A little adventure to the Vas Deferens Organization today, a 1981 C60 from Etant Donnes, La Vue. Bain Total mostly released stuff by fellow gothic experimentalists Die Form, but were smart enough to put out a few early tapes by the Hurtado Brothers. Like other tape traders, Etant Dannes' have a zillion releases out on labels like Staalplaat, ADN, Touch, Emil Beaulieau's RRRecords, even the eclectic Danceteria, and others from the nurse universe, although United Dairies never put the stamp on the band. Eventually WFMU faves Genesis P'Orridge and Alan Vega collaborated but ED's earliest primitive experimentalism excites me the most: hack-and-paste editing techniques about as precise as my 6th grade fish dissection, crass tape-speed manipulation and low-fi, overdriven samplage make for a frustrating, confrontational listen. And I mean imprecise, crass, frustrating and confrontational in the best sense possible.
The ADDified harsh noise of La Vue contrasts nicely with the natural sounds and minimal text-sound of this video from 1994, Bleu. Just one section of the RVB Transfert DVD comp of 80s french experimentalists, also featuring Lucrate Milk, DDAA, Costes, X Ray Pop and Kas Products. Oh, and I've counted - 101 times, 102 if you count spelling the word.