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Bacground Music for Foreground People: s/t

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 22 2003
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Artist: Bacground Music for Foreground People
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: RES FREq (@)
Presented at NYC's Metropolitan Museum Of Art, "Bacground Music for Foreground People" came into being as an experiment to let blind people "see" by converting images into sound. Not the first experiment in its kind, "Bacground Music for Foreground People" is a 74 minute long track created feeding digitized images to a computer that generates sounds based on RGB color values and X/Y positioning of the pixels. To that sub-bass information has been added subsequentially. Besides the concept, it is interesting to listen to this track as hints of melodic lines and portions of what seem logical beats are randomly generated and continuously warped. If you like Staalplaat releases this one is definitely for you.

Clip: s/t

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 22 2003
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Artist: Clip
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: RES FREq (@)
One of the best glitch electronics album this year comes from the newest electro-industrial label in town and it's by Clip. Not much knowledge of Clip's whereabouts is granted to us, but they/he/she quite obviously master(s) the art of generating polished but at the same time scratchy cosmos of micro-rhythmical structures allegedly created by means of fucked up and faulty electronic machinery. Fuzzy and sharp, occasionally gently oiled down with smooth ambient sounds. What I do like so much about this particular release, compared with dozens of other glitch-electro album we get here, is that this one focuses on glitch-based beats, which makes it all much more interesting, intriguing, sophisticated and exciting. As for all RES FREq releases you get Lazar's mastering and a super fair price of $6 dollars. Don't miss out.

VV.AA.: Robert Crumb presents "Hot Women Singers"

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Nov 21 2003
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Robert Crumb presents "Hot Women Singers"
Format: CD
Label: Kein & Aber records (@)
Distributor: EFA
The creator of the 'Fritz the Cat' character and designer of Janis Joplin's "Cheap Thrills" record cover Robert Crumb is an ardent collector, lover and researcher of old 78rpm records from the '20es and the '30es, when music was about every day life, love, pain and the culture of the people who were singing the songs. "Hot Women Singers from the Torrid Regions of the World" is his attempt to collect some of the best exotica pieces from his collection of records. I can't help to think of the book about exotica music released by Research years ago while I listen to the popular music contained in this CD. Women from all over the world (Louisiana Cajun, Mexico, Cuba, French Carribean, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Italy, Greece, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Africa, East African Swahili, Congo, Madagascar, Hindustani India, Burma, Vietnam, Hawaii and Tahiti) are gathered in this historically valuable collection of songs. Needless to say the digipack artwork is by Crumb himself. The CD comes out on the Swiss books and record company Kein & Aber (which means something like 'none and but', who release many other interesting and exotic things).

The Abstractions: Ars Vivende

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Nov 20 2003
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Artist: The Abstractions (@)
Title: Ars Vivende
Format: CD
Label: Edgetone records (@)
Distributor: U.I.R.C., Drimala, Verge Music


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"Ars Vivende" (the art of living) is the second release by west coast experimental music collective The Abstractions, featuring Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Dina Emerson, Phillip Everett, Sandor Finta, Lance Grabmiller, Bob Marsh, Jesse Quattro, Alwyn Quebido, Rent Romus and Stephen Ruiz. This record is all over the map and is a must for those who want to be challenged in reaching new musical horizons, leaving old concepts and preconceptions behind. There are no rules and no barriers here, it's the wildest experimentation you'll get and some of the most abstract and absurd avantgarde experimental music you'll find around. Everything is on the fringe of something else and they all live together in one record: free jazz, metal, avant-garde, electro-acoustic music, poetry, vocal noises etc. Its where creativity and improvisation meet. Give it a try if you dare!

JAR: In Theory and Practice

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Nov 16 2003
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Artist: JAR
Title: In Theory and Practice
Format: CD
Label: Corrosive Growth Industries (@)
Distributor: Everyday Sounds
JAR basically stands for Jake, Alex and Rat, the three individuals that make up this experimental noise project. They all have a punk and post-rock background (Jake drummed for The Frantix and played in Arse, Steccoral Pride and Speed Cripple together with Rat, who also sung with Marching Orders, while Alex was lead singer and guitar player in Initial Prater and Thursten Sigferth), but eventually ended up in the industrial-electro-noise scene (Jake also releases music under Slackjaw and established Corrosive Growth Industries in '91, while Rat is Thorax+Wings). Musically JAR doesn't carry around much of the anger of their individuals' past projects, but it does have sort of a retro outlook on the matter of interpretation of "industrial" which is what makes it stand out. Abstract and noisy, somewhere between Throbbing Gristle, Asmus Tietchens, Dream Into Dust, As All Die, Vehemenence and other projects from those sonic surroundings. The CD-R comes in a beautifully hand-made packaging consisting of silver-sprayed black jewel case and CD and of parchment-like paper with black-sprayed edges. Outstanding design, uncompromising sound.


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