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Muslimgauze: Jebel Tariq

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 02 2004
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Jebel Tariq
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Rated: *****
It looks like somebody is gonna make sure that we don't miss a note of Muslimgauze's massively vast assortment of interesting recordings that never made it out during his lifetime. Originally distributed via the internet by Pretentious (in 2000), Muslimgauze's main outlet, Staalplaat, has released a 700-copies limited edition digipack of "Jebel Tariq", an eight track CD that really only has one kinky track on it, mainly percussive and mainly playing around the same theme for almost an hour. The rhythmical theme offers occasional voices and vaguely rai-ish instruments. If he was alive and this was an actual new album of his, I might say that the album lacks a little of inspiration and variety, but it's no place for me to say anything like that, since this is obviously not a refined and thought out release meant as a release, but rather just a collection of musical notes that probably would have been explored, worked and reworked into compositions, and obviosuly Staalplaat's/Pretentious' way to give the fans more of this amazing mind-challenging artist.

ALEXEI BORISOV: Polished Surface of a Table

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 27 2004
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Artist: ALEXEI BORISOV
Title: Polished Surface of a Table
Format: CD
Label: Electro Shock (@)
Rated: *****
POLISHED SURFACE OF A TABLE is the latest release of a Russian artist called Alexei Borisov. The thirteen tracks of the CD paint different sound canvas that sometimes tend to destabilize the audience. Digital impulsive and treated noises duet with treated vocals just to create particular moments, sometimes with a melodic structure (like on "L.Y. Match") which function as background to sound experiments and sometimes with pure rhythmical structures which could have almost random rhythms as well as more structurised construction (like on "Zaraza - Volume 1" where different noise layers duet until they fade out just to include vocal samples). Concrete music and experimentation seems to be the main subject into Borisov's sound as well as the construction of alienating experimental suites. Like a sort of magmatic digital cut up, Alexei's music sweep away your thoughts creating a blank zone where you can only watch a polished surface of a table...

Satanicpornocultshop: Anorexia Gas Balloon

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Feb 21 2004
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Artist: Satanicpornocultshop
Title: Anorexia Gas Balloon
Format: CD
Label: Sonore (@)
Rated: *****
Japanese quintet (with friends) SataniPornoCultShop are probably the best asian counterpart to the western heros of the plagiarism movement, the sampling art community and cut'n'paste avantgarde/concrete music movment. In other words if you appreciate the mad multi-source collage experimentation by the like of Negativland, KLF, Le Forbici Di Manitu and so on, this is certainly your cup of tea (did I just say tea?). American Hip hop and pop, french romanticism, british drumn'n'bass, canadian electronics and of course loads of Japanese weirdness is packaged inside "Anorexia Gas Balloon", an album that, among other things, covers the Velvet Underground, Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran, Pat Metheny and more. The '80es meet the '90es and together they jump all the way to the future, where bits of frenetic noises clash with particles of music, bits of pop art and broken beats. The French musician/label person Frank Stofer put this out on his Sonore outlet, for the joy of all those who don't have Yens in their pocket but are constantly on the lookout for fresh and absurd audio weirdness. Now kick back and have your musical Chaji ceremony!

Daimonji: Improg

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Feb 19 2004
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Artist: Daimonji (@)
Title: Improg
Format: CD
Label: Musea (@)
Distributor: Poseidon
Rated: *****
These guys seem to have been feeding of massive doses of Area (the singer almost sounds like a re-incarnation of Demetrio Stratos) and Zehul. Before getting together as a trio on the occasion of a concert also featuring Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden and Bondage Fruite and giving themselves the name Improg, the members were inolved with Ruins, Altered States and Jun Togawa, and of them is the owner of God Mountain records. After that performance (of which two tracks are featured on this CD) they changed their name to Daimonji and entitled the CD "Improg", which as you may imagine is mostly based on improvised music and performance. A fresh fusion of jazz-prog-rock, jiggling with the oxymoron of nowave structures and the artsy fartsiness of experimental avantgarde.

KOJI ASANO: ZOO TELEPATHY + WIND GAUGE + GIANT SQUID

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 16 2004
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Artist: KOJI ASANO (@)
Title: ZOO TELEPATHY + WIND GAUGE + GIANT SQUID
Format: CD
Label: Solstice
Rated: *****
Released on December 2003, ZOO TELEPATHY, WIND GAUGE and THE GIANT SQUID (A collection of short pieces Vol.1 - Works from 1997-1998) are the new releases by one of the masters of concrete music: Koji Asano. Just like the last three CDs release, also this time we've got three very different CDs. ZOO TELEPATHY is the one I like less as the three suites are based on violin buzzes and computer treatement. WIND GAUGE, instead, contains six tracks of improvised piano suites and summer field recordings. The effect is really relaxing and gives to the audience a sense of peace which gives the impression of being really into a desolate field and to be reached by the sound of a distant piano. We can't understand clearly if there's a melody or not but it's a good effect. The third release is the first Asano's collection of unreleased tracks and collects fourteen of them for a total lenght of seventy three minutes. The tracks haven't been released before because Koji has always been more interested into publishing long suites but these sound experimentations are really intriguing and could represent a good starting point for the ones who are afraid of Asano's gigantic discography or by his severe way of build a musical work, based mainly on one concept. This time we've got the opportunity of listening to the many moods and experiments of Koji and this enrich the listening of an occasional listener or of a person like me who like personal and varied works. THE GIANT SQUID contains piano improvisations, electronic treatments, field recordings, mad violins and distorted extravaganza. You can easily understand that this is my favourite one of the lot and for this reason I'll give to this review an high rate...


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