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Lustmord

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Gender: Male
Country: United Kingdom
Description: Sometimes spelt LUSTMØRD, it is a solo project of Brian WILLIAMS, active since 1980. Born in Wales but residing in the US since the mid 1990s, he is considered a leading representative of the industrial ambient. He has also occasionally used the ARECIBO, T.G.T. (The GENETIC TERRORISTS) and ISOLRUBIN BK monikers, and in the 1980s was a member of S.P.K. His early works were clearly inspired by the industrial avant-garde of rock music. They involved synthetically prepared collages on tape, a rasping cacophony of analogue synthesizers, sounds of metal objects, the processed sound of a drum machine, reverbs, feedback, highly processed spoken parts, and even infrasounds, all in line with the then customary convention of shock tactics, consisting in evoking in the listener certain reactions, primarily those of terror, fear and panic. His artistic peak came in the early 1990s, the pivotal moment being the album Heresy (1990), intriguing in terms of both the sound and arrangement, widely considered an aesthetic manifesto of a new genre: dark ambient. Having discarded his earlier modus operandi of exerting a direct influence on the listener’s psyche, he resorted to more sophisticated solutions related to the psychoacoustic and physical effects of the interaction of low-range sound waves. Now, he concentrated on manipulation of the very structure of sound, control of its colour and tech- nical possibilities of interfering with human subconsciousness. This objec- tive he met by relying solely on natural field recordings made in various underground locations, e.g. crypts, caves, deep shelters and catacombs, and on recordings of seismic and volcanic tones, which he subsequently processed digitally, overdubbed multiple textures, and exposed the most suggestive sonic effects. The next releases developed that formula, using diverse unusual sources of sound waves, such as military generators of electronic static, radiation detectors, oscillators, cosmic noise and echoes of the explosions of distant planets. Non-musically, his works are concerned with demonology, magic, the occult, social and philosophical consequences of the confrontation of science with religion, and evolutionism. WILLIAMS has also produced a great deal of soundtracks to Hollywood films, e.g. The Crow, computer games, e.g. Unreal Tournament III, and commercials. Not averse to collaborating with other artists, often of different back- ground, he has worked with TOOL, MELVINS, CLOCK DVA, Robert RICH, Andrew LAGOWSKI, CHRIS & COSEY. From 1985 to 1999 he ran the SIDE EFFECTS label, originally started by Graeme REVELL (ex-S.P.K.). Discography: Lustmørd (Sterile Records 1981) LP Lustmørdekay (Sterile Records 1982) tape Paradise Disowned (Side Effects 1986) CD as The GENERIC TERRORISTS Machine Gun (Wax Trax! Records 1988) CD as The GENERIC TERRORISTS Revo (Wax Trax! Records 1989) CD as The GENERIC TERRORISTS White Stains (Wax Trax! Records 1990) CD Heresy (Soleilmoon Recordings 1990) CD
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