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Sobria Ebrietas: De Bene Arte Moriendi

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 20 2002
Artist: Sobria Ebrietas (@)
Title: De Bene Arte Moriendi
Format: CD
Label: Third Brass Collective (@)
Members of the Third Brass Collective, Sobria Ebrietas walked the 3rd step in their discography with "De Bene Arte Moriendi", an album that processes a 360 degrees spectrum of sonics. I like that John Cult metaphors their music's apparent chaos with a David Lynch movie. He's also right when he says that it would perfectly fit as a soundtrack for one of his movies. We are dealing with a convulsionary blend of dark-ambient and industrial music and experimental-noise. Think Cold Meet Industry meets Ant Zen meets Staalplaat/Soleilmoon. These guys love to sample stuff (especially vocals and beats) and play it back slower. They are really into slowing down voices and entire metal band's riffs (an aspect of their production that, if I was them, I would further explore) complete with drums and guitars, which is returned as a slow evil sombre powerful industrial mayhem. They remind of quite a few different bands for quite a few different reasons (Nada, Neubauten, Flugschaedel, Neurosis and of course all the more or less anonymous experimental-noise artists out there, just to mention a few...). Unfortunately, if you take into account all nine songs of this record, the focus is more on their experimental/noise/dark/ambient soul rather than on the furious metal harshness that I like so much in this project. In particular the opening song really steps into industrial-metal territories a la Flugschaedel (if somebody remembers this great German band they'll know exactly what I am talking about) with Neubauten's Blixa's voice samples from one of their earlier records (I believe "Haus der Le" or "Tabula Rasa"). Funny to mention that the albums starts with the same sound it finishes with. Yeah, I think you should check this record out when you get a chance and listen to it at least once, 'cause it's very dynamic and full of surprises, but definitely an interesting one.

RONIN: Ronin e.p.

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 09 2002
Artist: RONIN
Title: Ronin e.p.
Format: CD EP
Label: Bar La Muerte (@)
Bruno Dorella has been one of the most active musicians and producers of the Italian independent circuit (but not only of that, actually) over the last few years. His label Bar La Muerte has proven to be corageously eclectic, with a series of high-standard records ranging from no-wave to electronica, from mutant pop to chamber music. Active as a musician with - among others - Ovo (no-wave/grind/improvisation), Lava (power electronics/industrial, now defunct) and Ventolin Orchestra (noise), and as a collaborator with Brusaschetto, Rollerball etc., he now presents his most personal creature Ronin. Aided by members of Alba and RUNI, and by Jacopo Andreini (Nando Meet Corrosion, E-Neem, Bz Bz Ueu, Enfance Rouge, Frigorifero Produzioni and a thousand more) on drums and sax, he has written a handful of songs which will probably surprise many listeners. Think of (lots of) Morricone, Badalamenti, Calexico, Godspeed You Black Emperor, some Aerial M… Melancholic melodies, epic and nocturnal atmospheres delivered with a gentle touch... A sort of mariachi band ("Ronin Theme") colliding with an Eastern European ensemble ("Canzone d'amore moldava"), but also an incredible solo track ("Nada") with a guitar playing which is both essential and moving. All this in just 3 tracks + outro. I'm stunned. This is close to perfection, and I wonder where the full-length cd (just recorded, with the addition of cello and upright bass) will carry them.

radian: rec.extern

 Posted by :maleen:   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 06 2002
Artist: radian
Title: rec.extern
Format: CD
Label: thrill jockey
Distributor: n/a
Radian (Martin Brandlmayr (Drums, Vibraphone, Computer), Stefan Németh (Synthesizers, Computer) and John Norman (Bass)) have been associated with the austrian electonic scene around pita/mego for a while, their refusal to be definded as neither nerd/noise/avantgarde nor postrock always made them fall out a bit. Since they moved to Thrill Jockey it seems like they eventually found a home which provides the patience, rapture and support the trio needs and deserves.
rec.extern is Radians 3rd release, it was recorded and mixed by John McEntire in his Chicago studio and is a result of meticulous engineering and a perfectly thought out concept. But all the minimalism and stringency inheres the most passionate and articulate understanding of what sound can be and how far it can be taken. The sinus tone, clicks and cracks now team up with the reinforced audibility of the vigorous sound of the actual acoustic instrument making an impact as fragile and virtuous as possible.
Watch out for Radians US-tour (with Pan American + Signer), it would be a shame to miss "Jet" where Radian almost start to rock in Thrill Jockeys best postrock-tradition. Almost, if there wasn't this beautifully carried out seriousness.

Anatanas Jasenka: Deusexmachina

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 30 2002
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Artist: Anatanas Jasenka
Title: Deusexmachina
Format: CD
Label: Electroshock (@)
Distributor: Gamma-Shop, (NL), Cue (D), (US), (US), Marquee (JP)
«Deusexmachina - a denouement which occurs as a consequence of unexpected situation. Sometimes in a scope of antique tragedy the denouement happens after interferation of a god, which appears on stage as mechanical figure (with help of machine)»: this is the definition of the famous latin words that Lithuanian Anatanas Jasenka provides on his first CD on ElectroShock records: 55 minutes that for some weird unexplainable reason are divided into 10 tracks on the cover but only into 3 tracks on the actual CD - 55 minutes of noise ranging from ambient noise to industrial noise. As a matter of fact, if you think about what Electroshock roster of artist is like, it's not easy to file Jasenka in their catalogue. A record like this would probably look better on the shelves of Ant Zen, Staalplaat, Multimood, Drone or other similar labels. But regardless of that, if you are vaccinated for harsh noise but that's not all your are looking for, don't miss out, listen to this as you may find a number of new dimensions usually left unexplored by those who perform the most extreme arts of sound. In fact, even though occasional bursts of violence are part of the wide range of moods to be found, this CD represents much more than just another Masonna album. It's a complete composition of compositions, composed by blasting decomposed sounds and very quite composite noise. For example, beautiful ambience with manipulated and reversed vocals on soft ethereal string-like grounds are to be found at the other end of the spectrum as well. My only discontent is about the length of the tracks, even though the evolution takes place slowly, it is a little too slow at times, in my humble opinion. In other words, dynamism is key here, so be patient and let yourself in on some multifaceted noise art.

SECOND VIOLIN: Hospital Fugue of Mad Nurse + Victoria

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Sep 22 2002
Title: Hospital Fugue of Mad Nurse + Victoria
Format: CD
Label: Zeromoon
Two cd-rs, both dated 2001, from this experimental noise trio also responsible for many other projects (like V.) and collaborations spawning from the active Zeromoon headquarters. Second Violin is Adam Bohman (voice), Zan Hoffman (tapes, sampler) and Jeff Surak (prepared violin, the neck), aided on "Victoria" by Rinus Van Alebeek (probably responsible for the spoken parts in German). Both works share certain basic characteristics, though "Hospital Fugue..." is in my opinion more coherent and better assembled. SV have a quite original sound which is a blend of chaotic industrial noise, minimalism, ambient, impro and eclectic experimentation, sided by spoken/recited tracks. Manipulated string sounds and electronic loops often manage to create minimal, but well crafted pieces like the two "Dinner music on an empty stomach" ("First course" and "Second helping") on "Hospital Fugue..." - there's an hallucinated feel of gratuitous dada craziness throughout, which could remind (as a spirit, not as a precise sound) of some Nurse With Wound record. Sometimes the improvised parts become a bit tedious, though, as in "Victoria"'s last track, really really long and exceedingly solipsistic.

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