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Zenial: Connection Reset By Peer

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 17 2012
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Artist: Zenial
Title: Connection Reset By Peer
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
According to the press notes even "it shows his creativity in the context of live activity. It does not mean that 'Connection Reset by Peer' is a live album" and the sound is based around "electricity, radio feedback, electromagnetic field sounds emitted by current generators and elements of the so-called field recordings". The result, instead of an exercise in electro-acoustic experiment, is deeply rooted in industrial-noise territories.
So "Live In RadioAfera/Audiosfera (Jah_Mix: 10.21.2011)" is relatively long, 14 minutes and 50 seconds, musical journey around the possibilities of creating a musical structures around noises that are deeply rooted in our everyday soundscape. "Beksa impresje portrety (Lion Of Juda Mix)" is two times track: after a noise intro, the texture of the track is made out of voices, small noises and a dark drone. "Janek Data Overload" is a noisey track made out of sound generators as "Live In Kraków (Audio Art Festival) Excerpt" while this is noise that, instead of creating a wall of sound, tries to create some sort of musical development. "Zenialism Remixed" closes this album with a droning attitude
This is a release of undoubtable coherence in the choice of the musical elements and in the structural development and could well be enjoyable to all fans of noise and electro-acoustic music. Nice.

Eugene Chadbourne and The Dropouts: Zupa Dupa Kupa

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 14 2012
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Artist: Eugene Chadbourne and The Dropouts
Title: Zupa Dupa Kupa
Format: 12"
Label: Monotype Records (@)
I had not heard of Eugene Chadbourne, or Doc Chad, as he is sometimes called, but he has collaborated with such bands and artists as Camper Van Beethoven, John Zorn, Aki Takase, Jimmy Carl Black, and the Violent Femmes. So let's start off with first impressions. First off, I absolutely love the cover. It looks like an old school punk collage and sharpie monstrosity that could have been put together by a team comprised of Frank Zappa (for the humor aspect) and the Alternative Tentacles team from the late 1980s. Second, I rarely have an album to review for Chain DLK that opens up with banjo, but here we are. This is one of those albums that really doesn't fit in with Chain DLK, but it really doesn't fit anywhere, so perhaps that's OK in this instance. At times this has a folk feel and at others it is more a rock album. But overall, the focus is on the stories in the music. For example, 'The Devil On The Radio' is about the devil contacting a person by CB and 'The Dentist' is actually about being a dentist. The music is more of a jam band that doesn't take itself too seriously, which is what makes it oddly endearing. So once again, we have the humor of Frank Zappa with the quirkiness of Tiny Tim. If this sounds good to you, this would definitely be worth picking up. I would love to see this act live.

Axel Dörner / Werner Dafeldecker / Sven-Åke Johansson: Der Kreis Des Gegenstandes

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 14 2012
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Artist: Axel Dörner / Werner Dafeldecker / Sven-Åke Johansson (@)
Title: Der Kreis Des Gegenstandes
Format: 12"
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Here we have a trio composed of Axel Dörner on trumpet, Werner Dafeldecker on double bass, and Sven-Ãke Johansson on percussion. There was no press sheet and the one online was mainly bio information rather than information on the recording. This consists of four tracks simply titled DKDG I through DKDG IV. With the instrument list, you know pretty much what you are in for. At some points it sort of reminds me of Volcano the Bear. There is a healthy mix of noisy elements and percussion combined with blasts of trumpet and bass. It wasn't bad for minimal experimental but in some ways it began to all run together. This is part of the problem with such ensembles ' keeping it interesting. This one was done well, but didn't seem to break much new ground.

Toshimaru Nakamura and John Butcher : Dusted Machinery

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 14 2012
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Artist: Toshimaru Nakamura and John Butcher (@)
Title: Dusted Machinery
Format: CD
Label: Monotype Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this duo, but in looking at the liner notes, we see that Nakamura is credited with 'no input mixing board' and Butcher is credited with 'soprano sax, tenor sax, and feedback sax.' This is, in some ways, reminiscent of Bob Ostertag's 'Attention Span,' where you have snippets of John Zorn playing sax cut and spliced beyond all recognition. Now take that and destroy it even further. This is not quite noise, but it is definitely heading to that end of the spectrum. There is a fair amount of feedback and barely recognizable saxophone. What keeps it interesting is the skillful use of silence and dynamics. This is not a full-force, in your face kind of album. But it is still not for the faint of heart, with extended passages of high pitched feedback and other squalls. Not an everyday kind of listen, but fun and interesting. This album weighs in at around 44 minutes.

Phil Maggi: Ghost Love

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jun 14 2012
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Artist: Phil Maggi
Title: Ghost Love
Format: CD
Label: Idiosyncratic Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Phil Maggi, but evidently he, along with Yannick Franck, is one of the founders of Idiosyncratic Records. Before I put on the CD, but the sepia tone cover image seems meant to convey a time far past, hence the title of the album. Listening to this album is a lot like listening to different channels on the radio. It is all music but none of it is particularly jarring. There are some themes that run throughout. The album begins with staccato tribal drumming that makes way for a pleasant soundscape with disembodied voices. This isn't trying to be scary though. The voices are those of a home movie or children playing, rather than the spectral voices of poltergeists. The singing that is on these tracks is there more for atmosphere than to deliver lyrics. As such, the album works more as a soundtrack to a movie in one's mind, reminiscent of In The Nursery's Optical Music series. Overall, it was a pleasant listen. This album weighs in at around 41 minutes.


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