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                             Berlin, Germany. last (site) update: 2020-05-24 14:00
              

 
   
 

in memoriam: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge "...Truth and hope have no boundaries, no set style, they are implicit most clearly in the way you choose to live ..." (note taken from 'TG CD1', Mute, 1986)
'Non Toxique Lost':
Berlin, 2015 Vienna, 2018 images copyright ADSX aka Andre Fischer / W. Nowak ('stills.eraserhead.at'). live in action: Jammin' Unit (left) + Sea Wanton (right)

"...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

although we prefer to publish our albums as 'digital download / stream' (= net-releases), some are 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 . and you can listen to our muzak at . some clips are waiting at .
current:

--- the 'S.O.T.A.' album is now available at 'Klanggalerie' (cd / digipak, id: gg323) , and .at (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)

--- Face The Beat: Session 5 (a compilation by 'Side-Line'): song no. 58 is by 'Non Toxique Lost', and is called 'obsolet'. give it a try!

--- 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)

--- in 2020, it's also planned to publish a 336 page book (about cassette culture in the '80s) by Jerry Kranitz titled
'Cassette Culture: Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet Age'
at 'VOD / 'Vinyl On Demand' and there will be an additional 2cd (which will contain the 'Non Toxique Lost' song 'statements' - from 1982 !)

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).

recommended:

the 'concrete shelves' blog by Matteo Uggeri (he's also in 'Sparkle Of Grey'). here, Sea Wanton tells and explains ...

/bin/med/usa, (album originally released as a cd by 'Dossier', review by Alan Milne, from 'Heathen Harvest', 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 Motorhead or 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 DAF, Seilwolf, 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."

'sam 41643' (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!


ogre-sse originally released on vinyl by 'Vinyl-On Demand'

'Guess that NTL was the first (and only) band I played with , that 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 Achim Wollscheid (2003), image courtesy of 'alternation.pl', live at the 'Wroclaw Industrial Festival IX', (Wroclaw, Poland), 2010-11-13 20:30

"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)

"first 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" ..."

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