Category Archives: Labels

KK Null and David Brown, Terminal Hz

Fans of KK Null and David Brown (who together are Terminal Hz) probably already have this CD. If you don’t, you should get it right away. (If you’re not a fan of KK Null or David Brown, you should get this right away, so that you can become one, too.) Terminal Hz is five tracks…

R.H.Y. Yau, The Hidden Tongue

Randy Yau is the graphics designer responsible for the distinctive design that makes shopping for Ground Fault cds so easy and that makes owning them a visual treat as well as a sonic one. As R.H.Y. Yau, Randy is also a fiercely talented musician whose The Hidden Tongue is a sonic treat for sure. Sharp,…

Lockweld, Autechre

Although I can say that this is an entertaining album, I also have to confess that I don’t think I will listen to it all that often. While it won’t remind anyone of metal, I don’t think, it may be a kind of transition album for metal heads on a quest for pure noise. I…

L/A/B, Psychoacoustics

Noise albums sometimes have a small dynamic range, presenting a loud wash of complex sounds, an opaque surface which first resists then rewards efforts to penetrate it. Psychoacoustics has a wide dynamic range, and each of its sounds are clearly distinguishable one from the other. That, and the sheer warmth and even softness of much…

Government Alpha, Sporatic Spectra

When I first got this album, I couldn’t get past the opening few seconds. Those days seem far away and inconceivable now, as much as when Berio’s Visages was unlistenable, or even farther back, when Carter’s double concerto was a jumble of random noises. Now this album is one exhilarating pleasure after another. Less abrasive…

Afflux (Influx)

Afflux is Eric Cordier, Eric La Casa, and Jean-Luc Guionnet—all of them with other cds on Ground Fault, all of them very talented composer/performers. There are three tracks on this disc, and three men, but the pieces, so far as I can hear, do not reflect each individual. What happens here is one more instance…

Guilty Connector, Cosmic trigger and 2am visit

I bought the t-shirt first, and then decided I should probably get the cd, too, if I’m going to go around wearing their shirt. I don’t recommend that as a logical way to find good music, but it certainly worked this time. The opening to Cosmic Trigger is a favorite of mine, it’s loud, aggressive…

Nels Cline & Devin Sarno, Buried on Bunker Hill

“Swinging ” – A noisy, minimal, slow-moving wash of gritty sound…, with tunes. It’s true; every once and awhile some of the electronic sounds are pitches, lined up just like pitches in a melody. It doesn’t happen very often, but it’s fun when an actual little tune appears out of the mix. It’s largely electric…

Dave Phillips, IIIII

IIIII starts off with a silent track of four seconds, continues with a seven and a half minute track of an unprocessed thunder shower, and goes into another track of four silent seconds. This review is not going to be a track by track account of IIIII. There are 99 tracks, after all, some only…

Zbigniew Karkowski, Consciously Unconscious, Unconsciously Conscious (MKCD033)

The thirtieth and last of the Cinéma pour l’oreille cds is the most peculiar, too. Here’s how it breaks down: thirty seconds of distorted (backwards?) voices over some noise. Silence. Slowly growing rumble; slowly growing louder, slowly adding other sounds, a gritty, gravelly sound early, an unobstrusive wash about three and a half minutes in…