Just as the U.S. war on Iraq broke out in March 2003, JLIAT released his second EP of war-related conceptual sound art. After the nuclear bomb explosions of Noise, released by edition..., the self-released Continuing Noise: War Pt. 1 presents treated field recordings from the U.S. attack against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Track titles like "B52s @ Kunduz" and "Fire Fight North of Kabul" are self-explanatory. But to what extent have these recordings been treated? Is the ear-shredding distortion when U.S. aircrafts take off the result of recording signals overloading or a digital touch-up to make them more frightening? In any case, these sounds are real. JLIAT only mediates them -- and his intervention is likely to be less transformative than the way the "official" news media treats information. His point is well taken: these are the sounds of war. Without the careful commentary of a journalist on top of them, their ugliness jumps at the listener's ears.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture