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Turbulent Times #10 (2014 – sold out)
60 page fanzine! In a bag! With:
8 page insert!
Two full colour postcards!
(Apologies for ridiculous overseas prices – these are because of the recently privatised UK Post Office).
Turbulent Times #9 (2012 – sold out)
48 pages A5 (half-size). Mainly by me.
Nocturnal Emissions – Nigel Ayers talks about his recent “Spinal Correction Shred” cassette amongst other stuff.
GX Jupitter-Larsen – The Haters mainstay on revolutionary noise anthems, nihilism etc.
Adventures in Noise Dub – A voyage into the cassette underground. Can we believe the hype?
Libbe Matz Gang – The cult lo-fi electronics unit play hard to get.
GRMMSK – Alienated doom dub from the frozen wastes.
Harsh Noise History – Eraciator’s less than helpful genre guide.
My Summer of Noise – live reviews
Rest of World: £5.00
PRAISE FOR TURBULENT TIMES #9
“You’ve done a 48-page fanzine about noise? WHY?” – Paul Meme, Grievous Angel
“Been devouring it this weekend. Awesome zine.” – Ekoplekz
“My fonts logo catches my focus just about every time I see it. That a person is superb. Quite great publish!” – A Spambot
“The ‘zine is essential reading. It has a kind of Idwal Fisher attitude and a ‘toilet reading’ air. Not irreverent and not snooty – ‘I know more than you do’ – like some ‘zines I could name just a damn good read. Easy, informative and not that serious as ‘Eraciator’s History Of Harsh Noise’ proves. That piece made me laugh.
There’s a recent interview with Nigel Ayers and Libbe Matz Gang…I’ve seen their name pop up a few times now in various ‘zines and internet boards, might be time to dip the toe so to speak. There’s a piece by Jupitter-Castrol GTX on revolutionary noise anthems and the obligatory record reviews .. also some live reviews, which is coming uncommon in the printed ‘zine….good to see. The cover did promise knitting, but I have scoured the ‘zine from cover to cover and there’s no mention of knitting! As a subscriber to The Knitter and Yarn Wise I was very disappointed.
I am saving some of this fanzine to read on the train to Bristol this coming weekend… Turbulent Times is A5 sized (pocket porn) and about 50 pages… and like I said at the start… essential.
The back cover features an excellent picture of a guy trying to shove his shirt in his ears at a Rehberg & Schmickler gig at Cafe OTO. ” – Steve, MuhMur Blog.
“The Consumer Electronics live review is priceless.” – Jonathan, old-school veteran TT reader
“Deep investigations into dub noise hybrids, things on cassette, and so on. Highly recommended.” – Fade2
“Wow… John Eden’s new fanzine is like a slip into the 80s… We need this kind of thing right now almost as much as we needed it then…” Loki, IX Tab
“Turbulent Times #9 is a seditionary act of genius. Definitely Hacker Farm’s Fanzine of the Year: a twisted labour of love.”
– Kek-W, Hacker Farm
“Harsh Noise History get a metal salute from me for starters!” – Pete Um
“Best zine in yonks. Worth it for the hilarious ‘My Summer of Noise’ article alone.” – BTi Enquiries, Beyond The Implode
“There were plenty of people at Extreme Rituals walking around with copies of Turbulent Times in their mitts. Most of them had smiles on their faces too, for Turbulent Times manages to pull off that rare trick of combining noise with humour. I’ve been told that humour and noise don’t mix but whoever said that never witnessed live shows by Emil Beaulieu, Evil Moisture, Gerogeregegege, R&G [think spaghetti] or Smell & Quim. And they never read Harsh Noise History in TT9. OK its pulled from Eraciator’s blog but lets not start getting all churlish here – this is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read regarding noise and it deserves a wider audience;
‘The European experimental music scene suffered badly during the economic recession of the eighties. In the UK, Live Actions became scarce when local councils zealously enforced the Harsh Noise Abatement Act. The extortionate price of photographic medical journals and army surplus clothing made it impossible for those without rich parents to continue’.
‘At exactly the same time John Coltrane and Albert Ayler invented free jazz in the new country of America for a bet’.
‘Japanese acts such as Merzbow (“Shit House” in English), Gregory Gegge, Hijokaidan (roughly translates as “ear wax sound”) and Hannah Trash (actually a Frenchman named Claude) produced vast quantities of noise cassettes and also surprised Western listeners by releasing their work on compact disc before the medium had been invented’.
Like all good zines TT9 wears its editors style on its sleeve. Healthy doses of cynicism abound as does some of the best gig reviewing I’ve ever read including top jobs on this years Broken Flag bash, a Consumer Electronics gig in London, the We Can Elude Control show at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion [featuring Helm and Russell Haswell amongst others] plus a bizarre event suffered by the editor at the hands of Nuclear Medicine, a gig in which he was tied to a table in a room and left to his own devices for half an hour, this after having taken two tablets as prescribed. There’s interviews with Nocturnal Emissions, GX Jupitter-Larsen, the Libbe Matz Gang, someone called GRMMSK and an all too short review section.
TT9 does what all good zines should do; entertain and inform – to be honest I never knew dub noise existed before I picked this up but I do now and if I so choose I can pick from several examples of the genre all of which have been sat though and rated for my listening pleasure.
And its a proper paper zine, you can pick it up, read it, shove it in your pocket and when you’re done with it you can give it to someone else and help spread the word. Judging by the copies that were flying off the merch stall at ER there’s still plenty of life left in the noise zine yet. Lets hope that it doesn’t take another fifteen years for the next issue to come out.” – Idwal Fisher
This issue is available from:
Electric Knife Records (an actual shop, in London)
Hyster Tapes (Finland)
Tweetah #0 (2012 – sold out)
Things slated for the never-to-appear Woofah issue 5.
Turbulent Times #8 (circa 1999/2000)
This was never published, but some of the articles intended for it are online here.
Turbulent Times #7 (1997 – sold out)
“…an excellent little magazine, well designed and laid out… TT is a jolly good read – and excellent value.”
Phil Hine, Chaos International