Mark F ‎– The Result Of Random Chance

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Zeitgeist UK ‎– ZETD04
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Vinyl, LP
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Tracklist

A1 Romance
A2 Clap Your Hands
A3 Let Me Hear It
B1 Louder Please! (One Repeat One)
B2 All Boys No Girls

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Recording Information:
Sony 1610, 44Khz, SMPTE 30 F/S audio ch2, PQ subcode [Sony DA Q1000]. I take, no mix required.

Instrumentation:
Akai DD1000, Korg MS10, Boss delay/reverb, AKG C1000s microphone [x8] [side I only].

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terriblechan

terriblechan

August 21, 2013

this is some scary ass voodoo shit i tell you
bonnicon

bonnicon

May 21, 2012
Side one claims to have three tracks, although consists of a series of shorter pieces based on a similar theme, or utilising the same source sounds to produce an altered but recognizable variation. This first side is mostly minimal, the first 'track' - "Romance" - being the longest - combining off-sync drum sounds together to create an atmosphere like the soundtrack to the original "ALIEN" film - echoes slowly fading into the chill darkness. Some of the drums have a distant, 'live' feel to them, complimented by rising feedback humming. It's uncomplicated minimalism creates an uncomfortable atmosphere - a moment gravid with potent-ial, as if any second a CLIVE BARKER-esque horror might come screeching out of the darkness at you on gnarled but muscular, talon-footed legs. That it avoids the neat acceptable symmetry of synchronised rhythm or structure makes it somehow devoid of safety, takes away the line or net which would make the difference between a fall being a clumsy miscalculation & a fatal blunder. "Clap Your Hands", cold & minimal as it is, has a slightly safer feel - raw electronic rhythm combining muffled bass thumps & high-pitched sharp needles of sound. "Let Me Hear It" closes the first side following in the previous track's footsteps, although this is a little less safe, it's rhythmic devices apparently as much a result of chance as of deliberation.
Side two opens with "Louder Please! (One Repeat One)" - a churning loop of clattering junk noise & voice - presumably sampled, but arranged in such a way as to retain its essential chaotic elements. The cycling noise undergoes internal changes due to echoes & FX. The second version of this track has the voice parts separated into stereo panning with 4/4 logic. Mixed a little more spatially, it makes more sense somehow. The third version is fed through FX which stretch it out into a less edgy, more rounded mechanical junk sculpture. The laughter - a central motif in these tracks - is either self mocking or audience-directed - and it's difficult to tell which. The next version thickens the track up, moves it even closer towards what might be regarded as 'logical structure' - replacing most of the churning junk percussion with thick drum sounds with emphasis on the bass end. The next version goes in the opposite direction, destroying the structure & replacing it with a complex clattering rhythm reminiscent of someone cutting a steel-grassed lawn with a hand-pushed mower. "All Boys No Girls" is the most 'composed' piece on the entire album - a thick electronic rhythmic piece which wears it's electronic colours with pride - machine logic, humanless, bloodless dance music, it changes in slight, microtonal ways. gradually metamorphosizing towards a typically unhinged climax.

MARK F, along with the previous ANTONYM release & the forthcoming LULL single seems to indicate that either the UK Midlands scene, or this label, use randomness & improvisation as a central. theme, as a blueprint or leaping off point. Whether it's coincidence or design, ZEITGEIST seem to have, with the experimentation of the past. & the promise of tomorrow, tapped into the Spirit of Today!

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.