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VV.AA.: Analogous Indirect

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2002
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Analogous Indirect
Format: 12"
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Public Eyesore # 22, released in 2000 on a dear old 12" vinyl slab. Lots of veterans, a few well-known artists (Thurston Moore, The Flying Luttenbachers) and a number of interesting "minor" performers - which sums the Public Eyesore catalog and policy quite well, I'd say. Also music-wise, with a mix of harsh noise (New Port, Solmania, Jonas Lindgren, Automobile, Cornucopia and Sickness), improvisation, non-standard electronics and extreme free-jazz. Best moments in my humble opinion: Thurston Moore with a Fahey-esque strummed acoustic piece, the duet between Kazumoto Endo and Yoko Sato (experimental vocal collages with bursts of guitar feedback), and of course Cornucopia and Sickness. Boy, can these two acts deliver the noise. Brutal and in your face.

Gridlock: Live.Traces

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2002
Artist: Gridlock
Title: Live.Traces
Format: CD
Label: Frozen Empire Media (?)
Distributor: unknown
This is my first taste of Gridlock’s new sound since their bone-crunching, dark masterpiece, "Further", which took the fine line between industrial and drumnbass and sledgehammered it into the psyche.
The first track, "Uh4.17" is a trancey effort with it’s subliminal keyboard lines and that classic Gridlock beat we all love slamming away in the back. And when the beats subside the beauty of the track is undeniable, leaving in it’s wake a very melancholy atmosphere. Then comes the title track "Further", which is just purely haunting, it’s lingering sounds in the back accompanying a bass beat from the darkest corner of the mind. This track and the whole "Further" CD is a trip through the mind of a machine suddenly ready to commit suicide at any second, like the ghost from Event Horizon’ if it could play music. Track 3, "Burn" is from their debut CD, "The Synthetic Form" which won them such acclaims as "the new heirs to the industrial throne" by Industrial Nation, and rightfully so. Another hauntingly beautiful track, ".0002" follows, with the same dreamy formula now incorporated into their new sound, though it is still quite unsettling as it is beautiful.
The entire CD is simply Gridlock, which is the highest compliment you can possibly give them, as they have truly through the years paved out their own sound and have mastered it thoroughly. They mastered industrial and now have moved onto to a unique mix of that and IDM, all with pure emotion and atmosphere. Pure fucking genius, what else can I really say about them?
Rating:10. This CD is limited to 250, so I highly advise getting your copy ASAP!

Illegal Teenage Bikini: I Am Not Job

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2002
Artist: Illegal Teenage Bikini
Title: I Am Not Job
Format: CD
Label: Precipice Records
Distributor: WT2 Records
First outing by the mastermind behind Thanatos, Patrick Ogle. The CD is a very interesting mix of drones,accoustic guitar, and semi-industrial beats, all with a humorous tongue-in-cheek outlook. It's kinda what you get if you took the Swans (latter era),Snog, and Death in June (ala "She Said Destroy") and mixed them together. The highlight on htis one would have to be track 6, "Drop the Dime", with it's gentle guitar line flowing over a soft ambient soundscape, recalling to me the Swan's song "Song For Dead Time" minus the female vocals. A strong release overall, and something a little more humorous in my collection for a change. Rating: 9.


 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 18 2002
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Format: CD
This is a collection of remastered tracks recorded during 1992-1994. Punch Drunk is a hardtech, robocore, punk & new wave electronic band that'll put you in the mind of DEVO. They have the tendency to make you dance along with their aggressive and loud gidgets, gadgets, and technology with impulsing throbbing electro-beats. "Upload The Past...Download The Future" is one weird electronic experimentation album that will have you fall in the band's futuristic crazy world.

VV.AA: Words Becoming Vol. 1/2

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 09 2002
Artist: VV.AA
Title: Words Becoming Vol. 1/2
Format: CD
Label: Flesh Made Word
Distributor: Flesh Made Word
With song titles like "What is this Dimension Where I am Encased Within A Mile Deep Pit of Feces?" this can only be interesting, even if on the titles alone. That one brought up some images I could have easily done without though! The sound runs the gamut of Flesh Becomes Word as well as some artists from labels like Frozen Empire Media (new home of Gridlock), spanning a large roster of industrial and ambient artists, some combining the two. My favorite is by Cdatakill on Volume one, with it’s classicly analogue keyboard lines plinking over tricky time signatures and sound effects sounding like they came from the game Guardian Legend (my fave game, and my first intro to electronic music ever back when I was 7. It’s still an analogue MIDI masterpiece), definitely something to get tranced out to. Overall both discs back to back have a pretty flowing mood about them, though I prefer Volume 1 and it’s more analogue, ambient sounds to the more quiet sounds of Volume 2.Rating 1: 9Rating 2: 7

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