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Artist: Mimetic
Title: Data Sensitive/Be-At Sound A
Format: CD
Label: Parametric
Mimetic is the solo project from Jerome Soudan (drummer of Von Magnet). This project is a rather ambient-trance project heavy on electronic and purcussive rhythms which utilizes many spoken word samples throughout. Catagorically it is somewhat in the vein of Autechre, Sven Väth, Kreidler, and others in the more experimental electronic techno and ambient influenced genres. Like the other Parametric artist Mlada Fronta, Mimetic is very eclectic and experimental electronica that is also very beat heavy and subterranean. Some tracks are very dance driven and others are created with more of an ambient and spoken word structure. Mostly disc one is a combination of late night dance tracks which utilize extremely non-standard sound structures and create a sort of danceable architecture of sound. Heavily industrial and noise influenced there are lots of gritty sounds but not the raw structure of early industrial but instead the heavily self-designed styles of artists like Kreidler and Converter if you can imagine the two combined you 'might' get a mild idea of what this is like. Imagine if Digweed was into Noise as well except that even the 'gritty' sounds maintain a heavily electronic and 'clean' feel to them, nothing too harsh - similar sound structures and ambient electro textures but with more of a trance and dance percussion beat to the tracks. I personally love the 'subterranean' feel many of these tracks tend to evoke. This album is definitely who like unpredictability, heavy creativity in audio structures and sounds, and grooving to some really funky grindy beats. There's also a bit of Kraftwerkian influence to parts of this which are mostly evident in the 'hidden' track at the end of the disc. "Man's attitude goes some ways, the ways life will be. Is that something you might agree with? ..." This is the question posed at the beginning of the second CD. This is followed by heavy throbbing noise rhythms. Amazingly this is also the theme of a book I'm currently reading which was written by the founder of the Science of Mind institutes and churches by the same name. The concept is that what you think becomes your reality. The statement above is almost the antithesis of this stating that your thoughts are drawn from your surroundings toward what the inevitable future holds. Just food for thought when you hear the entire sample which continues with, "Now did you answer because that's what you thought I wanted to hear or did you think about what I said and answer because you truly believe that to be right? What'd I say? So since you agree you must be a person who does not care about the good life. Well stop for a little second, think about it." [this is where track two comes in with heavy beats] Disc two is more of beat heavy Noise-based rhythm and percussion tracks. The first CD being more techno and experimental the second stands out like a separate album based on noise and rhythm. Somehow there manages to still be quite a bit of a Kraftwerkian affair, compare track 3 to Kraftwerk's "Computer World" and "Trans-Europe Express". Maybe it's just the analog bleep tones but that's what it reminds me of anyway. The fourth track does include some vocal sampling and more of an EBM feel to it, sort of similar to Cage Decay's "Radio Penetration". Track 6 just plain bumps, grinds and drives it home! Some of the tracks are droning rhythms but damn if it don't get under your skin and into your psyche', very Converter-like. This disc also has a hidden track at the end of which is composed of almost pure noise and a 'flobby' rhythm that at first seems barely able to function properly. This builds to become noiser, harsher, and more 'cluttered'. This disc is more for the fans of bands like Scorn, Converter, Winterkalte, etc..
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Artist: Mlada Fronta
Title: Oxydes
Format: CD
Label: Parametric
Beginning with very sensual yet heavily electronic ambient "CO" quickly adds heavy Power Noise rhythms. Mlada Fronta combine an extremely intelligent mixture of ambient, illbient, and digital experimentation with harsh metallic power driven industrial noise rhythms. Imagine Converter meets Beefcake with maybe a touch of Robert Rich for good measure and some Orb-like experimentation. Gritty, grinding, thumping, buzzing, harmonic, textural, mechanical, and emotional all accurately describe this project. Mlada Fronta's unique combination of noise driven harmonic simulation can only accurately be catagorized as 'noisescapes'. Like eclectic electronic ambient artist Robert Rich, Mlada Fronta combines various harmonic and nearly ethereal textures to create dark and moody pieces with an horrific beauty of it's own. At the same time power driven rhythms similar to those used by bands like Converter keep the tempo steady and oftentimes creates a nearly trancelike pulsating throb. Beginning slowly but building tempo rapidly this album quickly takes you into rather uncharted musical territories, like exploring a dark cave for the first time not knowing what dangers or wonders may lurk inside this album is an adventure of it's own. The album title sets the theme as all the tracks (as you can see) are titled after various Oxide 'chemicals' maintaining this abstract theme the inlay and cover artwork is compiled of various very well produced photographs of magnified depictions of corroded metals which normally may seem base, harsh, or even ugly instead have been transformed into visions of beauty and wonder themselves. This album is best listened to from start to finish as the tracks are artfully constructed to neatly lay next to each other in perfect compliment. When taken 'out of context' some tracks may seem simply too harsh or difficult to listen to as a standalone piece but when melded with it's companions it all fits comfortably. The second disc is combrised of remixes and videos. The remixes tend to be more beat driven, ambient, and less noise oriented and in all honesty I'd have to listen to both discs much more to even recognize which mixes belong to which songs. The videos mostly give you a chance to check out what Mlada Fronta is like live - simply put this is basically like Industrial-PowerNoize-RaveCulture.
Dec 03 2002
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Artist: NEXUS 8 (@)
Title: Neurotransmisor
Format: CD
Label: Pur Zynth (@)
Nexus 8 is a band coming from Mexico, land that is showing good bands willing to get more exposure out of their country (think about Hocico or Cenobita, etc.). NEUROTRANSMISOR is the first album of this Mexican duo and the first Pur Zynth's release. The CD contains nine tracks for fortyfive minutes of music which is conceived like a sort of concept album: as stated on the inlay card all the album is inspired on the supposition of the existence of a mechanism which is trying to understand the trivial and twisted human behaviour. The lyrics are bilingual (English / Mexican), the vocals are whispered and kept at a lower volume respect the music which is a particular thing for this kind of music, because bands tend to show all their rage and desperation on the use of distorted vocals. On the tracks there's a sort of tension and they seems composed like a soundtrack. The sound could also remind of a mixture of 80's ebm and electro music and even if the production is a little rough Nexus 8 are capable to convince me.
Nov 30 2002
Artist: Estrogenocide (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD EP
A band that describes their style as synthpop-grind-core with influences of Depoche Mode and Napalm Death is quite an interesting concept, hard to imagine until you hear it. Musically speaking the Plainview, NY, duo Estrogenocide plays fast electro-core music that is quite minimal in structure. Think fast hard core or grind double kick drumming but with drum machine instead, guitars replaced by reso-like synth-lines and a semi-distorted vocal that would feel at home with any german ebm band from the nineties (or even earlier). What is disappointing to me is that the sound palette is extremely limited. The entire record is pretty much played with the same presents on the drum machine, the synth and the vocal processor and at the end it becomes quite repetitive (not boring, 'cause the songs are short and to the point). If you are not bothered by the uniformity of sounds, then you might find a bone to pick with them when it comes down to lyrics... I doubt that NYC has made me too politically correct or conservative, but these lyrics really sound sexist. The words you hear (also printed in the booklet, to their credit) are centered around sex and quite obsessed with the male-dominant thing: "kick that cunt in the cunt", "two black eyes and a broken jaw, now make me some dinner, pick yourself up the floor", "chew and swallow down your midnight snack", "rape is fun, rape is good, rape is so misunderstood", "I will cut your nipples off" are just some of the less explicit parts.
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Artist: David Lee Myers & Thomas Dimuzio
Title: Uncertain Simmetry
Format: CD
Label: Korm Plastics (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De), Digital Narcis (Jp) and more...
San Fran's vintage experimental musician Thomas DiMuzio (read review of his "Mono::Poly" double CD on Asphodel records elsewhere on these pages) and NYC's Arcane Device member and audio/video artist David Lee Mayers, have engaged into the coast-to-coast mail collaboration, which eventually lead to "Uncertain Symmetry", after the two played together at the renowned Tonic club in NYC's Lower East Side. They actually started working together in 1991 for the Generations Unlimited record outlet and eleven years later they picked up the pieces of that collaboration and started all over again. They have been shipping each other CDs with feedbacks and both have been editing and re-arranging all of that into a blend of astral feedback-based music. Mayers is actually the inventor of a portable device he calls the "feeback machine", which he has been playing with since 1987. Obviously to recognize the differences in style between the contributions of one and the other, you'd have to have a throughout knowledge of their music, but even if you do, in this record it is almost impossible, considering the bicoastal ping-ponging has been going on for a long time. Considering the source of the material expect sonics that develop mostly in the mid to hi-range frequency spectrum. What I found interesting is that the result is not harsh material but has rather got a certain "cosmic" feel to it which is kinda pleasant and relaxing. Besides the two URLs provided for your convenience in the header of this review, you may also visit Dimuzio's Gench (www.gench.com) and Dimuzio's personal website (www.thomasdimuzio.com) as well as Myers' website (www.pulsewidth.com).
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