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Tarentel: Mort Aux Vaches

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 25 2002
Artist: Tarentel (@)
Title: Mort Aux Vaches
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat
Recorded April 18th 2000 for the dutch VPRO radio this 4 piece full lenght instrumental CD presents a band that makes extensive use of guitars and other traditional instruments such as bass and drum... Although their info sheet presents them as a band playing "rock music of the more spacious kinds" there are not many rock traces to be found here... More like some slow almost psychedelic wave eventually escalating into a nearly psychotic repetitive burst of energetic riffs... It's actually pretty relaxing at times.. Yes occasionally, throughout the long run of these four compositions a couple of guitars (tremolo, distorted, clean, noisy) plays over a repeating bass riff and a smooth drum beat with muted snare (like in track no.3).
The cover is made of a silver plastic sleeve designed by Cyan in Berlin.

TV POW: Despite Ourselves

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 25 2002
Artist: TV POW (@)
Title: Despite Ourselves
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Fire Inc (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat
The three Chicago dudes behind Aerospace Soundwise, Black Dot Corporation and Wheaton Research joined to give birth to a laptop trio called TV Pow. Together they explore small bits of sounds, hi frequency hisses that a 70 year old man would probably not even hear, microscopic audio data streams, occasional string instrument string picks, outside field noises and other sounds and noises from mechanical and natural origin. 15 tracks on a cute little 20 minutes 3" disc. Pretty damn twisted stuff. I wouldn't know about fresh and innovative (unless of course you consider everything in this category of music fresh and innovative just for the fact of plain being in this fresh and innovative category) but definitely something weird ;-).
Recent releases include Staalplaat's "Mort Aux Vaches" (cmp this section for review) and Erstwhile's "We Are Everyone in the Room" with Iceland's Stilluppsteypa.

VV.AA.: 45.18

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 25 2002
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: 45.18
Format: CD
Label: Korm Plastics (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat
45.18 is a truly radical release aiming to portrait nine free interpretations of what perhaps is the most controversial composition of all times: John Cage's "4.33", consisting of opening the piano lid and closing it after the given time, without playing a single note. The closest to silence as a form of music is AMM member Keith Rowe's opening track. Other performers also experiment with industrial and electronic noise, hardcore, various noises and include Artificial Memory Trace, Sonic Youth's guitar player Thurston Moore, Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening Band and guests, Jio Shimizu (WRK), Voice Crack, Clive Graham (Morphogenesis), Toshiya Tsunoda, Alignment and Frans De Waard himself, who also provided the CD with very extensive and interesting liner notes (co-written by Alignment's member Mark Poysden). If there was an award for most experimental label of the present time, I think I would definitely award it to Staalplaat and its various sub-labels and branches (such us in this case, Korm Plastics). Get ready, here it comes: silence...

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