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Can: Out of Reach

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 08 2003
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Artist: Can
Title: Out of Reach
Format: CD
Label: EFA Medien / Margina Talent (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Cologne-based Can is one of the most important and most influential bands ever and most certainly among the pioneers of what was called "kraut rock", the electronic and progressive musical scene originating in Germany in the seventies, in answer to the american prog-rock production and the british punk and post-punk explosion.All of Can's albums, except for this very one, have since been re-release on Can's own label Spoon records, therefore "Out Of Reach" had always been harder to get and to this day is still not available on CD in th US. Mixed by Conny Planck (Kraftwerk) and digitally re-mastered by Hofheim-based Dirk Buro of DB Ton-Studio in 2001, their 1978 "Out Of Reach" album (with Rosko Gee on vocals, replacing Holger Czukay, who had just left the band) has now been re-released by EFA Medien and Marginal Talents and is distributed by Caroline. It is available as a CD and a coloured vinyl LP and hit the street on August 12th. The CD also comes with extensive liner notes by guitarist/singer Geoff "Mad Dog" Horgan of Why Not that will give you some background info and his own personal review of the seven original tracks included in this record. The original artwork has also been maintained so whether you want to start to get to know Can or you are a fan and lover of their great progessive music, you should definitely consider buying this CD, or maybe even better get the color vinyl. For those of you heavily into rarities, check this out, the first pressing of the CD comes pressed on blue plastic and there's also a limited edition transparent vinyl LP with gold and blue printing on transparent rice-paper cover. That outta feel right to owe!

VV.AA.: Enter

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Sep 08 2003
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Enter
Format: CD
Label: Unschooled records (@)
An IT expert, a senior executive of various networking companies and a speaker and author on several aspects of the integration of technology and society; it's not a trick question, but the background of Howard Hecht, who after a life of doing all of the above has established a record label called Unschooled records and based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "Enter" is the first release and a sampler of what is about to come, but it also represents a chance to put together some 12 talents from 5 countries and take a snapshot of what is happening in the world of experimental avant-garde found-sound glitch-music sonics. It really sounds like a sampler from Mute with some incursions from the people at Staalplaat but I'll let you decide when you dive in the wonderfully fancy world of "Enter". Much talked about American Aphex sounding "Doofgoblin" open the compilation with their track "Frazed" and soon Canadian Decomposure take over with their hot music made uniquely from sounds of wooden matches burning, scratchihg, falling etc (there's some real genius and sound manipulation chops there!). Other projects that will see the light on Unschooled quite soon include Howard's own project 1st Class Lounge and Scottish Plan 29. Also Canadian Cloudscapes (with their glitchy guitar muzak); American Shank (with their deep hammering power-electro industrial track), Carbon Based Life Form, Sonic Wallpaper (Boards of Canada meet Autechre), Mercurial (more dreamy ambient that meets franticly light beats and rave sounds), (Lost Within the Curves) Turbogeek (with their early morning spinning and syncopated tablas-enriched freak-jungle track) and Natu Visu (with their droning re-processed field recordings); Dutch Naton Rozenburg (with his minimal cheap-synth generated sleepy ambient textures) and A Bit Crusher (with their fantasticly frenetic Aphex Twin inspired anarco-drunk drum'n'bass) and last but not least British Powdermonkey (with their proto-drum'n'bass with more bass than drum) all contribute their crazy sounds to a compilation that has more than one memorable moment and certainly brings along high hopes for this label.

As All Die: Germanic Tales

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Sep 08 2003
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Artist: As All Die (@)
Title: Germanic Tales
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Somnambulant Corpse (@)
As All Die is the solo project of percussionist, vocalist, guitar and synth player Clint Listing, who procuces dark ambient music and who released this concept 3" CD entitled "Germanic Tales", which features three tracks and a beautiful art work inspired to the theme of the German destruction during the World War. While the first track keeps it mellow and ritualisitc, the second one steps into a more noisy direction with feedback layers disturbing otherwise solemn and quasi Laibach-like martial synth pads and bells. The third track again has vocals (like in the opening track) but this time there are intellegible lyrics and synthetic layers of sounds.

Acclimate: Miscreant

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Sep 07 2003
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Artist: Acclimate (@)
Title: Miscreant
Format: CD
Label: DTA records (@)
Acclimate's new release "Miscreant" is a collection of previously-unreleased live-recorded tracks that never made it to the records because that something special was missing. Artemis K has now re-worked all of those lost tracks with arrangements, new loops, samples, improved sequences, synthesizers and other stuff and has decided to let you, the listener, acclimate with this new breed of experimental noise-ambient. There are also some very interesting collaborations on this release: world class Japanese noise-intimist master Aube is featured as a guest, there's a remix by Mago and the entire work has been mastered by internationally acclaimed experimentator and engineer Tom DiMuzio. Basically, as you can see, there's plenty of stuff you wanna get accustomed to in this release, so don't wait and uncover the surreal and exquisite world of sounds by Acclimate, where noisy abrasive sounds collide with atmospheric patterns of tranquillity, where layers of dark low-end rumblings hover over minimal textures of electronic experimentalism, where rusty and scratchy power noise beatz clash with synthetic outer space pad work to create a whole new dimension of sonic pleasure. Very interesing and recommended.

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.


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