MARTIN BLADH-STUDY FOR A THEATER OF CRUELTY-CD
ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX/APEX006
POWER ELECTRONICS/DARK AMBIENT/MINIMAL ELECTRONICS
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH FOLD-OUT BOOKLET.
Study for a theater of cruelty consists of five untitled tracks
constructed and composed entirely by Martin Bladh.A man
who is known for his work with IRM and JARL.This record
was carefully crafted and created with a specific goal in mind.
This album was done in dedication to authors,actors and artists
who have greatly suffered for and/or because of their art...But the
reason for this "study" goes far beyond a simple tribute to one's
influences/idols...No the album title here is meant to be taken
quite literally.The five nameless tracks here are intended to set
the mood for a live performance...One in which unwilling victims
are displayed on stage as they are put through a gauntlet of torment.
Men, women, children, anyone who is capable of suffering.This has
not yet come to pass...At least as far as I know...But the idea is that
true art is created through ones suffering...Martin Bladh just wants
to add the suffering of others to this...Think of it as a collaboration
of sorts...If any of you have seen the film "The Wizard of Gore" then
you may have a good idea of what we are talking about here...Only
in this case there are no illusions and every moment of pain is real.
So what kind of sounds do we have to accompany this grand show
of cruelty? Well I am about to tell you...And it is probably not what
your expecting...Most people would imagine that a play this brutal
would have an equally brutal soundtrack...Well this is and isnt the
case with Study For a Theater of Cruelty...This is dark and sinister
music...Mood music as some call it...It is brutal in the way that it
must be endured rather than enjoyed.Slow and minimal.There is
a common thread or theme weaved throughout these five tracks.
E.G. Similar tones and textures that are present in each movement.
Each track is a minimal drone consisting of ever expanding synths
of various tones that all sort of blend together and flow like miasma.
Deep synths under high end sine-like layers that seem to go nowhere
and spread everywhere at the same time.Stillness is used to build the
anticipation of each sadist in the audience...As the album progresses
it gets darker and noisier but stays on one path...One that slowly leads
to a drawn out and prolonged death for the amusement of others.I don't
think that Mr. Bladh intends this yet to be realized performance to exist
for shock value so much as true art in it's rawest and most primal form.
A canvas of blood painted across a backdrop of low resonating hums and
high frequencies that build as they become one in a divine intercourse of
disembowelment and impalement.Knowing the reason for the existence
of this album while listening causes your mind to explore it's own depths
of depravity...It can be disturbing to see what you find within yourself with
a little push into those darker directions.By the time we reach the final track
all has become a choir of static.Hymnals are sung by living machines with
soaring voices of feedback.Everything feels warm as freshly spilled blood
and almost has a soothing calming affect at times.Machines grind away in
the distance (or on the stage) as they separate limb from torso and life from
the living.At times it sounds as if there are ominous organ's playing for a mass
funeral...Haunting and eerie...At the end we return to the washed out drones
that we began with as instruments for the performance are returned to their
place...Unwashed and glistening with blood...The performer never bows...He
remains silent and takes in the atmosphere of the audience knowing he can
at last rest knowing he accomplished what he had set out to do...One day...
When this dream becomes realized...I hope to see your faces in the crowd.
MUSIC FOR A PERFORMANCE ART PIECE THAT TRANSCENDS THE
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