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Artist: Roger Rotor
Title: Mort Aux Vaches
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
This review is part of a bunch of reviews of older material that we haven't had time to review before but which is still available at the label's mailorder. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The usual sleeve that accompanies every dutch VPro release (this time all red!) also carries the music from the Swiss artist Roger Rotor (formerly Roger a/b, Rotor Syndrome, Maggot Bile, Myiase as well as grind/death metal bands back in the eighties). His music is live, warm, dynamic and modern, even though he rather looks up to older inspirators such as pioneers Kraftwerk or Suicide etc. His minimal techno-logic-hypnotic constantly morphing real-time performances are a trip that you have to make if you hear he's playing in town, especially 'cause every performance is unique (real-time analog synth modulation) and unrepeatable (as a matter of fact most of his records are live recordings). Take a breath of fresh air from sample-based music and dive into a no-sampling project to discover how intriguing and powerful it can stay!
Artist: TV Pow (@)
Title: Mort Aux Vaches: Being nice is Funny
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
This review is part of a bunch of reviews of older material that we haven't had time to review before but which is still available at the label's mailorder. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Chicago-based (though originally formed in Tokyo and for some reason banned in Canada!!!) electro-acoustic trio TV Pow are continuing their journey in the world of free experimental music, made of turntablism, avantgarde, concrete, discrete, manipulation. This CD has been recorded during their European tour in 1999 at the Dutch VPro Studios and many other releases are expected on Erstwhile, Fire Inc. and their Boxmedia label too. Cover is made out of a plastic sleeve.
Artist: Ekkehard Ehlers / Stephen Mathieu
Title: Brombron 02: Heroin
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
This review is part of a bunch of reviews of older material that we haven't had time to review before but which is still available at the label's mailorder. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Part of the Staalplaat and Extrapol project called BronBron (read elsewhere on these pages too), "Heroin" is fruit of the collaboration between the laptop artists Stephan Mthieu (Full Swing, previously Stol) and Ekkehard Ehlers (Auch, previously Autopoieses). This album has a more traditional set of instruments and might even appeal to open minded rock listeners, as it actually contains bits and microwaves of popmusic trademarkes (hence the name "Heroin"). If the set of instruments is taditional the packaging ain't (you can't expect too much from the leaders of non-traditional releases, can you? ;-)) and is an ecological no-glue no-plastic specially folded carton sleeve.
Artist: Heimir Bjorgulfsson
Title: Machina Natura
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
This review is part of a bunch of reviews of older material that we haven't had time to review before but which is still available at the label's mailorder. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Before I start to write about this specific release it is my duty to introduce you to Staalplaat's "material series", a new series of radical experimental music CDs with no printwork but rather special and unique packaging, consisting of a transparent colored jewel cases with different types of material in place of the cover and the inlay card. All information is directly etched on the box's plastic and the CD itself is a so-called AB CD, or a fully transparent normal sized CD with a small 3"-size ring of the silverish material we all know that actually contains the music.
This is the 10th release in the "material series" and in this case the material used is a green (like the jewel case's plastic) fabric wallpaper with a texture.
One of the three members of Iceland act Stilluppsteypa, his experimentalism is an attempt to merge the discrete digital world with the natural sounds of field recordings, even though it would be hard to say if you didn't know.
Guest appearance by American John Hudak.
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Kashmiri Queens
Format: CD
Label: Muslimlim (@)
Distributor: Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
This review is part of a bunch of reviews of older material that we haven't had time to review before but which is still available at the label's mailorder. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Muslimgauze is probably the most prolific artist I have ever known. Even after his sad death some years ago his music keeps coming out, mainly on Staalplaat, who I think owns his rights and even created a special subdivision called Muslimlim for his many releases. "Kashmiri Queens" is a more mass-friendly release, as it is faster and has less overtones than previously. The backbone of the music is mainly drone/raga samples with ethnic percussions.
The art work is truly special (lots of printed material inside and the name and title is like fire-branded on the jewel case plastic and reflects the same rainbow shades that you would see on a drop of car gas on the street, if you know what I mean) and is limited to 1000 copies so get your own if you are a fan.
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