Ernesto Diaz-Infante

Rodent Logic

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Rodent Logic is the result of a collaboration by mail. Ernesto Diaz-Infante supplied source material in the form of hazy experimental soundscapes made out of turntable sounds, TV noise, a broken CD player, acoustic guitar playing, and voice. Shaun and Carol Kelly of the noise team Rotten Piece added mellophone and samplers, but mostly shaped the music into a suite in 13 movements. Lo-fi sound treatments confer an industrial underground atmosphere to the album. Each track picks up where the other left, forming a set of variations on variations. Some are very short; others stretch up to eight minutes. The listener gets the impression that the music is all the same and the tracks are interchangeable, yet in the middle of the experience one cannot remember how it all started or what the movement heard a couple of tracks ago actually sounded like. That's how this album gets interesting -- through this sensation of being lost. Fans of Diaz-Infante should beware: By all means, this is Rotten Piece's CD. Little is left of the guitarist's identity, and the source recordings could almost be anyone's. Left alone, a few guitar motifs hang in mid-air in the vicinity of "Automated Hatchlings" and "Lopsided and Expanding." Shaun and Carol Kelly build good electronic loops and treat the material following an ambient noise aesthetic. It works well, especially in the aforementioned pieces and "Been Rifled Thru." Sadly, the closing "Dung Beetle Stride" goes on for too long, weakening the album overall. This rare CD-R is for very open-minded drone and noise lovers.

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