DECAYCAST REVIEWS: HEY EXIT “Else” Cassette/Digital (2015)

“Else”  was  recorded by HEY  EXIT, in Brooklyn NY in 2015, but  you’d  never  really be able to tell as  it comes off  as this  sort of  timeless  drone recording.  “Else”  starts with a low, slow, cloudy  drone and  slowly builds and  destroys  subtlety across the  entire album. The  first sounds that  emerge  are  delicate.  spacious, tone  poems of  humming synths? guitars? who knows?  but the  source a1533371763_16isn’t  really that important and the sounds  create a sonic  space  that exists  somewhat outside of  codified instrumentation, structure,  rhythm. The  sonic palette of HEY EXIT is  largely of a similar toolset, at least on Else, and the cassette is broken up into five tracks, however they all function as  one  breadth, decaying and  gently bleeding into each other. “What Role, If  Any”  is  probably the track that feels   most complete on its  own in terms of a moving composition within itself and  offers arguably the most  sonic  density and  variety on this EP.

The sounds themselves  are a  plush mesh of drones,  blissed  out  and  stretched  out  orchestral swells, slow attack  guitar  swells,  strategically placed crunches of  rumbling  distortion, and  wind. The  tempo of  Else is  made up of slow, delicately offered  pulses, as  if  someone was  breathing  out the notes, blowing ou

t the  tempo on a single  flickering candle,  but  not  through a wind  instrument, the  attack is gone, the breath has  transformed into a slow,  churning, crawling, beautiful sound.  The slow, crawling , glossy pillars of  sounds ,  at times  almost seemed to  sync up with my breath as i was  sitting in the dark listen

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ing to the  cassette on repeat. This is  excellent  “meditation” music, or at least music that  begs of  slow action, slow  thought,  slow body movements, and slow listening. There  are moments  that  get “noisy” in the traditional sense, but they never  obliterate or  destroy the  more  quiet, subtle  tones  that dance and  breathe  as he main life  source of the  piece.  “Else”  is  a delicately crafted ambient  drone offering for  fans of  slow, delicate, breathing music to  listen to  on a foggy, crawling  confusing day. Highly enjoyable.

 

You can   check this release and more  from HEY  EXIT,  here

VOLTAGE DROP Party Pays Tribute to Damaged Beats and the Esoteric Side of Electronic Music with KID606 & RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER – This Friday in Oakland!

 

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VOLTAGE DROP is a new  collective of  Oakland  based  artists, DJ’s, musicians, promoters, and music  collectors with a deep seated interest in preserving the  rich legacy of experimental, beat oriented electronics and industrial music in the  Bay Area and  beyond. Voltage Drop specifically focuses on  the crossroads  between early hip hop/electro/beat driven electronics, and industrial/body music. VD  boasts influences as  vast as Throbbing  Gristle / Industrial Records, Cybotron/Juan Atkins, SPK, J Dilla, Coil, Tesco UK,  Pierre Henry, DJ Rashad, and a myraid of local and international  contemporary, yet  esoteric artists, labels, and parties,  in which the bay area has  such a rich history in. Voltage Drop aims to throw events  merging  local and international performers, artists, DJs, and  VJ’s , and  also has a vested interest  in attempting to synthesize  often fragmented sub scene clicks within the oh so  spoiled bay area. The bay area has  a rich, bright, and  complicated tradition of  experimental electronics and  industrial music,  Voltage  Drop is here to cast their  own unique  archival lens on the  history, present, and  future of the arc of influence and collective consciousness of  sound.

One part of that  history is  KID606 and  Tigerbeat6 Records, run by Miguel Del Pedro of Perpetual Dawn LA, a monthly  Berlin inspired, rave/nightclub.kid606_030315

 

KID606 has  been hosting, booking, performing , and  archiving and releasing  his damaged and unique styles of  techno, body music, ambient, remixes,  breakbeat and just about  every other style of beat driven electronics  all throughout the world over the  last two decades and Voltage Drop is  some proof that there’s still room in the bay to present this  always captivating  and  engaging artist in a somewhat  fresh platform! Voltage Drop brings KID606  and  their complex, classy,    eclectic   electronic stylings to the  fourth installment of Voltage  Drop tomorrow in Oakland with an exclusive live set,  at the  Legionnaire  Saloon, the new monthly home of the  Voltage Drop party. The  nights opener, Russell E.L. Butler (formerly of Black jeans) , who is no newbie in the scene either opens the  gig with a live hardware set, boasting  a new cassette release on SF/Berlin based, Jacktone Records.  You can stream Russell’s new  tape, titled “Visions of The  Future”  here 

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The space in between will be filled by Voltage Drop Resident DJ‘s, KOZI, BONUS BEAST, MALOCCULSION, AND FUNKY V and FLOWER PATTERN on the visuals as always. Come out, it’s not to be missed! Vital info for the party below!  SF Weekly seems  to  think you  should too, as they  just named  VOLTAGE  DROP in the  Top % Parties To Goto This  Weekend! 

“KID606 (Tigerbeat6 / Perpetual Dawn / L.A.) A native of Venezuela, the Kid (aka Miguel Trost De Pedro) moved to San Diego early in life. After becoming interested in samplers, he began recording and released some material with Spacewurm, Ariel, and Disc (a collaboration with Lesser and Matmos), three acts associated with the Southern California label Vinyl Communications. Kid606 debuted on his own with a full-length for VC, 1998’s Don’t Sweat the Technics. A split CD with Lesser gained release later that year, as well as the VC EPs Unamerican Activity and Dubplatestyle. De Pedro kicked off his Tigerbeat6 label in 2000 with the release of Kid606 and Friends, Vol. 1, an album of remixes and collaborations.”

“RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER (Opal Tapes / Jacktone Records / Oakland) Russell has been making waves in the Bay Area music scene for years. His project Black Jeans evoked the emotional and physical qualities of minimal synth and electronic body music to transport listeners to hidden and forgotten sonic landscapes. For the past few years he has been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. It is fitting that transplantation and adoption are themes in Russell’s music, as he based his 2015 album, “God is Change” on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015.”

 

 

VOLTAGE DROP – INDUSTRIAL / ELECTRONIC DANCE CLUB PRESENTS
    LIVE SETS BY:
KID 606 (TIGERBEAT6, PERPETUAL DAWN / LOS ANGELES)
RUSSELL E.L. BUTLER (OPAL TAPES / JACKTONE RECORDS / OAKLAND)
VISUALS BY FLOWER PATTERN
RESIDENT DJs:
FUNKY V.
BONUS BEAST
MALOCCULSION
KOZI
free mixtape/cd to the first 25 through the door.
$7-10
www.voltagedrop.bandcamp.com

TONIGHT: NOISE SHOW IN SF w/ DEMONSLEEPER / THOABATH / NEHA SPELLFISH / MALOCCULSION

TONIGHT  4/20 IN THE  CITY OF  SAN FRANPSYCHO

SECOND ACT. 1727 HAIGHT STREET, SF, CA 7:45-10PM SHARP

 

“Four twenny in the Haight Ashbury? Yup. If smoke makes the best sunsets, the banks of Golden Gate Park will be blowin’ up as Neha Spellfish, Malocculsion, play the final show with Demonsleeper and Thoabath before they hang ten off a dank ring blowing out toward San Juan, Puerto Rico where they’ll opena new venue for experimental live sound. Come see them off with…1414959_10153953359597836_4368103547300810001_o

NEHA SPELLFISH (Oakland/Madrid)
With low frequency waves washing up on a beach of dark noise ambience, Spellfish delves into the shared space of interspecies communication and paramnesia, invoking the spectral measure of waking consciousness and noospheric cognition. Neha invokes themes of macro psychology, xeno feminism, dynamically modeled weather enclosures, and instinctual variance, employing audio programming platforms and algorithmic granular synthesis.
https://soundcloud.com/spellfish

Demonsleeper
Deathrattle lullabys and inescapable lucid dreamscapes wrought by somnambulist maestra, Alexandra Bushman. In 1999, she formed the electro-acoustic group, Synethesia, tegether with Angélica Negrón. After scaring the daylights out of everyone at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico, she matriculated to Mills College before committing to advanced studies with ancient dark forces whose names must never be spoken.
https://soundcloud.com/demonsleeper

Thoabath
There’s a perceptible gravity to Andy Way that somehow vanishes once you draw near, the material world floats adrift. His solo project, Thoabath, might just be that massless Euclidean point where noise, dub, power electronics, horror, and ambient all emanate, an entelechy without clear precedent, of no laws. Prepare your ear, first study his collaborations with luminaries like Bruce Anderson (MX-80) & Petit Mal in the project, French Radio, sink yourself in the occult cacophony of Sutekh Hexen, and then, approach Thoabath, inescapable dark quasar.
https://soundcloud.com/acway/

Malocculsion
Watch concrete turn to quicksand and glass return to sand as this sonic juggernaut storms the Haight Ashbury. His inaugural solo album released last year, “Psychosis Industrial Complex”, melds blown out distorted beats, arpeggiated synths, tape manipulation, voice, field recordings and homemade oscillators to belt forth a dark, unique offering of post industrial, prison music.
https://ratskinrecords.bandcamp.com/album/malocculsion-psychosis-industrial-complex

 

 

DECAYCAST REVIEWS: SHROUDED RECORDINGS ZINE #1-3

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Whenever  one  goes out to the mailbox  and   is  granted with music its a great  day, zines and  books are no exception, especially collaged zines which  throw my brain back into  being  15 and   thumbing through pages and pages and pages of   crudely  xeroxed interviews  with friends, bands i looked up to and  bands i  had yet to discover, Shrouded Recordings Zine is  pretty much this:  centered around the label with the same name.   Issue 1  has an interview with Sam from the Rita, which is  funny, informative and to the point, which is surrounded by high contrast images of cassette  tapes, industrial style  textures and abstracted artworks, and  ads  and  upcoming releases for the label. Volume 1  is more fanzine style, however,  Vol 2 and 3  give considerably more  to the  reader  in terms of length, quality, artwork, and information. Shrouded Zine boasts cut up style interviews, NOISE, NOISE, NOISE and more noise are jam packed  within this modest zine. All of the content  blends together in an interesting and almost dadaesque  way. Interviews   blend with reviews, ads, non sensical, albeit beautifully crude collaged images, and blank space – the MOST important  space in noise and  art, imho.

 

#3  is  perhaps my favorite so far, as  each page of content  is  intelligently paired with a blank page  to act as a  journal, sketch pad, notepad, blank space  for  contemplation. What at first seems maybe like a  printing  error later  reveals itself to be an intelligent and generous  offering from the  writer  to the reader – in fact mine is INDEED  scrawled with random notes and drawings  that i made on the  bus ride into the city  whilst  thumbing through volume three.     Fun and informative interview with Kevin Yuen from  Sutekh Hexan,  lots of  reviews covering  harsh noise, death industrial, power electronics, noise, electronic, ambient and  even some hardcore/metal  stuff! PLUSS   adds and upcoming releases  from noise, industrial, electronics, and harsh noise  labels, distros, and other  zines/webzines with some  minimal artwork  scrawled across the pages as backdrops.   I’ll be  looking forward to  stumbling across  more  from this  zine/label in the  future!

SHROUDED  RECORDINGS

DECAYCAST REVIEWS : K2/ CONSTRAIN / FENIAN CD (Oxen label, 2015)

DECAYCAST REVIEWS : K2/ CONSTRAIN / FENIAN CD (Oxen label, 2015)

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Here we have another  harsh, tasty treat from the always  harsh, loud  and  on fire label OXEN RECORDS  from LA  run by Matt and  Leah Purse. This album comes in beautifully artworked jewel  case, and the  sounds live up to the  artwork./ The  disc opens up with a harsh, but  fun offering from noise legend, K2 (Kimihide Kusafuka)  who  swiftly and masterfully carves through fifteen minutes of classic,  chaotic, phased out  harsh noise blasts. Oscillators and  opportunities shudder open and closed as Kusafuka melts, blends, breaks, and blasts his  way to a masterfully brutal harsh noise assault. k2 has been terrorizing both sides of the  brain/globe  with his  harsh noise  presentations of  aural hell for years and this brand  new offering is no exception. Dynamic, loud, abrasive, and unapologetic  doesn’t even begin to sum up the  work of  K2  on this release, or any of his extensive and  sought after  back catalog, though it’s a brave and noble start.

 

Kevin M. is up next with an equally brutal and  chopped up track from his elusive  yet prolific Constrain project (who also offers up  the album  artwork to boot) The Constrain track has a few  more  rhythmic elements that tease and  tug on the listener somewhere  in  the  background, but  they never remain for more  than a  few  seconds before they  are  swept  away with choppy, arrhythmic feedback blasts, chaotic, unstable  circuits and belching, smelly walls  of  distortion and speaker popping.  Constrain’s style is a bit  more choppy overall than K2, but it’s  no doubt working in the  same  schematic of  compositionally aware, yet angry and  disjointed noise music.  The Constrain track has  some nice  stereo  effects  and is  fairly dynamic, in terms of some of the other projects from this artist, though it  slowly builds to a  chaotic climax  somewhere about halfway through the  track and begins subtracting from itself  and  erasing  its own heads and tails.

 

Last and not least of the  three  artists,  we have the Fenian track, which is perhaps my favorite and the most dynamic and movement based  piece on the  disk. Also a bit  shorter than the k2 offering, fenian carves, warped, warbley  blown out  harsh noise which seems to have more  of an analog tape machine feel (even though i know thats not  whats  being  used – or  maybe i don’t, or maybe nobody  does, and nothing does,  including the machines ) Fenian navigates the  harsh to minimal transitions rather smoothly and  always riding the line between blown out and microtonal harsh noise, in a  swift and compelling way. Some  faint  field recordings of  voice/ old  song can be heard, however  before the listener can claw at a point of reference, the  sound is GONE, SQUASHED, MANIPULATED, into a harsh hellhole of  auditory terror.

 

The fourth track is a collaboration, by mail it  seems between the  three  artists  and is mixed and compiled by K2 according to the liner notes. This track offers  some really fun manipulation of  source material from Constrain and possibly Fenian as well but  it’s  undoubtably  processed through the K2  sound  engine!  Overall a great  offering for all the  harsh heads out there  who want something with a bit more sonic density  and  with more  variance than most contemporary harsh noise, these  three are  keeping the bar  high and  dangerous.

 

OXEN LABEL 

Decaycast Reviews : DIAGRAM :A “Confusion Rituals” Cassette (Fluxus Montana, 2015)

Decaycast Reviews : DIAGRAM A “Confusion Rituals” Cassette (Fluxus Montana, 2015)
Another stellar release from the blossoming Montana noise/experimental label , FLUXUS MONTANA. This one from the elusive Diagram A project, consisting of . Dan Greenwood and Alicia Renadette of. Holyoke, MA. Greenwood has been concocting home brewed instruments and oscillators out of their reclusive studios for years and here’s a sold document of some of these explorations, “Confusion Rituals”  opens up with some raw, humming oscillator tones  reminiscent of Nick Collins homemade oscillator instruments but quickly builds up in amplitude, intensity and chaotic ness. What started as some single oscillator drones working in harmony quickly escalates into an all out tone war zone, with twisting, binding, cutting sonic warfare against the listener. Waveforms cut, bite, gnaw, curve around and manipulate  each other  in and out  of the aural mix and before long we have lost our orientation and are thrown into an oscillator free fall of Sign waves, square waves, white noise and about  everything else in between.

All of the sounds are compressed into a super thick, sludgy wall of sharp tones, raking against the ear and eyeball, vibrating the teeth slowly but steadily out of the listeners skull piece.  There’s a lot of folks making similarly styled noise music, especially with the recent rise in the popularity of the endless explorative array  that is modular synthesis , but Diagram A seems to get a certain organic sound to the machines they are using, there could easily be field recordings buried deep in the mix, or there could very easily not be but we would never know. This cassette is a tone poem to the maximum! Many of the tones grow their own sound branches, extend, crack and fall to the ground, and give nutrition to a new aspect of the composition.  Diagram : A is simultaneously all over the place and compositionally sound and consice at the same time, with the artist always paying a close ear to the mix, and layering of what could easily build up into a monotonous, unrelenting wall of uninteresting noise, but this never happens as the players are LISTENING and we can hear this in the final product.

Keep an ear to the ground, or through the ground rather for Diagram A, as we will be. Definitely some of the more interesting homegrown noise we’ve heard India minute.

DIAGRAM :A

FOUXUS MONTANA

Decaycast REVIEWS : UNEXAMINE “Carnal Opponent No Brothers” 7″ (OXEN RECORDS, 2015) 

UNEXAMINE “Carnal Opponent No Brothers” 7″ (OXEN RECORDS, 2015)


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UNEXAMINE is Charlie Mumma of Sissy Spacek, Knelt Rote and about a million other rather amazing bands and projects collaborating with the  also prolific Danny Costa., but where do we begin with this 7″. this little blaster seems to bring all of the best elements of many of Mumma’s projects and roll them all into a ball and proceed to roll it down a mountainside in which it crushes the village below, and then next thing you know you are pushing this sharp, jagged, metallic ball of hate back up the same old hill only to be crushed by it once again. Mumma and Costa masterfully and effortlessly combine sharp edged, angular and  jittery,  wrung out and dragged through rust laden sonic  pillars of harsh noise. Unexamine is a sonic cacophony, melting  industrial style mutated percussion sounds, screeching, feedback ridden and blood gargling vocals, layers and layers of low end  rumbles, whilst keeping the listener moving and stunted at a rapid fire pacing. . Mumma and Costa peel back the skin of the listener to create a precision cut up would, by blasting the ear with a tone cannon of visceral, dark, cut up, chugging alienating sounds. There’s so much harsh noise that i listen to, but this is really blowing the  doors off my prison cell.
This 7″ is the sound of rusted garbage coming back to life and slicing the throats of its manufacturer. Mumma’s cuts on this newly released 7″ are unique ideas in harsh noise; fast paced, brooding, even occasionally rhythmic walls  and towers of hell; spliced with junk, field recordings and enough nihilism to make you smash the record player as soon as this thing ends. TOP NOTCH HARSHNESS from a veteran act  in the game. This  7” might already be sold out at the source, check in with the label or artist.

Written by : MALO

OXEN RECORDS

CHARLIE MUMMA

Decaycast REVIEWS : ARVO ZYLO “Sequencer Works, Volume 1” Cassette / DIGITAL 

ARVO ZYLO “Sequencer Works, Volume 1” Cassette / DIGITAL 

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This one was released back in march of 2015 on one of our all time favorite labels here at DECAYCAST, OUT OD BODY RECORDS. This is some of the most intense / frantic offerings I’ve heard from Mr. ARVO ZYLO of Chicago, IL. ARVO has been making experimental music in multiple genres and formats for decades and their work is always dark, unnerving, at times whimsical but always unique, and “Sequencer Works, Volume 1” is no exception. According to the label description , some of these tracks are out takes from the now underground famous “333” album Arvo released several years ago, but this work breathes it’s own breath without a doubt. 
The first track on side A, “Hypnochondria” is a spastic, arrhythmic exercise in sequenced chaos, starting off overloaded and blown out the track slowly gives way to more musical sections, funky freak downs, chaotic synth stabs and textured low end bass rumbles all sequenced in a choking, nervous fervor. Some of the sections are dialed in with intricate precision, as if Aphex Twin was taking stabs at post industrial music, or inversely, if Nocturnal Emissions covered Squarepusher . 
About halfway through the first side, the track begins to clarify even more, getting further reduced to just the essential rhythmic synthesizer elements. Stabby, no frills Bass elements , abridged hi hats and snare like punches and mid range rhythm exercises, ARVO has worked the sequencer inside and out. The a side eventually slows down and as the dust settles, the listener is left with a more ambient , atmospheric piece which continues onto the B SiDe
ARVO IS NO STRANGER to creating dark , esoteric sound collages and dense, textured scrapes and the B side of “Synthesizer Works, Volume 1” is further proof of that indeed. The B side is much more reminiscent of many of the works from the “333” album we have all grown to know and love, or even his delicately crafted, masterful, yet playfully dark radio collage exercises. The B side’s two tracks really open up the scope of sonic territory on this album. Dense, decaying percussion hits, phased out static walls of distortion and arrhythmic exercises round out the album nicely. The second Side is definitely less rhythmic and structured overall but still holds a nice tension and tight compositional choices. This album covers a wide array of noise, synthesizer music and collage techniques glued together to create the soundtrack to your nightmare stuck inside. Dying pinball machine buried under the earth. 
Beautifully packaged full color artwork printed on transparent j card with an underlay, as does everything on Out Of Body Records, this tape looks and sounds fantastic! Highly recommended! 

ARVO ZYLO – BANDCAMP 

OUT OF BODY RECORDS 

DECAYCAST reviews : GHOST MINER “Shadow Factory” Cassette (OOBR, 2015)

DECAYCAST reviews : GHOST MINER “Shadow Factory” Cassette (OOBR, 2015)

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GHOST MINER is one of the newest cassette releases from the relentlessly consistent OUT OF BODY RECORDS from Denton, TX. GHOST MINER continues in the rich tradition of broken sounding, analog styled heavy electronics that the label
has slowly and steadily become known for. This release doesn’t waste any time cutting to the in ear throb chase with their unique style of beat driven dark electronic offering on the Texas label. “Shadow Factory ” does the style properly and uniquely with sliding, scraping high end bustled to completion through heavy, blown off the radar beats, murky,
Dissonant synth work and hauntingly cavernous and muffled, gnawing vocals. These are actual
SONGS, and they’re good !

Comprised of dense layers of distorted, ripping percussion, rhythmic yet blown out
Voice/Sample Snippets, and wavering nauseous bass / synth lines and the bleeb of a faded radio transmission, GM, digs deep into a toolbox of esoteric sounds and obtuse strategies . As the album progresses, more vocal forward pieces shine out, notably “Slither” and “Vacant Eyes” The album Is comprised of several shorter tracks per side, most clocking in around two minutes or so, but there’s a definite and intentional flow to the whole album. “Shadow Factory” pays its respect to early minimal Industrial, electro, and dark electronics, pulsating and wringing its own sonic neck , to a sonic palette not entirely detached from say a chopped and screwed early Nocturnal Emissions, or a sped up Pan Sonic blown out through a rickety, on its last legs tape player, or even with reference f early TG or Tuxedomoon, but in no way is pigeonholed into this style. Ghost Miner has a wide variety of timbres and aural architectures that are explored and exercised to a healthy degree through out the entirety of “Shadow Factory”. The voice is often exposed in a muddled, Dissonant lofting style, curdling in the background but always in the pocket. As a fan of heavy dark 80’s music, I’ve heard lots of post industrial vocal stylings all riffed off of Portion Control, Tuxedomoon and the like, but GM creates a dirty, in the background style of voice , moaning of agony and confusion, which is referential, yet original, distinguishable, yet mysterious, and it’s the perfect cherry on top of these funky, post industrial esoteric works on this album. highly enjoyed the cassette and will be looking forward to more from Ghost Miner in the future!

https://outofbodyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ghost-miner-shadow-factory-c25

http://www.outofbodyrecords.bandcamp.com

CORAL REMAINS (formerly Styrofoam Sanchez) On tour NOW! check dates below!

CORAL REMAINS (formerly Styrofoam Sanchez) is a post industrial sound and sculptural installation personifying the trash island in the pacific gyre. Spawning from a hybrid of human DNA and trash, CORAL REMAINS is a dystopian, amalgamated magnification of failed civilizations, spliced rogue technologies gone awry spawning dark pulses of technological neurosis and inner psychosis . When fish put fin to sand then you’ll understand, fish can carry guns. CORAL REMAINS represents the last molecule before total conversion of humans into futuristic trash receptacles. Human, your skull will be in a museum.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1582825008659649/

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