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VV.AA.: Play Word

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 27 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Play Word
Format: 7"
Label: Onomatopee
Rated: *****
This 7" vinyl, coming in a fold-out cover and limited to 275 numbered copies, marks the debut of a new Dutch label devoted to "poetry, typography and sound art". Four soundmakers (all Dutch if I'm not mistaken) worked on poems by one of the label founders, Freek Lomme, with varied results. Machinefabriek offers a piece of hard rhythmic electronica with unintelligible filtered vocals. Jan van den Dobbelsteen probably bows and scratches his guitar strings while reading Lomme's poem (he's the only one to actually include that in his contribution); on the flipside, the other guitarnoiser involved, Erwin van Looveren, pours out a wall of feedback with some guitar scrabbling buried in the mix. Finally, Freiband (Frans de Waard) works as usual in the minimal/glitch/noise grey area with a composition for scorching frequencies and a crescendo of microscopic glitches and pulses. This is unfortunately the only piece which really stands out, while the others are ok but not brilliant (Machinefabriek) or nondescript (the two guitar-based ones). I honestly find this is an interesting attempt, but the link between poems and soundworks is not particularly strong or engaging (i.e. not knowing this was inspired by poems, it would be mistaken for one more experimental noise sampler).