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The CyberNoise Directives 2018 (Best Of Year 2018)

by Graham Needham (© 10th December 2018)

The CyberNoise yearly lists are compiled from the music that has been played the most by the CyberNoise team this year, using various metrics including iTunes play counts, longevity, personal memory and most importantly those albums still on rotation months after their release - they are in no specific order. Well done to everyone on this year's lists. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

10 Albums Of The Year 2018

Daniel B. Prothese vs versus Edwin Vanvinckenroye 99.9 front cover image picture

Daniel B. Prothese vs Edwin Vanvinckenroye

• 99.9
Rhys Fulber Your Dystopia, My Utopia front cover image picture

Rhys Fulber

• Your Dystopia, My Utopia
Chris Carter Chemistry Lessons Volume One original television TV series soundtrack front cover image picture

Chris Carter

• Chemistry Lessons Volume One
Finiflex Suilven front cover image picture

Finiflex

• Suilven
Front Line Assembly WarMech Original Game Soundtrack front cover image picture

Front Line Assembly

• WarMech (Original Game Soundtrack)
VNV Nation Noire front cover image picture

VNV Nation

• Noire
ADULT. This Behaviour front cover image picture

ADULT.

• This Behaviour
John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies Halloween {2018} Original Soundtrack front cover image picture

John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies

• Halloween {2018}(Original Soundtrack)
Gunship Dark All Day front cover image picture

Gunship

• Dark All Day
The Black Queen Infinite Games front cover image picture

The Black Queen

• Infinite Games

10 Compilations and Reissues 2018

Thief Of Hearts Soundtrack front cover image picture

Harold Faltermeyer + various artists

• Thief Of Hearts
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Remastered and expanded CD
John Foxx Metamatic front cover image picture

John Foxx

• Metamatic

3xCD box set
Signed editions were originally available direct from the John Foxx online store
Throbbing Gristle 2018 reissues front cover image picture

Throbbing Gristle

• 2018 reissues
Coloured vinyl LP or CD editions
• Heathen Earth
• Mission Of Dead Souls
• Journey Through A Body
Also available directly from Mute Bank.
Cyberaktif Tenebrae Vision front cover image picture

Cyberaktif

• Tenebrae Vision

CD / Digital with bonus single tracks
Also available (including FLAC format digital) directly from Artoffact's Bandcamp page.
Soft Cell Keychains & Snowstorms – The Soft Cell Story front cover image picture

Soft Cell

• Keychains & Snowstorms – The Soft Cell Story

9xCD+DVD box set
Initial mail order copies included a limited edition Mutant Moments poster.
Chris Carter Miscellany front cover image picture

Chris Carter

• Miscellany

Limited edition vinyl or CD box set
Also available directly from Mute Bank.
Controlled Bleeding Blistered Bags Of Fodder Swaying front cover image picture

Controlled Bleeding

• Blistered Bags Of Fodder Swaying

10xCD box set / digital albums
Individual digital albums (including FLAC format) available directly from Artoffact's Bandcamp page.
The Art Of Noise In No Sense? Nonsense! front cover image picture

The Art Of Noise

• In No Sense? Nonsense!

Remastered and expanded 2xCD / Digital
Various limited editions were available via the PledgeMusic campaign.
Nitzer Ebb 1982-2010 box set front cover image picture

Nitzer Ebb

• 1982-2010

Limited edition 10xLP box set
11xLP limited edition coloured vinyl edition exclusively available from the Pylon Records web site.
Howard Jones Human's Lib / Dream Into Action box sets front cover image picture

Howard Jones

• Human's Lib / Dream Into Action

Digital, CD, 2xCD+DVD, vinyl LP or deluxe box set
Also available directly from Cherry Red mail order.
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Officially Released Live Video Awards 2018

1st - John Carpenter - Live Retrospective 2016

--> As usual, only a few decent electronic music related live concerts were released on video in 2018 and in first place it has to be John Carpenter because, simply, it's John freakin' Carpenter, the horror master and synth wizard himself, playing live! Unfortunately, although released in glorious hi-def blu-ray it's only available direct from Storm King Productions with ridiculous shipping charges outside of the USA, but, again, it's John freakin' Carpenter!

Available on Blu-Ray directly from Storm King Productions.

2nd - Gary Numan - Savage - Live At Brixton Academy

--> Gary Numan has been the master of live shows going on 40 years now and this is yet another incredible live video for his videography. Featuring a lot of newer, harder material, it still has some modernised/darkened classics in the set list and as the live performance includes tracks from his Savage (Songs From A Broken World) album, which was a CyberNoise 2017 Directive in itself, this new live video is a must have.

Available on DVD+2xCD:
Also available as individual live videos via iTunes

3rd - Blutengel - Live im Wasserschloss Klaffenbach

--> Another great live video release, including a hi-def blu-ray edition, this time from the Germanic electronic goths…

Available on Blu-Ray+DVD+2xCD, Blu-Ray or DVD:

Blu-Ray+DVD+2xCD Blu-Ray DVD

Books of 2018

David Stubbs - Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music

--> David Stubbs charts the evolution of electronic music… SIGNED copies available from Rough Trade while stocks last!

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Pretending To See The Future

--> 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the world's most popular electronic bands, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. Pretending To See The Future is the first official OMD biography since 1987's Messages. Exclusive edition with flexi-disc available from PledgeMusic while stocks last!

Neil Tennant - One Hundred Lyrics And A Poem

--> Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proved himself to be one of the most elegant and stylish of contemporary lyricists. SIGNED copies available from Rough Trade while stocks last!

The CyberNoise Directives

Recommendations For 2019 - Watch and LISTEN out for them!
(Oh and BUY their stuff of course…)

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