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Artist: FHIEVEL, SIGURTA’ (@)
Title: the wheel
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
This duo from Biella joins a couple of complementary musicians involved in sound art and experimental music, as you can easily guess from the inside notes of this cd, they’re also involved in sonorizations. You may remember them for their past participation to the Pocket Progressive experience where Claudio Rocchetti was the third part of the triumvirate, you will find some similarities but in general the project is a little bit different. While generally Sigurtà tends to be more rough and Fhievel is probably the one of the few purest "minimal electronics" exponents hailing from Italy, during the composition of this work they converged trying to resuscitate the voice of the old machines they found inside the factory "Fabbrica della ruota" of Prey and simultaneously they accomplished the result to give it all an oniric dimension. The target has been hit and the outcome is brilliant since for the whole recording you’ve the impression the audio work is part of a soundtrack and in some way their modus operandi related to the process of sonirization is quite classic. The sound definition is wonderful and natural reverbs paint the audio trip of a spectral atmosphere, the sharpness of some sounds (Fhievel?) ties the knot with some grey, dronical cluds (Sigurtà?), they didn’t pierce silence but they’ve been flirting with it constantly which means there’s no "tension building" or "waiting game", but it’s enveloped all around most of the sounds "happening" during the trip. Considering this whole recording concerns "the factory and its voice – sounds and textures of the textile industry" it’s not heavy at all, it has been probably designed to be accessible to a big range of people therefore forget those hyper-intellectualized works by this or that "sound artist wonna be". "Simple" doesn’t mean "naïve" and I’m still quite surprised by the great sound effect they managed to create for what concerns sound definition, sure you’ve to considered you won’t hear all the machine "speaking" at the same time as an Orchestra (Russolo can feel safe wherever he rests) but every ghost is there to remember when the worker will die we’ll hear his voice thru that of the machine he’s been working with for a whole life... "part animal, part machine" for the last time..forever.
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Artist: ANIMALTEK (@)
Title: Ferocia Anima EP
Format: 12"
Label: Treibstoff (@)
Distributor: Kompakt
Rated: *****
Already active years ago as B.R.A.Z.I.L., the duo formed by Oleg Slepak and Shay Raban (a.k.a. Dj Earthian) reunited after Oleg's experience into jazz music production and Shay djing in N.Y. Animaltek have at their active a couple of 12" and FEROCIA ANIMA is their second on Treibstoff. Containing three tracks FEROCIA ANIMA in my humble opinion is a great platter which balance minimal techno intuitions, electro rhythms and dark ambience. The opening "Ferocia anima" is a mid tempo mysterious minimal tune where the duo succeeded into blending bleeps and noises on an obsessive structure. The following, "Mongolian skies" is more house oriented and its dreamy atmosphere fits well the chosen title. The B-side has "Discontinued" an eight minute hypnotic minimal techno tune with multi layered melodies. Animaltek are preparing their debut album, meanwhile check this out.