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Submitting for review…

So it might be more interesting to do two different types of reviews:

  1. Music Reviews
  2. Artist Reviews

1 is pretty obvious….

2 would be an overall review of an artist’s image, sound and production value. Is it an original sound? What makes them interesting?

That being said, when submitting for review, try to put what type of review you’d like. For each, it would be helpful to get some additional information like promo pictures (any pictures really…), links to videos and social media, information on how the music was made.

Also, I’m doing daily posts on Twitter sharing music I find on SoundCloud. So, if not a full review, music can still be shared. I’m working on a Facebook page and maybe an Instagram account for sharing artwork.

Thanks, and here’s a picture a cat on a synthesizer in space.

 

 

Review: Togoland, and the realm of musical deconstruction and destruction.

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Taken from Bandcamp page

I like Togoland because they’re pushing some barriers that usually make people uncomfortable and really helps address the conversation of what defines music. What makes something musical?

Music, by definition, is organized sound. Take that how you want it.

In this review, I’ll do a few short reviews of Togoland’s Demos (there are four of them) and then end with a short review of the recent release Harsh Noise. I tried to figure out a more interesting way to do this review, but it was taking too long. All the albums are available for streaming on Bandcamp. I posted a link at the bottom.

Demos

Demos is an in your face barrage of noise. The mix of frequencies making love being recorded on a cell phone and laptop. Not for the faint of heart, or those tripping on LSD (if anyone wants to try the latter, please let us know how that goes…). Five tracks of destruction, with Bomb Sounds being an appropriate introduction. Sounds like heavy unnatural winds in while riding the subway. Togoland is from New Jersey, so maybe a quick visit to New York City provided some sound sources

Demos #2

This one opens up with a more drone approach, evolving into a more defined form of destruction. Bird Seed features distorted drums in a hypnotic rhythmic loop that is complimentary of the drones and evil tones which make the harmonic structure of the album’s shortest track, at a little over 6 minutes. The almost 14 minute drone, Sustained String Tension Line, was made from the sound of the melting phone in Fail-Safe. This song also challenges the definition of music.

Demos #3

Demos #3 opens with the return of unfiltered destruction. Slint is perhaps the more matured track, provided the cinematic drum made by a slowing down a recording of a bongo. When listening to Drive Thru, try to imagine a chair being dragged around in a classroom. Because that’s how the song was made…

Demos #4

Demos #4 is strictly noise. Though most of the songs may be difficult to listen to straight through, the reward of noise and drone music is bringing the listener to new mental states. The state I experienced in Music Is Over, was a state that made me hear melodies that might not have been heard otherwise. And screams…Which hopefully weren’t real when I listened at 3am here in New York…

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Cover art for Harsh Noise

Harsh Noise

The thing about noise music that it can sometimes tend to sound the same. That’s the curse of it. But it is rewarding to listen, as well as craft, noise music that can lend itself to new experiences. Harsh Noise is exactly what you’d expect. It’s harsh.

Harsh Noise is perhaps the most challenging of all of Togoland’s releases. It’s demonic and, not sure if intentional, provides a concept that can be felt in nightmares. It is manipulative and explores the deepest fears of aural perception, which can be worse than visual nightmares. You can hear and feel the darkness in Chain and Fear of Rain.

My favorite thing about experimental music is its manipulation of sound and the ability to make ordinary sounds in to incredible atmospheres. Since Togoland clearly has a feel for darkness and destruction, I would recommend them to explore binaural audio and make a literal aural nightmare. It could be interesting and perhaps even groundbreaking.

Essential Track: Slint (from Demos #3)

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THANK YOU

I just want to thank everyone for the support. It’s been great writing about all the music and, more importantly, hearing and sharing new music every week.

Just want to remind everyone about the Twitter and now there’s a Facebook and Instagram. I hope to use the Instagram for sharing artwork and whatever cool things I can find.

I’m always open to hearing suggestions for new music, and if anyone wants to make a better logo or cover art, that’d be appreciated. The crap up now is just…crap.

That being said, I’m currently working on the next review. Togoland. Every time I was looking to start writing on an album, another was released. So I’m working on a hopefully interesting way to review all the music together. It’s cool stuff.

Thanks again!

AbstrakSounds

Here’s a cat on a guitar…

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Hello…..

So, thought I’d take this chance after doing a few posts to explain what this is suppose to be exactly….

Basically, an experimental music blog where we do reviews, share content, and anything cool related to experimental music. While its a work in progress, there are somethings I will try to do daily/weekly to keep things interesting keep new music flowing.

  1. Daily posts on Twitter with links to songs. Not reviews, but sharing music thats interesting.
  2. Weekly album reviews on here
  3. Sharing videos of music and links to interesting music technology that could be useful to experimental artists
  4. Whatever..

Here’s the Twitter

I’ll set up a Facebook page soon too. Maybe even a YouTube channel..

Hope everyone enjoys the blog and feel free to contact me with suggestions and/or music for reviewing/sharing.

Thanks