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Inner Vision Laboratory: Austeros

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 29 2015
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Artist: Inner Vision Laboratory (@)
Title: Austeros
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This new album from Karol Skrzypiec apparently takes his title by a poem by Pawel Krawczyk. As his text is almost impossible to find the question is if the music has the capability to have the consistency of cohesive whole, as a poem, rather than the diversity of a collection of lyrics.
Almost all tracks are based upon the dialectic between drones and sparse sounds, perhaps field recording as the noises that open "Stalker Trail" and evoke the ices and crackles of the cover while the drones of the second part the brightness of the light reflected by this surface. "Three Turns Until You See" is based upon a rhythmic pattern while "A Tunnel Too Twisted" is a long and complex track in two part: the first one is quiet and based on resonant voices while the second features the high resonances of small bells and depicts an uncontaminated landscape while "A Home to None" returns to more industrial-like menacing atmosphere using a bunch of samples and evolves in "Obey the Soil" with the use of almost all the characteristics of the previous tracks. "Rust Vermilion Faces" is a juxtaposition of drones that slowly evolves in a rhythmic track and "Bow Before Ancient Mother" closes this release with a multifaceted soundscape.
This is a cohesive album constructed with a clear musical design, perhaps a little bit too coherent, that would be enjoyed by all fans of this band. Really nice.

Machinefabriek: Measures Taken

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Mar 29 2015
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Artist: Machinefabriek
Title: Measures Taken
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This new release from Rutger Zuydervelt was composed for a dance performance by choreographer Alexander Whitley where the dancers interacted with the visual projected by Marshmallow Laser Feast. So the question is if the theme of man vs/with machine is evoked by the music in the absence of the visual side.
The small clicks of "Introduction" introduce the listener in a quiet musical universe where, obviously, the rhythm has a particular place as it's fundamental for dance movements. "Part I" starts quietly with drones and trumpet like samples and quietly evolves with noises and samples in an hypnotic track. "Part II" is made out on juxtaposed lines creating a mood of cinematic tension that is released in "Part III" where the soundscape created evoke a brighter, even optimistic, mood. Almost sadly, "Part IV" closes this release with a mood of melancholy and lost.
It's certainly grueling to rate this release without seeing the choreography referred by this score, as it's arduous to realize the theme of the project without the press notes. However it's as evocative as a good soundtrack. It's worth a listen.

Masayuki Imanishi: Type

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 28 2015
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Artist: Masayuki Imanishi (@)
Title: Type
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
Japanese sound artist and performer Masayuki 'Imany' Imanishi, whose name appeared on Liddikoatight, a collaborative project with Kouhei Matsunaga, for Finnish (post)industrial label Some Place Else by Niko Skorpio, piled a number of disturbances, processed field recordings, white noise from dead radiophonic frequencies, quantic interferences and paper (!) for the eight untitled tracks of this mesmerizing release, which significantly differs from the predominant stuff on Portuguese label Creative Sources, even if it could be considered as a sample of "electronic" improvisation. Tracks like the fifth or the sixth ones could let you think that Masayuki intercepted mysterious alien transmissions or broadcasting from robotic grasshoppers, while other ones are closer to more "conventional" abstract experiments such as the second one, where he separated a series of metallic flicks on right and left channels, or the opening track, where he intersected croaking noises from supposedly singing circuits, an hypnotic piercing sound clip and other disturbances, as well as the estranging 16-minutes lasting suite he assembled on the seventh track, but the resounding material of "Type", which often surmises a sort of hybrid between abstract industrial and those experiments on noises that got grabbed on tape from electronic circuits before further processing, which engaged many performers in the 80ies, is really interisting overall.

Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Gianna de Toni, Christophe Berthet, Raphael Ortis: Trees

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 26 2015
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Artist: Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Gianna de Toni, Christophe Berthet, Raphael Ortis
Title: Trees
Format: CD
Label: Creative Sources (@)
Rated: *****
It would almost appear that while small tonal leaves detach from their axis, the quintet of improvisers were getting into the act of collecting helical wood shavings, scraping the trunks out, breaking some spines, clearing the deadwood away, piling sawdust and exploring other bizarre dissonances by means of their own instruments: Ernesto Rodrigues (viola) and his son Guilherme (cello) - well known to our readers -, Gianni De Toni (double bass), Christophe Berthet (soprano saxophone) and Raphael Ortis (electric bass and objects) planted five improvisations in between layered stillness ("Moonlit Trees"), shady poised harmonies ("Whistling Trees") and resonances on the edge ("Tree of Life", the track - I think it's not accidental -, which sounds more mysterious and somehow dizzying), which gradually become elements of a soundscape where extended techniques and the unusual clippings that they produce are like giant trees within an open spot.

Wavemultiplier: 4040

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Mar 20 2015
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Artist: Wavemultiplier (@)
Title: 4040
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: clang (@)
Rated: *****
The recycle of any spillage or waste material is a praiseworthy activity at a time when environmentalism firmly became a mark of a civilized society. The beeping sound that you can hear on the opening track "0527" - each title got named after their length and you can easily guess the total running time is approximately 40 minutes and 40 seconds... -, which is close to the sound of echocardiographer for the monitoring of vital parameters of deeply comatose patients, could let you imagine Swedish composer and artist Marcus Wrango, the man behind Wavemultiplier's curtains, as a professional in between a committed environmentalist and a necromancer. By his own admission, he mainly fed his debut release, which got entirely composed and recorded in Blocc Studios in Stockholm, by means of raw sounds and the inspiration for "4040" mainly came from "the work with very clean recordings of sounds and music in electro-acoustic academia, where distortion and material artefacts often are treated as unwanted noise"...and Marcus doesn't didain that material at all: he inoculates a sine wave nd raw sounds into each track before processing them by cracks or refining in wills. The final result is an enjoyable collection of seven tracks where he riddles rhythmic noise and abstract techno in a manner which can be easily appreciated by followers of labels like Kvitnu or Raster Noton.


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