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Mathias Delplanque: Transmissions

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Apr 10 2015
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Artist: Mathias Delplanque (@)
Title: Transmissions
Format: CD
Label: Crónica (@)
Rated: *****
The mechanical syntagms and the cycles where the transformation of potential energy into kinetic ones by old looms that Mathias Delplanque recorded at the museum of textile in Cholet, France, in 2008 for the first half of this release and by many different tools and machines that some students who took part to his workshop at Livet Technical Lyceum in Nantes in 2009 and 2010, are the driving force of this interesting album, where the plain and simple electromechanical transmissions go beyond the concept of field recordings or soundscape. Mathias managed to render the alienation of industrial working by means of sonic canvas, where the seemingly oppressive dominance of the perceptual space by machines gradually leads to the paradox of its "humanization" (particularly on the 40 minutes lasting mechanical symphony of "Part 4", where those mechanical transmissions sound like beating like human hearts, breathe and puff like human lungs or even show a sort of sequence of emotional feedback propagations...), as if the evocative sounds of a factory could be a possible archetype of human activity as they arise like austere and somehow organic architectural elements.

Dexta: Tempest Dub / Mukky Riddim

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Apr 07 2015
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Artist: Dexta (@)
Title: Tempest Dub / Mukky Riddim
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: None60
Rated: *****
London-based producer Chris Royle, mostly known for his moniker Dexta and as one of the most active heads behind well-known label Diffrent Music, the label of the pink giraffe which became one of the most interesting in the overcrowded bass-driven music scene, recently landed on None60, the imprint by the excellent d'n'b duo Silent Dust, by means of a couple of good tracks, which swirl on the boundaries between electronic dub and drum'n'bass. Both the title and the heavily echoed vocal sample of "Tempest Dub" are the same of the track by which the brilliant Brighton-based duo SpectraSoul made their debut, but the sound of Dexta is quite diff(e)rent as youc an imagine if you followed some of his recent releases on his own imprint as distorted low-frequencies and puffy synths makes the dub stepping really viscous and catchy, while the speed significantly increases on the balanced dosage of hitting claps, blunt beats and bass worms of the following "Mukky Riddim".

Yann Novak + Fabio Perletta: Liminality

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Apr 06 2015
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Artist: Yann Novak + Fabio Perletta (@)
Title: Liminality
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings/Farmacia901 (@)
Rated: *****
The aesthaetics of Yann Novak, mainly based on the transformation of field recordings into immersive ambient drones, got applied to a series of sonic stuff that young Italian sound artist Fabio Perletta grabbed at Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris on April 19th, 2013 for this entrancing 45-minutes lasting suite. Its title refers to the anthropological concept of liminality, the transitional moment when someone taking part to a ritual experiences the "rendering" of the cathartic effect, the in-between state of mind before the ritual itself and its ultimate achievement, when the connections between thoughts and beliefs of a pre-existing "order" disappear little by little. The breeze - you won't easily understand if it was an environmental element or the final result of the dilation during sound processing -, which blows over the sonic clues of the liminal place like a cemetery could be in fact, is a constant presence of this process and its circular convolution of delays, echoes and gentle saturations sounds like an amorphous soup where sonic connections to reality denatures till the moment when that wind turns into a sort of breathe and the first atomic collisions in the middle of the track begin to dig into the bowels of consciousness. They demonstrate that amorphousness doesn't have to be bereft of true substance.

Biosphere/Deathprod: Stator

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Apr 06 2015
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Artist: Biosphere/Deathprod
Title: Stator
Format: CD
Label: Touch (@)
Rated: *****
Made under commission of Oslo-based mini festival Tape To Zero with the support by Arts Council Norway, this release pools the sonic exploration by two Norwegian kings of ambient music. Geir Jenssen, better known as Biosphere (the most recent trace on our zine has been left by his self-signed release "Stromboli", an awesome release that he made from a series of field recordings taken nearby the hot edges of the notorious Sicilian active volcano), is a pioneering veteran of 90ies crosses between ambient music, electronica and proto-house, whose distinguishable aesthetics that spurted out of references to arctic landscapes and Russian space crafts reached out to many contemporary music lovers. He doesn't really need introduction, as a matter of fact, while Deathprod, the musical id by Norwegian producer Helge Sten, is maybe less known, even if he's the man behind the curtains of many releases on Rune Grammofon and already co-signed a tribute album to Arne Nordheim (1999), the Norwegian composer whose music was so intimately related to space exploration that astroners named the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter in his honor. The first inocoluted three awesome tracks, where he ignites this sonic journey by pensive micro-ambient sequences of light propulsions and suspensions, borrows the name of the unit for symbol or modulation rate in telecommunication, the baud, for the amazing extra-vehicular transmission "Baud" and forged a breathtaking track - "Space Is Fizzy" - in the aisle between synth-driven cosmic ambient and some cliff-hangers of his own "Microgravity". The latter came in on the dimming elongated grandeur of "Shimmer Flicker", liquefies silent particles on "Polychromatic", blows over pulverized symphonies on the beautiful "Disc" and seems to drive an empty vessel between astral bodies on the final "Optical".

Németh : Koi

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Apr 05 2015
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Artist: Németh
Title: Koi
Format: 12"
Label: Sonotope
Rated: *****
This interesting experiment of derivation and re-morphing of a soundtrack, whose breaking of the initial matching with images is the sparkle of the compositional process, comes from Stefan Nemeth, one of the three brilliant heads behind Radian. The connection with the experimental short movie 'Koi' by Tina Hochkogler aka Tinhoko has not totally dissipated, but Stefan rather tried to re-adapt the soundtrack he forged for a movie, whose introduction ("a rhythmical arrangement of residual thoughts and images of a short moment") could fit the idea behind this sonic tidbit, to the perception and the interpretation of the menmonical traces those images left on its consciousness of the observer/listener. This is the reason why the original soundtrack sounds like somehow cushioned and "uterine". It's like an OST composer has decided to make something for the "follow-up" or even the eureka moments which follows the enjoyment of a work of art in order to keep the enchantment intact! Have a listen of both versions of "Koi" in order to understand Stefan's output.


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