black lung

black lung

black lung: see pneumoconiosis.
Black Lung is an electronic and industrial music project by Australian musician David Thrussell, also known for his industrial bands Snog and the more ambient Soma.

The first Black Lung album, 1994's Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, was mostly composed of instrumental tracks taken from Snog's first album Lies Inc. and the Hey, Christian God single. A year later, the album was also released on Germany's Machinery Records as Silent Weapons for Silent Wars. Thrussell disowned this later release due to the incorrect title, changes made to the artwork, and the fact that the tracks were in the wrong order, destroying the album's continuity. Several more albums followed in subsequent years, eventually outpacing the number of albums Thrussell was releasing as Snog.

In 1999, Thrussell collaborated with John Sellekaers from Xingu Hill to produce the 10" EP The Andronechron Incident, purportedly a soundtrack for an obscure Italian science fiction film. A full-length CD of the same title, containing many more additional tracks, was released in 2002 .

Thematically, Thrussell has used the project as an opportunity to indulge his fascination with conspiracy theories, with many album and track titles referencing conspiracies. Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, also used by Wu-Tang Clan, refers to a document which came to light in the mid 1980s detailing a New World Order plan. Rhic-Edom is a direct reference to the acronym RHIC-EDOM: Radio-Hypnotic Intracerebral Control & Electronic Dissolution of Memory. The albums' liner notes frequently contain essays on various esoteric subjects, excerpted from conspiracy books or written by Thrussell himself.

Since 1999, nearly all Black Lung releases have been on German industrial label Ant-Zen.

Discography

Albums

  • Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars - (CD) 1994 - Dorobo, Machinery, Think-Tank • (CD) 1995 - Machinery • (Pic LP, Ltd. Edition) 1998 - Ant-Zen
  • The Depopulation Bomb - (CD) 1994 - Iridium • (CD) 1995 - Fifth Colvmn Records • (2xLP, CD) 1995 - Nova Zembla
  • The More Confusion... The More Profit / Eugenics - (CD EP) 1995 - Nova Zembla, Iridium • (LP) 1995 - Nova Zembla
  • Rhic-Edom - (CD EP) 1996 - Helix²
  • The Disinformation Plague - (CD) 1996 - Nova Zembla, Helix² • (CD) 1997 - Metropolis
  • Uncomfortable Questions for Comfortable People - (CD Maxi) 1996 - Helix²
  • The Psychocivilised Society - (CD) 1997 - Nova Zembla
  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions - (CD) 1998 - Nova Zembla
  • Gizmo Prediction Fallout - (12") 1999 - Nova Zembla
  • The Andronechron Incident - (10") 1999 - Ant-Zen • (CD) 2002 - Ant-Zen
  • The Great Architect - (CD) 1999 - Nova Zembla
  • The Wonderful and Frightening World of Black Lung - (2xCD) 1999 - Rollercoaster Recordings
  • Rhic-Edom - (12") 2000 - Ant-Zen
  • Profound and Sentimental Journey - (12") 2001 - Ant-Zen • (CD EP) 2001 - Ant-Zen
  • Abnormality Broadcast / Sickly Seratonin Squeeze / Gizmo Production Fallout - (12") 2002 - Atomic Reactor
  • The Sound of Meat - (10") 2003 - Ant-Zen
  • The Grand Chessboard - (CD, LP) 2004 - Ant-Zen
  • The Grand Chessboard + The Sound of Meat - (CD Maxi, Ltd. Ed.) 2004 - Ant-Zen
  • Karmageddon - (12") 2005 - Ant-Zen
  • The Coming Dark Age - (CD) 2005 - Ant-Zen, Psy-Harmonics • (CD) 2006 - Crunch Pod
  • Concrete Octopus - (LP) 2006 - Ant-Zen

Compilation appearances

  • How to Use Machinery Vol. III - (CD) 1994 - Track #10 "Somatime" - Machinery
  • Trash Trance - (CD) 1994 - Track #1 "The Banque of Worms" - PBS Recordings
  • Forced Cranial Removal - (CD) 1995 - Track #12 "The Unreality Industry" - Fifth Colvmn Records
  • Natural Born Techno 2 - (2xCD) 1995 - Disc #1, Track #4 "Eugenics - Second Movement" - Nova Zembla
  • The Year of Silence - (CD) 1995 - Track #8 "Rex 84", Track #9 "Meat Manager" - Dorobo
  • 3rd Side of the Record Compilation Two - (CD) 1996 - Track #3 "Domint (Horselover Fat)" - Bored Beyond Belief
  • Ahimsâ - (CD) 1996 - Track #4 "Question Four" - Harmonie
  • Blue Sector Vol 2: The Masters of Melbourne - (2xLP) 1996 - Disc #1, Side B, Track #3 "Question One" - Blue Sector
  • Zeitgeist 2 - (2xCD) 1996 - Disc #2, Track #11 "Sinister Control Minority" - If?
  • Beauty >> Forward - International Avantgarde Computer Enhancements - (CD) 1997 - Track #7 "Question Two" - Helix²
  • Dark Techno One/Nine-Nine - (CD) 1997 - Track #3 "The More Confusion... The More Profit (Deviant Creation)" - Quantum Loop
  • Intelligent Inside - (CD) 1997 - Track #1 "I Have No Mouth" - OffBeat
  • Narcosis: A Dark Ambient Compilation - (2xCD) 1997 - Disc #2, Track #3 "Unconvincing Simulations of Happiness Part II" - Credo
  • Natural Born Techno 6 - (CD) 1997 - Track #10 "Sinister Control" - Nova Zembla
  • Shock Dance Sampler - (CD Sampler) 1997 - Track #22 "Question Three" - Shock
  • Future Noir - A Collection - Beats For a New Dark Age - (2xCD) 1998 - Disc #2, Track #4 "Sinister Control Minority" - Nova Tekk, Credo
  • Lágrimas de Miedo N°5 - Kimota (CD) 1998 - Track #1 "Drachanalia Part 2" - Fear Drop
  • Natural Born Techno 7 - (CD) 1998 - Track #8 "The Club of Smokers" - Nova Zembla
  • Hard Bodies - (CD) 1999 - Track #11 "Untitled" - Klangkrieg
  • Natural Born Techno 9 - (CD) 1999 - Track #4 "Gizmo Prediction" - Nova Zembla
  • Teknoir - (2xCD) 1999 - Disc #1, Track #2 - "Drachanalia Pt. 1" - Hymen Records
  • Earthcore • Dirty Week - (2xCD) 2000 - Disc #1, Track #6 "Gizmo Prediction Fallout" - Earthcore Recordings
  • You Know My Name - (CD) 2000 - Track #6 "Gizmo" - Moonshine Music
  • Electro-Fiction - (CD) 2001 - Track #14 "Gizmo Prediction Fallout" - XIII BIS Records
  • Maschinenfest 2001 - (2xCD Ltd. Ed.) 2001 - 'Blue' disc, Track #11 "Prema" - Pflichtkauf
  • D-Side 11 - (CD) 2002 - Track #12 (as Black Lung & Xingu Hill) "The Mysteries of the Worm" - D-Side
  • Magnox - (CD) 2002 - Track #6 "Despotic Heroic Diversion", Track #11 "Abnormality Broadcast (Remix)" - Atomic Reactor
  • Belio:CD:War - (CD) 2003 - Track #10 "In the Trenches", Track #11 "The First Bomb Falls", Track #12 "Catastrophic Cognitive Void (End Remix)" - Hymen Records
  • Daruma - (2xCD) 2003 - Disc #2, Track #9 " Autocratic Zeit Swift" - Ant-Zen
  • Fracture - (CDr) 2004 - Track #32 "Prema" - Bruits De Fond
  • Iconic - (CD) 2004 - Track #5 "Autocratic Zeit Shift" - Elejam, Psy-Harmonics
  • D-Side 29 - (CD) 2005 - Track #3 "The Great Automobile Hunt" - D-Side
  • Distorted 2005 - (2xCD) 2005 - Disc #1, Track #5 "The Great Automobile Hunt" - Not on a label
  • Good-bye Sunshine - (CDr) 2005 - Track #11 "Prema" - Bruits De Fond
  • Deep Down Under - (CD) 2006 - Track '1g' "The View from Hubbert's Peak" - Freeze Magazine
  • Maschinenfest 2006 - (2xCD) 2006 - Disc #1, Track #6 "Concrete Octopus (Systemdeath Miqs By Hecq)" - Pflichtkauf
  • Die! (CDr, Ltd. Ed., Promo) 2007 - Track #13 "The Great Automobile Hunt" - Not on a label

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