AF044 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 14.6: Avant-Tarde: Tardcore

Compop 14.6: Avant-Tarde: Tardcore

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After touring extensively, including the National Gallery in Canberra, the University of Woollongong, and the Arthouse in Melbourne, Buttress took the new songs she’d been trying out on audiences (like ‘Dexodus’ and ‘I Like’) and placed them alongside live experiments with AudioMulch (with source material ranging from Guns N Roses, to Crystal Waters, to Wu Tang Clan), as well as several pieces she’d composed for other projects (including ‘Some Assembly Required’s 50/50 compilation). Continues in her fine tradition of straddling the line between breakcore, mashup, and pure dada.

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AF038 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compact Scipppp

Compact Scipppp

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In the year 2000, Buttress O’Kneel (with the help of her housemates at the time, fellow artists Mantis Sage, Aynat Sool, Panthera Leo, and A D MacHine) began documenting the artistic works of several robots that had achieved unprogrammed sentience. These robots were never designed to be creative, but, perhaps through simple wear and tear, commonplace quantum occurrences, or perhaps through their own dogged persistence, these robots began displaying artistic musickal tendencies, reworking and remixing standard CDs into stuttering, abstracted comments on modern humyn culture. Every night, as the humyns sat down in front of the stereo and attempted to play some musick, the robots would take over and present them with an astounding improvised glitchfest of cultural detournement and live sonic manipulation. Thankfully for us, Buttress and her friends have captured much of those heady A.I. jam sessions for us to enjoy to this day.

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AF037 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 13.4: Theoretical Metapop

Compop 13.4: Theoretical Metapop

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With her Snares-influences fading, Buttress returned to her unique musickal place, straddling pop, mashup, and breakcore, this time creating a musical flow that brings to mind her ground-breaking “MegaMegamix”, and the “meme-couplets” of “MemeCore”. With a blend of glitch-pop and mashcore, and such sources as Madonna, Dethklok, Bowie, Dead Kennedys, Portishead, and Popcorn, O’Kneel creates a break-heavy megamix that pauses only to deliver every expletive Samuel L Jackson unleashes in “Pulp Fiction”, condensed into one single surreal stream of abuse, before screeching back off again into popmangled madness. This is the album that MySpace wouldn’t let her upload.

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AF036 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 12.4: NonCore

Compop 12.4: NonCore

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Buttress decided to follow her accessible, poppy, enjoyable album “Hard DadaPop” with one of the most difficult listens she’s ever created. Although she writes this album off as simply “what happens when I listen to too much Venetian Snares”, it still has the unmistakable “O’Kneel” stamp all over it. Sure, it’s mostly all in 7, sure, it’s 100% extreme digital breakcore, and, sure, it’s filled with stretched and glitched noise passages that would make Mr Funk shake his furry head, but it also incorporates enough elements of Billy Idol, Black Sabbath, Operator Please, and I Dream Of Genie that it could only be the work of B’O’K. More like an EP that remixes itself three times than an album.

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AF035 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 11.1: Hard DadaPop

Compop 11.1: Hard DadaPop

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With the tenth in the compop series “Classic Hits: Live 2007” being dedicated to live reinterpretations of many of her classic pieces (transformed through a CDJ and several guitar pedals), this return to the studio took Buttress to new realms entirely. Inspired and freshened, her ear turned once again to the multi-mash-up, and pushing the genre as far as it could go. One of her poppiest releases since “Hyperpop”, this album sees Bjork and Bowie hijacked into glitch-n-bass, Led Zeppelin and Young MC fused at the riff, and Enya coupling with Morbid Angel’s drummer, all glued together with The Knife’s “Heartbeats”, and ending with a long drifting live track from 2006.

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AF034 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 9.2: PostCoreCore

Compop 9.2: PostCoreCore

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After her triumphant “core” series was wrapped up with the invention of “corecore”, Buttress was determined to be the first to go beyond it. So, while others were still trying to come to terms with the concepts behind “corecore”, she created the mind-bending new genre “post-corecore”. Not only does this album apply the tools and strategies developed in the “core” trilogy to works by artists such as Yes, Rihanna, Madonna, and the B-52’s, but it again extends the “core” genre with the inclusion of heart-breaking MOR ballads, stretched noisescapes, drone-based live material, and her infamous Windows-cracking track that was used to close the documentary “Steal this Film II”. Interwebmegalink-approved.

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AF033 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 8.1: CoreCore

Compop 8.1: CoreCore

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The final in her “core” trilogy, “CoreCore” again revels in the grunting syncopation of breakcore, but mixes it with an altogether softer touch. As well as the classic Public-Enemy-meets-the-Seinfeld-theme opening track, O’Kneel incorporates several of her more psychedelic-drone live tracks (created with a CDJ and a buncha guitar pedals). Although, there’s still plenty of filthy breakcore (including the cookie-monster-metal-mashup “C is For Satan”), this final in the “core” trilogy sees her wrapping up the series with a focus on what breakcore can become, rather than what it already is.

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AF032 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 7.2: MemeCore

Compop 7.2: MemeCore

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Following on from the broken shitcore of Compop 6.66, Buttress gives us the second in her “core” trilogy; a meme-splicing dadaist culture-tweaking album that straddles both the worlds of breakcore and mashup, to create something truly unique. With several tracks blending together to create longer pieces (“aural meme-couplets” as she calls them), this album draws its sources from the likes of Skyhooks, the Pussycat Dolls, and Shakira. To accompany the frenetic and sometimes-painful breakcore tracks, she intersperses them with pure mash tracks like “Get One Thing Right” (where she simply places J-Lo and Amerie over each other), and ends with an insane live drone track, recorded live at Black Lotus’s “ArseCore”, 2006.

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AF031 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 6.66: ShitCore

Compop 6.66: Shitcore

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O’Kneel’s first deliberate foray into the ubiquitous “distorted-and-cut-up-amen-break” genre known as “breakcore”, this album sees her applying it to as many unlikely and inappropriate sources as possible: Radiohead, the Beatles, even Peter Allen. As well as trying to reinvent breakcore as a pop phenomenon, she simultaneously makes her beats filthier and more jarring, creating what she dubbed “shitcore”. Not only does this album cover the entire gamut of her shitcore techniques (a style she never fully manages to shake off on any of her albums to follow), but it contains the dancefloor-shaking pop sensation “No Bananas”, as well as four bonus live tracks from her megadistorted “MONO” recordings of 2004.

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AF030 – Buttress O’Kneel – Compop 5.3: HyperPop

Buttress OKneel - Compop 5.3: HyperPop

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After her explorations into bastard pop (her previous two albums were “Bastard Pop” and “MegaBastard”), Buttress wanted to return to the minutely-sliced memetic Frankenstein-techniques she had honed so well on her second Compop release “MegaMegamix”, but with an ear more attuned to artists like Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. As she describes it, she “wanted to push bastard pop into the shape of drum-n-bass, or something”, using artists like Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, the Black Eyed Peas, and Kelis as source material. Both poppy and jarring, both revolutionary and sentimental, this may be her most iconic and unique recording to date.

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