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  • SoiSong in Copenhagen

    Mai 17 2008, 15h44

    Sun 11 May – Soisong, CoH

    Well, I did promise an actual review, but I'll have to just ramble a bit. No time for a proper review :-)

    I liked it a lot.

    The COH solo show was interesting. Started of very mellow, with all sorts of wicked sounds. Ended up as a wall of noise and bass which sounded awesome in that small techno club they were playing at.

    SoiSong played just over 1 hour. It started up a bit strange, low volume droney things with Sleazy twisting and turning some electronic gizmo. Both Ivan and Peter were clearly enjoying themselves, smiling and laughing as they went. Slowly they moved on, and played more loudly, with the most awesome bass sound. It was physical as much as it was audible.

    I got the EP, and it basically has the same 4 songs as they played live, only a bit shorter, clocking at 36 minutes alltogether. The droney intro to the show was in fact the intro to the first song, 'kabuki-chop' which is the only one not on the myspace site. It ends up with a massive house like beat for the last 3 minutes or so. The other 3 songs are longer version of the myspace songs. Only the sound quality is notably better, the whole thing sounds MASSIVE on headphones. Not all the way through, but when the bass kicks in you forget the quiet things that came before.

    I love the twisted rhythms of the songs, and I love the whole sound of it. It sounds nothing like something Coil has done before, which was actually what I expected. It sounds like Peter and Ivan are inspiring each other. Peter adds some more melodic and ambient sounds to the massive sounds grom Ivan.

    Oh, and I got a password when I turned in my ticket, but the homepage says that it is not activated yet. There is also a password printed on the CD, and that one gives access to credit info on the songs, and two pictures. It has download links that are not working yet, but there's a disclaimer saying that the content will be expanded soon.
  • ISIS Live....

    Jun 27 2007, 6h31

    Tue 26 Jun – Isis, Logh

    Now there was a pleasant surprise, what a fantastic live band! I've only listened to them for a few months, but I was blown away last night.

    Only ont thing to say, go see them if you can!

    N 'I wonder what's the name of the first encore...' HTP
  • I'm Eclectic!!! :-)

    Mai 22 2007, 11h49

    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

    My eclectic score is currently

    81/100



    The 81 related artists for my profile are :wumpscut:, A Perfect Circle, Air (2), Alice in Chains, Antonio Vivaldi, Aphex Twin, Audioslave, Autechre, Ayreon, Beck (3), Bloc Party, Booka Shade, Boris, Broken Social Scene, Coldplay, Cult of Luna, DR P1, Dr, Eagles of Death Metal, Einstürzende Neubauten, Fall Of Because, Fear Factory, Foo Fighters (2), Four Tet, Front 242, Front Line Assembly (2), Frédéric Chopin, Goldfrapp, Gui Boratto, Interpol, Isis, Jesu (2), Johann Sebastian Bach, KMFDM (3), Ludwig van Beethoven, Magtens Korridorer, Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Ministry (2), Modest Mouse (2), Muse, Nathan Fake, Nephew, Neurosis (3), Nevermore, Nine Inch Nails, Nurse With Wound, Opeth (2), Orgy, Pain of Salvation, Pearl Jam, Pelican (2), Peter Sommer, Pixies (2), Portishead, Psychic TV, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Radiohead (2), Rage Against the Machine, Revolting Cocks, Ricardo Villalobos, Scorn, Skinny Puppy, Slayer, Soundgarden, Squarepusher, Strapping Young Lad, Sunn O))), The Arcade Fire, The Devin Townsend Band, The Flaming Lips, The Legendary Pink Dots, The Shins (3), The Smashing Pumpkins (2), The White Stripes, Thom Yorke, Throbbing Gristle, Trentemoller, ohGr
  • Threshold HouseBoys Choir

    Mai 14 2007, 19h33

    So, finally the wait is over! Being such a big fan of Coil, I have looked forward to 'The Threshold Houseboys Choir', the new album made by Peter Christopherson. I ordered from the always excellent shop at www.thresholdhouse.com, and it arrived a few days ago. And as can be seen on my last.fm profile, I have hardly listened to anything else since!

    From reading the comments by Peter on the CD, it is clear that he wants to look forward both in sound and thought. The most prominent manifestation of this is the complete absence of human vocals on the 5 tracks of 'Form grows rampant'. Coil also made plenty of instrumental songs, but with Threshold HouseBoys Choir, Peter Christopherson has tried to generate all voices directly in the computer. And for the most part, he succeeds. In addition, this is not only an audio experience, the consumer is also treated with a DVD containing footage shot by Peter himself, at a 'vegetarian' festival in his new homeland, Thailand. I will admit right away that I have not seen the entire DVD yet. It is wisely marked 'viewer discretion advised', and it is very much something that demands the full attention of all senses by the viewer. So the following is based soley on the audio cd, being identical to the soundtrack on the DVD.

    The music is very hard to describe, especially to those not familiar with Coil. But hey..

    The first track, Part One : 'A Time of Happening', quickly sets the style and atmosphere of the entire album. The artificial voices are beautifully set up against a classical coilish build up of multiple layers of sound. Vibraphones (real or synthetic, probably the latter) are used with the same effect as on the later Coil albums, and the calm baseline keeps all the different layers together. I particulary like the way the horns take over the melody, just to give it away at the very end.

    In Part Two : 'Intimations of Spring' the voices play a more central role throughout the song. In the beginning as a single line repeated over and over, and later as a choir-like ambience supporting the slowly evolving music. Again, the music is multilayered, with so many nuances that it will take several nights of earphone listening to know them all.

    Where the two first tracks have a similar feeling to them, Part Three : 'So Young It Knows No Maturing' seems unique right from the start. The stero effect of the initial melody can only be truly admired when using earphones. This song quickly led my thoughts to 'The Remote Viewer' album by Coil. However the beat (yes theres an actual beat!), seems to be up higher in the mix, and the improvised digital sounds are completely absent. This song has an very calming effect on me.

    As it was also sometimes the case with Coil, the album contains a track that I never finish listening to. Part Four : 'So Free It Knows No End' to me sounds like a failed experiment of artificial voices. This song seems a bit out of place with it's arythmic bursts of voice like sound. Most importantly the underlying music seems trivial compared to the other four. But given the extremely high quality of the album as a whole, I'm willing to let this one go :-)

    The final song Part Five : 'As Doors Open Into Space' is the most accessible track, and could be used as an intro to the feeling of the first 3 songs. The tempo is up, the beat is remiscent of Aphex Twin on an 'ambient' day, and the bassline catchy from the beginning. Here the voices are used in a more classical way, where a choir of boyish like voices is backing a solo performance by a more mature voice. The melody sounds almost asian. The multiple layers again guantees limitless hours of listening.

    In short, I love this album!!! It continues and expand the musical universe that Peter and John created in Coil. It will undoubtedly be compared to Coil, and some will claim that it is just a Coil-light without John. Don't beleive them!

    N 'not a profesional album reviewer' HTP
  • Wauw!

    Mar 14 2007, 20h02

    Just imagine. So much time spend on the net, and only now do I discover last.fm!