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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Toy Walkie Talkie
Format: 7"
Label: Chocolate Monk
Country: UK
Price: $6.00
"heir sideburns (dead c) conjours no nonsense neck ache in a toys R us stylee. semen vinyl." - Chocolate Monk.
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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Acetate Blues
Format: Lathe Cut 7"
Label: CMR
Country: New Zealand
Price: $16.00
"Solo recordings by one of New Zealands founding fathers of experimental music and free noise, Dead C member, Corpus Hermeticum boss, continues his exploration of the blues as heard in his recent collaboration with Ralf Wehowsky Midnight Crossroads Tape Recorder Blues CD (A Bruit Secret). Bruce Russell - acoustic guitar/vocal. Analogue recordings by Bruce Russell, 2003. Surface noise digitally processed by Bruce Russell. Mixed at the Temple of Music Digital Annex Oct 2005. Thanks to Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero for their unwitting assistance.." - CMR.
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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Painting The Passports Brown
Format: CD
Label: Corpus Hermeticum
Country: New Zealand
Price: $16.00
"This, the third solo album recorded by the artist currently known as Bruce Russell, consists of three live slabs of improvised guitar, electronics, and analogue tape loops, recorded live in Melbourne, Australia in May 1999. This was the first of two visits he made to Australia in that year, the second being in the company of Alastair Galbraith as A Handful of Dust. These recordings are totally solo, built respectively around a pre-recorded seven metre loop taken from the Anabase LP by Dust (Black Flies #1 & #2), and a slowed down and reversed tape of thumb piano improvisation (With Rimbaud in Abyssinia). These extended works are less brutal than the pieces featured on the first two solo albums, with more space and attendant dynamics in evidence. They abrade, rather than assault, the ears. This album represents a step forward in BRs solo work, integrating the pre-recorded and live sounds ever more fully into a seamless whole. The recordings have been edited at the front and back, but otherwise are presented totally live as recorded to minidisc by Melbourne resident and Freeway Sound label curator Marco Fusinato. The Rimbaud track is subtitled Ass Backwards as the reversal of the backing tape was an unintended but fortunate accident, resulting from a failure to rewind the tape after the first show. These kind of random factors do so much to enrich the work of improvisers of all stripes, as witnessed by the music on this compact disc. Going on at length about the artist responsible for these recordings would be needless in the case of the very great majority of those reading these words. Suffice to say he performs and records with the Dead C, A Handful of Dust, and Pieters/Russell/ Stapleton, manages the label on which this excellent disc has been released, and takes the kind of holiday snaps of bridges and buildings with which the cover is decorated. A 10" vinyl postscript to this recordings is being released about the same time on the Smalltown Supersound label in Norway, that record being of a much more dense and apocalyptic guitar-squall nature, recorded solo at one of the Melbourne Dust dates referred to earlier."

Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Maximalist Mantra Music
Format: CD
Label: Crank Automotive
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"Bruce Russells Maximalist Mantra Music (Crank Automotive, 2000) pays his homage to Lou Reeds Metal Machine Music with three extended compositions for bedroom electronics (actually, guitars and keyboards). As cacophonous as its predecessor, Russells album, like all concept art, is more about the whole than its parts: sounds grow and move, like living organisms, but the overall structure remains the same, a subdued psycho-industrial symphony. The War Between Desire And Technology is almost new age music (by his standards) but On Certain Obsolete Notions will make Lou Reed proud of his disciple." -Scaruffi. Small stash of this out of print, 1999 release.

Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Howling and Instability at High Volume Settings
Format: LP
Label: Feeding Tube
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"If ever there was an album by NZs great Bruce Russell whose title carried the essence of his genius, this is it. The words come from the manual of the amp that Bruce uses to create his special brand of guitar havoc, and its wording could not be clearer. Naturally, Mr. Russell takes great delight in pushing the poor thing beyond its stated limits as often as possible. The results almost always possess a strange majesty. And so it is here. Originally issued as two-thirds of a CD included in the mythical No More Driver Call Me box (a never-commercially-available collection of Bruces solo music, video work, and writing), one of the things most curious about this LP is how close to the sides titles Bruce chooses to hew. On “Howling,” the guitar tends to get into the upper registers and maintain a bellering edge, often on several levels at once. Certainly, there are plenty of skritches as well, but the concept of howl-as-howl seems to be borne out in a major way. Concomitantly, “Instability” has a sonic roof that is continually collapsing on itself. Twin-voiced amp-hump no more sturdy than yurt in a hurricane. Or maybe Im just projecting. Suffice to say, its a blindingly fine album, both howling and unstable in all the right places" - Byron Coley. Edition of 400.

Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Metallic OK
Format: Double CD
Label: Glass Redux
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Bruce Russell is a New Zealand experimental musician and writer. He is a founding member and guitarist of the seminal noise rock trio The Dead C and the free noise combo A Handful of Dust (with Alastair Galbraith). He has released solo albums featuring guitar and tape manipu-lation, and has contributed articles to The Wire. In summer of 2013, Bruce Russells daughter Olive Russell uploaded a documentary of her father that she shot and edited herself called "27 Minutes with Mr. Noisy: A Documentary about Bruce Russell" to Vimeo.com. "This will be alien music to many listeners. Guitars tuned to the occult settings of revenants like Skip James and then played with a knife in an uncanny re-contextualising of the sound of beer bottles against guitar strings on the original Metallic K.O.; massively deformed electronics that sound like swarms of static, that sound like the needle eating the vinyl; radio interference; broke down piano; sledgehammer fuzz? this is the sound of taking a live Stooges meltdown as the keys to the goddamn kingdom and as a secret intimation of the arc of the fu-ture. Now here it is" - Taken from the sleevenotes of Metallic OK by David Keenan, author of This Is Memorial Device.

Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: 1968
Format: Cass
Label: Imminent Frequencies
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
"A leading figure within New Zealands underground music scene for more than 25 years, Bruce Russell may be best know as a founding member of the The Dead C and A Handful of Dust as well as his labels Xpressway and Corpus Hermeticum. 1968 is a collection of solo guitar pieces recorded over a period of 15 years in various locals throughout Russells native New Zealand as well as a rare visit to the United States. In some cases the locations of these recordings have long been demolished by New Zealand." -Imminent Frequencies.

Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: 21st Century Field Hollers and Prison Songs
Format: LP
Label: Rococo
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"This album has been made entirely from samples taken from the Midnight Crossroads Tape Recorder Blues album, which I made with Ralf Wehowsky for A Bruit Secret. Like that album it is a tribute to the spirit of the blues, viewed through a prism of 21st century cultural criticism. It evokes an earlier era when the relationship between a performer and a song arose out of a community, not a property relation.. In appropriating my own material I have short-circuited the prevailing ethos of piracy and bricolage, and returned in a sense, to my self. Despite being made in New Zealand, and using some recordings from the Rhineland, the two places that are really central to this album are the Mississippi Delta and the island of Jamaica. - Bruce Russell (Dead C)." - Rococo. Limited to 300 copies.
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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Project for a Revolution in New York
Format: LP
Label: Siltbreeze
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"The first Bruce Russell solo release Project for a Revolution in New York (Siltbreeze, LP only I believe) sees our man truly alone on the first side, messing with a guitar over a looped drone accompaniment. Remarkably subdued and dare I say, relaxing. Side two has Tom Lax (Siltbreeze mainman) and Paul Toohey (Surface of the Earth) helping out with percussion and electronics in a very free collaboration where what doesnt happen defines the tension of the piece as much as what does. Theres always been a tension between noise and minimalism in Russells music as evidenced on Project For a Revolution... and made especially apparent on the Crank Automotive release Maximalist Mantra Music . Two of the tracks here were recorded live at the Dux de Lux in Christchurch and the sounds of the audience map neatly into the low-intensity noise emanating from the stage to make you feel as though you were there." - noise.as. 1998 release.
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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Gilded Splinters: Essays And Aphorisms Towards An Aesthetics Of Noise
Format: Book
Label: Slow Toe
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"A collection of five essays written by Mr. Russell during 1994-2004. Bruce Russell has spent the last 20 years refining a unique approach to musical practice which owes much to more esoteric disciplines such as sound art, free noise improvisation and electro-acoustic composition. Coming from a rock background, he has broadened his interests, methods and arsenal of techniques to include practices and approaches to sound that have moved him to a position outside any musical mainstream one could care to name. At the same time he has done much to network like-minded New Zealand artists, and to actively promote these artists in the international music scene. He is now a minor but firmly established fixture in the international improvisation underground, known both for his own work and that of his label, Corpus Hermeticum. He performs regularly with the Dead C., A Handful of Dust, and as a solo artist. He also writes criticism and theoretical essays, some of which are compiled here." - Slow Toe.
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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Gilded Splinters
Format: CD
Label: Spirit Of Orr
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"After countless false starts and production problems, we are finally able to offer a specially packaged edition of this long awaited release by BRUCE RUSSELL. Hand assembled digipak version of this CD (not a CDR).Iin the coming months it will be issued in a jewel cased edition. About the Project: I have been interested in the use of sound recordings to make music for a long time. In the early 1980s one of the things that drew me to the work of groups such as Cabaret Voltaire, The Fall and This Heat was their use of recordings as an element in their work, and as a way of restructuring played pieces once they had been recorded. In my own work, I started making tape works from day one, buying my first open reel tape machine in 1983, the same year I bought my first electric guitar. The first Dead C. album included The Wheel and Mutterline, both of which I constructed from tapes [1987]. Later about half of the third Handful of Dust album; From a Soundtrack to the Anabase of St.John Perse, was constructed in the studio [1995]. When I began to record under my own name, one of the things I wanted to focus on was tape work, as opposed to documentation recordings of live improvisations, which most of my other work has been. My first solo single was produced by the simple expedient of halving the tape speed, thereby doubling the beauty of the original ultra-lo-fi recording. A great boost to my resolve in this area was given by Ralf Wehowskys invitation in 1996 to participate in what became the Tulpas project. His faith in me gave me confidence to consider my work as a form of composition, and has led directly to this album. In this regard the support of Matthew Leonard has also been very helpful. My plan was to compile examples of my tape work over the last few years, as a way of showing the different approaches and developing methodologies that I have employed. Originally I envisaged a double CD, but this has proven to be both too expensive and ultimately too hubristic. Making these recordings has been a learning process, but a very satisfying one. My working practices have often been deliberately primitive and brutal, and I make no apology for that. It is the ideas and their expression that should be of interest, not merely questions of technique. It remains only to note the inspiring example of many more illustrious names in this genuinely Twentieth Century art form. I will not compile a list of names, as these lists have a way of becoming almost too famous, but national pride compels me to mention the late Douglas Lilburn. He founded, in 1966 at Victoria University of Wellington, the Southern Hemispheres first Electronic Music Studio. Recently his magnificent analogue electronic works have entered the digital domain in a long overdue re-edition. Hurrah!" - Bruce Russell, Lyttelton 2004.
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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: Antikythera Mechanism
Format: LP
Label: The Spring Press
Country: Australia
Price: $24.00
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Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: The Movement of the Free Spirit
Format: Lathe Cut 10"
Label: The Spring Press
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Hypothetical follow-up to the Norwegian 10” of 2000 – The Movement of the Free Spirit (First and Second Movements). These "Third and Fourth Movements" were recorded at a basement show in Lyttelton, NZ, after the devastating earthquakes of 2011. Feedback generated with a tape Dictaphone and effects chain.
The Lathe Edition series is a number of lathe-cut 10" record in s in very restricted runs. Each disc is cut by hand New York City, packaged in foil stamped tip-on Stoughton sleeves, individually titled and numbered." - The Spring Press.

Artist: RUSSELL, BRUCE
Title: 21st Century Field Hollers and Prison Songs
Format: CDR/Book
Label: W.m.o/r
Country: Spain
Price: $13.00
"This album has been made entirely from samples taken from the Midnight Crossroads Tape Recorder Blues album, which I made with Ralf Wehowsky for A Bruit Secret. Like that album it is a tribute to the spirit of the blues, viewed through a prism of 21st century cultural criticism. It evokes an earlier era when the relationship between a performer and a song arose out of a community, not a property relation. In appropriating my own material I have short-circuited the prevailing ethos of piracy and bricolage, and returned in a sense, to my self. Despite being made in New Zealand, and using some recordings from the Rhineland, the two places that are really central to this album are the Mississippi Delta and the island of Jamaica." - Bruce Russell (Dead C).
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