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 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 21 2010
Title: Flugangst
Format: CD
Label: Monotype (@)
Rated: *****
Monotype has put out some interesting releases so far and this definitely fits in the category, infact Vorfeld gave us a interesting proof of how one can put together an unconventional drumming/percussionism and sound installation style, in case you've never seen or heard anything by this german musicians he has many releases out on label such as Creative Sources, Trente Oiseaux, Rossbin, Esquilo and similar labels. Is that an hint to identify this work? More or less infact it would extremely reductive to paint this release as the ordinary electro-acoustic cd, it's a solo recording and it's a great thing since it proofs that sometimes to reduce the players and the instruments is not a bad thing but a good option. That could suggest minimalism is the thing, but it's not, not exactly's sound art that goes really close to concrete music and if you remember the Metamkine serie of 3" mcd you know "the rules of the game" and probably the fact he's collaborated with Bernard Gunter may help to make it all clearer. The kind of instrument may introduce an easy parallel with Eddie Prevost but is no truer than an easy comparison to Bailey for every acoustic guitar improviser, so take it with a grain of salt. Vorfeld plays skins and stringed instruments with a different style if compared to Prevost and goes much closer to music concrete, electronic, post-industrial music than to any average electro-acoustic work. Why? the answer is there in the performative/ambient structure of every track, every suite is evolving around sound, a particular sound and it is developed to full blossoming. Flugangst is not far from some other releases like that, but compositional-structure and experience of this talented percussionist make the difference. If you add the recording give a vivid picture of the live session you know why I enjoyed so much this solo work. Sound plus space and the ambient of a room still makes the difference between a good solo work and a boring one. Somehow it also reminded me Enrico Malatesta a young talented drummer/perfomer from the north-east of Italy. Thumbs up!.

KINETIX + PYLONE : sonology

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 21 2010
Title: sonology
Format: CD
Label: Soun on Probation (@)
Rated: *****
It's passed quite a while from the last release featuring Gianluca Becuzzi's release I've heard and now he's back with two brand new album. This collaboration ties the knot wonderfully with wintertime and that's has to do with the cold sharp sounds used by the duo and to the dark aura of most of the compositions. We are in front of a long long record since it features one hour and twelve minutes of music, but I think it has a lot to do with the "path of resistance" intrinsic nature of a release like that. While the first of the two twenty minutes long tracks is based on a monolithic drone occasionally pierced by acute frequencies and field recording, its twin track is not exactly different in nature, but the spoken word parts and the fact is more based on voice samples and less oriented on droned movements in some ways introduce some consistent differences even if the deep introspective feel of the opening suite is here maintained. While the opening piece of this work may suggest a drone based release most of the tracks deal with a sort of "cut up and reassemble" process, everything is done with a good craftsmanship so they usually avoid that "all of a sudden effect" (if no intentionally). The nature of the tracks and their shape has brought to my mind names like Zoviet France, Richard Chartier, Hafler Trio and some other post industrial sound artists. An abstract work with some interesting intuitions.

IRON MOLAR : e poi piove

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 15 2010
Artist: IRON MOLAR (@)
Title: e poi piove
Format: CD
Label: Solitude Beast
Rated: *****
2 + 2 still equals 4?'¦sure, above all when a recording and a band is the sum of its parts and after having hear their latest solo works I dare you to deny that Massimo aka Iron Molar are not the algebraic sum of Iron doing most of the ambient/droning sounds and Jacopo aka Evil Purpose doing the most noise, crackling things. Freak brothers gone bad are back and holy shit the whole works moves like a bad acid trip, differently from some of their previous works Iron Molar are concentrating more on shorter tracks and it helps a lot since they stop right before getting boring, but not before pushing you there close to the limit of hypnosis. Differently from the past they're more and more oriented toward a freaky psychedelic sound and in someway left dark ambient behind their back and they're definitely gaining personality. If you listen to their last releases they put emphasis to the bastard noise, weird/odd noise influence which in their case means loops are more cyclical and floating ashore but at the same time avoiding easy drones which nowadays has become a sort of standard in many genres. Rhythm and sound definition have become central in their own evolution and probably recording and mixing with Bob at Alampo's helped developing every single idea and aspect. Everything has become clearer, more clean but not aseptic yet therefore this cd has nothing to do with those digital noise's clean but in a really warm way!. Even when working with drones they did it in a really smart way and the closing suites are good example of it all, they're not so predictable but at the same time several different stops and go make the listening quite interesting. Dark music for dark people? Odd music for heavy freaks?...and why not dark references?...infact the title itself is probably referred to one of the most depressive songs from 90's roman hardcore heroes Concrete. Punk's not dead...but has become trippy.

Architeuthis Walks on Land: Natura Naturans

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 12 2010
Artist: Architeuthis Walks on Land (@)
Title: Natura Naturans
Format: CD
Label: Carrier Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had never heard of this project, which is a collaboration between Amy Cimini (viola) and Katherine Young (bassoon). I have to agree with the press sheet that notes that 'viola and bassoon are two instruments rarely associated with free improvisation and noise.' I think that the bassoon is a great instrument, but in this disc, Young takes the instrument to places rarely heard with bassoon from the onset, laying down harsh drones that have a jagged waveform quality to them. On 'Inside/Outside I' it is Cimini's turn to try to push her instrument, plucking and grating on it. Yet others, like 'Glitterbird,' demonstrate that these are two well trained, skilled musicians rather than the standard assertion that free improvisation is the refuge of the unskilled musician. 'The Field' is a stunning piece of bassoon improvisation (now there's a phrase I never expected to write for ChainDLK), which begins with a spastic machine gun of notes, giving way to a languid melody with a nice use of silence and dynamics. Overall, this is an interesting disc and classical music enthusiasts who have an experimental bent would enjoy this. The best comparison I can give would be Kronos Quartet. File this under experimental classical. The disc weighs in at around 37 minutes.

VV.AA.: Music for Personality Disorder

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 12 2010
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Music for Personality Disorder
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records (@)
This is simply a label sampler, but with a nice twist. You can get it from Beta-lactam Ring Records for one cent. I will refrain from doing too much with the individual tracks because all except one of the Earthmonkey tracks have already been released and several of these albums have been likely already been reviewed in Chain DLK. I have personally reviewed the discs of Aidan Baker, Sand Snowman, and Seven That Spells ' all of which were quite good. If you are interested in Beta-lactam Ring Records and want to get a taste of what they have been putting out, this is a very good opportunity to find out. If nothing else, you certainly get your money's worth. This sampler weighs in at about 79 minutes.

Here is the tracklisting:

1. Sand Snowman 'Hemlock Garden' from Nostalgia Ever After
2. Pepe Wismeer 'A Lie In Heckleness' Between Sheep & Pigs
3. Aidan Baker 'Feed Me Yr Kiss' Songs Of Flowers & Skin
4. Earthmonkey 'New Cheese' from Alms of Morpheus
5. Edward Ka-Spel 'The Beast With Six Fingers (edit)' from The Minus Touch
6. Sand Snowman 'Wide Awake' from Sleepers Hide and Seek
7. Pepe Wismeer 'Devilame (edit)' from Between Sheep & Pigs
8. Edward Ka-Spel 'Lines (edit)' from Chyekk, China Doll
9. Earthmonkey 'Ahmet Another' unreleased track from Alms of Morpheus sessions
10. Seven That Spells 'Terminus Est' from Future Retro Spasm
11. Ilitch 'La Quantique des Cantiques' from La Maïeutique de la Quantique
12. Nadja 'Skywriting (edit)' from Transmit Acoustique Abstraction One
13. Expo '70 'The Gathering' from Sonic Messenger
14. The Silverman 'This Side Of The Door (edit)' from Time On Thin Ice
15. Tecumseh 'Apophis (edit)' from Return To Everything
16. Else Teicher 'Near Dead Pachycephalosaurid on I-75 (edit)' from Whored

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