Pleased to receive both a review of Cast Away, a cassette I did for Readymade Tapes Quality Since 1893, in the quietus and Frans de Waard's kind words in Vital Weekly about the newest ballast release, utterer.
highlights (for me) of each review below, and links to the full reviews as well.
from the quietus (the actual review is near the bottom of the page) re: the Cast Away cassette:
The release only states that the piece [on side one] includes recordings made at Elsie
Paroubek's grave, but a Wikipedia search reveals the longer story of
the missing five year old whose body was eventually found in the city's
canal believed to have been strangled. The distressing tale makes sense
of Vertonen’s choice of additions to the everyday ambience of the
graveyard: an organ grinder solemnly plays linking to the last reported
sighting of Elsie, apparently in awe of such a street entertainer as he
moved his pitch with her and her cousins in tow; and incorporating the
National Anthem of the Czech Republic refers to the nationality of
Elsie's immigrant parents. These layers intertwine and decompose under a
title that translates as "Is that you my dear?" to form a grisly sonic
from Vital Weekly re: utterer:
These five parts - distinct as they are, but cut as one piece, and in these pieces there is in general a static approach to the word 'drone', with very minimal changes in the effects that are used. Maybe these changes come from the original source material, but more likely from hand manipulations by Edwards. The third part is very short and acts as a bridge; the fifth part is the longest at almost thirty minutes and is the best part of it all: slowly changing within given parameters, along organ-like drone sounds. This is an excellent work for late night listening.
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