Ich glaube, ich habe viel mehr Probleme als Meer
und viele Sandkörner im Auge.” – jaan patterson

suRRism cRest by Jaan Patterson

suRRism, finally comes out of their shelves!

d/eaR friends and followers of any genre of music, and any label or magazine interested in weird experimental avant-off-guard rock, noise, poetry music et al, here, for you all, is a note about our very own interests. I have been running the Surrism-Phonoethics Label since 2008, but I never previously mentioned, or emphasised, the fact that I actually devised the name as an… Read more →

Get all suRRism-Phonoethics Bandcamp releases…

Full Digital Discography Get all 50 suRRism-Phonoethics releases available on Bandcamp and save 90%. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Horae (Organ Concerto no.2), Mal Occhio, An Appreciation, En la vuelta de la voz – Artistas Varios, Fragments, Dead Chamber, Voice Studies, Sad Songs, Kråch, Nudo de Cables en la Garganta, Ergo Protagonists, A Sound Embrace: A Tribute to the Passing Of Christopher Lee & Ornette Coleman, The Beauty of… Read more →


Ungetreu, der Gegensatz von getreu, nicht getreu, nicht festhaltend an einem errichteten Bündniß oder an gethanen Versprechen. Er ist seinem Versprechen ungetreu geworden. Ein ungetreues Weib, ein ungetreuer Freund, ein ungetreuer Unterthan, Diener. Ein ungetreuer Liebhaber.
S. auch Untreue. So auch der Ungetreue und die Ungetreue.

Mal Occhio on suRRism-Phonoethics

This performance called Sea of Phantoms – Free Air is the collaboration of Will Alexander, Byron Baker, Thom Burns and Stephen Lock in Los Angeles, 2013. With the inclusion of Alexander in reading mode, words become integral. Here he reads the entirety of Asia, his epic poem of 1995 accompanied by the instrumentation of the others. Along with the traditional devices initially used by Mal Occhio (an array of diaphragmatic rattles, micro-phonographs and aluminum) is added a collection of newly invented water drums and drone strings both bowed and hammered.

Here are eight minutes of the performance pulled from the one hour and thirty minute recording, including this moment from “Asia.”

the point being

a Yak in motion

a series of exterior glossaries condensed

in strange botanical causeways

from ‘Yamdok Lake’

across the ‘Kamba pass’

with startling inherence

with tinctures of apparent perception

the Yak

bionomic with chimera

from ‘the valley of the Tsangpo’

up the peaks of the ‘Lord’ & ‘The White Horned Lady’

disappears through vertical columns

as a strange alchemical soldier of burden

a darkly enveloped mystagogue

now a beautiful peculiar treatise on absence

–Thom Burns, 2015


Note:  The first eight tracks here come from the Mal Occhio 1980-82 CD, a limited edition release including two live tracks. Participants were Jhim Pattison, Steve Lock, Byron Baker, Thom Burns. The live track from Beyond Baroque (2015), recorded on a cell phone and remixed, features Brian Lucas, Joyce Baker, Byron Baker, Steve Lock and Will Alexander.  — Craig S. Wilson.

VA Appreciation of ancient Greek Music

The Music of Ancient Greece – An Appreciation

“”The music of ancient Greece was almost universally present in society, from marriages and funerals to religious ceremonies, theatre, folk music and the ballad-like reciting of epic poetry. It thus played an integral role in the lives of ancient Greeks. There are significant fragments of actual Greek musical notation as well as many literary references to ancient Greek music, such… Read more →

suRRism crest by Jaan Patterson

d/eaR Friends & Followers of suRRism-Phonoethics

d/eaR Friends & Followers of suRRism-Phonoethics, this is a message about some changes that will effect the appearance & future of this label. Over the course of time i have noticed, that most releases are being re-posted to the suRRism-Phonoethics curator page of Free Music Archive only. Internet Archive is mostly ignored, and Bandcamp, well, barely no one has the… Read more →

Peculiar Mormyrid 1.0 Book is available!

Peculiar Mormyrid 1.0 Spring 2015

Get the book here: CLICK to go to Lulu Bookshop including submissions by:

Glen Armstrong, Jay Blackwood, Maurizio Brancaleoni, Cid V Brunet, Casi Cline, Steven Cline, David Coulter, Daniel de Cullá, Santino DallaVecchia, Dylan Debelis, Ashley DeFlaminis, William Doreski, Bernard Dumaine & Elle Gottzi, Daniel Fierro, Howie Good, Maurice Greenia Jr, John Grey, Dale M Houstman, Janne Karlsson, Stephen Kirin, Gilles Latour, Rik Lina, Nate Maxson, Andrew Mendez, D. Russel Micnhimer, Iñaki Muñoz, David Nadeau, Jaan Patterson, Brett Peterson,  Patrik Sampler, Nelly Sanchez, Gerard Sarnat, Domenic Scopa, Anasor Ed Searom, Bill Wolak, Milana Zadworna.

Please support Greece!

“yes! here in europe; to keep changes moving, ‘we’ i feel we have to keep close to the greek people, else,—we’re doomed.” -Γιαάν Πάτερσον Read more →