adam01

Gas - Gas as reviewed by adam01

October 30, 2020
edited 3 months ago
After years of listening to all the GAS albums, and EPs, this first LP really stands out amongst the artist’s full Sonic cannon. To be sure, Königsforst remains my personal favorite, but this lp really holds up and plays like the blueprint in which all of Wolfgang’s later releases borrow from. In particular, there is a droning quality that is often present within GAS releases, but is of a particular melt-your-face quality on this release. There is a grit and thump that is unique to this album and for all fans of GAS, this is an album that must be added to one’s collection.

Lastly, track E is exceptionally beautiful and takes the listener on a soaring journey that is visual with eyes open or closed.
samman28

Gas - Gas samman28

April 25, 2020
if this isn't gonna get a full 3lp repress, it at least deserves a digital release (the vinyl mixes specifically)
shapeshifter

Gas - Gas as reviewed by shapeshifter

May 25, 2003
Pop music albums as radical as the first album of Wolfgang Voigt's project GAS are scarce. Comparable extremes coming to mind are Napalm Death's "Scum", the self-proclaimed "end of music as we know it" by virtue of being the fastest music ever released on a commercial CD, or Earth's "Earth 2" for being the slowest.

"GAS" is also excessively slow; simply put, it's drone music. In the first track, all your ear can latch on to is a few heavily down-tuned, backwards-played samples of Disco guitar. But actually it took me a backwards playback at 75 rpm to discover that. The resulting texture is so smooth, soothing, subdued, it can almost be felt as a physical presence in the room. And contrary to New Age musics that try to achieve that effect through big production and effects claptrap, "GAS" shines with a very moderate production, the worst thing about this being the frequent clicks as artifacts of sample editing, the best being that it will sound great on any system, at any volume, at any time of the day.

It's interesting to look at the development of GAS' sound. The debut EP on Profan contained four tracks that were very different from each other (more on that to come in a seperate review). The self-titled album takes up where the EP ended, with a very plastic-y and synthetic sound: track 1 is an enlengthened, reduced version of the EP's track 4; track 2 is basically track 1 with a beat added; etc... the whole album basically is a handful ideas stretched out to a whopping (actually, soothing) 77 minutes. All Later GAS albums (I followed through until 2000's "Pop") sounded very different from it, mostly deploying samples from classical music like Schoenberg and Wagner, so "GAS" remains unique and unchallenged to this day.

The album is usually put into the "ambient" drawer. I don't know... Okay, the term "ambient" itself has become pretty vague by today, but the synthetic, monotonous "GAS" is the complete opposite of the sountrack-ish and, well, ambient quality of classics like Eno's "Music For Airports". It's far more abstract (not structurally, but as in "the contrary of concrete, recognizable, image-evoking sound material") and, forgive me, musical than that. When I last read an interview with Wolfgang Voigt in 1999, he insisted that all of his music would be seen simply as pop, and as strange and radical as "GAS" may appear, Voigt's claim makes sense.
shapeshifter

Gas - Gas shapeshifter

October 29, 2016
Haha, thanks, it's nice to get some positive feedback 13 (!) years after posting. Back then I never thought Discogs would become as big as it is now (read: ubiquitous, ultra-detailed... and commercial). I also don't remember the term "drone music" being around back then, and I even forgot I had written this and several other reviews.
SonofGalahad

Gas - Gas SonofGalahad

September 2, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
Just a note to thank the author. These kinds of thoughtfully rendered observations - along with more pithy fare - are some of what makes discogs.com such a fantastic repository.