The New Blockaders

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Luigi Russolo is widely credited as being the first major noise theorist with his Art Of Noises manifesto. But contemporary artists like The New Blockaders were the first to progress from the use of noise as assault on tonality to the development of a rich, complex language. They combined a masked mythology with a militant anti-art/anti-music stance. This was the very definition of nihilism through sound. They can truly be credited as pioneers of Noise music as we know it today.

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The New Blockaders - Changez Les Blockeurs album art The New Blockaders Changez Les Blockeurs (Album) Not On Label (The New Blockaders Self-released) UK 1982 Sell This Version
none The New Blockaders - Untitled album art The New Blockaders Untitled(LP, Ltd, Ant) Not On Label (The New Blockaders Self-released) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Live At Morden Tower Newcastle-Upon-Tyne album art The New Blockaders Live At Morden Tower Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Album) Not On Label (The New Blockaders Self-released) UK 1983 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign album art The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign - The New Blockaders / Coil / Vortex Campaign (Album, Comp) Not On Label Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Salute album art TNB* / Organum TNB* / Organum - Salute (Album) Frux UK 1984 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - The New Vortex Blockaders Campaign album art The New Blockaders & Vortex Campaign The New Blockaders & Vortex Campaign - The New Vortex Blockaders Campaign Not On Label Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - The Final Recordings album art New Blockaders* With Ferial Confine New Blockaders* With Ferial Confine - The Final Recordings Dom Bartwuchs Germany 1990 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Simphonie In Ø Minor album art The New Blockaders Simphonie In Ø Minor Hypnagogia UK 1991 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Simphonie In X Major album art The New Blockaders Simphonie In X Major (Album) Hypnagogia UK 1991 Sell This Version
TESCO 022 The New Blockaders - TNB Est Mort! album art The New Blockaders TNB Est Mort!(2xCD + Box, Ltd, Num) Tesco Organisation TESCO 022 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - History Of Nothing album art The New Blockaders History Of Nothing (Album) Siren Records (4) Japan 2001 Sell This Version
GIA01 The New Blockaders - 20th Antiversary Offensive album art The New Blockaders 20th Antiversary Offensive(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Hypnagogia GIA01 UK 2003 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Live At Hinoeuma album art The New Blockaders Live At Hinoeuma RRRecords US 2004 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - First Live Performance album art The New Blockaders First Live Performance Vinyl-on-demand Germany 2004 Sell This Version
PFR 03 The New Blockaders - Zero Is The Journey album art The New Blockaders With The Haters The New Blockaders With The Haters - Zero Is The Journey(CD, Ltd) PsychForm Records PFR 03 US 2004 Sell This Version
GIA03 The New Blockaders - The Ten Foot Square Hut album art Merzbow + The New Blockaders Merzbow + The New Blockaders - The Ten Foot Square Hut(CD, Album, Ltd) Hypnagogia GIA03 UK 2004 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Prickle / Crevice album art The New Blockaders, Nobuo Yamada The New Blockaders, Nobuo Yamada - Prickle / Crevice PsychForm Records US 2005 Sell This Version
gg 92 The New Blockaders - Sound Sketch For Raging Flames album art The New Blockaders / Gosplan Trio The New Blockaders / Gosplan Trio - Sound Sketch For Raging Flames(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Klanggalerie gg 92 Austria 2005 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - The Voloptulist album art The New Blockaders / Thurston Moore / Jim O'Rourke The New Blockaders / Thurston Moore / Jim O'Rourke - The Voloptulist Hospital Productions US 2006 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Schleifmittelbögen album art The New Blockaders & Putrefier The New Blockaders & Putrefier - Schleifmittelbögen Birthbiter UK 2007 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Das Zerstoren, Zum Gebaren album art The New Blockaders Das Zerstoren, Zum Gebaren (Album) Blossoming Noise US 2007 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - The Monosyllabic Bicycles Tri-Coloured Quadruples album art The New Blockaders / Das Synthetische Mischgewebe The New Blockaders / Das Synthetische Mischgewebe - The Monosyllabic Bicycles Tri-Coloured Quadruples Equation Records (2) US 2008 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Reductio Ad Absurdum album art The New Blockaders Reductio Ad Absurdum Harbinger Sound UK 2010 Sell This Version
The New Blockaders - Regelmasken album art The New Blockaders & Mama Baer* The New Blockaders & Mama Baer* - Regelmasken (Album) Domestic Violence Recordings Poland 2010 Sell This Version
HARBINGER072, HARBINGER073 The New Blockaders - Simphonie In Ø Minor / Reductio Ad Absurdum - Test Press Set album art The New Blockaders Simphonie In Ø Minor / Reductio Ad Absurdum - Test Press Set(LP, RE, W/Lbl, Bla + LP, Mono, W/Lbl + Album, S/Ed) Harbinger Sound, Harbinger Sound HARBINGER072, HARBINGER073 UK 2010 Sell This Version

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echolio22

echolio22

June 21, 2018
It's funny because I've had the 25th anniversary version of Changez Les Blockeurs in pre-order for what seems like years from the Ricerca Sonora label.
They offered a handmade sleeve variant which i paid for and have waited patiently, including hounding the label on several occasions.
Now the thing I find odd is that not only is it past the 25 years (its now entering 26) but I've seen a slew of handmade, art edition releases, though mostly split releases affiliated with TNB.
I don't know the behind the scenes obviously, but does anyone else find this in extremely poor form to not fulfill your obligations before errantly project hopping?
Perhaps it hits closer to home because I purchased this and have come to the conclusion this will not see the light of day.
It's sad because TNB was the artist who got my foot in the door into all things cacophonous, but I for one will no longer support.
Look for all my TNB to be sold right here....it no longer has a welcome spot in my collection.
cblanger

cblanger

January 12, 2014
The following is an excerpt from an article about the theatrical aspects of Noise which appeared in Glissando # 21 (2013) entitled, 'Even the electricity being cut and the venue collapsing (which is a quote from the article itself):

Do TNB use elements of theatre like movement, gestures, or dance and, if so, is it planned or spontaneous?

There is movement, but purely in a functional sense. Terms like ‘theatre’ or ‘gesture’ imply something false or contrived or (worse still) something ‘artistic’ which we reject completely. There's a misconception in certain quarters that the black suits and masks are worn as a pantomime costume or are designed to intimidate which is not the case. It's strictly an exercise in anonymity and to remove the idea of a personality, and consequently expectation, from the event.
Everything you see and hear is directed and completely spontaneous. This may sound like a contradiction, but both states can exist simultaneously and cancel one another, neither composed or improvised, both of which are largely musical or artistic constructs which we have no interest in. Time passes, events occur.

To what extent, if any, does the environment / venue dictate a performance? What are its limitations? Do you ever feel tempted to go outside that territory?

This is a difficult question as TNB largely shaped what is considered ‘noise music’ today while not actually sounding anything like the scene it helped to spawn. Most Noise musicians (Noisicians) now are just that; musicians - using the same old hackneyed cliches of volume, dramatic preconceived performance moves and professionalism for career advancement that have been around since the dawn of Rock & Roll (and before, no doubt.)
TNB operate completely in the area of non-music; there is no pretence or allusion to music or art at any stage, all of this is rejected. In this way there is no territory and consequently, no limitations.
Obviously most established music venues are laid out in a similar fashion with a stage area where the performers are kept visibly or physically separate from the audience. TNB generally have no interest in observing this distinction as it's how traditional ‘music’ or ‘theatre’ is demarcated; clearly anything which is a throwback to these situations is not of any interest. Therefore, TNB regard all areas of the room and indeed the fabric of the building itself as fair game; the floor, the walls, the structural supports, found objects and so forth can (and generally are) incorporated into the proceedings. No limitations. In the past, found items have included garbage-container lids, washing machine parts, knitting needles, newspapers, Pop music cassettes, broken amplifiers, air-raid early warning system parts, cutlery, broken furniture, glass and on one occasion a plaster statue of a famous Classical music composer who watched over the proceedings.
It would therefore be fairly impossible to go outside of this territory as it has no real definition to start with once the old music hall rules have been dispensed with. Even the electricity being cut and the venue collapsing would mean we could carry on acoustically using the rubble as a sound source.

What is the role of the audience at a show? Does the presence of an audience influence the performance?

TNB ‘performances’ happen despite the audience, rather than being influenced by them. Stages have been invaded by audience members getting carried away by the proceedings, venue sound personnel have cut power to PA systems, equipment forcibly unplugged and so on; the proceedings carry on regardless as volume is not always the end-game. Silence is often far more interesting.
TNB ‘performances’ have also happened without any audience whatsoever, in private, or publicly cancelled only to go ahead anyway. There's a rejection of anything that could be perceived as an ‘art event’ or ‘Rock & Roll show’ which most audiences are still looking for despite their declarations of being 'avant garde’ and so forth. TNB offer no ‘polished’ performances, no personality, no content, no bravado, no beginning, no end.

http://www.thenewblockaders.org.uk/glissando.htm

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