Berlin, Germany. last (site) update: 2020-09-25 12:00
"...In July 1917, another poison, mustard gas was introduced. It was developed from a substance, dichlorodiethylsulphide, code-named LOST, which is an acronym of it's German inventors, Lommel and Steinkopf..." CH2-CH2-Cl / SCl2 + 2H2C = CH2 -----> S \ CH2-CH2-Cl
'Non Toxique Lost':
images copyright ADSX aka Andre Fischer
/ W. Nowak ('stills.eraserhead.at').
live in action: Jammin' Unit (left) + Sea Wanton
(right)and you can listen to the music at .
some video-clips are waiting at
selected (audio) albums were archived on a physical medium,
for example on 'compact-cassette', 'cd', 'cd-r', 'card-sized usb
flash memory (business-card)','vhs-cassette',or 'vinyl'. fanatical collectors should try their
luck at .
---I recently met Dieter Mouson (from 'Occupied Head')
and we decided to do something musical together. we will see in which direction the train will go ...
--- the 'S.O.T.A.' album
is now available
(cd / digipak, id: gg323),
(digital download / stream).
"...In 2018 Non Toxique Lost played a show as the duo of
Sea Wanton and Jammin' Unit
at our label's 25 year anniversary called 'Klang 25' alongside
Renaldo & The Loaf, Zea, John Avery, Ron Wright,
Rapoon, Simon Crab,Zahgurim,
Tabor Radosti, Thighpaulsandra
and Eric Random. NTL played the second night after
Rapoon. Their set was surprisingly dancey
(danceable?, note by Sea Wanton),
and was nearly completely filmed. Unfortunately, no audio recording was made, so the band
decided to play the same set again a few days later in their studio.
Limited edtion of 100 numbered copies only..."
(liner notes by W. Robotka, Klanggalerie, Vienna, 2020)
--- Erik Mälzner aka 'N.N.' (from 'No Edition')
and Sea Wanton realized the album 'Doppelspitze'
you can listen to eight songs at
"when we (that means, Erik Mälzner aka 'N.N.' and me, named 'Sea
Wanton') got in contact last year (in 2019), none of us knew what to
expect from such a collaboration. everything could be possible, but
you couldn't be sure of a successful result. well, in my opinion the
whole thing developed to a real adventurous search, looking to combine
those 'serious' moods with more rhythmic, dancable moments. we played
some synthesizers, laptops, guitars, etc, transferred the files from a
German town to another by using the web, discussed and objected, and
finally took them into the favourites. all lyrics are by Erik M. hope
you like this strange and crazy stuff !!" (liner notes by 'Sea Wanton',
on behalf of 'Non Toxique Lost', Berlin, 20200405)
--- the book from Jerry Kranitz named
'Cassette Culture: Homemade
Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet Age'
is now for sale.
you can buy it
at 'VOD / 'Vinyl On Demand'
it contains two additional CDs
(the 'Non Toxique Lost' song called 'statements'
is from 1982, placed on CD2, track# 8).
and this image of 'Sea Wanton' was done in 1984 (at the 'Geminox'
festival, Frankfurt, 1984, image courtesy of 'cherrypop')
and this one was done by
Jammin' Unit in 2015:(left)
Jammin' Unit & (right) Sea Wanton.
image courtesy of Frank Maier (VOD / VINYL ON DEMAND, september 2020).
work in progress:
there's an album in preparation, which will be called 'la
dernière section d'une longue chanson' (which translates to:
'the last part of a long song'). you will hear a lot of variations of
the same song, which had been originally released under the name 'untergang'.
that song appeared as last part of the 'Berlin Atonal2016'
album for the first time , and was also played live at the 'Klang25'
festival in Vienna (2018). and we're working hard on the 'die
den woken beigemischt sind' album
to push it into this crazy world in the end of this disgusting year !
stay tuned ...
(album originally released as a cd by 'Dossier', review by
Milne, source: 'HeathenHarvest', 2007)
"Now I have a confession to make here. Quiet at the back whilst I’m rambling.
I have a deep respect for all things German. Love their cars. Love their food.
Even some aspects of their dubious politics through the ages hits a chord with me.
Which kind of includes their uniforms and medals and all the military memorabilia
in those conflicts which we are not supposed to mention for fear of being labelled
a certain type of person. If you know what I mean. See Lemmy out of
Ron Ashton of The Stooges as examples. The country is fantastic to drive through and
their Frauen divine examples of Germanic beauty. This is by the by though. I’ve held
a secret fascination with German music ever since I first heard Amon Düül II and their
mighty ‘Yeti’ release way back in 1970. I followed that up with a serious love affair with
Der Plan and DAF ('Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft') and all their ilk in the proceeding years. By fuck that was good times
for German music. Then I got into all the EBM and heavy Industrial stuff, far too many groups
to mention here, and I still find myself drawn to anything remotely connected to the
German music scene even today. A special mention must go to Einstürzende Neubauten who
are still going strong. Resilient fuckers old Blixa Bargeld and co. Which ties in nicely with this
review for the latest 'Non Toxique Lost' release ‘/bin/med/usa' which I’ve had spinning away
for the last few days…not the act hardly known but by only a select few, including me who
adored them, Last Few Days who were something else in every respect…and golly gee whiz
if this isn’t a fucking ace release that, at the very least, demands you should hear it
at least once in your lifetime. You know that feeling you get when you hear a piece of
music for the first time and you get this strange sensation going up and down your spine?
Well ‘/bin/med/usa’ did that for me. The funny thing is that in reality the recording
isn’t original in any shape or form…but it has that ‘certain something’ that just can’t
be described to it that makes you go kind of ‘wow’ when you hear it. Or that could just
be me because I’m wired up and weird that way occasionally. 'Non ToxiqueLost' have been
around the block for ages now. Part of the early 80’s German Industrial counter culture
they have ploughed many a field in different musical genres over the years. Flitting
seamlessly between whatever takes their fancy at the time. You just never know what to
expect from these guys. They take their music from many influences and mould it into
their own sound which they are currently experimenting with at the time. This approach
to their music is shown to great effect in ‘/bin/med/usa’ where dance meets rock…and takes
in experimental and other musical styles at a whim. There are traces of
Einstürzende Neubauten…even Die Krupps…to be found lurking within these 16 tracks that
twist and turn with an assured Nonchalance that can only be admired. Take the first
track 'adresse:boese' for instance that starts with some static and German vocals before
descending into a turbo charged electro techno light nightmare of beats and screamed
vocals. Or how about the DAF (ish) ‘die schneekoenigin’ resplendent with a thumping drum beat. If that doesn’t seem your thing then maybe ‘buchenwald’ and ‘opium 2’ with their sludge
rocking style would be to your liking. Looking for a sexy laid back groove…then seek out ‘Wendy’ for your kicks. So many highlights in a quite superb and highly engrossing
recording all given that added sparkle by the German, and some English, vocals which are
screamed, barked, mutilated or crooned. They rage. They rant at fuck knows what. They seduce.
They fuck you over, in a nice way, like porn studs on ten tablets of high dose viagra.
They are 'Non Toxique Lost'… and don’t you ever fucking forget it. 'Vorsprung durch Technik' (translates to: 'advance by technology', note by Sea Wanton).
Sea Wanton (vocals, effects), C. Reichelt (electronics, drum machines, effects) and
A. Türpitz (electronics, drum machines, effects, guitar) are the guys to thank for this
impeccable recording. Buy it. Play it. Embrace it. Love it. Then send me an e.mail
of thanks for leading you directly to this fabulous release. It’s the least you can do."
(from 'Träneninvasion'), visuals by T.Poem
G. W. F. Hegel:
The origin of this odd saying, whose
currency is largely due to Hegel and
Marx, takes a little
explaining. Its original form is 'Hic Rhodus, hic saltus'
('Rhodes is here, here is the place for your jump'), a
traditional Latin translation [see, e.g., Erasmus, Adagia
3. 3. 28] of a punchline from Aesop. In the fable 'The
Braggart' an athlete boasts that he once performed a
stupendous jump in Rhodes, and can produce witnesses: the
punchline is the comment of a bystander, who means that
there is no need of witnesses, since the athlete can
demonstrate the jump here and now. The epigram is given by
Hegel, rather out of the blue, first in Greek, then in
Latin (in the form 'Hic Rhodus, hic saltus'), in the
Preface to his Philosophy of Right. [Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts
[Sämtliche Werke, ed. Hermann Glockner, vol. 7]
(Stuttgart, 1928), p. 35.] He does not explain what the
proverb meant in its original context (without which it
can hardly be understood); indeed a comment he makes about
jumping over Rhodes suggests that he may not have fully
understood it himself. At any rate, he then offers an
adapted German version with a different meaning, 'Hier ist
die Rose, hier tanze' ('Here is the rose, dance here', an
allusion to the rose in the cross of rosicrucianism,
implying that fulfilment should not be postponed to some
Utopian future), punning first on the Greek (Rhodos =
Rhodes, rhodon = rose), then on the Latin (saltus = jump
[noun], salta = dance [imperative]). Marx adopts the
saying in the Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte [Karl
Marx, Friedrich Engels, Werke (Berlin, 1956-83), vol. 8,
p. 118.], where he first gives the Latin, in the form 'Hic
Rhodus, hic salta!', a garbled mixture of Hegel's two
versions, and then immediately adds 'Hier ist die Rose,
hier tanze!', as if it were a translation, which it cannot
be, since Greek Rhodos (despite what all the standard
commentators say to the contrary), let alone Latin Rhodus,
does not mean 'rose'. The confusion, both deliberate and
inadvertent, does no credit to either Hegel or Marx as
classical scholars, and the epigram loses much of its
original power - as well as its original meaning - in
their hands. They were evidently intent on turning it to
other purposes, but it seems doubtful whether their
attempts to improve on Aesop have been of much use to
their readers. Special thanks to Terrell Carver for
assistance with this account.
(taken from: http://berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk/lists/quotations/quotations_by_ib.html)
A mother speaks out about noise music "Noise
Music" is an awful form of music that is more unpleasant and
psychologically destructive than the worst forms of Heavy Metal, Rap,
and Punk Rock. It has no musical structure and spreads a gospel of
desensitization, anger, degredation and harm. It is growing in
popularity and is a threat to families and children that can't be
ignored. The main problem with "Noise Music" is that it represents a
complete acceptance of a "human order," and a complete rejection of
the civilized world, which is built upon the natural order--Gods
Order. We were given harmony and melody to sing joyous songs, not to
wallow in depraved human misery and pain. Art and music was given to
us to bring joy, happiness and lift the spirit, it is the sound of our
soul. Children always want to rebel against what ever their parents
don't like, this is a natural phase of growing up- people need to walk
with their own feet. But this is something else--a systematic
distorition away from everything that is good and towards our
destruction as a people. Noise Music is unnatural. It is natural for
animals to communicate with sound but to flee harsh sounds and
sensations; it is also natural for animals to follow patterns from
previous generations in their communication. An animal that does not
protect itself against painful stimulus, and does not behave like the
the others in its flock is a sick animal--possibly suffering
neurological damage or post-traumatic stress dissociation."Noise
Music" is a contradiction in terms--since Noise is not Music, and
Music is not Noise, by definition!
'Guess that NTL was the first (and only) band I played with
didn't require identification of sorts - neither with a name, nor a
principle, nor a style. What probably united those associated with
that name was a shared unease within a cultural rule, that after
the political ossification of the 70s began to spread throughout art
and music - the need to even design protest or subversion. A reaction
to this was NTL's 'non'- style - no rock, no punk, no experiments, no
recycling and no improvisation...- or bits of each, condensed in a
thick amalgam, if needed. Though most of NTL's pieces didn't entirely
cross the borders of the 'song-principle', the virus of disintegration
was pretty much alive. Within, and sometimes even without...'
liner notes by
Wollscheid (2003), image courtesy of 'alternation.pl',
live at the 'Wroclaw Industrial Festival IX', (Wroclaw, Poland),
"In few words, what was (if there was one) the political / social
"message" of NTL during the early days? What it is now ?"
(question by Eric Duboys, answered by Sea
Wanton, 2011, in preparation for the 'INDUSTRIAL MUSICS
Volume 2' book)
approach: In the end of '82, in the course of a radio-show we are
asked: "What do you really want ?". But we could / cannot give a
(simple/distinct) answer. If we should know it, we could stop
searching. second approach: The (still perceivable) world is a
complex mixture of many systems. They cooperate, come into conflict
with others, overlap, are deleted and re-established again, from time
to time. People have constituted their economic, social, cultural
politicals systems to ease their existence/subsistence. Historical
rules can't be noticed, a class of people, which should plan something
revolutionary, seems to be a peril for those like us. Dominance of
people over people, but also over the other objects of our world, and,
informations are not excluded, is a principle of structure, which is
used in almost each "modern" society as a highly effective tool. A
permament memory for this fact,the permanet criticism at the "ruling
situations", to swap into really different systems makes it possible
for a personal structure to survive in the rooms of dominance, which
had been constructed by so called "majorities". There resistant
behaviour might follow, but also allows an adaptive one, to supply
more social-partners with this possibility of this kind of approach.
First established in the cultural area, this vision is able to develop
as an "subcultural" hold point, can agree to the newest "style", can
negate it. Call of programmes, now sound-events, their configuration,
new order. Reorganisation until dis-identification, alientation. But
must stand the accusation: "What do you really want?" But isn't
ashamed of not giving a distinct answer - is more ashamed, if
nationalism, racism, capitalism turn somersaults in the heads of our
fellow men. If a movement (to name only one: "Punk") is lead to the
feeding bowl of the "Rock-music" and music again becomes something,
which the brutal rulers of the occident have already once celebrated
with a merciless cynism: As the music to salute the maltreated,
grated, suppressed. To perceive - to bear - to hold it out - he who
doesn't close his eyes may turn. The world isn't yet in (best) order.
Solution: he who will not turn - will not change anything ! After
Auschwitz there's still a place like Guantanamo. And there other games
played than "Blackjack" ..."