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Artist: Mark Cetilia (@)
Title: {Impact +Aftermath}
Format: CD
Label: Estuary (@)
Rated: *****
I was unfamiliar with Mark Cetilia's work, but he has had a considerable output. He is one of the seemingly many academics who are engaged in experimental music; he received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in computer music and multimedia at Brown University. This disc consists of two long tracks, so let's look at each of them individually. The album kicks off with 'Pulse Shape 22 (Gamma)' which is a slow burn that starts as a quiet rumbling and becomes a deafening wall of noise over the course of a slow crescendo that takes 20 minutes! A whining feedback crescendo ends this piece. If you like noise, this is excellent stuff, and at almost 35 minutes there is plenty of time to sink into the music. The liner notes state that this was recorded live at Third Mind, Granoff Center for the Arts, in Providence, RI. The second track is 'Palinopsia,' which also features a long fade in and consists of a live recording, but it just doesn't have the same heaviness of the previous track. Cicaida-like electronics and a quiet undercurrent of noise reign on this track. Although this is good, and I can understand this as the 'aftermath' part after the 'impact,' musically it would have been a better warm up to the other track. After the intensity of 'Pulse Shape 22 (Gamma),' this one seems a bit flat ' sort of like eating a ghost pepper and then expecting to taste the heat of a common jalapeño. Still, this is good overall and 'Pulse Shape 22 (Gamma)' alone is worth the price of admission. This is limited to 200 copies and nicely packaged. This album weighs in at around 58 minutes.

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