ID M Theft Able

Cl amo/ang or/er us/e et c

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One of Id M Theft Able's first releases for a record label other than his own homespun Manga Disc, Cl amo/ang or/er us/e et c comes as a CD-Rom packaged in typical Id M fashion, with handmade elements, and consciously undecipherable liner notes. The title itself ranks as one of the most non-user-friendly ever seen. You will ponder over its meaning for the whole duration of the title track, 51 minutes long. Id M Theft Able's approach remains similar to his earlier work, but more focused and -- dare it be said -- polished. The three main tracks (51, 12, and 12 minutes in duration) consist of real-time noise collages. Everything seems to be done by hand, although there may be some computer processing in "Is Not About the Last Day of 8th Grade." The artist uses all kinds of sound sources, but mostly media ones: vinyl, tapes, radio, and television. And yet, "Cl-amo/ang or/er us/e et c" begins with the clanking of amplified objects. The delivery is too raw and aleatory to reach the absorbing level of, say, Adam Bohman or Günter Müller's music, but it provides an overture perplexing enough to fit in with what comes afterward. Soon Id M Theft Able turns to his media sources, adding to the mix harsh noises of all kinds. The marathon title track retains a surprising level of cohesion. After a short interlude of tape hiss and heavy breathing, "Ottawan'd Stab Constructs" takes almost an ambient form -- at least it's a bit softer. The concluding "Is Not About the Last Day of 8th Grade" combines a TV speaker, a sped-up voice (Frank Zappa-style), a vaguely Moroccan flute melody, a cheap organ chord, and a distorted symphony orchestra recording for a cacophonous finale that doesn't brush off the application found in the longer piece.

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