The Former Yugoslavia is an experimental music project based in North Carolina. It began in earnest to combat rural boredom in the early 2000s, starting with a budget PC, a copy of Acid, several crates of records and CDs, and an unnatural love for Negativland. Over the next four years, two albums were released, and a sizeable handful of one-off tracks were featured on various websites and compilation albums.
The story starts to get a little muddy here, with the dissolution of TFY, a brief period of recording as The Syntax of Things (which was basically TFY with digital signal processing experimentation), several years releasing sub-Merzbow horseshit under the pseudonym EBNC (a name taken from North Carolina’s eugenics board – it just seemed like a perfect name for a noise band), one EP as Pink Merkin, and a few years of complete inactivity…
In the summer of 2017, The Former Yugoslavia became a recording act again.
A brand new album, Scrimshank, was released in April 2020. The sound came from converting the complete DNA sequence of the COVID-19 virus into MIDI data, and all proceeds from the sale of Scrimshank will be donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
While live performances are entirely possible in the future, none are planned at this time.