DECAYCAST Reviews: PBK & John Wiggins “Where Pathways Meet” CDr (Acousmatique, 2018)

DECAYCAST Reviews: PBK & John Wiggins “Where Pathways Meet” CDr (Acousmatique, 2018)

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PBK & John Wiggins take a  far  out ride to the  depths of  sound  design collaboration. “Where  Pathways Meet” on newly formed San Francisco label Acousmatique Recordings,  is two top notch sound artists/designers smashing into  one and other basement studio style for a warm, complex journey through a myriad of minimalist, orchestral, and cinematic takes on experimental music.

DONE #2 (4-01) is blends lush strings, new age droned chirping caked with gently fluttering synthesizers, ringing shimmers of decaying sine ways, and subtle string groans into a soothing, pulsing ambient/drone work. Other tracks such as UNTITLED #1 (9-98) are much more diverse in their approach and sonic characters. This longform collage blends crunchy digital noise sources, churning, bubbling square wave synth grumblings atop psychedelic swashes of lo fi static for a disorienting, dense, and compelling ride through the designers mind. Bubbling distortions of  memory fizzle, pop, decay and a new sound is born. Uniquely indescribable sounds, a chattering humming bell, a sqwaking, choking robotic bird belches out a sonic buzz of disorientation ringing in the inner ear. Field recordings cough ancient  stories of a forgotten room where an ancient sonic experiment has died.  

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The John Wiggins track JW BED #7 (2-98) creates a highly tense situation with it’s long-form, nearly silent, digital  waves decaying upon a shore which is  sure to slice and dice the  throat of  any and all in the  wake of the crescendo, early sun distortions bleed the ear  until the  quietest big becomes amplified into a cacophony of  uncertainty and virus, while the  PBK solo track PBK UNTITLED SOURCE (10-98)  closing out the download leaves us  with a stringed morose background for a nightmare of loss and a question never to be asked, cause the  ear and brain has  faded away with the very last note.

from the  artists…

“John Wiggins is best known as an Emmy winning film and television sound designer, working for HBO and his own production company, Wonderland Sound. Wiggins is a master of the techniques of musique concrete, his experimental work often consists of painstakingly arranged synthetic and natural sounds that create extraordinary “living” audio environments. In 2017 Wiggins was one of the distinguished winners of “PRESQUE RIEN” Luc Ferrari Prize.

Phillip B. Klingler is considered a pioneer of noise in the U.S., but has also been recognized for his work in the areas of ambient, drone and glitch music. He uses samples, turntable, analog and digital synthesizers to create dense structures of bizarre sonic origin. He has had numerous albums released and collaborated with the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Wolf Eyes, Dirk Serries, etc.

Acousmatique is a record label from San Francisco, California that is focused on publishing and promoting the best contemporary music by artists from around the world. Follow the label for new publications in the Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Immersive Audio, Musique Concrete, and West Coast music genres. Check out the full catalog at
acousmatique.bandcamp.com

 

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CHARM & STRANGE “Jams” 3” CDr (No label) 2011

CHARM & STRANGE “Jams” 3” CDr (No label) 2011

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OK. so let me say  first off before we  even get to the music, this is the  FIRST RELEASE  EVER  that I  have seen that comes with a JAR OF  FUCKING HOMEMADE JAM. Yes  Jam, I believe it was mixed berry? strawberry-rasberry? not  sure but it was  just as  delicious as the sounds on this little number. The 3” CDr came  affixed to the top of a mason jar of jam (pic coming soon), I think the  first edition was 13/ and  they sold out within minutes??? at a performance in downtown Oakland,  CHARM & STRANGE is a  duo from Oakland, CA consisting of Angie (Sharkiface, PITG, etc) and Julia Mazawa (Nice Ass  Industries) This is a live show recorded from Life Changing Ministries In Oakland, CA 2010. Opens up with creekly, noir like howlings, distant  trumpets ?? and plucks of  horror decay into warbling records delayed and delayed. Homemade pops and  crackles, turn into the  creeks and cracks of doors into a distorted landscape of uncertainties, you may be STABBED  at any second, or  maybe you’ll just walk  out alive- stumbling, alone, delusional and schitzophrenic. A Slow pulsing  drone shifts in and out of a  almost chopped and  screwed broken jazz like trumpet and oboe sounding stuff,  churning painos being pushed and pulled over the ledge of an old attic floor, glass  tings of  one way  mirrors reverberating to a uncomfortablw put perfect pitch,  and  then STOP. Silence. O  sorry to inform you,  you might already dead. #Justsayin. There’s  subtle bass throbs that ooze in and out of the  creeky landscape, and then a screeching howl, and then a bass  crunch transforms into looped popcorn being sucked down the drain of ones throat in slow motion. and it ENDS, just like that.

Charm & Strange is a A  MUST  for  fans of ambient textured Horror OST slowed down played through a wind vacuum trumpet machine. Catch this due  live for a  taste of the  sweet jams. and really folks, the CD  came  with  fucking  delicious homemade jam IN CASE YOU FORGOT,   TOP  THAT.

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