Tuesday, March 19, 2013

J.G. Thirlwell Radio interview on April 1st at Midnight

Photo by Taylor Crothers

On the evening of April 1st at midnight central time (technically April 2nd), The Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio show is proud to announce a phone interview with J.G. Thirlwell, also known as Foetus.  It will be streaming live on, 88.7 FM in Chicago, and archived here at More information can be found at

Radio promo

JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn NY. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he studied art at Melbourne State College for two years before moving to London in 1978. After working with experimental group Nurse With Wound, Thirlwell started making his own records in 1980, initially releasing them on his own  “Self Immolation” lable. He was inspired by the post-punk explosion of creativity in the UK which engendered the accessibility of DIY, as well as  the writings of John Cage and systems music, among other things. He relocated to NYC in 1983, where he still lives and works today.
Thirlwell’s discography is extensive under many pseudonyms including Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, Clint Ruin and others. If there is a common thread to his varied musical styles, it is dramatic intensity and evocative, cinematic quality. Thirlwell’s oeuvre stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and sound sculpture, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks – sometimes all in the same album.
In recent years, with commissions for Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can, and his occasional eighteen piece ensemble, he has been increasingly interested electronically and sample generated music being re-scored for traditional instrumentation – played both conventionally and not (recent examples include performing with a chamber ensemble version of Manorexia). Thirlwell is also a member of the “freq_out” sound-art collective, who create on-site sound and light installations led by curator Carl Michael Von Hausswolf. In addition, Thirlwell scores “The Venture Brothers”, a hit cartoon show on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network.
Thirlwell’s Projects:
  • Foetus — Thirlwell’s main project. From 1990 until 2006′s ‘Damp’, most Foetus songs featured lead vocals. Though popularly known as simply “Foetus”, Thirlwell released albums under diverse variations of the name, including: Foetus Art Terrorism; Foetus Über Frisco; Foetus Corruptus; Foetus In Excelsis Corruptus Deluxe; Foetus Inc.; Foetus Interruptus; Foetus Over Frisco; Foetus Under Glass; Philip and His Foetus Vibrations; Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel; The Foetus All-Nude Revue; The Foetus of Excellence; The Foetus Symphony Orchestra; and You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath.
  • Steroid Maximus — Primary instrumental project.
  • Manorexia — Experimental instrumental project.
  • Other projects/involvements too numerous to mention here. For complete details view the detailed discography.

Branch Theory

Foetus - How To Vibrate
Illusion of Safety - Excerpt from "Probe" CD track 2
Dog Lady Island - Excerpt from "The Stop Circle of Singing" cassette side A
Big City Orchestra - Dirt Road to Cliff (excerpt)
n. colyarp - "Don't Think About It" excerpt from s/t cassette
Breast Fed Yak - The Joey Rejection

Satyr/Elfheim - The Mountain of Lodestone
Endon - Dualduel
Dave Phillips - The Hermeneutics of Fear of God  (excerpt from CD)

Dromez - Everywhere You Haven't Looked (excerpt)
Malware - Track 3 from "Crowd Extermination" CDR
Reality - excerpt from "AGGRO", split cassette with Zombra
Boar - excerpt from track 1 from untitled CDR on Breaching Static
Torturing Nurse - excerpt from "Alive Not Dead"

Skin Graft - excerpt from side B of "Medic" cassette

Friday, March 15, 2013

Arvo on "The Voice of Reason" WNUR Radio Show with Daniel Burke

On Monday, I had the pleasure and honor of co-DJing with Daniel Burke (Illusion of Safety) for his "Voice of Reason" radio show on WNUR. It is loosely based around rock but was one of the most high energy and unhinged sound collages I've ever experienced. It went from 2 - 6:30 with a break for the news inbetween. The first two hours consisted of sound collage and a short DJ set by me. After the news was the "patchworks" edition of the show, focusing on synthesizer/modular work (above). Part 1, Part 2

This is what we could salvage of the playlist going backwards between scurrying to make sure all audio devices were occupied, and we didn't get to write down nearly all of it. I know that we also played stuff by Caspar Brotzmann, Pigswill, Throbbing Gristle, and Andrew Quitter, locked grooves from Blixa Bargeld and others.

6:19pm this mortal coil fyt

6:16pm menemonist rotolimbs exc

6:12pm george kayavis untitled

6:11pm skye KLein stk

5:54pm dan_p SVdub w. magnetic stripper / locks

5:49pm cotton museum moist me,brane moistmembrane

5:44pm empty noises modcan vcdo, delay & flanger w/b.bob & j guy-bela dubby

5:40pm panagiotis stathis foams gravity

5:35pm morton subotnic live at ctm 2011

5:29pm bourbonese qualk suburb city

5:24pm //dissecting table/the universe is only an suburb city///dissecting table/the universe is only an object///autechre peel sessions the sidwinder

5:17pm rema rema feedback song/rema rema

5:16pm tom reccione the real strugaphone

4:53pm tubeway army are you real tubeway army

4:44pm rema rema instrumental/fond affection 4ad 1980

4:39pm Joke Lanz & Bryan Lewis Saunders French Spies

4:36pm Fantomas excerpt from Delirium Cordia

4:36pm Forms of Things Unknown Errant Bodies

4:28pm Aelter Follow you beloved

4:27pm Megaptera Research of Epileptic Attacks

4:20pm Michael Esposito & Chris Connelly The Phantoms of Purgatory Souls

4:15pm mass marriage help me god

4:12pm pulsating cyst horrible signal

3:52pm locrian dort ist der weg

3:48pm fm einheit the hektic

3:44pm holger hiller die baller die blatter

3:39pm fm einheit 6/4w. xenakis /E.Naubaytn

3:39pm xenakis concret p-h 11w/ neuabauten

3:32pm einsturzende naubauten tanz debil kollaps

3:24pm pig & sow blood sucking bitch

3:23pm test dept inheritance

3:12pm crash worship pyru

3:11pm DEAD PREEASANTS INSURANCE septic shipwreck


2:54pm brainbombs OH WHAT A FEELING

2:50pm stooges ann

2:49pm sesso violetno Suraba

2:49pm skinny puppy jahjya/

2:41pm hydros plus overcoat

2:24pm (sound collage)

2:24pm Velehentor track 2 from From The Gloom of Graves

2:17pm hermann nitdchenviroments test rec musik der action 80/tinntinnabulation contemplative sound/m fhead trunculance

1:57pm PTV dawn mouth of the night

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Fog King Walks Through Seasons Of Sleep

Hansson Karlsson -Live 1967(Popside TV)
Julie Driscoll -Season of the Witch
Cambodian Space Project -The House of the Risisng Sun
Keven Ayers -Decadence
Truth -Archimids Pad


Truth -Square Room
Rapoon -Satoranam
SPK -Maladia Europa
Baker, Bruckmann, Zerang -We All Sleep Seared in Firey Wire
Dominique Dalcan -The Look of Love
The Gruesome Twosome -I Don't Care
James and Eno -Frequency Dip
Peter Hamill -The Jargon King
Peter Hamill -Fog Walking
The Bug -Track 2 (The Conversation)


Baker, Sandstrom, Williams, Zerang -Live 2012(Hungry Brain)
Elisabeth Waldo -Pagan Rituals

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tremulation, the waterfall curtain

INTER ARMA - The Long Road Home (Iron Gate)/The Long Road Home
Zath - Unborn Oppressor
Galdron - Mucklebones
Disrobe - Seething
Midget Parade - Zombie Movie Cliche

NON/Boyd Rice - Turn Me On, Dead Man
ONO - I Been Changed
Wiseblood - Stumbo (unknown live recording)
Compactor - Lacerations
Naomi Elizabeth - I Wanna Be Bad
Mold Omen - excerpt from "Every Day A Dream, Every Nickel A Nectarine" cassette on Spleencoffin

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Nothing Solid
excerpt from "57 Haunted House Horrors" CD
Gas Mask Horse - Hissing Dragon / Silver Bullets In Full Moonlight
Cramps - Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?
45 Grave - Surf Bat
Ramones - Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La)
Barnes & Barnes - Cemetery Girls
HEINO - Brüder na sdrowje

World (of Dreams) - Light The Fire In The Sky Pts I & II
SASHASH ULZ - excerpt from "Moons" ("Hibernation" cassette on Lighten Up Sounds)
Hedorah - Planet of Doom

New York Dolls - (There's Gonna Be A) Showdown
Dead Peasant Insurance - Not You (excerpt)
Fetal Pig - Identity Crisis
Fascist Insect - Tetsuo 2: Jackhammer (excerpt)
+DOG+ - Beaten

Skin Graft - excerpt from Side A of "Cleveland Death Portrait" cassette on Waves of Decay
Contagious Orgasm - Molten Salt
Project #9 - Recycle Death March

Rudolf  (R & G) - sssun sssalutation
Crank Sturgeon - Unstable Hake Shaker
Seido and Mass Phallocentrism Attack - excerpt from one sided c-45 "Another Multiple Report From..."
Hari Hardman - excerpt from "Cosmic Dysmorphia" 3" cdr (limited to 20 copies)

Dolores Dewberry - "The Chowling" (Live at Borg Ward 2-17-2013, Milwaukee, WI)