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Alex Bau: Diversions

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 30 2014
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Artist: Alex Bau (@)
Title: Diversions
Format: 12"
Label: Affin
Rated: *****
The slight variations that Credo's label head Alex Bau added for the rehashed version of his previously released tune "Diversions" made it resemble to some shamanic industrial-stuff from the 90ies - for instance, you could have a listen to PWOG's "Psychick Rhythms Vol. 1" or "Riou Tomita's "Exhibition Of The Samples" in order to find some similarities -: synchronized clanking and hypnotical pumping clump together before they get vaporized by blunt delays and flangers. Whereas Switzerland-based producers ad.lib and silvision don't downsize the corrosive powers of the original version by focusing on the sub-bass throbbing and on elastic remodulation of electromechanical, which could sund like a train trip on rough rusty rails, Canadian-based producer producer Fahad Ahmad aka Measure Divide inserts mysterious sonorities, which could let you surmise the above-portrayed train got diverted towards nightmarish dimensions by a malevolant phantasmal driver.

Austin Buckett: Grain Loops

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 08 2014
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Artist: Austin Buckett (@)
Title: Grain Loops
Format: 12"
Label: Room40 (@)
Rated: *****
This collection of 30 electromechanical one-minute lasting loops could sound a little bit hyperbolic, insomuch as its continuous listening without showing any manifestation of temporary imbalance could be something miracolous: if uninformed listener emphatize with what is going to listen, I'm pretty sure he/she could feel like his/her head falled into an industrial laundry machine, a planing mill or a belt sander or maybe could feel a modish pleasure in feeling like a sentient grain of wheat while he got transformed into a crunchy flake - an industrial process, whose understanding is one of those childish unsatisfied morbid curiosity of myself! -. These bizarre "Grain Loops" actually got inspired by an introduction to the German word "rauschen" (a verb meaning "murmur", even if I'd rather say that Australian composer Austin Buckett meant to say "rausch", meaning "intoxication" or "ecstasy") by Austrian composer Peter Ablinger, who wote "Rauschen (White noise) is the totality of sounds - 'everything always' in its acoustic representation. Comparable to white light that contains all colours, white noise contains all frequencies, and - poetically speaking - all music.". According to such a perspective, these 30 loops, whose building comes from some sonic aggegation of techno and hip hop. could be thought as the physical output of a series of meaningful compressions, which got built by means of four snare drums, sandpaper and close mics, where each cluster of noise is like an exercise in control and repetition as well as an interrogation to listener's perception.
Jun 15 2014
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Artist: Reinhold Friedl/Franck Vigroux
Title: Tobel
Format: CD
Label: Alamuse (@)
Rated: *****
Premiered at NK Berlin and at Anis Gras le lieu de l'autre and re-recorded in Luc Ferrari's studios La Muse en Circuit, National centre of musical creation, in Paris, "Tobel" is the first collaborative recording by German experimental pianist Reinhold Friedl, also known as Zeitkratzer, whose name appeared on our space on the occasion of another collaborative project, P.O.P, together with Denseland's bassist Hannes Strobl, and French avant-arde electronic musician and guitarist Franck Vigroux. They let meet their different sonic languages - Franck's eectronics and tape recorders and Reinhold's acoustic instrument and prepared piano techniques - in an imaginary ravine ("Tobel" is the French word for this small valleys caused by streamcutting erosion), which got rendered by sudden uproaring crashes, uneven electric gales and claps of thunder on almost thready ultrasonic drones, screaming metals and menacingly rasping undercurrents. Even if such a collision could sometimes five rise to stifling and harsh sonorities, "Tobel" is a really adventurous listening experience.

Candor Chasma: The Key

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 09 2014
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Artist: Candor Chasma (@)
Title: The Key
Format: CD
Label: Old Europa Cafe (@)
Rated: *****
Named after the unexplored canyon of Valles Marineros on Mars, the biggest one on the Red Planet, Candor Chasma, the collaborative project of Sardinia-based sound artists and musicians Simon Balestrazzi (T.A.C., Dream Weapon Ritual, Sarang, A Sphere Of Simple Green) and Corrado Altieri (Uncodified, Monosonik, TH26), despatch their second sonic transmission on Old Europa Cafe after their debut album "Rings", by digging brightly obscure industrial sonorities out of a fascinating conceptual framework, which ideally retraces the most meaningful moments of the adventurous life of Madame Blavatsky, the Russian noblewoman who co-founded the Theosophical Society together with Henry Steel Olcott and William Quan Judge and remarkably influenced Western occultism. Named after some of the most important stages of Blavatsky's biogrphy - from "Hyde Park (August 12, 1851)", where she met Mahatma Morya aka "M", the mysterious initiate that she already met during her childish visions before meeting him in person on the day of her 20th birthday, to "Adyar (1882), a village nearby Madras in Southern India where the founders of the Theosophical Society bought a farm which became the headquarters of the group, from "New York (1877)", where J.W.Bouton issued the first sold-out edition of "Isis Unveiled: A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern Science and Theology", the masterpiece of esoteric philosophy by Madame Blavatsky, to "Calcutta (1855)", the first place she visited in India - the eight tracks of this sonic journey condense abrasive analog noises, electric discharges, otherworldly resounding entities, field recordings, vocal samples and subcutaneous piercing pricks over a captivating crossbreed between power electronics and industrial canons, whose psychedelic intensity gradually grows and reaches the mesmeric acme on the two parts of "S.S.Eunomia" and "Adyar", where this electronic duo seems to give voice to the spirit guides that supposedly opened the gates of the high spiritual gardem and the psychic realms that Madame Blavatsky let espy by means of her life and her rich literary production.

Severe Illusion: Deliberate Prefrontal Leucotomy

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 23 2014
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Artist: Severe Illusion (@)
Title: Deliberate Prefrontal Leucotomy
Format: CD
Label: Complete Control Productions (@)
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
It's new to me that the both Severe Illusion peeps are going to study brain surgery. Their last year release 'Psychosurgery', a 5-track-EP physically available in a hard-to-get limited edition of 100 exemplars, fits thematically perfect and can be seen as the ideal preliminary degree examination. 'Deliberate Prefrontal Leucotomy' now represents their examination and delivers an ongoing conceptual release on 8 tracks. The musically expression of Fredrik Djurfeldt and Ulf Lundblad has changed rather in minor dimensions to their earlier works, but that was to expect. Compared to the last studio album 'No More Alive Than You Deserve', this new opus sounds harsher and more grinding; just like the right soundtrack to one of the most perverse themes committed in post-modern psychiatry. Their ability to spread salt in open socio-critical wounds is unbroken and I have to admit that to read about the theme of leucotomy and especially the 'ice-pick lobotomy' performed by Walter J. Freeman in the 1940's in more than 3000 cases has been shocking. The chorus of praise for Severe Illusion is well deserved, as they often tap our minds on barbaric past things of mankind, which nowadays fall often into the abyss of oblivion. The music delivery the typical harsh, cold, and noisy attitudes this duo is so well known for. 'Louder Than Words' and 'Postsynaptic Receptor Disruption' are both mid-tempo tracks with monotonous bass-lines and the hefty distorted vocal performance. 'Discontinuation syndrome' then offers some voice-samples based on the conceptual theme thrown into a noisy thunderstorm - it's a more Powernoise- / Experimental-minded tune than all other tracks available here. 'Hole' differs a lot to almost all tracks on 'D. P. L', because it is a lighter, very dancefloor-compatible tune with flute-like synth-pads. The most exciting track I discovered with the raw and nightmarish produced 'Tardative Dyskinesia' - already the starting metallic clanks leave scorch marks in my ear-channel! The one and only complaint on this fine and absolutely authentic sounding album is once again the far too short playing-time. C'mon guys, you've got more disturbance-stuff in your holster than to stop after 33 minutes only! It is nevertheless a must-have album filled with oppression presented in all 8 tracks.



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