseptic Void. They are joined by others that are new to these ears: Self Industry, SiJ, Urs Wild, Niculta, Sounddog65, Maaurge, and Peri Esvultras. The output is over 90 minutes of haunting drones with electroacoustic manipulations. High points include the relentlessly avant and jarring offering of Sonologyst on Primeval Science, as well as Niculta’s Tundra, which sounds oddly like whale-song. But there are no weak tracks on The Old Alchemist, and each artist provides a different take on this expanding genre.

Don’t be like me – grab this one and put it on. You will have no regrets.

Unexplained Sounds Group’s Transmissions from the Bunker Streams Today

The Unexplained Sounds Group’s weekly radio show Transmissions from the Bunker airs tonight at 9PM Italian time, 3 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 4 PM Central Daylight Time. This week’s show features music from Christine Webster + Other Matter, I.O.D., Takcharkh, Jeff Gburek, Colossloth, Limen, Nuno Veiga, Hadi Bastani, SHD, and a preview track from the forthcoming album Now/here by Daniel Barbiero & Cristiano Bocci.

TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE BUNKER (+ 40 minutes of Extra Time)
Unexplained Sounds Group Radio
Sunday 29 March 2020. H 9.00 UTC + 1.
#UnexplainedSoundsGroup radio transmission,

The Recognition Test # 198, curated by Raffaele Pezzella (a.k.a. Sonologyst).

Streaming: (Sunday, 9,00 – 10.00 p.m. Italy) (Monday, 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. UK time). (Wednesday, 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. Portugal time). ( Friday, 6.00 – 7.00 a.m. Pacific Standard time zone).