20140412

[view] / don haugen split (dumpsterscore, 2013)
whoa.  another huge score from the eugene noise crew.  i shared a bill on my last tour with [view].  he's one of those guys who rolls into the venue with racks and racks of gear but actually lives up to every last bit of it.  moments after his set started, [view] disappeared from view behind his self-built speaker cabinet and medical test equipment, dialing knobs and flipping switches while guttural field recordings of junk metal spat out from an old akai.  on this tape, [view]'s side is a little more synthetic and static and strikes a perfect balance between clinical precision and analog/old machine aesthetics.  the opening bass lurch with fluttering flecks of high end static sets the tone for most of the tape; i can't think of a much better record to rattle your speakers, other than maybe evenings' descending coma (see earlier review).  most of the remainder of [view]'s side is pulsing waves and stuttering drones.  really cool.  haugen on the flip side is much weightier and develops in three parts, the first of which is mostly raw oscillator bass rumble--movement emerges from different beating effects playing against each other.  there's the slightest hint of a choir-like drone.  in the second part, these heavenly drones emerge from the churn and are partially modulated by the sheer volume of the bass.  i'm not sure if it's my bloody valentine through paul stretch or recordings of angels having sex in slow motion, but when it's happening, i'm in no position to care.  gorgeous!  last bit is back to the bass drones, this time a little lighter and more resigned than the first section.  great, great tape for pipe cleaning, house cleaning, and much more.

20140410

jeff carey - two fields (banned production, 2013)
the first time i listened to this tape, my walkman was running out of batteries while standing in an office max last week. even though listens 4-ish onward became increasingly faint and buried under crackling distortion, the first few flips blew my mind to bits.  this one hits somewhat harder than jeff's recent 3:30 disc which features more ambient passages and stereo-panned kick drums, but the present item still manages enough stuttering shards, dropouts, glitches, metallic textures, and bottomless bass bursts to remind the listener that, yeah, it is computer music.  as digital as jeff's music is, the distortion sounds great compressed on tape, and the short length (i think it's about a c15) is effective: repeated listens in one session are a must.  having seen jeff play this stuff live a couple times also provides a nice visual--although the guts of the program are buried in a laptop (jeff says he uses supercollider), the controllers are gaming pads and a joystick, which provide a necessary tactile/performance interface.  my friend brendan says this music sounds like acceleration.  i imagine hyperspeed flight through a series of metallic digital wormholes.  not for dudes only.