Antony Milton
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Mrtyu: Durga (2005), 6/10
Mrtyu: The Burning Ground (2004), 7/10
Mrtyu: Blood Tantra (2006), 7.5/10 (compilation)
Mrtyu: Ritual Terra Continuii (2007), 7/10

Antony Milton is a New Zealand-born prolific experimental musician. Sirens And Where The Coloured Planes Are Rafts (Last Visible Dog, 2004), recorded in 1997/98, was stuck in old stereotypes of lo-fi pop, but Near/ Far (Celebrate Psi Phenomena, 2001), notably the 21-minute Envelop, showed a maturing intelligence, intent in finding a common denominator to industrial music, psychedelic music and droning music. Seen Through's Extant (Pseudoarcana, 2003) and Street's School Of Religious Studies (Pink Skulls, 2004) revisited Throbbing Gristle's noise-core. Siren Performance (Pseudo Arcana, 2003) documents an installation with Campbell Kneale on electronics. Mccleod-ganj (Pseudo Arcana, 2003) used the computer to produce melodic soundscapes inspired by glitch music.

Yet Marvellous Stasis (2003) and Stasis (2003), both credited to A.M., were abstract collages.

The Stumps, featuring drummer James Kirk (Sandoz Lab Technicians) and bassist Stephen Clover (Seht), recorded Split Fleet Dodge (Palindrone, 2006) in the vein of space-rock, and they stand as the only "rock" band that Milton played in.

Nether Dawn was the name invented for Whiskey Mute-Down (Last Visible Dog, 2005), a collection of various kinds of noisescapes.

Guitar Has Strings (2006), released under his own name, was a dadaistic exercise in guitar noise.

Mrtyu (the Sanskrit word for "death") instead focused on hyper-distorted droning doom-metal on Durga (Audiobot, 2005), with the eight-minute Monks Eat Children, a percussive and droning piece with unrecognizable chanting that evokes a religious ceremony, and especially The Burning Ground (Battlecruiser, 2004 - Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2005), with the wildly distorted and flute-tinged shamanic invocation The Burning Ground and the 16-minute Rites Of Death In Body Temple, a thick mayhem of industrial and gothic guitar noise, a manic reenaction of Throbbing Gristle's "death factory". The double-disc compilation Blood Tantra (20 Buck Spin, 2006) contains both recordings and adds the 17-minute Ash On Ash, a tumult of harsh spinning drones mixed with foghorn-like howls and galactic metallic dissonances that ends with a coda of cryptic sub-bass rumble. Monk Eats Children Ritual Terra Continuii (Tipped Bowler Tapes, 2007) contains two lengthy pieces: the disorienting, swirling, noisy, violent, exoteric Current 93-esque collage of Ritual Terra Continuii, and the gruesome epileptic radioactive freak-out Marriage Of Birth And Death, that sounds like a cacophonous remix of Chrome's Zombie Wardance. Ornate Shroud (Tipped Bowler Tapes, 2009) and Witchfucker (Aurora Borealis, 2012) opted for shorter compositions.

The ethereal ambient droning music, recorded outdoors, of With Throats As Fine As Needles (Digitalis, 2006) was the result of a supergroup with Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Motel), James Kirk (Sandoz Lab Technicians) and Richard Francis (Eso Steel). This more humane phase continued with other delicate works of droning music: Nether Dawn's Outer Dark (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, 2006) and the solo-organ Orla (Ikuisuus, 2007), again credited to A.M..

He even returned to the song format with The End Of This Short Road (Deserted Village, 2007), a collection of bedroom music (from 2000) that would have been more appropriate twenty years earlier at the time of New Zealand's lo-fi boom.

Glory Frckn Sun was a collaboration among Antony Milton, Ben Spiers (from Empty Mirror) and jazz percussionist Simon O'Rorke that released Vision Scorched (Pseudo Aracana, 2007) and Spectra (2008).

Mrtyu's Ornate Shroud (Tipped Bowler Tapes / Faunasabbatha, 2009) veered towards a more gentle and serene sound.

The duo of Antony Milton and James Kirk of Sandoz Lab Technicians recorded AKU (Heart & Crossbone, 2012) under the moniker Superbugger.

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