'UNUNE' : Both male & female,little known derivative of 'untune',as in 'incapable of causing harmonious effect' etc etc ...
Unune is a household name in the Industrial world? Is it not? No? This is a shit answer, because this music/non-music is some of the best real estate in this much abused brown field site. It relies on power, not by beaming unlistenable noise in your direction for too long, but by hanging the noise in space, allowing it to breathe. Doesn’t try to shock for the sake of SHOCK value, inhabiting the much neglected no-mans land of hopelessness and mental illness,ness. A kind of early SPK without the please notice me angle.A slow tumbling noise, like a relentless mudslide of reality, a sodden slagheap crumbling towards a school,a sound-scrape of a disenfranchised population trapped in a derelict sink estate. Its that good?
S.K.U.M is a collection of the first ten years of Stephen Surreal's long career of sonic abuse,from 1976 to 1986. And he's still doing it today! (check out “Despondence”, on Year Zero Records).
I'll let Mr Surreal give you the backdrop to the SKUM story in his own poetic words:
"'S.K.U.M' came about around 1979,I indicate that,as although only 15,I found it enjoyable standing on a stage making strange noises & screaming at people (nobody else had even dared do anything akin in the far reaches of the Scottish West Highlands,to the extent - at the age 16,visiting,then living in Oban,the overbearing mainly catholic & still prominent God squad would 'show the sign of the cross' then take a detour to avoid me in the street) - highly amusing.
Built my first 'synthesizer' aged 12,using an early electronics kit & things scavenged from the local dump,slowly starting making things like distortion boxes from old valve amps,microphones from inverted speakers & possibly the only thing I still have 'pride' for - getting hold of 4 recordable 8 track cartridge players,inserting a single loop into each cartridge,recording sound and using all the track buttons as a rather difficult keyboard.
So - around '78 I had started using 2 old stereo cassette recorders in the Cabs fashion to 'create' albeit badly sounding multi layered tracks - there were no 'official' releases - just given to friends etc,until moving back down to England in '87 - although that's when the reversion to my 'agony for pleasure' thing,that I'd tagged my little releases with previously, became the name,due to finding the albeit brief 'skum genre' had similar attributes to what I was doing.
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Comments by UNUNE DERGRUND
@amomus: Thanks indeed - for some reason,I'd been thinking about the Alternative TV session at Industrial studios & so ... :)
@paul_cristina: It's actually an entire Gory Coleman song - didn't think anyone would notice...
@amomus: Thankee !
@amomus: :) Spot on & well put - a good friend said my 'emptying darkness into music' would more likely be remembered as an infamous attempt at sending people nuts - growth & development in all areas has to be considered,rather than stagnation :)
@unune: Over the lasts few months,have been working in as many directions as possible : sometimes the dark & traumatic appears - but overall I think there's a lighter side, strangely through life trauma & the comments & thoughts of a few people in 'real life' :)
@amomus: Thanks - hard to complete, forcing layers of alternate sounds into (hopefully) a cohesive sound :)
@amomus: Thanks - Sequential & auspicous,within the context of light & dark perhaps ?!
@pavel-ondracka: Many thanks ...
@jyoti-aurora: Thanks Jyoti :) little bit of life story when the squatting laws changed in '94 - easiest way to write a book ! ( did a version with the prop[er lyrics - although the whole things based on a demo version with John Cale singing)