194 / Bachelor Machines – Breathe With The Machine


Bachelor Machines – one of the founding member of the Fwonk* roster – swaps his normal tracker based techno, for something altogether different. This is a 68 minute album of sheer ambient bliss, with beautifully constructed and layered pads, drone and effected acoustic passages. The album is comprised of 3 movements – two epic 30 minute ambient symphonies of sound, followed by an 8 minute coda. This is an exquisite album, one to wrap yourself in, lose yourself and watch time shift out of balance.

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193 / Various Artists – Whispers


Over twelve months, twelve Fwonk* artists were put to the test in this experimental single-track album based on the popular children’s ‘Telephone Game’.
In their chosen month, each artist used only the last few measures of the previous month’s track as a foundation for their own interpretation on the theme. The result is a metamorphosis in sound, with often only seeds of previously recognised audio being discernible. Just like the actual game, the first and final tracks could not be further apart.

01 Katarrhaktes – The Gathering Quiet
02 Heskin Radiophonic – xuxurla
03 Anny – Chorizo Dish
04 Bachelor Machines – Unspool
05 Vasko the Pig – And Everything Coming Down
06 echosonic – Flaming June
07 3dtorus – shuffled dirt
08 Cardigan of Wasps – Goreshit Roadkill (Sakura Swarm short ver)
09 Viejos Hombres de Abejon – murmuri
10 Transitional Landscapes – Whispers
11 radjukatarretti – flustro
12 numen arcana – redshift

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190 / Various Artists – The Fwonk Mixtape #18: Last Minute Madness

Once again the denizens of Megacity Fwonk rise up and make a mess of things while Judge Heskin is out bringing the law to the Cursed Earth.

…otherwise known as the boss was away on hols so we got together and made this while he was away.

Track list:

01 Dr Nemmo – Go To Sleep
02 Puppet Show – 4 Things In A Box
03 Vasko the Pig – Circuit Variations
04 KTFU – Unfirm Ground (Proto)
05 Cuckoo Spit – All Alone (Demo)
06 Per – Dad Interrupted
07 Echosonic – Lake Effect
08 Noctuary – Orchestral
09 Bachelor Machines – Everybody Hesko (Everybody Let’s Go)
10 Iain M Spillane – Happy, Scrappy and Out Of Tune
11 Styli – Out Of Nowhere Pt2
12 Turtuga Blanku – Mellow

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138 / V/A: Fuck Everything Up

Welcome, welcome to our underground house of horrors, where blob monsters reign supreme and electrically-charged foetuses* crawl from their jars. Where skeletons jangle their bones and- who are we kidding? Heck, it’s just another Fwonk* demo album. Disappointed yet? Don’t be, because this is the cream of the crop. The best artists, the finest tracks, the illest beats, and ambiences that put ASMR youtube videos to shame. So what are you waiting for? Download now!

*album does not actually come with foetus

Artwork, sequencing, and curation by Katarrhaktes.

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114 / V/A: Let Steeple Bells Be Swungen

Ho ho ho and a keg of mulled wine! Fwonk* rounds off 2013 with a candy-soaked compilation LP of icy beats and frosty ambience. Best enjoyed with a crate of dodgy liqueur and several dozen mince pies.

Concept, curation, and artwork by Katarrhaktes.

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038 / Bachelor Machines: The Zeroes

The Bachelor Machines get together and produce the first in an irregular series of live sets and mixes. It is intended to provide the unfamiliar listener with an audio introduction to the world of the Bachelor Machines. If you would like to listen to more, go to Fwonk* and then to Bandcamp. These links to further releases which may be downloaded for free. In addition the album A House Is A Machine For Living is now available to buy.

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030 / Bachelor Machines: It Is Nice To Finally Meet You

In late 2004, songwriter Clint Hoagland stumbled upon the Bachelor Machines, forgotten, in a basement in a remote part of Lansing, Michigan. Mr Hoagland blew the dust off their screens, connected them back up, and they sprung back into life. The Bachelor Machines – Bachelor #1 and Bachelor #2 – requested audio and visual information input in the form of 12″ LPs, VHS tapes and DVDs, which their human assistant provides them. They take that raw input, process it using operations known only to themselves, and then they provide their assistant with audio messages.

Note from Mr Hoagland: Bachelor #2 asked me to get some horror DVDs for Bachelor #1, which I did. It’s interesting that they would choose dance music based on horror movies for their first big communication, don’t know what that’s about.

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