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ILIOS: Vento elektra

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 06 2004
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Artist: ILIOS
Title: Vento elektra
Format: CD
Label: Antifrost
Rated: *****
I didn't really like Ilios' recent remix cd (see archive), but this new full length work is quite good. Recorded "using electricity + electric signals", which is a both blunt and cryptic statement, "Vento elektra" ("electric wind" in esperanto) is a black hole of subdued frequencies and low drones, occasionally short-circuiting in brief bursts of white noise or high-end cracklings. As minimal as a sonata for distant shortwave signals, it is also pretty menacing and engaging, if listened to in nearly absolute silence and concentration. Nothing that hasn't been explored before over the last decade (by López, Günther, Duncan, Colley, etc.), but the composition is strong and severe enough to make this a very worthwhile listen.

Ingenue Chaperone: Demo

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 14 2004
Artist: Ingenue Chaperone (@)
Title: Demo
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This project is by goth band Ample Population half member, Jasi Richardson, who is heavily into electronic and experimental. His latest side proj IC is experimenting samples and electronics, which is minimalist. The track "Boomeasy" is a funky piece, while "This One's Better" is only a sample of Jasi's ex-girlfriend talking on the answer machine telling him how good her pussy is. "Abootshunesk" is much more an electronic noise track. The disc features five very short tracks. It will keep you listening with interest.

SCREENING: Low End

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 12 2004
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Artist: SCREENING (@)
Title: Low End
Format: CD
Label: Maor Appelbaum (@)
Rated: *****
Screening is one of the personal projects of Maor Appelbaum and LOW END is his first album. First of all I've got to underline that the sound produced is really various and catchy if you think that he used only a treated bass guitar to do it. The tracks sound like ambient/experimental suites which sometimes remember me big names as J.M. Jarre, Vangelis and also Coil. If it wasn't written, it is impossible to guest what instrument you are listening to as the sound differs from track to track. Sometimes more layers would enrich the sound which is basically based on isolationist solutions but all in all the whole atmosphere is functional to titles such as "Experiments" or "Alone suffering and screaming".

VV.AA.: Electroacoustic Music Volume IX

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 06 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electroacoustic Music Volume IX
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Rated: *****
Ninth volume in the Electroshock series, compiled and edited by Russian composer Artemiy Artemiev. It's a good international showcase of well-known and less well-known artists, and while electroacoustics/concrete music/contemporary composition are predominant, there's also room for deep ambient electronica, as in Victor Cerullo's lengthy "Rusalki". I was not familiar with many names, and artists like Gottfried Michael Koenig, Rodrigo Sigal and Mark Cooley are a nice surprise, along with more experienced ones like Carl Stone and Simon Wickham-Smith. They all offer crisp and engaging compositions. The only contribution which seemed out of place to me was Eternal Wanderers' "Sufferer's Drems" (contemporary art-pop/prog?), but as a whole this is a solid sampler.

AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF: Mezethakla Mukabalatt

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 06 2004
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Artist: AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF
Title: Mezethakla Mukabalatt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Third DIY cdr in a year for this up-and-coming German project, here as a duo (Mirko Uhlig and Joerg Eger). "Geschwaerzte Milch", a melancholic acoustic instrumental reminding of mid-period Current 93, is a deceiving beginning for the massive 46-minute title track, which is divided into several movement but easily flows as an organic composition. The first half is a lunatic session of heavily delayed, echoed and pitch-shifted clanks, mixed with subdued environmental drones: I was a bit put off by this one, as the same tricks are repeated over and over again with tedious effects. Luckily, the tour-de-force becomes far more successful and worthwhile halfway, with a more controlled use of minimalism. Drones, strummed guitars, vocal samples and concrete noises are skillfully textured in a surrealistic soundscape not far from what Monos or Ora (to name but two possible references) have produced over the last decade. This second half manages to put you in a suspended, dreaming state, and promises great things from the project.


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