Laughing Hands ‎– E E: (The Welder's Bible)

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The tape has been seperated into four different areas of work
On the A side it's:
VIBRATE (A1, A2, A3, A4) and SCATTER (A5)
On the B side it's:
PICTURE (B1, B2, B3, B4) and SPLINTER (B5, B6, B7)

Tape comes in a cardbox with a polaroid on front
Includes a track info insert

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tayal01

tayal01

February 13, 2015

I bought this tape at a Laughing Hands gig at RMIT in 1981. I used to listen to it constantly in the car, driving around Melbourne but none of my friends appreciated it. The compact cassette format seemed, at that time, like it might become a new, dominant and disruptive media which could be easily hand produced and distributed but it never really worked out that way. A couple of decades later, mp3 and internet distribution took that idea to it's logical conclusion.
larry_f

larry_f

May 25, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
I can't believe nobody has commented on this release yet! Maybe it really is a hidden gem that floated past at the time? Either way, this is possibly one of the most cutting edge albums I've ever heard, you really have to hear it to believe it. For the time when this came out, 1981, there can't have been much around like it, in fact no doubt it was way ahead of its time... although this certainly wasn't intended, it could be classed as pre-acid house or pre-IDM and easily mixed in with these styles if a DJ was daring enough. Goodness knows what the group wanted to symbolize with this artform, perhaps some sort of twisted interpretation of their thoughts on religion? The dark side of life? Whatever they wanted, it doesn't get much more sinister than this slice of material that came out of the 'post punk' scene, and is indeed a solid artform in every listenable way.

Moving onto the tunes themselves, they're absolutely insane in the best possible way. Following acid house like rhythms, particularly due to what is probably one of the earliest uses of the 808 drum machine (on some tracks wildly cut up), along with a mixture of noise and a dreary selection of instruments, the combination of these ever-changing elements create electronica which has never really been emulated. In particular, highlights include "Rowing Over London", "My Father's Loop" and "Swimming Statues", which all follow an acid house-like structure with crazy progressive sounds over a classic 808 beat, and in the case of My Father's Loop the psychedelic use of an electric guitar over these backdrops. Then there are the more experimental tracks, such as "Blue Doors And Water", which features a spliced up 808 beat slithering in and out over a dark piano line, and the jawdropping "Annunciation", which makes use of a choir sample over horns with a mixture of both straight and cut up 808 rhythms. There are also several tracks which fall closer to the dark ambient category Laughing Hands' earlier "Ledge" album seemed to dominantly feature, such as "Moisture" and "White Rain", creating the mixture of different 'areas' Laughing Hands wanted, and overall making the album even more eclectic.

For any fans of much later IDM groups such as Black Dog, or even anybody who's into the most experimental and avant garde regions of electronica, this release is a must listen, and a real "Bible" of the genre. In all honesty I don't even think this review does describing what you'll find on this cassette justice, you've got to listen for yourself. It's certainly not a happy album, nor an easy listen, but this is what crafts it into the oustandingly unique creation that it is, and the most diverse of the Laughing Hands/Invisible College productions (at the time a reviewer apparently criticised this release as being weaker than the similarly early techno inspiring "Luxury Of Horns" album Invisible College produced, but I would say this album is arguably a lot more forward thinking looking back on the two in retrospect). Paul Schutze's works are also well worth a listen, although what you'll find here is even far from what he went on to create in his prime.