When I listened to industrial music back in the '90's, there were lots of guitars, movie samples, and drum machines. Lately, I've been wanting to come back to industrial music, but without the rock and roll elements-- by using actual machine, phonographic, radio and similar sounds recorded in an urban or industrial setting. If anything, it's an outgrowth of, say, Neubauten or Test Department, but is more atmospheric than aggro-- a music that uses field sounds to connote the artificial brutality of modern cities:
A 190 minute dark soundscape album recorded by 25 ambient artists to pay tribute to H.P. Lovecraft.
Field recordings from the deepest dark corners of 4 continents. Dusty tapes out of forgotten archives. Strings through crackling amplifiers and distorted drone combine into a sea of pitch black.
Nyarlathotep is a manipulative being in the Lovecraftian Mythos. Unlike Cthulhu, or Azathoth, he delights in cruelty and deception. Causing madness is more important than destruction to him.
Smell the burning embers as you kneel outside the sunken temple before Nyarlathotep. Feel the raspy touch of the faceless pharaoh as he leads you to the ancient Pyramid. Hear his inhuman summoning call to gods beyond reality.
So is this a compilation?
No, this is a collaboration and huge undertaking. 25 artists linked studios and sound for over a year so that they could work with each other. This led to deeper exploration of the Mythos and Nyarlathotep.
Industrial music has changed since its inception, and a new variety has emerged that uses sounds from urban centers as its aesthetic in fresh, sophisticated ways, often without loud guitars or drum machines. Many of these pieces use actual recordings harvested in cities.