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DEAD VOICES ON AIR (Buy CDs by this artist)
Hafted Maul (Invisible) 1995
New Words Machine (Hypnotic/Chameleon) 1995
Shap (Invisible) 1996
How Hollow Heart (Invisible) 1997
Piss Frond (Invisible) 1998
Franky Pett Presents ... the Happy Submarines (Invisible) 2000
Live (Invisible) 2001
A DEAD VOICES ON AIR VERSUS NOT BREATHING
Fire in the Bronx Zoo (Invisible) 1997
MARK SPYBEY AND JEAN-YVES THERIAULT
Spybey: Theriault (Invisible) 1997
MARK SPYBEY & JAMES PLOTKIN
A Peripheral Blur (Kranky) 1998
AMBRE & MARK SPYBEY
Sfumato (Dmitri) 2000
MARK SPYBEY & MICK HARRIS
Bad Roads, Young Drivers (Dmitri) 2000
SPASM
Spasm (Invisible) 1995
Smear (Invisible) 1997

After relocating to Vancouver in 1993, England's Mark Spybey adopted the name Dead Voices on Air to continue the experimental audio sculpting he took part in as a member of Newcastle's prolific Zoviet France. That avant-garde group was famed for the extraordinary packaging of its releases. Hafted Maul is, alas, an entirely ordinary-looking CD, containing a series of edgy, dramatic urban soundscapes in which loops of found sound (voices, ambient noise, traffic, running water, static, etc.) are accompanied by bits of conscious music (percussion, harmonica, trumpet, string instruments). Pointless but not much more unpleasant than, say, rush hour in a big city, the short tracks — as well as two that break ranks to exceed ten minutes — slice and dice, rub a few processed elements together, let simmer for a while and then turn off the gas and move on to another recipe. The responsibility for discovering actual nourishment in all this abstract impressionism, however, is left to the listener. Thickly textured but equally pointless and frustrating, Shap is more of the same, using different sound sources in parallel constructions. New Words Machine credits cEVIN Key of Skinny Puppy as a collaborator.

Spasm is a sporadic collaboration between Spybey, Martin Atkins (Pigface/Invisible Records), Eric Pounder of Lab Report and Curse Mackey of Evil Mothers.

[Ira Robbins]
   See also Zoviet France