Review

Dinzu Artefacts Fall Batch

Batch Review - Dinzu Artefacts

If anything could be done to further cement the viscerally tangible aesthetic of Dinzu Artefacts, it would be the release of this October batch, replete with more found sound, field recordings, and tape manipulations than you can wrap an ear around.

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 Dominique Vaccaro -Close Distances

Close Distances is a slow ride on a conveyor belt made of burlap, teeth and oversized rubber bands. Each audio offering here is a hyper-aware focus on looped chatterings, clatterings, and spatterings that attains a hauntingly organic feel despite probably being recorded in a collapsing button factory. Vaccaro is able to take 'ordinary' sounds of everyday objects and turn them into abstract structures of layered sound that fool the ear and tickle the spine.

 

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 Ludwig Berger & Veronika Ehrensperger -The Capacity of Things to Act

This tension-laden piece is full of terrifying stillness and malevolent fury, allegedly recorded with a 'prepared harp' which is a fancy musical term that really means 'interdimensional helicopter made of nightmares and lies.' What begins as warmly vibrating drones quickly descends into dark and reverberating explorations of the rusted clockwork that operates purgatory. The sound on each of these tracks is dense, and heavily weighted with colorful swirls of shadowy energy, nimbly leaping to action and then falling dormant.

 

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 Weston Olencki & Max Murray - Gram

Treat yourself to this careful examination of pneumatic systems. Metal tunnels expand and contract, hissing with powerful surges of air. Valves squeak. Networks of pipes breathe with cycles of pressurizations, filled with rushing gusts of harnessed air energy. Tension builds as rivited seams of squealing conduits are tested by atmospheres of gushing power. Effort of breath is pushed through shaped brass, alloy tubes create bubbling sound in an exchange of expelled energy for sound output.

These three tapes are sold out, but digital editions are still available.

https://dinzuartefacts.bandcamp.com

Gray Lee

JULIAN ABRAHAM 'TOGAR' - "Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed"

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Julian Abraham 'Togar' - "Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed"

(Hasan Editions)

Released recently on Indonesian artistic platform, Hasana Editions, Acoustic Analog Digitally Composed by Julian Abraham is a striking collection of audio works centered around percussive sounds that have been digitally manipulated.

The first several tracks are rhythmic pieces that are like movements of a complex piece of intricate machinery. Kinetic hardware comes together in a symphony of clattering onomatopeia. Gears click, wheels spin, and springs snap. Later in the album, the sounds become mechanical in other ways energized with humming, buzzing energy. Throughout the release, precise placement and execution of each sampled sound makes this release a fascinating listen. While individual tracks are relatively short, the continuing theme makes the audio experience a singluar one.

Julian Abraham is a multidisciplinary artist who experiments in repetition and aural complexity here to great effect, creating an accessible album that is deeply focused and enjoyably convoluted, while remaining conceptually streamlined. Climb into this intricate piece of clockwork and enjoy the percussive marvels within.

  Gray Lee 

 https://hasanaeditions.bandcamp.com/album/acoustic-analog-digitally-composed