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Artist: Music From the Film
Title: World War Tree
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
A collection of 15 tracks using various samples, vocals, and instruments tortured in various ways, all in a pleasantly child-like manner. This second release by the duo MFTF, specifically Gary Young and Arthur Harrison, is all very free form while still trying to be actual songs. Most of the tracks are under three minutes so they have their say and get on with the next one, which is probably why this works so well. A bit dark at times, and disturbing too. Like a kid burning ants with a magnifying glass. The first step in the development of a serial killer or a healthy outlet? You decide.
Artist: Nils Ostendorf, Philip Zoubek, Philippe Lauzier
Title: subsurface
Format: CD
Label: Schraum (@)
Rated: *****
An excellent release of free improvisation by these three musicians: Nils Ostendorf, trumpet; Philip Zoubek, prepared piano; Philippe Lauzier, bass clarinet & saxophones. The first two tracks are quite good and if I hadn't known it beforehand I would have said they were actually electronic pieces. The prepared piano work gives us a wonderfully dense cloud of overtones that sounds quite cinematic at times. The other pieces are more obviously coming from acoustic instruments, but with a richer expression of sound, as the musicians use various techniques to pull quite surprising sounds out of their instruments. The results can be quite delicate and gentle at times and then quite abrasive and aggressive. I liked this very much.
Artist: Thorsten Soltau/Weiss
Title: rezykla
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Electroton (@)
Rated: *****
German sound artist Thorsten Soltau uses material by the German artist Weiss from his release 'Rephlex' to produce four new tracks. Weiss then takes the new tracks and remixes them again. Minimal in structure and sound, the pieces sometimes dance to the rhythm of a new primitivism and at the same time spit in glitchy electronic abandon, and then rests in pleasant slumber. The joy of pure sound and rhythm. Sometimes the sound could be a bit creepy, with granulated voices and conversations contemplating something malevolent. Sound falling apart but still musical. I liked this very much.
Artist: Corazzata Valdemone vs. Fukte (@)
Title: Manipulations
Format: CD
Label: Toxic Industries (@)
Rated: *****
Seven tracks of sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle layered noise and field recordings (and political manifestos on four tracks spoken in a growly voice like a bad horror movie), giving the 'Manipulations' title a double meaning. I'm not really interested in politics and don't think this will change anyone's mind (if you could understand what is being said in the first place, it's pretty distorted), but I do think it's well recorded and interesting as a noise/sound artifact.
Mar 08 2011
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Artist: EMBRYONIK
Title: Space Cadet
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Embryonik is back and after "Psycho disco" they are ready to rock the space dance floors with a new track titled "Space cadet". The song is an upbeat electro dance tune based on warm pads, great vocoder vocals and spacey atmosphere. George/Embryonik distributed a shorter version on Juno Download as appetizer just before the release of this EP. SPACE CADET contains fourteen versions of the original tune where you will find three different Embryonik remixes ("original", "instrumental" and the cool electro but not spacey "moonbeam") plus eleven other versions from eleven different producers. Here's a quick description of each of them. Noisebrigade decided to enhance the space experience by giving the track a psychedelic flavor with TR808 beats, pads and vocals. Pip Williams mixed retro electro with a bit of grime and house. Binalog Productions on their "Freestyle mix" kept only the main bass line just to play with the tune giving to it a... freestyle flavor. GFC version sounds mechanical and electro with 4/4 hard beats. The Discoballistic remix has different passages that play with minimal melodies and arpeggios exploding on some sections. Urban Midnight made it sound like a particular electro dub song. George Tsakiris made a robotic minimal song with hard beats, basic leads and pads here; Plus the sample tricks of the original vocals. Rambla's remix has part of the original synths mixed with dub grime bass lines and hard beats. Darksphere slowed down the track making of it a sort of minimal electro dub tune without the characteristic dub sounds. 80s Stallone, true to their name did a nice 80s dance version a la Moroder. Jowie Schulner is the last one to remix "Space cadet"; It is so lush with the 80s cinematic feel that I could imagine the closing titles of the compilation just like at the end of a Robocop movie.
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