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Artist: Emptyset (@)
Title: Ununhexium/ Collapse
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Distributor: Experimedia Ltd
Rated: *****
Amidst the multitude of moving forces and stylistic undertones within the excellent German label, founded by Carsten Nicolai, Frank Bretschneider and Olaf Bender, Emptyset, Bristol-based project by Multiverse studios director James Ginzburg and electronic artist Paul Purgas, who signs the sixth release of Unun series - named after the Greek atomic numbers of the chemical elements 111-119 in the periodic table - belongs to the most aggressive ones. Their sound seems to depart from some sonic impulse of the concrete reality or some analogue sound which gets gradually warped, notched and grinded so that their tracks sound like the internal friction between the original sonic trigger and their possible multiple sonic detonations: for instance, the initial "Armature" seems to proceed from the difficult ignition of a flooded monster truck's engine whereas the nervous bleeps could be associated to fuel drops which tries to start the spark plug in vain, while the plinth of the second track "Core" seems to be an heavy typewriting machine whose typebars got pressed on fragile stuff just like they have hammers on their ends. Similarly on B-side, "Collapse"'s departure point is a sort of unnatural snoring, whose noisy curls and bumps lie on corrosive sonic stretches and muffled metallic clashes, while "Wire" could remind a difficult sliding of an heavy steam train on icy rails. Beyond all prompted linking the listening experience built by Emptyset could suggest, it's going to be really amazing. Just try!



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