Degradation Loops by Jasmine Guffond

Jasmine Guffond | Degradation Loops Karl (LP/DL) Australian sound artist Jasmine Guffond‘s Degradation Loops was just released via Berlin imprint Karl who have been serving many delights in 2018. This half hour long singular piece starts with incidental chatter in a public place in what the artist refers to as being “initially a sixteen day process of sonic destruction created for an art exhibition.” What becomes evident rather quickly is that Guffond is unafraid of this sense of beauty in question, unbalanced detritus layered in a collage style of happenstance and assorted harmonies. I notice a quasi Middle Eastern feel … Continue reading Degradation Loops by Jasmine Guffond

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A Perfect Pain by Merzbow x Genesis P-Orridge

Merzbow/Genesis P-Orridge | A Perfect Pain Cold Spring (LP/CD/DL) The forces of a duo like that of Merzbow (Masami Akita) and Genesis P-Orridge are pretty powerful. These recordings by two of the most notable underground artists of the last several decades were made back in 1998, and this re-release will appear on vinyl for the first time — and this is the third edition via CD (here on a redesigned digipak). The track order on each is slightly different and the LP version edited by about nine minutes of material for the medium. I’ve got the lengthier version to discuss. … Continue reading A Perfect Pain by Merzbow x Genesis P-Orridge

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Extrametric by Katharina Ernst

Katharina Ernst | Extrametric Ventil Records (LP/DL) It’s hard to imagine this is the debut LP by Austrian artist Katharina Ernst as her skill, precision and fluidity as a percussionist is so notable. She’s worked with some of the most distinguished artists working from Christina Kubisch, Ken Vandermark and Martin Siewert who also mixed/mastered this record. Mind you, it did take portions of the last seven years to come up with some of the original rhythms found on Extrametric (Ventil Records), and it comes off as well produced and still real fresh. Here she has titled each of these seven … Continue reading Extrametric by Katharina Ernst

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Elemente by Qluster

Qluster | Elemente Bureau B (LP+CD/CD) Out just today is the latest from the most recent iteration of the “-luster continuum” (ranging back to the early 70s), as in early incarnations such as Kluster, then Cluster (you may recall their collab with Brian Eno) and since 2011 it’s been Qluster. Gone are legendary sonic craftsmen Conny Plank (1940-1987), Dieter Moebius (1944-2015), Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011) and other collaborators. Making up this evolved trio are mainstay Hans-Joachim Roedelius, still going strong at eighty-four, as well as the newest generation of Onnen Bock and Armin Metz, both men half his age. Here Elemente is … Continue reading Elemente by Qluster

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Esam by Ligovskoï

Ligovskoï | Esam Field Records (LP/DL) The French duo of Nikolaï Azonov and Valerio Selig are Ligovskoï. The two formed in 2010, releasing one full-length back in 2013 and a few remix eps since. Their first effort for Amsterdam-based imprint Field Records is Esam and you can get a sneak peak listen here before its release on November 12. The record is saturated in ambient passages that are immediately sedative. The recording opens with Thessalonians, employing a winding and dappled synth, a font of pleasure for the eardrums. The atmosphere is doused in soft layering effects that are silky with … Continue reading Esam by Ligovskoï

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Subjectivation by Antoine Chessex

Antoine Chessex | Subjectivation Fragment Factory (LP/DL) These two lengthy tracks are culled from live material by Swiss noisemaker Antoine Chessex. Subjectivation is the composer playing solo. Beginning with the flared electronic open sources in San Francisco _ Berlin _ Zurich 2010-2014 he bends a series of pedals or wires attached to a tenor sax into submission, and the results are a searing pure white noise. The raging cacophony is an avalanche of noise, and it’s hard to imagine this not being a huge orchestra making such a burring racket. I’m reminded of early Wolf Eyes here, as his radical … Continue reading Subjectivation by Antoine Chessex

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Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds by Nils Rostad

Nils Rostad | Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds Tallerk Plater (LP) Consisting of fourteen new pieces (seven per side) this is the third release on Tallerk Plater by studio musician Nils Rostad. Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds is something quite different from his 2012 H1 release which was a far-out there clash between tribal and prog, or his other prior inventive fusions. I’m just catching up with this record which was released back in January and on here (ltd to 200 copies w/fold-out-cover + small art-inserts) he opens with Vil Verta a vibrant alternative space rock … Continue reading Uses Instruments Because He Likes The Sounds by Nils Rostad

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