Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mark Solotroff "Strategic Planning Vol. 1" 2CD Out Now

 


DOUBLE COMPACT DISC SET NOW SHIPPING

In 2017, I began recording and releasing a series of analog synth pieces as limited edition cassettes, some in editions of 25 copies, and some in editions of 50 or 100 copies. Some had simple packaging and some had more elaborate packaging. I also made these releases available through all the major digital platforms.

This work was an evolution of my overloaded wall-of-synth-noise Super Eight Loop recordings, which I began while I was living in New York, in the 1990s, and which were initially intended as soundtracks for walking through a pre-sterilization Times Square.

These newer recordings were intended to be far more nuanced and dynamic. Notably, they are meant to be listened to at a more moderate volume – allowing city sounds to blend into the music – and so as not to drown out voices, traffic, construction, and other day-to-day urban sounds that one might encounter.

With these releases, I went back to my familiar method of recording the synth tracks on four-track cassette, and several of these pieces are mixed with field recordings and other external sound sources, to add further personal elements to the music.

Late last year, I thought about the interconnected nature of all of these releases and I decided to try to configure them in some new way and in a new format. This might appeal to those who haven't heard these recordings yet, to those who don't listen to cassettes or don't listen to streaming music, or to those who missed some of them when they were originally released. This certainly might fit in with my long history of series, formatting, and standardized packaging. There's also a dual meaning to and an inside joke connected to the title, which some people might get. It's not really that funny, but it makes me chuckle.







Strategic Planning Vol. 1
 
CD1:
1. Utopian Plans (29:50)
2. Attraction Structures (30:00)
3. Spatial Questions (14:47) 

CD2:
1. Emotive Issues (30:00)
2. Population Advisor (30:00)
3. Spatial Extensions (14:45) 

CD1:
1+2: Originally released on Radial Communication (2017, C-60, edition of 100)
3: Originally released on Spatial Settlement Patterns (2017, C-30, edition of 25)
 
CD2:
1+2: Originally released on Social Objectives (2018, C-60, edition of 50)
3: Originally released on Spatial Settlement Patterns (2017, C-30, edition of 25)


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ORDER THE 2CD VIA BANDCAMP:
https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/merch/strategic-planning-vol-1-2cd

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COMING SOON:



Strategic Planning Vol. 2
Tracks originally released on Symmetrical Spaces Of Communication (2018, C-60, edition of 50), Psychological Mobility (2017, C-30, edition of 25), and originally released on The Myth Of Community (2019, C-60, edition of 50)


Strategic Planning Vol. 3
Tracks originally released on Vantage Points (2017, C-30, edition of 25) and Connected City (2017, C-30, edition of 50), plus previously unreleased recordings drawn from these 2017-19 sessions

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ALSO AVAILABLE:


Ensemble Sacrés Garçons "Demonization: These Worldly Powers" (LP/Digital)

https://ensemblesacresgarcons.bandcamp.com/album/demonization-these-worldly-powers


Paolo L. Bandera + Mark Solotroff "Geological Plots And Subway Rifts" (Digital+PDF)

https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/album/geological-plots-and-subway-rifts


You May Be Holding Back (CD/Digital)

https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/album/you-may-be-holding-back

Friday, February 19, 2021

Ensemble Sacrés Garçons “Demonization: These Worldly Powers” LP out now

 


LIMITED EDITION LP NOW SHIPPING





(Note: reverse of poster sleeve shown for illustrative purposes)


(Note: this is a single LP - A and B sides shown for illustrative purposes)

Ensemble Sacrés Garçons is a post-industrial band that was formed in 1994, by Paolo L. Bandera (Sshe Retina Stimulants, Sigillum S, The Sodality, Iugula-Thor, etc.), Andrea Chiaravalli (Iugula-Thor), both from Milan, and Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, Intrinsic Action, etc.), from Chicago. “Demonization: These Worldly Powers” is the band’s second album. It contains seven songs that are characterized by dense foundations of magnetic tape processing, spectral analog synth, and layers of opposing vocals.

The album is pressed on 160 gram black vinyl. It’s housed in plain, glossy black LP jackets, with wrap-around 12”x24” poster sleeves, printed on both sides, in metallic silver ink on heavyweight black stock. There are individually numbered, double-sided 8.5”x11” cardstock inserts included, with credits and lyrics, as well as separate download codes.

Track Listing:
Side A:
I'm Your Nightmare (3:34)
Death Inflates (3:28)
Velocity (5:32)
Devil's Still On That Seat (4:25)
Side B:
Voice Stealing (4:47)
Dead Band (7:50)
Suffers (3:44)

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ORDER THE LP VIA BANDCAMP:
https://ensemblesacresgarcons.bandcamp.com/album/demonization-these-worldly-powers

Please note that the price of $30.00 includes postage in the US, EU, and UK.
Additional postage of $15.00 will be added for all other countries/regions.
EU/UK orders will ship from Milan each Saturday.
All other orders will ship from Chicago each weekday.
Tracking numbers will be provided.


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Andrea, Paolo, and I are very pleased to finally release the new album by our group, Ensemble Sacrés Garçons. We’ve been anticipating it for a long time… for over 25 years, in fact. We recorded our debut in 1994, in Brooklyn, at Bass Mind Studio. Andrea and I got to work utilizing recordings that Paolo had prepared in Milan, in advance. Megan Emish from Intrinsic Action/BLOODYMINDED produced those studio sessions for us. It was released on CD by the Italian label Old Europa Café in 1995.
 
We decided to start on our follow up, right away. To begin, Paolo again prepared material on analog tape, which he brought to Brooklyn, in 1995. I then manipulated these recordings in the manner of the SCTL (Source Control) style that I used on multiple Intrinsic Action releases. Roughly eight months later, after I completed my mix, Megan mastered the album for CD, at Acme Soundworks, NYC.
 
As 1996 continued on, Andrea, Paolo, and I considered and discussed the results. I think we all new that there was great material on the DAT master, but across the 12 songs and 70+ minute running time, it began to feel somewhat impenetrable. Amidst its thick walls of synth noise, tape distortion, and destroyed vocals, it was lacking in the appealing immediacy of its raw and primitive sounding predecessor. Time passed, and every so often, the three of us would discuss resurrecting the recordings, doing some judicious editing, and preparing to release it.
 
Finally, in 2018, a solid plan was put together. Paolo would focus on adding some minimal yet dynamic synth, I would write new lyrics, and Andrea and I would take a new and more direct approach to our vocals. In April of 2019, studio time was booked at Soundcheck Studio in Milan, and I flew there to record and to perform at our debut live show. I believe that our concert was particularly important, because it further solidified Ensemble Sacrés Garçons as more than a collaboration and more than a many-years-long series of face-to-face visits, video chats, emails, and faded out faxes. It felt like we really functioned as a band. During the recording sessions, Andrea and I were focused on our vocals, while Paolo was working his magic in the control room with the engineer, Matteo Pace. By the time I returned to Chicago, we knew that the tremendous chemistry of that week, grounded in our long friendship, had given us just what we needed to complete the album.
 
Paolo then got to work on his final synth tracks, as well as the challenging process of mixing the album. After just a couple of rounds of mixes, we knew that we were ready. But the album still seemed too long, especially if we were going to move forward with releasing it on vinyl. Our next step was to consider whether we had two solid albums, and if so, how we might divide the twelve songs between them. This actually turned out to be easier than we thought it would be, and two discrete albums materialized with very little effort.
 
We then sent the songs for the first LP to Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, in Chicago, and we were thrilled with the results of his mastering work. As we were putting our plan together for the LP, the global pandemic hit and things slowed down again. We decided to use a relatively new pressing plant in Chicago, Smashed Plastic, which was doing some great work on albums that I’d heard. Once they were able to reopen their facilities our album went into the queue. After a few months, we had our vinyl in-hand. Staying local, we also decided to have a Chicago printer and friend – Erin Page/Kill Hatsumomo – screen print the sleeves that we designed. The three of us simply couldn’t be happier with the final outcome, especially after all of these years that have passed. As for the future, we’re already discussing plans for our third album, “Sanctification: Seeing the Singularity”...
 
(Mark Solotroff, February 2021)

Thursday, January 14, 2021

NEW BLACK ON WHITE T-SHIRTS

Along with photos of people wearing their shirts and hoodies, I've received a number of suggestions for new shirt designs, and one of the ideas that has gained traction is to print some BLOODYMINDED designs on white shirts. We've never done this in the past so this suggestion caught us a bit off guard. After looking at some of the existing designs on white, versus black shirts, I've set up a handful in a new Threadless collection called... wait for it: "BLOODYMINDED - Black on White." I'll certainly add more designs if the style seems popular, but here are the first five, available in men's and women's sizes and in a selection of plain white shirts as well as black-trim "ringer" shirts, as illustrated below.


BLOODYMINDED - Black on White
https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/collections/bloodyminded-black-on-white




https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/bloodyminded-whose-side-are-you-on-black-on-white/mens/t-shirt/ringer?color=white_black_ringer


https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/bloodyminded-lake-street-black-on-white/mens/t-shirt/ringer?color=white_black_ringer


https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/bloodyminded-bloodyminded-album-black-on-white/mens/t-shirt/ringer?color=white_black_ringer


https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/bloodyminded-within-the-walls-cells-black-on-white/mens/t-shirt/ringer?color=white_black_ringer


https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/bloodyminded-trophy-black-on-white/mens/t-shirt/ringer?color=white_black_ringer


https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/bloodymindedchi/

https://www.facebook.com/BLOODYMINDED/

Friday, January 08, 2021

Intrinsic Action - CBGB - T-shirt + Hoody + Tote

Intrinsic Action CBGB
New T-shirt, Hoody and Tote

Intrinsic Action played at famed NYC music venue CBGB a few times, and our last appearance there was kind of a strange one. We were initially booked for Saturday October 15, 1994, but as had happened before, we were bumped from that bill and shifted to a lineup on Friday November 18. I think we were paired up with Drag because they were an industrial band from Chicago that had a connection to Ministry. Sacred Addiction was a post-punk leaning rock band that played around NYC at the time. More surprising, as I'm a huge fan of Blue Öyster Cult, was that we followed The Brain Surgeons, a new band launched that year by Albert Bouchard, a founding member of BÖC. That just didn't quite compute, but I was definitely pleased to share that stage with them, even if our music was at odds. I still have my copy of The Brain Surgeons' debut CD, "Eponymous," which was released earlier that year.

I don't remember it being a remarkable show, for us, and it certainly wasn't a particularly friendly or easy bill for us to be on. It was our last show of the year, and following one more show the following spring, Angel, Megan and I launched BLOODYMINDED. I have a recording of the show, which definitely sounds solid, though. And loud! Typically, if you had a sound engineer at CBGB record your set, you got a very high-quality board recording. I also recall that they charged an arm and a leg to do so. I suppose it was a lucrative way for them to supplement their paycheck. Listening to the tape as I type this, I can't hear much audience interaction (heckling), compared to what we were used to, especially for a crowded Friday night at CBGB. Not surprising, really, since it was such a diverse bill. The best part is probably how well the recording picked up Megan screaming on "Mantra." I'm planning to release recordings of select Intrinsic Action shows, so maybe this one will make the cut. Songs from prior CBGB shows ended up on our "Manhattan Power Surge" single (also on the "Peepland" CD), as well as on the CD re-issue of "Bad Jack."

As soon as we finished playing you can hear Ozzy Osbourne's "Diary of a Madman" over the PA. I've heard far worse choices of music during tear-downs, over the years. Looking at the ad that I clipped from the Village Voice, it's also cool to see that our friends Crisis played there the night before. And on a fitting side note, one of my favorite albums of 2020 was Albert Bouchard's "Re Imaginos," which only came out in November, but which I've already played, a ton.




Design adapted from one of the original flyer variants:



https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/intrinsic-action-cbgb/


Intrinsic Action:
Bandcamp
Spotify
Apple

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Mark Solotroff "Live In Wierd"

 

Mark Solotroff "Live In Wierd"
Live Recording + T-shirt

In late 2007, Pieter asked me if I'd like to perform a microphone feedback set at Wierd, that winter. I'm sure that we both knew that harsh feedback would be more sonically confrontational than the weekly crowd there was used to, but it seemed like a good plan, nevertheless. Bear in mind, this was prior to when experimental, power-electronics, and noise artists played the weekly Wierd party on a more frequent basis. A date was chosen in mid-January of 2008, and on the day of the show I flew to New York with a small mixer and ten microphones. I did a quick soundcheck in the late afternoon, while the bar was being set up for the night ahead, and things sounded loud and clear over the Wierd PA. That night, as was typical, the room became more and more crowded and the dance floor filled up, as midnight approached. I made my way through the dark space to clear some space to place my mic stands in an arc and to get my show underway. As you'll hear at the beginning of the recording, there were some ringers in the audience, including James from BLOODYMINDED and Alex from Climax Denial, who were visiting from Milwaukee. That resulted in some good spirited heckling, like you'd probably hear at a BLOODYMINDED show. I let the frequencies and the volume build up slowly, resulting in an uncomfortable space filled with mild static and the sound of an industrial-sized smoke machine in overdrive. I remember that once the feedback fully kicked in, the crowd began to thin out a bit, but it was really hard to see exactly what was going on through the thick fog ("The sky is so thick with smoke"). After about ten minutes of heavy feedback, someone got in my face and yelled at me to stop. Apparently, the bouncer from Home Sweet Home felt it was way too loud and he lost his shit. My feedback performances were never meant to be confrontational or to elicit the same sort of crowd reaction as an Intrinsic Action or a BLOODYMINDED show. I imagined that they were somehow more academic in nature, but I suppose that it's all just noise to some people. Once I was done, it was only a matter of minutes before I untangled all my mic cords and packed up and people were back to dancing. While I've never felt that live recordings have done justice to these feedback shows, whether in capturing the full intensity of the frequencies at high volume, or especially the physical effects that audience members have related to me, like the pressure they felt in their inner ears or the sensation of air moving around them, I think this recording holds its own, pretty well.

Listen here:
https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-wierd



  







Companion T-shirt, adapted from Pieter Schoolwerth's original flyer design, with his kind permission:


https://BLOODYMINDED.threadless.com/designs/mark-solotroff-live-in-wierd

Friday, December 04, 2020

BLOODYMINDED "Live In Mexico City" Now Shipping

DIGIPAK CD + NEW MERCH NOW SHIPPING

  


ORDER THE CD VIA BANDCAMP:
https://bit.ly/3g2XWnm

This was definitely one of the most exhilarating BLOODYMINDED shows in our history, to date. Under Kabarett was such a great space. It's a classic goth-industrial club that has hosted Christian Death, Sex Gang Children, and many more. When we walked in, the first thing that I saw was a large Bauhaus mural on one of the walls. Game on. The crowd was amazing. They looked great, and the people that we met were really cool. They were extremely responsive, too, as you can hear in the recording. I thought that the Chicago r4wb1t5 crew that we were traveling with might have to kick-start things a bit, but the locals were totally ready, screaming right away, cheering, raising their hands. Total high-energy. The night couldn't have gone better.

We left the club at about 5:00 AM, and went with a group of about a dozen people to relax at a taqueria, one with outdoor seating that served volcanes, a delicious variant on a taco or a tostada, which we washed down with some Indios.

The ride home to our hotel was completely unexpected. Some guys who were at the show and who we had tacos with offered to drive us. We were piled into a Honda Accord coupe. Heber was in the passenger seat and Isidro and I were in the back, with the driver's friend between us. We noticed that our speed was increasing and that we were racing through the streets at 6:30 AM, listening to Mad Professor at high volume and running red light after red light. All of a sudden, a police car pulled into an intersection and we nearly t-boned it. The guy who was driving us just kept going, and we saw flashing lights come on as the police car stopped and abruptly turned to pursue us. Our speed increased as we dangerously wound in and out of traffic and along narrow side streets. At one point, Isidro and I looked at each other and had a real "Almost Famous airplane-in-the-storm scene" moment, and in my mind, I thought that if we were going to die, we'd be going out on a high note. Our driver finally outran or just plain lost the cops. He suddenly pulled to the curb and told us to hurry out and grab our gear from the trunk. I thought he was dumping us out on some random corner, but Isidro pointed diagonally across the big eight-corner intersection to Hotel Virreyes, our home base for the week. What a way to end the night. The ride from Colonia Centro to the club in Roma took about 30 minutes the evening before, but that race home only lasted about 10 minutes. We later found out that the driver and his friend were both tripping on acid.

NEW COMPANION MERCH NOW AVAILABLE:

https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/live-in-mexico-city/

  

    
You can purchase, download, and/or stream "Live In Mexico City" on all major platforms, including:
Bandcamp: 
https://bit.ly/3g2XWnm
iTunes: http://apple.co/2eQJOP7
Apple Music: http://apple.co/2eSmLUb
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2f8NjRd
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fjq1LO
Youtube: https://youtu.be/5wBu_5wOwSI
Tidal: https://store.tidal.com/us/album/66546199


https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/bloodymindedchi/

https://www.facebook.com/BLOODYMINDED/

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

BLOODYMINDED "Moonwalker" Drop

Our song "Moonwalker" was originally released in 1999, by Malsonus/Crowd Control Activities, on the compilation "The Sound of Sadism." The CD was compiled by our friend, Jonathan Canady (Angel of Decay, Dead World, Deathpile, Nightmares, etc.), and while we're not all fans of compilations, several of our closest friends were also involved, and we just couldn't turn Jonathan down.

Long before we conceived of "Magnetism," or the four "Phases" releases that were associated with that moon-adorned album, I was already fascinated by the power that the moon seems to have on some people. "Moonwalker" was inspired by a mixture of pop-culture interests, ranging from true crime to Michael Mann to Michael Jackson. Although it started its life as a song that was despised by many in the scene, it seems to have become a fan favorite (and by "fan," we primarily mean Alex from Climax Denial). We rarely play it live, but when we do, I'm sure to forget a significant amount of the lyrics.

Megan oversaw recording, mixing, and mastering at Acme Soundworks, NY, NY, in early 1997, with me hovering annoyingly close behind her attempting to "co-", and it notably marked Pieter's first studio appearance with the band.

NEW MERCH NOW AVAILABLE:

Moonwalker (One)
https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/bloodyminded-moonwalker-one

    

Moonwalker (Two)
https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/bloodyminded-moonwalker-two


    

Purchase, download, and/or stream "Moonwalker" on all major platforms, including:
Bandcamp: 
https://bit.ly/36mcU51
iTunes: https://apple.co/2VfgEid
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3liqHxx
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/36mhksz
Youtube: https://youtu.be/70BCJNg91TY
Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/album/164075336

https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/bloodymindedchi/

https://www.facebook.com/BLOODYMINDED/

Saturday, November 28, 2020

November 27, 2020 Update

 

NOVEMBER 27, 2020 UPDATE

I'm happy to announce that I've launched a new Threadless shop that will offer a wide range of t-shirts, hoodies, and totes, featuring both familiar and new designs, which focus on BLOODYMINDED, Intrinsic Action, The Fortieth Day, and Super Eight Loop. I anticipate adding new designs on a regular basis and I look forward to your feedback.



Pre-orders are now open for the re-release of the 
BLOODYMINDED "Live In Mexico City" CD, which I expect to start shipping out in one week.

Take care and stay safe,
Mark



Please note my new email address: solotroff.music@gmail.com

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Releases:

- New: Mark Solotroff "You May Be Holding Back" - CD

- Now: The Fortieth Day "03/30/07" - CD/Digital
- Now: The Fortieth Day "02/20/07" - CD/Digital
- Now: The Fortieth Day "Narratives Of Cultural Alienation" - Cassette/CD/Digital

- Now: Intrinsic Action "Early Action" - CD/Digital
- Now: Intrinsic Action "S/T" - CD/Digital

- Now: Paolo L. Bandera + Mark Solotroff "Geological Plots And Subway Rifts" - Digital+PDF

- Next: Ensemble Sacres Garcons "Demonization: These Worldly Powers" - LP/Digital
- Next: BLOODYMINDED "Live In Mexico City" - CD

- Next: BLOODYMINDED "Synths Up!" - CD (Live)
- Next: BLOODYMINDED "Phases" 2CD
- Next: Mark Solotroff "Strategic Planning Vol. 1" 2CD
- Next: Super Eight Loop - Book


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Mark Solotroff website

BloodShop! webstore

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I'm regularly adding items to the BloodLust! Discogs store, including in-stock and extra personal copies of out-of-print label releases, as well as used items and rarities. Please check it out here:
https://www.discogs.com/seller/bloodlustchicago/profile


I'm listing in-stock items and adding some rare items, such as test pressings, at my eBay store. Please check it out here:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=bloodlustchicago&_sop=1

 
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IN ROTATION

Here are some recent (and older) recordings that I've been listening to. I add and remove albums to reflect my listening habits. Some things may linger:

- A Beautiful Machine "King Tide"
- Atramentus "Stygian"
- William Basinski "Lamentations"
- Blue Öyster Cult "The Symbol Remains" + Albert Bouchard "Re Imaginos"
- Jonathan Canady "Present Shock"
- Nick Cave "Idiot Prayer"

- Crippled Black Phoenix "Ellengæst"
- Deftones "Ohms"
- FACS "Lincoln Hall 2020" (Live)
- FACS "Void Moments
- Haptic "Initials SRH- JCM- AS"
- Hey Colossus "Dances / Curses"
- Iugula-Thor "Sisters"
- Mortal Incarnation "Lunar Radiant Dawn"
- Rash "Hivemind"

- Slaves No More "The Unravelling" + Sutcliffe Jugend "Slaves No More"
- Sshe Retina Stimulants "Idioms And Separation," "Bakemono," "Kusa'i," "Murked Clutter + Grandiose Punk," and "Black Apartments" (with Uncodified) +  Paolo L. Bandera "Registrazioni Di Campi Tellurici E Strutture Abnormi"
- Tombs "Under Sullen Skies"
- Uniform "Shame"
- The Warlocks "The Chain"
- White Hills "Splintered Metal Sky"
- Wrekmeister Harmonies "We Love to Look at the Carnage"


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ANATOMY OF HABIT

Anatomy of Habit formed in Chicago in October 2008 and is composed of Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums), Mark Solotroff (vocals), and Sam Wagster (bass + lap steel). The band encompasses elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, noise-rock, industrial, psychedelic, and shoegaze. The band's last album, "Ciphers + Axioms," was released by Relapse Records.

New Album:
We just received what we believe are the final album mixes from Sanford Parker and we should be moving on to mastering with Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room.

We're excited that we'll be working with Alexandra Lerman, a Brooklyn-based artist - and a dear friend, as we develop the cover art and the design of our new album. You can view some of her work here:

https://www.alexandralerman.com/

Website
iTunes
Spotify
Bandcamp
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nstagram
Facebook

Threadless Shop


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BLOODYMINDED

BLOODYMINDED is a heavy electronic band that was formed in New York, in 1995, after the dissolution of the pioneering American post-industrial noise group Intrinsic Action, which was founded by Mark Solotroff, in Chicago, in 1984. BLOODYMINDED’s live shows are exceptionally energetic and are characterized by physical engagement, layers of abrasive analog synthesizer, aggressive vocals, and abundant feedback. In a live context, BLOODYMINDED celebrate and deconstruct the rock and roll performance.




BLOODYMINDED "Live In Mexico City" CD

The newly designed digipak re-release of this long-out-of-print live CD is available to pre-order now:

https://bloodyminded.bandcamp.com/album/bloodyminded-live-in-mexico-city

We've also designed a companion T-shirt/hoody, which is available through our Threadless store:
https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/live-in-mexico-city/mens/t-shirt/regular?color=black



New live album:
Song selection is being finalized for our forthcoming CD, "Synths Up!" More news soon...


New archival release:
We're preparing a 2CD release that compiles all of the "Phases" releases that followed our fourth album, "Magnetism."

New album:
Ten new songs are really forming and band members are continuing to share files and to review mock-ups of rough mixes
. We'll keep assembling things remotely until we're ready to head into the studio with Sanford Parker to work on "amplified" sounds, vocals, and mixing.

Instagram
Facebook
Bandcamp
iTunes
Spotify


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ENSEMBLE SACRÉS GARÇONS

Ensemble Sacrés Garçons was initially billed as a collaboration between Iugula-Thor and Intrinsic Action (with support from Sshe Retina Stimulants) and we released our debut in 1995, on Old Europa Cafe.

New album:
"Demonization: These Worldly Powers"
The vinyl is in-house and the screen printed covers are in the works with Erin Page/Kill Hatsumomo
https://erinpageforever.com/

Bandcamp

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THE FORTIETH DAY

The Fortieth Day is the duo of Isidro Reyes and Mark Solotroff, both key players in the heavy-electronics outfit BLOODYMINDED, a band known for its aggressive and confrontational live shows. In The Fortieth Day, Reyes and Solotroff utilize guitar, bass, drum machine, and analog synthesizer to create epic, blackened, psychedelic-industrial drone soundscapes.




"02/20/07"
Bandcamp for CD/Digital:
https://thefortiethday.bandcamp.com/album/02-20-07
BloodShop! for CD:
https://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/the-fortieth-day-02-20-07
iTunes:
https://apple.co/2Adgkti
Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/4Y9lAsUfYzQDiHTYt6SLYX?si=UjTpPGicRUy_zn_4FpRDjA





"03/30/07"
Bandcamp for CD/Digital:
https://thefortiethday.bandcamp.com/album/03-30-07
BloodShop! for CD:
https://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/the-fortieth-day-03-30-07
iTunes:
https://apple.co/3h4CvCB
Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/4rmmCvqrXuSoB4cxxD7QGx?si=O2p0fdu-RfK8FdVJHaXMZw





"Narratives Of Cultural Alienation"
Bandcamp for CD/Digital:
https://thefortiethday.bandcamp.com/album/narratives-of-cultural-alienation
BloodShop! for CD:
http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/product/the-fortieth-day-narratives-of-cultural-alienation-cd
iTunes:
https://apple.co/2xoQzF0
Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/4dZ4480FOXlL9qT7vxqhHR?si=G5DVxf9hTAO2MABWKLqtcg

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INTRINSIC ACTION

Intrinsic Action was an industrial/power-electronics band, founded by Mark Solotroff in 1984, in Chicago, and dissolved in 1995, in New York, when BLOODYMINDED began.

New T-shirt designs are now available:

   

Intrinsic Action "Sado-Electronics"

https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/intrinsic-action-sado-electronics/mens/t-shirt/regular?color=black

   

Intrinsic Action "Early Action"
https://bloodyminded.threadless.com/designs/intrinsic-action-early-action/mens/t-shirt/regular?color=black




Intrinsic Action
"Early Action" (1984)
CD/Digital

Order via Bandcamp:

https://intrinsicaction.bandcamp.com/album/early-action
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Intrinsic Action
"S/T" (1985)
CD/Digital
Order via Bandcamp:

https://intrinsicaction.bandcamp.com/album/intrinsic-action
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Spotify:
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NIGHTMARES 

Nightmares is the synth trio of Jonathan Canady (Angel of Decay, Dead World, Deathpile, etc.), David Reed (Envenomist, Imvixor, Luasa Raelon, etc.) and Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit, BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, Intrinsic Action, etc.)



Nightmares
"Sub-Sonic Language Transmission"
Digital + Bonus Mix + PDF

https://synthnightmares.bandcamp.com/album/sub-sonic-language-transmission
The digital version includes a 41-minute bonus track, "A Detachment Of The Soul," which is a decidedly different sounding mega-mix of select tracks from the new album, created by David Reed. The download also contains a PDF of the companion booklet.

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MARK SOLOTROFF

"You May Be Holding Back" is now available on CD in a newly designed digipak, which features some of my photography. Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the CD!



        

Mark Solotroff "You May Be Holding Back" CD/Digital

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https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/album/you-may-be-holding-back

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Paolo L. Bandera + Mark Solotroff
"Geological Plots And Subway Rifts"
Digital+PDF

https://marksolotroff.bandcamp.com/album/geological-plots-and-subway-rifts



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SUPER EIGHT LOOP

MINIMAL SYNTH MUSIC FOR ANALOG OBSESSIVES

Super Eight Loop is series of 100 hour-long analog synth recordings by Mark Solotroff, launched in 1993. Digitization of all 100 cassettes began in December 2018 and finished in December 2019. All 100 recordings are available to stream and download, exclusively via Bandcamp.


                       

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THE SODALITY

BEYOND UNKNOWN PLEASURES

Discogs
Destination Morgue VII

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In response to the current situation in the USA, and amidst the increasingly global fight against racial injustice, I unequivocally state that I am against the discrimination of African Americans. Further, I want to reinforce that I absolutely condemn white supremacy, racism, bigotry, chauvinism, sexism, homophobia and other oppressive beliefs.

Copyright © 2020, Mark Solotroff, All rights reserved.