Randy Yau

Edit for Unconsciousness

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Edit for Unconsciousness is a split CD by sound artists Scott Arford and Randy H.Y. Yau. Each composer contributed one new 23-minute piece and one shorter, previously available (although in very limited circulation). Strangely, there are more disparities between the long and short tracks than Arford and Yau's work. The shorter pieces come first and are generally more eventful. Yau's "Realia" alternates long sounds with brutal staccato bursts of digital noise. It has an interesting palette and establishes suspense. Then comes the longer tracks, both a lot more ambient. Arford's "Drift Counter" couples a buzzing sound (slightly irritating) with something that could either be the blurred sound of a subway train passing on a track, a gas range, or air going through a pipe. The granular and elongated textures alternate in intensity, creating a nice contrast, but the composer keeps it going for too long. Yau's "Second Coming" is more satisfactory. Made of air and void-related sounds, it is nicely laid out, evolving gently until the 13th minute, where a short, noisy bridge leads to a minimal section, only an electric buzz remaining. It disappears two minutes before the end of the track, leaving the listener looking for something to direct his or her ear toward. Edit for Unconsciousness is not the best album of sound art of 2001. It lacks some personality, originality. Fans of the genre will still find it interesting.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:16
2
feat: Scott Arford
11:00
3
feat: Scott Arford
22:58
4 22:25
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