3-CD comp of all women making noise. Many artists are Bay Area, others from around the world. Diverse and laid out very well, plenty of gems. Some tracks are more songlike (ex cd 2/18 and cd 3/19), some sheer noise, some fairly improv-feeling. CD 1 is droney, CD 2 is more upbeat, and CD 3 is glitchy/harsher.|
CD 1: Orgonauta Droney spacey noise, unfolds beautifully and somewhat simply. Lots of intriguing sounds that I don’t know how they got. Quiet for the most part, often eerie. Standouts 4, 12, 13, 15. Many tracks ends 4 seconds early.
1. Droney spacey noise, some grating violin-like dissonance, pulses of tones, and sitar-ish sounds.
2. Scratchy buzzy melody line starts, then drum with echo, then cello and violin, dissonant and pretty creepy after about 3 minutes in.
3. Subtly evolving soft space/hiss noises. At 6:15 left slowly gets noisier, with some beautifully subtle rhythms that almost sound like an earthquake in a kitchen with lots of pots. Last 30 seconds is very different – warped womb sounds, kinda.
*4. This one really sings and flows well. Drills, harsh breathy sounds, whirrs, test tones, buzzes.
5. The shortest and most minimal track.
6. Female chanting sounds with industrial-sounding distortion and distorted beats. *Nice* dissonance with the vocal line.
7. Synth vocals. A little silly but fun.
8. Quiet disturbing distorted techno line, along with peaceful spacey tones. Pretty.
9. New-agey though still a little twisted.
10. Fitting title. Sounds like a horror movie where there’s one person walking down a corridor, with a host of strange-bodied creatures thudding and scurrying around her.
11. Long ascending and descending lines – sounds like cellos sometimes and light sabers at other times. Ends 4 sec early.
*12. Spooky howling wind sounds that sound at times like saxophones, whinnying horses, scuba diving tank sounds, and terrifying screams. But it’s all really soft. Great.
*13. Accordion, chimes, strings, and electronics? Awesome drone piece, very cool rhythms with the bells-sound. Voice comes in for the middle third, and there’s a muted tabla sound throughout.
14. Spacey, high-pitched melody line with just two pitches and a beauuuuutiful quality to the sound – like irregular vibrato almost. A gorgeous warm swelling sound beneath, and violin I think.
*15. Understandable female vox in a round, give way to cut-ups of a cat purring and making wet mouth sounds, and solo female vox, then kazzoo and humming! Creepy and funny.
16. Electricity sounds, waves, thunder storm, frog/cricket, and electronic sounds with a steady rhythm.
CD 2: Upbeat, widest range of sounds. Best 5, 10, 15, 17, 18.
1. Rhythmic. Lots of beats, electronic, tiny wooden sticks, and drills.
2. Distorted electronics and voices, and kooky childrens bells. World sounds in second half. Scary.
3. Electronics, electronic birds, suction cup sounds, fat buzzing tones, some static.
4. Distorted tones fade in and out, test tones – maddening, droney.
*5. Cool electronic sounds, train whistle, accordion?, creepy vocals – “something crawls out of her belly, and she feeds it, something crawls out of her belly, and it feeds her – their mouths purse desperately at each other, in an eternal pout”.
6. Slightly psychedelic. Wind chimes, children playing, vocal sample about menstruation, police sirens.
7. Electronic imitation of a storm and crickets?
8. Accordion drone?, changes to electronic drone. Good chords (evil grin).
9. Best opening 3 seconds :) – a scary bog. Then a beat heavy industrial/electronic track.
*10. Awesome distorted, hoarse, high female vox!!!, great broken guitar sound.
11. 7:47 of slowly shifting, syncopated channel-play. Trippy beat.
12. Changes every 6 seconds between about 4 different themes. Strong beat throughout.
13. “Wide open space” –manipulated vocals, spacey, blippy sounds.
14. Very detailed/hi-fi musique concrete, of drinking sounds, walking, a crowd chanting “Rise Up... Hunter’s Point”... with guitar and some world instruments at times, sounds like they were recorded outside.
*15. Great spoken word over marching feet and electronic sounds.
16. Sample collage – radio tuning, test tones, phones, camera shutter, ratchet, etc. Good rhythm piece.
*17. Wild. High-pitched female chattering over screechy sax, various percussion, a string instrument that sounds kinda like a baby crying. Bird-whistles.
***18. “Takin’ Back the Noise” – all-women ensemble of Big City Orchestra. Twisted high-pitched chorus of voices speaking/singing. Great lyrics.
CD 3: Mostly glitchy/industrial/harsh, with still lots of drones. Most of these are best turned up loud :). 7, 8 and 12 are the most intriguing tracks. 11 and 18 the harshest. 9 stands out, with music-concrete.
1. Droney. Chill repetitive guitar over static and artfully spaced beats.
2. Glitch. Starts with just high frequencies, gets broader. Rhythmically cool, like electronic turntable scratching.
3. Psychedelic wash of laptop sounds.
4. Abrasive glitch drone. Funny electronic cow sound at 3:44 left.
5. Fast jungle beat, vocals. Deadpan vague lyrics.
6. Industrial wash, scary low noises with high-pitched freaky static/metal sounds.
*7. Playful glitch, most structurally diverse track.
8. Dense static tornadoes over a drone. The drone shifts throughout a few times. Last minute is jack-hammering.
*9. Live-recorded sounds, chopped up, looped, collaged. Intense.
*10. Soft for the first minute, gets more of a beat and progressively harsher. Complicated near-loop.
*11. Full on screaming, sounds like they’re smashing things, lots of very scary vocal distortion. Fucking good.
*12. Curious what the sound in the beginning is. Develops into a chill track that sounds like a full band – drums, acoustic guitar, bass, electronics. Sort of a mind fuck. Keeps changing tuning, ominous kids xylophone, keyboards, creepy.
13. Harsh beat. Too short! Repeat :)
14. Sit back and let this one snow you under. Glitch/wash/screech/drone. Distorted male vocal sample, almost clear, then a folky song majorly distorted over. Last minute is chipmunk madness.
15. Starts harsh, gets spacey.
16. Oh my, sounds a little like Emil Richards’ Stones at first. Big vibrating drone with interesting bell-like sounds. Head-nodding. Like some Experimental Audio Research.
17. The obligatory womb track.
18. The Miami Vice theme song gone glitch-core? Schizo. What *is* the sample?? Something “sex”??
*19. Test tone drone and a melody. Great break-up song (evil laugh). “I’m hoping that this insecticide works on you.” The le le le-ing that sounds like a sheep is great.