Sonic experimenters Slavek Kwi (Artificial Memory Trance) and Tarab have engaged in a kind of cultural exchange whereby they provided objects and activity sounds to one another, irregularly transforming them into amended sonic products that would then be recycled into other noises. The result is a hard-edged, heavily-processed hour long collection of processed noises, often metallic, hard, percussive and deep, sprinkled with glitches, crackles and breathing noises.
Many of the 14 tracks are just short interludes that sound like messing around with a sound effects library, but there are three much longer pieces that give this cassette a solidity. â€œEntimorf 3â€, at 17 minutes long, is a piece of many stages, a dynamic collection of rumbles and industrial surprises that at times opens up into hollow spaces with rolling lava-like rumbles, where metallic bends and stretches are morphed into something that almost sounds like pining wolves.
â€œTransform 1â€ seems to revel in harshly counterpointing two environments, one akin to a forest where trees are being felled distantly, the other a heavy industrial space with overwhelming pneumatic power.
Final track â€œLampshâ€ follows a slightly more trodden noise path with reverberent tones and deep EQâ€™ing giving everything an underground feeling, with sharp and rapidly cut hits and bangs giving a sense of panic and claustrophobia.
Some of the shorter pieces are not quite so short, â€œTransform 2â€ for example a slightly more sci-fi five-minute development of â€œTransform 1â€, â€œTransform 2Bâ€ four more minutes of the same material sources rustling tighter and closer..
Overall â€œObexâ€ has a raw, gritty quality to it thatâ€™s reminiscent of some of the darker sonic experiments of the 60â€™s and 70â€™s, delighting in its own avantgarde harshness. Itâ€™s a release that will particularly appeal to experimental enjoyers of sounds with a more distinct physical pedigree. Stuart Bruce
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