Dieb13

Streaming

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Streaming documents a meeting between two of the younger exponents of electro-acoustic improvisation practicing in Europe and one of the "older generation" pioneers in the field, Gunter Muller. Jason Kahn's drums and metals along with Muller's percussion-related setup give many of the tracks a rumbling, clattering quality. Combined with eerie, ominous drones and whines created by Dieb13 (otherwise known as Dieter Kovacic), it makes for an enticing disc of post-industrial improv, bleak yet somehow sexy. The industrial sense is heightened, in track three, by the use of both street sounds (sirens, car engines, etc.) and tapes of control room conversations revolving around rocket launches. All of this is couched in a relatively relaxed mix of whirs and rattles, perhaps an overly comfortable one. Much of Streaming walks the fine line between improv that pushes the limits and that which settles into a quasi-ambient vein, only a few steps away from something like Eno's On Land, for instance. While this makes it a relatively "easy" listen for one not familiar with the genre, fans of Muller's prior work may find the current offering a bit wanting, though on the brief fourth track (none of the cuts are titled) Kahn's metals raise enough of a disturbing racket to satisfy the noise mongers. On its own merits, however, Streaming certainly succeeds well enough to recommend it, especially to newcomers to the field. Hardcore adherents may consider it non-essential.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:31
2
7:55
3
11:38
4
3:54
5
9:34
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