Saturday, May 25, 2013

REVIEW-CONURE/15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO-SPLIT CASSETTE-C60


CONURE/15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO-SPLIT CASSETTE-C60
DANVER STATE RECORDS-DSR38
Dark Ambient/Minimal Electronics/Drone/Noize
Comes in plastic case w/ two panel insert
Conure is: Mark Wilson
15 Degrees Below Zero is: Daniel Blomquist
Michael Addison Mersereau and Mark Wilson
Cover Photo: Emily Jan 
Layout: Mark Wilson

SIDE A.) CONURE:
(LIVE AT 550 BRYANT, SAN FRANCISCO CA, FEB 28 2009)

I.) FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS:
A warm humming radience fills the air.Droning over the crowd.Whistling winds
hover overhead.Calm and reflective.High pitched feedback appears and vanishes.
Everyone in attendence is dead silent.Machines rumble and hum gently til the cool
winds take over the empty space.Very minimal with a sense of isolation.Low distorted
sounds like a broken record form a backbone and a rythm.Gaining speed until they too
are obscured by the restless winds.Like a cool breeze on a summer day.There is a sense
of tranquility which gives way to deep pondering as the sounds flow around you.A layer
of feedback rings in the distant horizon just beyond our reach.Electronic walls of sound
whirl in controlled frenzy like a dirt devil with an extended life time.Buzzing semi distorted
tones appear here and there each lasting a little longer than the last til there are none.The
winds become more restless and build adding more depth to the still ringing feedback.They
begin to howl a while after gaining momentum.Dying down and repeating the cycle.Each time
appearing more fierce than the last.The storm begins to rage at a constant to various degrees.
The audience silent in awe of the massive fit of rage.Freezing atmosphere.The sound of barren
tundras carved and hollowed by nature.Winds pause giving way to low buzzing electronics and
timed ehcos of feedback.The latter becoming sharper with each rise and fall.A scream of electronic
sound mingles with the winds that blow out in between pauses.The rushing gusts more violent with
each sharp electric knife.An assult on the people gathered.They do nothing but accept their fate and
listen to it carry them into a cold hollow oblivion.Their fate drones on and drifts.Monolithic and glacial.
A few more bursts of screaming noize followed by a final gust and the storm ends.For the benefit of others.

SIDE B.) 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO:
(LIVE AT SOMArts SAN FRANCISCO CA, MARCH 26 2010)

II.) NEW PART:
This is a much different beast than CONURE.Beautiful synths with an almost post-rock quality.
Stirring and evocative.Warm and elegant.Low feedback whispering through the calm atmosphere.
All filtered through a foggy haze.There is a rythm that repeats in your head long after listening.
Spoken word vocals in a very low almost inhuman voice recite unknown poetry over the canvas
of textures and evocative sounds presented here.The audience is in a coma like silence as with the
A side.Manipulated electronics beep and buzz for a short period of time.The synths evolve and
harmonize with one another creating a wall of utmost beauty over low bass filled rumbles and
feedback crying towards the sky.Otherworldy sounds and harsher noize land among the synth
strings but they can still be heard and appreciated even when the noize and feedback is at it's
highest peak.Strange spaced out sounds and buried spoken words.A crash of noize followed
by droning textures of sound and a lone spoken word sample.so many rich sounds can be heard
here that it is hard to convey it in words.The beauty and wonder of gazing into deep space on a
clear night.Each star another sound to be heard in the great vast cosmos.All unique and part of
the same grand work of art.Deeply stirring and thought provoking.The longer we stare into the
great black sky the more we find and discover.Deep space soundscapes.Electronic whirls of
facination.Beautiful synths and low-fi haze.each unique apart from each other but blended
together flawlessly.The spoken words still reciting like the voice of a grand architect taking
us on a tour of his creation.Through distant worlds and universes.

III.) HORIZON SKYLINE:
Otherworldy feedback layered with effects and low buzzing noize.The feedback transforms
into even stranger pulsing sounds and drifts away letting the low buzz take new form.Almost
lost somewhere in the distance you can hear beautiful melodies of cosmic synth strings.No 
applause or cheering from the people gazing skyward.Just silent curiosity and wonder.There
is a deep sadness in the beauty of the synths and a sense of business and confusion in the wall
of lo-fi haze that obscures them.High end sounds float and hover about like living creatures
equally curious much more playful.Like before the sounds and textures range greatly but 
join as one like a living eco-system.There is a very organic feel to the entire B side of the
album.Pulsing machines.The sounds of a hovering mothership on the horizon skyline.
This is like a soundtrack to man's curiosity and quest for knowledge.Always exploring,
expanding and wanting to know more.The ship nears to land and it's engines push loud
walls of electric bass buzz over the grounds below.The engines work hard to bring the
craft to new territory.They struggle not equipped for the strange world unknown to them.
Shooting fourth massive bursts of noize and then growing silent as they meet the world below.

This is a great introduction to two projects of  Mark Wilson.Each a different sonic adventure through 
realms less hardly ventured by man:
7/10
-ABATTOIR-

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