NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS / FRAG (Head of David / Tunnels of Āh) – Esoteric Sedition CD Out Now!

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NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS / FRAG (Head of David / Tunnels of Ah) – Esoteric Sedition CD (4iB058):

1. Wartime Summer (5:25)
2. Primordial Furea (4:16)
3. Telstra Sandpile (5:49)
4. Netra Mode (4:18)
5. Nomical Index (4:59)
6. Reflexive Control (5:53)
7. Symmetry Diffusion (5:18)
8. Particle Serum (4:22)
9. Ionone (5:16)
10. Boundless Informant (5:07)
11. Subtopia (5:34)
12. Propylene (6:03)

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Nocturnal Emissions may be the better known act here. Their history stretches back to their early associations with the then burgeoning industrial music scene. Long before he became renowned for his role in the noise rock outfit Head Of David, FRAG’s Stephen Āh Burroughs was creating industrial music with the short lived project Comicide. Today, his main project Tunnels Of Āh is a form of esoteric electronics in the vein of early Current 93 and Coil combining Buddhist and Gnostic texts with the genius loci of place. FRAG is a newer and more prolific project offering slabs of sound on short run cassettes and CD-Rs. FRAG’s recent collaboration with Italian composer and industrial stalwart Maurizio Bianchi, almost brings this full circle since it was Nigel Ayers of Nocturnal Emissions who co-founded the label, Sterile Records, which released Bianchi’s first album and 4iB Records who released the MB/FRAG collaborative album, Psychation, as well as being the label behind this one.

The origins of Esoteric Sedition came about when FRAG approached Nigel Ayers with the idea of a collaboration, and opening with the warm lulling ambient atmospherics of ‘Wartime Summer’, it’s clear Esoteric Sedition takes its cues from Nigel Ayers’ most recent sounds, of minimal works and soundtracks for film and television. And let’s be clear, decades have past since Nocturnal Emissions have produced anything which could be considered industrial music. Here ringing and shimmering pipe like atmospherics are shadowed by subdued grumbling textures. There’s an electroacoustic aspect to ‘Primordial Furea’ in the ricocheting gong chime and clatter of treated metallic textures set over pumping heartbeat pulse fused with spiralling noise reverberations which never overshadow the manipulated source material. Haunting synths wax and wane on ‘Telstra Sandpile’; its ominous presence deepened by the incessant crackle and click of a radiation detecting Geiger counter. It’s representative of the shadowy presence FRAG bring to the sombre, solemn sounds of Nocturnal Emissions. Up till now the brutalist noise of FRAG may have appeared absent but it becomes more prevalent on ‘Netra Mode’, where a torrent of noise is unleashed threatening to obliterate the glinting and glistening ambient electronics in a storm of distortion.

Rendering the ambient synths in distortion, ‘Nomical Index’ is quite disarming. Imagine listening to a radio broadcast where you’re not quite tuned in to the right frequency. Buzzing and fizzing, it’s all carefully controlled and designed to not overpower but to work alongside the mellow ambience. On ‘Reflexive Control’ FRAG’s textured atmospherics do become more prevalent as they continuously dart and swoosh cloaking the subtle forlorn synths in shredded noise layers. ‘Boundless Informant’ works in a similar way and it’s testament to how FRAG have approached this release. It seems rather than obliterate the release with lashings and slabs of noise, they have produced sounds and textures which are attuned and sympathetic to the original Nocturnal Emissions material. On this one they employ drifting and gestating patterns of distortion which go hand-in-hand with the gentle plaintive synths creating something alluring and quite beautiful.

A choral aspect flows through the source material of both ‘Symmetry Diffusion’ and ‘Particle Serum’. The airy cut-up manipulations of the former expanding voices into a series of tones and drones, offset by controlled noise interjections and waves of gnawing distortion. ‘Particle Serum’ is perhaps harsher, its mass of angelic voices disrupted by the oscillating shriek of whirring frequencies. The queasy disembodied piano score of ‘Ionone’ unfurls to a melodic discord of chiming notes and stabbing chords, shifting and blurring in fragmentary fashion sliced with power-tool buzz and percussive rattling and saturated in droning electronics. FRAG continually rein things in, never over stepping the mark as they bring their own noise based concrète music to enliven the source material. Assuming a scratchy, ripped form, ‘Subtopia’ could be considered glitchy if it weren’t for the fact that FRAG employ an analogue based approach. Still, it is the noise textures that create the focus here as they scratch, rip and shriek and, at times, whip up something of a noise storm over the soft focus gliding ambient synths of Nocturnal Emissions.

Ambience and gritty noise textures combine to great effect on ‘Propylene’. Due to its restless construction, I found it particularly disorientating as I struggled to focus on either the gentleness of the rays of wafting atmospherics or the fermenting niggles and churn of the distortion. Haunting and queasy in equal proportions, it’s not a track I’d recommend to anyone, like me, currently enduring the effects of vertigo. It is, however, a satisfactory end to an album where FRAG deploy noise and textures, which accompany and embellish, shroud and shadow the minimal synth work of Nocturnal Emissions. Nocturnal Emissions may have the longer pedigree in experimental and (post-) industrial music, but I consider Stephen Āh Burroughs as Tunnels of Āh and FRAG as one of the most expressive and accomplished proponents of whatever industrial music has become today. Esoteric Sedition is a wonderful distillation of both their approaches and is certainly worthy of investigation if not a full blown recommendation. Esoteric Sedition is available digitally and on CD from FRAG Bandcamp and 4iB Records

(Review by Compulsion Online: http://www.compulsiononline.com/nocturnal_emissions_frag_esoteric_sedition.htm)


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WYRM – Wolfish Outlaws & Other Heathens CD (Out Now)!

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WYRM – Wolfish Outlaws & Other Heathens CD (4iB055):

1. Voice Of The Ancient Bard (Original 2000 Mix) (5:04)
2. Wrong Gede (Extended Mix) (16:58)
3. Untitled (7:00)
4. I Believe What You Said (Minimal Mix) (Psychic TV Cover) (8:11)
5. Not To See The Sun (12:07)
6. Symmetrical Ecstasy (With Nocturnal Emissions) (6:02)
7. Voice Of The Ancient Bard (2008 Version) (5:09)

– CD in 6-Panel Digisleeve (1st 40 Label Copies c/w Special Sleeve & Numbered Sticker)
– 8 Page Booklet
– Limited Edition 200 Copies
– Barcode: 5 902249 003437

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WYRM was the primary project of Allan Zane (2000-2011). The project was disbanded in 2011, but is now in the “exhumation” process. Using whatever technology was at hand at any given moment, WYRM constructed aural amalgamations of genres now often referred to as “dark ambient” and experimental “electronica”. Expressed through music, WYRM’s fascination was with the shadow aspects of human existence—yet constituted virtue, consciousness-expansion, and illumination.
Allan Zane/WYRM has worked with such luminaries as the late Genesis Breyer P.-Orridge (Psychic TV) Robin Storey (Rapoon, :Zoviet France:), Richard Rupenus (The New Blockaders, Nihilist Assault Group, Mixed Band Philanthropist, Bladder Flask, etc.), GX Jupitter-Larsen (The Haters), Mark Davis (Omenya), PBK, Nigel Ayers (The Pump, Nocturnal Emissions), Kenji Siratori and a host of others.
‘Wolfish Outlaws & Other Heathens’ is a collection of rare and unreleased recordings from 2000-2011. Presented in lavish packaging complete with booklet, this CD collection offers an opportunity to showcase music that otherwise might never see the light of day. A must-have for any aficionado of “Dark Ambient”–or Avant Garde music in general!”

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PHURPA & QUEEN ELEPHANTINE – Ita Zor CD Out Now!

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PHURPA & QUEEN ELEPHANTINE – Ita Zor CD (4iB059):

1. Ita Zor I (13:41)
2. Ita Zor II (7:18)
3. Ita Zor III (6:06)
4. Ita Zor IV (12:33)
5. Ita Zor V (10:41)

– CD in 6-Panel Digipak
– 1st 40 Label Copies c/w Special Plastic Sleeve & No’d Sticker
– A4 Poster (Feat. Carved Skull Artwork by Victor Seiche)
– Barcode: 5 902249 003840

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This inner space journey features an international collaboration between PHURPA (phurpa.bandcamp.com), renowned Russian ritualists that perform the ancient Bon music of Tibet, and QUEEN ELEPHANTINE (queenelephantine.com), the avant garde rock group formed in Hong Kong and now based in Philadelphia, USA.
Together they weave history with the future into an offering that reflects the present moment, slowly teasing the tension of a dense electric buzzing chaos while seeking anchor and abandon in ancient knowledge. This chant and drone work goes incredibly deep, astronomically far out, and is the sound of death as much as of healing.
PHURPA provide the backbone with their transcendent thunderous throat chanting while QUEEN ELEPHANTINE create an otherworldly cloud around them, using gyaling horns, conch shells, gongs, flutes, ceremonial bells and bowls, drums, guitar, and electronics.
The artwork features a striking sculpture by Transylvanian skull-carver Victor Seiche, a fitting image for the sound of a dead wisdom tradition adored, adorned, and defiled with sincere devotion.


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BOSSES HANG & GOVERNMENT ALPHA & TORTURING NURSE & ASTRO & VOMIR – 一期一会 2xCD Out Now!

BOSSES HANG & GOVERNMENT ALPHA & TORTURING NURSE & ASTRO & VOMIR – 一期一会 2xCD (4iB056):

Disc 1
1. BOSSES HANG + TORTURING NURSE + GOVERNMENT ALPHA – All The Power To The People, I Will Die For Something Which Is Still Nothing In The End (12:21)
2. BOSSES HANG + GOVERNMENT ALPHA – Every Cat That I’ve Met Seems To Have A Sad Face Which Emanates The Purest Light (4:13)
3. BOSSES HANG + TORTURING NURSE – I Am Intoxicated With The Ashes Of A Long Gone Past, But I Am Still Breathing (10:24)
4. BOSSES HANG + GOVERNMENT ALPHA – What Will You Do At The End Of The World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? (Reprise) (12:50)
5. BOSSES HANG + TORTURING NURSE – Untitled (Because Human Names Are Unsuitable For The Beauty Of Sound) (12:08)
6. BOSSES HANG + GOVERNMENT ALPHA (Feat. Déhà) – Death Is Not The Worst Thing, Losing Life Is (ピシの特別なニャー) (13:17)

Disc 2
1. BOSSES HANG + ASTRO – Naked Subconsciousness Under The Burning Cascade (Part 1) (6:54)
2. BOSSES HANG + ASTRO + VOMIR – Throne Of Blood And The Ballad Of A Thousand Crying Sparrows (Feat. Marko Neuman) (23:16)
3. BOSSES HANG + ASTRO – Naked Subconsciousness Under The Chilling Flames (Part 2) (9:39)
4. BOSSES HANG + VOMIR (Feat. Junko) – Death Is Not The Ending, It Is Just A Reasonable Conclusion To Another Average Story (ホーエンハイムの特別なゴロゴロ) (21:33)

– 2xCD in 6-Panel Digisleeve
– 8 Page Booklet
– Limited Edition 300 Copies
– Barcode: 5 902249 003383
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一期一会 (Once in a lifetime) is a fragmented and anachronistic double album featuring Romania’s Bosses Hang (aka Raul Starcz) improvising on the original works of noise protagonists: Government Alpha & Astro (Hiroshi Hasegawa & Rohco) (Tokyo, Japan), Torturing Nurse (Shanghai, China) & Vomir (Paris, France). Other guests like Marko Neuman, Déhà (Musical Excrements) and Junko (Hijokaidan) are also featured in this free-forming transformation of sound that range from drone to industrial noise to free jazz and doom. The range of sounds transcend into unexpected directions and territories, all serving as the base of this album. There is a rhizomatic meeting between the different artists with different styles and different subjectivities being captured here. Due to it’s instinctive and improvisational nature, the tracks will never exist in the same form ever again.

“However, the author is dead and the duty is passed to the listener, as improvisation is forever open-ended.” (一期一会 – Once In A Lifetime)


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TNB (The New Blockaders) + K2 – Kyomu-No-Ne LP Out Now!

TNB (The New Blockaders) + K2 – Kyomu-No-Ne LP (4iB054):

Side A
1. K2 / THE NEW BLOCKADERS – Kyomu-No-Ne (Part I) (12:25)
2. THE NEW BLOCKADERS / K2 – Kyomu-No-Ne (Part II) (7:29)

Side B
1. K2 / THE NEW BLOCKADERS – Kyomu-No-Ne (Part III) (16:03)

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– Limited Edition 249 Copies (1st 50 Copies come with Recycled Black Plastic Sleeve & No’d A4 Artwork)
– Artwork by GX Jupitter-Larsen
– Barcode: 5 060366 789846

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These 2 heavyweights and veterans of the harsh noise genre come together once again to deliver 3 tracks of junk noise nihilism. Titled “Kyomu-No-Ne” in Japanese, it loosely translates to the philosophical phrase “The Sound of Nihilism”.
The complex mosaic of harsh frequencies stack and pile on each other relentlessly, detailing the richness of sound through crazed electronics and effects device manipulation. Organic sound elements get deconstructed and regurgitated in a firework display of grating metal bashing, and nails-across-the-blackboard screeches drowned by analog feedback. This is an album displaying an audio environment of heavily layered textures and complex junk electronics overdrive.
It is also highly significant that GX Jupitter-Larsen (of The Haters) contributes to the release with his trademark splatter artwork, considering the close working relationships between these 3 established noise artists.


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New Distro & Restock Titles from Cold Spring Records!

Review of M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) – The Sacral Inhabitat CD (4iB047) by Progress Report

Review of M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) – The Sacral Inhabitat CD (4iB047) by Progress Report::

In 2020 Maurizio Bianchi was celebrating 40 years of working in music. The 40 years consisting of two periods of work separated by a large break of 15 years. There were some releases under the name Sacher-Pelz in 1979 and 1980 before Maurizio started to release music under own name in 1980. This came to an abrupt halt in 1983 when Maurizio had become a Jehovah’s Witness and there are quotes from around this time when it seems he was expecting the end of the world. However in 1998 Alga Marghen records offered to set up a label for his recordings and Maurizio resumed working in music and at an astonishing rate with a huge plethora of releases.

The second phase of his musical endeavours shifts between different styles, sometimes his work is perhaps calmer and more subdued than his earlier works and at other times it seems as if he is revisiting the sounds and methods of his earlier pieces.

The Sacral Inhabitat is one of the more subdued works. It’s has an almost mournful funeral sound as it starts. What sounds like but isn’t a slowed down loop of some sort of horn type instrument leads us into the first of two long pieces. Other subterranean rumblings, higher pitched squalls join in and crackles, pulses and noise all appear at quite a pace for a track that is has such a slow dragging feel to it. What sounded like a loop develops throughout the first half of the piece but is effectively for this time the heart of the track the other sounds (and there are plenty of them) come in for a short period of time before they disappear to be replaced by others. It’s very deceptive piece; you don’t think much is happening or changing the first time you listen to it then you realise how complex it actually is.
The second piece is less structured and more free form in its nature with similar sounds to the first piece but without it’s main sound holding the pieces together and giving you something to connect to. Because of this it’s not quite as effective and you don’t feel that you’re losing yourself in the piece in the same way.

It’s an interesting album covering ground that not that many bands do nowadays or if they do, they don’t do it to anywhere this level of ability. The pieces here are deceptive in their ability to make you lose track of time and get swept up inside their underwater subterranean feel. The only time I can remember having a similar feel from an album is when listening to William Basinski’s work with loops.
Certainly one to pick up if you come across it and I’ll be looking out for more of MBs recent works. DB (Irrational Arts)

(Source: http://www.progress-report.co.uk/Reviews/M/Maurizio%20Bianchi.htm)

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New Distro Titles from Silentes (Italy)

1. Michael Mantra ‎– F/C LP
2. Nicola Ratti & Mark Templeton ‎– Resophonic LP
3. Nathan Amundson ‎– Western Songs LP
4. Stefano Gentile & Monica Testa | Enrico Coniglio & Stefano Guzzetti ‎– Nell’Attesa Del Tuo Prossimo Respiro 2xCD + 2xBook

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New Distro Titles from Silentes (Italy)

1. Maurizio Bianchi ‎– Lastfirst CD
2. Mauthausen Orchestra ‎– Private Thoughts Recordings CD
3. Maribor ‎– Cross CD
4. Deison | Mingle ‎– Innersurface CD
5. Gianluca Favaron, Anacleto Vitolo ‎– Overgrowth CD
6. Gianluca Becuzzi ‎– In Between 2xCD
8. Simon Balestrazzi ‎– Cautionary Tales CD
9. Corrado Altieri, Gianluca Favaron ‎– To Found CD
10. Yannick Franck & Pietro Riparbelli ‎– Whinny Muir CD
11. Corrado Altieri | Gianluca Favaron ‎– Decomposed Days CD
13. Aube ‎– Reworks Stefano Gentile II CD
14. Maurizio Bianchi ‎– M.I. Nheem Alysm CD
 
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Review of K2 / Astro / V.O.E.R. – Subconscious Error CD (4iB048) by Dimi Brands (Dark Entries)

Review of K2 / Astro / V.O.E.R. – Subconscious Error CD (4iB048) by Dark Entries (Dimi Brands):

Wanneer we door het label 4iB (zelf uit Singapore) uitgenodigd worden voor een trip naar Japan, steken we alvast veiligheidshalve een extra verpakking gehoorbescherming in onze koffer. Het weerzien mag dan wel lawaaierig worden, hartelijk is het ook steeds wanneer we ons in de nabijheid van Kimihide Kusafuka mogen scharen.

Deze Japanoise reus is reeds actief sinds de vroege jaren 80 en binnen het genre een referentie om u tegen te zeggen. Kusafuka is heer en meester in het manipuleren van analoge elektronica en weet straffe dingen te verrichten met wat doorgaans als afval weggezet wordt. Een noise collectie zonder K2 is die naam niet waardig.

De toestand van uw gevoelige oren zal de goede man worst wezen. Liefhebbers van betere lawaai weten dat je bij deze goed zit voor een uit de kluiten gewassen oorspoeling met brandend terpentijn, hier vertegenwoordigt met twee nummers: ‘Fear Of Hagibis’ (een feest voor zij die kicken op uiterst hoge tonen in alle denkbare mutaties) en het (naar onze doorwinterde normen) iets gemoedelijkere ‘HAARP’. De twee nummers bestrijken een heel breed scala aan hoge tonen en dekens van feedback die hij tovert uit modulaire en semi-modulaire synths.

Eveneens geen onbekende in de Japanoise wereld is Hiroshi Hasegawa, de man die samen met zijn ex-vrouw, adult actrice Mayuki Hino, het legendarische C.C.C.C. boven de doopvont hield. Begin jaren 90 vormde hij Astro, een soloproject dat later aangevuld werd met mevrouw Hiroko Hasegawa.

Ook hier naar goede Japanse gewoonte geen genade voor uw tere zieltje, maar in de plaats snoeiharde noise die tijdens het sterke ‘Unlimited Agglomerations’ bij momenten dicht tegen power electronics aanleunt. De lawaailawine die hier over ons heen stort wordt mogelijk gemaakt door het gebruik van elektronica en elektrische viool.

Deze split ligt een beetje in het verlengde van het eveneens op 4iB uitgebrachte Cryptic Void (2013), dat Hiroshi Hasegawa en Positive Adjustments samenbracht.

Positive Adjustments was het toen recent gestarte project van Krister Bergman, die hiermee een stap van de power electronics die hij maakte met Demons That Drove richting harsh noise wou zetten.

Onder de naam V.O.E.R. ontpopt hij zich niet tot leverancier van voeding voor uw trouwe viervoeter (V.O.E.R. is hier de afkorting voor Vestige Of Earthly Remains) maar volhardt in de betrachting om beide genres met elkaar te verenigen. Beiden mogen dan wel heel wat raakvlakken hebben, toch hebben ze elk hun eigen specifieke klankkleur. Het palet waarmee Bergman hier twee nummers schildert vallen terug onder power electronics onder te verdelen.

Wanneer hij flink van jetje geeft beschouwen we dat als een goede zaak. De verstilde stukken die hij ‘The Garden Of Eden’ binnensmokkelt dempen echter de feestvreugde op het einde.

‘A Garden Of Flesh’ trekt dit euvel gelukkig helemaal recht. Qua opbouw zit dit nummer beter in elkaar dan zijn voorganger aangezien er rustig begonnen wordt, en de rustpunten binnen het nummer netjes tussen de gemene uithalen zitten. Deze uiten zich in tergend trage, even monotone als vernietigende strepen elektronica die in staat zijn menig keel de lucht af te snoeren. De vocalen bij deze twee nummers zijn afkomstig van Primitive Knot die teksten van William Blake reciteert

Subconscious Error is zo een (naar noise normen) gevarieerde split geworden (vooral dankzij de versnellingsmanipulatie binnen de nummers afzonderlijk en onderling), en de zoveelste must-have op rij van het Singaporese 4iB-label.

 

(Source: http://www.darkentries.be/nl/recensies/k2-astro-v-o-e-r-subconscious-error/?fbclid=IwAR2GD7hVxkXeQKyF_dpw8nTs2TF-7qWK8igieVJezzoH1Z2qDZ5a4ZRTXfo)

New Distro Titles from Les Nouvelles Propagandes (France)

New Distro Titles from Death By Torturing Records 虐死唱片 (Hong Kong)

HAARE – Karesansui CD Out Now!

HAARE – Karesansui CD (4iB052):

Track Listing
1. Return (23:00)
2. Karesansui (19:14)

– CD in Digisleeve
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– Barcode: 5 902249 003178
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Noise & Design by IV.
Recorded at the Barracks 2018-2019.

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When Haare was incepted in 1999, Ilkka Vekka had a very specific vision of what kind of “ultra” harsh noise he wanted to produce. This involved the idea of sitting still and focused while being immersed inside the turbulent eye of a metallic storm; a whirlwind of feedback and junk metal. The seed for Karesansui was planted. But it did not materialize as the exact sounds he wanted was not up to his expectations. The idea of fulfilling the release was subsequently dropped.
After a period of almost 20 years, Karesansui was finally resurrected and reworked again in 2018. The entire album consists of material combining several recordings made between 2018 and 2019. The main sound sources comprise metal junk, microphone feedback and electronics/fx. Be absorbed in a vortex of harsh screeching feedback, hollow resonating echoes and heavy stereo shifting of organic drones.
ZEN FEEDBACK HARSH NOISE MEDITATION METALJUNK SATORI

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M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) / FRAG (Head Of David/Tunnels Of Āh) – Psychation CD Out Now!

M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) / FRAG (Head Of David/Tunnels Of Āh) – Psychation CD (4iB051):

Track Listing
1. Psychotic Segregation (20:57)
2. Psychation (23:20)
3. Segregotic (32:05)

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“Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake.” LUIS BARRAGAN

What is serenity?

To some; serenity is a tranquil, sequestered, fulfilled state of existence. A wilful pause of the modern consumer existence that pollutes and perverts our lives. A cessation of the demands modernity forces so brutally upon our febrile short lives.
To others serenity exists within scripture, tomes and ritualistic expressions of the divine. The devout seek a glimpse of this divinity, through the serenity they seek whilst shackled to the cold clay of this mortal coil.

Stephen Burroughs is FRAG and FRAG is a project that has found serenity in the brutalist architecture of the Midlands of Britain. In seeking to express in sound; the collapse of the industrial heartlands of the United Kingdom he has created through his FRAG project; a collection of audio sculptures that evoke the concrete isolation of his claustrophobic environment.
FRAG is the soundtrack to a mankind that is alienated completely from the natural order of life. His compositions are not warm but cold, angular and granular. Huge slabs of desolate anguish that despite their sterile inhumanity pulse and seethe with submerged longing. The sound of FRAG is that of a lone human hand extending skywards from a collapsed building. That hand pointing accusingly, cursing the heavens for that fate that has befallen it. Beneath that dead mortar is humanity slowly expiring under the cold dead weight.

It is entirely logical that FRAG and Maurizio Bianchi would collaborate together. In his early Archeo years Mr Bianchi explored the themes of isolated consciousness in the industrialised environment. The stark truth of the industrial age was explored by MB as he sought his own solace to the decaying soulless hell that surrounded him. Alienated by the inhumanity of his existence he sought to hold a mirror up to the crushing weight that sought to crush any and all resistance to its dehumanizing nature. Whilst MB sought to escape this brutalism of the soul by seeking an eremite like existence within the works of faith, FRAG became the lone wolf operative working behind enemy lines to fight a rearguard war of attrition against this inhuman leviathan. Both MB & FRAG have and are fighting the same war, against the same foe , using the same weaponry; the medium of sound.

Psychation despite containing three lengthy tracks really needs to be listened to as a whole. Despite the tracks being individual entities with quite different atmosphere they are best appreciated as a thematic progression across the entire album. These tracks are constantly evolving and mutating pieces of angular geometry. A cascade of electronic shapes that fluctuate and shift in a metamorphosis of Musique Concrete tonal expressionism. At times the unrelenting nature of the album is just about to break your endurance before a snatch of melodic ambience breaks through the tumult and disarray.

Where Psychation differs from most ‘noise’ based albums is that it retains its granite density without descending into chaotic nonsensicality. Despite the at times abrasive incisive attack of sound it retains a sense of weight. Almost as if the sound is being layered as one would layer asphalt, layer after layer added and poured. Over and over again in ceaseless repetition. The sound of humanity as it is drowned beneath the post human neo liberal order. Psychation is the sound of humanity as it thrashes and drowns beneath the technologic order that it has birthed into being.
Psychation is a warning to us all. A warning of the world we will inherit if we forgo our humanity and spirituality. If we throw all caution to the wind and embrace the technologic future.
Psychation is a window into that world. The post serenity, post human world of concrete, zero & ones and mindless consumerism.

MB & FRAG are pointing at the inevitable conclusion of our existence if we as humans choose to venture any further. (Review by Kristian Carter.)


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DEDALI / MURDER CORPORATION – Bleeding Images CD Out Now!

DEDALI / MURDER CORPORATION – Bleeding Images CD (4iB050):

Track Listing
1. Dedali & M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) – The Shedding (4:48)
2. Dedali – Nights (7:21)
3. Dedali – Sacred Ashes (3:01)
4. Dedali – Sangantique (2:02)
5. Dedali – Dedali Est Mort (6:03)
6. Dedali – Bleeding Images (4:35)
7. Murder Corporation – Decostruzione (10:43)
8. Murder Corporation – Frequenzy Part 1 (3:46)
9. Murder Corporation – Frequenzy Part 2 (1:16)
10. Murder Corporation – Frequenzy Part 3 (2:31)
11. Murder Corporation – Creepy Noise (3:46)

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Bleeding Images is a split release between experimental noise artists Dedali (Alessandro Bosello, 1/2 of Italian label Menstrual Recordings) and Murder Corporation (Moreno Daldosso). The tracks from Dedali were all recorded between 2009 and 2018, and Murder Corporation in 2016 at Murderhouse. This album thus unearths these unreleased recordings from their personal archives. M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) is also featured in a collaborative 1st track together with Dedali titled The Shedding. This is a meditative soundscape combining harsh sounding drones overlaid by a growling ambience of chanting prayers that seems to emanate from an echo chamber.

Bleeding Images is heavy on tape sampling, short wave noises, radio frequency interference, treated electronics and distorted voices. The overall Armageddon-like atmosphere is one that is bleak and depressing. The forlorn environment of loss and despair is accentuated by the low frequency atmospheric loops of siren-like hums, fragmented conversations, fragile crackling of radio frequency channels and eerie striking of piano keys. These trance inducing noisescapes consisting of high pitched shrills, low frequency vibrations and whisper of distant voices weave in and out of your subconscious like the unsettling experience of hypnagogia.


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