Noise-Maker’s Fifes ‘The Cruelty of Black Humour’

'The Cruelty of Black Humour' cassette coverGeert Feytons (1967-2006)Cassette side AInfo from leaflet
01 Cruelty Has A Human Heart (29:09)
02 Black Humour And The Ideology Of The Absurd (28:43)

Total time 57:52
Cassette released on OBUH Records, Poland, 1994

‘The Cruelty of Black Humour’ is a joint release between Noise-Maker’s Fifes‘ own NMT label and polish label Obuh records. The band is reduced to the core duo of Geert Feytons and Timo Van Luyk for two slabs of rather intense, claustrophobic soundscapes. The music would adequately fit in Wagner’s forge scenes from Siegfried where the blacksmith Mime is forging a new blade for Siegfried amid thunderous orchestral blasts a go-go. But these recordings where actually intended as incidental music to a film inspired by Lautréamont’s Chants De Maldoror, hence the monstrous sounds and grating, industrial interjections. As usual with these individuals, not a single synthesizer is used, but rather a mix of scraped or bowed metal objects resonating to build up thick layers of noise thanks to generous use of effect pedals. There is nonetheless a surreal, hypnotic quality in these tracks, what with its obsessive loop effects and undefinable sound sources.


6 Responses to “Noise-Maker’s Fifes ‘The Cruelty of Black Humour’”

  1. 1 Carlo May 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Many many many thanks for this precious cassette
    NMF are ones of preferred of mine
    Grazie mille

  2. 2 continuo May 8, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Grazie Carlo. NMF is now largely considered as a major post-industrial band, thanks to a handful of bloggers worldwide. Possibly because their music was free from the usual caricatural gestures of the genre.
    Yours is a mysterious blog.

  3. 3 icastico May 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I am enjoying this one. Not all the noise-based stuff manages to remain this musical. Thanks.

  4. 4 continuo May 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I totally agree wih you. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. 6 Scott May 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I shall give this a shot.

    Most gratefully,

    PS: Thanks!

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