VITAL WEEKLY (Frans de Ward)
Before better known as Panicsville, but now moving into the realms of serious music (this new release got some sponsoring from arts councils) under his own name. The octa-thing deals with the number eight, and the three pieces here on this DVD (no images) can be played on a 7.1 installation, if you have such a thing. I only have a 2.0 installation, called 'stereo', but it sounds great still. Ortmann lists (inconveniently on the DVD itself) a list of instruments - mainly old analogue synthesizers and where he did his field recordings. Just as on the Schimpfluch disc, I'd say this is the small alley where noise is really interesting. Not because it's super loud, although there are points when things are pretty loud, but because of the fine balance between electronic, noisy sounds and the crackling of highly amplified field recordings which are all put together into an interesting collage of
sound. Not like Schimpfluch of short and shorter sounds, but through longer pieces which work quite well. Great stuff, both of these releases and if noise is like this, I'd sign up again.
Taking sound to the obvious next level (7.1), further exploring the stereo capabilities of my audio narratives, Octagonist stands unparallelled in the field of Experimental/Musique Concrete. Recorded in various locations in Germany, Belgium, Italy and the USA.
This album is not compatible with CD player technology and must be played through a DVD player or DTS Decoder with Surround Sound options.
Special appearances by old skool homeboys, Joe Raglani and John Wiese on one track.
This release was partially funded by a Grant from the City of Chicago.
Reviewed by Musique Machine
udio deviate and sonic nightmare maker Andy Ortmann returns with his first new solo release in a while and it finds him doing a first a Musique Concrete/ Noise release in 7.1 surround sound and DVD audio only.
And if anyoneís work was fit for this kind of treatment Itís Ortmann's strange, deranged, sickly sonic worlds. Sadly I only have a standard dvd player linked into the TV, so I sense I missing some of the sonic delights here, but itís pretty impressive and mind screw/altering as it is. In all there are 3 tracks on the release each given 7. 1 Surround sound and DVD audio treatment. First up we start with the superbly titled Armless Midget of Tienen which starts with strange scuttling/runnig sound that rather brought to mind the demented running around of the killer ventriloquist dummy in Argentoís Deep red. As the track progress Ortmann mixers in; bird song, high pitchers of sound, weird growling and crunching, bubble pitches and sinister electronics- that literally surround you, as all the DVD audio tracks are rightly described in the menu as 3D audio. As the track progresses it become more dragged out and less hectic with perching tones but never losing the feeling of uneasy- it finish just shy of 15 minute mark.
Next up Electronic Themes is really as itís title suggest a collection of sleazy and haunting electronic and synth patterns that swim around your like deformed sonic fish- bringing to my mind the HP Lovecaft story From beyond where a mad doctor creates a machine that can show things and monsters that float around us in a parallel universe. This track comes in just over the 20 minute mark.
Lastly thereís Black Battalions of Maggots that users a surrounding and deranged mix of layers of; buzzing fly tones, piercing, ringing and cutting gong like harmonics, drilling, vomiting and noise attacks. A slow sinister and festering starting track that explodes in mayhem- just donít have the sound too high or youíll jump a few feet out of your chair when it sinks it teeth in noisy style.
Another disturbing, deranged and sick sonic nightmare from Ortmann, not as good as his album Nightmania, but heís certainly once more effectively pushing your imagination in to the gutter and grime- and this time you can almost taste and see his demented and decaying audio worlds.