Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Known for the sound of drum machines ricocheting beats like loose change in a centrifuge, Ikue Mori tames her chaotic nature in favor of a more subdued brand of unease in her collection of soundtrack material. The tracks o... more »
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Known for the sound of drum machines ricocheting beats like loose change in a centrifuge, Ikue Mori tames her chaotic nature in favor of a more subdued brand of unease in her collection of soundtrack material. The tracks on B-Side are more aligned with the cut-and-paste world of musique concrète. On the opening track didgeridoo, demonic frogs, and crickets vomit out from fissures in the earth as the Emergency Broadcast Network welcomes the tabloid-announced apocalypse. The gurgles of amphibian and mammalian panic rear again on "Geek Love," only this time they are serenaded by plucked cello, outer-space radio signals, and a chorus of subculture Sirens. --Michael Woodring
Fascinating, weird, worthwhile.
Allan MacInnis | Vancouver | 01/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tzadik (John Zorn's label, which this has been released through) can be a strange world at times, and not always an inviting one; taking chances is dangerous, particularly if you have bought stuff on Tzadik before and found it completely unlistenable. I can't speak for everyone, but I think Ikue Mori's output on Tzadik is one of the high points of the label -- her Death Praxis, Death Ambient, and solo work has all been very interesting. A drum machine artist -- someone who has truly claimed that instrument as her own and figured out how to make some fascinating sounds with it -- Mori, as you probably know, began with Arto Lindsay in the trio (heck, what was the bassist's name again...? Uhhh) DNA, out of New York. On B-SIDE, we hear her soundtracks for the films of Abigail Child and a musical meditation (?) on Katherine Dunn's GEEK LOVE... The music is non-linear, rich, weird, and often startling -- but listenable; the instrumentation is usually some variant on electro-percussion, but there are also samples here, too, including the well-placed croaking of a frog. I think a bicycle horn pops up somewhere, too, but I forget. It's daring music, by most folks' standards, and not for the aesthetically impaired -- but, personally, I think it a beautiful and soothing disc, and often listen to it when falling asleep. Brain candy for those with no time for pop banalities."