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Artist: DRONAEMENT
Title: Allein... Unter Menschen
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records
Rated: *****
Marcus Obst/Dronaement's second release of AFE, after the brilliant "Yr" (2002), is a remastered edition of a tape self-released on his own Nauze [Muzick] back in 1999 - and a very worthwhile one, since this is a little gem. The 24-minute long "Allein...", using only sounds from an electric organ, is a powerful static drone played on the G tone, reminding of some early works of La Monte Young's or Charlemagne Palestine's. The original flipside, "...Unter Menschen", is a lengthy composition of field recordings taken in a Leipzig railstation, with the use, I suppose, of some editing and effects like delay or reverb, but in a minimal and unobtrusive way. The sounds (people talking, train noises, and a final tune) are very well assembled, and the piece maintains a kind of mysteryous atmosphere throughout. The bonus track is a very short (less than 4 minutes) drone, which is more in the vein of later works of Obst's - a shame it's so short, as I'd gladly have listened to it for much longer.
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Artist: OVUM
Title: Eld
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records/Blade Records
Rated: *****
Originally recorded back in 1999 for a project about the four elements, which eventually fell through, this 51-minute track finally sees the light as a coproduction between AFE and Blade (and if I'm not wrong, this is one of last releases of the latter, if not the very last one). Coming in a glossy cardboard packaging, elegantly designed by Thomas Ekelund (Nullvoid Design/Fukkgod label), the work was allegedly created "using recordings of fire as the only sound source" - which you really couldn't tell. Funnily enough, considering the initial input, Ovum's huge drones reminded me of Thomas Köner's early "polar" works, not really for their specific sound, but for the barren landscapes they evoke: immense frozen territories inspiring awe rather than horror or fear. Midholm's skillful blending of deep meditative drones, cavernous echoes and corrosive ambiences makes "Eld" a perfect work for late night listenings - it'd have been a real shame not to be able to listen to it.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Essays on Radio: Can I Have 2 Minutes of Your Time?
Format: CD
Label: Crónica
Rated: *****
This is volume one of two, celebrating two years of the Portuguese label Crónica, the other being a DVD I haven't seen yet. The audio release is, as the title suggests, a concept on radio, featuring 39 artists each offering a 2-minute piece. Being shortwaves or radio speech samples the main sound source, though treated and assembled with different approaches (noise, glitch, ambient, minimal rhythmic structures, pure documentation, etc.), the whole work flows nicely without many let downs, but also without particular peaks. I have of course my faves (Aubry, Freiband, Heitor Alvelos, Mathieu, o.blaat...), but I think that the short length allowed prevents many potentially interesting pieces to develop. Ok but not memorable.
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Artist: Adipocere (@)
Title: Promo
Format: CD
Label: Death Wax Records
Rated: *****
This self-released gem is a promo compiling random bits of the live work, demos, and past/future tracks of Adipocere. Adipocere is the solo project of Keith Dylan, founder of Death Wax Records. His work in Adipocere is a complex mixture of dark ambient, powernoise, IDM, and all things relatednever remaining in the same genre for long, and always demanding attention.

The promo starts out easy with two tracks that are so relaxed and soothing you could almost drift off to sleep; shifting into a screaming hell reminiscent of the New Blockaders or Masonna without warningripping away the deception of peace and replacing it with a world of comparable torment. From there the promo calms, but the promise of serenity is gone, leaving the listener aware and ready for anything. The promo then shifts from atmospheric themes and scattered beats comparable to Download’s later work into heavy dark ambient/powernoise pieces that snatch away all semblance of tranquility and feed the listener, instead, the abrasive sounds that make this genre great.

Adipocere mixes elements of IDM, ambient, and noise with an unforgiving precision. This promo holds some of the best intelligent powernoise I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year. Tracks like "The Trenches of Reality" and "Dysplasia" are so catchy they have become staples on my playlist. If this promo CD-r is any indication of the quality of work to be expected from Keith Dylan’s Adipocere, then I am convinced that anything he releases will be worth picking up.


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Artist: VORPAL (@)
Title: An Incomplete Guide To Vorpal Music
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
Produced using Reason and Acid (the first software has got several/illimitate vitual instruments and a sequencer window to command each stuff. The latter software is manily used to work on loops) on a computer, AN INCOMPLETE GUIDE TO VORPAL MUSIC introduce us to the sonic realm of Andrew Kozloski. A realm that is similar to an hard disk that need a defragmentation. Even if the different sound sources changes really fast on the various tracks, the thirteen tracks are something more than a collage. It is true that chaos sometimes takes a hold, but the tracks create a good ambience and they have got something that make you identify each of them (see for example all the melodic line used on "Pinot noir film". Andrew, as other sound manipulators, had the good intuition to take everything he could reach just to work on it. For this reason you can find a portion of Edo Komoriuta on "Hip hop wabisabi", a reworked verion of Satie's "Gymnopédie" and a portion of the Brandeburg concerto n.2 in f major by J.S. Bach on "November-014". If you aren't worried of controlled chaos Vorpal has got something for you to be thrilled!
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