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B!136 Mark Solotroff "Archive06" CD


BloodLust! is pleased to announce the sixth release in the Mark Solotroff "Archive" series. In the planning stages for over two years, this series of seven CDs will cover all of Solotroff's solo output, released under his own name in 1995 and 1996. All of these recordings were originally released on cassette by a small group of labels, including BloodLust!, G.R.O.S.S. [Japan], Less Than Zero [Italy], Old Europa Cafe [Italy], and Slaughter Productions [Italy]. Each release will include bonus material, consisting of either compilation tracks from the same labels, or newly created remixes. At the time that these recordings were made, Solotroff had switched gears between Intrinsic Action and BLOODYMINDED and he had recently completed the recording of the first 50 analog synthesizer-based Super Eight Loop cassettes. This small body of work gave Solotroff the opportunity to rely less on his synths and to try something different. In 1995, the idea of using guitar effect pedals as ones primary "instrument" in making heavy noise was still fairly novel, and Solotroff made use of an arsenal of distortion, delay, flanger, phaser, and other pedals, running either radio frequencies [scanner or shortwave] or his voice through the complex chain of FX. The results fit squarely into what was, at the time, being discussed as a new American noise style that was developing away from the power-electronics scene, and which eventually evolved into the harsh noise subgenre of today.

For the sixth entry in the series, the first two tracks are taken from Solotroff's 1996 cassette on Less Than Zero (Italy) "The Biology Of Rape" [LTZ019], released in a numbered edition of 100 copies, and the third track is taken from the "Original Soundtrack" [LTZ016] compilation cassette, released by the same label in 1996. Hand-written notes and diagrams that were saved indicate that Solotroff employed a variety of equipment in the main recording sessions, including a battery of effect pedals, in conjunction with analog synth [Roland SH-9 and Arp Axxe]. The music on "Archive06" focuses on walls of low-end rumbling noise, with complimentary waves of mid-range and high-end frequencies permeating the dense mixes. The bonus track diverges from the two core pieces by introducing heavily processed vocals into the encrusted composition. The packaging for these releases is based upon the format established with the two Mark Solotroff + Sshe Retina Stimulants CDs that were released by BloodLust! in 2008 [B!101 + B!102], and the entire series will follow this unifying template. These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts, featuring color artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap; released in 2011.


1. Untitled - Side A Of The Biology Of Rape (31:18)
2. Untitled - Side B Of The Biology Of Rape (31:00)
3. Raped To Death (6:20)