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« Reply #6390 on: June 22, 2017, 04:23:57 AM »

Been somewhat obsessively listening to what is usually called Dark Ambient, despite also having a few other names. This is due to the rather blank and monotonous nature of a lot of this material. It's all so derivative and unoriginal it seems superfluous to name names, but nonetheless I've listened to Sable Sun's "Signal" series about a billion times now, as well as Saturn Form Essence's "Duophonic Space", which are essentially lengthy, dragged-out synth drones with added, highly echo-ed effects. As well as these, Efil's "Anti" (got to love the sentiment), Reza Solatipour's "Arrival", HermaV5's "Abduction" (not sure why I haven't see the pattern of album titles beginning with "a" before now) and albums from ProtoU, solo and in collaboration with other projects like Alphaxone and the rather unfortunately named Dronny Darko. All this can be found on the Cryo Chamber or Kalpamantra labels Bandcamp pages.

While I've never been that crazy for this kind of material before I've always loved Lustmord's heavy, dark, droning and meditative music and these artists are merely deriving and distilling the most basic elements of that. Often very well in terms of structure and sound juxtaposition. For me it's just perfect to have on at any time, in the background or listening closely. Sounds that help me turn my mind off and negate anything normal or "real". There's tones of it around and it's easily accessible which is an added advantage.

The main hurdle for me was the clean, polished nature of the sounds and production. I've always loved filth but lately have been more tolerant of cleanliness. It just seems more relaxing and less involving, and that's what I want now - more relaxation and less involvement, not just in music but in life. Also becoming more tolerant of the more "musical" nature of some of this (particularly the ProtoU material). Although not exactly brimming with melodies and chord structures (thank fuck) there's still an almost essence of actual music. The Sable Sun and Saturn Form Essence material, though, is just pure blankness and monotony.

Still - also downloaded Shift's "Abandon" yesterday from the Cold Spring Bandcamp, and it's as brilliant as expected. Maintaining the pressure and tension on a lengthy spiral like "Armed, Disturbed, Hostile" (which is getting very much into Doom Drone territory) takes skill and it's great to hear the sparse use of percussion on this material. Perhaps not as grimy a production sound as "Altamont" but still gritty.

(What is going on with all these "a" album titles? Maybe a hang over of the old idea that if your album or band name begins with "a" it'll be the first people see in the record shops?).

EDIT - also impressed by the She Spread Sorrow release, "Mine". While I suppose technically this can be catagorised as Death Industrial I think it gets a lot further than that in it's more progressive use of sound material and composition. I've always regarded Death Industrial to be fairly simple in its presentation whereas this is more complex, more musical (particularly the last spiral "Straight Back" which sounds like it owes as much to coldwave as anything else) and seems more topically based on personal emotions than death obsession. I found the vocals a bit hard to get used to as I don't like the sound of whispering, not sure why just never have, but for the most part I find the claustrophobic, horror-movie feel of this release very enjoyable and numbing.
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« Reply #6391 on: June 24, 2017, 04:43:56 AM »

Ańdre Vida : Brud Vol I - III (1995-2011) PAN-ACT 3XCD : this release has had me fascinated for a while, I think the first think to catch my eye was the beautiful layout and design but for some reason it slipped my mind for a few years. Recently having realized all Pans stuff is on Spotify I decided to take the time to listen to it while helping my wife with some freelance work. The music is a nice mix of free jazz/ avant garde, nothing balls to the wall like brotzmann. This has quite a bit more restraint, a focus on tiny sounds (the kind that will have you pulling off your headphones and looking around to see if someone just walked into the room). The first disc is closer to a jazz line up, Braxton (the only player who's name I recognize)  and Vida both playing sax accompanied by cello and drums, at about track 4 things get really interesting. It disolves into a solo situation with Vida playing sax and singing/chanting. Really captivating material, I'd actually love to hear more of this kind of stuff. As it continues Rashad Becker enters the mix adding in electronics and additional players entering and leaving the mix. First disc ends on a nice psychedelic note....second disc is sparse avant garde with touches of EAI, solid stuff, nice mix of electronics and atonal musical improvisation, no vocals on this disc. Overall this work is a bit hard to sum up and describe. But it's solid and now l'll definitely be revisiting and hopefully buying the album soon. I'll try to add some thoughts later for the third disc.
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« Reply #6392 on: June 24, 2017, 05:24:17 PM »

Been somewhat obsessively listening to what is usually called Dark Ambient, despite also having a few other names. This is due to the rather blank and monotonous nature of a lot of this material. It's all so derivative and unoriginal it seems superfluous to name names, but nonetheless I've listened to Sable Sun's "Signal" series about a billion times now, as well as Saturn Form Essence's "Duophonic Space", which are essentially lengthy, dragged-out synth drones with added, highly echo-ed effects. As well as these, Efil's "Anti" (got to love the sentiment), Reza Solatipour's "Arrival", HermaV5's "Abduction" (not sure why I haven't see the pattern of album titles beginning with "a" before now) and albums from ProtoU, solo and in collaboration with other projects like Alphaxone and the rather unfortunately named Dronny Darko. All this can be found on the Cryo Chamber or Kalpamantra labels Bandcamp pages.

While I've never been that crazy for this kind of material before I've always loved Lustmord's heavy, dark, droning and meditative music and these artists are merely deriving and distilling the most basic elements of that. Often very well in terms of structure and sound juxtaposition. For me it's just perfect to have on at any time, in the background or listening closely. Sounds that help me turn my mind off and negate anything normal or "real". There's tones of it around and it's easily accessible which is an added advantage.

The main hurdle for me was the clean, polished nature of the sounds and production. I've always loved filth but lately have been more tolerant of cleanliness. It just seems more relaxing and less involving, and that's what I want now - more relaxation and less involvement, not just in music but in life. Also becoming more tolerant of the more "musical" nature of some of this (particularly the ProtoU material). Although not exactly brimming with melodies and chord structures (thank fuck) there's still an almost essence of actual music. The Sable Sun and Saturn Form Essence material, though, is just pure blankness and monotony.

Still - also downloaded Shift's "Abandon" yesterday from the Cold Spring Bandcamp, and it's as brilliant as expected. Maintaining the pressure and tension on a lengthy spiral like "Armed, Disturbed, Hostile" (which is getting very much into Doom Drone territory) takes skill and it's great to hear the sparse use of percussion on this material. Perhaps not as grimy a production sound as "Altamont" but still gritty.

(What is going on with all these "a" album titles? Maybe a hang over of the old idea that if your album or band name begins with "a" it'll be the first people see in the record shops?).

EDIT - also impressed by the She Spread Sorrow release, "Mine". While I suppose technically this can be catagorised as Death Industrial I think it gets a lot further than that in it's more progressive use of sound material and composition. I've always regarded Death Industrial to be fairly simple in its presentation whereas this is more complex, more musical (particularly the last spiral "Straight Back" which sounds like it owes as much to coldwave as anything else) and seems more topically based on personal emotions than death obsession. I found the vocals a bit hard to get used to as I don't like the sound of whispering, not sure why just never have, but for the most part I find the claustrophobic, horror-movie feel of this release very enjoyable and numbing.


antipodean alan lamb, if not already known, may interest.
his recordings and manipulations of fence wires is conceptually, acoustically satisfying. the remix cd od the then usual suspects was ok.
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« Reply #6393 on: June 24, 2017, 09:23:48 PM »

Aaron Dilloway "Concealed" CS (Hanson, 2013)
          I have yet to be disappointed by anything solo Dilloway. This is his usual layered, 8-track looping exploration but with a more exuberant/happy twist than, say, Modern Jester. But it's still quite similar in some ways, pieces being generally focused on two loops, one of which is at first quieter and later protrudes to the top of the mix, letting the previous subside and morph. Pretty minimal structuring. Some surprises in the bonus tracks, including a moment that sounds like a nightmare from an obscure children's movie, and another that I'd believe you if you told me it was old Mauthausen Orchestra, Murder Corporation, or something like that. The guy's a goddamned genius, that's all there is to it.

Matthias Gustafsson "Tapeworks Vol. V" CS (Hasten & Korset, 2016)
          I wasn't as blown away by this as I'd expected to be, but serves me right. This is refreshingly different from what Altar Of Flies I've heard, but also similar as you might think. Tracks are not too heavily-layered, taking a drone approach that seems to rely on slow pitch-speed knob tweaking. Has more of a content austerity than a depressing vibe to it, although it's not without that distinctive Swedish moodiness. Also doesn't quite have the same mysteriousness as Altar Of Flies, but rather has a straightforward quality which is "taboo" in tape music (supposed to be so enigmatic and intellectual, you know?). Some voice work sampled from radio, I believe, which isn't done as often as it should be these days. Some of this is harsh in the sense that it's disturbing, rather than loud, which is always appealing to me, and some of the source sound and how it's manipulated/treated could cause some frustration in more analytical listeners like myself. I like that M.G. can "wow" you with complexity and difficult technique, but then go and just slow down some horn loop until the tones are damned intrusive and hard on the eardrum. Guy's on the level of Dilloway, etc. Almost too good at what he does.

Burried Machine "Bulkface" CS (Throne Heap, 2012)
          I have to admit that in some cases, I wouldn't like what I hear here - nearly an hour of the same sonic palette in what's obviously an extended improvisation with maybe a bit of layering and editing. This stuff sounds like feedback, contact mic + metal, some tape saturation, and a ton of multi-head tape delay. Spacious but not exploratory mixing/contrast of sounds. Everything blunted slightly by magnetic tape. Certain parts sound as if they were recorded using a 30+ year old tape or deliberately unclean tape deck heads. Great formula, but not one that can always excuse such "jamming." In this case, though, it mostly holds up - Shin Chida seems to walk the line between monochromatic Finnish and German type "gutter filth noise" and Dilloway-Gustaffson type muted subtlety. I like this a lot, although it makes me more curious to hear other Burried Machine tapes than to look forward to repeat listens, which will occur, but not soon.

Agonal Lust "Breathing Through Blood" CS (self-released, 2017)
         Probably risking my ass by mentioning this, but those who might know the name already know who's behind it, what it's all about, etc, so whatever. Really clear, well-recorded atmospheric PE with an Italo-sadist vibe and excellent distinction between sounds - droning background synth, upfront harder electronics work, heavily-effected vocals in two styles, possibly by two individuals. I try not to take artwork into account, but this stuff just looks like it sounds - perverse and elegant. Promising things coming from this project, too; even better and more diverse than what I've heard here.

MP + Driller "Tormentor" CS (Finders, 2017)
          Bitewerks already reviewed this, but I wanted to add that this project gives older Deathpile a run for their money. Not that Canady's work isn't great, it is, but this is fulfilling the potential I saw in albums like "G.R." I certainly hope they do more with this project...hellish, purgatorial PE with a more dark than violent atmosphere. More sinister than sleazy. Very commanding vocals, maybe even more so than the above Agonal Lust tape, with whom this project is affiliated. Nice tape work toward the end of the track. Again, sorry for mentioning artwork, but those who appreciate the Lily Vice signature style of Lust Vessel will go fucking ga-ga for this...almost reminds me of obscure anime combined with old S&M VHS covers...

Pestdemon "Hidden Temple" (Unrest, 2009)
          Glad I finally got hold of some material before he took up the Arkhe moniker. This tape I didn't like even half as much as what little Arkhe I've grabbed, but that's not a dig, this is still good shit. A somewhat bewildering mix of old-Bianchi type anhedonic structures and near-formlessness, with a technical vibe that oddly reminds of other Swedish death industrial like Trepaneringsritualen, shit, even maybe Brighter Death Now. Some moments have a bit more grit, distortion, etc, and some make you expect some hard-edged power electronics to emerge (kind of like Control), but don't give that sweet payoff, rather regressing back into their lunar cave state. I really liked this, and that speaks a lot to how damn good I find Arhke to be, because this barely holds up in comparison. Probably won't get a lot of repeat listens, but damn do I want to hear more Pestdemon and Arkhe.
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« Reply #6394 on: June 25, 2017, 03:09:41 AM »

antipodean alan lamb, if not already known, may interest.
his recordings and manipulations of fence wires is conceptually, acoustically satisfying. the remix cd od the then usual suspects was ok.

Good idea, I've heard about it for a long time but have never actually sat down and listened to any.
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« Reply #6395 on: June 25, 2017, 02:26:52 PM »

Burried Machine

For me, the best works of Burried Machine are "Bucket Dome" and "Stoned Mirror". The webpage of his Rockatansky Records label used to have samples of all the Burried Machine releases and for me, those two were the only ones that I liked. Sounds very similar to the decomposed and rotten works of Maurizio Bianchi in his prime. Highly recommend those two!
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« Reply #6396 on: June 25, 2017, 06:55:03 PM »

Felony Sexual Assault "Power to Humilate" & Swollen Korps. "Better To Destroy A Child Than Repair A Man " tapes (both, TF/TP)- F.S.A. is the winner here due to better recording & heavier electronic action; S.K. is pretty lo-fi in all elements along with distant, hollow Ramleh-type vocals. The only complaint for F.S.A. is the Buyers Market-type loop goes on too long. Both are must-haves for anyone into sexy American PE. It'd be interesting to hear what these guys would come up with if they popped up out of hiding....fingers crossed.

Interracial Sex "Boy" tape (New Forces)- sound sources used are home movies on vhs tapes being manipulated & destroyed. The only issue I have is the over-use of pitched down voices. About half-way through s2, the vocal processing goes away & we get some great spoken hollering that, along with the searing sonics, has a Con-Dom ''feel" going for it (that may only be because I listened to Con-Dom live previously). Anyone have other I.S. tapes they may want to part with (or upload)?
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« Reply #6397 on: June 25, 2017, 08:12:11 PM »

antipodean alan lamb, if not already known, may interest.
his recordings and manipulations of fence wires is conceptually, acoustically satisfying. the remix cd od the then usual suspects was ok.
Good idea, I've heard about it for a long time but have never actually sat down and listened to any.
I didn't realize Lamb had a new collaborative album as of 2012 (2LP vinyl only), where it looks like there is a reworking of one of his field recordings of telegraph wires (Great Bow?) and him doing some mixing of others' recordings.  LP#2 is of little interest, though.  I've always hoped for a video of him setting up and showing the desert and wire, but I'm also wary of disturbing the mystery of it all with any concrete visuals.
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« Reply #6398 on: June 25, 2017, 08:14:00 PM »

SPECTRUM ORCHESTRUM

It's a strange jazz/ Progressive rock band from France.

Saw them live this week end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScPvjdRp1Qo
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« Reply #6399 on: June 26, 2017, 01:04:27 AM »

Anaal Nathrakh - Hell Is Empty, and All the Devils Are Here. After The Codex Necro their best. Good songs with loads of diversity, and still has good flow to it. Not as nihilistic or oppressing as their darkest stuff, but with great songwriting, driving grooves, variety of riffs and vocal techniques which makes this so good. And not to forget the humor, its great. To bad they totally fucked up the recording of the high-hats, nasty digital artifacting bullshit cutting through the whole mix. Didn't even re-record the hats befor the release. Fucking cunts.

Not sure what they were drinking afterwards, but all albums made after this one are a mess, either way to overproduced or total cheese-fests. To bad.
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« Reply #6400 on: June 26, 2017, 08:17:00 PM »

antipodean alan lamb, if not already known, may interest.
his recordings and manipulations of fence wires is conceptually, acoustically satisfying. the remix cd od the then usual suspects was ok.

Good idea, I've heard about it for a long time but have never actually sat down and listened to any.

might either of you have a discogs link to this person?
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« Reply #6401 on: June 27, 2017, 09:06:53 PM »

 Alfarmania ‎"Luciavaka A.T. Utmarken" tape- Collaboration With VEHM 08.12.13 ; excellent live tape that would make a nice LP especially the first piece with multiple screaming vocalists. The rest is just solid, good heavy, noisy PE.

Boy Dirt Car "The Ghost Shirt" tape (Artweather)- pretty cool live tape, I think? The text is super grainy & very small print. S1 starts out with Eric Lunde doing spoken word that is used later in his solo work. Other tracks involve loops, lots of junk metal percussion, & guitar. There's a couple of dud tracks but those with Lunde are the best. One has him whispering, speaking very low over a few loops. Some of the work with percussion, reminds me of Missing Foundation. I wish I had picked up that RRR box set back when it was available.
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« Reply #6402 on: June 28, 2017, 05:23:50 AM »

BIZARRE UPROAR - Sikiöasento 2LP

Goddamn. Top 10 of 2017 material.
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« Reply #6403 on: June 29, 2017, 06:09:18 AM »

Jarl & Envenomist - Tunguska Event
Seasick radiant synth droning. A lot of good moments, almost made me sick one morning when listened to in a bus on headphones. There's not a whole lot of variation on here but it doesn't overstay it's welcome.

AXNAAR - Obscure Salo
Quality crunchy noisy black metal. I like the fact that you have to really pay attention at some points to discern what's really happening. Also the use of samples in couple of songs is very tasty.

ORPHX - 01/02
I've been slowly chipping away at this big two-cd collection of early ORPHX stuff and while I need some more attentive listens it's been interesting. Kind of reminds me of the earliest Gruntsplatter stuff in it's mix of different kind of sounds and techniques although I think this might be better. The in and out weaving samples and rhythms give it at times almost melancholic feel.
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« Reply #6404 on: June 29, 2017, 02:23:17 PM »

First day off work in ages with no plans besides working through the listening pile:

$un $keletons Get it Up Yers Trio Permanent Powers doubledotdash?! (2017)

Nice tape from newish (or newishly active) trio.  Drums, sax and some kind of indian stringed instrument.  Decent ambient/kraut stylings to knock about the house to.

Art Zoyd Generation Sans Futur Atem (1980)

Cinematic avant prog. Like incidental music more than a rock album.  A single blast with drums right at the end but besides this, excellent composition with many returns to particular motifs.  Better than I expected.

Kraan Let It Out Intercord Record Service (1975)

Another one which was better than first thought.  Having started with Andy Nogger, largely considered their best album, I didn't expect too much but this was full of the subtle movements and flourishes which make that album so great.  Will definitely return soon and expect it'll grow even more.

v/a Labyrinths & Jokes Hanson (1998)
Older comp but recently obtained.  Each track is excellent lofi tape based collage stuff but still totally varied.  Even as a sucker for this kind of sound I'd still say it was really high standard stuff.
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