Zoviet France

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Music group from Newcastle upon Tyne in north east England. Their music, often experimental, at times dissonant and made of industrial textures, falls into the ambient and drone music category.

Members:
Lisa Hale (1980-1981)
Robin Storey (1980-1992)
Peter Jensen (1980-1984)
Ben Ponton (1980-present)
Paolo di Paolo (1984-1986)
Mark Spybey (1987-1989)
Andy Eardley (1990-1995)
Mark Warren (1995-present)
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none :Garista: — Zoviet France :$oviet:France:* :Garista: (Album) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
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REDLP 40 Mohnomishe — Zoviet France :zoviet-france:* Mohnomishe (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 40 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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REDLP 45 Eostre — Zoviet France :Zoviet:France:* Eostre (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 45 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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nml 8505, nml8505 Gris — Zoviet France :zoviet-france:* Gris No Man's Land, No Man's Land nml 8505, nml8505 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
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REDC 58 Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music — Zoviet France :zoviet-france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music (Album) Singing Ringing, Red Rhino Records REDC 58 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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REDLP 67A Gesture Signal Threat — Zoviet France :zoviet-france:* Gesture Signal Threat (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 67A UK 1986 Sell This Version
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RED LP 67 Misfits, Loony Tunes And Squalid Criminals — Zoviet France Soviet France* Misfits, Loony Tunes And Squalid Criminals (Album) Red Rhino Records RED LP 67 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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STAALTAPE 00L Loh Land — Zoviet France :zoviet-france:* Loh Land (Album) Staaltape STAALTAPE 00L Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
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REDLP68 A Flock Of Rotations — Zoviet France Soviet France* A Flock Of Rotations (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP68 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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REDLP 68A Assault And Mirage — Zoviet France :zoviet-france:* Assault And Mirage (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 68A UK 1987 Sell This Version
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REDCD91 Shouting At The Ground — Zoviet France :zoviet-france:* Shouting At The Ground (Album) Red Rhino Records REDCD91 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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CHARRMLP14 Look Into Me — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* Look Into Me (Album) Charrm CHARRMLP14 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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STCD005 Just An Illusion — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* Just An Illusion (Album) Staaltape STCD005 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
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CHARRMCD15 Vienna 1990 — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* Vienna 1990 (Album) Charrm CHARRMCD15 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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CD66 Shadow, Thief Of The Sun — Zoviet France Zoviet France Shadow, Thief Of The Sun (Album) DOVe CD66 1991 Sell This Version
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CHARRMCD17, CHARRM CD17 What Is Not True — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* What Is Not True (Album) Charrm, Charrm CHARRMCD17, CHARRM CD17 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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THESE 11 CD Unentitled — Zoviet France :Zoviet*France:* / Jim O'Rourke / The Hafler Trio :Zoviet*France:* / Jim O'Rourke / The Hafler Trio - Unentitled(CD, Album) These Records THESE 11 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
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charrmcd24 in.version — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* in.version (Album) Charrm charrmcd24 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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SOLV 004 Digilogue — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* Digilogue (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings SOLV 004 US 1996 Sell This Version
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none Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback (Album) Mort Aux Vaches none Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
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TRAM 1 The Decriminalisation Of Country Music — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* The Decriminalisation Of Country Music (Album) Tramway TRAM 1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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zf20110918AAC Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11 — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11 Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf20110918AAC UK 2011 Sell This Version
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AV040/041/042 7.10.12 — Zoviet France Zoviet France 7.10.12 (Album) Alt.Vinyl AV040/041/042 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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SOL 182 The Tables Are Turning — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* The Tables Are Turning (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings SOL 182 US 2013 Sell This Version
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av052 Patina Pooling — Zoviet France :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - Patina Pooling (Album) Alt.Vinyl av052 UK 2014 Sell This Version

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vladimir.ursinovich

vladimir.ursinovich

September 7, 2015
edited over 7 years ago
The godfathers of otherworldly and quixotic ambient.
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playbackwards

May 16, 2014
Also hear: German artist Kluster http://www.aninacollins.com/artist/153080-Kluster-3 and Japanese artist Taj-Mahal Travellers http://www.aninacollins.com/artist/451430-Taj-Mahal-Travellers-The .
divvynation

divvynation

January 30, 2013
anyone who uses this word .... hypnagogic .... must instantly stop.
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nightatnoon

nightatnoon

August 2, 2008
While classic Zoviet France is unparalleled in greatness, it is unfortunate Ben has taken the path of digital gear. It sure shows in the music. Nothing against computers, its just that classic era Zoviet France was this timeless beautiful thing that seemed to have vanish when Robin Storey left. The Reformed Faction is up to snuff without losing that eloquent intangible. I stepped outside while *ZF* played a show a few years ago in San Francisco when I saw the digital gear they were using but made it back to see Michael Gira play. I will however be flying to Boston to see Mark and Robin play this November.

Here is an idea... how about Ben gives up the Zoviet France name and starts a misc. boring - run of the mill experimental side project. Then the Reformed Faction can restore the tarnished name, Zoviet France, once and for all!
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Crijevo

Crijevo

May 7, 2005
edited over 18 years ago
Zoviet:France is out of this world - a respectful compliment and as scary a thought on equal terms. Daring you to 'play' their records means challenge beyond formal treatment (sometimes as equally challenging when transferred onto CD). A phenomenon similar to the likes of Muslimgauze or some other obscure sound explorers - Z'ev, The Hafler Trio or Strafe Fur Rebellion. But like all of them, Zoviet:France is beauty and the beast in their own right, a non-descriptive sound-format offering stunning visual and auditive escape from the music's stereotypes.
Alastis

Alastis

October 16, 2004
edited over 18 years ago
I would say that *Zoviet-France* do not create music - they create imaginary soundtracks to the movies that could've looked like something that we often see in dreams. Critics are trying to find terms for this genre - some are calling it dark ambient, some are calling it "isolationism", but in essence none of these terms will help us to define what it is really Zoviet-France are creating.
According to some sources, their work usually consists of months of improvisation and painstaking editing work. Results are hard describe with ordinary terms. Its meditative and hypnotizing, but at the same time it have nothing to do with new age. Its agressive (at least in the early phase), but it have nothing to do with power electronics or harsh noise. Its influential, but at the same time few heard about it outside of avant-garde/experimental circles.
So what is it, really ? A giant sound puzzle ? Hypnotizing sound walls ? *Zoviet-France* music might be all of it, but it doesn't fit into existing genres and musical schemes.
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