The art of the duo Contagious Orgasm resides in their ability to structure contradictory sound sources into dynamic, at times beat-driven pieces. The Flow of Sound Without Parameter makes a very apt title for this CD. The music sounds like it has been conceived as one work split into six interlocking movements. Hiroshi Hashimoto and Shingo Sugiura mention a session of field recordings, but which sounds come from the field? What others have been treated or are derived from other sources? It is better not to know the answer; mystery acts like a catalyst in this case. Short loops, electronic sounds, various nature sounds (lightning, water, birds), human sounds (screams, voices, children's cry), and ghosts of melodies have been used to build a 43-minute aural dream sequence fit to serve as the soundtrack for one of F.W. Murnau's '20s silent horror films. The piano melody, alto voice, and string quartet samples form a hectic song in "Thirsty Teeth." In "Dr. Barrett's Logic," industrial sounds meet birds and electronic space sounds in a very strange cantata. The piano is back for another melody sketch in "Hacking the Reality Myth," pit against a drum'n'bass-and-bagpipes segment and a heartbeat insistently hammered on the floor. The closing "Firewalker...And Way in Way Out" includes an Arabic leitmotiv backed by a rhythm track and tons of sound samples. This album makes for a strange, sometimes crude, but very rewarding journey.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture