Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Making of THE RITA Thousands of Dead Gods CD Article at Anomaly Index

"Sam McKinlay likes sharks. He also likes ballet. And when Sam McKinlay — who is better known as the harsh noise artist The Rita — likes something, he gets deeply into it.

The Rita’s 2006 CD, Thousands of Dead Gods, is one of McKinlay’s most well-known records. And that’s for good reason. It combines recordings of actual cage dives, in which people submerge themselves underwater in a cage to get close to sharks, with McKinlay’s signature layers of harsh noise."

Read the rest of the article at https://anomalyindex.com

Saturday, March 21, 2020


The Rita live at Apartment 202, NYC, New York.
March 7th, 2020 (Black Leather Jesus, The Rita, Vomir & JSH Tour)
Video by Ominous Recordings

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

LAKE SHARK HN #12: BACILLUS / THE RITA - Collimators, The Ocean C30

LAKE SHARK HN #12: BACILLUS / THE RITA - Collimators, The Ocean

“Radiation induced ionizations also directly damage the cellular molecules and can indirectly produce free radicals, which are derived from the ionization of the water component of the cells, which then attach themselves to the mutated genes, damaging it and causing cell death."

“Genius and mediocrity alike are dumbfounded by the teeming diversity of the oceanic formations of Solaris; no man has ever become genuinely conversant with them.” 

“The nails, still surrounded by traces of clotted blood, had regrown.  There was a pink scar in the hollow of her palm, but even the scar was healing, disappearing in front of my eyes.” 

The legendary BACILLUS envelopes himself in the world of medical radiation with some of his most dense material yet. 
THE RITA observes the ocean of Solaris while processing pre-recorded deep ocean samples. 

All profits from the tape go towards Chrissy Harker’s fight with Stage 4 cancer.

Pro-tape C30, edition of 100, various colour tape shells, semi-gloss card cover in classic Slaughter / OEC style ziplock packaging.
$8 USD plus postage.
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Special thanks to duplication.ca for their support. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019


Newest arrivals available in LAKE SHARK HN's merchandise section:

BACILLUS / THE RITA - 'Collimators, The Ocean' C20
THE RITA - 'The Nylons of Laura Antonelli' reissue 4 x CD set
THE RITA - 'Costumes and Masks 1' CD THE RITA - 'Linked Arms and Touching Torsos' CD
THE RITA - 'Overdriven Makeup Worship: Women In Stage Makeup' Mini-CD
LINGUA IGNOTA / THE RITA - 'Commissioned' LP (2nd Pressing)
MLEHST / THE RITA - 'Fabric and Paint' pro-CDr

Email lakesharkhn[at]gmail[dot]com for availability.  More information on these releases and more found in the merchandise section of this Blogsite HERE


Last year I was asked by my friend and renowned writer / producer Kier-La Janisse to build a 10 minute harsh noise track based on my choice of 1960s American sexploitation for a series she was curating for Nicolas Winding Refn's byNWR website. I chose director Whit Boyd's SPIKED HEELS AND BLACK NYLONS from 1967.

The project expanded when Kier-La was talking to Nicolas about the project: "I had to pitch him not just on the content but the various contributors to, their history, approach etc. I told him about the various obsessions I’ve seen you go through over the years – the Creature, giallo, sharks, frogmen, etc - and how now you’re obsessed with ballet and ballerinas’ mangled feet. And he became kind of obsessed with you and your process. So he wants not only the sound piece you will make, he wants to know if we can make a video, documenting you making it, and also being interviewed about your various obsessions, fetishes etc."

The resulting piece on byNWR is the harsh noise track, writing by Kier-La and a 27 minute documentary that follows my processes of making the track while tracing my various influences and concepts that have built THE RITA. The documentary is filmed and directed by my award winning cinematographer brother Mike McKinlay and features brief appearances from Kelly Davis (dancer in THE RITA - Choreography to Cracked Linear Sound), Rhea Montpetit (source recording for the Spiked Heels harsh noise material) and Kristin Hayter / Lingua Ignota (source recording video she created in for the earlier THE RITA 'Toe Cleavage' box set).

The audio, writing and documentary are found at bynwr.com in the 'EXPRESSWAY' section. Be sure to look at the rest of Kier-La's recent extraordinary work on the site as well.

LAKE SHARK HN #11 - CRACK BYTCH - Chain Link Toe Holds, Live at Brickhaus May / 15

LAKE SHARK HN #11 - CRACK BYTCH - Chain Link Toe Holds, Live at Brickhaus May / 15 (C20)

Lake Shark Harsh Noise presents the pro duplicated and imprinted tape edition of Iona Hall’s noise project CRACK BYTCH.  Brilliant chapters of abrasive sound that cover a large landscape of technique and acute attention to detail.  Concentrated volume shifts that violently bring witness to each different line of developed sound still manage to relay a very personal feel to the recordings as Hall negotiates the various qualities of different sub-genres and how they effect each other when they’re chained together.  When I was asked to give an example of 90s harsh noise / power electronics which can be compared to the work, stylistically the TAINT cassette ‘Savage Weapons’ even comes to mind.  Like this example of chaptered 90s HN / PE, Hall also seamlessly constructs and deconstructs the rough audio segments, but with the varying textures, faraway storms, vocals and liberal use of tangible AM radio lines to build CRACK BYTCH’S own brand of harsh noise storytelling.
- Sam McKinlay

Crack Bytch is mystery music of the highest order, ritual apathy pulling life's confusion into a cohesive sound field. The touchstone is the 1980s experimental tape scene before it splintered into highly stylized camps that walled off additional influences from infecting the purity of the whole. Here everything is permitted, there is no adherence to a singular style but a multidimensional map of psychic geography tracked and condensed into sections of sound.
I was fortunate to be there at the Bytch's birth and also able to experience it progress from the pure physical frenzy and transgression of the early live sets to the more nuanced final studio recordings. Thankfully these recordings are now readily available and I heartily recommend this most human music made using the personal fragments of Crack Bytch reality. Simply put, this is some good shit.
- Rodger Stella

Pro-tape C20, edition of 100, semi-gloss card cover in classic Slaughter / OEC style ziplock packaging.
$8 USD plus postage.
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"Dresses" is a creative collaboration between artist's THE RITA (aka Sam McKinlay) and LLARK (Skylar Graham).
With the use of several of LLARK's original audio recordings, THE RITA remixed and crafted a solitary minimalistic piece using his signature 'wall noise' techniques.

From there, LLARK crafted a video composition, combining both her dance work and various imagery to go with the piece.

If you would like to hear more music by LLARK please visit http://www.soundcloud.com/llark

Follow LLARK on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/llark.music

- Skylar Graham
March 7, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


AS #16 Sam McKinlay 
‘THE RITA - Anatomical Charisma’ 
Introductory notes by Gabrielle Losoncy 
Stapled color art booklet, 48pp.
Available direct from:

Monday, December 03, 2018



Like the audio from what can only imagine to be from the trenches of war, ZK’s material entitled ‘Isilo’ acts as a barrage of weaponry and it’s vicious outcomes.  Like repeated stereo, foreground and background explosives that cause massive mounds of earth and material to fly in the air, fall and decay, Polish visual and abrasive sound artist Zuzanna Kuzmicka has, for her first label release, created a cacophony from a perfectly orchestrated battlefield.  My first listens to the ‘Isilo’ material left me spellbound over the achieved sound as Zuzanna’s sense of drama and timing that punches, cracks and connects from all layers may be one of the finest harsh noise releases ever recorded.  The following notes from Ted Byrnes and William Hutson only further the evidence:

“The ZK material strikes me as somewhat of an enigma. It also just plainly strikes me. It is glacial but agile, densely layered but completely articulate, feels visceral but also feels as though it has been created with electro-acoustic compositional precision.
She, as a person, seems to fall somewhat in line with that - not part of a scene, not trying to follow trends - just a person obsessed with certain qualities of sound and a desire to explore them. When Sam sent me a soundcloud link via email with text that only read "LISTEN TO THIS" I was of course intrigued. What could have him this excited? What could sound so new to warrant such excitement?
Needless to say, I clicked the link and heard Isilo 1, and heard aspects of sound I've never heard in a harsh noise context, alongside interesting and well-thought out compositional decisions. I listened to that track 4 times in a row, entirely for the pure joy of hearing it. It was that satisfying. Layers falling in and out from a staccato source that I still can't put my finger on. The piece almost has an acoustic feeling - as if she's molding each sound as it happens, with her own hands, like clay.
Isilo 2, almost in contrast, starts as a fast moving barrage of sound and static that makes me wish it was coming out of the biggest PA in the world. It settles in to deep, cragged canyons of static and activity that give a nod to harsh noise masters while remaining completely singular and, frankly, dark and deep. Like a deep sea avalanche where the sound of each individual scraping rock and crevice is amplified. Deep, dark, terrifying - alone in the abyss.
In short, I can't recommend this enough.”

- Ted Byrnes

“Noise artists are made in isolation. Most places in the world don’t have a local Noise scene. It’s the kind of music that only has enough listeners to even identify its fanbase and artists as a community if you take into account every listener and creator across the globe, each most likely alone in her own city. This condition predates the internet, by the way. By awhile. Before online fora and social media, Noise artists traded tapes and zines by mail, across continents. For these reasons—back in the days when we’d all buy new releases by circling titles on crumpled RRRecords order forms—we expected that the strongest, most surprising new tape could come from a previously unknown artist from some far-flung corner of the world.
The internet has made this exchange faster, but its nature is otherwise unchanged. Poland’s ZK is a revelation. She developed her unique voice without ever releasing a tape, or playing a live show. While the influence of more established artists is evident—particularly The Rita and early Hum of the Druid—ZK’s debut marries several styles and techniques into a particularly satisfying and consistent whole. Her sound is not a radical departure from much contemporary Noise, but rather a refinement, executed in a way that I’ve never heard done before, or at least never heard done so expertly. On its surface, “Isilo” has the crumbling, stuttering texture fetishized by the most detail-oriented HNW enthusiasts, but underneath is a gestural quality, active and dynamic. The impression I get is not one of stillness, but rather turbulence, constant change and movement, all pushed into such an overwhelming roar that distinct events become imperceptible. It’s only a slight reinterpretation of established forms, but a welcome one. Perhaps something like this had to come from an unknown artist, someone who absorbed Noise from a distance, heard what was missing, and figured out how to fill a stylistic absence we didn’t even know was there.”

- William Hutson

Pro-tape C20, edition of 100, semi-gloss card cover featuring artwork by ZK in classic Slaughter / OEC style ziplock packaging.  THIS MATERIAL IS MEANT TO BE PLAYED AT A VERY HIGH VOLUME.
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For an Isilo preview excerpt go to: https://soundcloud.com/zksixsixsix/isilo

Monday, November 26, 2018


"The Rita
with Tommy Carlsson (0:00 - 2:59)
with ZK (2:59 - 3:42) 
live at Ausland Berlin 13 nov 2018
recorded by Roy Carroll 
audio edit & treatment by dp
photo by Viviana Druga

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The Rita with Tommy Carlsson & ZK 181113 by atra (atonal_z├╝rich) is licensed under a  Creative Commons License."

"On 17/11/2018 I had the honor of hosting a little harsh noise lesson/workshop/guided listening session with a couple of my favorite musicians of the genre (and perhaps some of my favorite musicians period): Romain Perrot (Vomir, Trou Aux Rats, etc) and Sam McKinlay (The Rita, Bt.Hn etc) in a seedy basement of Macao, a beautiful squat in Milano. It was a very unusual way to open up for a heavy night of noise and power electronics (i performed with Vomir and Sam played as The Rita, other acts were Rusalka and Mk9 - so a pretty fucking awesome line-up). I brought a little part of my private collection and tried to introduce my favorite kind of music to the very interested audience as best as I could. Sam and Romain were great and right on point with their remarks. I hope you'll enjoy it."

- Nicola Vinciguerra

Tracks played:
Walter Marchetti - "Osmanthus Fragrans"
Mauthausen Orchestra - "Anal Perversions"
Pain Jerk - "Gadget Bondage"
Hanatarash - "Total Retardation Side A"
The Haters - "Death Defying Sickness"