Ultra ‘Dedicated To Hans Bellmer’

Ultra 'Dedicated To Hans Bellmer' front coverUltra 'Dedicated To Hans Bellmer' disc labelUltra 'Dedicated To Hans Bellmer' liner notesUltra 'Dedicated To Hans Bellmer' back cover

01 Abandoned (5:00)
02 And… forgotten (4:43)

Total time 9:43
7” single released by The Ajna Offensive, USA, 1999

Ultra was an experimental music trio from Seattle composed of R. Stanford King, Wesley Mark and Jon Carlson with several LP releases on DOM America, the US branch of the German DOM label. They started recording their trademark deranged music in 1986 – an unusual mix of unsettling melodies, weird sounds, obsessive synth loops, occasional piano compositions courtesy Brad Anderson (on the remarkable Stain CD) and undecipherable vocals. On this single they were augmented by Eric Lanzillotta on ‘stringboards and sound sculpture’ – the latter, founder of Anomalous Records, now runs the Bixobal zine. The pasted color pictures of Hans Bellmer and the gatefold sleeve with inserts give this release a real classy touch, while the 2 tracks are based on synth loops and weird background sounds. Their references quotes Surrealism, Roland Barthes’ erotic writings, Sade,… Their idea of surrealism ranges from the plain absurd to the greatly deranged, including deviant sexuality, scatology and spontaneous poetry. This 7” offers a pair of synth loops tracks, augmented by bass drones and obscure, hushed vocals, creating an unsettling feeling of witnessing some dark alcove secret.


7 Responses to “Ultra ‘Dedicated To Hans Bellmer’”

  1. 1 Dualtrack April 1, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Are you sure Ultra was from Washington D.C.? I was friends with Jon Carlson in the early 80s and he was in Seattle …

  2. 2 continuo April 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    The info comes from this page. Obviously I was not able to double-check. If you’re positive about Ultra being a Seattle-based band I will update the post. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 Scott April 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you!

  4. 4 Dualtrack April 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Oh, I see where the point of confusion is; the page you referenced cited “Washington” and you figured it referred to D.C., when it meant Washington State. Jon wasn’t in Seattle, strictly speaking, he lived in the south end, closer to Olympia or Tacoma – as I recall. I used to see him at the record shops in Seattle and we hung out quite a bit. I think he came to Seattle because that’s where the best record shops were at the time. Real nice guy!

  5. 5 continuo April 2, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Thanks a lot, Dualtrack. I updated accordingly.

  6. 7 continuo April 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    You’re welcome, Joseph.

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