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« on: November 10, 2017, 12:38:42 PM »

Can't see a thread specifically about this project but I'm curious about people's thoughts.

One of my favourite projects for variation- most stuff revolving around simplistic drum machine patterns distorted beyond belief with minimal synth and GO-style processed vocals but then some less rhythmic P.E. stuff too as well as atmospheric death industrial stuff.

In my opinion he pulls it all off pretty well and it never sounds inconsistent, i.e., all the different styles do indeed sound like they are being done by the same artist. From what I can tell from liner notes of other artists he seems to be a sound engineer and multi instrumentalist too?

Any other fans/thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 01:11:25 PM »

Haven't heard any release from him that I didn't enjoy to this date. 'Nato-Uniformen' \ 'Turned Back' \ 'Fall Where They Would' being personal favorites.

The set that he did at the Hospital productions 20 years event at Berghain in October was one of the most blistering sets I've ever seen. Hearing that material on a Funktion One at 110db cutting through confused crowds expecting techno was priceless.

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 01:29:12 PM »


The set that he did at the Hospital productions 20 years event at Berghain in October was one of the most blistering sets I've ever seen. Hearing that material on a Funktion One at 110db cutting through confused crowds expecting techno was priceless.


Mate, so jealous you saw that! I was lucky enough to see Pharmakon at Berghain in January with Vomir which sounded incredible (and as a dirty British tourist I enjoyed being within the hallowed Berghain walls hahaha)

But yeah, NATO Uniformen is fucking incredible!
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 08:02:47 PM »

Everything is great, I have been spending a lot of time revisiting his synthesizer work on Prurient's Annihilationist these days. Very slow moving stuff that is so satisfying in the ways that it shifts when it does.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 11:36:35 PM »

I'm a huge fan. I had the pleasure of speaking with him for a half hour at the Hospital after party at St. Vitus.
Very real, very human. Absolutely no sense of pretense or superiority and truly deserving of any form of support.
There is an Alberich full-length in the works but that's all I know.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 11:51:14 PM »

New to me, so thank you for bringing him forward.  Some of my favorite tracks so far would have been perfectly at home in the early stages of the Hands label and next to Winterkalte releases.  Smart industrial repetition.  eg "Rumbala"

https://www.discogs.com/label/1877-Hands-Productions
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 01:51:35 AM »

you're right zeno - very much a Winterkalte/Hands vibe.... but soooo much better. i'm amused at the fact i got into noise through music like Ant-Zen/Hands and in past few years it seems to have come full-circle back to synths/rythms...

"nato-uniformen" is amazing... so many good tracks.

have been fortunate enough to see him live a few times. variations in the noise but the rhythm tracks remained the same. totally killer coming out of a loud system and very welcome inbetween straight-up noise sets.

amazing sound engineer as well. his credits are a long list when it comes to studio work - he knows what he's doing to "professionally" master abrasive music for sure.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2017, 02:53:33 AM »

Had to miss his gig in Europe which was a shame, I am hoping he will play again soon over here. So many good releases from this artist. One of my favourite is 'The Cave Allegory' on the Vampire 6xtape box. Probably online somewhere. Really slow build up but so amazing.
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 04:09:23 AM »

variations in the noise but the rhythm tracks remained the same. totally killer coming out of a loud system and very welcome inbetween straight-up noise sets.

Last year's set in Montreal was actually the opposite. A welcome respite of straight-up noise from a night of underwhelming "power electronics" aka techno.
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 11:39:32 AM »

I'm glad he's as well regarded as I'd hope- acts that revolve around beats are understandably problematic because it can so easily veer into lazy "techno masquerading as P.E." territory. Whereas Alberich uses beats without mitigating any of the atmosphere or general noisiness of it.

Even tracks like "Magnesium" (a 4/4 kick with delay on it with nothing but a reverby oscillation and occasional drops of distortion) absolutely bang.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 09:32:56 PM »

you're right zeno - very much a Winterkalte/Hands vibe.... but soooo much better.
I want to argue with this statement, but you might be right...because when I originally heard the Winterkalte 10", it was a very big deal in my world and for many who scoured the Malignant catalogue for the new since Mr.Mantis was so keyed into emerging labels and ideas...and because I'm hesitant, and cautious, to allow today's enthusiasm to cloud the past.  If nothing else, Alberich seems to be more consistent than Winterkalte ever was.  I could be wrong about this, but I believe the Winterkalte 10" was one of Malignant's all-time best sellers.  Took us all by storm.
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2017, 09:14:16 PM »

His tracks like "Field Radar" would be perfect soundtracks for road trips across the long expanses of southern Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and the Southwest.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 10:39:18 PM »

Apologies for again hitting this thread.  You know what it is like when you get bit by a new artist or group.  He continues to impress and blow me away.  I wasn't expecting such a fantastically done krautrock synth track to close NATO-Uniformen.  "Immortality Is No Consolation For Death" is very likely the best vintage synth mimicry by a non-old krautrocker I've heard.  This thing could pass for a Klaus Schulze track from a late-70's concert.  I feel it could fool most.  He clearly has a great ear, which often separates the special from the very good and competent.
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2017, 11:11:18 AM »

Apologies for again hitting this thread.  You know what it is like when you get bit by a new artist or group.  He continues to impress and blow me away.  I wasn't expecting such a fantastically done krautrock synth track to close NATO-Uniformen.  "Immortality Is No Consolation For Death" is very likely the best vintage synth mimicry by a non-old krautrocker I've heard.  This thing could pass for a Klaus Schulze track from a late-70's concert.  I feel it could fool most.  He clearly has a great ear, which often separates the special from the very good and competent.

Glad the thread could help! He's a sound engineer as well, he's worked on most of the really quality Prurient material as well as recording albums by Shallow Waters and other Hospital affiliates, and does a lot of mastering. I saw he even has a tracking credit on the first Cold Cave album, on a track where synths were played by Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo of all people!

What similar Klaus Schulze stuff would you recommend?
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2017, 03:27:41 PM »

Had the Nato box, but sold when desperate for cash.  Hes extremely talented and yes has a great ear.  I was in bad shape and figured i could live with all the TPH and VNV Nation and all the EBM stuff I had or was already making, and also was banking on a CD reissue... the material is so good I figured it would get the full treatment... still waiting...  also got annoyed with endless super limited tapes and crap, will rebuy if things get non masturbatory editions.  Just do a cd box.  No 60 dollar LP with some fucking pin nobody with a life would care about.  Hail Lapke.  Zeno, hes on that ltd 5 Prurient tape you sold me years ago.  He was on point and around back when Last Visible Dog was going.  Pretty sure hes in Northern Cross too, wasnt ever able to find that set when I was looking.  For Klaus Schulze.  Basically anything up to 80 is good.  I go to more dangerous territory up to like 88, but there are way less quality works around then.
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