Bagatellen Reviews

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From Bagatellen:

Lucio Capece, Sergio Merce – Casa
By Paul Baran ? December 5, 2008 ? One comment
Organized Music from Thessaloniki
Argentine by birth, but a resident of Berlin since 2004, sound designer Lucio Capece has carved out a distinctive voice in his collaborations with key players in the international electro-acoustic improv scene. Formed Records’ recent SLW, with Burkhard Beins, Rhodri Davies and Onkyo feedback king, Toshimaru Nakamura, is the latest documented […]

Alfredo Costa Monteiro – Centre of Mass: for Cymbal and Resonant Objects
By clifford ? December 5, 2008 ? Post a comment
Another Timbre at-b01
The term “sound art” is an often blankly pregnant phrase that usually refers to an installation of sonic work in an environment that has some lasting perceptual effect on the listener. It is often process-based, and expects of the individual a certain aesthetic awareness of environment to emerge in relation to sound. […]

Baseline – Estado Líquido
By Al ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
Baseline is the project of young Spanish sound artist, Pilar Baizán. She’s been a mainstay at European and US festivals for the last few years, primarily with her attention-grabbing video works embellished by a rich soundscape. Witnesses of these productions deem her performances no less than trance-inducing. Having cut her teeth in […]

Taylor Ho Bynum – Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths
By derek ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
hatOLOGY
An avalanche of pixels and ink has been spent documenting the instrumental prowess of Taylor Ho Bynum. His command of the trumpet family is almost scary in its completeness. This second project by his sextet offers another cargo of proof, but perhaps more importantly it points attention to the expansiveness in his compositional acumen. Bynum’s […]

Andrew Liles and Daniel Menche – The Progeny Of Flies
By Massimo Ricci ? December 4, 2008 ? Post a comment
Beta-lactam Ring
When two creative personalities like Andrew Liles and Daniel Menche join forces, fans are entitled to great expectations, no questions asked. This writer, hardly au fait with the activities of the overwhelmingly prolific Englishman but for a handful of releases and, on the whole, suspicious of certain overly enthusiastic reactions in front of anything […]

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Nordvargr – Pyrrhula
With it’s mixture of grim and dark ambience, bleak drone expanses, doom /slowed blacked metal tone & funeral industrial rhythms Pyrrhula builds a highly effective soundtrack for a dead, barren and grim world of endless darkness.

Adam Cornelius – People Who Do Noise
Glancing over the list of artists interviewed on this dvd I thought to myself: who are these people? If this is a documentary on noise why limit yourself to the scene of Portland, Oregon (USA) to have Daniel Menche stand out as the most famous artist?

Univers Zéro – n/t
When cd’s entered the scene many lp’s were released on the new medium rather carelessly, if at all. Years after that launch, even on the brink of the demise of it (as some claim), many recordings are given a proper treatment of remastering and repackaging.

Good Guys – The Social Engagement
It comes in a rather minimal and black sleeve, the debut of New Orleans-based band Good Guys. The Social Engagement is far from dark or black, their energetic rock is almost the opposite, actually.

Hiroshi Hasegawa – Ascension no.999
Ascension No.999 is a highly creative, shifting and psychedelic trip into noise matter from Hiroshi Hasegawa ( C.C.C.C, Astro, Mortal Vision, ect). Split over 2 long and devastating 20 plus minute tracks this really is nirvana for those who enjoy long form shifting Japanese noise.

Svarrogh – Yer Su
Yer Su is a very densely layered and shifting album that attempts to bring together treads of Germanic and Bavarian folk, metal, industrial elements, cinematic/ classic tone and stew of other sonic flavours. And through it often succeeds in its blending of sounds-it sometimes gets a little too crowded for its own.

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New on Alien8 Recordings

From Alien8 Recordings:

Menace Ruine: The Die is Cast

The Die is Cast finds Menace Ruine eschewing the howling vocals and blast beats of their debut album, instead replacing them with majestic songs based around the vocal style of Genviève and the anthemic medieval music that bares much more resemblance to Neo-Folk than Black Metal.

Aidan Baker and Tim Hecker: Fantasma Parastasie

Fantasma Parastasie sees the pairing of Aidan Baker, of the Ambient Doom band Nadja, and Tim Hecker, two of Canada’s brightest musicians in the world of abstract electronic music. It is divided in eight movements which blend together to form a fluid example of a collaboration that works.

Zbigniew Karkowski and Daniel Menche : Unleash

Describing this debut collaboration between Zbigniew Karkowski and Daniel Menche as heavy would be a serious understatement; gruelingly brutal would be a much more fitting description. Unleash is part one of a pair releases based around the same recording sessions. Daniel Menche independently mixed the material in Portland, Oregon and the next release will feature the mix of Zbigniew Karkowski.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Jason Crumer – Burning In Hell
Noise artist, Jason Crumer, hails from Oakland, CA and has created one of the best noise records of the year…

Fixture for Toxins – The Night Hoovers over Us Again
With their loose stringed, sludgy and noisy mix of industrial tone, zero rock, noise, slamming feedback fuzzed beats and muffled vocals the one man project of Fixture for Toxins literal straps you to a work bench and audibly attacks you again and again with this 20 minute ep.

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Musique Machine Reviews

Masami Akita A.K.A.
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From Musique Machine:

Jason Crumer – Burning In Hell
Noise artist, Jason Crumer, hails from Oakland, CA and has created one of the best noise records of the year…

Fixture for Toxins – The Night Hoovers over Us Again
With their loose stringed, sludgy and noisy mix of industrial tone, zero rock, noise, slamming feedback fuzzed beats and muffled vocals the one man project of Fixture for Toxins literal straps you to a work bench and audibly attacks you again and again with this 20 minute ep.

Luca Formenti – Tacet
Tacet is the type of album that avoids consideration as any type of genre exercise. Guitarist and “micronoise” technician Luca Formenti claims to be interested in the silence within music, which Tacet includes in its fair share. But it’s not austere or mired in the concept. There’s certainly enough sound here, so perhaps Formenti is referring to the use of silence within musical pieces. There is a great deal of stasis about much of the album, but listen carefully, because there is much more going on than you might initially realise.

Merzbow – Dolphin Sonar
Dolphin Sonar sees Merzbow returning with another animal rights protest album this time it’s against the horrific and appalling annual slaughter of 2’500 dolphins in Taiji Japan. With Merzbow offering up three searing yet inventive tracks of pulsing electro and guitar noise mayhem, that flits with rhythmic elements and musically touches.

Various Artists – Zelphabet Volume D
The excellent Zelphabet series returns for its forth volume in the proposed 26 volume series and once more it’s another enjoyable collection of experimental and noise matter with this time around only three tracks on offer with one each from Damion Romero, Daniel Menche & Dave Phillips.

Acid Mother Temple & The Cosmic Inferno – Hotter Than Inferno- Live In Sapporo 2008
Hot than Inferno captures AMT in their fired-up, mainly noisy and wonderfully chaotic live format were spacey keyboards whiz and buzz, guitar’s singeing with multiple soloing and the rest of the band kick up a hell of a dust storm.

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Musique Machine Reviews

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From Musique Machine:

Merzbow – Dolphin Sonar
Dolphin Sonar sees Merzbow returning with another animal rights protest album this time it’s against the horrific and appalling annual slaughter of 2’500 dolphins in Taiji Japan. With Merzbow offering up three searing yet inventive tracks of pulsing electro and guitar noise mayhem, that flits with rhythmic elements and musically touches.

Various Artists – Zelphabet Volume D
The excellent Zelphabet series returns for its forth volume in the proposed 26 volume series and once more it’s another enjoyable collection of experimental and noise matter with this time around only three tracks on offer with one each from Damion Romero, Daniel Menche & Dave Phillips.

Acid Mother Temple & The Cosmic Inferno – Hotter Than Inferno- Live In Sapporo 2008
Hot than Inferno captures AMT in their fired-up, mainly noisy and wonderfully chaotic live format were spacey keyboards whiz and buzz, guitar’s singeing with multiple soloing and the rest of the band kick up a hell of a dust storm.

Two Dead Sluts,One Good Fuck – Self Titled

With a name like Two Dead Sluts, One Good Fuck you certainly know your not in for something comfy, calming or nice and this is certainly is not any of those things. This self titled 12 inch album Literally pukes out in sleazy ‘n’ dense fashion a mixture of feedback shorts, brooding/ sinister synth discharge, pummelling noise textures and ranted ‘n’ muffled vocals into your mind.

Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words – A Line: Align
Dead Letters Spell out dead words make very stripped and quiet ambient collage music, but here they seem to strip their sound down even further than any of their other work I’ve heard in the past. These are sonics for silent rooms or late at night which even at high volume make little impact.

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