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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

333REDUX Elevates Collaboration to New Levels

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Creative dynamo and No Part of It label head, Arvo Zylo is constantly immersing himself in art, writing, and music culture. One of his most outstanding personal projects, 333, is a powerhouse of rhythmic industrial noise that pummels with it’s unending grit, while continuing interest with new emergence of detail around every corner.

After releasing 333, Arvo decided to invite a significant group of sound artists to take the original 333 material and reimagine it. With 33 artists signed on to collab, the project seems to have taken on a life of its own, becoming an entirely different beast than the original piece.

What these other artists were able to bring to the project was their own visions, and their own varied experiences - which temper the material in a unique way. The result is a surprisingly cohesive musical work that has a definitive vibe running throughout, while continually shifting the minute to minute details. There is a lot of experimentation here with noise as an instrument or a musical device, rather than using musical instruments or devices to create noise.

Worth the price of admission just for the titles, be prepared to have your ears gouged by ripping tracks such as the fuzz-infused electro freakout of Pretzel Days at the Stripper Nebula by AODL, Freakish child voice samples and lo-fi beats of One Two Eight Nine Six by Sudden Infant, or the half hour excursion into mechanical leaning drones and the mournful cries of dying organs of ZRMFXL by Bull of Heaven. Those are some highlights from what is a truly overwhelming work. In fact, this ‘REDUX’ release is so far removed from the original material that it stands separate and squarely above it in terms of scope, variation, and sheer vision.

There is a powerful sense of energy and rhythmic urgency in 333REDUX that permeates the entire runtime. I recommend enjoying this release in its entirety, in a listening setting. 333REDUX is available in digital format, or on DVD. The DVD version of this release adds contributors videos to the experience, and are printed on demand at No Part of It.

Gray Lee

https://nopartofit.bandcamp.com/album/333redux

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