The Tleilaxu Music Machine


2008 TTMM live pictures

Select live photos from 2008 (& late 2007)
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081201 @ Pehrspace pic by Sean Carnage

playin dem keys

081029 @ Coma Space, photos by XDUGEF

corset goth floored wasted sundress flowers lying on the ground

gothy old school trent reznor lookin dbt singing

080822 @ Anderson Street Warehouse, photo by Concrete Cookie

lying screaming on the floor again headless

080712 The Smell

photos by Wild Don Lewis

black white gothic singing blurry

industrial goggles computer crowd

photo by Stacy of Campaign for Care

bare chest sharpie circles black yellow tights yelling at crowd

080620 Echo Curio, photos by Raven Servellon

strange colors performing

close up action show

punk pants oxygen8 midi keyboard bowling shoes

080409 International Noise Conference @ The Smell, photo by BJones

colorful dbt dress tights screaming on the ground

080223 Monkey Bucket’s Hella Tronic Mojo @ The Cocaine

Photos in this animation by Alyssa Tucker (click to view)

blue red flashing dbt keys singing screaming dancing animation

Photos by BJones

crowd surfing dinosaur photo from stage

low angle backlit keyboard playing leaning over

071110 Ravesploitationfest at The Smell, photos by Monkey Bucket

dbt jumping mic swing

key bang hair flying

crowd dbt spin



Reproduction as Resource Management & Brainwashed Goodwill — The Indistinguishable Lyrics

Download an mp3 of the track :

Reproduxion as Resource Management; Brainwashed Goodwill

—REPRODUCTION AS RESOURCE MANAGEMENT???—

what is the obsession with breeding
when the focus is not teaching but indoctrination
there is no need for more humans
but if there are more should not they at least be sent on an interesting path
rather than forced into a specific route?

if in your mind the best a child can do
is listen to everything you say
and follow your ways exactly
are you just using reproduxion as resource management?

—BRAINWASHED GOODWILL—

no way to break through the fundamental lack of conception
which appears once the supertech struxure has been adopted
as a form of protection against thought for one’s self

the weakling self needs these structures to avoid the responsibility
that might be introduced into the system
if it is making decisions based on its own calculations and conclusions

this would not be such an issue were it not involving
impositions into the lives of others in order to attempt
an absorption into the super-struxure of command it adopted for its own well-being

it is an unfortunate fact that
–though that self may think it is helping others live better–
brainwashed goodwill does not create good with its will



Reviews of “A Flow of Code” from the 2003 German release by Minor Label

Reviews of the 2003 German release of A Flow of Code by MINOR (minor009) :::

From Empty #11 (July, 2004), a French print zine (now archived online) put out by BurningEmptyness Inc.

The tleilaxu music machine-minor-CDR-machine sewn envelope: great!

I think we have to create a new genre: ‘stuttering glitch industrial’ where we could pigeonhole Groxyo and The Tleilaxu music machine. Saying his tracks are ultra-complicated anti-structured pieces of work gives just a remote idea of the hundreds ideas he puts in his little minutes tracks. Keep an eye on this.

From Rigodon #4 (March, 2006), a print zine from the Netherlands put out by Anima Mal Nata

What we have here? Sort of noisy break collage repetitive loop music. Quite a mouthful but it describes the music well. Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock on acid maybe gives a better understanding what to expect. Compared with R & G the Tleilaxu [!] Music Machine is less sophisticated. Sometimes the music gets really noisy and harsh. But they sure make good music. A release worth checking out.



Ancient TTMM noise “reviews” and commentary from Garageband.com near the turn of the Millenium
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Garageband.com used to be a fun site which I regularly used for a few years around the turn of the millenium. The premise was that anybody could upload songs which competed in charts (for prizes and exposure I guess, that wasn’t my motivation), but you had to listen to and review a certain number of other people’s songs to participate and get your own reviews & ratings based on listeners’ grading of your music. The songs were presented anonymously and the reviewer was supposed to listen for at least 90 seconds and provide legitimate critique on a variety of elements. The musicians could then rate the quality of the reviews they received and each user was given a grading as a reviewer as well.

It was a pretty active site with a lot of users, many of which were fairly straight-laced so to speak, and I used to get a kick out of putting some..err…more challenging tracks on there, such as harsh noise. It was essentially forcing people to perceive and react to completely abrasive experimentalism since they had to listen and write something to qualify their own music. The results were completely hilarious (to me at least).

Below I present to you the most amusing portions of this experiment in sociological research! There are two sets of comments from two experimental noise tracks. Only one of the tracks is currently available online–the other is more or less obsolete until revised for re-release. The format is::

Title of review
Body of review

BEHOLD!

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Fear Stunts Progress
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Aggressive
Extremely powerful, aggressive mix.

#2 Noise
fine on a pure noise level but the snare pattern seemed confusing.

Aphex Twin? Is that you?
This is damn aggressive! It feckin’ rocks! That’s a hell of a lot of drums goin’ on there! Wow! That is some MAD guitar noise! For what it is, this is a proper intense song! I might not play it for my parents and dance around the livingroom, but it’s certainly got it’s own thing goin’ on (if that makes any sense at all). Keep it up – the world needs people like you to keep pushing the envelope. Nice one!

Bleh
I couldn’t go past the required 90 seconds. This is not music.

NOISE NOISE NOISE
WHAT”S THE POINT ?

Noisy
Well, I like noise, but only if it is well structured and has a point. Just wanking doesn’t excite me. Well, that’s what I think. You might disagree .CHeers

nice track
nice effect good beat

Ouch,
I don’t usually like ambient noise tracks, but this one is pathetic. If your goal was to cause pain, you’ve succeeded.

now, see here…
…that’s just a bunch of noise…

[mind gone jelly can't think]
oh boy… I’d love to know how you achieved this! what a trip. the crossing rhythms are way out there this is the sort of stuff I’d like to have for night-time listening…. only instead of 5-and-a-half minutes it would go for hours on end. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, really well produced I’m very sad that it ends

MAD AS FUK
SOME ODD SOUNDS LIVING IN THIS TRACK, MAKING ME WANT TO KILL THE DOG

it never breathes
this sounds like it might be cool – i like the way a beat sort of forms from the noise maybe this shouldnt be so compressed – it never breathes – i am a fan of compression though. 2:12 its sort of lost my interest – although im wondering where it’ll go… hopefully something more solid will come in – if it does this’ll be cool – it doesnt & ive got a headache – im sure you’re find that funny, but i dont – this doesnt work in headphones////////

Waist of time
Seems like I receive alien waves on my AM radio.

?
OK it would probably be much better on acid

Electrical Madness = obnoxious goodness!!!
I kind of appreciate digital hardcore, but I need a mix of melody to offset the madness. I feel that after you go through the mess, you should feel the sweet release of melody. Your song is just an intentional mess. One out of 2 thumbs.

Turn it down
I don’t like this song. It needs a melody. The beats are too dark. Sorry, it’s just a bunch of noise.

Noise is Wonderful!
Yes! Breaks it wide open! love the ending. Good to hear something creative, nothing to add.

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Demons of Attack
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pretty good
pretty good

Make way for the annoying king
This song is way too repetitive. It has the same basic sound for the whole song. It is highly annoying

noise
great intro and build up but i don’t like what it builds up to

waste of tape/drive space
No thanks, i’ll just mic up my bathroom the next time I take a dump – there’s more musicality in that. The similarity is that it’s a relief when it’s over though.

i need some PBR now.
this was pretty close to noise, as in experimental. which isn’t what i was expecting.

real annoying but strangely compelling
goddamn that’s terribly annoying, but in a strangly interesting way. reminds me of the performance group srl. check them out at srl.org

Headache anyone
Needs to be mixed better. Some of the sounds are kind of irritating

Aural Pain
MY EARS!!!! OWW!! I have to admit, this is one of the most ear-grating tracks I’ve ever heard. I don’t know how to describe it other than aggrivating. Yet, it makes me laugh.

Noisemania!!!
Ouch! I mean, OUCH! Now THAT’s what I call some avant garde noise! It’s too over the top for me, but for Zappa (Frank) fans, it might be just the thing. Not too shabby.

What in the name of God is this?
Rock on dude! This is the worst song i’ve ever heard. Keep it real.

Better luck next time
I didn’t like that one at all! It is not my style, sound fx sound a little like aphex twin, but there is no beat, just a bunch of noise. You should incorporate a bass drum or something. Also, it to repetive,

Falling down the stairs with a guitar…
The guitars are way to heavy and scatchy and repetive. You may want to do some revision but, rememeber that it was just my opinion and someone out there might think this is the juice.

And The Point Is?
No rythm, no tune. Sorry guys, you can’t play and you’re clueless about sampling aswell. Not very encouraging.

Ick!
The on/off-ness of the introduction reminds me of a horror film, and Korn’s Blind. The continues for another minute while layering some ambience. Ugh, extremely irritating!

Be patient
Although I believe that there is an artistic statement behind your music, it is unfourtunate that not everyone has an ear for your style. You are probably way ahead of us, the listeners just need to catch up. Be patient.

Too Loud
Wow – a little too loud and odd for my electronia tastes.

Hurts my ears
Ouch! This song was incredibly painful to listen to. The heavy guitars are just too much for my ears. I had the volume down on my speakers and it still left my ears aching when the song stopped. I would have put a little less distortion in, and made some chords that resolved themselves, not just bad ones.

Come on feel the noiz!
Ahh yes, finally something so abstract as to grab the attention and senses of a listener, such as myself. Great job guys/girls…reminded me of a nostalgic Sonar track…very great stuff…keep the noise alive!

Static
Sounds like someone changing static channels on the TV while playing video games.

Atari madness
I swear I already reviewed this track, This really reminds me of a guy from SF called “Bran (..) Pos. I like the sounds. it is very hypnotic and avant garde. Cutting soounds I bet this would be really incredible live on a great system. The use of simple components combined is great.

its not scotish
try again

ahhhh
i think this song is too monotonous. it has potential to be a lot better though.

an experiment in sound deconstruction
I really enjoyed your music. It caught me by surprise. What a misleading little tune!

drugs I need
Idont know what kind of drugs I need to get inside this music , but I sure it`s strong

Need a new idea!
WHAT THE?????????????/

makes my knees feel like rubber!!!
loved it!!!!! interesting little diddy

Yeah!
Ok, now this is what I’m taking about. Nice ugly sounds. Nice weird stuff. Nice distortions. nice feedback; Nice ugly. ugly is ugly for about a year; then it becomes cool. you’re on track to doing your thing. Kepp on keeping on, baby!

Make…the hurting…stop…
This song conjured up images of that stupid sound-effects gun I had when I was a kid. I feel like thirty of them are attached to amplifiers and pointed at my head.

Hmmm
Well this song almost blew my speakers it was so loud, got kind repetitive.

video game anyone?
this is not a song at all, it’s just random video game sound effects.

What is this sound?
All I heard was a sound like drums and a drill going off; no music or anything. Then it sounded like it turned to phasers. This is not so good.

Loopy electronix
Intro good but a lil annoying after awhile.

Electro trash, whaw unusual…
Congratulation, You won the oscar of the first electro trash combination, well I never heard a kind of music like that, A bit hard to listen but original.

????
Wasn’t sure what I was listening to……very repiticious noise samples.

Glad I invested in that optional mute button!
It sure pays off in the short run. I know it did here.



DOA / Adequacy.net reviews Demons of Attack mp3 in 2001

This track is currently unavailable until revision / modernization but this is an old review of it from 2001 (original here). For released TTMM noise experimentalism check out the free album A Flow of Code.

October 8, 2001

Music appropriate for wartime, The Tleilaxu Music Machine defies easy categorization. An amalgam of styles coalesce to form a dark electronic maelstrom akin to a blunt-edged Brighter Death Now. Equal parts Squarepusher and Burzum, The Tleilaxu Music Machine seems to mock these influences by laying primitive “misplaced” cymbal sounds over a complex beat pattern or processing their heavily distorted guitars to the point that the melodies seem to be emitting instead from a number of lawnmowers.

“Demons of Attack” is an instrumental that develops in a similar way to many of the songs of Throbbing Gristle, early-Ramleh, or other industrial or power-electronics groups. A guitar rhythm is initially heard in one speaker, until a fierce burst of noise breaks across both sides of the mix followed by a collection of processed drums repeating the rhythm. Gradually, additional layers begin to envelope the piece with mutated tempos and harsher sounds, fermenting the sickening march. By now it is clear we are dealing with a different and more complex sound palette than Throbbing Gristle ever conceptualized. The menacing sounds begin to boil over amid what could be a distant hail storm of chains and scrap metal. The violence peaks with an annihilating guitar/synth sound that penetrates and consumes nearly every other tonal or rhythmic element, only to fade out washed over by flange effects.

The Tleilaxu Music Machine provide an aural assault which is nauseating, soulless, and full of paranoia. One pictures rows of mangled corpses gleefully rising again from the battlefield to spread disease and carnage. This band tries to make a giant bowl of entrails appear appetizing. Mmmmm. Give them a listen before they are drafted in an attempt to harness the debasing psychological effects of prolonged exposure to these sounds to use against our bunkered-down enemies.



A Flow of Code (in reverse) — Experimental noise, ambient soundscapes

scratchy static drawings flow of code in reverse noise album cover

http://ttmm.bandcamp.com/album/a-flow-of-code-in-reverse

Available for free / set your own price.

Tracklisting :::

1. All Hangs Together (rev)
2. The Pattern Dome (rev)
3. Fluid Solid Motion (rev)
4. Cognitive Dissonance (rev)
5. A Convergence (rev)
6. Experiential Information (rev)
7. Understand (rev)
8. Dislocation (rev)
9. Fear Stunts Progress (rev)
10. Esoteric Focus (rev)
11. Pixelated Reality Textures (rev)
12. Empirical Elimination (rev)
13. Consciousness After Death (rev)

“A Flow of Code” was originally released a million years ago, and is a collection of various experimental noise soundscapes I created between 2000 and 2003. After a couple of years, I decided to turn the entire album around and play it in reverse from the end of the last track to the beginning of the first. Brilliant, no? I found it created an entirely new atmosphere for the record and I quite enjoyed it.

The nature of these types of compositions lends itself to such twistery; indeed without my explanation, I doubt anybody would be the wiser. To me, the purpose of “noise” and “ambient” music is to create subtle mood shifts and a potential multiplicity of non-physical environments that the listener flows through as if being carried along by a river in space (or the not-so-subtle thrust down a rocky waterfall, as it may be). The experience of listening is more akin to being in a wide open world of as yet undefined possibilities and feelings, whereas the rigidly structured rhythms & tonalities of songs tend to bring the listener via a predefined route to a specific destination. Perhaps noise does this too, but the ride is at very least much stranger, the destination more obscure.

Additionally, the amount of aural data in noise compositions tends to be exponentially greater than otherwise repetitive songs, giving the attentive listener much more information to process and incorporate into their realtime experience of existence while listening. In this way I find it similar to nature–a complex textural layering of data upon data upon data, much of it never repeated exactly, only in infinite variations if at all.

The most appropriate way to take in this album (and others like it) is to relax, dip into a meditative state, close your eyes and see where it takes you…

The original version is available here :::

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Tleilaxu+Music+Machine/A+Flow+of+Code

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A Flow of Code was also released in Germany in 2003 as a limited edition CDr in a machine-sewn sleeve by noise / experimental DIY label Minor (catalog number MINOR009). Images from this release can be seen in the images section of the discogs.com release page.

Read two reviews from European print zines of the Minor release

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Schizobeat Mixtape – DJ Set for So Simple Radio broadcast Dec 7th/8th

Stream it here (mixcloud)

Download it here (mediafire)

DJ set mixed together using FOOBAR & WINAMP! Total cross-genre unpredictable weirdness. Fun times! This is the 1st actual party dj set i did………..traditionally i’ve predominantly been a producer per4mer ;;;;;;))))) Original broadcast of the So Simple Radio episode on Dec 7th/8th 2010 can be found here.

THEORY:::
i like shit where there’s a ton of switchups. it keeps people on their toes and tests their ability to adapt to a bunch of changes while keeping it all still within the realm of party music–stuff inspired by and/or experimenting with shit you can get down to at a proper party.

a lot of this particular mix is definitely lo-fi. some of the tracks could for sure be produced & mixed better for soundsystems, but it generally reflects the way i feel about mixing shit up genre-wise. the schizo approach encourages variety and adaptability while precluding a scene from becoming super stagnant, as one will if it is based on only one particular vibe or style, for ex: all dubstep, all hardcore, all breakcore, all electro… if a style (of mixes, parties, productions, etc) is cultivated which can include ANY type of party music, the whole thing is wide open, and creativity will flourish…….

Tracklisting:

1. trustfundkilla – sugar coated demon arise
2. gizmode – sincethecrackstep
3. sakura pups – WHATTHEFUCK!?!?You Destroyed My Track…Fuck You, Timbaland, You’re FIRED!!!
4. djcrabhat – can you make a hipster beat
5. sick to the back teeth – Staggering Around With Eyes Crossed
6. pygmy guru – existence cylindrical
7. pygmy guru – you are frogger
8. silas ciarán – a pretty little ditty
9. silencide – sirba
10. retrigger – mean a swing
11. sleepers – eating raoul
12. owl challenger – kaleidoscopic hiccups
13. stallio / th’ mole – a spell to kill dancefloors
14. eustachian – my name is roar roar
15. whourkr – freugz
16. terbo ted – thrashifier
17. divag – damn chip
18. fishwod – ooh what a life
19. vernon lenoir – brazilicon alley




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