Complete run of this small but influential zine dedicated to electronic and experimental music.
"The intent of SURFACE NOISE is to cover as wide a spectrum as possible [...] in particular import and independent releases. SURFACE NOISE intends to augment the growing alternative music field by giving a well-rounded view of the current scene and also neglected music of the past."
Started by student and burgeoning electronic musician John Loffink, SURFACE NOISE's early issues focused as much on prog rock (Genesis) and more mainstream electronic acts like Tangerine Dream as anything truly experimental. But by the third issue Loffink had better defined the project; the zine now contained the subtitle "New Music: Progressive, Experimental, Electronic, Avant Garde, Microtonal." And subsequent issues more heavily covered cassette and small label releases, as well as more obscure scenes such as the Czechoslovakian experimental music and Spanish prog rock. Artists featured over the seven-issue run include: Klaus Schulze, Sun Ra, Ken Moore, the Nightcrawlers, John Zorn, Maelstrom, Steve Tibbetts, Forrest Fang, Atem, Harry Partch, Steven Kellogg, and many others. Loffink ceased publication after issue seven to return to school. He continued in the scene, however, and several of his compositions have appeared on various compilations of experimental electronic music over the years. And while his claim that "[o]ur review column appreciates the complexity of today's new music by giving the most details reviews imaginable," may be something of a hyperbole, SURFACE NOISE was a significant and early venue for these more obscure genres; it remains an important resource. Scarce: OCLC locates just four holdings.
(Melbourne, FL): (John Loffink), 1980-1983. Seven volumes; 11'' x 8.5''. Original stapled pictorial wraps all. Various paginations; most 20 to 30 pages. Touches of wear here and there. Overall, bright and sound.
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