Saturday, October 12, 2019

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.
https://ca.gofundme.com/f/smmmx-chrissy-harker039s-colorectal-and-liver-cancer-fund

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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
THE RITA / PHILOSOPHERS IN DARKNESS - 'Gracilis' 7"
LINGUA IGNOTA / THE RITA - 'Commissioned' LP (2nd Pressing)
MLEHST / THE RITA - 'Fabric and Paint' pro-CDr

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ON BYNWR.COM - TIGHTS WORSHIP: THE PROCESSES OF THE RITA



ON BYNWR.COM - TIGHTS WORSHIP: THE PROCESSES OF THE RITA. SOUND: THE RITA | VIDEO: MIKE MCKINLAY | TEXT: KIER-LA JANISSE.
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

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LLARK / THE RITA: "DRESSES"



"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

THE RITA: ANATOMICAL CHARISMA Amphetamine Sulphate Book

AS #16 Sam McKinlay 
‘THE RITA - Anatomical Charisma’ 
Introductory notes by Gabrielle Losoncy 
Stapled color art booklet, 48pp.
Available direct from:
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Monday, December 03, 2018

LAKE SHARK HN #10 - ZK - ISILO


LAKE SHARK HN #10 - ZK - ISILO (C20)

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

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For an Isilo preview excerpt go to: https://soundcloud.com/zksixsixsix/isilo

Monday, November 26, 2018

THE RITA LIVE IN BERLIN, ARTIST TALK IN MILAN

"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

HNWballetfetishharsh noiseVancouverCanada
The Rita with Tommy Carlsson & ZK 181113 by atra (atonal_zürich) 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"

https://soundcloud.com/nicola-vinciguerra-1/harsh-noise-workshop-with-me-romain-perrot-and-sam-mckinlay

Thursday, August 30, 2018

THE RITA - Montreal Live Recordings

THE RITA live recordings from the March 2018 live shows in Montreal, QC.

1.  2018-03-17 - La Plante 18:58
2.  2018-03-18 - Brasserie Beaubien 13:12

Show recordings, imagery and extensive notes available from Absurd Exposition:
https://absurdexposition.bandcamp.com/album/montreal-2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

THE RITA - Letestu 7"

THE RITA - Letestu (Disclosures 7")
It’s no secret that the classical and the neoclassical ballet has a been a primary proponent in my artistic and physical output over the last 4 years (and for probably the rest of my media arts career), and as the major projects have been developed and taken shape, I think often about the initial classical ballet performances that began to shape the various interests.  The memories always circle back to the Paris Opera Ballet and danseuse étoile Agnès Letestu.  The first classical DVD I bought was the Paris Opera Ballet’s production of LA BAYADERE and immediately noticed Agnès Letestu as one of the three shades, thus making my second purchase the 2005 Paris Opera Ballet production of Swan Lake which features Agnès Letestu as Odette / Odile.  Amongst everything else in the performance, Letestu’s potrayal of Odile consciously cemented my interest in the ballerina as a whole; the makeup, facial features, gestures, costume, form and Agnès Letestu’s incomparable angular posture.  As the magazine, DVD, VHS, and Blu-ray collection grew exponentially, I was able to see even more of Letestu’s profound abilities for pantomime and drama, most notably in the Paris Opera Ballet’s 2003 production of LA PAQUITA.  Eventually, the apex representation for me as a fan of Agnès Letestu has easily been her role as the Siren / La Courtisane in Balanchine’s LE FILS PRODIGUE.  Strangely enough, I first saw her in the stunning costume during one of the documentaries about her as she was fitted with the arm bands in her dressing room.  Finally finding and seeing online the Paris Opera Ballet’s 2001 production of LE FILS PRODIGUE was absolutely awe inspiring and a massive cumulative experience as again, the Georges Rouault ‘designed’ costume with Letestu’s uncanny stage abilities further cemented my thought that Agnès Letestu may be the absolute stage representation of woman.  In other words, divine and a living, moving goddess.  Over the years THE RITA has revolved many works around European genre film and pre-code vamp / flapper actresses, and the continuing life dedicated to the classical ballet has informed fascinations with other ballerinas such as Ludmila Semenyaka, Natalia Bessmertnova, Tatiana Terekhova, Marianela Nunez, Claire Marie Osta, Natalia Osipova, Maya Plisetskaya, Svetlana Berisosova, Ariana Lallone, Olesia Novikova and Alina Cojocaru, but again, for me Agnès Letestu is always the apex representation of the female performer.
The Letestu 7” on Disclosures has been one of the most difficult releases I have had the opportunity to work on as my audio and aesthetic tribute to Agnès Letestu had to be all encompassing and representative for me.  The various processed sound samples from rare imported documentaries layered with further mic’d pointe shoe sounds from Arlo Doyle, the 7” format (which is always my absolute favourite) and the imagery all had to be seamless.
The only thing I could imagine being more difficult is meeting Agnès Letestu one day and nervously expressing to her that all my primary fascinations with the aesthetic and movements of the ballet have been shaped by her.
- Sam McKinlay

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THE RITA - CHOREOGRAPHY TO CRACKED LINEAR TEXTURAL SOUND


THE RITA - CHOREOGRAPHY TO CRACKED LINEAR TEXTURAL SOUND from Mike McKinlay on Vimeo.

ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL AND NEOCLASSICAL BALLET USED TO CHOREOGRAPH A DANCER'S MOVEMENTS TO JAGGED LINES OF SOUND.

CREDITS -

DANCER: KELLY DAVIS
CHOREOGRAPHY: SAM McKINLAY
ELECTRONICS: SAM McKINLAY
SOURCE SOUNDS: OLIVIA BURR, KRISTIN HAYTER
COSTUME AND MAKEUP DESIGN: SAM McKINLAY
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: MIKE McKINLAY

REFERENCES -

GESTURE AND PANTOMIME:

GISELLE, ACTE I, SCENE D’AMOUR
RAYMONDA, ACTE III, VARIATION DE RAYMONDA

COSTUME:

MARTHA GRAHAM - HERETIC
CARMEN SUITE - TOBACCO GIRLS

MAKEUP:

CARMEN SUITE - FATE
PETRUSHKA - THE BALLERINA

FILMED AT STUDIO31, VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

THE RITA at The Polygon Gallery, July 27, North Vancouver

HAPPENING JULY 27, 2018 AT 7:00 PM  TO  10:00 PM
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC WITH BC HYDRA, MOURNING COUP AND THE RITA
JULY 27, 2018 AT 7:00 PM

Related exhibition:
SUSAN HILLER: ALTERED STATES

#SUSANHILLER #ALTEREDSTATES #THEPOLYGON
On Friday, July 27, join us for an evening of transforming and transporting musical energy, inspired by Susan Hiller: Altered States and programmed by Vancouver-based artist and musician Brady Cranfield. Enjoy performances featuring the bracing noise of The Rita, the dark pop of Mourning Coup, and the musical psychotropia of the BC Hydra DJ crew. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening.

Brady Cranfield is a sound and visual artist, musician, and writer. He has a MA in Communications and a MFA from SFU. His work has been exhibited and performed across Canada.

Various obsessions have guided Sam McKinlay’s abrasive sound project entitled THE RITA into different paths of rough and textural constructions of audio since 1996.  From genre cinema sound sources, to mic’d cage diving with great white sharks, to mic’d women's makeup application and movement in nylon stockings; the various deconstructed elements of the live and pre-recorded sources lead to a heavily directed and immersive listening experience.  Over the last four years, physical elements of the classical and neoclassical ballet have acted as a culmination of driven interests for McKinlay’s THE RITA.

Mourning Coup is a classic rock tribute band commonly mistaken for experimental pop. Spear-headed by Chandra Melting Tallow, Blackfoot visual artist and producer, mastering the art of psychic defence as song writing. In 2015 Mourning Coup their debut LP "Baby Blue" on No Sun Recordings. Rapture of Roses, a cross disciplinary project integrating performance, visuals and music, premiered at Unsettled for Vancouver Queer Arts Fest 2017.

Cash bar available.