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Signal To Noise (2) / Epoch (2) - Construction No. 008 as reviewed by Jester1973

August 14, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
Construction No. 008 is a repackaging of two projects originally self-released by Ken Holewczynski as a trio of cassettes on Arts Industria as a full length on VUZ. Similar to his previous releases, Ken went with Socialist and Soviet era propaganda as the focus of his art design which is directly reflected in the music of his two projects. Stylistically there is little to differentiate between Signal to Noise and Epoch. Both are massively influenced by the mid-period ClockDVA minimalist electronics style punctuated by long dialog samples from seemingly obscure political and cinema sources. Ken occasionally overlays vocals on top of the stark metallic rhythms, but usually prefers to let the music and samples function as the key structures of the music.

Curiously absent from this release was the Joy Division cover song that was prominently featured on the original versions. One would have to surmise that the German label releasing this collection simply did not to have to deal with the legal ramifications and paperwork necessary to process a mechanical royalty claim with Harry Fox Agency. Alternately and more likely, the track simply did not functionally fit within the overall theme of the album both stylistically and musically. The album manages to execute itself well without the track and should be considered a cohesive album cataloging the entirety of the Signal to Noise and Epoch material into a single release on a digital format.
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Rotersand - 1023 | Tentwentythree as reviewed by Jester1973

August 12, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
Been listening to this one on various web podcasts and finally picked it up. Quite surprised to hear the Pink Floyd-esque Prog Rock title track which sets the mood for this concept album revolving around events occurring all at the same time: 10:23pm. The rest of the release is on the lighter side of Future-Pop with the accent on Pop, but not quite classic 80's New Wave Synth-Pop.
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yelworC - Eclosion as reviewed by Jester1973

August 12, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
When a band names itself after the legendary leader of a magick cult and creator of a legendary mythos, one should not be surprised when it sounds like Cthulhu swallowing narcotics and swaying to the drunken beats of its own drunk metatron. Tribal influences and the occasional acoustic instrument grace a dizzying array of electronics conjoined with cryptic lyrics about the end of the world and the beginning of a new way of thinking.
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Voltaire - Ooky Spooky as reviewed by Jester1973

August 12, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
Voltaire returns with his usual array of sarcasm and irony laced Gothic silliness. Unfortunately, the whole self-deprecation schtick is starting to wear thin with me. While a Star Wars parody track would usually garner a good chuckle, it is the duet with Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls that ultimately redeems this album.
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Edgey - Flawed as reviewed by Jester1973

August 12, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
More aggressive crunchy laced tech-noize from the artist that has tried to change his musical styles over the years to maintain his own personal 'edge'. No real surprises or stand out tracks, but then again this is what you have come to expect from this genre. So drop the bass bin and get your booty shaking when this appears on your local club DJ's set rotation.