#1 Birchville Cat Motel von Nachtmahr 20.02.2008 14:52

Das Birchville Cat Motel - Lexikon (für solche, die sich wie ich in der unendlichen Flut der BCM-Veröffentlichungen zurecht finden wollen):

Birchville Cat Motel is the project of avantgarde composer Campbell Kneale, from New Zealand, whose first recording was the album Birchville Cat Motel (Insample, 1997), a symphony of electronic and digital noise that did not prepare the listeners for his future career but bridged the gap with the generation of industrial music.

Siberian Earth Curve (Drunken Fish, 1998) is a tour de force of sound manipulation. Kneale plays his instruments (guitars, cymbals, flute, appliances) like an egg beater. What is left for the ears is only filtered noise. Snakes Bark Maple is a 17-minute symphony of harsh drones, sometimes imitating ethnic music and sometimes cacophonous and abstrat. Lux is 10 minutes of quiet, distant echoes that sound like a ghost wailing from a grave. Fake Fur Pond is a vortex of sirenes that winds up in a terrifying crescendo. There is no music in Trinity High Water Mark, only disturbing high tones for about 11 minutes. The closing, 16-minute Siberian Earth Curve is even more extreme, as the drones change very slowly. The whistling of a Siberian snowstorms through a window sill would be more musical. Kneale's program is closer to avantgarde composers such as Gordon Mumma than to ambient-rock bands like Flying Saucer Attack.

Blankangelspace (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2000) documents two live shows (20 minutes and 40 minutes). with the usual overdose of guitars, tapes, toys, drums, violin, electronics.

The droning acoustic Jewelled Wings (2001 - Freedom Form, 2006) was a relatively simpler recording.

Crop Circle Empires (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon) is merely one, 40-minute long, drone.

Shapeshifter (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon) documents several improvised acoustic jams.

The Ecstasy Trio (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon) is an hour of free-jazz improvisation by Campbell Kneale, Jeff Henderson (saxophone, clarinet), Tom Callwood (bass), Rick Cranson (drums).

The mini-album Zenkoji (Celebrate Psi Phenomena) documents a live performance in a Japanese temple.

Creeping Frost Onset (Celebrate Psi Phenomena, 2002) employs turntables, clarinet, violin, and assorted home-made/toy instruments.

Long Vanished Spirals (Celebrate Psi Phenomena, 2002) compiles singles.

September (Celebrate Psi Phenomena, 2002) and Vespertine (Last Visible Dog, 2002) each contain just one, one-hour long, drone.

Home (2003), Mighty Spine Catcher (2003), which collects unreleased recordings, Serene Trajectories (2003), a collaboration with Eso Steel, Assholes Of The World and Hunt in Packs (2003), a split album with Guilty Connector, and his first album under his own name, Campbell Kneale (2003), continue the deluge of releases.

Then he resumed the Birchville Cat Motel saga with the piece of Copenhagen (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2003), recorded live, and the three pieces of Summer's Seething Pulse (Marino, 2003).

The double-disc six-track Beautiful Speck Triumph (Last Visible Dog, 2004) represents one of his peaks of droning ambience. This time the sound is almost symphonic, as the composer layers up guitars, keyboards, winds, violins, percussions, turntables, etc.

Kneale reinvented himself with With Maples Ablaze (Scarcelight, 2004), a symphony of musique concrete (sounds and noises are contributed by the likes of Dead C's Bruce Russell, the Vibracathedral Orchestra's Neil Campbell, Simon Wickham-Smith, Jonathan Coleclough, the Blithe Sons' Glenn Donaldson, the Terminals' Peter Stapleton, and many others). Each movement follows a different orbit, but they all revolve around Kneale's aesthetic of invisible music. Each instrument adds a new muted voice to what is fundamentally a chaotic void.

In the meantime the 3" CD-ROM Screamformelongbeach (Pseudo Arcana, 2003) had introduced an even more visible change: screaming heavy-psychedelic guitars (notably the 16-minute 55000 Flowers for the Hero). Thus the drones were downplayed on Chi Vampires (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2005) that added the super-doom metal riffs of Chi Vampires to the catalog of Birchville Cat Motel's follies.

30th December 2004 (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2005) contains a hour-long live jam with with Lee Ranaldo.

Chaos Steel Skeletons: One (Celebrate Psi Phenomena, 2006) is a six-CD career retrospective of Birchville Cat Motel.

The new course (with heavily distorted guitar) continued on Our Love Will Destroy The World (PseudoArcana, 2006), that contains Screamformelongbeach, paralleled by Campbell Kneale's new "heavy-metal" project, Black Boned Angel, influenced by Earth and Skullflower, that debuted with Supereclipse (20 Buck Spin, 2005) and the mini-album Eternal Love (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2005).

Pink Stalingrad (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2006), credited to Campbell Kneale and not to Birchville Cat Motel, returned to his classic slow-motion droning music.

The triple-CD Curved Surface Destroyer (Last Visible Dog, 2006) documents colossal live performances recorded between 1998 and 2000.

Three Sparkling Echoes (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2006) collects three collaborations with Anla Courtis.

The ethereal ambient droning music, recorded outdoors, of With Throats As Fine As Needles (Digitalis, 2006) was the result of a supergroup with Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel), Antony Milton (AM, Mrtyu, Nether Dawn), James Kirk (Sandoz Lab Technicians) and Richard Francis (Eso Steel).

The triple-disc set Astro Catastrophies (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2007) introduced a heavier sound, as if Kneale was trying to remix doom metal. The four-song Bird Sister Blasphemy (Battlecruiser, 2007) was an appendix to this already sprawling album.

Birds Call Home Their Dead (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2007) boasted two of Kneale's most vibrant and delirious creations: the cascading, distorted, pulsating Birds Call Home Their Dead and Her Anger Is Limitless (originally released as a tour-only limited-edition CD), a whilrwind of visceral musique concrete.


#2 RE: Birchville Cat Motel von Nachtmahr 20.02.2008 17:10

es fehlen noch

Seventh Ruined Hex (Important Records, 2007)
Gunpowder Temple of Heaven (Tiger Records, 2008)
Four Freckle Constellation (Conspiracy Records, 2008)

nächste Woche bestimmt wieder ein paar mehr....

#3 RE: Birchville Cat Motel von fleischpresse 20.02.2008 18:13

Langeweile hat der Mann jedenfalls keine.

Definitiv eine der ersten Adressen, wenn das handelsübliche Gitarrengedröhns gerne auch mal "etwas" noisiger und chaotischer, sowohl im Hoch- als auch Tieffrequenzspektrum angesiedelt und mit allerlei instrumentalen (schiefgelaufenen) Experimenten und Spielereien verfeinert sein darf.

#4 RE: Birchville Cat Motel von Nachtmahr 10.03.2008 12:45

Zitat von Birchville Cat Motel

Complete Discography

dagegen ist der veröffentlichungswahn von o'malley, baker, serries und konsorten wohl kindergarten...

#5 RE: Birchville Cat Motel von fleischpresse 16.08.2008 06:14


Zitat von Riot Season

new albums coming soon on Riot Season. i'm guessing Sept/Oct

BIRCHVILLE CAT MOTEL 'Blitzkrieg Eternal Return' Limited Edition 2LP (REPOSELP021)


Zitat von 20BuckSpin

Have talked with Campbell about doing an LP for his post Birchville project (he's putting Birchville to rest soon) so we'll see what happens.

Zitat von 20BuckSpin

Yeah I mean he's probably feeling restricted by the Birchville name at this point, so he'll just change the name, but whatever he does it's still going to sound like him. He's not quitting music, just changing a name.

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