Friday, May 19, 2017

OSCILLATIONS: UNDERTOW by Wolf Eyes



UNDERTOW, the latest album by Wolf Eyes, those purveyors of injurious aural wreckage seems either a step forward or back depending on one’s threshold for moments of extreme noise terror. Released via the bands’s own Lower Floor Music label, it allows a bit more atmosphere and space into the pieces without sacrificing the power of something to move you (undertow, get it?). It’s cover artwork suggests the surrealism of Max Ernst’s “decalcomania” and it’s embrace of the subconscious or subterranean. Or more contemporaneously, a lyric like “I count every deceit as they repeat”, the way we hear the loose-lipped politics of Donald Trump. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

OPTIK: PHAROS OF CHAOS directed by Wolf-Eckhart Buhler/Manfred Blank


PHAROS OF CHAOS is an astounding 1983 documentary about writer/actor//activist/sailor/stoolie Sterling Hayden that follows this conflicted/contradictory man as he ambles around his barge docked somewhere in France.  His "performance" here is nothing short of a spectacle of  disintegration as he smokes hashish and drinks bottle after bottle of wine. The film has the feel of a series of outtakes or a mid-period Warhol film, revealing, repulsive, and very sad at the same time.

Friday, January 27, 2017

THIS IS HOW WE DEFORM: Sherman Filterbank 2


A worthy addition to my Serge M-Class rack, this modular monster will take any signal input, and process/shape/mangle it into oblivion or nurture subtle textures, shapes and colors. Percussive sounds become sonic revelations that can be tweaked through a variety of parameters. Thoughtful, delicate knob turns give the best results, although random turns can achieve a surprising cacophony (or decimate one's speakers!). Fun.