Sunday, July 12, 2015

coming soon!

MODERN IX & X double-album cassette

final release in MODERN series of limited cassettes. this release was an attempt to separate the main components of the sound. side A is a full-length album, focused mostly on loops and metal manipulation, with a rotten, post-mortem atmosphere. side B is also another separate full-length album, consisting of four droning industrial synth pieces, influenced by the 1980s greats, but not an out-and-out copycat affair.
C90 double-album with two inserts on type I tapes
Edition of 20 copies

NEUROTIC FORCE full-length album cassette

initial attack of paranoid power electronics! surging and pulsing synthesizers, bludgeoning metal percussion, mentally unbalanced vocal command, slicing feedback, and samples relating to weakness, humiliation, addiction, and violence. A side, subtitled "LIFE,"  is comprised of several vocal-driven and sample-driven "songs," while B side (subtitled "REALITY")  is entirely taken up by a lengthy mediation of loops and samples, entitled "Histories," similar to the solo album of sound collages by a certain member of a certain well-known group. No politics/worldview, detached obsessions, or love/loss. NEUROTIC FORCE speaks only from experience and intimate observation!
C60 full-length album on type I tapes
Edition of 20 copies

should be available early september. stay tuned,

sample tracks will be ready in the next few days.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

two reviews from andrew macintosh

 posted yesterday evening on special interests forum.

"Despite it's title, "Heavy Electronics" by project Forward strikes me not quite so heavy as more of a minimal and somewhat reserved release. The sound, particularly on the second track "Overdose", is up-front and sounding very direct-input. It's loud, but not necessarily heavy to my ears, until towards the latter part of the piece when the intensity builds up. It invites comparisons to earlier Whitehouse pieces such as would feature on "Halogen", for example, which is hardly surprising given how much of an influence Whitehouse is for Peterson (he's covered "Phaseday" and "Mindphaser" on one of his releases). For mine, I preferred "Adrenaline", in which the precise and clear-edged sound recording worked well on the gradual build up and smooth minimalist droning of the piece. One can hear, at least, the deliberate progress of both pieces, the titles make sense. And I very much appreciate the starkness of the source, un-effected synthesiser straight in."

"More to my liking was Modern's "Untitled", four pieces of more layered, constructed and varied sources ranging from electronic to acoustic. Released as a double cassette, these pieces feature more layering of source sounds which, despite all being recorded on cassette and thus endowed with tape hiss, don't manage to over-crowd each other. There's an obvious attempt at some sort of composition, at least at timing of elements that come and go, and an interesting disparity between levels of recording quality which uses the fidelity as part of the construction. Object use, sometimes heavy metal, sometimes light, stands alone or alongside electronic drones and buzzes, which also get their time alone on occasions. The crudely recorded sources are considerately layered and assembled via software (there might also be some latter filtering too). One the shorter, latter pieces there's more a use of repetitive looping introduced, and both these pieces sound more layered and cluttered, yet still very precise in composition. In fact, the precision used to put these spirals together is more reminiscent of academically minded electro-acoustic rather than rape-your-guts Power Electronics. You end up with material that is neither raw nor polished but completely enjoyable."