02.20

Being a leap year, I had my eyes set on making the second post of the year on the 29th February but unfortunately I’ve totally messed up and am now making two posts in March – this is the first.

First update is on the new 1/1 tape series I mentioned in my previous post. As I mentioned, these will all be hand-drawn, hand-dubbed, recorded straight to tape in real-time with no edits, no mastering, no nothing! They will each be dedicated to different friends and artists whose work has been an inspiration and influence to me. The first two tapes in this series were for Sven K. and Harrison P. – Sven is responsible for the Void Worship and Absent Erratum labels as well as the projects Panic, Opaque and a whole host of others I could hardly list off. Harrison is responsible for the former-project We Also Let Blood and the current Lost Graves – as well as a few others, and also drums in the great black metal band Everlasting Light.

Below is a scan that Sven kindly supplied me with upon request (I can’t thank him enough nor apologise enough for my oversight in not documenting before sending out!)

‘Late Night Excurion’ stradles the void between wall noise and harsh noise – it also takes the use of amplified metal and tries to weld together ‘junk noise’ and ‘cut up noise’, although the ‘cuts’ are unconventional as they are ‘blind’ – created entirely by forwarding the tape and starting recording again slightly ahead. Personally, I think the release may lose some of its charm knowing this much about the process (and I’m sorry if it does, Sven).

Second update concerns my netlabel activity – I had a great new batch fly in to me for HNW featuring wall noise releases from Seth Cooke, HOMExINVASION and a split between myself and Sado Rituals. And since, I’ve had tons more flying in towards a new compilation (it’s fourth ‘themed’ one, alongside a milestone for the 100th release) as well as new releases in varying degrees of readiness – keep the eyes peeled.

I’ve also recently had a new Mycotoxicosis album in from the amazing Petar (responsible not only for this project but the Fall Into Void label, the Bruising Pattern project and ‘Staticism III’ the International HNW Tape Swap of 2020 – which I will be posting about when it comes around to my month in May) to finally introduce some new culture into the biosphere that is Terrarium.

In further great news – serious headway has been made in a new huge release from my collaboration with Paul K. of vide médian and Runway – ᴶ ᴾ ˢ ᴷ. The new album takes in three ‘tapes’ worth of material and was originally intended to go towards the mammoth catalogue of the now-defunct Altar of Waste label. Future-current plans for release are for it to appear on the HNW netlabel I’m running with one third (or some partial form) of it seeking physical release elsewhere. Beyond the 1/1 tape series I mention above I am strongly considering a new micro-label of super limited editions focusing on HNW, much in the vein of the amazing label Paul founded, Static Dreams. I am beyond honoured to have kicked off that catalogue with the Violence & Lethargy album and it remains one of my favourites from my own work to this day (which is a sigh of relief). Like his, my label would also be entirely hand-made and most likely stick to 10-15 tape runs.

I have also begun work on so many other great collaborations – including one with Animal Machine following our live collaboration for the last Harsh Noise London event. I’ve also recorded new Kamex for the first time in a very long time – and I also had the newest Kamex drop on the BEST Pokénoise netlabel this side of Hoenn (including an image of the artwork I made for it below to spice this post up a bit).

01.20

Being well aware of a lack of flowing movement here on the site, I’ve decided to commit myself to a monthly post for this year – with this month’s coming in somewhat last minute. I’m going to hopefully have enough happening month to month to cover, explain and promote numerous projects and events.

Firstly and most importantly – I have been making amplified metal noises and low gurgling growls (amidst spells of doom to abusers/rapists/men) with London doom-noise queerdos Dead Men Don’t Rape for a while now and I really cannot express how much I love these people and the powerful energy and friendship they have bestowed upon me – when our drummer Zak asked me to come on board I was so taken aback and so excited and relieved to finally be invited into a band dynamic after a significant sojourn away. Our live shows so far have entirely lived up to my high expectations and they are all just lovely beings to be around and make great, hideous noises with (and construct interesting performances with too)!

We have two shows coming up in London fairly soon. The first is the weekend after this one, Saturday 8th Feb, at DIY Space for London, supporting the amazing F. Emasculata.

The next is on Friday 14th Feb for Not Your Galentines Day at the Amersham Arms. The event will not just be for live bands performing but also for an art exhibition, here’s some more information about that:

💖 I’m With Her (Gallery Invitation) 💖

Open from 6 o’clock, KNM will be exploring the metoo movement through the lens of reactions to sexual assault.

The photographic gallery will be comprised of outtakes from the Brazen Hussy ‘Not All Men’ EP release accompanied by quotations from sexual assault survivors denoting adverse reactions & responses they’ve had to their assault, how it made them feel & how they wish others around them had supported them.

To submit an entry for the gallery (pls pls pls do 🙏) or to help us by sharing out the link for submissions – http://knmpresents.com/as-if-promotions/events/im-with-her-gallery/im-with-her-gallery-entry/

Secondly – I have been working on a new collaboration with my friend Maxwell Reynish. We have a prospective title, some artwork drafts and a lot of recordings done at this point – I’m really excited to get this announced, the earliest recording session goes back to July last year – with our newest just gone by last weekend (in which we also went over the old recordings, cemented some final changes and laid out plans for digital and physical release which is imminent).
Until then, I can refer you to the Anatum’s Abode Sessions we created some time ago now for an idea of our past trajectory – an improvised session between myself, Maxwell and Charlie Wheatley created at the now-extinct Anatum’s Abode of Limehouse. While ultimately very different, the new project with Maxwell is similarly focused on drone-based and ambient sounds and involves a lot of improvisation and textural exploration.

Thirdly and finally – I’ve become a bit lacklustre in the efforts of cultivating three netlabels but I aim to step up activity on all of them in 2020, ░░ HNW ░░ has already had its first three releases of the year touch down and I’m currently working on a promising second batch as well – things are going a bit slower for Terrarium and SSN Technologies but there are nebulous plans for both – as always, if you’re an artist and you’re reading this and you dig in to these platforms and find something you think your project will feel at home in, please don’t hesitate to email me at jpjshearman@gmail.com

PS: as a small addendum, I should mention that I’ve begun home-dubbing once again and will be posting about a DIY tape series I’m creating on here next month (the series will be a sequence of 1/1 special edition tapes, recorded in real time straight to tape with no edits, using recycled tapes and creating hand-drawn artworks, with each copy dedicated to a single individual in the noise crowd who has been an immense inspiration to me)

PPS: as an even smaller addendum, I have begun a major overhaul of my ‘blackened noise’ project Roadside Dead – I have left only the split release material available to stream as I really feel so happy with this in particular, but I want a considerably different and new direction for the project in the future, I have been putting a lot of work into this very slowly and incrementally but hopefully the fruits will be worth it all – I have already introduced a sneak preview of these developments (on instagram at @_shearman) in the form of a new logo I made whilst listening over some in-progress sounds ;

Inaugural Post ; ‘A Place Among Pebbles’ CDr + zine on Perpetual Abjection [PA005]

… what better way to begin posting to my new website than with an announcement as enthusing as this. I was invited by labelhead (and amazing HNW artist in his own right – responsible for Unsignified Death and arboreal as well as being half of Chamber of Tapeworms) Polwach Beokhaimook to contribute a HNW release to Perpetual Abjection. A stunning little ‘microlabel’ – based in Bangkok, Thailand, founded in May 2017 and focusing strictly on limited-run HNW with elaborate and always beautiful handmade packaging. When I was invited to participate I lept at the chance and I was finally able to flesh out a desire to pair up a noise release with that of a zine – something I’d been contemplating for a while now.

[taken from my FB;]

There are not enough THANKS in my inventory for Polwach – just look at how beautiful the packaging, printing, painting & presentation is for this release! I am truly in awe. Of course, this is to be expected when you take a glance at the labels existing catalogue. I’m so happy to be able to be a part of that and I really cannot wait to see what further strengths the label moves towards in the coming year.

This album is the first in a [hopefully long] line I’m going to be making that tries to tie in several media – especially DIY zine publications and physical [/found] objects – to serve one cohesive purpose.

[taken from the label;]

Spray and acrylic painted jewel case. Acrylic painted CDr. Comes with crushed potpourri, 10-page home-printed book written by the artist, semi-transparent sheet, and insert. Limited hand-numbered to 20 copies.

Purchase this through https://perpetualabjection.bandcamp.com/…/a-place-among-peb…