Paisley Babylon heads into some interesting territory in 2018. PB is in the planning stages of a new project that involves vinyl records, turntablism, mash-ups, performance art, and unusual sonic journeys with found sound.
Paisley Babylon experimented with this concept about seven years ago and even did a few Chicago-area live performances, but this time around the work is more focused and sonically adventurous. The original approach was a bit more DJ-oriented; for this project the emphasis is on taking a sonic journey through certain concepts, themes, leitmotifs, and associations.
The work is “big” enough to warrant a full manifesto and written artistic statement, and a series of performances is tentatively scheduled in 2018 as a means to explore this territory and its’ implications.
Whenever Paisley Babylon ventures into this territory, the name Christian Marclay always manages to come up and this time is not exception-his work is definitely a source of encouragement as is the pioneering sonic experimentation of Negativland, Throbbing Gristle, Chris and Cosey / Carter Tutti, Coil, John Cage, etc. Paisley Babylon views these pioneers as fellow travelers rather than artistic influences (though they are definitely that), and it’s hoped that PB will find some undiscovered country thanks to these fellow travelers clearing a path and making the first infamous journeys into these formerly uncharted territories.
In March of 2017, though it wasn’t clear yet WHAT was happening at the time, The Deadwax Project (billed under Paisley Babylon’s sole member’s name, Joe Wallace) was a signal of things to come in 2018. Submitted for your review, the Deadwax Project which was composed using ONLY manipulated recordings of all the silent passages from a U2 record, The Joshua Tree. It only gets weirder from here.
Things are afoot. Paisley Babylon opens a new chapter in 2018 with a strange new journey into found sound, field recordings, vinyl manipulation, live mashups, sonic experiments of all kinds. A manifesto and performance schedule are coming very soon. It will be an exciting new year!
Paisley Babylon has racked up some rather nice spots on a variety of compilation albums including the one seen above, Dark Waves: Dismal and Longingly, where PB’s Midnight Thunderstorm Sex appears.
You can also find Paisley Babylon’s unique brand of synth darkness on Dark Gothik Helloween, which featues the track Hypnotically Adrift.
Not sure how or why Paisley Babylon was selected to appear on Alternative Campus Vol. 3, but why the hell not? Even college students need to find the darkness sometimes, right?
Ditto for THIS one, but the kids DO love their Midnight Thunderstorm Sex, and there can be no complaints about the added attention, to be sure. Thanks to these compilation makers for adding PB to the mix.
Hotel Shower Time also got a bit of attention on this lovely comp. New wave is a favorite on the speakers round Paisley Babylon sonic HQ so it was very pleasing to find someone interested in adding us to a new wave comp. Wonderful!
The makers of the Dark Wave Of Sound compilation saw fit to include Paisley Babylon’s Midnight Thunderstorm Sex in its collection of dark and doomy tracks. That one keeps showing up on the comps, which leads one to believe that people love to invite Mother Nature to watch them getting it on. Which is fine and wonderful, but do take photos.
Hypnotically Adrift shows up again on not one, but TWO compilations! Halloween seems to be the month of choice for Paisley Babylon lovers, so it is very nice to see the interest in PB’s dark synth tracks extending to these two.
There are other comps, to be sure–Paisley Babylon debuted on the Uncle Buzz Records compilation, Acid Ranch 2000, which is sadly out of print. It would be REALLY NICE if this one became digitally available someday.
That image above is the cover for a new compilation of dark music that, as the name of the album implies, is perfect for late night driving. Paisley Babylon occasionally releases music via a German distributor called Feiyr, and this service now allows its artist to create compilations for release to Amazon, iTunes, etc. This is Paisley Babylon’s first foray into Feiyr’s world of compilation curation and it’s going to be quite exciting to see what happens here. Stay tuned for details, the album isn’t finished yet, but it’s well on the way!
The tracks on the compilation range from Dark Wave to Gothic Ethereal and other doomy electronica. There’s a great cross-section of moody sounds represented here…we’ll keep you posted once the compilation is available for sale.
Paisley Babylon returns to Capricon to perform in the Con lounge at 3:30 on Saturday Feb. 14 2015 in Wheeling Illinois at the Westin Chicago North Shore. The theremin insanity returns for a full set–are you ready? Last year’s set was full of nightmares, sexy hallucinations, and unusual sonic journeys through hyperspace. This year will be just as strange, surreal, and fun.