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CRAP : s/t

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: CRAP
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Megaplomb (@)
Rated: *****
Crap? No way, if there's something far from being pure crap is the music featured on this cd. Megaplomb’s profile as a label is getting clear, you just need hears to perceive the guy is mainly free/jazzy/avant/tecnique oriented or at least that's what it seems. Going back to Crap I'd better start by saying this four letters birth name hides four well know musicians haling from the jazz circuit (both from the institutional and the off one), but they all are quite popular for having played "other music" and to have hybridized jazz in many of their countless side works. Jacopo Andreini (Enfance Rouge, Arrington De Dyoniso Quartet, Bz Bz ueu, etc.), Edoardo Ricci, Helmut Cipriani and Roy Paci (Manu Chao, Aretuska, Corleone, Zu, etc.) on trumpet. This a quite old recording since this ensemble was kicking back in 1998 and in some ways it has a "retrò" aftertaste of free-jazz-rock but that's not absolutely bad indeed. I think many will compare this to Zu and sure it has some similarities with the debut release of the band that at the time (more or less) featured Roy on trumpet, but this not a carbon copy of the power trio nay it has some significant differences. The arrangements are damn clean and neat and it makes you think to something that's much more absorbed in the jazz world than in the rock one but it's something that really want to cross the boundaries of its genre. Featuring both Andreini and Paci the first idea I was pondering was that it sometimes smells like popular-funny music mixed with serious muscular playing and that’ ok with me. Free-jazz-rock, yes, but still not jazz-core therefore you're warned and there's a hell of difference so please don't blame me for this jerking on definitions. I can't say how many people into jazz will buy it or get it, but they should dig it even though its schizophrenia, c’mon Trane and Parker probably would have moved their black feet to the rhythm of these four white folks and that's enough for me to justify the listening.

HELLOTHISISALEX: Stump Act

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: HELLOTHISISALEX (@)
Title: Stump Act
Format: CD
Label: Aelectric
Rated: *****

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Malissa Creasey and Mark Prier are a Canadian duo who releases music with the Hellothistsalex moniker. The duo is also active with their online record label called Aelectric (it was a CDr label before deciding to go online only). Their latest release is titled THE STUMP ACT and it is a limited edition CDr (only 125 copy) containing 10 tracks of minimal electronic pop. Don’t ask me why it has been released on CD even if the label is now mainly online. It is probable that the releases of Hello This Is Alex will be also released as CDrs and the other bands releases are going directly online. Anyway... From their press sheet I read that THE STUMP ACT project born from a trip on Ontario's Yonge Street, 1,896 km from the shores of Lake Ontario to the US-Canada border at Rainy River, not far from Manitoba. Along the way, they put up twenty rectangular wooden signs depicting tree stumps, dividing the street into twenty sections. The whole experience inspired this new collection of music a brief and seamless travelogue taking you along Yonge Street at a scale of approximately 8 km per 5 seconds of music. From Popular Lane to Swedish Adventure Church, we’ll guide you through ten different sites of activity. Their electronic pop short experiments succeeds into giving to the audience the same sensation of discover and melancholy that a travel could give. Sometimes they sound like an alien combo playing with Atari and a tracker program (the first version of samples sequencer) but their music has feelings and if you love bands like The Books you could also dig Hellothistsalex.

ASHER: Directions

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 02 2006
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Artist: ASHER
Title: Directions
Format: CD
Label: Leerraum
Rated: *****
First of all, let me spend some words on the new Leerraum design: a white cardboard sleeve opening in a frame, with a printed insert showing a picture of moving ants. The number and position of the ants vary from one release to the other. This is a good show of how a minimal concept can offer a visually remarkable presentation... good job! I reviewed Asher's "Beautiful Degradation" cdr on CONV some time ago, which was roughly based on piano recordings via tape hiss and decay. This 3-track, 51' release is quite different and much more obscure, but no less hypnotic, based as it is on crackles, bass drones and slowly uncoiling high-end sine tones. If it's based on synth sounds, or on a digital treatment of field recordings, I really can't tell, but it's algid and blurred like a November mist. My only quibble is that the three tracks sound basically the same, with very minimal variations, so if you're not in the mood this could eventually sound monotonous.

PETER REHBERG: Kapotte Muziek by

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 02 2006
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Artist: PETER REHBERG
Title: Kapotte Muziek by
Format: CD EP
Label: Korm Plastics
Rated: *****
As usual in the "Kapotte Muziek by..." series, the artist uses a live performance (here, a concert/workshop given in The Netherlands in 1997) by the Dutch collective to create a new piece of his own. Rehberg (aka Pita) reworks the raw sound sources in a way that is much more similar to his recent, and brilliant, solo disc on Mosz than to his diginoise releases under his alias. The 17' 30" track starts with a low rumble, to which he adds metallic scrapings, looped noise bursts and a cyclic rolling sound... The piece eventually caves in in a more subdued set of sounds, where even string plucking seems to be recognizable. A nice microsound track, only a bit dispersive construction-wise, but maybe that was the point.

OVRO: Mosaick the Serpent / Vipera Aurea

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 01 2006
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Artist: OVRO
Title: Mosaick the Serpent / Vipera Aurea
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
The name Ovro materialized on my way just a while ago, when I've been given a live Hæretici 7o74 where she was playing together with Niko Scorpio and now here's her new solo release on Scorpio's Some Place Else. There's a double booklet coming with this cd since you can read on the label's website it features two different but still linked works. Even if I've started listening to Some Place Else releases just recently I'm tented to say they could be classified as one of those label that's partially influenced by industrial music but in freaky way. What do I mean? I mean the release I've heard on this label could be compared to the most abstract, odd and psychedelic works coming from the early industrial scene alas I'm referring to NWW, Hafler Trio, the most experimental Current 93, Tibet, Stapleton and so on and that obviously means it could be scary/dark experimental music with an edge of psichedelia. The first half of this cd is drony, haunted with delay/echo-effects and it's the result of a duel between odd barely spoken vocals a la "I'm gonna enter in your head and go down to meet your inner self" and a soft dark ambiental scenario. The second part of this collection of tracks (that's the one titled "Vipera Aurea") is not discontinuous at all, nay, it's really homogeneous just a bit less discrete, cerebral and a bit more outspokenly physical. The vocal-loops increase and become more pounding while the music is less ambiental and definitely more scary. Good debut.


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