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THE MEMBRANE CONSPIRACY: Mutual Hallucination Project

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 02 2003
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Artist: THE MEMBRANE CONSPIRACY (@)
Title: Mutual Hallucination Project
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Mathbat (@)
The Membrane Conspiracy is a project conducted by Sean M. Hopp who sometimes is helped by some collaborators. This MCD has been released by his own Mathbat Records and it seems that it will be also released as a proper silver CD anytime soon. The eight tracks, during the twenty minutes of length of the disc, span through different styles of experimental music. Tracks like "All My Demon Lovers" make me remember of some old Clint Ruin/Foetus tracks, with their characteristic crawling sound and the guttural whispered vocals. Also the lyrics are interesting and a phrase like: "You are all the destiny of consciousness lost amongst the insects gently fucking in the breeze" makes of that, one to remember. The following track "Dream Death" is like a sort of cut up of a deranged acoustic ballad while "Byzantium And America" is a mix between a cut up of devilish origin and a Virgin Prunes sick song. Sean in twenty four minutes is capable of catch your attention by creating sick moments full of tension and the mixture of particular sounds and treated/whispered vocals makes you forget the lack of melodies or everything else. If you're into experimental stuff, MUTUAL HALLUCINATION PROJECT could be the soundtracks of your hidden thoughts.

TELEPHERIQUE: Hörspiele

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 01 2003
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Artist: TELEPHERIQUE (@)
Title: Hörspiele
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records (@)
Shame on me, I'm really not that familiar with Telepherique's extensive discography, so I don't know if he's released more works in this style or if this is a one-of-a-kind experiment. But anyway, this is great stuff. In his own words: "The background of the music contained in this cd is the sensibility of hearing. The chance of dreaming, meditating and travelling by the means of well known noises that we can hardly hear because they always surround us". As you can expect, the very pulp of this cd is field recordings and concrete sound manipulation - a very structured one, actually. Telepherique's looped mantras of familiar and less familiar sounds (from bells to found voices, from birds and frogs to mechanical rumblings) have reminded me a lot of Murmer's strategies of repetition; but Telepherique is generally less minimal and adds several layers and changes to his compositions, plus some fragments of played/programmed music as well (with some actual beats in "Fernweh", which I found a bit out of place here). The result is incredibly fascinating, vivid and moving; there's no trace of sterile academic masturbation here, but a rich, detailed sonic mass which crushes you to earth with tyrannical gravity just to lift you up to extasy the next moment, with soothing, fragile sounds. A work showing a remarkable tecnique and a taste for balanced, mathematical compositions, but most of all, big ears and a big heart to re-discuss and reactivate everyday sounds into new forms. Brilliant layout too, courtesy of Hue/Sparkle in Grey, with stylish electric blue photos perfectly accompanying the cd concept.

ORCHESTRA VUOTA: Ethnological electronic research volume I

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 30 2003
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Artist: ORCHESTRA VUOTA (@)
Title: Ethnological electronic research volume I
Format: CD
Salvatore Pecoraro has been releasing some very interesting cdr's of experimental electronica over the last few years. While constantly using beats and loops, he manages to avoid cliches of over-used rhythmic electronica, having developed an eerie, surrealist approach of his own. This "Ethnological electronic research volume I" follows "The recorder's dream" (which I'll review in a short while) and pretty much sticks to the title: all tracks are based on samples of ethnic music (from Buddhist chants to aboriginal songs), but looped, filtered and mangled, often beyond recognition. The result is, like all Orchestra Vuota's stuff by the way, pretty disturbing and uncanny - you do recognize something familiar, but it seems out of focus, or out of place. Kind of losing yourself in a known quarter at night, and only hearing fuckin' dogs barking.

PETER PERCEPT: Pilgrimini

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 30 2003
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Artist: PETER PERCEPT
Title: Pilgrimini
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records (@)
First of all, a great psychedelic layout featuring artwork by Mathieu Desjardins - the front cover shows two wicked children on their way to amputate the leg of an oozing frog - and I suspect it's a bufo alvarius, judging from the content of this cd. Sure Andreas Marchal/Peter Percept (he's also been active as Frog Pocket, see the AFE back catalogue) has some lysergic plug in stuck somewhere. "Pilgrimini" sounds, to desperately try a description, like Residents recorded by Stock, Hausen & Walkman or People Like Us - then Aphex Twin shows up with his tank and throws some goofy rhythm here and there. This is some very out there, surrealistic collage of beats & bleeps, cheesy vintage key sounds and found voices scattered all over. Sometimes it's as subtle as a nursery rhyme, sometimes it's hangover-heavy. This is the typical cd I end up liking though I don't really like it, mostly because I boast of good taste. But come on, how can you lose with titles like "I got the prolapsus", "Christ me baby" or, better still, "Mon amour de mierda" (best track, by the way)? Be prepared for indigestion and foul breath after listening, though.

POUSSEUR / MAIN / JECK / OVAL: 4 Parabolic Mixes

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Aug 14 2003
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Artist: POUSSEUR / MAIN / JECK / OVAL
Title: 4 Parabolic Mixes
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sub Rosa
Distributor: Audioglobe
Based on "8 ètudes paraboliques" by Henri Pousseur, 4 PARABOLIQUE REMIXES presents four different mixes and approach to what Posseur created in 1972. Recorded live at Le Botanique, Brussels, on November 2001 during the Netd@ys Wallonie - Bruxelles Festival, this double CD presents four interpretation played by Pousseur himself and by Main, Jeck and Oval. All the tracks are digitally treated and each participant to the event gives his interpretation of the original sounds. Pousseur's mix is really chaotic and anarchic while Main's Robert Hampson is more ambient and with a lot of calm moments alternated to powerful ones. On the second CD Philip Jeck is opening with his "Third Parabolic Mix", which is more bleepy and based on drones that are added sequentially creating moments of real noise. The last version is the "Fourth Parabolic Mix" by Markus Popp / Oval, who creates disturbing sequences of hisses and tones but adding also new sounds / samples respect the original sources. This double CD is a document of an interesting event but in this form, it lacks of informations for the people who wasn't there.


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