Phantom Plastics ~ Jochen Arbeit & Michael Esposito ‎– All The Fucking Voices

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Spirithorn

Spirithorn

August 7, 2015
referencing All The Fucking Voices - Artist's Edition, 2xFlexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Num, X-R, PARCH1002
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VITAL WEEKLY
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number 993
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week 31
JOCHEN ARBEIT & MICHAEL ESPOSITO - ALL THE FUCKING VOICES (7" flexi disc by Phantom Archives/Firework Editions)
It's been a while since I last saw a flexi from Michael Esposito, but he is still releasing them. In all of these releases the use of Electronic Voice Phenomena play an important role - the voices from unexplained areas, or as some would say 'beyond'. Esposito no longer has a fixed label to release these, but who ever he works with get a label mention. Perhaps a bit chaotic for true fans, but all the nicer. He handles the graphic side of things and the gives the raw EVP sound material to be used to the artist. In this case Jochen Arbeit, erstwhile member of Einsturzende Neubauten, Die Haut and such like, but here he has some electronic rhythm going on, which holds up surprisingly well in the format of a flexi disc. A strong minimal beat and bass rhythm and the EVPs coming to us loud and clear, and in an ever-growing majority. Limited copies come with the same music but then pressed onto an x-ray disc, in true ancient soviet style. An excellent piece of music. It's a pity (but
this is
what I always think when I review these) that these pieces are so short and limited to one side only. And hopefully one day a collection of all of these pieces would be great! So far: an excellent series, and this is another great addition. (FdW)
Spirithorn

Spirithorn

August 1, 2013
referencing All The Fucking Voices, Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Bla, PARCH1002
Record Collector Magazine July 2013 Spencer Grady
Phantom Plastics: Jochen
Arbeit & Michael Esposito
All The Fucking Voices Phantom
Archives PARCH 1002
This one-sided flexi gives a rigid middle
digit to all those pernickety puritans
supposedly protecting us from all those
naughty four-letter words. Jamming
frequencies via EVP profanity, like Jerry
Sadowitz on the set of Poltergeist,
Phantom Plastics dial into some
decidedly oddball network mulch. Cross
over children. All are welcome. SG
Spirithorn

Spirithorn

July 9, 2013
referencing All The Fucking Voices, Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Bla, PARCH1002
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VITAL WEEKLY
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number 887
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week 25
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JOCHEN ARBEIT & MICHAEL ESPOSITO - ALL THE FUCKING VOICES (flexi 7" by Phantom Plastics/Firework Editions)
The most commonly used English word is 'Fuck', so the cover tells us. In common language but also in Electronic Voice Phenomena, a territory which is the speciality of Michael Esposito. He collects voices from the dead, and this should know. The cover lists some more interesting details about this word, and it's probably also in the voice material used on the record. I had no idea who Jochen Arbeit is, but he was a member of Geniale Dilettanten in 1980 and in 1983 he joined Die Haut. Later on he is also a member of Einsturzende Neubauten. In 2009 he played his first solo concert. He's now also working with electronic sounds, such as we hear on this flexi disc. A thumping rhythm, with some synth like sounds, proto-techno is probably the word we use for such occasions, and somewhere in that minimalist, dub-like piece of music we hear the EVP floating around like particles, just as that lonely synth line which moves around there. The EVP are looped and that may work against the piece - it becomes a tad too repetitive for my taste - but maybe it fits the overall minimalist approach of the music. How the fuck should I know? (FdW)