Birchville Cat Motel is a “one-man experimental music group” formed by New Zealander Campbell Kneale. The prolific artist works from his shed in the depths of Wellington to produce symphonic walls of drone/freenoise/outside music.
Kneale also runs the respected Celebrate Psi Phenomenon and Battlecruiser labels; C/Psi/P was initially set up to release his own work, and now also the work of noise/experimental/avante garde artists from NZ and abroad including Matthew Bower (under the name Mirag) and Simon Wickham-Smith, with forthcoming releases involving Tony Conrad, Richard Youngs and Alex Neilson
After starting out in the mid 90s with self-published tapes dubbed on demand, Kneale’s BCM project debuted on NZ label Corpus Hermeticum with We Count These Prayers
, followed by Siberian earth Curve
(Drunken Fish 1996), and the eponymous Birchville Cat Motel
(Insample, 1997). He has since developed a vast, hard-to-keep-track-of back catalogue, revealing in an interview posted on the Elsie and Jack label site that even he has difficulty recalling the exact number “…I forget how many... maybe 50-60?”
Although virtually unknown in New Zealand, he has toured extensively throughout Japan, America, Europe and Australia and has collaborated with other musicians including Lee Ranaldo, Neil Campbell, and Bruce Russell.
Kneale is also the man behind other respected monikers: the death metal wall-of-drone outfit Black Boned Angel; the sedate and beautiful controlled droning Lugosi; and Ming, which is "…just like Birchville Cat Motel just with a different name. To confuse people. I don't know why. Ming is a bit more experimental than BCM...I can try out different things... like dance music, or black metal or superquiet acoustic minimalism..." C.K.
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