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That Was Close; Diversion Eight, Diversion Two, Closet, Close-Up, Close (To The Edit), Closed - (20:46)
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The Nighttripper aka Orlando Voorn - "Tone Exploitation" (Planetary Assault Systems remix) - (4:23) 133 BPM
Review: Ben Klock is Berghain's DJ's DJ and Marcel Dettmann is the club's purist, but Norman Nodge is the teacher. Without the lawyer, family man and DJ's influence, it is arguable whether the Berlin club where both reside would enjoy the same kind of global profile. Nodge's DJing played a central role in shaping the club's musical aesthetic. Mixing classic house and techno styles with contemporary variants, his selection veers from the wild abstractions of Birds Two Cage and Oni Ayhun to the explosive white noise intensity of Planet Assault Systems' take on The Nightripper's "Tone Exploitation" and the stomping industrial techno of Charlton's "Black Slong". While Nodge is clearly an expert in building a set, he doesn't simply ramp up the tempo and cruise to a predictable climax. Nodge follows the PAS/Charlton segue with the gnarly rhythms and chain mail percussion of Ctrls and Chance 'Chancellor' McDermott, but then drops into the trippy acid and infectious vocals of Tim Taylor & DJ Slip's "New York Minds". He follows this shift in sound with Radioactive Man's melodic electro bass and Legowelt's warm synth version of Xosar's "Rainy Day Juno Jam", bringing to a close Berghain's most impressive mix yet.
24 Nov 08
Played by: Marc Houle
12 Jun 09
05 Mar 13
Review: Taking a break from his surgical commitments, Anthony Child serves up some avant-garde noise excursions with this album. It's an infinitesimal exploration of found sound and tone generation, purportedly examining negative space and culled from Child's years of studies on the side of his more prominent techno output. It's a curious ride through academia, at times as serene as the subtle hum of a suburb, at others a cataclysmic pulse raging down on your senses, but there's no escaping the attention to detail that has gone into forming this pair of sonic suites.
22 Feb 13
Review: This latest album by Bpitch boss Allien is a long way from the label's minimal, sometimes trancey roots. It sounds like the author has grown up musically, and LISm flows through a series of mood pieces. This writer listened to the work as one continuous track, and this is how it works best. Beginning with what could be the sound of demented monkeys wittering away, it moves into jangly guitars and blissed out vocals, before a series of isolationist bleeps kick in. From there it moves from late night jazzy sax, dense drones before kicking back into deep, ethereal electronics. It's a major artistic triumph for Allien.
05 Oct 12
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06 Jul 12
Review: Recorded live in 2008, Venexia is a meeting of the electronic - provided by ex-Pan Sonic wizard Mika Vainio and Kevin Drumm - and the acoustic - provided by avant-garde jazz player Axel Dorner and Argentinean saxophonist Lucio Capece. The interplay between searing, industrial sonics and delicate textures is particularly daring, and the fact the performance was captured live only adds to the sense of wonder - especially given the microscopic particles of sound which evaporate from the sounds contained on the record.
10 Dec 12
Review: It's always a pleasure to see new Touch material coming out, but this new LP marks their thirty years of experimentation and success with four exclusive collaborations by their most celebrated artists - epic? We think so...Even their compilation comes as part of a concept format, depicting "Collosus" on its front cover - the first computer ever made. Each of the four pieces is a fluid combination of at least three producers, broken up into seventeen minute fragments of field recordings, modular excursions and spacious drones. It would be a shame to spoil it for you, so instead we thought we'd just let you know that it includes the works of: Mika Vainio, Eleh, Fennesz, Bruce Gilbert, BJ Nilsen, Biosphere, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Zeck, Z'EV, Jana Winderen, CM von Hausswolff and Oren Ambarchi. Pretty damn impressive and downright unmissable in our books...
15 Apr 13
Review: Noted New York noisesmith Alan Licht has long been known as a man prepared to take the humble guitar into the outer realms, and so it is on this turn for Editions Mego. Running distorted squalls of six strings into a mess of electronic interference, this is no easy ride but there's a staggering amount of expression worked into the spluttering notes and ranging chords of Licht's Four Years dichotomy. Rarely resting in one sound for too long, this is far from the laborious patience-rewarding tropes of the noise scene and far more visceral, even as the cranky sonics give way to soothing harmonious passages. It may sound at times like an accidental racket, but anyone with a love of punk and hardcore will find this resonating with them like few other projects in the avant-garde world.
28 Nov 11
Played by: Andrea Reverberi
15 Oct 12
Review: Some music just doesn't fall into any category, with this current release on the peerless Editions Mego certainly being of that disposition. Proposing a near 40 minutes of disemboweled noises, glitchy static and haunting tonalities, Sweden's BJ Nilsen and Stilluppsteypa create their own world - one which is far from our own. "Goda Nott 1" is a long journey into outer space, with its howling drones and meticulous sonics growing and then dissipating uncontrollably. The second excursion into the ether, "Goda Nott 2", although comparatively brighter than the first segment, still refuses to find its way out of the long and obscure tunnel built by the Swedish duo. Growling melodies and long, polyphonic trips make this release perfectly fit for a Stanley Kubrick film. Captivating noise collections.
12 Nov 12
Review: The godfather of electronics, Brian Eno makes a return to Warp Records. Lux, literally meaning "light", is a delicate assortment of subtle harmonics and chimerical programming. As with all of Mr.Eno's work, all of the elements seem to share an inseparable union with each other, one which manifests a specific concept. "Lux 1" is the sound of a new day, with its gentle notes playing over a majestic soundscape beneath it; whilst "Lux 2" enters more desolate grounds, where melodies are dissolved and remoulded to create a spine-chilling sea of sound. "Lux 3" is a similarly meditative musical zone, where notes remain deserted in a melancholic whirlpool of sub-drones; but "Lux 4" is the radiating light at the end of the tunnel - atmospheric and full of emotion.
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29 Apr 13
Review: Daniel Menche has been on just about every credible experimental label around, from Jon Wonzencroft's Touch to Antifrost and coming back this time on his regular Editions Mego spot. His productions are complex and brimming with grit, having been an inspiration for countless contemporary artists, both within the field of noise and drone. but also house and techno. His latest amalgamation of sounds comes in a two piece format, each part consisting of almost twenty minutes of madness, starting with "Marriage Of Metals 1", where Menche goes straight in with a bang, propelling his usual blend of metallic power electronics and convoluted background atmospherics. "Marriage Of Metals 2" carries on from its predecessor, this time calming the storm but utilising the same wardrobe of acoustics and sonic accessories.
15 Apr 13
Review: Quanta Of Light sees a New Touch broadcast from a truly pioneering figure of modern electronic sound design in the form of Daniel Menche. Having been producing since 1989, he's featured on pretty much every serious label there is in the world of ambient, drone, noise and experimental music, and we finally have this beautiful LP cut see a deserved digital release. Each collage is a near-20 minute voyage in the ether and starting with "Quanta of Light I", Menche builds and destroys his own personal sound world, with an individual ability to align crude noises with majestic, unwinding pads, to paint a rather delicate but bold picture of his own musical ideas. The same can be said for "Quanta Of Light II", where the concept unfolds with patience and grace to leave us yearning for 20 more hours of wide-screen soundscapes.
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