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    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    I find King Missile kinda odd, but this:

    Mike Silverman - That 1 Guy
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    "Strange" is when you can't get a grip on what you're hearing , and it genuinely confuses your expectations.For me a lot of noise/improv etc. is exactly what you're expecting to hear and nothing more....Strange would be buying the latest Whitehouse/ Merzbow album and discovering that they'd traded power electronics for funk-influenced power ballads. Or Rachel Stevens's new free folk direction. The closest example I can think of is 60s boyband loverman Scott Walker's transformation into meat-punching avantgarde deathballadeer on the albums Tilt and The Drift , but this was a gradual process.

    In the middle of this was ( for me)his genuinely strange album .... 19834's Climate of Hunter , because I genuinely don't know what I'm listening veers from 1980s synthpop with slap bass , a duet with Billy Ocean through to Ligeti-esque twisted strings and industrial fear factory laments. I don't even know if I like it.


    a crap interview on the tube , and the video to "track 3" off that album. It features a terrible guitar solo
    • CommentAuthor___________
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    can I add Godley and Creme, more precise their 'I pity inanimate objects' track from their " freeze frame" album. It's on a rather poppy album, however this one screams at you. Phil Manzanera plays the guitar in the style of a madman, however, the vocals, or how they did the vocals, are the thing. i still don't know how the hell they did it short of an insanely long process of very early sampling, or an insane amount of tape splicing ( it's 1981 after all )

    • CommentAuthorjzellis
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    Probably something off Einsturzende Neubauten's "Strategies Against Architecture" collections. Or, yeah, Diamanda.

    Though there's some Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra stuff that ranks up there.
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    Einsturzende Neubauten are probably the best strange band I've heard, particularly their mid-period stuff where they were more coherent than they were at first, but still experimenting more than they do now.

    A lot of people single out noisy stuff or musicians that use eccentric instrumentation (both of which apply to Einsturzende Neubauten of course), but I think one of the strangest musicians I know of might be Ryoji Ikeda, who does a lot of stuff with pure electronic sounds, sine waves etc. His music sounds like it was made in a sealed lab with no access to the outside world. He sometimes uses extreme high frequencies that some listeners can't hear, or are only noticeable on their absence. He even wrote one album, Matrix, where the first disc consists of a different frequency in each speaker, so that it sounds different depending on where in the room you are, and you create your own music by moving around.

    Along similar lines is Satoru Wono, who wrote Sonata For Sine Wave And White Noise, consisting of, obviously, only sine waves and white noise. He also wrote quite an interesting piece for string quartet.
    • CommentAuthor___________
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
    to accompany Neubauten's 'Armenia' here's Die Todliche Doris' 'Maria' from the three minute symphonies compilation album, which is one of the creepiest things I have heard.

    and former Yello member Carlos Peron's "et" from the "Komtur" single from 83. I have often found myself saying "eh?" after and during this. It's also great.
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    ooh, i just discovered you can play multiple audio files from the players here at the same time. the strange just got stranger.
    • CommentAuthorThalia
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    This thread calls for some Klaus Nomi:

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    @ Thalia

    Klaus Nomi is definitely worth mention. Thanks for the reminder!
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    A band from Baltimore Maryland called "The Irregulars"

    Wait for the music..

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    I have this. It's fun. :)
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    I'll have to back up both the Stockhausen and Fantomas claims.

    There's a couple of tracks of Tool's "filler" material on their albums that I would consider strange, as well. "Faaip de Oiad" from Lateralus is a combination of a Danny Carey drum solo and the most unusual of the extremely unusual Art Bell Show call-ins. And some really well done static. And "Viginti Tres" from 10,000 Days is pretty creepy. The vocal part in it always reminds me of a really weird experience of sleep paralysis combined with what might have been lucid dreaming I had once. So maybe it's just strange to me, I don't know.

    Anyway, again, Stockhausen and Fantomas.
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    • CommentAuthorCorey R
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    Paralysed by The Starstruck Cowboy which is one man screaming his pain at the world
    Hey Mark,
    I've got it for you, the song is by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, the rest of his work is quite amazing too, right up there with Hasil Adkins.

    The Stardust Cowboy:

    • CommentAuthorMusiM
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    My jazz band teacher used to make us listen to Sun Ra as punishment for not doing our jazz reports.

    Part of a documentary.

    While I normally only count artists I don't listen to as weird (hence the lack of noise band list or Mike Patton/Xorn projects), I'm going to be hypocritical and list John Cage, because he's fucking weird but I still like him.
    • CommentAuthorMusiM
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    Okay it didn't like my links so let's try that again.

    Sun Ra documentary excerpt:

    John Cage:
    • CommentAuthortomas
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis always gets me. Utterly huge and powerful choral piece which just overwhelmed me when I first heard it, and continues to. Best heard very, very loud.
    There's a performance of it here -, and one comment neatly says :
    "The last minute of this piece is amazing. Thomas Tallis invents the wall of sound 400 years in advance of Phil Spector:

    Also - Pressed Rat and Warthog by Cream mostly as I listened to it first when I was a kid and it conjured up images of rather jaded and mercenary capitalist corruptions of 'Wind In Willows' type jaunty anthropomorphic characters at the end of their tethers. for the lyrics, can't find anything on youtube.

    Someone mentioned Jesus Blood never Fails by Gavin Bryars in the hauntology section, which is strange and stunning.
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    the residents - eskimo

    one album never to fall asleep listening to (another being diamanda galas' litanies of satan)
    I woke up feeling very very cold.
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008
    No Forcefield - Ler LeLonde and Brian "Brain" Mantia with some members of the Invisible Scratch Pickles doing some really weird shit. Not sure if I can really classify it as music.