Escape from Noise

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All Music Guide - Sean Carruthers
While the sound collage of Negativland's first three studio albums pointed toward the band's ultimate direction, they were really rough sketches compared to Escape from Noise. Escape is a full-on audio assault, more musical than ever, but with tight and well-constructed sound sections thrown in. Instead of simply a collection of sounds and snippets, however, each cut on Escape from Noise picks a target and takes aim. "Quiet Please" takes on market research in the world of radio. "Michael Jackson" is a laundry list of pop stars being charged with creating commercial pop. "Sycamore" turns happy, shiny, new pre-planned communities into something far more sinister. Although...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Carruthers
While the sound collage of Negativland's first three studio albums pointed toward the band's ultimate direction, they were really rough sketches compared to Escape from Noise. Escape is a full-on audio assault, more musical than ever, but with tight and well-constructed sound sections thrown in. Instead of simply a collection of sounds and snippets, however, each cut on Escape from Noise picks a target and takes aim. "Quiet Please" takes on market research in the world of radio. "Michael Jackson" is a laundry list of pop stars being charged with creating commercial pop. "Sycamore" turns happy, shiny, new pre-planned communities into something far more sinister. Although some other tracks "Yellow, Black and Rectangular," "Car Bomb" don't really take on particular targets, they're fun nonetheless. Probably the most accomplished piece is the strangely creepy "Time Zones," which talks about how many time zones there are in the Soviet Union there are 11, by the way, and it's not even funny. Although it wasn't apparent at the time, the centerpiece of the album would be "Christianity Is Stupid," a prime example of how sound bytes can be rearranged to say whatever you want them to say. The full sound bytes appear on the album Helter Stupid, the first half of which was inspired by a media frenzy after the band suggested that a murder may be attributable to "Christianity Is Stupid" as an excuse to get out of having to tour in the wake of this album, which turned out to be a much bigger success than anyone expected. Scattered throughout the album are unexpected guest appearances from some of the biggest names in underground music, including Jello Biafra on "toilet flushing," the Residents on "hoots and clanging," and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart on mouth sounds and "processed animals." In addition to better-constructed material, the production quality on Escape from Noise is also top-notch, making it a joy to listen to. Although future works would prove more controversial, this is probably Negativland's masterwork.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1999
  • Label: Seeland Records
  • UPC: 753762000626
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 133,291

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Negativland Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion
Jello Biafra Noise
Jerry Garcia Chimes, Voices
Henry Kaiser Guitar
Mark Mothersbaugh Bass, Saxophone, Noise
Steve Fisk Voices, Optigan
Das Voices
Ian Allen Bells, Noise
Diana Emerson Vocals
Fred Frith Violin, Drums
Tera Freedman Voices
Phil Freihofner Noise
Chris Grigg Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Alexander Hacke Noise
Tom Herman Guitar
Mark Hosler Synthesizer, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Recorder, Vocals, Voices, Multi Instruments, Noise, Tape, Loops
Don Joyce Synthesizer, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Talking, Noise, Timpani, Yells
Richard Lyons Vocals, Voices
Ed Markmann Voices
Louisa Michaels Vocals
Rand Weatherwax Noise
Rob Wortman Noise
David Wills Vocals, Voices, Multi Instruments, Talking, Tape, Shortwave Radio
Technical Credits
The Residents Contributor
Mickey Hart Contributor
Jello Biafra Contributor
Jerry Garcia Contributor
Henry Kaiser Contributor
Mark Mothersbaugh Contributor
Negativland Composer, Artwork, Graphic Design
Steve Fisk Contributor
Das Contributor
Ian Allen Contributor, Loop
Fred Frith Contributor
Tera Freedman Contributor
Phil Freihofner Contributor
Chris Grigg Engineer
Alexander Hacke Contributor
Tom Herman Contributor
George Horn Mastering
Mark Hosler Rhythm Loops
Don Joyce Sound Effects, Lyricist
Richard Lyons Lyricist
Ed Markmann Contributor
Louisa Michaels Contributor
Rev. Ivan Strang Contributor
Rand Weatherwax Contributor
Rob Wortman Contributor
Peter Montgomery Artwork, Graphic Design
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