Various ‎– Staalplaat & Korzo Presenteren: Master Class

Staalplaat ‎– none
CD, Mini, Compilation



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June 4, 2012
First things first - don't judge this disc by it's diminutive size - as they say, it's not important. Pooling together a wide range of artists, this is an uneasy journey through the weird & often nerve-jangling world of experimental noise composition. WOLLSCHEID's track reminds me a little of UN DRAME MUSICAL INSTANTANE's track on the "Mouvements" album stripped of it's mystery, left only with it's creaking boards/geiger-counter sounds. PITA uses screwed-up electronics to sound like a cartoon chainsaw massacre, brief & crazy. KAPOTTE MUZIEK bring a little uneasy peace to this world of madness, a combination of gentle percussive sound & what could almost be a vacuum cleaner way off in the distance is usurped by what sounds like faulty leads crackling. SCHLÄGER builds counter rhythms of noise, with spiky metal set against deep resonant crashes & distorted-to-fuck electronically-enhanced found sounds. CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE create an electronic atmosphere of stillness, a frozen but very electric backdrop, bringing perhaps early CLUSTER to mind. BMB con use old recordings of state music, slowed down to a soporific pace over which they paste fingers-down-blackboard sounds which should send most people running screaming for the asylum. FREDY BECKMANS' track closes this short but interesting slice of the bizarre sub-culture, a sort of Industrial Beat-Poet who rants in at least two languages over rattling kitchen cupboard percussion. The entire experience lasts only 18'45", but brings you seven challenging and interesting pioneers of the backroom experimental frontier.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.