fields of Paranoia and fear, out on Organic Pipeline

Review from 1000+1 TiLt E-Zine
the music of Roger Smith is a swirling story of abrupt noises, rhythmic textures who are cut up abruptly by weird digital noises and sounds seem to be created by raw computer data. at first there is no apparent texture and all this sounds rather chaotic and very loosely connected but as you listen more to it (and pump the volume a bit) various stories appear and yes it is mainly stories of paranoia and fear, indeed. nice one, released in only 50 copies by denmark’s organic pipeline

6/10 - [Organic Pipeline]
I've never understood why projects will record substantial amounts of solid material only to release them in obscurely limited editions. For example, what you've got here is basically a 41-minute full-length containing nine well executed tracks of Chefkirk's patented experimental noise… but only 50 copies exist!? Included are a range of compositions from 22 seconds to a massive 18 minutes, with titles as obscure as "Basftoutity" or as pointed as "Fear, Suspicion, Mistrust, Terror". "PYRRHULOXIA" opens with a glitchy and sort of back and forth shift between different sounds, eventually building into a thicker, louder, and more distorted sensibility than most of what I'm used to hearing from the project; which continues in the brief "Garooo-a-a-a" before the six-and-a-half-minute "Parafovea" settles into more of an ambient realm. There's still some fleeting feedback and light distortion, mind you, but the overall tone is far more thinned out and restrained, and there are some excellent little ethereal moments of minimal hums and strange electronic undercurrents. "720045" has some unexpected drumbeats present, while other shorter selections like "The Alveolar Ridge" are more loop based and repetitious – and effectively so considering the compact running times. "Uncommon, Cyclic" is another softer piece, somewhere between the sparseness of "Parafovea" and the quick little machinated glitchy fits of "The Alveolar Ridge" – complete with some background elements that have a really dry sound, like field recordings or such. "Fear, Suspicion, Mistrust, Terror" is the real whopper, though (and quite possibly the strongest Chefkirk track title to date). Closing out the disc at more than 18 minutes long, it makes up damn near half of the entire content, opening with a fierce stuttered loop that has a really nice sense of presence. Eventually things shift about and layers come and go, with the bulk of the piece coming from different repetitive little loops and rhythmic arrangements. Despite this track possessing what is perhaps an overly long running time for this type of approach, there are enough atmospheric little moments and subtle nuances that add some feel to the work, and that makes for some interesting moments for sure. Some of the harsher leanings have some great, bright highs as well. Nice. And as usual I really like the recording quality, which is crisp and loud but also has that nice balance that doesn't sound too clinical and digital, but it's not overly thick or rugged at any point either. It's right on the line, with a good sense of tonal range and a pretty strong air of warmth throughout. The CD-R comes in a color xeroxed sleeve that depicts some sort of strange frozen imagery, while inside is a simple text sleeve printed in black on matte gray paper with one abstract image in the center. The outer packing has a little bit of a pixilated look to it though, so in the end the visual presentation leaves a little to be desired, especially since I've seen some very nice looking discs from Chefkirk in the past. Overall "Parafovea" is my favorite selection herein, but even though some of the characteristics of the material aren't my thing, in typical fashion I enjoy the sense of movement and the overall balance achieved by this project. Those who follow Chefkirk's work won't be disappointed. Running time - 41:43, Tracks: 9 [Notable tracks: Parafovea, Uncommon, Cyclic, Fear, Suspicion, Mistrust, Terror]

..On the same label is third release (already, I should add) of Chefkirk, who is present in every other Vital Weekly. Here he continues his path of noise 'n rhythm, adding vocal samplings to the proceedings. According to the pressblurb it 'thematically looks at the current state of American politics'. That was a bit hard to find out, when listening to this CDR. Taking the industrial music to the world of digitalia is what Chefkirk does best and the nine pieces hold enough variation to be musically interesting throughout. It might be an idea to think things over a bit longer and work out a real masterpiece by now. Vital Weekly, FdW

Another chefkirk cd. The audio on "fields of Paranoia and Fear" is basically what you've come to expect from the project; spastic digital noises, swirling skips and glitchy sinewaves, manipulated found sounds and lots of twisted low end and sputtering beats. This one seems to have some of it's source based on the radio, as you hear manipulated snippets of what seem to be pop songs and talk show voices rearing their heads here and there occasionally. Could be wrong. My favorite tracks here would probably be "fear,suspicion, mistrust,terror" ( i enjoy the spastic schizoidness a lot) and "720045" (sputtering beats galore!). The packaging of this one is pretty spiffy looking, though i'm not quite sure what the image on the cover is (ice crystals in snow maybe?). This is good, but not a lot different from most of Roger's other releases. Royce Icon, Industrial.Org

More diginoise from US vandal Chefkirk and dammit, I'm so slow at reviewing (sorry) that some more has been released meanwhile. As with the latest "Selection of domestic products", much of what Chefkirk does has been done and heard before, but he generally manages to keep things interesting. Not all of this is super-noisy, with some more minimal passages of crackling frequencies, and some programmed beats here and there ("720045"). As for me, I miss the manipulated field recordings that made "Selection..." more intriguing, and I think in general this is a bit less compact and inspired. I still wonder what Smith could do if he decided to explore his ambient side, leaving the distortion and beats for a while. Eugenio Maggi, ChainDLK

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