William S. Burroughs
Nothing Here Now but the Recordings
Dais Records
2023 repress
LP (clear)
2023 repress, edition of 750 copies
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1Captain Clark Welcomes You Aboard 0:24
2The Saints Go Marching Through All the Popular Tunes 4:12
3Summer Will 1:59
4Outside The Pier Prowled Like Electric Turtles 1:14
5The Total Taste Is Here, New Cut Ups 0:39
6Choral Section, Backwards 3:18
7We See The Future Through The Binoculars of the People 11:26
8Just Checking Your Summer Recordings 1:44
9Creepy Letter, Cut-Up at the Beat Hotel in Paris 1:57
10Inching , Is This Machine Recording 1:00
11Handkerchief Masks, News Cut-Ups 3:23
12Word Falling, Photo Falling 1:26
13Throat Microphone Experiment 1:01
14It's About Time To Identify Oven Area 1:10
15Last Words Of Hassan Sabbah 12:13

In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter Christopherson of (then-) Throbbing Gristle travelled to New York City to meet up at the fortified apartment, known as The Bunker, of famed beat writer and cultural pioneer William S. Burroughs and his executor James Grauerholz. Genesis and Sleazy started the daunting task of compiling the experimental sound works of Burroughs, which, up until that point, had never been widely heard.

During those visits, Burroughs would play back his tape recorder experiments featuring his spoken word »cut-ups«, collaged field recordings from his travels and his flirtations with EVP recording techniques, pioneered by Latvian intellectual Konstantins Raudive. Over the following year, P-Orridge, Christopherson and Grauerholz spent countless hours compiling various edits, each collection showcasing Burroughs sensitive ear and experimental prowess for audio anomaly within technical limitations. In early 1981, Burroughs had relocated to Lawrence, KS to escape the violence and manias of New York City life. There, P-Orridge and Christopherson put the finishing touches on the record that would be known as »Nothing Here Now but the Recordings«.

Released in Spring 1981, the album would end up as the final release on Industrial Records, brought about by the dissolution of Throbbing Gristle. It was quietly out of print until 1998, when John Giorno and the Giorno Poetry Systems included the album on a retrospective CD box set, which compiled the majority of Burroughs's seminal recordings. In 2015, Dais Records worked closely with the Estate of William S. Burroughs to finally re-release, for the first time in 36 years, a proper vinyl reissue of William S. Burroughs »Nothing Here Now but the Recordings« to celebrate the centennial anniversary of William S. Burroughs.

For the 2023 edition, Dais has remastered the audio with renowned engineer Josh Bonati, and restored the original artwork with a new dedication to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Peter Christopherson. Releasing in tandem with »Break Through In Grey Room«.