Music Reviews



Nov 27 2003
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Red Madrassa
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Muslimgauze, or more likely who for him, keeps releasing an impressive amount of records for somebody that isn't among us anymore... He truly is one of the most prolific artists I have seen... This one is his 156th release (according to his official site maintained by The Edge at Pretentious.net) and contains five versions of "Rhodesia" and three versions of "Rya Ba Mutant". They are re-mixes dated 1993 and have a lot more electronic sounds in it than we are usually accustomed. Obviously the percussive element remains dominant, but lots of background noises, processing, synth sounds, atmospheres and intellegible vocals surface in these mixes.
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Artist: Greg Davis (@)
Title: Mort Aux Vaches
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Also part of the VPRO/Mort Aux Vaches series is the latest release by Greg Davis, a laptop artist and member of the Max/MSP software community (Cycling 74) who improvises his experimentations live on the spot.This CD contains everything from minimal and broken beat patterns, found sounds, natural outdoors atmospheres (or at least that's what they mimic), acoustic-guitar sounds, calm ambient soundscapes, wild brief distortions, belly dreamy sounds, concrete music toy instrument sounds, glitch electronica, processed baby's voices. I must say if this all was created exclusively with MAX/MSP it's quite impressive indeed.Davis has an impressive discography and also put out a couple of other project's records.The packaging of the CD consists in a purple reflective wallpaper that is really nice and unique when used to wrap a music release, but if it really is wallpaper I would never wanna live in such a horrible house!
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Artist: Zeitkratzer (@)
Title: Random Dilettantes
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Part of the Mort Aux Vaches Staalplaat series, "Random Dilettantes" is the latest fatigue by German project Zeitkratzer (which means 'timescratcher'), and features compositions by Reinhold Friedl to be played in random or shuffle/shuttle mode on your CD player. The concept behind these sound-fetishist experiment is that every musician involved (there's a dozen of them from all around the world) plays another musician's instrument without knowing how to, so you have 50 random tracks that work as one piece or can be listened to as separate sound installations, where you might recognize the sound of an instrument but nothing "traditional" will come out of it. Interesting concept for an ensemble that has been producing weird experimental music for six years and has collaborated with the like of Lou Reed.
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Artist: The Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet
Title: 13 Themes for a Triskaidekaphobic
Format: CD
Label: pfMENTUM (@)
Jeff Kaiser is known for his experimentation with large ensembles of classically and jazz trained musicians. The result is obviously a symphony of styles and sounds that go beyond what you are used to and mess your head up with sudden explosions of no-wave free jazz just when you were relaxing and enjoying the calm complex arrangements and the lucky improvisations of horns, string instruments and other acoustic instrument. With very few electric or electronic instruments involved, this album sounds extremely alive and present, exotic and weird, but at the same time natural and smooth. It'd be interesting to know how much of is written and how much is improvised...The CD comes beautifully packaged in a folded cardboard with silver prints and a string tieing it together.
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Artist: Minefield (@)
Title: Decomposition: reinventing Minefield
Format: CD
Label: self-released


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Minefield is the project of sensual female singer Tamara Kent, whose songs (released in their original versions on the "After the Ball" EP) have been remixed by this album's mastering engineer Karl Mohr and artists such as Blue Mars, Dead Poets Society, Ingrown, Soviet Radio, Cryptomnesia, Synthetic Dream Foundation, Spectre VII and Soy Futura. All these remixes make up for what is entitled "Decomposition", an album that blends her charismatic and ethereal singing style with ambient, dark and techno music, in search for a perfect balance of relaxation and dancefloor-friendly material. An out of the ordinary electronic album that potentially could please thousands of people around the world with its lush synth pads, its hammering beats, its electronic sequencing, its distant and floating vocal parts and its Amos/Apple/Enja-like vocal qualities. Two of the most danceable tracks will be released through Interdimensional Industries on a 12".
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