DECAY CAST Reviews: John Rasmussen “DModes” Digital EP (Not On Label, 2017)
“Rasmussen is the solo project of John Rasmussen. He is based out of Denver Colorado, USA. His styles range from harsh noise to IDM / experimental / minimal. John began performing in 1999 after many years of recording. Originally John started Page 27 with John Gross in 1994 and for years around that time he played cello for 6 years. John Rasmussen and John Gross work on putting on the Denver Noise Fest, http://denvernoisefest.com/ (started in 2010) and performs with Michael Nowak/John Gross as Page 27 regularly”
For this release, “DModes” Rasmussen blends harsh noise, ambient loop sections, field recordings, found sounds, augmented voice, lo fi transmissions blasted, blown out rhythm sections, data bending sonic sculptures; kind of but not so similar to the sounds of machines and programs dying, failing, flailing, and fucking exploding in the face of the user; with no where to run and nowhere to hide. Belching, fizzing digital gargling spews out of the speakers in long harsh seeing breaths of aural decimation. The first two tracks “Xenu” and “DModes” start similar with a minimal, crunchy digital sounding tone burst, but both slowly eclipse into walls of harsh feedback, malfunctioning, or properly function triggers, and sequencers. The Midi Cable has come alive to strangle its user, and the user repents. The B Side boasts live versions of both of the tracks on side A. Although the fidelity is a bit lacking on the live recordings, the damage, confusion and discomfort is all still there. Despite the abstracted composition both of the love tracks don’t stray too far from the originals presented on Side A, which is both impressive and exciting considering the noisy and chaotic nature of the project.
Often times with harsh noise it can be extremely difficult to tell the source of the sound, albeit conceptual maybe it’s not important what the source is but with Rasmussen ‘s work it screams a healthy dose of both digital and analog electronics and processing. Just as the listener is being washed away in a sea of white noise trauma, the chaos fades and the listener is left with bleep, dot, error information? A single dial tone to the brain that has already escaped. What happens the moment before meltdown? Check the band camp and find out HERE.