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Dogrubber Pickle Weasels and other Astounding Stories

Riq Chiznik makes improvised jazz and blues with electronics and a lot of fantastic inspiration. Riq’s sounds inhabit ambient spaces, dissolve into disordered noise, and expand into flamboyant neoclassical mutations. We selected twenty of his pieces and made this long-form mix.


Riq’s instrumentals are brimming with extraordinary inventions and much warmth and wit amongst the dense sonic foliage in this 1 hour 19 minutes of cartoon colour-saturated jazz, ambient bloopscapes and crispy synth manipulations.


A little quirky brain candy noise that goes off like pop rocks on one’s tongue.Kellie Rowley


In the Mixcloud charts its positions were 44th in the Chillout chart , 45th in the Ambient chart and 48th in the Jazz chart. 😀


00:00 A Flurry Of Subtle Strikes On Familiar Spirits
06:14 Victim of a Coup D’état
09:17 A Walk To The Department Store
11:04 Alright Back In This Here Directory
12:47 American Entropy
15:21 Calisthenics On Keys
17:25 Clarinet & Koto – Blended, Marinated, Zapped
21:37 Conkreet Varèse
27:16 Ex Nihilo Exitium
35:25 Greetings from Shakespeare’s Billion Atoms Living in my Body and Probably Yours Too
40:25 Last Saturday Morning in August
44:30 Mygrainertron
49:48 Poser Duck Spot
51:12 Pseudo Science Fiction Lounge Act Warm-up
56:10 Shrew Astronaut Destiny (Instrumental)
61:36 Slavadore Muttrock
70:04 Some Kind of Warning Would Have Been Nice
71:53 Tunnel Of Dark Suede
77:20 Switch Off Biscuit Paint


The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik is available from the following online stores

7digital · Amazon · Bandcamp · Clone D\G\T\L · eMusic · hmvDigital · iTunes · Juno Download · Napster · OpenLIVE · Qobuz · Spotify


A huge THANK YOU to Chris Almond of Bubblebrain Records, who produced the video from the footage I shot a few months ago. I’m very pleased with the final product! I enjoy the color schemes on the scenes where I’m sitting at the table. Very unique. Excellent work. Speaking objectively (well not really) I’ve never seen a video quite like this one! ― Riq Chiznik



Dogrubber Pickle Weasels by Riq Chiznik


The 3-song EP contains the single version plus two specially commissioned remixes.

likeallstars’ version of the surrealistic pop song matches the oddity of the original, going far out there.

A delightful remix by Lux Flux in the seldom-explored weaselwave music genre. The version has quirky atmosphere and synthetic animal calls!

The catchiest pop song ever written about nargling in the ears of wizards.

Check out Riq’s Bandcamp page for the latest releases.

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The Completely Sane Art of Riq Chiznik

The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik, an album of twelve weird and wonderful songs by Illinoisan music producer Riq, comes in its Bandcamp edition with a beautiful e-book of art reproductions, lyrics sheets and other writings. The GIF below shows in miniature the book’s contents with its expressive use of colour and forms.



Riq Chiznik’s graphic work informs the music-making process and vice versa. There is something about the cartoony abstractions of Riq’s colourful art that hangs together with the music. Discoveries in one medium are translated in the other. When listening to a Riq Chiznik piece, one hears a rich stew of influences – condensed ragtime quotations, dust bowl freak blues, free jazz, the furniture utility of Brian Eno’s ambient music, the hallucinatory yarns of Captain Beefheart, the fragmented storytelling of Bob Dylan at his most stoned, the imagery of 20th Century experimental American film and art, the vivid splatterings of Jackson Pollock, the mystical comic book impressions of Don Van Vliet (again!), the delirious unconscious associations of Dalí, the jumbled, nervy neo-expressionism of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all animate Riq Chiznik’s visual and musical inventions.

Here is a selection of pages from the book. Click on the images for larger size.











The digital album of twelve songs plus 37-page e-book can be purchased at The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik

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The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik

A new digital album from Riq Chiznik on Bubblebrain Records, The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik is available from the following online stores

7digital · Amazon · Bandcamp · Clone D\G\T\L · eMusic · hmvDigital · iTunes · Juno Download · Napster · OpenLIVE · Qobuz · Spotify

Listen to Dogrubber Pickle Weasels (Single Version), a surrealistic lounge jazz song serving as introduction to the bizarre yet friendly sound of Riq Chiznik. This song is also available on an EP with remixes by Lux Flux and likeallstars.

Twelve songs of experimental comedy, avant-garde electronica and subversive songsmithery. The Bandcamp album package exclusively includes a 37-page e-book of original art and lyrics.

This is my album. w4t24y4 0-e3 I hope you enjoy my album. lkj53nnqnet Walnuts hate me. 53hjl8h7 I had a lot of fun messing with the English language. o h4o2g 92 After years of having it shoved down my throat in school, I have the pleasure of using it how I see fit. m 3ijg49w5 Slippery Johnny Taco Elephants have a habit of building ziggurats in unsuccessful attempts for real estate in the ozone layer. I find spelling and grammar rules restricting in life, so why not break them for fun? i350yqpo h The Chicago Cubs won the World Series and the election. I’m “too senior” to work as a Tax Compliance Officer. I like making a bunch of musical sounds to go along with my profound tales of Western Civilization. Someone help me decide between sushi and nachos and 3-t 30g2 g02v 018 y91 g1v – Riq Chiznik
Riq Chiznik synthesizes hitherto unexplored fusions of American abstract expressionism, poetic experimental practice, and cranky cacophonies to celebrate a dynamic threshold between the deliberations of language and the spontaneity of jazz. – Chris Almond

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Riq Chiznik

Riq Chiznik

Riq Chiznik’s Sea-Monkey food factory was raided by a bunch of cinnamon pirates. They came, they saw, they scratched the paint off his bathroom stall walls, and flipped him off all at once. Then they took all of his pajamas. So the Sea-Monkey food manufacturing career was in the garbage. Anyway, he was walking home from an owl pellet hockey game one night, when a cosmic voyager suddenly detained him in an alley and imparted musical profundities to him that had been lost for millennia. He told Riq that if he didn’t record music from now on, he would beat him with a toilet brush.

Riq’s mommy was a giant shamrock and his daddy was a slightly bigger red bird. They both liked flowers a lot. As a child, Riq ate many tasty canned goods. He attended twelve years of Martian Chipmunk school. During his seventh year of school, he discovered ancient devices known as cassettes with strange names and words on them. He found them buried in the ruins of FEMA Region 5, right next to Droopy Valley, on an interplanetary field trip. He came back on several more field trips and acquired many other devices known as compact discs. Hundreds. In between trips, he taught himself guitar. He spent his allowance on machines that played this music media. He also bought packs of notebook paper, scratch and sniff stickers that smelled like lunch meat, various varieties of Japanese tea, a real live leprechaun that practised cardiology (escaped after two months, even though Riq treated him with the utmost respect), and a large quantity of frozen Salisbury steak dinners that usually included small helpings of mashed potatoes and corn.

As school went on, he was intimidated into learning about lottery frequencies and deodorant dynamics, but his favourite subject was always English. Then one day during his twelfth year of education, a motley gang of marshmallow demons forced him at accusation point to choose a college or be resigned to a career as a cardboard slapper. He had only minutes to make up his mind, so under spiritual duress he chose the one place that offered him a scholarship: The Illinois Automotive Beehive Institute of Ticker Tape. He spent seven years there continuing his education while singing karaoke in his spare time.

After he graduated, Riq spent five years behind a desk, mostly designing tablecloths and writing credit card advertisements. Then after that, he quit, and started a sea monkey food factory. That business lasted for about two years, until the Cinnamon Pirate Incident. Shortly thereafter he was detained by a musical cosmic voyager in an alley, and immediately began making music.

Riq’s biggest musical influences are Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Residents, Brian Eno, and Wesley Willis.

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Riq Chiznik is completely sane and that’s a guarantee!


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