decayREVIEWS: DEVELOPER “OOBR004″ CS (2011)
DEVELOPER “OOBR004″ C20 (Out Of Body Records, 2011)
dEVELOPER blazes forth sharp, visceral, hills of harsh noise walls, pausing and chopping for various lengths only to punch back in at the oddest time where your ear-mind just begin to orientate itself to the sound, and then it slices-dissappears-kills back in again. Super high pitched feedback blasts knife their way through blown out bass hammerings, and then swell together to once again enduce a choppy form f nausea. The parts of this tape that work best for me, are where it gets really choppy, as opposed to the places where the walls build up to a point of density where things become blurred and sashed out, but this never happens for long, as DEVELOPER stays on the pace quite swiftly throughout the majority of the A side. Roaring, pummeling mechanized broken up loops sift through the blown out pillars of chaos and take brief rests, before jackhammering the cavity with thousands of white noise ghosts. The more the tape goes on the less and less breaks there are between the chaotic buzzing walls, yet it never totally looses it’s chopped aesthetic and frenetic pacing. Developer’s style, on this release at least, doesn’t come off as a bunch of tracks piled upon each other digitally, but rather a line-in style of recording where the cuts are being made live, I have no REAL evidence of this, but that’s the “organic” nuance that I pick up from the aesthetics of the pacing and editing, done quite well.
Interesting stuff- spastic and cut-up noise from the American mid-west. I do not know much about this project except that I think that it is a guy from the mid-west. Different in feel from the previous releases on Out Of Body, this one doesn’t have that tripped-out feel that I have come to expect. This is really spastic cut-up noise with some beats and kind of almost dance or jungle aspects to it. It sounds more like Sickness or something like that rather than something that I would really spend a lot of time listening to. Ultimately it has the effect of feeling like a series of pneumatic drills or electrical shocks have made themselves present in one’s mind. I find that this sort of noise stuff seems to be getting a lot more popular as of late. Artists like Grain Belt and Custodian have been getting a lot of renown for making this kind of random and aimless noise sounds, basically like a whirlwind of different sounds to disorient the listener with an aesthetic based around industrial sounds and complete random chaos. I can tell from listening to this release that this artist is a talented guy who puts a lot of effort into what he does. The complex nature of the material displays that in an undeniable manner… I had a tape by this guy on Skeleton Dust that was maybe a little more in a pure harsh noise direction and this one seems to have an influence coming from the dubstep or jungle genres.
One thing about the mid-west that comes to mind immediately is the fact that it is very close to Canada. Also, it is sparsely populated and sometimes people eat a processed fish recipe (called Lutefisk I think) that smells and tastes strongly of Lye. The music on this tape kind of reminds me of the way that Lutefisk smells. It’s cool- there are a lot of things that people enjoy in the mid-west that I do not enjoy, and lutefisk is one of them. But I do like Developer. I remember hearing the tape on Skeleton Dust and thinking, “Hey, who is this? This Developer guy is pretty good.” That tape was about twenty minutes, and this one seems to be about the same length. This one has a way more spastic and erratic sound to it, you just don’t know what is going to happen next. Another thing about this cassette, the name of the album is the catalog number of the label. How often do you see that? Hmm. Very minimalist project, I guess it’s a Marshall Machluhan kind of thing, like “the medium is the message.”
So, the Out Of Body records label is always a sign of quality, but this one is on a different tip than most of the OOB stuff. Crazy cut-up noise stuff, not the kind of dark, molasses-thick death industrial noise that the label is so awesomely oriented toward, but it is cool to see Rob putting out some stuff from this project, sort of bridging the gap between Texas and the midwest a little bit. Spastic and violent in the construction- all over the place and brief noise blasts on either side of the release. Nice tripped out art on the front by Rob, and as always a great print job and presentation for Out Of Body Records. Might be enjoyable for fans of stuff like Sickness as well as the aforementioned mid-western noisy type of stuff… this is real balls-out no frills noise that might give you a headache. Will possibly bring out the animal in you.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Developer "00BR004" cs
Developer – OOBR004 C30
Developer is the harsh noise project of Matthew Reis, better known for being the man behind Teeth Collection. Utilizing the catalog numbers as the titles themselves, Developer’s sound is one simultaneously harsh and strange. With smashing industrial sections that constantly devolve into straightforward harsh noise in one way or another, ”OOBR004” takes on a sound that won’t be unfamiliar to harsh noise fans but contributes things like weird field recordings to add a bizarre edge.
The transition here is constant while maintaining a harsh noise base that is just as constant. Everything here is fast and aggressive. Reis utilizes heavy loop usage a la Merzbow tastefully; the hammering industrial rhythms provide a balance to the schizophrenic pacing. There are elements that recur throughout the tape that unify the sound as a whole; this tape may sound random but the composition here is great. Sections range from straightforward feedback assault to distorted rhythmic sections slowly stretching out over time to field recordings and even ambient.
”OOBR004” takes on a sound of classic harsh noise yet adds things to the equation to make Developer’s sound stand out somewhat. In its entirety, this tape isn’t particularly original but would be a good addition to any harsh noise fan’s collection.
and from out of body themselves:
DEVELOPER - "OOBR004" C30
EDITION OF 100
TYPE II HIGH BIAS CHROME CASSETTE.
assembled tape collage and harsh noise cut-up from Developer. Mind
splitting fast cuts blending with brain warping sounds and harsh noise
assaults. Weird and raw. Dark yet playful. One of the weirdest projects
going on right now. CAUTION: repeated listens or listening while inebriated may cause insanity.... It did for me on both accounts.