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Miles Tilmann / Larvae: sub:702

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 10 2003
Artist: Miles Tilmann / Larvae
Title: sub:702
Format: 7"
Label: Sub:Marine (@)
Sub:Marine records recently put out this nice little split disc featuring Chicago based Miles Tilmann on one side and Atlanta based duo Larvae on the other. Interestingly enough the two tracks have been written to complement each other as if one was a layer of the other track (hence they run at the same tempo). Windy city dude Miles' "Double" features mellow and harmonious electronica-ambient in warp style but with a personal touch, while the player duo's "Seclusion Dub" boosts cool sub frequencies and mid-range noise waveforms in line with Larvae's very own personal interpretation of dub-noise isolationism. The cute disc comes limited to 300 copies with hand-printed artwork and a lovely politically incorrect sticker by Slumber Inc. (

Jair-Rohm Parker Wells: Exquisit Noise

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Sep 10 2003
Artist: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (@)
Title: Exquisit Noise
Format: CD
Label: Glass Tought Communications (@)
Exquisite and well-established Stockholm-based New York bass player Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is about to release his latest fatigue on his own label Glass Tought Communications records. Buckle up your seatbelt and get ready for some intense experimentation with noises and processed bass sounds (upright and electric). Dissonance, distortions, rumbles, drones and harmonies intermingling with each other in a symphony of abstract avanguardism and contemporary progressions of no-wave and musique concrete. This cat's talent goes beyond senseless noise and reaches new heights with an approach to noise-making that is quasi orchestral and quite grand in its nature. For example I like the fact that it's all so majestically reverberated and that you can actually hear where it all comes from (the electric or acoustic upright) and distinguish the origin of the sound, its sonic spectrum, its deep character and its palette of sounds. The different layers and parts interact with each other instead of simply adding dB's to your SPL. This whole thing is then taken to the next level by means of electronics, treating, processing, cutting, pasting, mixing etc. I am not a huge fan of noise-for-noise, but I believe this goes beyond and I must say I like this shit much better than a lot of other noise I've heard from the scene. He's got it all! If he only was a good looking tall blonde Swedish girl...

Can: Out of Reach

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Sep 08 2003
Artist: Can
Title: Out of Reach
Format: CD
Label: EFA Medien / Margina Talent (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Cologne-based Can is one of the most important and most influential bands ever and most certainly among the pioneers of what was called "kraut rock", the electronic and progressive musical scene originating in Germany in the seventies, in answer to the american prog-rock production and the british punk and post-punk explosion.All of Can's albums, except for this very one, have since been re-release on Can's own label Spoon records, therefore "Out Of Reach" had always been harder to get and to this day is still not available on CD in th US. Mixed by Conny Planck (Kraftwerk) and digitally re-mastered by Hofheim-based Dirk Buro of DB Ton-Studio in 2001, their 1978 "Out Of Reach" album (with Rosko Gee on vocals, replacing Holger Czukay, who had just left the band) has now been re-released by EFA Medien and Marginal Talents and is distributed by Caroline. It is available as a CD and a coloured vinyl LP and hit the street on August 12th. The CD also comes with extensive liner notes by guitarist/singer Geoff "Mad Dog" Horgan of Why Not that will give you some background info and his own personal review of the seven original tracks included in this record. The original artwork has also been maintained so whether you want to start to get to know Can or you are a fan and lover of their great progessive music, you should definitely consider buying this CD, or maybe even better get the color vinyl. For those of you heavily into rarities, check this out, the first pressing of the CD comes pressed on blue plastic and there's also a limited edition transparent vinyl LP with gold and blue printing on transparent rice-paper cover. That outta feel right to owe!

VV.AA.: Enter

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 08 2003
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Enter
Format: CD
Label: Unschooled records (@)
An IT expert, a senior executive of various networking companies and a speaker and author on several aspects of the integration of technology and society; it's not a trick question, but the background of Howard Hecht, who after a life of doing all of the above has established a record label called Unschooled records and based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "Enter" is the first release and a sampler of what is about to come, but it also represents a chance to put together some 12 talents from 5 countries and take a snapshot of what is happening in the world of experimental avant-garde found-sound glitch-music sonics. It really sounds like a sampler from Mute with some incursions from the people at Staalplaat but I'll let you decide when you dive in the wonderfully fancy world of "Enter". Much talked about American Aphex sounding "Doofgoblin" open the compilation with their track "Frazed" and soon Canadian Decomposure take over with their hot music made uniquely from sounds of wooden matches burning, scratchihg, falling etc (there's some real genius and sound manipulation chops there!). Other projects that will see the light on Unschooled quite soon include Howard's own project 1st Class Lounge and Scottish Plan 29. Also Canadian Cloudscapes (with their glitchy guitar muzak); American Shank (with their deep hammering power-electro industrial track), Carbon Based Life Form, Sonic Wallpaper (Boards of Canada meet Autechre), Mercurial (more dreamy ambient that meets franticly light beats and rave sounds), (Lost Within the Curves) Turbogeek (with their early morning spinning and syncopated tablas-enriched freak-jungle track) and Natu Visu (with their droning re-processed field recordings); Dutch Naton Rozenburg (with his minimal cheap-synth generated sleepy ambient textures) and A Bit Crusher (with their fantasticly frenetic Aphex Twin inspired anarco-drunk drum'n'bass) and last but not least British Powdermonkey (with their proto-drum'n'bass with more bass than drum) all contribute their crazy sounds to a compilation that has more than one memorable moment and certainly brings along high hopes for this label.

As All Die: Germanic Tales

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Sep 08 2003
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Artist: As All Die (@)
Title: Germanic Tales
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Somnambulant Corpse (@)
As All Die is the solo project of percussionist, vocalist, guitar and synth player Clint Listing, who procuces dark ambient music and who released this concept 3" CD entitled "Germanic Tales", which features three tracks and a beautiful art work inspired to the theme of the German destruction during the World War. While the first track keeps it mellow and ritualisitc, the second one steps into a more noisy direction with feedback layers disturbing otherwise solemn and quasi Laibach-like martial synth pads and bells. The third track again has vocals (like in the opening track) but this time there are intellegible lyrics and synthetic layers of sounds.

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