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Rodger Stella is an American noise artist who is most well known for his work with the Pennsylvania noise groups Macronympha and O.V.M.N. (both groups existing as collaborations with Pittsburgh noise impresario Joseph Roemer), as well as the more recent Birmingham, Alabama duo Hollow Bush. He also has a concise and excellent body of solo work that both underlines his immense contribution to all of those groups as well as explores many unknown and strange new directions in sound. Named for a colonial moniker for a part of the clitoris of female members of the Hottentot tribe, Macronympha is known for making antisocial Industrial noise with wide-ranging themes that greatly pushed the thresholds of tolerability in terms of imagery and sound content in the 1990′s American and international noise scene. Sonically the group is similar in construction to Texas’ Black Leather Jesus, making noise from radios, metal junk, tape manipulations, and pure electronic sound. Inspired by the Japanese free noise wave of extreme acts like C.C.C.C. (the legendary cosmic wall noise group with whom Macro did a short tour of the United States in the mid-90s), the group sought to make loud and ugly noise that was as loud as it was aesthetically provocative. Stella’s contribution to this group was immense, and he is the source of much of their trademark cut-up and multitracked sound (with sounds of all different types coming from the speakers in a ferocity akin to the most violent free jazz music).
Stella actually attended film school somewhere around this time, where he learned many tape editing techniques that define the Macronympha sound. There are countless releases by the group, but the finest of them have the unmistakable stamp of Stella’s hand, with layers of rhythmic sound flowing in and out of the crushing walls of noise. Stella himself has for the past several years been releasing many of these original Macronympha releases as cassettes on his own Mother Savage imprint (aka Mutter Wild) alongside the related side-projects of that ensemble.
Popol Gluant is the obscene creature of Hendrik Hegray, the guy with moustache behind the observatory for contemporary outsider drawings called Nazi Knife. Pretty infamous for his own intense live performances, Hendrik collected a lot of tapes during the years but he relly can't edit so he decided to send a selection of some crappy cassettes with some notes to ST at Hundebiss Records. The result is a fluorescent creeping lava, moving from schizoid collage to droney obsession for coming back in a burlesque avant-garde parody.
Members of Macronympha, Guardian Alien and Them Natives come together to push the Kraut sound further out.
Penthotal and Sobak Mazouzoute are both on tour from Paris.