Gescom ‎– ISS:SA

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ISS:SA 9:18
Tangle Ill 7:49
TR2A 5:20
Slow Acid 9:41

Versions (2)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SKA020 Gescom ISS:SA(12") Skam SKA020 UK 2003 Sell This Version
ska20cd Gescom ISS:SA(CD, EP) Skam ska20cd UK 2003 Sell This Version

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May 21, 2010
referencing ISS:SA, 12", SKA020
I once went to a party that I suspect was held by the Skam guys in a boxing ring in ancotes, manchester... must've been the late nighties. Top night. Got mashup! Struggled to get home.
Greg_Reason

Greg_Reason

February 1, 2010
edited over 6 years ago
referencing ISS:SA, 12", SKA020

An interviewer once asked Sean Booth how much involvement he had in Gescom and he said that he made one of the records entirely on his own. The interviewer guessed that it was ISS:SA and Booth confirmed it. Can't for the life of me find the interview right now but if I do I'll post the details. Either way, Autechre performed three of the four tracks (ISS:SA, Tangle Ill and tr2a) at Coachella on October 10th 1999 and then performed tr2a (and Gescom's Boogie Down Bronx remix) at the Manchester Warp night on Novermer 5th 1999.
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

November 22, 2008
referencing ISS:SA, 12", SKA020
So we'll never know who's behind Gestalt Communications (Gescom), so what? It's pretty obvious that Sean Booth and Rob Brown of Autechre have a hand at this. This 2003 EP only reveals the well respected label, Skam and its title, ISS:SA, and even the latter is slapped as a braille sticker. The release did however follow on the heels of Autechre's DRAFT 7.30 (released only a week later) so many fans pick up the glitchy destroyed patterns, doomed abstract chords, and unrecognized splattered percussion to be as an extension of the album. Unlike any other collective, Gescom continues to lead us into the dark alley of nightmarish pleasures. All the while you're protecting your valuables and trying to scratch your head and place that sound that you've heard before. C'mon brain! Reconstruct this puzzle into a four second jingle! There!!! No, gone again. Smack! The last track, titled Slow Acid is a favorite of mine. This needs to be turned up much louder to hear all the tiny little white noise melodies in the background, while the AE kick progresses forward in a steady beat, and the common acid-house chords are choked up beyond comprehension. Sub woofer required. The artwork contained in the sleeve of the record is a special bonus. Another testimony to why records can offer just a little bit MORE. The insert is a two sided glossy print featuring a digitally modified image of trumpet, or perhaps a polished motorcycle exhaust pipe, creating an astonishingly bizarre brass instrument, the likes of which could only belong to Booth and Brown. The CD version of the record has a bonus track, titled Megamix. This is a 15 minute Gescom concoction which was originally featured on BBC Radio One's show when they did a Skam Records label profile. Here, the metallic rhythms and bit-crushed patterns are continuously looped into tiny fragments. I can only speculate if all the pieces are from previous Gescom releases and if it was performed live by sliding the loop window over an area of some track(s). Only like Autechre.
Taskmaster

Taskmaster

November 7, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing ISS:SA, CD, EP, ska20cd

Pretty good little release. Obviously if you're a Autechre fan you'll enjoy this one. A lot of people compare it to Autechre's Draft 7.30 album. I can see why, both of these works were released in 2003, so they were in the same frame of mind while working on both projects most likely. However, this CD seems to be a little more easy to get into then Draft 7.30 if you ask me. There is no name at all on this release, instead there is a brail sticker that reads "Gescom - ISS:SA" pretty neat
fragmer

fragmer

October 17, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing ISS:SA, CD, EP, ska20cd
It's not exactly fair to compare Draft 7.30 and ISS:SA. The latter has a much more playful, I would even say funky sound - much like "Laughing Quarter" on Autechre's Envane or "Key Nell 3" by Gescom.

The entire album sounds like something that could become a dancefloor hit... if Gescom didn't cut it in tiny fragments, stretched, tilted, squeezed, turned upside-down and inside-out, and finally put it back together. The tracks are complex but very entertaining!
Fernz_69

Fernz_69

May 8, 2003
referencing ISS:SA, CD, EP, ska20cd
As with other Gescom releases its unsure just who features on the record, yet on this particular EP, the first track sounds like something shelved off of Autechre's DRAFT 7.30. Fans of AE or Gescom shouldnt miss out on this, and the CD version comes with a 14+ minute bonus track "MEGAMIX".... Love it.