Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Langham Research Centre - Tape Works Vol. 2 [Nonclassical 043 Promo]

Put on the circuit via Nonclassical on February 26th, 2k21 is "Tape Works Vol. 2", the aptly named second rendition of Langham Research Centre's 'Tape Works'-series after the first part being released back in 2k17. Shortly described in a quote by Carl Stone with the words 'Acousmopherics anyone?' in the additional press info sheet coming along with our promo copy we see the group project drifting through 46 minutes and six pieces of tape experimentation on this one, approaching things from a dark'ish, heavy and Industrial-leaning angle with manipulations and recordings of construction site equipment and cold, dystopian sci-fi atmospheres evoking memories of influential groups like Einstürzende Neubauten whilst further sound warpings bring to mind praised institutions like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop or the electro-acoustic experiments put out on the circuit by labels like Wachsender Prozess in their early days. And of course there's influences of brooding, spine-tingling Dark Ambient and nightly Minimal Music in pieces like "Accerezzo", the obvious conceptual weight of Musique Concrete, Found Sound, Collage and Field Recordings whilst a playful, slightly tongue-in-cheek take on score'esque retrofuturism makes cuts like "Nachholbedürfnis" or the dark, threatening atmospheres and metallic warpings of "Dinotiques" timeless, boundless and extremely fascinating pieces for repeated listening sessions, preferrably alone and in dim twilight for maximum focus and a most intense effect. Recommended.


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