Welcome to sound animal's music


 Sound Animal's music ranges feral beyond traditional human constraints.

From coverage of a single:  "Rampaging Metal: California’s Sound Animal brings the scorching heat with ‘Botulism Cafe’

Shredding the walls down one by one with a totally intoxicating ambiance that shall heighten all your inner senses out of any self-enforced slumber, Sound Animal ravages our previously-innocent ears with his latest track ‘Botulism Cafe‘.

There is a fiery explosion of blaring sounds from a truly possessed artist who is in the prime of his career – with the gusting winds of creativity roaring down on him – like a hungry Lion who needs a snack right now as his belly rumbles furiously. The ear-piercing energy is quite overwhelming at times, with a booming speaker-breaking force that is unlike anything heard so far in 2021. 

‘Botulism Cafe‘ from the experimental dark doom California-based solo artist Sound Animal, is an almost eight minute experience that shall have your over-stimulated mind feeling rather enraptured with this whole experience. This is loud, brash and in your face, with no let ups for a breath at all. Exactly the way it was intended after all." Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Instruments: Sound Animal uses electric guitars including Gibson The Paul II 1996, Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 bass, drum kit, one-off lap steel slide, bodhrán, dulcimers, a variety of bows including violin, voice, silver flute, Greek double shepherd's flute, harmonica, Indonesian suling, Bolivian triangle drum, pungi (snake charmer pipe), khaen (Thai mouth organ), melodica, recorder, double wind wand, penny whistle, slide whistle, boatswain's pipe, synth, jaw harp, and lots of found objects, sometimes electrified with external pick-ups, for example, electric tennis racket -- racket with an external pickup attached and run through pedals.


ReverbNation review of Skyfall: "The sound is incredibly uncomfortable and hard to listen to. It's awful and should be banned as torture. Worst thing I've heard on here ever."

Labels: Kryrart Ambient, Kryrart Records, Camembert Electrique, Cousin Silas Emporium, Dark Stereo, Sounds for the Soul Records.


Genres: These pages organize the songs according to approximation to genres and moods through the poetic allusions in the titles of the pages. At the bottom of the each page the inspiring genres are defined. Pages: Break Out is aggressive, bombastic, intense, loud prompting toward freedom. The Strangeness includes ambient scenes portrayed in dramatic locations and there's a surreal quality in these moods to inhabit. Dreaming of Sleep is heavier stuff a little more genre in the addictive styles like Psychedelic Stoner Doom. Guitar is mostly simple guitar alone, without any easily approximated genre. Most of the music includes experimental elements, at home in experimental radio shows such as R Duck's Sound Wheels, KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. Other pieces are played on shows like It's Psychedelic, Baby! podcast by the Night Tripper.


Location: Berkeley, California. Collaborators on certain pieces live in many locations in and outside the US.


Audience: Mostly SoundCloud and Pandora, plus radio and podcasts. Listens on Spotify or YouTube, where Sound Animal is more obscure, are appreciated.

For Russian listeners: An interview in Russian by disko-je.


About: An Experimental California genre-defying band playing a wide variety of unexpected instruments. The pieces are often intense ambient spaces to inhabit, ranging from silly to dystopian. The project was founded by Rosemary Bensko (Sound Animal/SA) in June 2021, and SA produces the music. Most of the music is progressive through-composed fugue motifs with layers of polyphony.

There are some collaborations with various people under the Sound Animal moniker, such as Steve Gilmartin, Tom McCarthy (1), Igor Iofe, Psychedelic Maybem, MXD, Chris Nolte forthcoming, remixes by The Infinite Wimshurst, The Fall of Saigon) joint ventures - and XAW who improvised a lot with SA, and SA is still releasing it.

The Experimental music is influenced by Experimental Dark/Ambient, Psych Rock, Noise Rock, Doom, Drone, Romantic Era, and Schoenberg's Free Variation and sliding vocal innovations. The music is often heterophonic overdubbing, forming a wall of sound.  Nods to Earth, Swans, Caspar Brotzmann Massaker, Ty Segall. Sound Animal is at heart very heavy. But Sound Animal doesn't have big ol' stacks of amps or rehearsal space. So, Sound Animal makes apartment music.

Interviewer of: bands and musicians, primarily for Cave Dweller Music.


There are an inordinate number of tracks released so far, all available on SoundCloud and Bandcamp and many on Pandora, Spotify,  YouTube, etc.



1. Pandemic Assistance (complete with dissonance and bedbiting)


2. Epigenetic Roadtrip (deserty trip through your DNA fire)


3.Lost in Space with Babies (electro-acoustic space-rocky dark to light ambient) -- since removed. Should probably have kept it. Oh well.

4. Out Your Cages (dystopian inspirational for noble outlaws) heavy on the pungi, melodica and harmonica.


5. Treelife  (single instrumental piece that began with a jam with XAW on guitar and SA on bass. Then SA added layers with multiple instruments.

6. Fungal Cymbal (one abstract piece with XAW on guitar and SA on creative ambient percussion on a cymbal.)

7. Liminal The concept is liminal noise-spaces, and it includes collaborations with Igor Iofe, Steve Gilmartin, and XAW.

8. Water Jar Suite (five experimental ambient songs based on Chris Nolte's playing of a jar of water.) Only on Bandcamp and SoundCloud.

9. Nighten -- electroacoustic experimental dark ambient sexy dangerous city soundscapes.



1. Cinematic tone stories that transport you to dramatic locations, like sleepwalking in the snow, the meowing nuns of France, or harvesting ice while the villagers do a folk dance, in NewSoundLand released by Kryrart Ambient November 30 2021 on Bandcamp.

2. Dystopian deathly Death of Ages with Kryrart Records July 10 2022 on Bandcamp. The albums are also available through Sound Animal's Bandcamp. You can keep track of Sound Animal's music by subscribing to new releases on Bandcamp.

3. By Voicelight  (melodic, accessible lyrical, poignant, sincere, singing)

4. Untameable (Experimental music based on creative acoustics.)

5. Unboxing (Experimental electronic dance) on Camembert Electrique label.

6. That's My Fish (Experimental music with XAW on guitar.) also on Camembert Electrique label

7. Real Strange Delusions (all character POV story songs) with Camembert Electrique Aug 2

Mr Jenkins  (Kosmische/ Experimental Psych Rock, with XAW trading off on drums and guitar, SA adding many layers as well) Camembert Electrique)

The Crystal Galleon (Experimental with XAW) on Camembert Electrique Aug 30

Run Play Now (Sound Animal X A.J. Kaufmann) Kosmische. https://soundcloud.com/soundanimal/sets/sound-animal-x-a-j-kaufmann


Compilations, Mixtapes, and Playlists


Interaction of Souls mix by disko_je with several Sound Animal songs.

"Made of Water" in Water 1 compilation album, Cousin Silas Emporium June 2023

"We Are Earth" in The Four Elements: Earth compilation album, Cousin Silas Emporium March 2023

"The Persistence of Forgetting" in Emporium Winter Collection compilation album 3 Jan 2023

 "Botulism Cafe" in Avant Void 1 holiday album

"March of the Syncophants" in the Darkstereo Compilation

"Made of Water" in Sounds for the Soul Record's Experimental Ambient compilation

On Long Drone/Noise on Spotify (along with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Earthless, Sunn (((O))), Velvet Underground, Swans, Spacemen 3, Boris, Merzbow...) 

"Existential Skull" on 2nd Accident's Existential Ambient Mixtape on YouTube and MixCloud 

"Walk Your Mastodon" on Spotify Playlist 2021 Psychedelic Stoner Doom, Sludge Rock and Metal

"Listen Aloud" in Stoner Doom Sludge Psyche playlist on Spotify along with Bardo Pond and Earth
"Listen Aloud" on The General's Stoner Rock Army podcast

On various changing playlists, such as

Sometimes in SoundCloud's charts, such as -- was number 7 in New And Hot Folk and Singer-Songwriter

Collaborators in Sound Animal: There are some collaborations with various people under the Sound Animal moniker. You can find the songs in the Coll-Aborations page.

The Fall of Saigon (4) joint venture-- France

Steve Gilmartin (6) -- California

Tom McCarthy of TM's Sundae Sauce (1)

Igor Iofe (1) Netherlands

Psychedelic Mayhem (1) joint venture  -- Poland

Gavin Saunders of The Infinite Wimshurst (2 remixes) -- UK

XAW, (26)  forthcoming albums as well -- California

Chris Nolte (5) Forthcoming EP, Water Jar Suite in which he plays water jar-- Washington

A.J. Kaufmann -- singles and also forthcoming Psych Rock/Kosmiche album, Run Play Now -- Poland

Sound Animal featured on other people's music --

SPRED (1) (Fiending Records)

TM's Sundae Sauce (1)

A.J. Kaufmann  Bard's Woman in the Cool of the Summer Breeze (4) (on CD from The Swamp Records)
A. J. Kaufmann Reversed Days
A.J. Kaufmann Global Zion


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Special Radio Shows

“Unimaginable” on Like a Button Dec 6 2023 
Falling behind in linking, will catch up….

"Sea Pals" Sound Wheels Dates Oct 18 2023

 "Fleet" Jumbles Tumbles and Rumbles Oct 11 2023

 "Sky Curtain" One's Own Infinity Sept 27 2023

"Mirrored Self-Identification" Slippy Slidey Aug 30 2023

"Jumping Frenchmen of Main Condition" on Lil Jumper Aug 2023

"Delusions of Immortality" on Tutles on the Riva

 "Exploding Head Syndrome" on Jumpy Lumpy

 "Storm Cellar" on Trapper Keeper
"Can't Trust Jenkins" on Mother's Lil Brother
"The Underwater" on Noodles in the Kitchen

"Or What" on Claim Jumper

 "We Like Food Do You" on The Fourth 1/5th

"Strange Friends" on Two Step Twenty June 2023

"Scraper" on Lil Frogs Adventure
"Stride" on Leopard Stripes

"Exploding Head Syndrome" on Later Days - Turns a GORound

"Duck, Otter, and Me," on Bring Home

"What Are You Not Thinking" on Lazy Q April

"I Am Cymbal" on More Green March

"Handed Ones" on Andrew Backhouse's Parish News March 2023 The Parish News is heard weekly on Resonance EXTRA, Harrogate Community Radio, Soundart Radio & KBOG.

"Attack Wails" on It's Psychedelic, Baby! Feb

"Screamer" on Snow on the Barbie Feb 2023

"A Life" on More Rain than the Sun

"Irreversible Logic of Water" on Auntie Gravitie's Garden January

"Parts: on Shuffle and Wonder January

"Spider of Delight" on Clouds Over the Water Jan 2023

"Inside" on Hall Free Jan 4 2023

"Untold Story" on Clawhammer Crow Dec 2022

"Unproven Memory" on Rolling with Fresh Lunches Dec 7 2022

"Melodica Mansion" on Dali's Dollie Nov 30 2022

"You Go" at Stanford 09.1 FM Like a Boar in a Pickle

Song on the radio in Cincinnati - Cincyunderground

"Inspite Out" on the Hands Over Foots episode of the R Duck Show at KZSU

"Party Juice" on Fogs Best Horns

Premiering "Charles Bonnet" on -/Mr. Fink

"Dew of the Sea" on Wiggles and Prune

"Hot Skate" on Four Yore Ears

"Plasma Fields' on the the August 2022 Night Tripper's It's Psychedelic, Baby! podcast along with Boris, Da Captain Trips and Aiden Baker.

"The Black Pearl" on Over the Underpass

"The Return of the Rooster Dreamlord" on Places and Mats

"Sky Fall" on Psychic Tuesday Radio on Substrate Radio.

 "Warn" on Kitchens out of KZSU at Stanford.

"Sky Fall" on Limbering Lumber

"The Persistence Of Forgetting" on Essence Extracts.

 "Ferals in the Rubble" on One Flows Over the Craken Nest

"Ambiguous" on Mouse on a Chair

"Reality Experiment" on Sound Wheels episode Odd Ball Running, out of KZSU radio station.

"Let Out Your Storm on the Neck and Nick episode

"Dew of the Sea" on Boardwalk Room

"Inti-Mate" on Sky Doo 23

"Outlaw of No" on Sound Wheels episode Tapioca Melodies.

"Bug Bridge" on the R Duck Show episode Slices of Dices.

"Hedgehog" on the R Duck Show episode Firedrum.

"Here We Do What We Have Always Wanted" on the R Duck Show Sound Wheels show, episode Marshmallow World

"Listen Aloud II" on the R Duck Show, Sound Wheels, episode One in the Hand

"Dew of the Sea" on the R Duck Show, episode E-Thicks.

"What it Wants to Be" on The Whizbanger Show episode 120

"Existential Skull" on Psychic Tuesday Radio.

"Amphibians,We" on Ingrown Radio Episode 32.

"Dream Logic" on R Duck Show episode Bringing Home the Baking and also on Blum and Crumb

"Owls of the Old World" on Paul C Wilm's Psychic Tuesday Radio, the Processions episode Jan 25 2022

"Hold My Knife by the Blade" on The Night Tripper's It's Psychedelic, Baby! episode 68.

"Inside" on the R Duck Show Sound Wheels episode Hall Free Jan 11 2022

"The Meowing Nuns of France" on Andrew Backhouse's The Parish News, Episode 278 

"The Meowing Nuns of France" also on Don Campau's No Pigeonhole's radio show 1-6-22.

"Work Camp for Cult Rejects" on Andrew Backhouse's experimental music radio show, The Parish News, episode 276.

"Bell Tower in a Storm" on Paul Cordes Wilm's Psychic Tuesday show on Birmingham Alabama's Substrate Radio, along with Boris!
And also on R Duck Show episode Some Ding

“Fountain of Artificial Dreams” on Ricardo Wang's show, "What's This Called?" FreedomPortland radio show along with Bill Horist!

"Listen Aloud" on The General's Stoner Rock Army radio, along with KAL-EL!

"Bad Hair Day on Saturn" on the It's Psychedelic, Baby! radio show run by Ross Beattie, the Night Tripper -- along with Ty Segall! 

"Are You There?" Episode 266 The Parish News

"Bell Tower in a Storm: in Don Campau's No Pigeonholes XP on KOWS-- along with John Cage, who is heavily represented in the second hour. 

"The Haunted Parking Garage" in Andy Backhouse's The Parish News experimental including ambient and electronic, noise, and sound poetry radio show.

"Walk Your Mastodon," "Sky Fall," and "Botulism Cafe" included on Sound Pollution.

Oct 2021

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