DecaycastREVIEWS: COLLAPSED ARC “Tension And Tenure” (ASR, 2013)

20130423-134745.jpgCollapsed Arc is another one of the many projects of Cleveland multitalent David Russell Snake. This tour only tape exemplifies the artists highly crafted noise loops, made from
Hand persuasion, feedback, white noise plasma and undulating modulations fuzz. At times sounding like industrialized hip hop instrumentals (especially the first minute which jumps out of the gate with a sinister distorted head nod) and then going into subtly modulated feedback loops of noise and microphone / piezo feedback- high frequency inner ear trauma for the stunted listener. Beautiful walls of distorted mini wind instruments rip a skin mask from your worried face and wrap it around and around until it squeezes new frequency out of dense breath. Often mechanical
Sounding and often organic- Thw noise loops on this cassette are constantly shifting in their origin and purpose but never stray conceptually or sonically away from an acutely precise presentation and structure. The peaking high frequency squeaking chaos crescendos do an almost fever pitch and then a beat drops in- even if just a bass hit – and the entire orientation is restructured. these have a raw but rehearsed feel, NOT overworked, yet at the same time, not half assed by any stretch, the pitch, duration, timbre, sequencing and overall structure all ebb and flow with an apparent natural effortlessness.

The second half of the A side brings in more minimal
Breakdowns that escalate into controlled noise/beat/loop chaotic conundrums.

The second side offers more of the same fine crafted dense persuasive percussive tight loops- blending drum sounds, percussive elements and sharply carved noise and feedback blasts, ebbing and swelling yet always maintaining a dynamic intensity and consciousness.
The sound sources are seemingly unknown- I thought I hear voices? But it might be not so – modulated reeds, winds, oscillators, crunched hand percussion and oscillators modulate through organized sonic storms of chopped rhythms- Collapsed Arc work has always been loop based, but these take the project to a new level, skillfully and carefully composed and executed warbling tones of hell-
Beautiful artwork as always from
The A Sound Design Recordings inprint. COLLAPSED ARC makes a RARE bay area appearance this Thursday, April 25th @ Life Changing ministries in oakland, CA . this is also the release party for the cassette and can only be obtained at the show – so DON’T MISS OUT.

RATSKIN EXPLASTICAL #32
COLLAPSED ARC (Hanson / ASR / Ratskin )

/DILATEDEARS (Ratskin /Placenta)

“RUST WORSHIP (Obsolete Units)

HAHA LA (sound/performance art)

Coagulator & Head-boggle DJ

8:30 pm $5
Life Changing ministries
8th st @ Peralta
Lower bottoms, west Oakland

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