Published on occasion of the release of the Nekrophile Rekords 10-LP box
set by Vinyl on Demand Records, this book documents the activities of the
Viennese cassette label Nekrophile Rekords run by electroacoustic musician
Michael Dewitt from 1983 to 1990. With releases of Dewitt’s own music projects Zero
Kama and Korpses Katatonik, the first ever published album by Coil, as well as
recordings by Genesis P-Orridge, Ain Soph and LAShTAL, Nekrophile Rekords
played a pioneering role in the development of the musical genre ritual
Besides a preface by Nicolas Ballet, the book contains
the text of the lecture ‘Zero Kama, Nekrophile Rekords and the Occult Underground
of the Post-Industrial Era’ held at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2015, an
interview on Zero Kama’s album The Secret
Eye of L.A.Y.L.A.H.
, and ‘Love from a Secret Domain’, a previously
unpublished essay on the collaboration of Nekrophile Rekords with John Balance.
Documents, promo and news sheets released by Nekrophile Rekords provide insight
into the intellectual background of the label and its subversive and occult
philosophy, while articles, reviews and play lists shed light on its contemporary
reception. Photos of the two only live performances of Zero Kama in Amsterdam
and Arnhem (NL), as well as a series of action photos by Heinz Cibulka documenting
Michael Dewitt’s participation in the 3-Days-Play of Hermann Nitsch’s Orgien-Mysterien Theater
show the artist’s excursions to the field of performance art.
In addition to
facsimiles of letters from Nekrophile Rekords to Graf Haufen, the volume furthermore
contains the entirety of John Balance's letters to Michael Dewitt, as well as
letters from Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV), Cosey Fanny Tutti (Chris and
Cosey), Graeme Revell (SPK), David Tibet (Current 93), Steve Stapleton (Nurse
with Wound), Masami Akita (Merzbow), Laibach, and many more), providing a
comprehensive look at the correspondence of the cassette label that has enjoyed
an undisputed cult status in the electronic music underground since its
existence in the 1980s.
NEKROPHILE REKORDS (1983-1990)
Texts. Documents. Materials.
ISBN 3-901134-25-8, 232 pages, 29,7 x 22 cm, full
Date of publication: December 2021
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