left: Jammin' Unit (electronics + guitar) + right: Sea Wanton
(sampling, shortwave-radio, vocals) played the 'Liquid Sky Berlin' show #48', at 'Alex-tv Berlin', in 2015.
images + glitches courtesy of 'adsx'. many thanks to Dr. Walker (from 'Liquid Sky Berlin' / 'Air Liquide') for invitation. click on image to watch the video ...
"...being far far away from the image of those "beer drinking, eating hot dogs, fun having krauts ..." find us on , 'soundcloud', 'discogs', 'mixcloud', and 'youtube'. for all inquiries, please write to 'Sea Wanton' at the following address: resistance(at)nontoxiquelost(dot)de
planned (for 2017): in fact, it's planned to upload ALL songs to 'bandcamp' to make them available as 'digital downloads'.
planned (for 2018): there will be another product, which will be named - surprise, surprise ! - 'N' and it will contain a queer version of 'Dulce et Decorum est' (a poem by 'Wilfred Owen', written in 1917).
current (we're not slowing !!): the brand-new album is named 'medialunas'. you can listen to the 13 songs at 'bandcamp' . and it's planned to release another cd (as a 'digipack') on the label 'Klanggalerie'. it will be named 'ENZ ROUGE' (all sounds by A. Laaf and Sea Wanton,
artwork design by 'DJ Vrhovny').
do you want more informations about the releases of 'Non ToxiqueLost' ? then, click on button to get an overview ...
and this is/was the story of 'Non ToxiqueLost'
In the beginning of the 80s, the band 'Non ToxiqueLost' (short name:
'NTL') was founded in Mainz, Germany.
The eponym for this project was taken
from the term "mustard gas", a chemical weapon, which had been invented
by the german scientists named "Lommel" and "Steinkopf" during World War I
under the acronym of "LOST" .
Though the band's name refers to the "unperilous"
character of this music, in the end 'Non ToxiqueLost' also acted as a means
for a fight, the very fight against the deadlocked patterns of the
culture of music of that time.
Formed by members of some local "Punk"-bands,
founded by Sea Wanton and Achim Wollscheid (aka 'S.B.O.T.H.I.').
S. Schütze (aka 'T.poem') joined to play bass, violin and special (electronic) effects
and P. Prieur, called "Pogo", did the vocals.
Although 'NTL' often has been
labelled as part of the "NDW" (= "Neue deutsche Welle") and sometimes even
influences of "Jazz music" have been (wrongly) mentioned, the band
saw its position in the first instance
in the context of an "industrial
movement". When 'NTL' was founded in 1982, its uncompromising musical
was significantly inspired by pioneers of the "Industrial Music" like Throbbing
Gristle, SPK and Whitehouse.
Out of these influences, 'Non ToxiqueLost' developed its sound as a trance-esque cocoon of clashing
sounds of walls,
pulsating synthesizers and angry vocals, which draws the listener into
an emotional maelstrom,
leading from fear, pain and desperation to rage
and unlimited aggression. From time to time very static and
pushed on by
brute rhythms, 'NTL's music is uncompromisingly tough and this is exactly
why it can be considered
as an anomaly of that Germany of the early 80s.
Similarities are seen more with bands like 'Pacific 231' (from France)
Esplendor Geometrico' (from Spain). In essence, there are two important
ideas crossing the band's whole oeuvre:
the processing of the "everyday
life" experience, interweaved with an explicit political attitude. A large
impact came from
J. Stender, who had been a member of 'P.D.', then. His talent,
to create german lyrics on "everday life" "on the run",
conveying the "concrete"
and "direct" contents, had been a adequate stylistic device to handle the
facts of a "grey german reality" of those days. But in contrary to 'P.D.'
and 'P16.D4', 'Non ToxiqueLost' objected
to being classified into the "art"
genre. Indeed, there were some references to the current "art"-movements,
but the music was not to be "avantgarde", even if some external observers
could get this impression.
But 'NTL' combined its conceptions about music
with the idea to be creative using existing objects and to,
instruments, also use unconventional sound sources - this is another example
for the realisation
of the "concrete" and "everyday life". At the same
time, the music has been the radical expression of
an oppositional attitude.
With 'NTL', Sea Wanton (the singer) realized his intention to found a band,
which dealt with the social and political boredom of its reality in a challenging
way. 'NTL' did not only
intend to distance itself from the reception of music,
in general, but it provoked a concrete hassle
with those crusted forms
of understanding music and the culture of the youth. The band was permanently
confronted by an environment which was deeply into the "Rock-music" culture
of the 70s, public places
like pubs and youth-centres were dominated
by the "Hippies" and "drug-abuse" cosiness. For a project
like 'Non ToxiqueLost' that meant a struggle for "free-spaces", not hostility, but also the
to become accepted as something new. To a certain extent, as
an idea of the "Punk"-movement, the philosophy
of 'NTL' aimed at provocation
and the radical realisation of its own ideas.
Accordingly, the turning
away from the established mechanismn of the "music-business" did
not only affect
the musical style, but also the production and merchandising
of the sound storage medium. It was logic for
'NTL' to select the compact-cassette
as a medium for its music. This was "the" medium, which allowed the
as opposed to anything else, to keep in control over their musical and
creative work and a direct
merchandising, without being forced to take
part in the profit-orientated "machinery" of the "music-business".
the first recordings were published on the "d.i.y."(=do it yourself) founded
"cassettes only" label called "Can Can", which were to be followed by ca.
30 further releases. Inspite of this high grade of productivity,
mostly the studio- and "live" material of 'NTL', but also some cassette-compilations
featuring some "international industrial" bands, 'NTL' and "Can Can" remained
a creative "action-area", which was not perceived as a "full time job"
or even as the "meaning of life". For a first vinyl release, a strictly
limited edition, you had to wait for some years. The songs on the lp-album,
called "Wanton", released in 1986, a selection of material, which had
published earlier on compact-cassette, expresses something like a "subtile"
toughness (on a long range),
which drills slowly in your auditory canal
and the band herself accurately characterises it as "industrial muzak".
As opposed to the high output on sound-medium there were only rare chances
to experience the band on stage.
Only a few events like those in Mainz
and Trier (Germany), at the "Recloose Festival" in London, in Amsterdam ,
at the "Geminox-Festival" in Frankfurt (Germany) or at the "Berlin Atonal
2 Festival" took place. Even though the
performance at the "Berlin Atonal
2 Festival" got an especially good reputation and positive feedbacks with
those "friends" of "abstract music", 'NTL' remained true to itself and did
not devise any ambitions to change its strategies
of merchandising. The
band was more interested in the construction of a national and international
community of producers and listeners of "abstract" and "experimental" music.
There was a little network(ing) in the Mainz,
Wiesbaden and Frankfurt -
area (Germany), e.g., in the atmosphere of the "Selektion" label (with
groups like 'P16.D4' and 'S.B.O.T.H.I.'), resulting in friendly contacts and
sometimes personal cooperations
within the music processes (including some
sessions and live-performances). More contacts were established with "Graf
Haufen" (Berlin) and soon reached out to "cassettes only" labels, based
in France, the U.K. and Italy.
Besides his membership with 'NTL', Sea Wanton
had started publishing a fanzine called "Handbook of Fun" in 1983, which intended to be a medium for subversive communication. The fanzine
had been a means to distribute words
and artworks ("collages"), which pointed
out the protest against the established structures of the societies and
understanding of "art" or crusted "music-cultures", and thereby it can
be interpreted as a printed form of "the same",
which was also articulated
by 'NTL's music. Furthermore the "Handbook of Fun" constituted a forum for
distributing contact-addresses (with different "cassettes-only"
labels or juicy record-shops), thus being part of an international network
of the "industrial scene of the 80s". NTL came up against those established
patterns of their
environment with a radical "musical" denial,
even though expressed in a distinct (german) language, only very few
understand. You could say, that this pull-esque, rhythmical toughness of
some tracks, which meanwhile
is an essential part with numerous "industrial
bands", appeared some years "too early". The fact, that this music caused
more embarassing to irritating reactions by most listeners, plus the consequent
policy of publications
and the responsibility for the "subversive underground",
are (presumably) the cause for being known by the "in-crowd", until now.
Even though or exactly because the "hearing customs" have changed
in these last decades,
the music of 'NTL' has kept hold of its attraction
as a "pioneer" achievement of the so-called "rhythmical Industrial".
some years, Sea Wanton, accompanied by new companions, is again active
as 'Non ToxiqueLost'.
While now using contemporary sound sources like samplers
and computers, it is (as always) bound to the idea of
toughness and a political attitude and, thus, creating its own musical
cosmos. Parallel to this, a selection
of early tape-recordings has been
re-released on vinyl and gives a fine overview on the complete works of
(liner notes by T. Pargmann and C. Ressler (2006)) click on button to listen to 'Sam 41643' (from 'Träneninvasion', which appeared on this 'card-sized usb flash memory' in 2014). 1 GB USB flash memory business card published in an edition of 50 hand-numbered copies containing 76 minutes of music in lossless and in lossy quality, one 8 minute video track and a 16-page PDF-booklet. The front of the card is printed while the backside remains white and is hand-numbered in black.
"If I were psychoanalist I'd say these people have finally arrived to meet their own "self" or well, maybe it all is nothing but a trip that has gone bad ..." Andrea Ferraris (Chain D.L.K.) /bin/med/usa, CD, 'Heathen Harvest' Saturday, December 01 2007 @ 12:00 AM PST Contributed by: Alan Milne
"Now I have a confession to make here. Quiet at the back whilst I’m rambling.
I have a deep respect for all things German. Love their cars. Love their food.
Even some aspects of their dubious politics through the ages hits a chord with me.
Which kind of includes their uniforms and medals and all the military memorabilia
in those conflicts which we are not supposed to mention for fear of being labelled
a certain type of person. If you know what I mean. See Lemmy out of Motorhead or
Ron Ashton of The Stooges as examples. The country is fantastic to drive through and
their Frauen divine examples of Germanic beauty. This is by the by though. I’ve held
a secret fascination with German music ever since I first heard Amon Düül II and their
mighty ‘Yeti’ release way back in 1970. I followed that up with a serious love affair with
Der Plan and DAF and all their ilk in the proceeding years. By fuck that was good times
for German music. Then I got into all the EBM and heavy Industrial stuff, far too many groups
to mention here, and I still find myself drawn to anything remotely connected to the
German music scene even today. A special mention must go to Einstürzende Neubauten who
are still going strong. Resilient fuckers old Blixa and co. Which ties in nicely with this
review for the latest 'Non ToxiqueLost' release ‘/bin/med/usa which I’ve had spinning away
for the last few days…not the act hardly known but by only a select few, including me who
adored them, Last Few Days who were something else in every respect…and golly gee whiz
if this isn’t a fucking ace release that, at the very least, demands you should hear it
at least once in your lifetime. You know that feeling you get when you hear a piece of
music for the first time and you get this strange sensation going up and down your spine?
Well ‘/bin/med/usa’ did that for me. The funny thing is that in reality the recording
isn’t original in any shape or form…but it has that ‘certain something’ that just can’t
be described to it that makes you go kind of ‘wow’ when you hear it. Or that could just
be me because I’m wired up and weird that way occasionally. 'Non ToxiqueLost' have been
around the block for ages now. Part of the early 80’s German Industrial counter culture
they have ploughed many a field in different musical genres over the years. Flitting
seamlessly between whatever takes their fancy at the time. You just never know what to
expect from these guys. They take their music from many influences and mould it into
their own sound which they are currently experimenting with at the time. This approach
to their music is shown to great effect in ‘/bin/med/usa’ where dance meets rock…and takes
in experimental and other musical styles at a whim. There are traces of DAF, Seilwolf,
Einstürzende Neubauten…even Die Krupps…to be found lurking within these 16 tracks that
twist and turn with an assured Nonchalance that can only be admired. Take the first
track 'adresse:boese' for instance that starts with some static and German vocals before
descending into a turbo charged electro techno light nightmare of beats and screamed
vocals. Or how about the DAF (ish) ‘die schneekoenigin’ resplendent with a thumping drum beat. If that doesn’t seem your thing then maybe ‘buchenwald’ and ‘opium 2’ with their sludge
rocking style would be to your liking. Looking for a sexy laid back groove…then seek out ‘Wendy’ for your kicks. So many highlights in a quite superb and highly engrossing
recording all given that added sparkle by the German, and some English, vocals which are
screamed, barked, mutilated or crooned. They rage. They rant at fuck knows what. They seduce.
They fuck you over, in a nice way, like porn studs on ten tablets of high dose viagra.
They are 'Non Toxique Lost'… and don’t you ever fucking forget it. 'Vorsprung durch Technik' (translates to: 'to lead by technology', note by Sea Wanton).
Sea Wanton (vocals, effects), C. Reichelt (electronics, drum machines, effects) and
A. Türpitz (electronics, drum machines, effects, guitar) are the guys to thank for this
impeccable recording. Buy it. Play it. Embrace it. Love it. Then send me an e.mail
of thanks for leading you directly to this fabulous release. It’s the least you can do."