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CM VON HAUSSWOLFF: Three Overpopulated Cities Built By Shortsighted Planners...

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 19 2004
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Artist: CM VON HAUSSWOLFF
Title: Three Overpopulated Cities Built By Shortsighted Planners...
Format: CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Distributor: Audioglobe
If I have to be totally honest, I haven't understood Cm Von Hausswolff CD at all! Cm visited different airports in the East area (Bangkok, Laos, Tokio, etc) and he was surprised by the amount of buildings, streets. The effect was awkward because he had the impression that these buildings are like beings that live a life of their own. Later he visited an abandoned church in Chicago and he had that feeling again, because these buldings are like ghosts.Symbols of what people wants to forget because those presence remember us how lousy we are. Too bad these informations aren't printed on the CD booklet! Listening to the four long tracks "Mexico City And Tokio", "Muhammad Murtala or so...", "Bangkok" and "Leftover Gods In Chicago" the only thing I found was noise, feedback and a lot of moments of silence. That's all! The most interesing thing for the moment is the title of the release: "Three Overpopulated Cities Built By Short-Sighted Planners. An Unbalanced And Quite Dangerous Airport And An Abandoned Church". The sounds don't make me feel nothing more than indifference and even if I've understood a little more what Cm meant, I can't say I had enough stimulus to appreciate it.

Radboud Mens: Pulse

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 18 2004
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Artist: Radboud Mens (@)
Title: Pulse
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Rated: *****
Amsterdam-based artist Radboud Mens (ex Hyware) is back after four years with the follow up to his 2000 "~Sine" (not to mention a couple of collaborations with Jaap Blonk, Janek Schaeffer, Stephan Matthieu and Chris Sattinger of Timeblind). "Pulse" was entirely written and produced 'in the box', using a process referred to as "convolution" (which means that one sound is used as a filter to filter another sound). His deep, cold and spheric music constantly redefines itself and is represented as a magnification of microscopic sonics. The CD definitely has to be listened to at a decent volume or you will miss the greater picture: an incredibly dynamic palette of sounds where deep low-end builds tension underneath high-pitched glitch electronics. Altough you may still be able to trace back to some minimal techno influences that the artist displayed on other releases of his, it is merely a foggy reminiscence on "Pulse". Psychedelic and entranncing atmospheres made of minimal rhythmical structures which interface and interact with everything else built around them and above them, as if the entire work is born and lives as one entity where the line between beat and music can hardly be drawn, if at all. Equally interactive with the music, is the art work, a no-booklet printed jewel case with radial lines and circles printed on the inlay card and the CD itself.

Muslimgauze: Sandtrafikar

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 18 2004
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Sandtrafikar
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Rated: *****
The fourth installment in the series of Staalplaat re-editions of older Muslimgauze recordings, is an 800 copies limited edition of a 1997 production entitled "Sandtrafikar". Its seven tracks further explore the realms of murkier percussive suites and introduce the spoken language element (middle eastern languages) as a narration that accompanys part of the record. Another recurring element in this album (and in many others) are the bells. Electronics moves from the back to the front in several parts, and ranges from simple noise floor to predominant rhythmical part, while maintaining a pretty minimal approach. In fact, "Sandtrafikar" is a nice effort in combining ethnic ambience and flavors with electronic layers and patterns as it sneaks from percussive parts with udu, darbuka and the like to electronic suites, like the second track, where real (and saturated) percussions are only used as embellishments on top of a pulsing minimal electro-beat.

Muslimgauze: Zuriff Moussa

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 18 2004
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Zuriff Moussa
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Rated: *****
These 1997 recordings re-released this year in 800 copies, sort of give you an idea of the transition from Bryn Jones' atmospheric ambience electronic period into the distorted percussion loops period. The signature sound of his later production starts emerging among the 24 tracks of "Zuriff Moussa", which maintain some of the characteristics of his older music, in terms of underlaying sound floors and real life samples spread across drones and other layers of disquieting sonics. Definitely a good purchase for those who would like to get a general and overall idea of what Muslimgauze sounded like throughout the years.

Muslimgauze: Return of Black September

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May 18 2004
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Return of Black September
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Rated: *****
Second in the series re-editions of older Muslimgauze music released by Staalplaat, "Return of Black September" (which is also the name of one of the most notorious palestinian terrorist organizations) presents yet another face of the artist's eclectic production. Originally released in a limited edition of 500 copies, the year 2004 will offer 800 lucky people (make that 799, I got my copy already!) the possibility to taste Muslimgauze's interpretation of what sounds like a deep, droning and disturbing ritual made of soft finger-tipping Darbuka percussion skin patterns, single hits of both delayed and unprocessed drums, loops of stringed wide-range instrument, field-recorded noises and voices, or just breaths and whispers. Quite alienating and scary at times, "Return of Black September" goes about its business in a continuous fashion, divided into five parts, totaling more than an hour of music. Experimental dark electronics meets tribal and ethnical mantras of ancient and distant culture creating a new breed of electrified world music. Altough the middle of the record portrays the most inspirational and every day life sounding part of this record, the darker and nastier side takes the lead at the top and the tail of the record, with increasingly predominant and saturated rhythmical grooves. Bryn Jones was so far ahead of its time, you can't even begin to comprehend if you don't know at least one tenth of his discography, totaling almost 200 titles so far.


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