>> Tuesday, January 22, 2008
One of the reasons for which I like the vinyls is undoubtedly their size that lets a vast choice for the artistic work on the sleeve. And I have to say that this album of Aube, although in a CD format, possess one of the most beautiful and also of the most temperate packings that I know. Two cardboards, recessed from top to bottom one in the other, locking the disk in, this is very simple but the effect is great. The result of this collaboration between these two artists living in Japan is as excellent as their graphic work, all in restraint, austere, and yet of a mad complexity, allying perfection to thoroughness. Recognized for a long time for their ambient experimental noise works , Aube and Karkowski are crossing here a more serene land, privileging the ambiance to the resonant terrors. Yet the tone remained very uptight. It is in fact a long track of about 50 minutes, rhythmed by a repetitive and strident frequency, very ambient in the atmosphere and very well orchestrated, swarming of many small very rich resonant details. The resonant bank of this collaboration comes from the sound of the stones of a Japanese temple, and as usual with Aube, the result is so much rework that it becomes very difficult to recognize the source of the recording. The two artists didn't record their album at home, but in Holland, in the Steim studio of Amsterdam, where the result of their industrial investigatings was presented in concert, with a broadcast on Radio 100 during the Earbitten Show. Very quiet, and yet filled of a fury and an impressive tension, this album is a marvel of experimentations that should not pass unobserved to aware ears. - Stéphane Fivaz
Limited Edition 500 copies.
1. Mutation (49:23)
>> Monday, January 21, 2008
Cover features modified artwork of the Hairy Ghosts CD by John Wiese & Jesse Jackson on Troniks. Limited to 11 copies.
1. Hairy Ghosts 'R' Dead (19:50)
1. Go To The Other Side (10:12)
2. Deeper Than Core (15:24)
3. I Wish (29:00)
Posted by Burek at the hour of our lord 6:36 AM
>> Monday, January 14, 2008
This duo encounter between Japanese noise guitarist K.K. Null and prankster Australian violinist Jon Rose was recorded in late 1999. In 40 minutes, the pair delivers 12 short instrumental pieces. If they are not written down, at least they seem to have been prepared, if only through the choice of instrumentation. Rose cycles through his tenor violin ("Pavane" and "Spiral Furniture," both featuring this instrument, are the only tracks where his playing remains purely acoustic), the double-neck violin, the fence (an electrified long string), the whipolin, and "Dr. Rosenberg's Cymbalon," which sounds like a MIDI zither (and it probably is). Null uses an electric guitar with his Kaoss-pad and Nullsonic devices. The furious creativity of Rose leads the sessions throughout. Null can only adapt (in the delightful "Transgenic Dialogs") or curl in a corner to produce droning textures. More than once their playing intermingles, turning the task of deciphering who emits what sounds into an ordeal ("Deepfield" and "Mathematical Cowgirls" are puzzling). The short durations and tasteful editing job make for a constantly striking album -- dense, rich, and wildly entertaining, in the vein of Rose's collaboration with kotoist Miya Masaoka (Sliding, 1998), but more playful. Any album by Rose that is not a radio collage piece or a gigantic multimedia project tends to be sidelined in his discography. Transgenic Nomad deserves a better fate. A special mention must be given to the album title, probably the best two-word expression to describe these two highly original artists. Recommended. ~ François Couture, All Music Guide
01. Transgenic Dialog 1 (1:35)
02. Ghost Bathtub & Psycologist (5:18)
03. Mathematical Cowgirls (1:23)
04. Weather Under The Skin (4:43)
05. Sonicworm (3:03)06. Pavane (2:34)
07. Transgenic Dialog 2 (2:00)
08. Immigrant Song (3:26)
09. Spiral Furniture (4:46)
10. Left Hand And Right Brain (1:53)
11. Deepfield (6:27)
12. Transgenic Dialog 3 (1:48)
>> Saturday, January 12, 2008
1. Military Road (10:48)
2. Earthworks / Buried In Secret (11:23)
3. Outdoorsman / Indestructible (11:02)
4. Apple Tree Victim (11:14)
Side A Rainbow Blanket Pretty Creatures And Marred Creatures (9:45)
Side B The Cherry Point Lover's Lane (9:56)
>> Friday, January 4, 2008
Koji Tano died on 31 July 2005 at the age of 44. M.S.B.R. (Molten Salt Breeder Reactor), aka Koji Tano, was one of the most respected noise artists to emerge from Tokyo's vibrant noise/experimental music scene of the 90's. He played with countless other musician's and toured on 4 continents (Asia, Europe, North America and Australia). Much of his material was self-released on his own labels, one of which was dedicated to the production of limited edition cassette releases. MSBR's crushing wall of noise, like Merzbow's, managed to tap into a post-human territory of pure absolute volume that seems to have more in common with the unstoppable forces of nature than any form of music. The Final Harsh Work #22 CD comes in a DVD-box and is limited to 120 handnumbered copies, released in 1999.
1. The Final Harsh Work #22 (43:19)
2. Live In Grand Rapids USA 01/03/1999 (23:26)
You can also buy it for 20$ from here.
An fairly young act from USA (I think it's from there, not sure though). Romantic fever was one of his earlier works released on tape and comfortably limited to 100 copies. Pretty much standard analog harsh noise but definetly worth a listen.
Side A Untitled (8:29)
Side B Untitled (8:34)