Stoneface

by Nocturnal Emissions

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Accumulation and Assembly in the Derbyshire Dales and in the Caroline K Studios.
Digital Mastery Achieved in Silver Octopus Studios, Buxton, Derbyshire, England, 20th July 1989.

Dedicated to the Active Listener.

See also www.earthlydelights.co.uk

Nigel Ayers’ most accessible emission? The glut of his ‘band’s prolific history has generally been a full-scale assault upon the senses, via either dingy slabs of noise or near-pretty industrial musique concrete. Stoneface operates on many levels, a set of gruelling, scraping, yet strangely attractive organic sounds that reveal numerously coloured layers with successive listens.

Recorded in 1988, these sonic morsels play with near-baroque tendencies, devolved factory rhythms, spiritual solemnity and lucid minimalism, sometimes gripping, sometimes forgettable, but never uninvolving. And, as has been the case with the recent wealth of Emissions releases, it’s best to observe Stoneface’s sacred experiments in one complete sitting, where Ayers can effectively work his art on you with your complete, undivided and willing immersion.

Darren Bergstein
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released July 20, 1989

The Living Instrument, Church Organ, Bontempi organ, Bells, Calls of Night Beasts, Activated by the Nocturnal Emissions Skeletal Crew, Chanelled and Conducted by Reg Sailyne.

All titles composed by Nigel Ayers.

Published by Earthly Delights.

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Nocturnal Emissions Cornwall, UK

Nocturnal Emissions' Nigel Ayers has continued to work with a strong underground of cult support, avoiding music industry fashions, and following his own creative path he concentrated on creating a strong sense of a wilderness identity through sound.

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