Genre: the sounds of objects
France's Olivier Dumont, whose
sole other release under the 'Allein
Luddite' banner is a 2009 CDR on the
Ambolthue label, uses this five track cassette to
carefully explore the sounds produced by several instruments
of sound – a water pipe, an unconventionally-played guitar, a
“scraper and rod,” and some metal sheets. Each instrument is
allotted its own composition (though the guitar gets two), meaning
the listener becomes very familiar with each sonic platform.
piece on this tape is the very self-descriptive
"Water Pipe." Whereas the other
tracks feature metallic equipment more
closely associated with industrial
rumblings, this composition is a unique study in liquid gurgles and
frothy squeaks. Compositionally, it isn't brilliant, but it is a
fascinating passage of sound from a textural standpoint. Elsewhere,
Dumont's two guitar tracks tread the same ground as insane junk
guitarist Brian Ruryk, pushing the boundaries of the guitar
by utilizing varied textures – he experiments
with prepared guitar and also appears to
use a bow. The second of the two tracks
is my favourite due to its no-holds-barred urgency, which
drops the listener helpless into its craggy inferno of noise.
Meanwhile, “Metal Sheets” toys smartly
with negative space and percussive attack-and-decay. Try playing it
at high-speed for an added layer of amusement.
Altogether, Allein Luddite's artifact is a curious cassette that
explores sound for the joy of it. It's perfect
for those of us who walk around particularly attuned to the sounds
wisping around us.
Comes packaged in a jiggly rubber sleeve and limited to a scant
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