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posted a review of Phil Manzanera - K-Scope. 2 months ago
Very little Manzanera guitar work but an album of excellent tracks. “Walking Through Heaven’s Door” is particularly chilling; “Hot Spot” spins together disco and nuclear war. Superb.
posted a review of Shostakovich*, Berg*, The Weller Quartet* - Shostakovich String Quartet No. 10 Op. 118 / Berg String Quartet Op. 3. 4 months ago
Good performance of the Berg but the Shostakovich is superb. I spent 25 years tracking this record down; I misremembered it as being by the Drolc, not the Weller. They were mostly Classical Era but this exception is excellent.
posted a review of Vivaldi*, Max Goberman, New York Sinfonietta - Concertos For Oboe And Strings. 9 months ago
Superb performances, delightful pieces. Among the best of Vivaldi’s hundreds of concerti, melodies instead of arpeggios, he wrote more than the Four Seasons.
posted a comment on Asmus Tietchens - Eisgang / Dämmerattacke. about 1 year ago
Far and away Tietchens' most Stockhausen-like work. Truly an excellent release.
posted a review of Christian Clozier - Quasars / Markarian 205. over 2 years ago
I love this label, I love this genre, this is one of the very best of both. Five stars all the way. Every track.
added Cabaret Voltaire - Plasticity to their collection. over 4 years ago
added Various - Noise War to their collection. over 4 years ago
posted a comment on Emil Beaulieau - Memories. over 5 years ago
My copy has the standard PURE black cover
posted a comment on Aube. over 7 years ago
does anyone know anything about what he's doing now? No new music since 2007. Latest release, Variable Ambit, is from 2003
posted a comment on Pet Shop Boys - Please. over 8 years ago
Young and gay and in love for the first time, and with your life before you? This is your soundtrack. It was mine. And 24 years later it's as fresh as it was in 1986 and hearing it again makes the world new. Wonderful.
posted a comment on Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets. over 8 years ago
What can one say about "Here Come the Warm Jets?" The recording of a lifetime, only a few years after "Sgt. Pepper" but just as pivotal in its own way. For a generation that was souring on the rapidly decaying world of rock (from the peak year for ... See full review
posted a review of Amon - El Khela. over 8 years ago
Excellent droning ambient release. Not dark as others, most like some of the more somber releases by Steve Roach e.g. "Streams and Currents" or "Darkness Before Dawn." Brooding and contemplative, highly recommended release
posted a comment on Aube - Emotional Oscillation. over 9 years ago
An excellent early release by one of the genre's greatest. Rich noise textures with a fine dramatic flair. Highly recommended.
posted a comment on Én - op. 10218 v1.2. over 9 years ago
One of the slowest ambient recordings you'll find, comparable to Steve Roach's "Immersion" series. An excellent piece for working, sleeping, reading.
posted a review of Dissecting Table - Metamorphosis. over 9 years ago
Metamorphosis represents something of a new direction for Noise's most eminent artist. Where Twelve Limbs of Dependent Origination consisted mostly of unvarying textures and was more purely ambient, the tracks of Metamorphosis exhibit development and ... See full review
posted a review of Antable - Remix Of Deep Sea. over 9 years ago
I'm really glad to own a copy of this. Both the original and the remix are endlessly listenable. Antracot is one of the best artists in the power electronics field and of course Dissecting Table needs no introduction. Antracot does rich midrange ... See full review
posted a review of Dissecting Table - Post-Industrialism. over 10 years ago
First impression is that these are two tracks missing from the previous "Twelve Limbs of Dependent Organization." But they are released separately, with the same tracks on both clear acetate and a CDR, totalling under 21 minutes yet sold by the artist ... See full review
posted a review of Psykosonik - Psykosonik. over 10 years ago
Don't know where to start with this one. It's too personal. When this was a new album I was forty years old and had my one year of being a hedonistic exhibitionist, going dancing four nights a week, loving to dance, loving this kind of music. ... See full review
posted a review of Dissecting Table - Shinsei. over 10 years ago
Wow! Ichiro has done a lot of good releases but this is one of his very best. Huge, wide, roaring electronic textures. I've been listening to DT since the first CD releases and seen his style evolve, and this release is a perfect example of why he is ... See full review
posted a review of Contagious Orgasm - The Examination Of Auditory Sense. over 10 years ago
OK I'm not sure where this album fits in genre-wise; it's definitely dark ambient but it's not harsh anywhere and parts of it have an Eno-like melancholy. But it's one of those ambient releases that manages to set up its own mood, and you'll be ... See full review
posted a review of Premature Ejaculation - Necessary Discomforts. over 10 years ago
This is a vital recording. Other PE releases are good and great, this one is in a class by itself, and in my mind one of the most important releases in the genre. "Non-Union" drones and echoes; in "Negative Findings" a strange recording of a man goes ... See full review
posted a review of Dissecting Table - Voice Performance. over 10 years ago
This is really quite a treat for long-time Dissecting Table fans. In the video on the second disk Ichiro stands before a table and occasionally makes infinitesimal changes to the controls of some very simple-looking electronics, holds the microphone to ... See full review
posted a review of Antracot - Ferropolis. over 10 years ago
This is a very noticeable piece of work. The listener has a strong sense at every moment that the composer is in full control of his material. You can hear that this is something out of the ordinary fomr the unapologetic harsh opening sound .. there is ... See full review