steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Self-titled CDR


Genres: audio collage, plunderphonics, DIY

Nov 8 - 14 2004

Cut n' paste plunderphonics artist Jabberwocky sent me a fat parcel of material awhile ago, and this self-titled album was the first disc I pulled out of the package.  In true DIY fashion, Jabberwocky arranges pop-culture-culled audio collages using his tape recorders and his giant collection of sound.  Impressively, this was transferred directly from tape to CDR, with no digital processing at all.  Lo-fi, man.

The sound collages themselves are very rough around the edges - this isn't glossy plunderdance ala The Bran Flakes.  If you're as fast as I allege myself to be, you'll probably pick up many of Jabberwocky's hundreds of sources, which span a vast array - including Britney Spears, Queen, and U2 (the latter of which is abused on "FU2," a blatant homage to the infamous Negativland record).  Nothing is off-limits, and that's all part of the fun.  Gritty and decidedly lo-fi, this album emerges from the piles of plunderphonic records out there to make for a decidedly provocative listen.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 30 tracks, distributed by the artist]