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The Prophetic Maw

Posted in Projects, Video with tags , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by scottsplatter

I just stumbled across this “video” someone made for a Gruntsplatter track via NME of all places. The video is really just a photo with the track played over it. The song comes from the split release with Slowvent I released on Crionic Mind back in 1998. The track was probably recorded in 1997. The CD was limited to 500 copies and has been sold out for a very long time.

The title, “The Prophetic Maw,” was inspired by a dream that a co-worker told me about, and that I was  in. I’m sure there are other details I am forgetting but the basic idea was this… In the dream I was insisting that she was very ill and I could tell that by the look of her teeth. I continued to hound her about being sick until she relented and had me pull out all of her teeth so that she wouldn’t die.  Psychiatrists, take your marks.

The title popped into my head after she told me the story. I jotted it down and here is the result….


Torture Chamber/Gruntsplatter – Bisect

Posted in Projects with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by scottsplatter

Wow, has a used copy of the “Bisect” cassette listed. This was released in 1995, and limited to 100 copies. It was the first release on Crionic Mind, and has been out of print for years. Torture Chamber was Jonathan Canady’s pre-Deathpile power electronics project, and the other member of Torture Chamber now does A Minority of One I believe. It was my first release, and is rather primitive but the core elements are there I think. I just had next to no gear back then. There are some reviews for it, mostly from Metal zines, when it was released on the Gruntsplatter page of my website under the “Split reviews” section.

The origin of the cover image of which many questions were asked over the years, most notably by the graphic designer I took it to to make the cover, is this… When I lived in San Diego I worked with a guy whose roommate worked for the coroner’s office. I didn’t really know the guy, only met him once or twice, I called him Dan Dan the Cadaver Man. I came home from work one day and a series of color photo copies had been shoved under my front door. This picture was one of them, and I can only imagine that Dan the Cadaver Man was responsible, I don’t remember actually seeing him after that to confirm.

In hindsight I wish I hadn’t used it actually, the fact that it was someone local and who had probably died not long before the image mysteriously appeared under my door, my conscience ultimately made me wish I had gone another direction with the art.

My side also features a tribute to Jeffrey Combs. I think this tape is the only Gruntsplatter release I have used samples on. It’s been a long time since I have listened to it. The Torture Chamber side is recorded live and features 4 tracks I believe, and mine is in the studio and is 8 or 9 tracks. If you have the Organ HarvestCDR I did of old and out of print stuff, the track  “Anesthetized” was recorded around the same time as the tracks on this cassette to give you an idea of what to expect.

Anyway, I was surprised to see that, and if you are a completest of either myself or Jon’s music than it’s cheaper than you will probably see it on eBay.

Greetings and Salutations

Posted in News with tags , , on May 4, 2009 by scottsplatter


Exquisite Dystopia is as an annex of my website Crionic Mind. Have a look, I just redid the whole thing… I intend to use this space for updates on my different projects and to prattle on about things I find interesting. I may post some fiction now and again, perhaps some forgotten relics from the last umpteen  years of doing music, I don’t really know…

For those wondering why I hadn’t updated the Crionic Mind site in a year and a half, it is a sordid tale of hard drive crashes and apathy. I lost a lot of info including…

– pretty much all the contact info I have built up since I started
– all the people that ever ordered anything from me
– all of the information on my existing inventory
– several of the programs I needed to cobble that stuff back together

So, I have finally just redesigned the site. It’s my first time using Dreamweaver, but I like how it turned out. The mail order catalog isn’t posted yet, but I will be working on going through and counting everything and putting a merch list back together over the next couple of weeks hopefully.

The only addresses or emails I have are people who I talked to regularly, if I talked to you irregularly your information is probably gone. Feel free to get back in touch.

That’s it for now…