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Artist: Kotra & Zavoloka & Dunaewsky69 (@)
Title: Kallista
Format: CD
Label: Kvitnu (@)
Rated: *****
Lovely Polish city Krakow must be really inspiring as "Kallista" (meaning "very beautiful") is maybe the third or fourth record which is somewhat related to one of the leading center of arts and culture in Poland. The involved artists, Kotra, Zavoloka and Dunaewsky69, got so stricken by its mysterious beauty during a visit in early 2012 that they tributed this record. According to their own words, Krakow is "an obscure area of inspiration and misunderstandings, old city of new art and technology, place of imminent comfort and lazy silence, convenient space for breeding bizarre and radical ideas". Those ideas have been poured into 24 astonishing tracks, which they assembled with the support of some friends in Studio of Electroacoustic music of renowned Krakow Music Academy, whose support consisting of giving the possibility to the trio to have access to its wide collection of old analogue synthesizers, modular systems and sound processors (some of them belong to that collection since early 60's) has been integrated by the precious collaboration of young Slovakian sound artist Jonas Gruska and two skilled Polish composers, Michal Pawelek, who helped Kotra, Zavoloka and Dunaewski69 in grabbing some field recordings, and Marcin Strzelecki, who built some oscillators. Such a choral effort made this release really heterogenous from the structural viewpoint and even though it was equally trebeled by the three involved artists, each contribution renders different strategies of coalescence between modular pulses, uncut noise, sharpened sine waves and electric shocks without lacking of a certain sense of amalgamation. Mottled electronic scalding of abrasive tracks by Dunaewsky69 such as "Krolewska", "Huta" or "Niesamowite" flow into the polymeric sonic pulsations, artificial vivid entities and unpredictable surreal inserts by Zavoloka ("Krak", "Cichy-Btonia", "Planty") and more epic-oriented flares by Kotra (I particularly enjoyed Kotra's "Emaus", "Bunkier", "Wyspianski 2000" and "Solvay", whose saxophone sample comes from Ayane Yamanke) in a fascinating aggregate of sounds, which sound like squeezed from history and places of a city "that always sleep and always awake". The psychotropic multicolored doilies Zavoloka adopted on the artwork wisely recap the collaborative spirit of this delicious hash that I cannot but recommend.
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Artist: RMEDL | K11 (@)
Title: Chthonian Music
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
This striking conceptual album and the related sound installation, based on the sound spacialization system I.M.E.A.S.Y. and performed in an ancient Etruscan hypogeum in the archeological park of Cecina, a little town close to Leghorn (Italy), during the spring solstice within the programmatic-conceptual event "Metasound ' Independent Curatorial Experiences in Contemporary Art: from the object up to the event: sound art, multimedia and practice of the art of listening", was initially limited to 50 private copies. Three years later, Cold Spring decided to reissue it in order to avoid the this remarkable sonic artefact could sink into the oblivion of the underworld the involved artists ideally climbed down. The Roman consul Albino Cecina, which gave the name to the above-mentioned town, ordered the construction of a villa, whose ruins can still be visited. The cavity of its cistern and its mysteric tunnels became the perfect location for Chtonian Music project by Italian philosopher, composer and sound artist Pietro Riparbelli aka K11 and Sandro Gronchi, head of Radical Matters, who involved an impressive number of sound artists and musicians from different but somewhat contiguous stylistical ground (Philippe Petit, Seth Cluett, Gianluca Becuzzi, Francisco Lopez, Aderlating, Andrea Marutti, Burial Hex, Christina Kubisch, Deadwood, Francesco Brasini, L'Acephale, Luciano Maggiore, Massimo Bartolini, Nordvargr, Utarm, Y.E.R.M.O) emphasized the sacral function of that ancient place with a sonic performance which sounds like a contemporary devotional rite to the Goddess Demeter/Persephone, the queen of hell and bride of Plouton/Hades and the symbolic representation of "the awakening of the soul and its cyclical path of death and transfiguration" behind her myth, who inspired the religion of the Mysteries, imported by the Etruscans in Italy. After the initial "Mvndvs", where Francismo Lopez immediately catches listener's attention by rendering natural amplified sounds on deep ultra-low frequencies by Seth Cluett and unexpected distorted rumbles which lacerates the apparent stillness like heavy thunders, the five following parts of "Katabasis" sonically describes the descent in the underworld by means of remarkable performative peaks such as the mindblowing raving ascension of Part II with the catchy vocals by L'Acephale and the heady drones by Utarm, the entrancing piano by Burial Hex on the magmatic fog by Andrea Marutti and Pietro Riparbelli in the third part ("Epopteia"), named after the final initiation rite in the Eleusinian Mysteries, the dusky electrical excitement of the first part, the grazing guitars by Francesco Brasini on the immersive virtual underworld moulded by Becuzzi and Bartolini on the narcotic organ and unearthly shouts by Riparbelli, the metallic rolling balls and the resounding crack on the ground which ushers listeners to the end of the obscure journey in the fifth part, before the final representation of "Nuktelia", a sort of supreme demonaltry when wizards with snkes twisted on their arms, moved at flickering light of torches in long orgiastic processions. Due to the high number of guests, under the stylistical viewpoint, "Chthonian Music" harvest from a wide range of styles: dark ambient, doom metal, dark-folk, field recordings, art rock, drone, classical music, musique concrete, ritual ambient flocked to celebrate the mysteries.

Limbs Bin: Primitive Response

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 10 2013
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Artist: Limbs Bin (@)
Title: Primitive Response
Format: 7"
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Limbs Bin, but it is the work of one Josh Landes who seems to hail from Massachusetts, according to his Facebook page. This is kind of like a punk meets power electronics disc. Even the typewritten liner notes with black and white photocopied artwork portrays the DIY aesthetic of punk. Lots of stripped down music with a healthy overlay of noise. At times it sounds like a cheap Casio keyboard drum track as the drum machine. It's a good thing that this has a lyrics sheet because it is impossible to understand what he is yelling. If you ever wished Genocide Organ would try to do a grindcore album, this is one to check out. Contains a cover of Black Flag's 'Fix Me,' so you can see some of the influences right there. He seems to be getting out there and playing live, so check him out if he's in your area. I'd be willing to bet that he puts on a good show. Pressed on lightweight brown vinyl. Limited to 300 copies.
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Artist: Schloss Tegal (@)
Title: Oranur III
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Many gourmet of electro-industrial dark ambient don't really need any introduction of American sound project by Robert Schneider and Mark Burch, named after a castle near Berlin which was formerly a psychiatric clinic for military people, where they got treated by means of music and art therapy. I surmise they have a reputation as many critics and reviewers consider Schloss Tegal as the founders of so-called dark ambient, whose main features were hovering since their electro-industrial debut release in 1989, a 7" single which was properly titled "Procession Of The Dead". They planned a series of reworks of some albums of their discography. This one by appreciated label Cold Spring is a digtally remastered version of their "The Third Report", a record inspired by the apocryphal scientific matter of orgonic energy, theorized by the controversial Austrian psychoanalist Wilhelm Reich, who made some researches of this supposedly existing cosmic energy during the years he spent in the United States. The concise, but exhaustive dissertion on Reich's experiments and beliefs about Deadly Orgone Radiation, Cosmic Orgone Engineering, Cloudbuster, Electro Magnetic Fields and its relation with the so-called "emotional plague", Oranur experiments, bio-weapons and other similar matters you can delve, with old pictures of Reich's cloudbusters is the conceptual framework of this album, which sounds like a sonic transducer of that theorized energy. Its magnetic flux density got emphasized by vocal samples, which seems to be taken from descriptions on tapes, noisy excoriation, abrasive insertions, toned-down obscure frequencies, piercing rumbles, which keep on putting a steady strain, which is somewhat uncommon for many dark-ambient contemporary releases, on many tracks such as "Coital Affirmation", the long-lasting initial "Oranur II "the Third and Final Report"", the disquieting "Dark Eyes", the creepy cryptic "Beyond The Wall Of Sleep", the subterranean clashing gusts of "Orop Desert Eas 1954-1955", the shivering phantasmagorical breeze of "Orena "Orop Terria"", the ethereal carnality of "The Core Men". This final report is supposedly the final warning to the sleeping beings of the Earth, according to their own (Schloss Tegal or some multidimensional being?) words!

oMMM: Re-Animator volume 1

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 04 2013
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Artist: oMMM
Title: Re-Animator volume 1
Format: Tape
Label: Exotic Pylon Records (@)
Rated: *****
This corpulent collection of softened breakcore tunes and oodles of electromechanical organized belches, which are going to be spread on three releases, comes from the archives of recordings of Edmund Davie also known as Dj Negative Skills and operting here under the guise of oMMM, who prefers to name his bizarre declension of those sonorities as "bedcore" and I could surmise such a denomination together with that dadaist masterpiece by Michael Forrest on the cover artwork couldn't be explained just by the presence of some short tunes which remind broken musical mobiles for baby cradles ("Molly") or out of power electronic toys, plaything cheap keyboards, electronic pop-guns and crippled robots ("Observation", "the doctor", "pleonastia", "drunk on doom and industrial noise"). Many tracks sound like amalgamation of distorted noises or overcrammed frequencies from scratched cds, broken squawk boxes, keyboards after fatal short circuits, whose abrasive potential got cushioned by the typical hiss of old tapes, gaunt sonic poltergeists and rudimentary cadenced prosodies with many interesting stuff oscillating between very dry patterns ("Lazarus", "reeks"), rickety gaits ("lemme wake up", "Emily", "midnight = 2am") and noise interferences on hip-hop or breakbeat typical stepping ("Cardinal ability to escape", "Into outer space with Professor Rhythm", "proxy notice"). You could imagine it as an imaginary freak projected in a laboratory of genetical engineering led by Synapscape, Celluloid Mata or Black Lung after a devastating binge, which cannot easily sober up. This amazing re-animator is available on tape or digital.


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