Escape from Noise

Escape from Noise

by NegativlandNegativland


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While the sound collage of Negativland's first three studio albums pointed toward the band's ultimate direction, they were really rough sketches compared to Escape from Noise. Escape is a full-on audio assault, more musical than ever, but with tight and well-constructed sound sections thrown in. Instead of simply a collection of sounds and snippets, however, each cut on Escape from Noise picks a target and takes aim. "Quiet Please" takes on market research in the world of radio. "Michael Jackson" is a laundry list of pop stars being charged with creating commercial pop. "Sycamore" turns happy, shiny, new pre-planned communities into something far more sinister. Although some other tracks ("Yellow, Black and Rectangular," "Car Bomb") don't really take on particular targets, they're fun nonetheless. Probably the most accomplished piece is the strangely creepy "Time Zones," which talks about how many time zones there are in the Soviet Union (there are 11, by the way, and it's not even funny). Although it wasn't apparent at the time, the centerpiece of the album would be "Christianity Is Stupid," a prime example of how sound bytes can be rearranged to say whatever you want them to say. (The full sound bytes appear on the album Helter Stupid, the first half of which was inspired by a media frenzy after the band suggested that a murder may be attributable to "Christianity Is Stupid" as an excuse to get out of having to tour in the wake of this album, which turned out to be a much bigger success than anyone expected.) Scattered throughout the album are unexpected guest appearances from some of the biggest names in underground music, including Jello Biafra on "toilet flushing," the Residents on "hoots and clanging," and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart on mouth sounds and "processed animals." In addition to better-constructed material, the production quality on Escape from Noise is also top-notch, making it a joy to listen to. Although future works would prove more controversial, this is probably Negativland's masterwork.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Sst Records
UPC: 0018861013329
catalogNumber: 133
Rank: 88080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Negativland   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Percussion
Jello Biafra   Noise
Jerry Garcia   Chimes,Voices
Henry Kaiser   Guitar
Mark Mothersbaugh   Bass,Saxophone,Noise
Steve Fisk   Voices,Optigan
Das   Voices
Ian Allen   Bells,Noise
Diana Emerson   Vocals
Fred Frith   Violin,Drums
Tera Freedman   Voices
Phil Freihofner   Noise
Chris Grigg   Synthesizer,Drums,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Alexander Hacke   Noise
Tom Herman   Guitar
Mark Hosler   Synthesizer,Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Recorder,Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments,Noise,Tape,Loops
Don Joyce   Synthesizer,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Talking,Noise,Timpani,Yells
Richard Lyons   Vocals,Voices
Ed Markmann   Voices
Louisa Michaels   Vocals
Rand Weatherwax   Noise
Rob Wortman   Noise
David Wills   Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments,Talking,Tape,Shortwave Radio

Technical Credits

Residents   Contributor
Mickey Hart   Contributor
Jello Biafra   Contributor
Jerry Garcia   Contributor
Henry Kaiser   Contributor
Mark Mothersbaugh   Contributor
Negativland   Composer,Artwork,Graphic Design
Steve Fisk   Contributor
Das   Contributor
Ian Allen   Contributor,Loop
Fred Frith   Contributor
Tera Freedman   Contributor
Phil Freihofner   Contributor
Chris Grigg   Engineer
Alexander Hacke   Contributor
Tom Herman   Contributor
Mark Hosler   Rhythm Loops
Don Joyce   Sound Effects,Lyricist
Richard Lyons   Lyricist
Ed Markmann   Contributor
Louisa Michaels   Contributor
Rev. Ivan Strang   Contributor
Rand Weatherwax   Contributor
Rob Wortman   Contributor
Peter Montgomery   Artwork,Graphic Design

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