Years of Extinction 2009 – 2012

by ZEBRA MU

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1. Untitled
2. Cranking Broken Moan
3. Squeakily Crumbled Clattering
4. Live A
5. Picking Dried Meat From The Bone
6. Shorted Out
7. Nowhere
8. Formatory Apparatus
9. Church Bells and Squeaking Chair
10. Lax
11. Scrimple Facade
12. Rusted Trapdoor
13. ////////
14. Vision Serpent
15. Abrasive Waters
16. Woodland Dread
17. Remembrance

Track 1 from “Extinction Volume 1” b/card CDr (Quagga Curious Sounds) 2009
Tracks 2-3 from “Extinction Volume 2” b/card CDr (Quagga Curious Sounds) 2009
Track 4 from split CS with Suburban Howl (self-released) 2009
Track 5 from “As Natured Intended” C10 (Cantankerous Records) 2009
Track 6 from “Extinction Volume 3” CDr (Feeding Cotton Records) 2010
Track 7 from “Cull” s/sided C34 (Ear Ear Records) 2010
Track 8 from “Odd-Toed Ungulate Superorder” C10 (Crumbling Peak Records) 2010
Track 9 from “Merzbau” C5 (Quagga Curious Sounds) 2010
Track 10 from “Feeble” 3”CDr (Side A Records) 2010
Track 11 from split b/card CDr with Hostage Pageant (Quagga Curious Sounds) 2010
Track 12 from split C15 with White Mountains (Death Letter Records) 2010
Track 13 from split 3.5” floppy disk with Tristan Burfield (Quagga Curious Sounds) 2010
Track 14 from split b/card CDr with Where is This (Bored Bear Recordings) 2011
Tracks 15 – 16 from “Extinction Volume 4” C24 (Quagga Curious Sounds) 2011
Track 17 from “Remembrance” 3.5” floppy disk (self-released) 2012

Zebra Mu is Michael Ridge
michaelridge.wordpress.com
mike-ridge@hotmail.co.uk

photography by Adam Mankowski
design by EMERGE

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released August 22, 2016

BAD ALCHEMY #92

Sack Zem...!!! Schon nach den ersten Sekunden von Years of Extinction 2009-2012 (ACK 1023, CD-R) ist die Lebenswelt fugentief wanzenfrei. ZEBRA MU ist ein Pest Repeller der gnadenlosen Sorte. Ein exterminatorischer Cranker und Crumbler, Knarzer, Zischer und Brauser, der einem das Fleisch von den Knochen löst. Michael Ridge, der in Norwich das Label Quagga Curious Sounds betreibt, genügen dazu zerdepperte Töpfe oder Schritte über Kies, sprich, simple Mittel, um einen mit Kaskaden harscher Wellen und schrillem Sandstrahlbeschuss zu zerschmurgeln. Wenn er, wie bei "Merzbau" (QCS, 2010) oder "Magnoalchemy Merz Manipulations" (QCS, 2013), den Merz-Geist beschwört, dann nicht den von Schwitters, sondern den des jungen Masami Akita, von The Haters, von K2. Dieser Querschnitt pulverisiert 17-fach jede Schwäche und Nachgiebigkeit vor dem großen Eiapopeia Schwindel. Wobei nicht nur beim wilden Geläute und Gequietsche von 'Church Bells and Squeaking Chair' allerhand krasser Humor mit im Spiel scheint.

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VITAL WEEKLY

Listening to this album by Zebra Mu, the musical project of Michael Ridge, made me realize that I may not have heard as much of his music; This seventeen-track release is a compilation of releases from the years mentioned in the title and are all released before; on cassettes, CDRs (3" and business card included) and even floppy disks. I checked his website and apparently his video of a 5 pound note playing the 7" of Abba's 'Money Money Money' went viral, but there is more to be seen and it might be a glimpse into his sound world. He likes to construct stuff involving contact microphones and he likes using acoustic objects, along with a furious amount of feedback, distortion and sonic overload. Sometimes there is a bit of field recordings, such as in 'Church Bells And Squeaking Chair' (no prizes if you guess which field recordings), but that is quite loud. At times I was reminded of some of the good ol' Merzbow but then in the mid to late 80s, when he cracked his acoustic sounds wide open, without sparing the guitar effects. This is quite good music, as Zebra Mu offers a certain amount of variation, providing you have some experience with the word noise of course. I like to argue though that sixty-seven minutes is perhaps a bit much to take in all at once of this, especially when pieces are bit longer and more single minded focussed on noise such as 'Rusted Trapdoor' (here one could guess actually). Do one half a day and you'll be happy.

(FdW)

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