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Just when you get close to relaxing and becoming comfortable to some mid-volume ambient noise, Yau grabs you by the ears and pummels you with a barrage of chaotic vocal noise before leaving you with nothing but a barely audible rumble. The violent twists and turns don't stop and the noises very rarely repeat themselves (one of the few being the vomiting).
‘Black Box’ is a 3 inch CDr and comprises one long 21+ minute track of ‘Noise’ music. I took Allan’s advice…taken from his website… and listened to this firstly through my headphones. Which was a cracking idea. Though my ears might argue otherwise. And my brain come to mention it. My bones aren’t exactly applauding that decision either. The wall of electronic malevolence that burst through the foam ear pieces nearly floored me. I swear I thought I had burst my ear drums. I half expected blood to be trickling out of both ears.
'Hollywood Ending' starts with some soft instrumental music, and after half a minute Rebecca's crystalclear and more soundscapes come in. Between the verse the music changes from a normal tempo to very stretched out, nearly dronelike. Indeed, the music has a lot of droning soundscapes layered on top of another as the song nears it end. 'Baby Beating Heart' starts with a lighter drone and soft piano music. Another soundscape is added and Rebecca sings her lyrics again in that addictive voice of hers. After a minute and a half a beat kicks in, giving the song a more trip-hop feeling as well as giving it a bit more rhythm. Again there are a lot of different soundscapes and loose sounds, giving the music a pleasantly thick feeling.
Particularly noticeable is this kind of echo of the main sound layer and other sounds that quickly creates some kind of oscillating patterns. It’s a way of giving some rhythm without beats. But it also creates something closer to ambient, something a bit meditative, with oscillating harmonies. This goes in a stark contrast with the glitches, all the layered deformations of sounds and voices, the distorted or white-noisy parasites.
Each CDR features one track of
layered cassette tape massacres of between 19 & 20 minutes duration.
Basically each CDR is a headlong long noise assault into the abyss. Sound
sculptures from the very septic bowels of hell itself. A torrent of aural
self abuse that is, quite frankly, almost overbearing and painful to the
ear, and yet stylishly edifying in the long run. These man made
manipulated and mutilated pieces of noise junk create a cacophony of such
magnitude that you almost fear the lose of sanity whilst being subjected
to them. Migraine alert!
...tribal drumming anchors the woodsy feel, beats pounding
and clamping, alternating between barely audible and abrasive. High above
that in a churning mix, saxophone squawks teeter and in and out, bucking
and bracing stability. Guitars traffic to all sides of the horns,
individual notes stabbing at melodies and grotesque chords spewing bulky
This one though left me curious – judging from the description in the press release it amounted to quite an event, at least the inference being that the regular arty audience patronising the Bay Area’s Godspeed didn’t quite know what to make of it; either the audience at the event were impeccably polite, deeply involved in the performance or they just couldn’t quite grasp what the hell was happening...
Radio Friendly Unit Shifter is a beautifully destructive and sonically engulfing listening experience. The creative nucleus of Radio Friendly Unit Shifter is comprised of Clint Listing (known for his work as Broken Hands for Brilliant Minds, As All Die and his ongoing work with Beauty and Pain Records) and John Riendeau.
Dark Ambient / Experimental / Electronic / Power Electronics