The first full-length album from founding member of Panicsville, as well as the Nihilist label. This project began as a series of new drawings, then audio
soundtracks were composed to compliment each drawing. The results are both haunting and disturbing. The sounds here, range from ambient, musique-concrete, collage to power electronics. This project was funded in part by a Grant from the City of Chicago.
ANDY ORTMANN - NIGHTMANIA (CD by Nihilist Records)
As noted before Andy Ortmann, who used to work under the moniker of Panicsville, is among the more interesting noise musicians from the USA. His latest offering, for now under his own name (a shift that is seen more and more amongst the noise scene), is a six piece CD, each of the pieces on it referring to a painting or drawing in the booklet. Ortmann uses electro-acoustic sound sources, but amplifies them heavily, so they become larger than life. Maybe children's toys smashed to pieces. In addition he plays a wide array of synthesizers, percussive sounds and electronics. Everything is brought to the listener in the form of sound collage, with the final 'The Flies Are Laying Eggs' as the highlight of the album. In an almost Nurse With Wound like atmosphere of spoken words, collage-like cuts and guitar interplay, Ortmann plays his best moment to date.
Vital Weekly 2004