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Compendium 2005​-​2020

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Cyberhaze 05:15
Saturating 04:55
Aeronaut 08:28
Chimeras 04:48
Riten 04:53
Descent 06:29
Hydrocution 13:55
Long Gone 17:55


Thisquietarmy - Compendium : 2005 – 2020

A Collection Of Compilation Tracks, Remixed & Remastered

In 15 years of recording music as thisquietarmy, I was asked over 50 times to contribute a track for a compilation. A lot of times, the requests were for benefit compilations, with the purpose of raising money for causes ranging from natural disasters and international tragedies to social justice movements and animal rights, or simply for supporting the music community and for peer solidarity. Sometimes, they were curated under an artistic concept, following specific aesthetic sonic guidelines, while other times, they were a crossover of different genres and sub-genres. Either way, the global reach via the sum of different artists, curators and labels through their respective networks tend to help out everyone involved in a more efficient and collective way, which usually makes the endeavour worth the trouble.

A lot of these tracks were exclusive to the compilations, either by request or by choice. The process of recording an exclusive track for a compilation usually ends up being very different than for the case of an album. The context of the compilation can be as free and large as it can be limited and restraining. Oftentimes, I'd take the opportunity to try something new without hinges or barriers, that may end up as one-off sonic experiments. If it was impossible to provide original material at such short notice, I’d simply do a remix or an alternative edit of a previously released track, or I’d shape something out of forgotten jams that were already recorded and purposelessly lying around. They could also just be tracks that were left out of albums for various reasons, and these requests would provide them a new life and a suitable opportunity for release.

For "Compendium: 2005 – 2020", I've narrowed it down to 35 exclusive tracks that were specifically remixed & remastered for the purpose of this collection and sequenced in chronological order of their compilation's release. These tracks total well over 4 hours of sounds, which is a ridiculous amount of sounds that was quite easy to have missed out on, in this prolific sea of contributions over the years.

The criteria for the chosen tracks was that they had to be solo tracks not found on proper officially released albums, except for remixes and alternative edits. Compilation tracks that were released as "Hi My Quiet Tsar", an alter-ego anagram of thisquietarmy mostly used to differentiate the solo synth-based direction of thisquietarmy, were also included.

Excluded were non-exclusive tracks that appeared on compilations or promotional samplers that were either taken straight out of proper albums, or that were later released on proper albums - even though they sometimes were previously released on the compilation with a different working title, but that were essentially the same tracks. Exclusive collaborative tracks & non-thisquietarmy side-projects tracks that appeared on compilations have also been excluded.

That said, each of these tracks represents unique creative exercises of perhaps lesser importance on their own but have been contributed and used for purposes that went beyond the barriers of its singular existence. The result of all these missing fragments became an adjacent but remarkable collection of works of its own. Put together with care, this compendium completes the prevailing chapters of the TQA journey up to this point on, as of March 2021.

Thanks to all the labels and curators who previously releases these tracks, look what you’ve done!

Physical items are available in the form of USB drives hooked to custom TQA carabiner keychain, diptych postcards and/or framed prints, signed & numbered.

Click on each track for the details of the original release. EDIT - copied below. Here are the details of the original release of each track:

01. See You, Space Cowboy
Blanc: Résultat (2x 3" CD-R, 2005, Chat Blanc Records, Canada)

02. Cyberhaze 
Glass Cathedral, Comp #2 (Digital, 2006, Glass Cathedral, USA)

03. The Golden Record
String Theory: An Exploration of International Guitar Sounds (2x CD, 2007, Dreamland Recordings, Australia)

04. They Have Found Us
_Post (3" CD-R, 2009, [walnut+locust], France/Canada)

05. Aluminum Twin Snakes
5 ans de musique et de révolution (Book-CD, 2009, Chat Blanc Records/P572 Records, Canada)

06. The Clanging Chimes Of Doom
White Silber - A Cold Slow Xmas (Digital, 2009, Silber Records, USA)

07. Rocketship Shakedown 1969
Strange Encounters (3" CD-R, 2010, [walnut+locust], France/Canada) 

08. Sunday Awakening
Strange Invaders (3" CD-R, 2010, [walnut+locust], France/Canada) 

09. Sunday Regenerating
The Silence Was Warm, Vol. 3 (2x CD, 2011, Symbolic Interaction, Japan)

10. Saturating
Canadian Drones, Vol. 1 (CD-R, 2011, 0bpm, Israel)

11. The Battle Of Tohoku
More Hope For Japan (4x CD, 2011, Oxide Tones, Germany)

12. Aeronaut
Future Sequence #2 (Digital, 2011, Future Sequence, UK)

13. Fog Horn Ocean
Escala 2.3 - Volume 2.3.3 Snow (Digital, 2012, Escala, Spain)

14. Chimeras
CJLO 1690AM Presents "You're Related" Vol. 1: Montreal Artists Covering Montreal Artists (Digital, 2012, CJLO, Canada)

15. Funereal (Alt. Edit)
Ten - A [walnut+locust] 10 Year Celebration (Digital, 2013, [walnut+locust], Canada)

16. Mystical Spirit Rising
Shalabi Effect / thisquietarmy / .cut feat. Gibet "3x3 - Series Two - Volume Three (3" CD-R, 2013, [walnut+locust], Canada)

17. Feral Frailty
Free Kittens - A [walnut+locust] Compilation For Our Cat Colony (Digital, 2013, [walnut+locust], Canada)

18. Christuskirche Interlude
Moving Noises (CD, 2014, Midira Records, Germany)

19. Metallic Twilight
QRD - The Guitarists (Digital, 2014, Silber Records, USA)

20. Riten
MTL Tapes (3x Cassette, 2014, La Cohu, Canada)

21. Descent
Christmas Is Not Your Friend - Vol. 4 (Digital, 2014, Culture Is Not Your Friend, Israel)

22. The Black Sea MMXIV (Y Edit)
Post-Engineered, Vol. 1 (Digital, 2015, Post-Engineering, Greece)

23. Ruminations (Utech Remix)
And Suddenly Everything, Absolutely Everything, Was There (Digital, 2015, Utech Benefit, USA)

24. Hydrocution
Aciem / Flectre (4-Way Split Cassette, 2016, Noyade Records, Russia)

25. Euthanize Me, I Breed
My Montreal Includes All Dogs And Cats (Digital, 2016, [walnut+locust], Canada)

26. Subterranean Homebase
Drawn Against The Sun (Digital, 2017, Terranean Recordings, Finland)

27. Of All Turmoils Within The Ins Of The Outs
B A N I S H I N G (Digital, 2018, Fallen Lo-, Canada)

28. Twenty Thirty (Nine Four Two)
The Eternal Return Arkestra (Digital, 2018, Gizeh Records, UK)

29. Paths To Illumination (Sulfure Remix)
Sulfure Festival - Compilation 2019 (Digital, 2019, Sulfure Festival, France)

30. Lost Frequencies For Bhuts
Dronenuary (Digital, 2019, Silber Records, USA)

31. Algal Bloom (Solo Demo Version)
Memories Of A Lost City (Digital, 2020, Tokyo Jupiter Records, Japan)

32. A Call To Arms (BLM 1312 Redux)
Talk – Action = Zero - A Compilation Benefitting Black Lives Matter (Digital, 2020, Rough Trade Publishing/Bank Robber Music, USA)

33. White Crystalline On Fire
Retrieving Beirut Part 3/4 (Digital, 2020, Syrphe, Germany)

34. Long Gone
Cuch No Fest (Digital, 2020, Cuchabata Records, Canada)

35. New Normal x No Future
Thisquietarmy - Compendium: 2005-2020 (Digital, 2021, Thisquietarmy Records, Canada)


released March 5, 2021

All tracks on “Compendium: 2005 – 2020" were recorded & mixed between 2005-2020, then remixed & remastered from September 2020 to February 2021 at TQA.HQ, Montreal, QC, Canada by Eric Quach.

The diptych photos for the artwork were taken by Eric Quach at Réné-Lévesque Park on the Island of Montreal, facing the west sunset on the St. Lawrence River - September 2020.


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thisquietarmy is an experimental guitar-based project from Montreal, Canada. Revolving around improvised drone music, he takes his sonic experimentations further by adding textural and structural elements of post-punk/shoegaze, krautrock/spacerock & black/doom metal to them. The results can be described as dark, melodic, expansive & engaging dreamscapes. ... more



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