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GINTAS K : Lengvai/60 x one minute audio colours of 2kHz sound

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 31 2006
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Artist: GINTAS K
Title: Lengvai/60 x one minute audio colours of 2kHz sound
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Cr˛nica (@)
Rated: *****
This time for none can say Crònica hasn't been followed a sort of ideal unexspresive thread for its last releases and with an interesting result. Also Ginta K can be filed in that same grey area where you could also meet Vitor Joaquim I mean somewhere abstract melodies e microstructures. Considerably different from his label mate Ginta K is more focussed on minimal electronics bastardised with microwave sounds all mixed in a really soft texturr. Lengvai (the first cd) features five sketches of rhythmical but yet minimal electronic music with a definite post echno feel. Kaptavicious taste for proportion has the undoubtfully quality of duelling to save everything from getting boring without falling in the compistional trap of hyperstructures. This cd is far from being immediate, infact I think the more you listen to it the more you tune your ears to his hidden qualities but at last isn't that the real essence of minimal electronic music (Yoshihiro Hanno for exemple). This self described as containing "Colourful Hypnotizing beats" and that's true but going to the second cd it all changes. "60 x one minute audio colours of 2kHz sound" is developed around a 2kHz frequency that keeps changing minutes after minute, it's a creative study/work based on a minimal but yet interesting idea that many would describe as microsound. The result is quite good for both of the cd and the second one is undoubtfully interesting but I still prefer the "Longvai" one.

PRETTY BOY CROSOVER + JULIO SOTO : We Are All Drifting

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 30 2006
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Artist: PRETTY BOY CROSOVER + JULIO SOTO
Title: We Are All Drifting
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Cocosolidciti (@)
Rated: *****
Cocosolidciti has put out another top notch release and even if you're not in the style of melodic electronic music they manufacture, there's no doubt the way they connect music and visuals is always top notch. Pretty Boy Crossover style is exquisitely british, I mean, this band marries the best shoe-gaze harmonies with a delightful electronic touch with a resulting relaxing effect. According to what I've just said this band somehow brings forward the work of forefathers like Seefeel even if under a more poppy and "modern" prospective (above if compared with the last period of the ensemble featuring Mark Clifford), but there are moments in which the "softly sinking" sensation is quite similar. The most of the songs are really evocative but at the same time I'm so glad they've been able to stay away from that cheesy melodic structure many bands create under the nefastus desire to sound like Mogway (I love Mogway but I think together with Karate they've indirectly created too many bad clichés). This could already be an interesting release but after having seen the dvd disc I've been completely blow away by the whole project. Pretty Boy Crossover music and Julio Soto's video are amazing, these long clip are always somewhere in-between video art and short movies. When writing about invisible cities it's hard to omit the subject of every single clip is developed incredibly well and above all it's incredible how the result is so good but at the same time it looks so simple. Mr. Soto ability in digitally reworking images and the development of the whole narrative plot without words is great and yes the music fits incredibly well that the first idea is they have been created simultaneously (even if I doubt it and I dunno it). Bravo!!.

VITOR JOAQUIM : Flow

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 30 2006
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Artist: VITOR JOAQUIM
Title: Flow
Format: CD
Label: Cr˛nica (@)
Rated: *****
Cronica is back with a couple of releases, a better exposure and the usual good quality of their outputs just to say that if you haven't noticed that, Portugal like Spain is an epicentre for what concerns electronic music nowadays. As you can see from their back catalogue Cronica is not one of those label into "easy electronic" at every coast, but more 360° oriented and this cd is the proof of it all. Vitor Joaquim pushes on the pedal of experimental/abstract electronic music and the result is probably closer to sound art than to ordinary electronic recording. Cold inexpressive music right from the first intentions, Joaquim put every single layer trying to define gradually every chapter. A profusion of resonators, high frequencies and glitchy beats and synthesized vocals (be it a vocoder or a laptop) but the record is really tight and compact sound wise. "Flow" comes out from that experimental electronic music that floats nowhere in the middle of contemporary electronic research post Stockhausen and isolationism a-la late eighties early nineties. Probably it's just me but the closest reference that came to my mind was Main above all when the band post-Loop was completely lost in abstraction. This cd feature an interesting clip with which the music of Joaquim gets along really well, it’s a soft and simple computer work but it has a strange manga atmosphere while the global watching is stoning.

Motoko Shimizu: Attack of the 5-foot Woman

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 29 2006
Artist: Motoko Shimizu
Title: Attack of the 5-foot Woman
Format: CD
Label: Quodlibet Recordings
Wow. This is really hilarious. LOL. I don't really know what the purpose of this release is all about. This is experimental music so go figure. The vocals do sound like Yoko Ono at times. Other than that this is just sounds, and mostly percussion sounds. The artist has quite an impressive resume and achievements. Do your own research about it. This is not some kid wanking around with sounds. This is actually an artist. This disc offers 1 track that is close to 30 minutes. Not a bad experimental release, it's just very new to my ears.

MANU HOLTERBACH: Aare Am Marzilibad

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 28 2006
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Artist: MANU HOLTERBACH
Title: Aare Am Marzilibad
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Erewhon
Rated: *****
Manu Holterbach is a young French soundmaker who has mostly worked with his self-built instruments (you can listen to his "harmonic glasses" on the very good mcd "Verres Enharmoniques: un", recorded with Sophie Durand, on Cloud of Statics/Cloudmirror), both in solo and in collaboration. This 18-minute 3" cd on Erewhon, on the contrary, is a nice example of pure audio-documentary, so to speak. In 2003, Holterbach locked a microphone into a bottle and placed them somewhere in the Swiss river Aare, then just minimally equalized the result. What you hear for circa 14' is the high-pitched sound of running water (with quite a deafening effect if you play it very loud), the occasional knocking of small pebbles and occasional gurgles and outside noises and voices. It's voluntarily minimal and "as it is", but the quality recording offers a detailed spectrum which adds nuances to the listening experience. The last four minutes offer some variation, with lower sounds, possibly outside sounds filtered by the glass... quite deep and mysteryous. Too bad this last part roughly succeeds the very static first 14 minutes, and is soon cut abruptly. But I guess that was the point: no editing, no fadings, close to no post-production. An interesting ep for those into pure field recordings, and surely a nice one to add to, say, Tsunoda, Toy Bizarre, Small Cruel Party, Loren Chasse, etc.


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