Zoviet France

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Zoviet France @ Norbergfestival 2011.jpg
:zoviet*france: at Norbergfestival, Norberg, Sweden, 2011. Left to right: Mark Warren, Ben Ponton
Background information
Origin Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Genres Dark ambient, post-industrial, industrial, ambient
Years active 1980–present
Labels Charrm, Red Rhino Records, Staalplaat, DOVentertainment, Soleilmoon, Mute Records
Associated acts Reformed Faction, Rapoon, Dead Voices on Air
Members Ben Ponton
Mark Warren
Past members Andy Eardley
Lisa Hale
Mark Spybey
Paolo Di Paolo
Peter Jensen
Robin Storey

Zoviet France (also known as :$OVIET:FRANCE:, Soviet France, :Zoviet-France: and latterly usually written as :zoviet*France:) is a music group from Newcastle upon Tyne in north east England. While often dissonant and made of industrial textures, their music also falls into the ambient music category. Formed in 1980, and remaining largely anonymous,[1] the group has had a number of members; presently it consists of co-founder Ben Ponton and Mark Warren. Former members included Neil Ramshaw, Peter Jensen, Robin Storey (who now records as Rapoon), Lisa Hale, Paolo Di Paolo, Mark Spybey (who now records as Dead Voices on Air) and Andy Eardley. In 2005 Storey, Spybey and Eardley formed a new group, Reformed Faction.

The packaging of their releases was often unconventional, involving materials such as hessian, tar paper and aluminium foil.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
1982 Garista Self-released
1982 [untitled] Red Rhino Records
1983 Norsch Red Rhino Records
1983 Mohnomishe Red Rhino Records
1984 Eostre Red Rhino Records
1985 Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music Red Rhino Records/Singing Ringing
1985 Gris No Man's Land
1986 Misfits, Loony Tunes and Squalid Criminals Red Rhino Records
1986 Gesture Signal Threat Red Rhino Records
1987 Loh Land Staalplaat
1987 A Flock of Rotations Red Rhino Records
1987 Assault and Mirage Red Rhino Records
1988 Shouting at the Ground Red Rhino Records
1990 Just an Illusion Staalplaat
1990 Look Into Me Charrm
1991 Shadow, Thief of the Sun DOVentertainment
1991 Vienna 1990 Charrm
1993 Collusion Mute Records/Soleilmoon in the (US)
1993 What Is Not True Charrm
1996 Digilogue Soleilmoon
1996 in.version Charrm
1996 Feedback Staalplaat
2000 The Decriminalisation of Country Music Tramway
2003 utdrag amino
2005 Music for a Spaghetti Western Klanggalerie
2008 shteirlel King Worldwide via alt.vinyl
2012 7.10.12 alt.vinyl
2013 The Tables Are Turning Soleilmoon

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Loud Visual Noises: film by Stan Brakhage (US, 1987). Includes an excerpt from Cair Camouflet from the album Look into Me. Released on the video 4 Sounds Films by Stan Brakhage (Joel Haertling, 1990).
  • Transients #1: video production by Mark Mushet (Suture Productions, Canada, 1991). Includes excerpts from the album Shadow, Thief of the Sun.
  • (untitled): video production by the band (UK, 1991). A promotional video for the album Shadow, Thief of the Sun produced for television broadcast only.
  • T-City: A video production by Karas (Japan, 1993). Includes excerpts from the album Shadow, Thief of the Sun.
  • En Scooters Sous Les Mers: film by Jacques Cousteau, soundtrack commissioned by Ian Helliwell for the Soundtracks for Super-8 film programme (UK, 1998).
  • Tyneside Journey: film by Ravi Deepres (UK, 2000).
  • (untitled): video production by the band (Nuit Et Brouillard, France, 2001), included on the Deadly Actions Live Retrospective 1994-1996 video compilation of bands that performed at Deadly Actions festival in France.
  • Spadeadam: video production by Louise K Wilson (UK, 2003).
  • The Shop Floor: video production by Francis Gomila (UK, 2003), from the album Digilogue.
  • Euphony: video production by Louise K Wilson (UK, 2005).
  • Tremor: film by Ravi Deepres (UK, 2005).
  • Runner: film by Ravi Deepres and Michael Baig Clifford (UK, 2006).
  • Deadly Cargo: film by Camcorder Guerillas (UK, 2008).

Notable performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Brent Bambury, CBC Radio, 2 May 1991
  2. ^ "Variations VII". AV Festival. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  3. ^ "JOHN CAGE 29 February - 2 March 2008 Variations VII". Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 

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