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DANGEREUX VS. IVERSEN - RECONSTRUCTING MECHANICAL BACTERIA

Two bands I haven't heard of before. I believe Jan Iversen is from Norway and Guignol Dangereux from Italy. They remix eachothers work here, but I do not know if they were remixes of finished pieces, or a collaboration via mail, sending each other raw sound files to work. What I gather from both their websites, is they like MP3s, so I won't be too surprised to learn that they remixes raw sound files send through the internet. The first seven pieces are by Iversen. His pieces are best described as laptop music, but without falling in any specific category. It's sometimes a bit ambient, sometimes more noisy and drony, and sometimes even a bit rhythmical. Taking the best from various directions, Iversen comes up with some pretty decent tracks. Guignol Dangereux operate in maybe the similar territory, but in his first two pieces more conventional music arise, in this case some sort of analogue electro. However not the best around. The other pieces are more in laptop doodlings area, but overall less refined, more noisy than the stuff from Jan Iversen. Still quite alright material, but nevertheless a little bit less in quality. Overall a well done work, this collaboration. Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

An aggressive, testosterone dripping collaborational act for those who just don't know when to stop. It's intriguing stuff as they lurch between light ambient flourishes, snatches of ultra heavy electronics and flashes of very techy prog. The other great thing is that they infuse a lot of original thoughts into the structure of the music. Promising stuff. GIAG.LV

A split-remix project in which Iversen (Norway) and Guignol Dangereux (Italy) remix each other's sounds. Guignol Dangereux actually sound a lot like Iversen's releases, with a flow of broken electronics - not really noise, not really ambient, it sounds like sound samples granulated through some software. Possibly in a live improvisation? Which implies that there are interesting sounds but also equally boring parts. Not bad, but definitely lacking coherence (even in chaos). I don't know to what extent Iversen uses or changes GD's sounds, as I haven't heard this Italian project before - though I think they play rhythmic electronica. Which is actually the deal here: mostly analogue sounds, beats and loops, "Dangereux Elements" being the most successful track - the others are a bit dull, which is a crime for rhythmic stuff. Again, not repulsive, but not exciting either. You can also download 4 more tracks from the TibProd site. Chain D.L.K.

I guess I am being delinquent in my reviewer duties by not having researched this further in advance but I have no clue as to what exactly this CDR from TIBprod represents. It appears to be a collaboration / remix effort but the track titles leave me wandering around in a confused state trying to feel out the where and what of the source material lest I hit my head. My best guess is that there are two originals and 10 retools though the reorganization efforts are severe enough to obliterate any obvious resemblances. There are 48 minutes here shared amongst 12 tracks. Except for "Dangereux elements" you will be hard pressed to find any rhythmic or melodic structure, the results here more akin to a bedroom hybrid of electro-acoustic and all out software noodling. Since it is unclear what path has been followed to get to these mostly obtuse and arcane outbursts it's hard to tell whether this is the hammer smashed Sound Forge face of the two originals or distinct creations but whatever they are, track 8 is the odd man out and quite a different hue from the other colours splashed about on this CDR. The rest of the tracks sound like they have come from the inside out backwards world of a binaural reverb recording passed through a vocal remover plugin. It doesn't sound filtered as much as dehydrated and then passed through a nickel plating solution. I wouldn't call what's here rivetting exactly (it is too academic and more like a technique demo) but the swells and swarms are novel enough to raise the odd eyebrow or confuse your pets. So while this release is not going to unseat the excellent Kenotaph CD I just bought from my bedroom stereo, it's intriguing often enough to keep me glancing over in TIBprod's direction for what will pop up next. Industrial.org / Moron

When I first got this CD, I thought it looked really unprofessional, and quite unappealing. A simple layout in a printed paper cover. For some strange reason these first impressions are usually reflected in the music presented. In this case I would like to admit that this is an exception. Although the cover looks very unattractive and it is very unclear where this music comes from and what these artists (or the label) wants, the music itself is actually quite appealing. Processed audio signals form a slightly noisy, but quite intriguing work in between improvisational drones and electro acoustic compositions. This reminds me of the (much more subtle) works of Fennesz or releases on the Empreintes Digitales label. The music is certainly less refined, and quite a lot less professional (as the presentation already suggested), but is has certainly got an appeal. Iím sure these (unknown) artists deserve to get some more attention and I hope they will give their future releases a more appealing presentation and production. Funprox.com

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