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.

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TONGHT IN OAKLAND – CRAZY INDUSTRIAL/ NOISE / EBM SHOW !!!

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TONIGHT.!!!! a SPECIAL EVENING OF NOISE AND INDUSTRIAL PERFORMANCE AT LCM. CORAL REMAINS kicks off nearly a three week US Tour! Come hang. $5-15 , no one turned away.
LORD TANG : 9;15-9;35
LAS SUCIAS 9;50-10;10
ZANNA NERA 10:30-10;55
CORAL REMAINS 11;20;11;45

DJ BOBBY G ON THE DECKS and maybe someone else !!! dont miss out!!!!!

Decaycast Reviews : BLACK LOVE “soundtrack for Black Power” Cassette (Hertz-Lion,2014)

cassette DECAYCAST REVIEWS : DECAYCAST REVIEWS: BLACK LOVE “Soundtrack for Black Power” This tape has been in the review pile for a minute and the title and project name were rather intriguing, especially with the juxtaposition of the tape cove BLACK LOVE starts out with a low fi, buzzy crackling modem sound distortion. Upon reading the liner notes, we learned the sound source was STRANGE ODYSSEY, an early 80’s calculator game. The sounds themselves seem to be a strange hybrid of early digital and analog tape messiness. The piece builds up in a rhythmic, yet abstract fervor and ends just as quickly and awkwardly as it started. Black Love lays forth low fi, simple, frequency crunched and squashed textures which changes radically sound wise when played on a Walkman versus the stereo system, this noisy little tape seems to have a sound mind of its own, which references the media in a subtle but important way. source sounds are said to be various forms of tape; torn , ripped, spliced, manipulated, secure, sticky, malleable. The sound itself has little variance, yet at certain points sounds like a guitar running through a cable modem, sonically an interesting piece , but the title and project name seem quite detached from the sound source, and rather confusing.

Perhaps there’s some context we are left in the dark dealing with, as this tape was part of a performance, but the title does add an amount of confusion /mystery when trying to review this tape as a whole. Black Love was a performance by David Cotner and Sergio Segovia at Redcat in LA in 2008, released on the Hertz-Liolabel.

GX JUPITTER – LARSEN “Pump Powered Permawave” 10″ (Oxen Records, 2014 )

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Where do we even begin. “Pump Powered Permawave” is a new 10″ record of two locked grooves from noise legend , entropic wave enthusiast and all around spectacular artist , and not to mention founder of the legendary noise / conceptual art / performance unit, the Haters, which if you’ve never heard of, I Suggest doing some research, GX Jupitter – Larsen. GX’s works are conceptual, dark, funny, harsh and mysterious all at the same time which is one of the reasons I’m so intrigued with him as an artist, and I this new 10″ record on Oxen Records, out of Los Angeles, is no exception.

Raw, unnerving, grinding, gritting away at the listeners mind and ear lobes, PPP is the recorded document of one of many of GX’s minimalist harsh noise performances. Pump up the suitcase (in 10″ bright disaster / construction cone orange vinyl form ) to hear beautifully decaying tools of entropy spiraling down your spinal column, and back up out the listeners cochlear. Pump Powered Permawave is the entroptic inverse of the sound of drilling through the eye’s sanded over distorted interpretation of vision, bent and mangled through harsh, gritty tunnels of grinding, unrelenting harsh noise rhythms.

The sound is abrasive, loop based , harsh shapes, sometimes resembling circles of inner ear insanity and a noisy information form of sonic chaos, documented and preferably played at MAXIMUM VOLUME, whilst grinding away at ones frontal lobe with an angle grinder. GX does it again, the simple plan wins, but when you dig deeper there’s a deeper meaning behind the broken wave of decay, your brain is actually inverted to create the sound. What a beautiful record and piece.

No dymanics, no intros or outros , just the pure essence of noise itself. GX Jupitter-Larsen’s work digs to the most primitive, yet often the most beautiful sources of noise. when noise has a concept, in the case of GX, it can’t be defeated, for it is the ultimate statement in anti musicality, and refreshingly so.

Don’t mind losing your mind, and scope of space and time and the elusive Permawave?, then GX’s new record is JUST FOR YOU! Highly recommended for its beauty, execution, harshness and realness, a MUST OWN for any fans of noise , art and/or entropy.

(Photos via OXEN LABEL website)

EN NIHIL “DEAD FREQUENCY” Cassette (Danvers State Recordings, 2014)

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Here we have a newer release, “Dead Frequency” from the prolific yet deserted and obscure project called En Nihil, released on Danvers State Recordings The  A  side  starts out a slow,  cold,  ambient windchill of  space and  delicate reverberations. En Nihil is known for his  desolate, dark  heavy death/ambient/industrial recordings  but the “Dead Frequency” tape picks  up the pace  pretty heavily right off the bat. The slowly spinning ambient burner quickly but in a well composed manner, morphs  into a heavy, noisy, industrial hash squall from hell.  Dense, sharp, ripping sounds crumble and spatter atop of each other and  create gray pillars of psychedelic, waves of spiked feedback, and noisy  percussive elements. The wall section of the  piece  builds up to a blistering climax, and then gradually gives itself breathing room and a deeper, more restrained   tension is created. En NIhil swiftly and skillfully creates a monumental tension between the cold, ringing, droning ambient sections, and the harsh noise walls and cities of sonic bombardment.

On this particular release, we have a wide and refreshing scope of styles that are skillfully executed. There is actually a plethora of sounds and  ideas making up this  sinister, unclimbable wall of sound. Even though at times, it just sounds like “noise” , rest assured, it would be counter productive to pigeon hole it as such En NIHIL is a master at riding the waves between noise / ambient / death – industrial and straight musicality. Especially the B side of “Dead Frequency” if you blink for a second you might be fooled into thinking that some of these tracks , composition wise , have a structured sensibility to them, which for this type of music is a good thing in my opinion. There are no happy accidents here, or if there is, they are disguised well, each note , tone and action appear intentional and forthright in the composition and idea.

“Dead Frequency” is the logical progression in the En NIhil discography and takes a step forward in terms of dynamics and harshness but remains true to the unique style that the artist has created. MOre to come from this artist! Keep an ear in the cave.
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DECAYCAST REVIEWS: COCK ESP & GINGER CORTES Split Cassette (Forever Escaping Boredom Records, 2014)

DECAYCAST REVIEWS: COCK ESP & GINGER CORTES  Split  Cassette (Forever Escaping Boredom Records, 2014)

I’ve been a Cock E.S.P. fan for a lonnnnnnng  time  but i have  never  written about, or  attempted to write about their music/noise/destruction, etc but  with this tape, i’m going to, The  side  starts out  with  an insane bass  blast low -end FullSizeRender(14)wall of noise  and  a woman’s  voice, twisted, demonic, screaming and  howling as  it’s being  choked with blood and laughter. The  voice is a constant but a  hellish wall of  squelching noise  ensues and  swallows the voice into despair and hatred.  The transmission is broken, and high frequency walls of nauseating   piercing feedback give a bloody birth, to, what , a thumping beat, a beat???? Yes  folks, thats tight, Cock E.S.P. brings the booty bass on this one. The  distraught voice chugs and howls on,  grabbing onto and biting through the beat until the  skilled vocalist spits it out into a superhero’s afterbirth of a noise  menacing, dark noise  wall,  screaming at and  attacking  the listener  with unrelenting precision and terror. I do  NOT want to know what was going on in the  studio when this was  being recorded, or maybe  i do, but  either way something hilarious, dark, and nauseating was the influence, oh I dunno this  filth of a planet? COCK E.S.P.  does what most harsh bands cant  do, EVERYTHING. they bring the ultimate  package of visual and  aural insanity.Here’s the thing though, this is noise, but it’s done with a  jazz like attention to detail, all whilst embracing the  murky guts of the  chaotic element of bodily fluids, chicken masks, and flying objects.

They literally NEVER  let me down, even when when they’re  trying to let  you down, they don’t, and  that’ll hopefully piss them off :)  and this recording, like many I’ve heard are a testament to their hard work in the  studio, in the gutter,  and their  blatant infatuation with  and  disgust with humanity… What a  fucking  good  band, seriously, see them live, but  don’t blink because it’ll be over.  Like this  shit  inspires me. Thank you Emil Hagstrom, Jason Wade, Julia Rau, Paige Flesh, and John Vance for  releasing this blatant harsh assault on my ears and mind, it was much needed.

Despite COCK E.S.P.  being  a very tough, and messy act to follow on the  stage  and on a  recording, The  Ginger Cortes  side holds it’s  own on the B side of this harsh  brain jammer.  GC opens up with a dark, heavy, grinding, repulsive wall of harsh decaying belt  sander  style harsh noise. The  dark, brooding  sound continues on, slaughtering the  listener  with an unrelenting sledgehammer of a  scraping mid  range  springed out static  attack.  Ginger  Cortes grinds and  grinds and  grinds  away until the cochlear begins to flake  and shred off, bleed  and disappear, and  then they stop. They stop for a few  seconds of unknown scraping and  fumbling  around, and then a few  sharp  cuts  and blasts and we’re  right back into the harsh noise anus of Ginger Cortes. Quick,  cutting, bloody  cuts of high range  feedback give splinters of disease Ridden mid-range  feedback clusters, and  atomic blasts of  distortion,…and then ‘be  a good  little girl”……….??????????????   wow, what a tape, what a wild  tape, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,.

FOREVER  ESCAPING BOREDOM RECORDS

COCK E.S.P.

GINGER  CORTES

DECAYCAST REVIEWS : PREGNANT SPORE / VERTONEN Split Cassette (Forever Escaping Boredom Records , 2013)

DECAYCAST REVIEWS : PREGNANT SPORE / VERTONEN Split Cassette (Forever Escaping Boredom Records , 2013)

The Pregnant Spore side opens up with a fuzzed out, distorted thud percussion pulse and  slices of  choking voices aboot. The  blown out crawling bass slam and  garbled voice slices play off of each other quite nicely, and occasionally giving way to blown out sawtooth death note blasts that come from below and pierce through the mix. Albeit them a little hot in the mix, these jagged bass blasts create a rhythmic structure which shapes a dense and articulate bassline for a plethora of stuttering, FullSizeRender(13)flickering , and what sounds like sampled piano notes bounce off of each other in a loose and playful yet, rhythmically interesting way. The first half of the track held a little more tension for me personally, but the dense buildup toward the end created a relieving and necessary contrast. Overall a wide scope of  timbre and dynamics of sound  are utilized in a short amount of time. Will be writing more about this project in the coming reviews for sure, as we have at least one more tape by Pregnant Spore in the  piles of stuff to do. Now let’s get to the second side.

The Vertonen side comes right out of the gate with a warm yet sharp sounding repeating oscillation of unknown origin which goes on seemingly unchanged and tightly hinged to itself. gently beneath the surface, as if a failed distant audial telegraph, a slow tone begins to oscillate deep beneath the surface and causes a subtle yet growing psychedelic phasing of the original pulse. Slowly but with a determined tension, more and more complimentary voices trickle in and out of the mix, and cautiously roll over each other into a Terry Riley/ Steve Reich esque nod to minimalist classical composition. A short, relevant and beautifully articulate offering from Blake Edward’s Vertonen project.

Overall, a nice short release, although both projects could use a little more room on the ol’ magnet as i felt both pieces were cut off a bit abruptly, however sometimes that’s the way she goes , leave them wanting more yes? a solid release overall, with a brightly collaged color xerox cover, and plushly purple tapes which complement the J card’s nicely. Will be reviewing more from this label in the following weeks.

FOREVER ESCAPING BOREDOM

PREGNANT SPORE

VERTONEN

Decaycast REVIEWS : REGOSPHERE “VHHEX” VHS ( OOBR Records, 2014 )

Decaycast REVIEWS : REGOSPHERE “VHHEX” VHS ( OOBR Records, 2014 )

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REGOSPHERE is the harsh / ambient / dark / noise project of the west coast’s Andrew Quitter / DumpsterScore Home Recordings. “VHHEX” is the first official VHS release from the project and melds the classic dark noise styling of the project which has been going strong since 2007, with a video soundtrack that fits the sound like a glove. The video portion seems to be made using a lot of VHS manipulations so the format of this release is perfect . Distant ghostly images appear and then are geometrically swallowed and manipulated by pillars of glitched lines , fragmented transmission waves and pulses of static and interference. The image and sound sync up quite well at parts and The work itself contains a certain abstract narrative quality, despite the non linearity of the images / story itself. Segmented loops overlay and modify each other to create a nauseous palette of dark, anxious imagery ; death looping , fading and eating itself in a cacophonous synesthesia of sound , image and anxiety. The timbre of the sound compliments the images very well, creating a cold, dark, alienating landscape of brooding , cavernous and callous sounds, occasionally building up to intense peaks of distortion and heavy chaos whilst slowly decaying out to a low ambient rumble.

REGOSPHERE can’t really be pinned down to sticking on one “style” for the audio aspect of “VHHEX”, it blurs boundaries between dark ambient, early industrial , horror synth / soundtrack music to even at times, sputtered blasts of harsh noise. The wide , yet still articulate sonic palette of REGOSPHERE is one of this release stronger points as the sounds never drones for too long or stays in one place, nor does the video, which provides a liquid and fluent movement through the two longer pieces and even the “credits” section.

The video , like the audio seems to be heavily analog based in source material as well as execution , especially in comparison to the other VHS released by Out of Body Records , by the glitch artist Somnophon , which we review HERE.
Heavily manipulated VHS is the central source material for the imagery where the sound seems to possess a certain analog warmth to it as well. Overall this is a really strong release from Out Of Body Records, and we look forward to seeing more in the series as well as hearing more works from REGOSPHERE (which I believe we have a cassette cued up in the review pile as well so check the artists links below!

The packaging is TOP NOTCH , as is pretty much every release I own on OOBR, these folks always go above and beyond on packaging / print quality and it does the artists right! This VHS. Is housed In a beautiful plastic case and made up to look like an 80’s horror movie with brilliant art direction . top of the line art and packaging!

Watch the TRAILER HERE

REGOSPHERE

OUT OF BODY RECORDS

DECAYCAST Reviews: Somnaphon “Anthology Of Errors” VHS (Out of Body Records, 2014)

Somnaphon “Anthology Of  Errors”  VHS

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Somnaphon creates glitched/data  bending digital audio and   visual synthesis. Signals run into each other  creating psychedelic, colorful matrixes of broken digital cell rendering. Who knows the  signal  flow of this  glitch artist but it seems geometry is  running amok, backed by a minimal but all present digital noise/ambient soundtrack,. Visual , architectural loops with varying but  repeating Colors, shapes, and planes bend, distort, tear and melt into each other through  digital loops of  circuit bent  video pulses. Out Of  Body Records usually releases all  analog artists, but with the release of the Somnaphon VHS, OOBR presents  these  eleven tracks  digitally moshed and  twisted visual experiments in  an analog  format, compared to some  of Somnaphon’s other online works, “Anthology Of  errors”  has a distinct  hybrid  digital/analog feel, often times appearing as  digitally glitched out scenes of  confusion presented and pressed onto analog  tape, or reprocessed through analog devices. Somnophon does a good  job at masking, or rounding out the  digital aesthetics of  “data  bending music”  for a more  1970’s analog feel. Cascading pillars of pixels, lines, and rogue color palettes gently , yet  meticulously morph and pulse into and out of each other  to create visual poems of  distorted geometry. Mirrored madness through the multiplication of  destroyed and  wrong pixels  creates a visual  journey or  errors   inside the  first ever broken computer- error in, error  out, blood in, blood out, bad human in, bad human out. Despite subscribing to the  “data bending”  strategy of visual construction, which can often display a somewhat limited visual palette,  Somnaphon employs a wide  array of  image creating techniques, which morphs, pulses, generates and multiplies over  the entire eleven tracks,  creating an obtuse visual representation of  what is possible with “data bending” .

The sounds compliment the images quite perfectly, at times, to a point, where it seems they are  often coming from the same source. Glitchy, choppy, digital  distorted pillars  of failing  and  flailing spikes and pulses  and apparent  silence create a synesthesia effect within the work itself. Lots of  digital reverb coat the structures of computer  hard  drives crashing into a sea of blackness. Sharp electronic blasts, spurt out chopped up transmissions  of broken morse  code ; sending a message out into space to the  unknown. Sometimes more beat/loop oriented, and other times more  sporadic and random, Somnaphon keeps the sonic and visual palette fresh and ever  changing on “Anthology of Errors”

At times more  painterly images are  formed and other times, more  rigid minimal, geometric structures and rendered and bled  into new forms of their previous incantations. Somnaphon is seeking to destroy  and  redistribute the pixel, to create “anti digital-digital art and music”  and this  VHS is the  perfect introduction to just that! Beautiful packaging , as always  from this label, complete  with the STOP PLEASE  REWIND sticker!!

SOMNAPHON

OUT OF BODY RECORDS