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Artist: Muslimgauze (@)
Title: Hamas Cinema Gaza Strip
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
Look who's back... From the never-ending stream of old Muslimgauze recordings (these are from 1998) a new CD has been put together. Quite minimal percussion tracks with kick and snare in addition to traditional percussions, arab/indian-sounding string instruments, up-front voices in arabic language, some man speaking in english about freedom fighters, other every-day-life speaking, women singing and laughing and some nice delay plays with the beat that give it sort of a dub vibe at times. But don't worry his usual overdriven slightly distorted percussive sounds with sitar-like instruments in the back are still to be found on this one too. Occasionally the songs get a little more obscure and mysterious, with an electronic drive to it, like a low frequency bass line, whispered vocals, electronic sounds or stuff like that... That makes it more interesting an appealing!
It's also interesting to know that in a time like this, when the world seems to collectively and indistinctly hate the muslims, Sony DADC (the pressing plant who manufactures pretty much all the CDs you ever owned) refused to print the art work of "Hamas Cinema Gaza Strip" because of the image and text on it and because they didn't want to be related to political propaganda (as if if they don't publish other political propaganda CDs already!!!). I don't find anything offensive in the artwork and there is no text except for titles and credits, go figure what these big-ass corporations are afraid of...
Artist: Charlemagne Palestine
Title: Music for Big Ears
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
If lately you thought you were hearing bells beyond the plain figure of speech, and it wasn't a Sunday, and you didn't happen to be walking next to a farm with Swiss cows, maybe you were just passing by some experimental music shop playing Charlemagne Palestine's record "Music for Big Ears". He's been hitting them bells since he was 15 (originally at the church tower next to NYC's MOMA - Museum of Modern Art) and now he's been commissioned a carillion music project for a church in Berlin... As much as I am an atheist I would go to church for this one (and I would damn well make sure to pack my earplugs, 'cause my ears ain't as big as the teddy bears' ears on the front cover of this weird CD). If you thought the sounds of bells would always be calm and lovely, try this out... Four fists and four legs (him and Berlin's carilloner Jeffrey Bossinb) physically BANGING on the big wooden organ-looking keyboard to trigger the hammers in the bells and using clang oscillators. And if you thought that I shouldn't have capitalized the word banging, listen to track no. 3 where you can hear the noise/sound that the two happy men make with the clavier that one hears when playing. It must be a mind-altering, devastating, exhausting experience to do that for an hour!!! In search of new sonics... Sonority versus energy... go tell that the Berliner community!!! They must have thought there was a war going on... I wonder how many run away scared ;-)... Don't get me wrong, it ain't noise and it ain't bad either, but it is LOUD and pretty much constant, and even increasing... No time for pauses, no rest for silence... I had to play this low cause I couldn't deal with the idea of even imagining to be anywhere near that big instrument or even that tower!
The record has been preformed on the Daimler-Benz Carillon, cut in Berlin on a digital 8 track machine with 8 mics and mixed with Radboud Mens in Amsterdam.
Artist: Oren Ambarchi (@)
Title: Mort Aux Vaches: Song of Separation [Parts 1-6]
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
Here goes one more round of Mort Aux Vaches! Single notes, deep drones, sporadic tones gradually and extremely slowly building up to somewhat more elaborated harmonies of apparently randomly played notes in the range of a 6 (or even 8) octave keyboard... These notes assume new meaning every time a new key is hit and thus every time a new harmonic combination is achieved. They interact with each other relatively to their position, depth, velocity, loudness, frequency etc... All this punctuated by silences that get shorter as the music goes on. Always the same keyboard sound, at least until the last track where a harsh static noise that was slowly escalating, takes full control over everything else and turns the never-ending droning dreamy ambient suite into a long manipulation of awful noise slowly sweeping through a filter range and going through phasing, eventually becoming something like a loud feedback and then a softer one with a mid and and a hi frequency component. Only at the very very end, the sound dissolves in a casual ambience, quickly taking new forms but being absorbed by silence. This record is about the sympathy and the resonance between notes, about how notes can co-operate toward a harmony, fight for a dissonance, clash for a disturbance or just play in unison. The record is meant to be played continuously (in fact the track IDs are there only to aid retrieval).
Previous recordings include "Suspension" (Touch, UK) and "Trieste" (Idea, US).
Artist: Massimo (@)
Title: Mort Aux Vaches
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
Hey hey hey, Mort Aux Vaches is back, and so is the Italian experimental noiser Massimo Sapienza (remember him from the 1999 releases "Massimo" and "Minimo", which mean maximum and minimum, respectively? - cmp older issues of Chain D.L.K.). The 27 year old computer nerd became part of the laptop-musicians league and moved away from microwave music to step into the brighter (or darker?) light of "industrielectronoisics" (I just came up with that all by myself, aren't you proud? ;-). His "Mort Aux Vaches" contains live performances at VPro Radio 5 which tend to be willing to move toward an insane and illogical all-noise rawness but instead actually maintain a pretty astonishing balance between hard core power electronics and industrial noise... Even though there are no percussive element, there is a quite definite rhythmical soul to this sound and I like that a lot better than just plain distorted static distortion. The guy's deeply involved with musicians of the like and has already released several things for you to look for (don't look too far!). The VPro sleeve this time is cardboard with perforated lettering, quite smart.
Artist: Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
Title: This One Comes Highly Recommended
Format: CD
Label: Fire.inc (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
With a name like that how can you not think of Stilluppsteypa right away? Of course it's them! Or at least one of them, who recorded his second solo CD after a CD on Trente Oiseaux and an LP on ERS.
Abstract rumbling noises over a thin line of looped high pitched coil sound, deeper drones, electrical noises (but not classical statics), almost inaudible very distant sounds looped and made increasingly louder over time, murky and sinister sounds, distortion, detuned and detuning sources, progressivly madness-inducing ear aching mid frequency loops... All packed into a CD whose booklet, front cover and inlay card has pictures of the inside of a room, fridge, living room, whose track titles are funny and whose volume knob you'll always have to retouch to make sure you are not missing some absurdly low and far away thing or you are not damaging your hearing (nevermind, it ain't that bad after all); I guess it's done on purpose as this has been mastered by Johann Joannson in Reykjavik in 2001... Not anybody's cup of tea!
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