Embracing Skies by morten rasz
"These three tracks run the gamut on the sound spectrum, so watch your levels! 1 is minimal to nonexistent sound, which is apropos of the “Void” part of its title. I wondered if dogs could hear this on another plane, although there were intermittent buzzing noises, growing whirs, and spaceship sounds, building to minimal thunder toward the end. 2 was my favorite, starting with crackling sounds, moving on to water, thunder, sirens, slow raindrops like heat racing along a radiator, whirring, bubbling, percolating nether sounds, car wash, followed by silence, then a noise assault toward the end. 3 had more drum sounds, vibrating whirs, propelling womb sounds from within a washer/dryer. At times it felt like a hearing test, peppered with outer limits effects."
"I couldn't tell you too much about Morten Rasz, whose 'Void Chimes' is apparently an effort to explore “the traces of a sound” – specifically the “ghost matter” that underlies the everyday sounds we experience as inhabitants of this planet. It is difficult to pinpoint what all that lofty language translates to on these three tracks. On “Embracing Skies,” we are treated to field recordings of rain and thunder which have been heavily processed. Rasz seems to take his source material and then meticulously pore through it, pulling apart the sounds into fine digital details. I'd imagine it must have been a tedious exercise – I suppose poor Morten would know best – but the results here are gripping. With deft transitions, he subtly slides from an organic sound to a smear of digital froth, or a deep, computerized hum. The juxtapositions establish a fine line between our day-to-day ambient noise, and the infinite ways these sounds can be dismembered and reconfigured. “Ghost Matter” takes a rowdy percussive clip and grinds into so much digital pulp. In its odd confluence of patience and whimsy – making liberal use of silence but offering a tremendously variegated sound palette – it captures a joyful approach to sound that belongs more to the Mego/Touch school of experimentalism than the brutish noise circuit. (MT)"
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