:zoviet*france: [Special]

:zoviet*france: [Special]

Zoviet France (also known as :$OVIET:FRANCE:, Soviet France, :zoviet-france: and latterly usually written as :zoviet*france:) is a prolific music group from Newcastle upon Tyne in north east England.

:Zoviet*France: is an idiosyncratic collective of anonymous postindustrialists, dronologists, and pseudo-ethnomusicologists. Their investigations have taken them into fictional cultures where nothing is easily located and reality often slips into the hypnagogic. Having secluded themselves in Newcastle, England since their inception in 1982, :Zoviet*France: have developed a radical relationship with the cheap technologies of old-fashioned tape recorders, homemade acoustic instruments, primitive looping and sampling devices, and basic dub trickery. From these machines, the collective has crafted a distinctly unique vocabulary of postindustrial sonic hypnosis. Just as :Zoviet*France:'s sound was alchemic reconfigurations of inexpensive technologies, their vinyl packaging literally covered their sounds with aluminum, roofing shingles, and porcelain.

In spite of the digital polish resulting from their usage of hard disk editing on their latest records, :Zoviet*France: has continuously fashioned a beautiful eeriness with unplaced signifiers, sonorous echoes, and hazy driftscapes. On the 1997 Digilogue album, :Zoviet*France: maps an unrecognizable psychic terrain with oblique references to American movies of World War Two battles. For "Alchemagenta," a few victorious horns blurt out of darkly shimmering drone patterns and decay, distorted by the trademarked :Zoviet*France: application of multiple long-delayed echoes. "Amber" delves deeper into the miasma of delay-heavy yet muted drones with miniscule pulsating clicks. As these pieces show, after all these years :Zoviet*France: is still one of the best things nobody knows about.

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1982 - Garista
1982 - (untitled)
1982 - Hessian
1983 - Norsch
1983 - Mohnomishe
1984 - Eostre (This is the 2x vinyl version.) Zoviet France //Eostre
1985 - Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music /Part 1//Part 2/
1985 - Gris
1986 - Misfits, Loony Tunes and Squalid Criminals
1986 - Gesture Signal Threat
1987 - Loh Land /Part1//Part2/
1987 - A Flock of Rotations
1987 - Assault and Mirage pass: ktk
1988 - Shouting At The Ground
1990 - Just An Illusion Pass: ktk
1990 - Look Into Me
1991 - Shadow, Thief of The Sun /Part1//Part2/ Pass: ktk
1993 - Collusion /Part1//Part2 /
1993 - What Is Not True /Part1 // Part2 /
1995 - unentitled. these records (zoviet france: jim o'rourke: the hafler trio) Eleven Drops /Tacere Fas/Starfall22.9
1996 - Digilogue /Part1//Part2/
1996 - in.version
1998 - Feedback /Part1//Part2/ pass: ktk
2000 - The Decriminalisation of Country Music
2001 - Skandinavien
2002 - Breath By Breath By Breathing
2005 - Music For A Spaghetti Western

1990 - Live at earshot festival
1991 - Vienna (1990)
1991 - Live In My Livingroom
1991 - Live In Chula Vista
1991 - Live At The Kennel Club SF US 06-05-91
1991 - Radio 100 complete broadcast 28-11-1992 (Zoviet France + Patrick Follon)
1997 - Live At Archa Theatre Prague /CZ/
2002 - A Tree Full Of Monkeys (Live at The Baltic Centre for Contempary Arts, UK)13-07-2002
2002 - show@ Stubnitz 09-11-2007

1992 - D(eath)O(of)V(inyl) Part1 / Part2
1999 - Marconi Point Part1 / Part2