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Main / Antenna Farm: Brainbrom #1: AF-M

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They write that the quite beautiful carton sleeve packaging for this CD, developed with no use of neither plastic nor glue or metal, pretty much like an origami, is most definitely non industry standard, but you can say that again for its contents! What is also interesting and compelling about the original artwork is that the tracks are actually show/displayed, rather than listed, in fact you can see the visual layout of the waveforms instead of a tracklist... The five selections have been carefully placed together after analyzing more than three hours worth of DAT recordings which were the results of some joint sound manipulation sessions by Main (Robert Hampson, formerly of Loop and Godflesh) and Antenna Farm (David Howell and Alastair Leslie). The two set ups came together in 2000 for the Brombron project, started by Staalplaat and Extrapool in the Netherlands, and produced almost an hour of audio consisting of rough crackling electric bits, droning noiscapes, digital glitch passages etc...


Black Faction: Internal Dissident Part 1

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Artist: Black Faction (@)
Title: Internal Dissident Part 1
Format: CD
Label: Soleilmoon (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat
After studying it in school I have always wondered what it'd be like if a band would put Dante Alighieri's wonderful poem "the Divine Comedy" in music, and now I have Black Faction's interpretation of that in my record collection. The sound designer behind this name is Manchester-based Andrew Diey, a british dude that makes music for Sony's Playstation, Microsoft's XBox and other PC titles. Besides making your gaming experience more interesting, creating sound collections and working for a couple of UK's main TV channels, he's been releasing CD's since 1998, under the monikers Foreign Terrain and Black Faction. "Internal Dissident Part I" works like a bridge between nations and stories. It travels from scenes of Florentine poet's visionary trip to hell (with mentor and guide Virgil) to Arabia, Afghanistan (a tribute to Muslimgauze), Persia... Audio goes from electronic beats, pizzicato cellos, electronica, noises, experimental etc. I would have preferred him to focus and exploit the ultimate poem's interpretation, but it's an interesting musical voyage even without sticking to that theme. I'll be looking forward to the limited edition LP "Internal Dissident Part II: live in Vienna" which will be the live version of this.


Aphex Twin: Drukqs

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Artist: Aphex Twin
Title: Drukqs
Format: CDx2 (double CD)
Label: Warp (@)
When my cousin played me Aphex Twin's newest double CD I was amazed... I didn't even know he had this new one out, I was still blasting "Come to Daddy" and yet I was so much into this already... It's been 5 years since his last album "Windowclicker" and here is a 2CD set with more than a 100 minutes of music. Maybe a step back in terms of "violence" but a step forward in terms of his musical evolution that has reached a new hi. Sound got more intricated, frantic, convulsed and amazing... One of the key elements here is the piano, from melodic to fonky, an instrument which takes an important role, played both in a very standard almost ballad-like fashion, as well as hammered (probably with something else that the piano's hammers) on its very strings to produce a quite disturbing and awfully cool fucked up honky tonky kinda sound. I loved it! This piano-concept is further stressed on the front cover as well as on the new amazing flash website (where piano hammers and string pictures make you feel inside a piano). The other tracks reminded me of his previous material as well as of Italian ambient musician Rodion, but we don't need no damn comparisons here, we are talking about the master himself! If there is a new school of ambient music, we owe it to Richard James, the man who, as far as my knowledge goes, has no rivals yet! Nobody beats him, nobody touches him, nobody equals him! He is just plain unique! On a bad note I have to warn you that unfortunately this CD is one of those stupid new copy-protected CDs which will prevent you from playing it on a computer's CD ROM drive: so if your music system is based around your computer, sorry, forget it!; or if you were ready to rip it to mp3 to cruise town on a sunny day with your bike and your Rio mp3 player (which by the way is perfectly LEGAL and sold by the same music industry that now came up with this stupid bullshit!) you are in bad luck too! So, it's your call, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to let Warp know that you did not appreciate, especially because the new copy-protection standard actually makes the sound of the CD worse!!!
PS: More info at the two websites above as well as at www.theaphextwin.com and www.drukqs.net


TERMINAL BLISS: Cospiracy Of Silence

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Artist: TERMINAL BLISS (@)
Title: Cospiracy Of Silence
Format: CD
Label: Self Released
CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE is the second CD of the band after 1999's "Happily Ever After". Picking up latest Depeche Mode atmospheres and personal humors the band creates an interesting album with thirteen songs. The only thing is that the songs tend to be a little similar, due to the limited use of different vocal solutions and because almost all the songs are mid tempos. This is a pity, because the band has got good skills into creating atmosphere and melodies. Best tracks for me: "Shame", "Wish You Dead" and "Searching For The Cure".


DJ FACCIA DI MERDA: Body Language

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Artist: DJ FACCIA DI MERDA (@)
Title: Body Language
Format: CD
Label: Mah, Boh, Ohib (@)
DJ Faccia di Merda (DJ Shitface for non-Italians) is Jacopo Andreini, one of Italy's most relevant independent musicians and tireless cultural agitator; you can hear him, mostly as a drummer and sax/trumpet player, in Nando Meet Corrosion, Bz Bz Ueu, L'Enfance Rouge, Arryngton de Dionyso Quartet, Ovo, NEM, Bron y Aur and literally dozens of other projects. This is his solo dj/electronic creature and another witness of his visceral approach to sound. Tons of samples, lots of black music (freejazz on top), cheap dialogues and impossible rhythms all mixed in a crazed melting pot. Some tracks make you sweat just by listening to them (Getting excited, Mantilla), some seem to be frozen in a perpetual wait (Wait, of course) – some have no beat at all and play with rhythm on a different level (Classics, Contemporary Beat). I put this cd in the "rhythmic" section, but bear in mind that this is highly toxic and experimental material: it can shake alternatively your butt or your guts, or both at the same time, with arbitrary whim.