nothing inside, archives.

From 2004-2007, we went through the initial (painful) phases of getting everything backed up off of diverse analog and digital sources into the computer and going through it all to sort of separate out the wheat from the chaff. When the smoke cleared, we wound up with about 200 hours of audio left, including

500+ tracks of unreleased and demo songs, spanning 2 decades

85 brap sessions from the "modern" NI period of 1997-2004

84 excerpted minutes from various interviews and promotional appearances

50+ live hours of NI, slitch, nekura, mit, and stiff kittenz performances

In addition, since the initial phase there have been about 50 live and studio-based improvisational experiments ranging from ambient to noise which will crawl out here someday.

We'll periodically release this stuff here whenever nostalgia strikes us. So far we've got two "albums" of material for your listening enjoyment:

nothing inside, archives one.

"extinct #2" 27-JAN-1997 3.37 MP3 (3,393k) I have no conscious memory of composing this, but from the title and date I suspect it's a discarded concept for the track of the same name on STRANGER (even though it sounds nothing at all like it).
"knowhorecare" 17-FEB-1998 5.46 MP3 (5,422k) A demo we really liked and kept trying to find a home for, but it just didn't seem to fit on DECAY or FALL.
"two roads #1" 11-MAY-1995 4.07 MP3 (3,864k) The first music written to go with the lyrics to "Two Roads", altogether different from the version composed with Mike and Chris in 1997 for HOST.
"out #2" 10-FEB-1997 6.10 MP3 (5,795k) Another discarded track from the STRANGER archives; again likely a substitute for the track that eventually made it on the album. Complete with bizarre two-minute aggro intro that was probably supposed to be a separate track.
"zone" 22-MAR-2000 2.28 MP3 (2,322k) A demo for FALL that got taken out fairly early on since it was "too upbeat".
B4C-SBB-06 06-JUL-2003 5.20 MP3 (5,013k) Mike and Rome in a particularly noisy improv session. IIRC, this was a couple of older keyboards run through various effect filters and output via a pair of cheap headphones clamped to a microphone.
38A-03 ??-AUG-1997 9.06 MP3 (8,540k) A late night improv session soon after Mike and Chris joined the band.
93C-CWM2-07 ??-MAR-2002 9.49 MP3 (9,216k) Chris, Mike and Rome in an improv session to blow off steam after working on FALL for 20+ hours straight the day before. The eerie haunting noise is Chris using a drumstick to manipulate a mostly broken electric guitar.
dead crosses (live) 08-JUL-1999 3.21 MP3 (3,149k) We never performed Dead Crosses all that much live, but we used it for this show as the opener, where it seemed to go over well.

For the most part, the titles are arbitrary; generally taken from file or sequence names or something scribbled on the source media.

nothing inside, archives two.

bootup 1995 1.08 MP3 (1,076k) What would have started SOMETHING STRANGE had it been released.
death blow 1993 3.05 MP3 (2,900k) The re-invention of a portion of concept album. Guest growling from Jason.
orpheus collapsing 1994 5.00 MP3 (4,705k) This track would have probably fit best on END but I don't know why it wasn't included there.
[push] 1994 3.35 MP3 (3,366k) This track had been around a long time prior to this, but this is probably the definitive version.
morphine spiders 1995 2.21 MP3 (2,212k) Written in an afternoon, dropped for being "too X-filesy".
shutdown 1995 1.15 MP3 (1,174k) What would have ended SOMETHING STRANGE.
strange 1995 3.25 MP3 (3,218k) I never really liked this re-working of the 1987 version; the version that wound up on STRANGER was far closer to the original.
this quiet hour 1995 5.20 MP3 (5,003k) I probably prefer this version to the one that wound up on FALL ;)
shadows 1995 4.23 MP3 (4,114k) I never really liked this re-working of the 1987 version; a bit too pop-oriented.

These are various unused tracks from the SOMETHING STRANGE sessions. Markedly different versions of Strange and This Quiet Hour from what was later released.