Various Artists

Compromize

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This compilation from the Selektion label is a showcase of obscure sound artists whose works take inspiration from disparate multimedia forms -- architecture, visual art, film, and conceptual performance. Coming out of the industrial music scene of the '80s, Selektion was founded to publish recordings of the group P16.D4 and the band's affiliated projects. Compromize mixes some of more recognized experimental composers such as RLW and Achim Wollsheid and noise practitioners like Spin and Markus Caspers. Over 13 tracks, all of which were created exclusively for this compilation, there is a lot more explored than the experimental electronics one might expect. Joachim Pense composed two pieces for solo snare drum, an automated drum roll that may well have been a sound installation art piece. Renowned for his almost inaudible compositions, RLW contributed a piece high on the noise of industrial machinery and piercing sine tones that is as chaotic as anything by Merzbow, while retain the delicacy and attention to detail that carries through all of his work. Predating his rigorous work in plunderphonics, Wollsheid's piece entitled ./. is tellingly ambiguous and oblique, with three sustained tones floating in and out of phase in a minimalist sound study. From 1992, all of the works on this intriguing document are ahead of their time, considering the diversions in abstract music that would prevail in the ensuing decade. Modern and minimalist, the Selektion groups' beginnings are intriguing, proving that they were always focussed on stepping outside of music and into abstraction.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:41
2 6:56
3
4:01
4
4:02
5 2:04
6 1:12
7
RLW
5:26
8
6:57
9
6:24
10 4:31
11
6:46
12
5:44
13
7:47
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