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DISCORDLESS: 148 light years

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 23 2010
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Artist: DISCORDLESS (@)
Title: 148 light years
Format: CD
Label: Asiluum
Rated: *****
Discordless is an interesting alternative to post-rock, I imagine many of you will comply the sentence is hazardous but what we mean here with post-rock is something really open to many influences and the genre intended in the broadest way not far from how the Constellation artists intend it. At last the drum, guitar and piano plus two noisemakers have a line up congenial to the rock song solution and if you also consider the maintain a quite melodic profile you won't have that many problems to understand why we speak in this terms. The production and the recording are quite good even if not outstanding, despite that the result and the atmosphere are good, the global song structure is not that far from Godspeed You Black Emperor or even from some Pink Floyd. What characterizes the most the whole sound profile is the use of reverb in which the whole recording is drowned and good use of some surface noises crossing the emotionally charged rock/chamber surface. Even if the idiom is that spoken by many bands nowadays I think the interesting thing about Discordless is that they still have their accent and that gives them personality. This tracklist present and interesting combination of different solution, infact we're not dealing with one of those record where you have the typical soft-part/crescendo/explosion alternation, that means this not even that predictable or hella boring. Those misty, post-jazzy episodes like Blue Giant, Red Giant and the piano driven track like 4.0142 Days, Accretion offer some good rock breaking pattern that give an hint about the potential of the band. Still to be molded maybe but we're dealing with an interesting combo and I repeat this a quite accessible recording.


PETER GEISSELBRECHT : Concord Sonata / Musica Callada

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Aug 23 2010
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Artist: PETER GEISSELBRECHT
Title: Concord Sonata / Musica Callada
Format: CD
Label: Achulian Handaxe (@)
Rated: *****
It's ages I don't review a contemporary classic piano work like these and every once in a while I'm so glad to deal with such materials above all if the matter is interesting and this is the case. While I had never heard before Mampou, the composer Charles Ives is not exactly new to my ears, his Concord Sonata presents an interesting mix of melodic passage and soft breaks but don't expect it to be something barely close to late Nineteenth century composer like Cage or even Webern. Ives composition reminded me a bit of the half of the works surely influenced by serialism and this need for abstraction of academics but at the same time he's managed to keep a melodic edge. Geisselbrecht interprets wonderfully the four episodes and for what I can understand his technical skill gets really congenial to the fast passages written by the American composer. As I've said I didn't know anything about Federico Mampou, this recording collects nine short compositions that go from one to three minutes, during the first listening the melodic parts really reminded of Satie but later I started thinking something could have been comparable to some piano works for children of Bartok. Both of the comparison could also be quite misleading, thus let's say that this melodic idea of simple piano compositions is meant in a personal way, infact Mampou aesthetic-al taste is less light hearted. If you listen carefully to all of the sketches here included I'm sure you'll notice there's something mysterious rearing its enigmatic head exactly when you don't expect it to arrive in some of the scores. Mampou's style is based on less notes and and a more slowed down attitude and Geisselbrecht has no problem to put himself in this kind of shoes. Some music makes me think are more eternal than others.


K11: Metaphonic Portrait 1230 A.D.

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 22 2010
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Artist: K11
Title: Metaphonic Portrait 1230 A.D.
Format: CD
Label: Actual Noise
Rated: *****
This time Pietro Riparbelli as k11 made his transcommunication action in Assisi, more specifically in the Cathedral. He record and document signals and sounds coming through short-wave radio receivers in the oldest area of the building.
The numbers used in the songtitles are chosen with purpose, all related to the Gematria, the ancient system that assigns numbers to words and how they relate to each other. "300=Tau" opens this record with a meditative atmosphere crated by resonances dotted with metallic sinewaves. "888" start with drones that juxtapose until the noise enter as menace to silence, as holiness challenge sin, and drown in the end of the track. "18=lh" is the most solar track of the album and sounds like an hymn. "318" is a synthesis of drone and noise that close almost in peace.
This music has the power to evocate images of solitary exploration of obscure and abandoned fields, because is structured with a clear design in mind and don't try to use simple tactic to frighten the listener.
A note: in the video of this album there's a still when it appear the word silenzio (silence) wrote in a placard... well, this require careful listening to appreciate it. A really good record.

Lugano Fell: Slice Repair

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 16 2010
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Artist: Lugano Fell
Title: Slice Repair
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru
Member of the house tech duo Swayzak, James Taylor after twelve years spent with that project, wanted to try something totally different, quieter and more detail-focused. Lugano Fell born for this reason and SLICE REPAIR is their first official release. Divided into ten movements the album passes from wall of sounds to layers of tiny ambient samples mixed with noises and rhythms. Minimal but never sparse the sound palette create a cycling effect like a colored top that hits instruments that James put on the floor. Well, that could be a nice image but the sound is a little more structured than that: you can find alternance of fast forwarded tape sounds, treated samples and also some acoustic instrument creating a surreal soundtrack which time to time could also sound psychedelic. You'll find the sum of it all is the closing fourteen minutes of "Two hundred clocks and a metre", track that sounds like an acoustic version of Glenn Branca guitar orchestrations created with slices of acoustic guitar samples, mixed with concrete noises.

Spherical Disrupted: Quasar

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 10 2010
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Artist: Spherical Disrupted (@)
Title: Quasar
Format: CD
Label: Audiophob (@)
Rated: *****
I first heard (and reviewed) Spherical Disrupted on Audiophob's sampler 'Hyperakusis.' I enjoyed his work then and it is nice to actually hear a full length release. Spherical Disrupted is the work of Mirko Hentrich, who is also co-founder and owner of the label Audiophob. He has done remix work for P'¢A'¢L, Xabec, KiEw and Zero Degree and performed at Maschinenfest, so this should provide a sense of what you'll hear. 'Should' is the operative word, however. This is not the drum and noise that one would expect at Maschinenfest. Rather, the best description that I can come up with is a mixture of T.A.G.C. and old Mentallo and the Fixer. There is a beat through much of it, but there is a lot of great atmosphere as well. The music sounds at times ominous, but without sounding cheesy. There are three remixes on the album by Xabec, Empusae, and Spherical Disrupted. Although they are enjoyable in their own right, they do make it sound a bit repetitive at times. It is difficult to pick out any particular tracks that stand out because it really does seem as though it should be listened to in one sitting. This disc weighs in at around 76 minutes.


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