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."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

new demo tracks

here are some rough "working versions" of some tracks i've been slowly chipping away at. these are just tools to remember the basic structure and lyrical content of the "final" versions i'm still recording and throwing stuff away for. figured it'd be redundant to put these on bandcamp, since the real tracks will be up when an actual physical release is out.

minimal tape-decayed power electronics.

track 1, version 1
track 2, version 1
track 3, version 1
track 4, version 2 (only the vocal track remains for track 4 v1.)

comments and criticisms are always appreciated and considered.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

sold out + new recording updates

modern 8 2xcs is sold out, thank you for your interest.

it's going to be a while until vol.9 is done, due to some various equipment issues. so far it's shaping up to be more focused and repetitive, with actual 'song' structures, along the lines of vol.2. this will most likely be a full-length and the final modern recordings using the current setup and mixing techniques.

until then, here is an 'exercise' that won't really be used for anything.