N.Stahl.N - Heimwerk/Oder Hackstuke
Release: Heimwerk/Oder Hackstuke
Format: CDr / DVD slimcase
TRT: 34:20N.Stahl.N is another new project for me and it’s in line on the more experimental side of noise. N.Stahl.N utilizes field recordings, analog and digital manipulations and amplified household objects to name a few. The first three tracks are stated to be based on live material prepare for a concert and sounds like that is very much true. The sounds are very light moving and range all over the place. The first track, Heimwerk, is 7 minutes and starts off fairly simply with a few bashes and light clangs here and there then at 4ish minutes there’s an amplified sound, ok something different, but then at 5ish minutes this synth drone comes in and I start to drool…amazing movement in this track. I was just beginning to get bored and the artist all of the sudden gets my mind racing. Loved it! Track 2, Hackstruck, at 5 minutes long starts off much the same as the first. Sounds of metal hits and taps with some creepy scraping sounds but this time there’s a Geiger counter sounding drum pattern going on. Track 3, Heimawerk II, at 6 minutes is probably the simplest track on here. Nothing good or bad, just there. Track 4, Hacktruck II, is at 16 minutes and there’s a lot going on in this track. Some of the noise I can’t really describe but it’s very interesting indeed. It’s very fast paced and rhythmic. There’s an odd high-hat sample at very fast BPM and while this is going on there’s some odd breathing sounds and a light drone. At 6 minutes the track begins fade from a musical quality to more experimental sounds with some weird bleep samples that start to go into a rhythmic pattern once again. At 10 minutes some vocals from D.Niehues come in and almost appear to be reversed. Not sure if that’s the case though but the track soon fades from this and ends with some light "house hold odd sounds". Overall this was a very unique sounding 34 minutes and it’s something that sounds in the same territory as Big City Orchestra. The artwork is great and looks laser printed too, like the other releases. Defiantly something to check out from Krakilsk.
The S.U.N.C.D. Project - The Sun CD
Artist: The S.U.N.C.D. Project
Release: The Sun CD
TRT: 69:23The S.U.N.C.D. Project is made up of Roar Borge and Arnfinn Killingtveit, both of which are new to me so this entire project is a first listen. It starts off with an odd 11 minute track titled "Life….", which sounds almost the same as track 5 "Life On The Sun". Here we get to hear bubble boiling sounds, sci-fi effect sounds and ambient wisps. Track 2, Raga Orientellus, features a simple tribal drum sample admist more sci-fi sounds pulsing in and out. Track 4, Climate Manipulation, is a fairly good ambient piece with long drones and hidden sounds you have to be careful to listen for or you’ll miss them. Track 7 is much the same except it’s even quieter. I had to turn up the volume just to hear most of it, which I hate! It was good though once I got to hear it. The disc closes off with a nice slow moving ambient drum track. Very nice and kinda reminded me of a creepy zombie movie scene from the 70’s. Overall this disc wasn’t the best stuff I’ve heard but there were some interesting moments. Enough to make me want to play it again when I need something soft to listen to.
Chefkirk - Analysis Of Anxieties
Release: Analysis Of Anxieties
TRT: 24:2714 untitled tracks from chefkirk and along the lines of some more high pitched sounds that I’m use to hearing from this project. I remember a year ago I couldn’t stand this style of noise but after projects like Caustic Castle and this one I’m really enjoying it and it doesn’t bother me at all. Since there’s no track titles and it runs as if it’s one long track I’ll just describe the release in total. Chefkrik seems to start out his noise with a subtle high pitch, that’s always either hanging around under other noise or comes in and out while he twitches his knobs. A few times through the release we get to hear some heavy bass noise and it’s good to get once and a while as it keeps my ears in tune. There’s also a few times we get to hear a lot of crashing noise going on, but once again we get checked back to a high pitch before something else happens. The artwork for this release is fairly simple. A picture of what looks like the aftermath of a small earthquake, pretty much a cracked road but it suites this release a lot I think. If you’ve listened to chefkirk material you’ll notice that all the tracks were recorded straight to hard disc with no edits. Very well done material but it isn’t 100% "new" sounding from him either, just refreshing.