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Satoru Wono: Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 05 2003
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Artist: Satoru Wono
Title: Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise
Format: CD
Label: Sonore (@)
Distributor: King International (Japan), Chronowax (France), Forced Exposure (USA)
Franck Stofer's now Tokyo-based label's 20th release is this interesting experimental avantgarde record by eclectic and prolific pop artist, composer, producer, DJ, writer, book-author, Max/MSP Commu community member, critic and of course noise-music maker Satoru Wono. His obsession with structure and his new concept album is made from only two sources: sine wave (which is one clean tone/frequency with no harmonics) and white noise (which is basically every frequency playing together). It's tempting to file it under glitch-electronics, but considering where the sounds are originating from this is really a much more pure experience and exercise of form, a symphonic sonata for the body and the mind. Check out some intellectual noise experimentation!

Forms of Things Unknown: Cross Purposes

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 03 2003
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Artist: Forms of Things Unknown (@)
Title: Cross Purposes
Format: CD EP
Label: Panaxis records
With this Shakespeare-inspired band name, San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist windplayer, sound experimentator, mail artist Ferrara Brain Pan inaugurates his new musical project as well as his new label Panaxis. The artist has previously recorded with noisester Boyd Rice aka Non, the goth-rockers Bad Alchemy, the ambient/dub project 23 Degrees, the legendary Faust and co-founded the dark-ambient duo Darmstadt Pharmacy. Currently he is playing with free-jazz ensemble Jazz Trannies and drone project Dromedary as well, and if I may suggest this, a person with such a deep knowledge of wind instruments from all over the world should definitely hook up with italian multi-wind-instrumentalist Gregorio Bardini because they would really make a match of windplayers that would (dare I say) "blow" you away! ;-)"Cross Purposes" (also guest featuring Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound) presents part of this knowledge in medieval compositions that might remind you of The Soil Bleeds Black or other similar bands and pairs it up with dark ambient experimental music and art rock. Even though there is no specific musical reason to say this the whole vibe of the record kind of reminds me of Death In June as well. The EP goes from instrumental to vocal and definitely keeps and organic approach even though it feels a little discontinuous because of the genres, so apart from each other, brought together in just the short time of thirty minutes. But on the other hand I never found myself objecting to cross-pollinations of styles, so would I object to "Cross Purposes"?

CABOTO: Did you get visuals?

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 01 2003
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Artist: CABOTO
Title: Did you get visuals?
Format: CD
Label: Raving Records (@)
Distributor: Wide Records
Second full-length for this Italian sextet - with an extended line-up featuring Marco Bianciardi (guitar), Nazim Comunale (electric piano), Alessio Crotti (alto and soprano sax, noises), Alessandro Gallerani (guitar), Stefano Passini (drums) and Marcello Petruzzi (bass)- after their debut, "Nauta", released last year by the US indie Scenester. Once again, Caboto merge with remarkable taste and ability post/art-rock, jazzy ramblings, quasi-prog hints (I dare say Perigeo, some Goblin too - without '70's frill though), soundtrack scores... The result is cinematic, moody and full of surprises - not as dark and disquieting as that of their label mates Comfort, but equally unpredictable and ever-changing. They really do suggest "visuals" without images and words - listen to the tours-de-force "Fly Chinese" or "Pharoah, music from a further door" for example. If you dig stuff like Chicago Underground Orchestra, DK3, Tortoise, and vintage jazz-rock soundtracks this could well be the record for you.

CORDELL KLIER: Glass and various broken brushes

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 26 2003
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Artist: CORDELL KLIER (@)
Title: Glass and various broken brushes
Format: CD
Label: Snip-Snip (@)
Kind of "hardest working man" of today's underground avant-electronics, Cordell Klier has been flooding the market with an incredible amount of records and projects (Vedisni, Monstrare, KreptKrept, UnderCrushingWings... from industrial to glitch to doom & black metal!). Only under his name, he has two full lenght cd's out on Ad Noiseam (the second one is forthcoming!) and last month he released, like, 10 new cdr's on his own DoctSect! The scary thing is that practically everything I've had the chance to check out is excellent, well thought-out, full of ideas and guts. This cdr, for example, features 1 long track (30:44) merging repetitive pulses (not exactly beats... more like bat calls, or machinery noises), glitches and distant drones. Probably manipulated field recordings, too. All is very cohesive, minimal and monotonous (in a positive sense) throughout the whole half-an-hour. The cdr starts and you're swallowed by the sound flood, which has a hypnotic and slightly obsessive feel. Sounds like amplified anxiety-overdose heartbeats, at times, but also has the soothing beauty of a recording like Steve Roden's "Crop Circles", only with the surgical coldness of Ikeda or Noto. Give mr. Klier the attention he deserves.

FALAFEL AVANTGARDE: He-Pea

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 23 2003
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Artist: FALAFEL AVANTGARDE
Title: He-Pea
Format: 7"
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
A rare example of 7" vinyl from Public Eyesore. Falafel Avantgarde are a huge collective band (Oren Adar-Burla, Joseph Copolovich, Shlomi Fridge, Omri Hanegbi, Barak Shalit, Uri Tchelet, Jango, Dan Toren, Orna Zusman) from Israel; it's not specified who plays what, but there are for sure synths and keyboards, guitars, an upright-bass and drums. Now, "mousse tan (electric jahnoon)" offers a vocal loop (a female voice saying something in French) plus some key/synth pattern. Doesn't go anywhere, really. On the flipside, "landerian (eric the half bee)" is a kind of jazzy-fusion-synth mishmash. Hmmmm, no thanks. Not really avantgarde to my ears, and definitely not topping the delicious sensations that a good falafel can give.


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