Compilation, by Hard Return (2024)

Responses to an open call for "the most repetitive thing you've ever done". All money goes to Doctors Without Borders:


Graham Dunning – Torque
Graham Dunning's work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects.

Angela Winter – escape velocity
Angela Winter creates experimental, ritual, and ambient music for thresholds, where synths, keys, and strings meet otherworldly vocals, shimmering drones, and overtones. Her music has been described as “beautifully haunting” (Bandcamp Daily), “stunning” (Foxy Digitalis), and “spellbinding” (Lost and Found Sounds). Bandcamp featured her albums Sonic Essences and lightness as New & Notable releases, and her music has appeared on radio shows from Asheville to Australia and in audio compilations from Washington, DC, to Oxford, UK. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, and in addition to her own shows and festival performances, she has opened for Norman Westberg (Swans) and John Cale (The Velvet Underground).
ig @winterstrix

ANMA – Env_37
Env_37 was recorded live, the only thing you hear is the manipulation of two looped envelope generators.

baiabaia – piano slipstream

African Ghost Valley – 710
All produced and played by Childe Grangier
African Ghost Valley is a sound project born in 2015.
Previously have released material on Natural Sciences, Jungle Gym recs, Industrial Coast,
Hard Return, Vaagner and Jollies records, amongst others.
Been featured on many great music sites including; Wire magazine, XLR8, The Quietus,
Inverted Audio, Groove magazine, Ransom note, ATTN magazine, Noise not Music, Badd Press, Magnet, Joyfull Union or Cassette Gods…
Hudson Mohawke, Trevor Jackson and other artists and djs have used AGV tracks in their mixes on BBC radio 1, NTS, Noods radio (Stay Awake and Edited Arts), RINSE fm, Station Station Paris, Internet Public radio…
African Ghost Valley on Instagram:

WK Werkowicz – Dzien dobry

Lauren Sarah Hayes – k-nearest necropower
Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish improviser, sound artist, and scholar who is recognised for her embodied approach to computer music. Her music is a mix of experimental pop/live electronics/techno/noise/free improvisation and has been described as ‘voracious’ and ‘exhilarating’. She is a sculptress of sound, manipulating, remixing, and bending voice, drum machines, analogue synths and self-built software live and physically. She has performed extensively across Europe and the US, including as part of her tenure with the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop at Kings Place, London. Her 2021 release Embrace (Superpang) was included in Bandcamp’s Best Experimental Music of February 2021.

nd dentico – small things, then smaller
Two loops of prepared electric bass: one via Chase Bliss Mood another via Boss Loop station. Both processed via EHX Freeze and all are subtly layered together.

Beckton Alps2 – repetto the first
This piece changes while staying the same. It involves measures in odd numbers, using patterns on a step sequencer inspired by the supremely beautiful square Kufic alphabet.
I started making music, not knowing anything about how it worked. As I work more, I learn more.

Pablo Diserens – water beetle phase duet
A duplicated hydrophonic recording of a pond-dwelling water beetle's stridulation desynchronizing over time ~ resulting in a sort of non-human phase shifting.
Pablo Diserens (they/she) is a field recordist, musician, filmmaker, and artist devoted to attentive listening, non-human realities, and possible forms of interspecies coexistence. Rooted in ecological engagement and site-specificity, they investigate gestures of presence through a weaving of sound, images and texts. These bring to the foreground the acoustic, bio- and geological features of explored environments with the intention of fostering earthly connections.

Charlie Butler – Focus Drift
Record at home 1st October 2023

George Rayner-Law – Sforzesco Castle
Mono tape loop of iPhone field recording of Sforzesco Castle, Milan, recorded 22 Septmeber 2023, played on Ferrograph 636H

Cyparissus – rose hip
Cyparissus is the current music alias of Kenneth Moss. Using field recordings and samples of their own previously recorded material they intend to explore how identity and self is formed by the processing of trauma, acutely and over time. They have been making music in some form since 2004 and live in Maine with their husband and geriatric cat., @_cyparissus (IG)

Dafake – Dyade
Dyade is an improvised minimalist piece using non-linear feedback loops and no-input mixing techniques on a modular system / IG : @dafake

cast off form – fifth cut
The foundation for this track is field recordings of a 100 year old Catalpa tree being limbed and topped. This was my fifth attempt at looping and tape manipulation with the recordings.
Gear used:
Boss GT-1 Multi Effects, Boss DD-8 Digital Delay, Boss RC-30 Loop Station, Boss NS-2 Noise Suppression, Sony Shoebox Recorder, Behringer Xenyx 808 mixer, M-Audio Speakers
Cast Off Form explores a spiritual, philosophical, and artistic mode of being. Driven by curiosity, sounds are reorganized to make something new.

Casual Observer – Etched, Fractured, Conchoidal
Casual Observer is Sulo Kolehmainen, a Helsinki-based sound artist and an improviser, whose work dances around playfulness, non-linear feedback systems and the entangled nature of agency.

Distant Animals – The Tory Party Killed Your Nan
A short rumination on how everything is going f*cking swimmingly.

Dhangsha – Duplicity
Duplicity is central to the machinations of settler colonialism, hiding in plain sight - an insidious smile, unflinching and treacherous.
“Dhangsha” (Bengali for ‘destruction’) is the project and alias of electronic artist and educator Aniruddha Das. Working at the interface of bass culture and experimental noise, he creates a kind of "mutant dancehall" where distorted 'alien' motifs evolve over sparse but heavy beats. He explores minimalism, repetition and fragmentation, instigating turbulent interactions between rhythm and non-metric noise. Constantly absorbing the social and political vibrations of the world around him, he is both consciously and unconsciously engaged in a process of translating these in to physical frequencies. Aside from releasing a clutch of albums, including “Live at Spirit of Gravity” and “Aberrant,” the latter with label Hard Return, he has contributed to compilations by Iklectik, Syrphe, Avon Terror Corps and Industrial Coast. He is featured on the vinyl compilation “Disruptive Frequencies,” on Nonclassical.
instagram: @dhangsha_music Bandcamp:

c*msleg Borenail – Soft White

Concrete/Field – Transhuman Express

Heavy Cloud – Studies made on a typewriter
‘Studies made on a typewriter’ was made during an extended period of weeks when I was suffering with a cervicogenic headache. A loop was created by layering tiny fragments of manipulated recordings from an open window late at night. This loop was processed through a range of delay effects as it was left to repeat with subtle variations. The title of the piece comes from Anni Albers’ ‘Studies made on the typewriter’ – a piece of typewriter art (date unknown) that became a visual simile to describe the heavy weight of textual noise I was feeling behind my eyes during this prolonged pain experience. The making of the piece, and subsequent listening to it, became part of the healing process. It was a way in which the abstract pain could be made less abstract. Upon listening, with eyes closed, visual patterns may become recognisable in the repetition, á la ambient noise wall – akin to recognising a legible word in an inky mesh of overlapping typewriter text printed on a piece of card.
Under the name Heavy Cloud, Cornwall-based Ryan Hooper creates music inspired by memory and landscapes, often in tandem with collage-based artworks and textual explorations.

Daphnellc – It's Lovely Doreen

Georgie McVicar – baby bloop
Recorded at EMS Stockholm
r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r r e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p p e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t t i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

Guy Birkin – SARS-CoV-2_LR757995_5e5
Sonification of part of the Covid virus genome.

Slow Blink – Gap Between Grass and Sky
The track features a single piano loop with effects from a children's toy sampler. The track name is a reference to the phase in childhood development during which a gap between the sky and ground is left when drawing a landscape.

Diurnal Burdens – Now Coerce Rectangles
Ross Scott-Buccleuch records music as Diurnal Burdens and as half of the duo Liminal Haze.
He has collaborated with Brandstifter, Matt Atkins, Several Wives, Andy Jarvis, Territorial Gobbing, Andrew Sharpley, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Tim Olive, James Wyness, David Curington, Craig Johnson, Orina Totti, Daniel Vujanic and Howard Stelzer.
Ross also runs the tape label Steep Gloss, which specialises in collaborative sound works of all things delirious, bewildering, melancholy, abstract..

Dom James – A Rough Approximation of G# for J.C.
Dom James is a Reading based musician currently focussing on minimal repetitive music as a salve for the woes of the modern world.

Fletina – Galvanize
Fletina is a Scottish sound artist & field recordist who creates raw abstract audio collages using found objects, room sounds, environmental noises, household items, mechanical devices and various electronic manipulation techniques.

Grey Frequency – Telecult
Grey Frequency is the project of UK-based artist Gavin Morrow. Through the manipulation of electronics, found sounds and field recordings he explores themes of memory, modern mythology, and the world of audio disintegration.

Hari Hardman – Seratonin

Low impact improvisation. Amateur sound art. Passive, not aggressive.

hyacinth. – sandy mountain daze (a song for wolfgang voigt).
recorded on a korg wavestate & two cheap pedals at shaggy maggie's, pacific city, or, september 2k23.
hyacinth. is a multi-disciplinary artist residing deep in the heart of the pnw.

IEOGM – Cling Film
We seek to grow our machandise by composing the import and export needs of noise makers, offering delectable cable salads and uncertain chromatic values in all that we do. Supported by a professional and motivated team of field recordings, state-of-the-art technologies and mallets, we guarantee you unstable and untrustworthy analog sounds in Vienna and beyond. importers exporters of general machandise: sonic integrity, extreme panning and knobknowledge.

Isaac Linder – die dichtkunst (Welsh) [excerpt]
Between 1980 and 1983 conceptual artist Hanne Darboven produced the monumental installation, 'Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983'. In 2010, poet Vanessa Place created a textual response to/interpretation of Darboven's work, in the form of 'die dichtkunst' (Ood Press). This piece is an excerpt of a reading of Place's work, as performed by each of the 32 languages that Google Translate can currently synthesize.
Isaac Linder: ‘There has never been a you anywhere else than where one says you.’ - Jacques Lacan

Aomatos – Groove Walk

Lannes – glacialFilters

H. Anthony Hildebrand – Semantic Satiation
Made using no-input mixer and effects pedals.
UK-based H. Anthony Hildebrand mangles noise into almost-pop shapes, with releases through Death To Dynamics, Lagniappe Exposure, Default Standard Recordings and Sudden Moment Recordings. His 'dismantled rock' project Dog Swamp Residents Association has released tapes via Communal Deafness Recordings and Mima Kass. He also runs Ghost Nun, a digital label for 'popnoise' music: abrasive sounds with a sugary edge.

James Thompson – drill
i make music in part for my podcast, Subterraneans, but i've been working on separate releases and sending them out in my own time. you can find my show here:
i also self-released an album in 2023, here:

Metal Machine Ascension - Pulmonary Transmission no°01
Recorded at home October 1, 2023. Contains a sample of an irregular heartbeat, taken from a vintage medical reference 10" record committed to magnetic tape, and manipulated in real time using modified cassette deck, Capitalist Death Cult 'Sewer Dweller' and Fairfield Circuitry 'Roger That' fx pedals.
Metal Machine Ascension is Shane Hartman from Stratford, Ontario Canada. Immersed in the strange worlds of tape music, psychedelia and improvised sounds, he has recorded under his own name and MMA since 2021. He can also be found behind a wall of synths, tape machines and effects pedals attempting to play guitar as part of Stratford
free psychedelic rockers Underground Mountains.

matthew sullivan – robot usurper
filters, delays and control voltage. no instruments.

Luke Lund – In The Corner Unlit
All sounds created from a 9-second synthesizer loop, that is ping-ponging through a maze of generative effects. The generative patch builds up layers of iterations of the loop and at the same time degenerates via GAN artifacts.

Jonathan Higgins – Count 3208
1, 2, 3, 4, [...] 3206, 3207, 3208.
Jonathan is a composer and performer based in London. His music usually explores different ways of thinking about and using noise.

Jesus Is The Path To Heaven – retreat into christ-heart
from the upcoming release PRAYER
Jesus is the Path to Heaven is an apocalyptic folk band formed in North Carolina. They explore the effect religious trauma has on the human body. and on ig: @jphband

Kinver Pond – Knees Locked On Mashed Potato Duty
BEES BEES BEES BEES BEES BEES BEES... semantic satiation. Sherlock's mind coming apart. Roger's face stingless.
Kinver Pond is low skills looping, noise mundane, damp abandoned shoes on walls. Kinver Pond plays with Ivy Nostrum as Wellness Regime.

Matt Atkins – Shooting Narrow
Three sets of tape loops of differing lengths left to play among themselves.
Matt Atkins is an improvising percussionist and visual artist who uses electronics, objects and tape loops in his work. He has released music on labels such as Falt, Rusted Tone Recordings, Midnight Circles, Invisible City, Whitelab Recs, tsss tapes, Structured Disasters, Coherent States, Steep Gloss, Kirigirisu, Wabi Sabi Tapes, Complex Holiday, Dasa Tapes and Tone Burst, among others. Since 2006 he has run his own label, MRM recordings. In 2020 he began curating and presenting a show for CAMP radio called Auricular Shelter

Ollie's Head
CLRKNWL is a recent name Keith de Mendonca has been using to release music. His audio recordings have aired on ABC, BBC, ORF and many other radio stations worldwide. Keith’s audio work has also been used in soundtracks of several experimental films and on a number of audio releases.
@keithdmphoto (instagram)

Matthew Houston – I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future
This piece is made from a recording of myself throwing rocks in a blueberry field in Maine, USA, a pure data patch processing that recording, and one continuous drone from the uilleann pipes, a type of bellows-blown bagpipe from Ireland.
Matthew Houston grew up in rural Maine, USA and now lives in a city in Ireland. Sometimes he records sounds and/or durations, or plays guitar in rock bands, or practices the uilleann pipes.
and, if room for a second,

mutantbeatniks – Möbius
line up : Conrad Fischer, Shaun Robert, Makino Tanaka, Josh Winduss, Michaela Jane

Oisatsana – Surface Tension

raxil4 – cinema aircon (may 2008)
a manipulated field recording of a west end cinema air conditioning unit from May 2008, recorded on a Marantz PMD 660 using piezos as contact mics
raxil4 is multi disciplinary sound artist Andrew Page, specialising in analogue electronic dronescapes, acoustic audio phenomenon and installation. He has performed live all over Europe, many of his performances have been in non traditional venues, often choosing to play spaces with character and interesting acoustic qualities, such as caves, churches, crypts, prison cells, psychiatric hospitals & water towers. He has also performed live and installed durational works in galleries such as Tate Modern (London), The Barbican (London), The Arnolfini (Bristol), M-HKA (Antwerp), Sonnestube (Lugano), Soundfjord (London) & GV Art (London). Some of his generative pieces have been discussed in classes on composition within the Royal Academy of Music. The first 400 releases of his back catalogue now reside within the British Library Sound Archive.

Paul Khimasia Morgan – A Constant Cycle Of
Created specifically for Hard Return from elements derived from a recording I made of my live performance at London's I'Klectik just prior to the pandemic. Those recorded elements were then subject to heavy editing and repetitive processing.
Paul Khimasia Morgan is an improvising musician, recording engineer and visual artist who has worked with Steve Beresford, Faradena Afifi, Blanca Regina, Richard Sanderson, Jason Kahn, Cristiàn Alvear, Ryu Hankil, Simon Whetham, Kuroneko, TIDES (with Paul May, Peter Marsh and Daniel Spicer) and Mark Wastell's THE SEEN.
His recordings have been released by Minimal Resource Manipulation (MRM), Lonely Impulse, Linear Obsessional, Crónica, The Spirit of Gravity, Con-V, Absence of Wax, TSOKL and Confront Recordings.
Since 2010, Paul curates Brighton’s Aural Detritus Concert Series events including heading a team that organised three “micro-festivals” of improvised music, composition and sound art at Brighton Phoenix art gallery from 2012 to 2013. He writes about new music for The Sound Projector magazine and Honest Music For Dishonest Times and contributed an essay to the book Perfection Of Understanding which was published in 2022.
“…feedback-like tones rising carefully amid a cloud of metal thorns…more physicality than most you hear, which gives the performance some nice faux visual weight…” – Byron Coley in The Wire magazine.

Phil Julian – Novelty
Recorded October 2023
Thanks - James Bradbury, ReaCoMa & FluCoMa toolkits
Phil Julian is a UK based composer and improviser active since the late 1990s principally working with modular electronic devices and computers.

Pietro Michi – Sonica
Sonica is a track created during my thesis period in the laboratory. I worked with various microorganisms, and many times, I had to use a sonicator to disrupt the cellular structure of these organisms.
According to Wikipedia:
"Sonication is the act of applying sound energy to agitate particles in a sample, for various purposes such as the extraction of multiple compounds from plants, microalgae and seaweeds.[1] Ultrasonic frequencies (> 20 kHz) are usually used, leading to the process also being known as ultrasonication or ultra-sonication.
In the laboratory, it is usually applied using an ultrasonic bath or an ultrasonic probe, colloquially known as a sonicator."
I combined the sound of regular pulses made by the sonicator, which I used to sonicate algae, with other sounds I created in the lab, including the vacuum machine, pipettors, and autoclaves. All the field recordings were made with just my smartphone, and the only interventions on the sound included EQ, Reverb, Cuts, and Granulators.
The track has a fairly didactic structure, featuring a repetitive series of impulses that progressively disintegrate until they break the membranes of the preceding sounds, releasing new microsounds.
Pietro Michi lives and works in Firenze, Italy, he studied agronomy and now is studying for a master in Biotechnology for environmental management and sustainable agriculture, but he is also interested in natural science, biology and ecology.
He started to work in the sound field around 2012 but begins to produce and publish after 2016 with many aliases, in the drone, noise and ambient field with his main project FossaDelRumore, and into the club, bass and deconstructed music as P I T. In 2017 he starts to work on the link between biology/ecology and sound/music and also to the concept of nature digitalization and founded an independent music label called "Biodiversità Records", which is still running.

Voiwode – Exergy Loss
Exergy losses occur over the lifetime of a product or process. Reducing these losses, particularly those due to the use of nonrenewable energy forms, helps improve sustainability. Exergy, sustainability, and environmental impact are related in various ways.
ig: @voiwode ,

Plague Arish – Lawnmower Man
Wayward experimental musician lurking in an attic.

whose body is this – dead air

The Ladywell Lout – Blofeld Repetition Mission
This track was made with the Waldorf Blofeld synth through the Electron Digitackt with a bit of glue compressor from Ableton and it liked to repeat itself.
Music mainly recorded on Ableton live using instruments and effects, bass's, synths, Korg electribes, kaosiliators and more. Scottish accent and instrumental parts, some samples and some noise. Influences: f*ck Buttons, Arab Strap, Spiritualized, techno, Sub Club, Korg, practice rooms, empty rooms, Death in Vegas

Ryan James Mawbey – Dream world can hear
Dream world can hear is a tapestry of field recordings and shades of performance - all recorded in Caux, France, in the summer of 2023, and inspired by artist, Emmanuel Flipo.
Ryan James Mawbey is an English drummer for whom resonance, repetition and deep listening are important components of his work.
Using a palette of drums, percussion, tape, synth and field recordings, Ryan’s practice revolves around finding meditative phrases, within repetitive patterns - enduringly played to induce "space of mind".

S:t Dioxin – HR_231230_160851

Tam Lin – Cross Section of a Forest
An electric ecology of sorts.
Based in London, Tam Lin is an artist and musician concerned with how humans tangle with non-human objects, creatures, and space, to form monsters, cyborgs, assemblages, and ecologies.

Soloman Tump – Emsworthy Endurance
Most of my recent works are inspired by my new home - Dartmoor National Park. It is equal parts beautiful, inspiring, bleak and terrifying, an endurance for the mind and the body. The wilderness can go on and on if you are not careful - and this recording comes from the lingering fear of heading out and maybe not making it home.
Dismal electronics since 2019.

T. Jervell – ffak23s
Once a year
Record sounds
At the same location
Return home
Ad nauseam

Viktar Makuryn – Tongue

WDX – Polycarbonate
A long time ago, I had a try at DIY cutting. I made a very basic, and as it turned out, not a very good one, cutting head and tried to cut some sounds on to the surface of a CD. It was very noisy. I recorded the result on a standard record deck, it f*cked the needle of course, and then chopped up the recording into loops and made this.

The Owl – Ylem Expansion~PlII Ztej 410m
Listen with headphones. Good luck.
The Owl (Czech)
A/V experiments since '94
As The Owl since 2018

JNP – Count to 60 for 10 Minutes

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