B!137 Mark Solotroff "Archive07" CD
by Mark Solotroff
BloodLust! is pleased to announce the seventh and final release in the Mark Solotroff "Archive" series. In the planning stages for over two years, this series of CDs 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 includes 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 seventh entry in the series, the first two tracks are taken from Solotroff's 1996 cassette on BloodLust!, "Sexual Homicide" [B!008], his second solo recording for the label, released in a numbered edition of 50 copies, as part of an extensive cassette series on BloodLust! The third track is a new re-mix/edit from the same release. 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 and a scanner. No synths were employed on this recording. The material on "Archive07" is characterized by crumbling walls of mid-range frequency noise, anchored by rumbling bass, and punctuated by higher-end shards of sound. 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 followed 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. Patterns - Side A Of Sexual Homicide (31:07)
2. Motives - Side B Of Sexual Homicide (31:00)
3. Sexual Homicide (Edit/Remix) (10:59)