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Am.Eise: Untitled

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 11 2015
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Artist: Am.Eise
Title: Untitled
Format: CD
Label: attenuation circuit (@)
Rated: *****
It's hard to find any information from this project whose release on Attenuation Circuit is something which could be described as an abstract radio drama. As based on filed recordings, instead on relying on the cinematic effect with the development of a narrative, An.Eise extracts resonances and noises blurring the perception of recognizable sounds.
The track starts with a sort of radio recordings of a voice introducing the listener into a meditative track constructed upon a quiet ground noise acting as a canvas where metallic samples, or percussions, emerge. The development of the track is driven by the ground noise that quietly develops in a soundscape when there's the introduction of some samples until the return of the metallic sounds closes the first part of the track. The second part is based on filed recordings, most notably a child's voice, vaguely resembling a kindergarten memory. The third part is focused on samples from the first two part played until they collapse in a sort of noisy drone from whose the metallic noises emerge introducing the quiet last minutes based on a quiet drone dissolving the noises on the voices of some adults at the bus stop or so it sounds.
Close to a form of radio drama and adventurous in the sound construction, it's a demanding listening from a project able to extract small bits of inquietude from a large picture of quietness. Truly recommended.

Steve Roden: Flower & Water

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 04 2015
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Artist: Steve Roden (@)
Title: Flower & Water
Format: CD
Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
I was unfamiliar with this Los Angeles musician, but with this album I am reminded of Aube's 'Pages From the Book' in which the only sound source was a Bible. Steve Roden took a similar approach with this album: 'Flower & Water began with an offer to work with the first Dragon's Eye release ' a flexi-disc with a recording of George Winston playing a blues piano composition called 'Medley: Bread Baker's Stomp' ' as source material. Since I am not a true remixer, I decided to modify the track via physical manipulation. Most of the material began with cutting up some of the flexi's and taping back together in 'wrong' ways. I then played (or tried to play) the broken records that had been taped back together ' also putting objects onto the surface of the record while being played with a cheap record player that had a small built-in speaker.' The result is a series of looped compositions with shorter pieces (most less than a minute) interspersed throughout that highlight more experimental approaches with broken stabs of music ' here is where he must have stapled together the flexis into frankenflexis. The result is fascinating and some of the results are stunning. 'Words In The Shape Of A Tree,' for example, is a hauntingly beautiful series of looped piano snippets. 'Feeling, Smelling, Tasting' begins with looped piano and ends with heavily processed grinding sound, as if it was slowly being played backward with a bad needle. 'Straightforwardness' begins with reversed music and then moves into a mournful piano loop over pulsing swells of bass. If you're looking for experimental music that will not scare your friends and make them ask 'why the hell do you listen to this kind of stuff?' this is an excellent place to start. Don't get me wrong 'I listen to stuff that sounds like sheet metal in a blender, but sometimes I like it mellow too. This is an example of how experimental can still be beautiful, even in conventional ways. Well done. This album weighs in at around 36 minutes and is limited to 500 copies.

Delmore fx: Innumerevole

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 04 2015
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Artist: Delmore fx
Title: Innumerevole
Format: Tape
Label: Das Andere Selbst (@)
Rated: *****
'It was pretty difficult to find anything about this artist, but Discogs reports that 'Delmore Fx is the solo Project of Elia Buletti, the man behind the Berlin based label Das Andere Selbst. 'Altogether, let`s call it just bedroom tribalism.'' Whatever that means.... So putting on the tape is like listening to a toy factory gone amok. Sound synthesis chips have taken on a life of their own, music boxes speed up and slow down on their own accord, and there is a sense that everything is reflected through a funhouse mirror and the carousel keeps going round and round and round and you eventually start to get a bit dizzy. But by then it is far too late to get off the ride because everything has begun to move too fast to safely get off. The tapes that accompany the ride have begun to get eaten by the dirty tape heads in the machine and everything is off kilter. It is glitchy and full of loops and crazy in a whimsical way. Who says that experimental music has to be serious? This album weighs in at around 40 minutes.

Signs of the Silhouette: Spring Grove

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 04 2015
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Artist: Signs of the Silhouette
Title: Spring Grove
Format: CD
Label: Bam Balam Records (@)
Rated: *****
According to press notes, Signs of the Silhouette is a project that connects sound exploration with video. This release is inspired by a documentary 'LSD: The Spring Grove Experiment', featuring several experiments of psychotherapeutic treatments of emotional issues by the supervised take of LSD. As obvious, the musical result is based on long musical lines from any musician of the band as none of their instrument has the role of simple accompaniment.
The first track of this release, they are all untitled, starts with a sort of juxtaposition within the drum and the guitar where, while tree track tries to create a drone, the drum develops the rhythmic pattern; when the bass enters, the track seems develop in a more canonic guitar track but there's constant shifts in psychedelic territories. The second track starts with an organ melody and the instruments slowly develops their path ebbing between meditative moments and aggressive ones. The first part of the third track is a dialogue between the guitar and the keyboard while the second part is based on the guitar and the third is a meditative part based on sustained notes until the final acceleration leads the way to the final part. The fourth track is an almost chaotic dialogue between guitar bass and drums flowing between rock band compactness and jazz band divagations.
At the crossroad between krautrock and psychedelia, this album is an impressive musical journey recalling the images on his cover and creating a curiosity of how could be his visual part. Truly recommended.

OZmotic / Fennesz: AirEffect

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 04 2015
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Artist: OZmotic / Fennesz (@)
Title: AirEffect
Format: CD
Label: Folk Wisdom/SObject
Rated: *****
Before the first listening of this awesome collaborative project by Christian Fennesz - he doesn't really need any introduction - and OZmotic, the Turin-based electronic and instrumental duo by percussionist, composer, performer and sound designer SmZ and saxophone player and phycisist (specializing in tonal analysis and architectural and environmental acustics) Stanislao Lesnoj, whose scientific approach to sound as well as his jazz studies resound from his declension of music, I haven't read anything about its concept and my mind was broght into a sort of interstitial limbo, where a bunch of snippets from real worlds running in parallel to electronic pricks whirled around a saxophone, whose phrasing lied in between meditation and sullenness and could let you think of yourself as a sort of invisible observer into the fold and the wrinkles of mankind and occasional escapes towards sheltering metaphysical gardens, even if I can't find a position or a specific role to that kind of mocking walrus that can be heard on "Anthropocene". Such an "illusion" could be somehow fostered by the interesting strategies by which OZmotic grabbed sounds in their hometown Turin: contact and hydrophonic miks got placed in unusual places in order to grab the unperceivable vibrations or even the "perception" of thins like the riverbed of Po, the stone of a bridge or the wire of a tram. All these sounds they grabbed got inserted into their sonic bleeding, where jazzy elements got integrated to electronic textures, effected guitar-driven and electronic soundscapes, hypnotical dub movements and deranged detournament, that dramatically renders the conditions of post-modern mankind which has not find the right balance between nature and technology yet. The way they imagined and rendered the content of a black box from the so-called Anthropocene (a term which got widely used by essaysts like ecologist Stoermer and atmospheric chemist Crutzen to refer to a supposed epoch when the impact on our planet's ecosystems was widely influenced by human activities), where the disquieting collage of a grazed herd of goats (or humans?), voices from adverts, a yelling merchant and answering machines on "LiquidMrkt" or the feeling of asphyxia and confused turmoil that most moments seem to mirror ("Clone 15.26", "Run To Ruin") could be congruent with such a metaphysical journey which is other than transient. The final "Epilogo" sounds like the rising vision of that forthcoming moment when all those entities in the previous stages of the journey become parts of an hidden message of hope and atonement...


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