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Mark it Zero (demos & outtakes) / THE BLACK PENGUINS 2011

Five years ago 3 dudes met on Craigslist, not the personal section, and made an album called “Mark it Zero” was recorded from Feb 20th to Feb 25th at warehouse #37 Gasoline Alley Chico, CA. It was cold, damp and noisy. These are the live stereo recordings made during practice on a Zoom H2.

Al Carter …. Drums, electronic drums, noises
Dave Emmert …. Bass, noises
Eric Toledo …. Guitar, samples, keys, programming, noises

It was released on Bandcamp on March 12, 2011. It’s available for free, just click the download button. It won’t hurt I swear.

Many thanks to Al & Dave for joining forces with me to create The Black Penguins. Couldn’t of done it without you.

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ANML (deephouse throat) THE BLACK PENGUINS 13H9H

ANML (deephouse throat)

Track History [MIX1]
Animale – basemix1 / recorded in SF with Anonymous, with Reason 2.0 on a 2007 MacBook Pro Modded

Then iPhone 6 / Vinez of @eroctech sampled IRT.
Then dump down to Yamaha MT4X
Tweaky Tweakey
Then plug into my new COLUOR BOX by JHS pedals: Blackstar Amp 5w 1×12 / SM58 / Colour box / MT4X
Then mix back to Ableton only gently Mastering in /SACRAMENTOZ.
Blamo we have lift off.

Mmmm K.


Engineering Marvel

A video posted by eric toledo (@eroctech) on

The Black Penguins new album is an engineering marvel. It’s an ambient electronic noise album that looks at our connection to technology and issues of our personal privacy or lack thereof.

Dedicated to those defending our rights to privacy and freedom.

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released 15 June 2015

eric “eroctech” toledo – guitars, keys, programing, recording, and mixing using ableton live

“Miles Copeland (The Program)”
remix from “Mixtape 02”
called “Miles Copeland (Red Dawn)”

“Radio Transmissions”
eric “eroctech” toledo – guitars, drum programing, recording & mixing
bIONIX – ni maschine played live


Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to life without parole for five non-violent counts. It is a harsher sentence than is typically given to murderers, rapists and child pornographers.

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Here is the full song “My Onion Router and DPR” by The Black Penguins off the album everything in ones and zeros.


Libreyana #25


Libreyana 25: The Profane Scapegoat Spikes the Punchbowl

Shownotes and more are available on The Libreyana Wiki at

Libreyana 25: The Profane Scapegoat Spikes the Punchbowl ©2015 Alex O’Brien | Copyright Notice | Copyright License

Libreyana 25: “The Profane Scapegoat Spikes the Punchbowl” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. You should have received a copy of the license along with this work. If not, see <>.


Malaika (live demo)

“Malaika (live demo)” – The Black Penguins (2011)

This is a live stereo demo recording of the song “Malaika” in the process of being made from around 2011. This was probably the second or third time we ever played it. I took that stereo recording then added some subtle keys, intro nature sounds, and the various video clips along with their audio as well.

Ben Colbeck – Guitar
Al Carter – Drums
eric toledo – Lead Guitar, Keys

Video edited by eric toledo using Final Cut Pro. Original footage by Wyatt Smith aka bIONIX and eric toledo. Plus random clips.
*I do not own the rights to some of the video footage used.

About Malaika

The chords and riff were written by Ben as well as the name of the song, “Malaika”.

Malaika is a Swahili song. Malaika generally means “angel” in Swahili. As is the case with many Swahili words, it is ultimately derived from Arabic. An alternative Swahili meaning is a “baby” or “small child”, hence at least one particular traditional version of the song is commonly used as a lullaby throughout East Africa. One of the better known versions is possibly the most famous love song in Kenyan pop music, as well as being one of the most widely known of all Swahili songs.

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“Cuatro” is a 7 track album from The Black Penguins. Full of electronic beats and guitars making all kind of noises.

Download the full album here: