NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER
Wild_Suzuki

NORBERT MOSLANG
Burst_Log

MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA
Tanker

[For4Ears, www.for4ears.com]

One half of former super-noise Swiss duo Voice Crack, Norbert Möslang and percussionist-turned-IPod lover Günter Müller have been a mainstay on the EAI circuit for years. Both men have immersed themselves in this genre of sounds from its very birth and both tread a similar path.
"Wild_Suzuki" represents documentation of a two year old effort from Möslang and Müller. While each one has a different set of toys [Müller plays his IPod, while Möslang as usual takes on his cracked everyday electronics], they seem to come together in a common meeting ground. Recorded on a tour of Japan, good portions of the record are actually much quieter than anything you would expect from Voice Crack, while others are bursting at the seams with fruitful clutter. It's the subtle phases that speak to me most clearly. "Yamaguchi_1" takes a crackling sound, churns it up a notch and lets a sub-bass rumble permeate throughout. On "Nagoya_2", the duo makes water-like dribbles while gentle percussive sounds are prevalent. When the noise hits, it's brutally direct. The squelching, high-pitched fingernails-on-chalkboard sound on "Fukuoka_1" is enough to drive most people up the wall. It's a good thing it pops in and out, only to be replaced by some appealing bubble-wrap popping effects. A bit uneven in points, this album should've been indexed in a different manner. Perhaps playing the tracks on random will help sequencing somewhat.
Making extensive use of the first three tracks of his own CD "Lat_nc_", Möslang presents a bleak landscape with "Burst_Log". Oddly enough, the first track features an intense, repetitive beat, bathed in a swoosh of glitchy scum. As the track progresses, we get to hear a variety of slight shifts in what could be radio frequencies boiling underneath. In various points along the disc's duration, we're assaulted with scouring glitches, explosion-type and crackling effects and a sundry of alien sounds. The sounds progress somewhat better than on "Wild_Suzuki" but there's still this feel of disconnect between the tracks. Heavy processing and re-working of stuff he's already done before has an effect of a re-mix, which begs the question, was this disc an afterthought? After all, this was never meant as mood music but rather a showcase of what Möslang is presently doing.
I'm not sure where Barbara Hediger got her inspiration for this CD, but it looks like some type of a barren landscape. It could be a desert, with the sand dunes being blown in the wind bit by bit or it could be a landscape of the moon. "Tanker" [first title in the For4Ears catalogue for a long while without an underscore] inhabits much of the same landscape. Vocalist Ami Yoshida pushes the envelope on this session that also features alto saxophonist Masahiko Okura and percussionist/IPod operator Günter Müller. Along with the alto, Okura also plays tubes, which as the name suggests are coils. These produce wobbly, odd sounds that mystify the ears, then send the listener off on a journey to far-away lands. Yoshida pushes the other two players to go in directions they wouldn't necessarily go off on their own. As she gives off a series of high-pitched tones, gurgles and gawks, the other two play a little game of follow the leader. It's as if Müller and Okura were trying to make their devices go as far as they can in emulating the human voice. Buried in bass humming, the trio moves along carefully, treading water. Once the hum dies off, Müller gives off a series of conductive slaps, while Yoshida appropriates birds. At the same time, Okura is busy blowing wet kisses into the tubes, which makes the whole sound eerily like being in the middle of a rainforest. Okura's method is that of spittle and tongue slaps on his mouthpiece, while Müller engages in all sorts of electronic mayhem throughout the disc. Distortion, subtlety, and skewed atmospherics are all here for the taking. Just raise your hand high up in the sky and say, "please, can I have some more!".

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Z'EV - Metaphonics
+ Brush - Brush!?
+ Ariesta Birawa Group - Ariesta Birawa vol. 1
+ Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig The Zipps
+ Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca
+ Charlemagne Palestine / Tony Conrad - An Aural Symbiotic Mystery
+ Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
+ Max Richter - Songs from Before
+ Esmerine - Aurora
+ Jean-Luc Guionnet/Pascal Battus - Parmakli
+ Bill Horist - :Projects
+ Łukasz Ciszak - auxin
+ Tomasz Bednarczyk - Summer Feelings
+ volcano! - Beautiful Seizure
+ TR 21 - Deceased City
+ Transforma & O.S.T. - Synken
+ Reynold - La Cite d'en Haut
+ Radical Face - Ghost
+ Patrick Pulsinger - Dogmatic Sequences 1994 - 2006
+ Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
+ Oblong - Indicator
+ Milenasong - Seven Sisters
+ Kapitan DA - Kapitan DA
+ Hug - Heroes
+ Housemeister - Roadmovie
+ A Hawk & A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
+ The Go Find - Stars On The Wall
+ Gescom - MiniDisc
+ Damero - Happy In Grey
+ Console - Pan Or Ama
+ Classic Cuts: Knight Action - Single Girl / Los Angeles T.F. - Magical Body / Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House / Dopplereffekt - Gesamkunstwerk
+ Christ. - Blue Shift Emissions
+ Blue Raincoat - Everything Is A Piece Of Something
+ Bloodysnowman - Bloodysnowman
+ American Gigolo III - Mixed & Compiled By Princess Superstar
+ 7 Up! - Singles Only 1978 - 1982

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+ loudQUIETloud - A Film about The Pixies DVD
+ BRENT FARISS / BILL THOMPSON - August - September
+ TOM RECCHION - Sweetly doing nothing
+ STEN SANDELL TRIO - Oval
+ MAGIC CARPATHIANS & LECHISTAN'S ELECTRIC CHAIR - Mirrors
+ WALTER & SABRINA - Chioma SuperNormal - The Dark Album
+ POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE - First Ones / JOEL FUTTERMAN / ALVIN FIELDER / IKE LEVIN - Live at the Blue Monk
+ ANTHONY BURR / OSCAR NORIEGA / CHRIS SPEED - The Clarinets
+ JESSE ZUBOT - Dementia
+ CHRISTIAN WEBER - 3 Suits & A Violin - Osaka Solo
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Back_Forward / BERNARD GUNTER / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trans~
+ HORKESKART - Live in Solitude / CINC - Polyphonic Poetry
+ BOB MARSH / THERESA WONG / BRYAN EUBANKS - Luggage
+ JOHN BUTCHER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Concentric / RODRIGO AMADO / KENT KESSLER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Teatro
>> NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Wild_Suzuki / NORBERT MOSLANG - Burst_Log / MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA - Tanker
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Fire
+ RM74 - Fireproof in 8 Parts / RM74 / RLW - Pirouetten / HERPES Ö DELUXE - Kielholen
+ ÖLVIS - Bravado
+ TETSU INOUE - World Receiver / BEAUTUMN - Northing / RUDY ADRIAN - MoonWater / MARKUS REUTER - Trepanation
+ DRAKKAR SAUNA - Jabraham Lincoln
+ FLUORESCENT GREY - Lying on the Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store
+ HOLGER CZUKAY - Radio Wave Surfer - Good Morning Story
+ DO MAKE SAY THINK - You, You're a History in Rust
+ CLAUDIO PARODI - Horizontal Mover (homage to Alvin Lucier)
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Women of the World: Acoustic - A New Groove - One World, Many Cultures
+ BAD BRAINS - Live at CBGB 1982 - CD/DVD
+ JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE - Futch / STEVE LACY - Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Egg and Two Books
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE - Willisau & Taktlos
+ KOTRA AND ZAVOLOKA - Wag the Swing
+ CLINIC - Visitations
+ KUSH ARORA - Underwater Jihad
+ A WITNESS - I am John's Pancreas / PURE SOUND - Yukon
+ MONTA - The Brilliant Masses
+ SHELLEY BURGON / TREVOR DUNN - Baltimore
+ SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP - ..Aiff Skull EP
+ FRANCOIS HOULE - Aerials
+ KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO - Gllia / YASUSHI YOSHIDA - Secret Figure / MIDORI HIRANO - LushRush

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Laibach - relacja z koncertu w Palladium, Warszawa 10.12.2006
+ Singing is communication - wywiad z Marit Posch alias Damero
+ Something unique - wywiad z Mikael'em Stavostrandem (Bulgur Brothers)