Dirty Knobs – Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell


Dirty Knobs – Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell

Release: February 1, 2011

Every effort was made to preserve the original quality of this recording. The shifting, actively oppressive nature of the environment had an irreversible effect on both the equipment and personnel. As a result, some damage was permanent.


“…I have little more to add…I swear I can hear organs playing from inside a pit…Wonderful.”
—Warren Ellis, writer of Transmetropolitan and Gun Machine

“…something quite extraordinary…haunting at points and shimmeringly beautiful at others. It sort of makes me want to listen to it forever.”
—Andrea Swensson, City Pages/Gimme Noise

“This is the music of R’lyeh. The songs sung by choirs of fallen angels, the inverse music of the spheres. Qlippothic music…Damn, this stuff EVOKES.”
—MG Farrelly, librarian

“[9/10] Dall’altro lato, è un segno forte dell’epoca storica in cui viviamo: così che uno dei più straordinari casi nell’odierna musica ambient (in senso ampio) nasce dalla “banale” manipolazione di un software. Si trattasse anche solo di esperienza sonora una tantum, essenzialmente “epidermica” e destinata all’oblio, il suo valore va ben oltre quello dell’oggetto curioso. Se rifiutandovi di accettarla come opera autonoma aveste l’ardire di chiamarla Truffa, sappiate che io ne ho altrettanto per chiamarlo Miracolo.”
—Michele Palozzo \ ondarock.it

“Thick, brooding and unforgiving…an interactive sonic canvas experiment, custom colored by the listener’s current emotional state.”
—Greg Swan, Perfect Porridge

“…without a doubt, worth all of that hard drive space.”

“…what is so remarkable is also just how ‘musical’ it sounds, unlike a lot of dark ambient, both widely praised and obscure, it’s not just a bunch of background sound effects, there’s a real sophistication, elegance, and well, just “composed” feel to these compositions that you can grasp and play over in your head to haunt you long after it’s all ended.”

“4.5/5—Nearly perfect / Uncommon beauty”
“7.5/8—Special record / Truly beautiful”

“…Sunn O))) meets Arnold Schonberg meets My Bloody Valentine meets Skinny Puppy meets Nurse With Wound in an instrumental wall of sound that’s as psychedelic and horrifying as it is beautiful.”
—Styrofoam Boots

“Der Preis für das wahnsinnigste Album des Monats geht aber zweifelsohne…”
Beat magazine, Germany

“…conjured up all sorts of images from some eternal nether world like a Beksinski painting, or the space and solitude of Dante or Milton’s depictions of Hell, or real life wastelands like an Antarctic plain…”

“…not office music. I realize this now. Sitting at my desk looking around nervously. Not sure who or what to trust.”
—@BenBurton, paranoid office worker

“Spent 9-10 hours with the curtains drawn, lights off and the volume waaaaaaaaaaaaay up and started feeling like I was having an out of body experience. F–king glorious.”

“I’m not quite sure if I’d qualify that as hipster music. Unless the hipster was also a lich or something.”

“…feels more like a soundtrack to…well anything dreary…It’s hard to pick a favorite…”
—Daily CD Discoveries

“Amazing dark ambient, very long. Great stuff.”
—Badger Blog

“I Think We May Have Just Received Tr00′s Album Of The Year In Our Email”
—Number of the Blog

“…something amazing…I get all sorts of ideas for really weird games.”
—Krystian Majewski

“La mia camera ora è una grotta e mi preparo un fuoco contro i dinosauri fluorescenti che mi attendono all’uscita.”
—Vice Magazine

“…ponad 480 minut drone/ambient/noisu tylko dla twardzieli.”
—Neiz nas tego


“@theQuietus: Listening to eight hour long noise album called ‘Field Recordings From The Edge Of Hell’. That’s livin’ alright.”

“I can see this driving me crazy after a while. Well, crazier.” @aspeed

“…one of the best atmospheric albums I’ve ever heard.” @Greydius

“I bought this…over two months ago and I’ve gotten so much listening of it / I dare you to listen to this whole album in one sitting” @syphoon

“What a bargain: one dollar for eight hours of beautiful noise…” @_allroy

“Best background music for concentrating on work so far” @davidjbarton

“Hämmentävää kamaa.” @mandrl


“It’s sort of put me in this state where everything else in my playlists sounds annoyingly short.”

“…conjured up all sorts of images from some eternal nether world like a Beksinski painting, or the space and solitude of Dante or Milton’s depictions of Hell, or real life wastelands like an Antarctic plain…”

“The fire horns is amazing.”

“Keep me informed of further episodes of insanity.”