COH

Netmörk

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Netmörk started as a piece contributed to the theme compilation Emre (Dark Matter), released by SouRce Research Recordings in 2000. It used sounds derived from telephone lines to create a strange ethereal universe of electricity, touchtones, and void. COH decided to push things further and created two more pieces using the same basic material. All three are presented here as a triptych, with "Netmörk, Part I: Dark Inside Telephone Wire?" corresponding to the Emre track. The second part, subtitled "Love As Hate," begins with touchtones echoing in subspace. The 15-minute track later takes listeners to many places and stands as one of COH's most abstract and challenging pieces. The third part, subtitled "Materialize: m=E/c2," builds techno out of technology, pointing back at the 2000 LP Mask of Birth. Dedicated to Giorgio Moroder, it shatters the mood established by the first two tracks, something this reviewer didn't appreciate -- but it might work differently for you. The album is brought to the 40-minute mark by "Undercosm," a construction of glitches and tones. The delicate poetry found in the first two movements of "Netmörk" feels far away, but COH manages to tame the wild sweeps, slowly chiselling them into a microsonic conclusion, which is a very nice way to end this album.

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