One of many homemade, hand-packaged CD-Rs from an artist who prefers to trade his artifacts or leave them in public places for the taking, Alice the Camel consists of a 54-minute audio collage performed live on a college radio show. It is an impressive piece of work in terms of scope and variety in the sound sources, but it lacks a bit of development over time. Sounds used include taped conversations, sampled TV shows, and movies, toys, noise guitar, video games, and synthesizers, plus probably a few more things that are difficult to make out in the sonic magma. Id M Theft Able's music is of the disquieting kind. Instead of pulling off a spare-no-one noise assault, he prefers to frighten by way of anticipation, creating Halloween night atmospheres. One thinks of Doc Wör Mirran as much as Eugene Chadbourne's '80s tape collages: the former's doomsday darkness, the latter's messy, even clumsy stacking of sounds. The result is an uneven piece, captivating one minute, annoying the next. And yet, despite its flaws, Alice the Camel tells promising things about Id M Theft Able. It has character and guts.
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