QOHELETH - “Ape Dog Wars Chide the Stem Toil”
(Philip K. Discs)
Experimental noise-rockers QOHELETH teamed up with composer/multi-instrumentalist Whettman Chelmets for a complete makeover of their debut album God is the Warmest Place to Hide.
The musical mashup spawned the sonic abomination of Ape Dog Wars Chide the Stem Toil-a bleak amalgamation of industrial sprawl that warps the original source material into bold and demented new forms.
The idea for the musical collaboration came about through social media. On Twitter, Whettman saw Jeremy Hunt-one of the members of QOHELETH-expressing the desire to do a noise rock remix album.
“Jeremy said something in a tweet...regarding all these different styles and sounds he wanted to do with the band but he didn't have the technological wherewithal. I told him I'd be interested,” Whettman recalled.
QOHELETH and Whettman tested the water with a single track, and they were so pleased with the results that they decided to go ahead and remix the entire album.
“It started with just one of the tracks, to see if he would have fun with it and then it just expanded from there,” said Hunt.
“I figured I'd just do a remix or two but ended up doing every song and a couple of other ideas too,” said Whettman.
The band was so pleased with Whettman’s work that they wanted him to take complete artistic license with no inhibitions.
“He would send ideas back to get our feedback, but basically we wanted him to feel the freedom to go crazy with it,” Hunt said.
“They gave me free reign to do whatever…” agreed Whettman.
The ethos of unbounded sonic experimentation shows off in spades. While enjoyable as a standalone, the work can only fully be appreciated as a companion piece to the original.
You then take on the role of an audio archaeologist, uncovering artifacts that point back to the original source material.
On Bombardier, the fuzzed-out and distorted bass loop will point you to Tombs of White.
The melody on Sikorsky will allow you to uncover Heaviness of Presence as the source track.
To give any more clues would totally ruin the listening experience, so go ahead and pick up both albums to revel in the noise and sonic anarchy.