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The Coherent Encoherence

"Will a computer give you kids?" CD


Genres: sound collage, plunderphonics

3010 Hennepin Ave S #145
Minneapolis MN 55408

Mar 28 - Apr 3 2005

I must start this review off by stating that this is the worst smelling CD I've ever had the pleasure (...pleasure?) of reviewing.  There seems to be a very strange, almost-fecal aroma emanating from the slim case that holds this disc - it seems that it might just be the printing, but it is still very off-putting.

The music, fortunately, is considerably less rectal.  This is a pure sound collage album, in the vein of Negativland and People Like Us except considerably less accessible; the sounds aren't composed into a melodic song format very often, and there aren't so much themes as their are recurring sample sources.  As such, this is more like a pop culture medley than a series of clever, conceptual pieces of satire.  The Coherent Encoherence are skilled in the art of musique concrete, but I don't find this record very funny or engaging.  It's sort of fun pointing out the clips of Fatboy Slim, REM, and "The Name Game," but ultimately the novelty wears out after awhile.  As it is, I'd only recommend Will a computer give you kids? to the most dedicated fans of plunderphonics and sound collage music.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]