by Jacob DeRaadt
This is the kind of live noise sound (recorded at Moisturizer Gallery in Gainesville, Florida, on October 5, 2019) I can really appreciate, where textures and speaker crackling when a level maxes gives you the rush of being at the gig and feeling the live energy of the electrons around you frying.
As far as the nature of the textures presented over the course of 15 minutes, there’s glitching feedback seas punctuated with what sounds like circuit-bent electronics of Nicolas Collins and the tonal wandering exploration found in an old 60’s experimental electronic record aka tone generators and oscillators. There’s great movement between the transition between the opening harsher textures and the skittering test tones of the second section.
Then things start going into outer space. Movement slows down, with sounds evoking a mixture of Dream Machine strobes emptying the mind coupled with a car alarm and a robot from an old sci-fi flick. Nothing stays around too long texture wise, things keep shifting, moving into a dronier section of pulsating nothingness, which reminded me of some live Dead Machines shows. Some nice bass oscillator thumping dissolving into volcanic low-end drones.
True exploratory electronics of the crude and strange variety, a mixture of analog and digital synthesis with a unique voice and form. First new release from Andrew Chadwick’s Hymns label in quite some time. Snap up this 3”CDR from him or stream it on Bandcamp.