The snapping of whips, the whipping of flags - City Of Rats

>> Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The snapping of whips, the whipping of flags is Noise from the north woods of Wisconsin. It is a solo project working with a bare minimum of hardware, mostly with an analog tape recorder, microphones, and minor distortion equipment now and then. The focus is more on making good field recordings or finding rare sources and radio frequencies to dissect and transform, rather than simply combining everything to make the loudest noise (though that, also, is wonderful).

The politics of a culture are never separate from the aesthetics of its terror. America has its second identity, buried in the silence between intentional sounds. You can see it sometimes in the nuanced body language of a shopper or a tourist. Or, of course, when you come across an abandoned mine in the forest. But the auditory aspect is harder to grasp. I find that I come closest when the microphone makes contact with the object, and when the space between words is amplified. There is also a special kind of meditation in sifting through the terrible things which we obsessively document and record: the voices of serial killers, of pilots on a crashing plane, the dry-tongued press conferences discussing such disasters. There is a way to get at the layer of nightmare. To translate it, though vaguely.

As the description above says. This is more on the abstract side of noise rather than on the louder and harsher sound. Some tracks can get a bit of repetitive but that might be just to me (not really accustomed to this kind of noise so I can't really say anything constructive ^o^).


01. Torches in the Swamp (7:31)
02. we have built a machine that feeds on the skin of the face and which seals all the orifices of one’s body with surgical precision (1:04)
03. their identity papers burst into bloom, displaying delicate petals of pink, gold, and white (2:46)
04. White Kids in Hollywood (2:25)
05. City of Rats (1:25)
06. The skull which is a mouth and drinks deeply (9:34)


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Nanoko July 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Nice work! Your best yet. Especially like the last track, but White Kids in Hollywood was lame.

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