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M.B., Massimo Croce, DBPIT and XxeNa: ISOMETRIE SONORE

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 22 2013
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Artist: M.B., Massimo Croce, DBPIT and XxeNa (@)
Title: ISOMETRIE SONORE
Format: 12"
Label: Arte Nel Rumore | GattoAlieno (@)
Rated: *****
In the presentation of this release, the postface written by Maurizio Bianchi, this release is based around a geometrical concept: the preservation of the sonic distance between the metrical spaces that, in musical terms, are the sonic ideas of the participants. 'Isometrie sonore' is an album that collect four collaboration of M.B. with some of the most obscure entities of italian industrial: DBPIT, XxeNa (already known for their 'drawings at an exhibition' release) and Maurizio Croce.
Perhaps the best way to approach this release is starting with the limited edition tape 'Artemisio' featuring four track from each of the participant to this release: 'Biettiva' is the track from M.B. and is a dialogue between two mono track low volume noise track so there's a stereo track that seems a blend between musical opposite: noise and lowercase. 'People', the track from DBPIT, is based around a trumpet line above a soundscape made of bells and synth vaguely resembling the most experimental Death in June tracks. 'Erama', the track from XxeNa, is the most industrial like with her use of declamatory vocals and small noises. 'Oblomizzati', the track from Maurizio Croce, is the most dark ambient like creating a cold soundscape. Oddly enough every track is louder from his predecessor as the quieter is from M.B..
The proper release, a vinyl one, features four collaboration '01' is between M.B. and XxeNa and is a clear ambient tune in the vein of the quieter period of M.B. from his '90 return. '02' is between M.B. and DBPIT and is opened by a martial noisy beat suddenly juxtaposed by a small noise that round between the channels. and ends with a dialogue between the lines exposed during the track. '03' is between M.B. and Massimo Croce and is a soundscape based on drones. '04', the track on the b side is a collaboration between the four musicians and seems the sum of the musical ideas of the tape as is the sum of small beats (of DBPIT), a soundscape (from Massimo Croce), small noises (from M.B.) and vocal lines and samples (from XxeNa).
In some way this release seems more a solo release from M.B. with some guests rather than a true collaboration, perhaps because he's a musical influence for his collaborators however is impressive to hear new musical ideas from an artist with so many years of activity. Absolute respect.

Rapoon: To West and Blue

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2013
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Artist: Rapoon
Title: To West and Blue
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
After the remarkable series of reissues made from Zoharum (the second volume of the 'seeds in the tide' series has just been released and will be reviewed soon) this is the first release of new material from Robin Storey and is presented as 'about the area grew up in in the UK. ['¦] surrounded by the sea when the tide was in and surrounded by endless mudflats when the tide was out'. This image is translated in musical terms with slowly moving drones with small or no movement to the point to graze pointlessness.
The drone of 'East window lights' opens this release and is colored by sparse noises. 'Solace' is menacing soundscape with a sort of ritualistic sample at the mid of the track and some piano notes in the end. 'The gold of salvation' is a gentle drone carefully constructed in his timbres. 'A heavy door locked' is based around processed loops in the first part and evolves with synth lines and ends with a drone. 'Sunset' is based around the juxtaposition of a couple of drones as 'An angels breath' even if this track features an evolving beat in his final part. 'To west and blue' features the loops above the quiet drone so seems more ritualistic and evocative and is the best track of this release.
This album is a little disappointing as it seems more an exercise of style rather than a new release from one of the crucial artist of industrial scene. Only for collectors.

Papillon: s/t

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 20 2013
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Artist: Papillon
Title: s/t
Format: 12"
Label: Discrepant (@)
Rated: *****
"Unquestionably the greatest adventure of escape ever filmed", the stentorian voice for the trailer of Franklin J. Schaffner's screen adaptation, starring a young Dustin Hoffmann and a magnificent Steve McQueen, of the notorious memoir "Papillon" by Henry Charriere about his incredible escape from a penal colony in French Guyana after he was wrongly convicted of murder in France. Besides the dispute regarding the truthfulness and the authenticity of that story, as many critics argued that some episodes could have been the fictional adaptation of other fellow fugitives of the alleged author, Discrepant label manager Goncalo F.Cardoso takes a stab at turning that best-seller into sound by means of his lo-fi synthesizers with the precious support of edited acoustic recordings by Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong, Cedric Stevens' raw and digitally treated analogue modulators and David Naan, who sprayed his drums on the visionary "La Cavale Des Chinois" after the psychedelic recordings of a sung poetry from Khmu, Laos by Kink Gong. Many moments of that fascinating and fantastic quest for freedom, its dramatic turn of events, the incredible vicissuteds and the (treu and simulated) psychological fallouts of the fugitive Papillon who tried to escape from confinement whose exotic location sounds like the better paroxysm of the assumed moral preening of Western civilization got rendered by a wide selection of cracked noises, augmented field recordings, amazing foley art effects, sudden synth jams, modular synthesis and sinister echoes, which reaches remarkably high peaks of quixotic and visionary power, so that listeners could feel themselves like having been immersed into a mesmerizing pool where shamanism, esoteric hallucinations, fever deliriums, lucid dreaming and near death experiences have been blended into a sonic cauldron or a possible sensory overload, which is going to hold your breath and feed your imagination from the initial claustrophobic feeling of reclusion of "Un Radeau Dans Un Tombe" till the final illusory emancipation of "Le Chemin De La Pourriturre".

KK Null + The Noiser: s/t

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 16 2013
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Artist: KK Null + The Noiser (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Rated: *****
The cover artwork of this impressive release on Monotype seems to have been taken from those black and yellow stripes which delimit dangerous or contaminated areas which should not be accessible, but such a tempting invitation to trespass should not be declined as it combines the renowned skills of Zeni Geva's member Kazuyuki Kishino aka KK Null, who doesn't really need any introduction as he's one of the most appreciated noise guitarist and noise forger from the world-known Japanese noise scene, and French mediactivist, artist-researcher, musician, poet, anarchitect, experimental film-maker, Apo33's founding member and one active principle of Formanex group Julien Ottavi aka The Noiser. Recorded in 2011 when these two master craftsmen of louder noises, the most remarkable aspect is the way they "organized" avalanches of their cherished raw material over crumpling percussive structures and labyrinths of feedback and distorted sounds: for instance, noise seems to belong to a possible horror-movie score in order to highlight the sudden attacks of a furiously insane assassin rising from dark escoriating corridors on the first track - all tracks are untitled so that I have to point them by ordinals -; it sounds like coming from the innards of some imaginary slimy monsters which survives by finding nourishment into an abandoned powerhouse on the second track; it fans the mystical flames which got kindled by some hypnotical tribal percussions on the third track. The noise of a pneumatic drill blemishes a resounding piano on the short fourth track, bursts into a jungle by means of piercing clips and corrosive rumbles on the sitxh one, sounds like disturbing interferences on the fifth one, turns into looped savagely abrasions of melting timing chains in the seventh track. The final 25-minutes lasting track seems to combine all the previous suggestions into one absorbing and loudly sublime suite. Please trespass!

Routine: Si

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 15 2013
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Artist: Routine (@)
Title: Si
Format: CD
Label: Nephogram (@)
Rated: *****
This new release from Nephogram features almost no linear notes and, even in their bandcamp page, this band gives the minimal amount of information about this release. This is an italian duo of Filippo Mazzei and Fabio Ricci formed in 2000 and, after years of experiments, in search of a form that could include their sounds. The result is something between the gentle palette used by bands like Minamo and Tape and the sonic exploration of Supersilent, so is the sonic equivalent of something on the edge between landscape and abstraction.
Small and rhythmic noises introduce '1' that quickly evolve in a gentle sonic watercolor. '2' features a trumpet giving quite a jazz mood to the track. '3' follows an almost EAI trajectory being almost silent but requiring a close listen to follow the single sounds. '4' is focused on the dialogue between the gentle guitar and the sparse noises of the soundscape. '5' is constructed upon the exploration of the mechanical resonances of a drum kit until the trumpet and noises enter to colorize the sound palette. '6' sounds like a sonic picture of the autumn branches of a tree shown in the cover picture. '7' closes this release with sparse chords of piano upon sparse metallic sounds that are progressively filtered and then reduced to almost the memory of their timbres.
Something unique in the italian panorama where the trend seems to jump on the performative improvisation, Routine decides to canalize their improvisation in a musical form that can be heard in an endless loop. Almost amazing.


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