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IRON MOLAR : e poi piove

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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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

Kruno Jošt and Gijs Borstlap: Quasi Quasi

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 12 2010
Artist: Kruno Jošt and Gijs Borstlap
Title: Quasi Quasi
Format: CD
Label: Narrominded (@)
Rated: *****
As is often the case when I get a package to review for ChainDLK, I had not heard of these artists. Here's what Borstlap had to say about the disc: 'In Quasi Quasi we slowly build something through improvisation, but then we let that building collapse and start to build again on its remains. And so on. In this project we can experiment and improvise without boundaries and without resorting to traditional modes of rock and jazz.' Fair enough. This disc is all over the place while still remaining rooted in the idea that music should not only be constructed, but deconstructed. The first three tracks throw down some nice guitar noise while still remaining listenable and engaging. 'Sensitive Sayings' and 'There Is No Obstacles,' on the other hand, are a bit more minimalist providing a nice counterpoint to the earlier tracks. 'Boat to Bristol' changes it up bringing in a pulsing, pounding wall of sawtooth waves. Overall, the disc shifts back and forth between noise and almost peaceful guitars ('Why Not Doing it Again'). If you are looking for guitar improvisation that doesn't quite cross the line into straight noise, this would be up your alley. I would definitely recommend this for fans of Nels Cline and the like. At any rate, you can download it for free at the label's website, so it is certainly worth checking out if all of this sounds even remotely interesting. This disc weighs in at around 36 minutes.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair & Ernesto Rodrigues: Our Faceless Empire

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 12 2010
Artist: Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair & Ernesto Rodrigues
Title: Our Faceless Empire
Format: CD
Label: Pax Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Out of all of these artists, the only one I had heard of was Ernesto Diaz-Infante, but you never quite know what you will get, as he tends to vary his approach. But you know it's going to be an interesting ride when one of the artists, Gino Robair, is credited with the instrument 'Energized Surfaces / Voltage Made Audible.' The others are credited with steel string acoustic guitar (Diaz-Infante), electric guitar (Mota), and viola (Rodrigues). Put it all together and you have an interesting improvisation-fest. At times it is minimalist, at times it is noisy, and at times it is reminiscent of Cage's experiments with treated piano, but for the most part this is engaging, interesting stuff. Maybe it's me, but I got a whimsical sense in the music. The only drawback is that at times it seemed to blend together and become a bit repetitive. I get the sense that it would have been a lot of fun to watch these improvisations live. This disc weighs in at around 49 minutes.

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