Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

Hans Castrup | Das 7. Siegel Submarine Broadcast Company (CD/DL) A document of a 3-channel electroacoustic sound installation at Museumsquartier Osnabrück by musician and visual artist Hans Castrup. Das 7. Siegel (aka The 7th Seal) is based on a print by Albrecht Dürer from 1498. The piece runs for over thirty-six minutes, opening with a soft smouldering drone. A dragging clang and whistling wind enter. The atmosphere just drifts, that is until a series of what sound similar to the magnitude of computer dial-up penetrates the peace. And suddenly its whispery winds once again. This cyclical channeling of pitch is … Continue reading Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

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Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

Philip Sulidae | Petrification and Strife Hemisphäre の空虚 (CS/DL) Australian composer Philip Sulidae has released a delicate minimal work titled  Petrification and Strife, encompassing two lengthy pieces for the imprint he manages, Hemisphäre の空虚.  Like other label releases, the simplicity is in pure black and white, like the uncomplicated cover art that spells out its contents. With open mic in hand this is a survey of surfaces, of in-situ found object play, with small twists and crackle along the way. I feel as if I am sitting in the crook of a tree limb that is vaguely swaying in the … Continue reading Petrification and Strife by Philip Sulidae

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Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

Howard Stelzer | Across the Blazer Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) ‘Tis the season for something new from Boston area cassette deck master Howard Stelzer, and Across the Blazer brings with it a whole new set of intriguing atmospheres. This is also my introduction to the fledgling imprint, Marginal Frequency from my old haunts of the Pacific Northwest  – my guess is we will be hearing a great deal of expertly curated work out of this joint. The rainy hiss and low grumbling drone on the quizically titled Selective Memory (You Never Know Absolutely Quite Where You Are) is head-expanding, and at a … Continue reading Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

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ETWAS by Belorukov x Monteiro x Garcia

Ilia Belorukov + Alfredo Costa Monteiro + Miguel A. Garcia ETWAS | Tanuki Records (CS/DL) A first time trio (all who have worked together in various configurations) offers two lengthy textural works, one per side, on this cassette from Belgian imprint Tanuki Records. All three are playing electronics here, and in addition you can experience Belorukov on fluteophone. Only identified as sides a and b, ETWAS opens with an incredibly sparse set of pitched test tones, followed by a rumbling drone. A cryptic atmosphere ensues, one that keeps you on edge. It’s made of of scraping accents that sound like … Continue reading ETWAS by Belorukov x Monteiro x Garcia

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Mut Att Narc Imm by Marc Behrens

Marc Behrens | Mut Att Narc Imm aufabwegen (CD/DL) In a title without any easy translation comes the latest from German artist/composer Marc Behrens, Mut Att Narc Imm (Edition: 300, digipak, 3 tracks). Opening with Imm (A), we are immediately transported to a setting will with soft industrial exhaust.  The press information and all located online really gives no further indication about this enigmatic release, though via its transmission I’d say it is likely the soundtrack from an installation combined with a mixed and re-sampled field recording of a vast open space, like a large interior hallway, alley or some … Continue reading Mut Att Narc Imm by Marc Behrens

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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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