Parts Of The Whole

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Arzathon
Artist/Audio Sculptor/Poet/Independent Filmmaker
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An original and complex Audio Sculpted Psychedelic project founded during the 80's Music/soundscapes created by Arzathon, Dreamtime Troubadours, Trolls on Acid, Heavy Metal Vampires on Nuclear Waste, featuring artists Don Campau, Shanna Dawn, Kristianne Gale and others. Music that draws you in, a spiritual /tribal experience like no other.Some pieces are heavily influenced by early krautrock infectious grooves but the whole musical signature consists of audio sculpted psychedelic electronic epics covered by harmonized acid rockin dynamics. Largely improvised and a dangerously lysergic sounding experience.
Arzathon is a prolific Audio Artist, there was a long gap during the nineties with very little output. He has also recorded in the past using the name Gypsy. These recordings are being reissued as Arzathon (the artist formly known as Gypsy). He has also collaborated on other projects such as Heavy Metal Vampires on Nuclear Waste & Trolls on Acid & Dreamtime Troubadours, with many different artists from around the world.
Collaborators


Franco Falsini

Falsini, born 1948 in Florence (Italy), moved to Virginia in 1969, where he set up a basement studio and experimented with a Moog and four-track taping before returning to Italy to form the band Sensations Fix .The group signed with Polydor Records in 1974 to a five-year, six-album contract.Later, in 1983, Falsini reappeared as guitarist and producer of the electro-pop group The Antennas, that released an LP and a single in France. The years after where mainly spent
to learn computer programming and how that could intereact with music recording. In the 90s he was producing techno music, dance oriented, with his own label Interactive Test. From the years 2000 his life becomes nomadic as well as his live appeareance and music production. In this last year his old work has been re-issue by many labels, most notably RVNG record and Spectrum Spool.

Don Campau

Musician, radio host and archivist, Don Campau has been active in music since 1969.From 1969-1974, Don, Geoff Alexander and other friends recorded as The Roots Of Madness, a bizarre, avant garde collective that released one record album in 1971. The early tapes are now also available as CDs. In 1971 Don also began hosting a radio program on KTAO-FM in Los Gatos California under the mentorship of Lorenzo W. Milam, one of the founding fathers of community radio in the USA. This show incorporated ethnic, avant garde jazz, baroque, modern classical, early home recordings and outsider material. In 1978 Don began hosting a radio program on KKUP-FM in Cupertino, California. At the time, the show featured jazz, ethnic, contemporary classical, improvised and some early home recordings. In 1985 the format of “No Pigeonholes” was established and became home recorded cassettes from the international home recording movement called “cassette culture”. The music covered many styles from rock,
folk, outsider, oddball, punk, electronic and much more.Don continues broadcasting home recorded, small studio and independent music from around the world not only on KKUP but also throughout Europe on Radio Marabu and also on the net on The Luver.comThe Lonely Whistle label was started in 1984 to house not only Don Campau albums but other releases from friends and musical associates.

Kristianne Gale

I like to attend Irish and American Traditional music sessions to sing unaccompanied. I have worked with a tremendous Experimental Music group called Biota on an album called “Half A True Day.” Another album with them is currently underway. I write some songs but enjoy improvisation and singing devastating murder ballads.


Phil Ogison

Born Folkestone Kent 1948, lived in Canada for the last 40something years. Started as a drummer in local bands in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in 1967, started to pick up guitar seriously in 1970. Played in various psychedelic outfits (notably a band called Oberon, which was the forerunner of another band called The Melodic Energy Commission (which at times included Paul Rudolf of Pink Faeries and Del Dettmar of Hawkwind) Moved to Ontario Canada and played in lots of bands, New Wave, Punk, Psych/Jam and ( Experimental at University of
Waterloo’s Independent Studies Program.) Became part of The AMBiENT PiNG community in Toronto, and have played pretty regularly at venues in Toronto associated with the PiNG. Lots of collabs, notably with Anne Sulikowski (Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks) and others. Solo project (recently expanded to a trio) The Devil In The Design HAROLD (psyche/jam band) and Moon Dandies with my wife Catherine Tammaro and Jeff Howard (also in TDITD and HAROLD)

Belinda Subraman

A poet, writer, filmmaker, podcaster, artist, traveler and Registered Nurse. Working on a novel. Latest poetry book is BLUE ROOMS, BLACK HOLES, WHITE LIGHTS.

Brian Fowler

Brian has recorded 3 albums w/ Spaceseed and has written songs with members of Jefferson Airplane,Hawkwind and Moby Grape members. Brian’s a multi-instrumentalist plays and records w/ a Myriad of groups such as…Spaceseed, San Francisco Blue, Southern Ashe, Bibb City Rambers

Bret Hart

I lived in Korea for 4 years. I was a Korean translator. I spent a year and a half doing nothing but 100% immersion in Korean culture and language. Before I went there I was out in California around 1983/84. I met my first group of improvisors with whom I established some kind of a kinship. It's what broke me away from jazz and progressive things, and the acoustic things I'd been doing in the late 70s. I realized that the way I play guitar is based on the fact that I started off in music on the trombone, and I really think like a horn player. At this point I know that, but back then I couldn't figure out why people had trouble learning my songs. And it's because some of the structures are melodically and harmonically really suited more for a brass section. You'll hear a lot of trombone-like things occurring, even in my acoustic music. I've been accused of playing slide when I'm not playing slide, when in fact I may be using a fretless instrument. My first label started out in 1983 and it was called Kamsa Tapes. And that was the first moniker under which I was putting my stuff out, and at the time I was doing this really dense, harsh guitar layering music. And that was more harsh music of that sort. At the time I was only putting my own stuff out, but there was some collaboration creeping in.
Links for Bret will be added, but if you search here in the archives you will find tones of stuff....

Rodent Tapes first appeared on the underground scene in the days before the www. A label which only dealt in underground music, the tape scene, home recorded music…these days with computors that once small underground scene has grown, and music is no longer being held hostage by corporations and with a bit of cyber surfing all kinds of exciting sounds can be found, for the most part a million miles from anything corporations would ever think of dealing in…no dollar signs to make many of these ventures attractive to corporations. You have as much chance of winning the lottery as recieving a recording contract, there just aren’t enough places to go around…never have been, never will be…Do it yourself…the only way to go…we don’t need big record …corporations they need us…the dreams they have to offer are in truth nightmares.


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released January 1, 1988

Stoned and Out of Bounds (Gypsy & Schulz)

Contains the best guitar playing I've heard on any indie tape, by Schulz. He roars on through on "Tears After Midnight", "Lovers of the Dance", "Life Is a Bitch", "Changes", "Oranges" and on "The Doctor Said" and "New Art". Impressive vox. and lyrics by Gypsy, who, by the way, is releasing "Force By Force" and "The Other Side of a Tear" on Obscure Delight.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring/Summer 1988

The Other Side Of A Tear

Gyppo at his most weird. However, the effex are not overdone, and some really good songs, playing and singing emerge, especially, on "New Art (Reprise)" and "Talking You Down". Good, fresh production.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 5, No. 4, Autumn/Winter 1988

Parts of the Whole

Weird and whimsical. Good lyrics and wondrous keyboard noiz, notably on "Puppets and Puppeteers" and "Night and Day"

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 1989

And Then the Leaves Fell

The tape opens with the melodic track 'Stepping Out of Time', which has some funky guitar rhythm in the background. A great bass and drum groove on all of the tracks. Has the same easy-going style as his other tapes, but this one has a lot of nice melodies, and less industrial sounds.

- Andy Bruce, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 1989

This Tape Is... Therefore I Am...

Laid-back music with an industrial sound. The bass is strongly featured, working well with the other instruments. Cryptic lyrics thoughtfully sung, in a relaxed style. Good use of sound with the synth entering always at the right moment. The echo effect throughout sets the scene.

- Andy Bruce, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 1989

Viersen

Incredible sounds and mostly German lyrics. The pick are 'Shroud of Silence' - a poetical play, mesmerising stuff. Amazing version of Cohen's 'Suzanne'. Lord Litter's guitar cuts through the opening proceedings.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 1989

Sunglass Alimony

Soft industrial rock, with "The Need's Full" and "DIY" being the pick. "DIY" is particularly hypnotic, and the other is broodingly memorable.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 1989

Restrain Yourself (Gypsy, Lord Litter & Clive Richards)

"Lost In Space" fans will love it, as "Movement One" on side 2 is full of that episode when Smith goes hippy, with wondrous audio additions. "Movement One" side 1 is another groove, if same name. What is so good about Gypsy's stuff, is the swathe of sound, voices, etc. Some music is black and white, this is colour.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 3, Autumn/Winter 1989

Gypsy records using the name Arzathon these days and his new recordings are available to stream on Spotify

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Track Name: Puppets And Puppeteers
Puppets and puppeteers

Puppets and puppeteers
they've been here for years
the cloak clad stranger
a ghostly story never believed
the theatres
seduced into forgetfulness
an ambitious youth
clear the streets
from back to front
from side to main
a demonic presence
felt in the chamber of time

build towns with homes
to burn our fires
to fill our empty hearts
I have found guilt in its place
been made aware of colour
on the face of my brother
on the hand I once held
been told not to share
my poorness
to be rich

but
puppets and puppeteers
is all I learnt
Puppets and puppeteers
is all I know

(Gypsy)
Track Name: Live Before We Die
Live before we die

Chains
freedom
to be able to say the words you feel
to be able to walk the path of desire
to be able to shake the hand
whatever colour the soul
to be able to cross a border
whatever language spoken
however high the wall

is this the thought
chasing your mind
is this the whisper
hidden in your cry
is this the song
behind the hand across your mouth
in disgust you turn away your eyes
when they tear his right from your wrong
when they bury the victims of his cause

there should be no need
there should be no grieving
no need to cry
there should be no churches
where you can bury a lie
there should be no leaders to create
that mythical spy
there should be no scientists
to create a new why
there should be no war

we all should have a place to go
a place for you and me
we should all have a song to sing
to be able to hold our heads up high
to be able to live
before we die
Track Name: I Don't Know Why You're Cryin'
I don't know why you're crying

They say it's not safe
to be out after dark
they say you gotta be in
before it gets to late

they say that these eyes
are watching you
from a space unknown
are the eyes of a child
that could be your own

they say that the knife
that he hides
are the words he never learnt to use
and the love he never knew

they say you're below the limit
but the limit rises year after year
they say radiation
shouldn't cause any fear
it don't matter
that you don't want it here

they say that you can expect to grow old
but you know
that behind your back
the future just been sold

they say that you had to respect the law
but they seem to be laughing at us
from behind a closed door
they say that they won't take
from the poor
but you seem to be giving
more and more

They say it's not safe
to be out after dark
they say you gotta be in
before it gets late

they say that these eyes
are watching you
from a space unknown
are the eyes of a child
that could be your own

they say that the knife
that he hides
are the words he never learnt to use
and the love he never knew
Track Name: Indian Dancer
Indian dancer

bring on back the witches
let their magic spell out my name
let the late night fires
burn for the good of the land
burn for the good of the people

Indian dancer
drunk in town
Indian dancer

you gotta
bring on back the witches
this little town
ain't no good for my people around
the earth is my mother
the sky my father
the rivers can feed me until the end
just don't give me no stories
'bout technical dreams
I can run till the end of..
I can talk to the eagle 'bout things we don't understand

I can't dance with my people
can't jump the fences you built around my soul

'till you bring on back the witches
let their magic spell out my name
let the let night fires
burn for the good of the land
burn for the good of my people

Indian dancer
drunk in town
Indian dancer

bring on back the witches
let their magic spell out my name
let the late night fires
burn for the good of the land
burn for the good of my people

Indian dancer
Indian dancer
dance
dance
Indian dancer
drunk in town
Track Name: Night And Day
Night and day

The wind wipes away your tears
now the guessing games called fear
a melted pool of ice
the gambler drops the dice
and on the mirrors of your mind
parted friends meet for the first time
but goodbye is all the came to say
because meeting and parting
is like night and day

I've watched you swim those lakes of depression
like a ship on a stormy sea
you sank beneath the waves
I've watched you skate on thin ice
while the cracks grew
and on the mirrors of your mind
parted friends meet for the last time

The first to enter life
is never the last to leave
heaven or hell
is not for us to choose

The wind wipes away your tears
now the guessing games called fear
death is all that's left to come
after all these years
I've watched you swim these lakes of depression
like a ship on a stormy sea
you sank beneath the waves
I've watched you skate on thin ice
while the cracks grew

the wind wipes away your tears
now the guessing game's called fear
in a melted pool of ice
the gambler drops the dice
and on the mirrors of your mind
parted friends meet - for the last time
goodbye is all they came to say
because meeting and parting
is like night and day



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