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    Van Tieghem, David X Ten – “Fits & Starts” – [Rvng Intl.]

    Found sound – where the others do the finding and then
    van Tieghem plays the objects (seen in the cover photo
    and inside the booklet). In addition to a filter provided
    by the finders’ objects, there’s another pass back from
    van Tieghem’s recordings in a NY art space to the 10
    finders for sonic doctoring. So drone permutation and
    electro static discharge beat therapy are added to each
    side-long exploration. Even some voices leak in, Blanche
    Blanche Blanche uttering about “The Gloves Go On.” It’s
    kinda cool that the storage space for the found objects
    was called a “Bulletin Board,” made me think of postcards
    for musicians desperately seeking musicians to start bands
    in pre-internet days at record stores. Side A has sort of
    a mellow orchestra awakening, glimpses of warehouse gamelan.
    Or if Pan Sonic were a non-electric, all-acoustic project?
    Van Tieghen is doing most if not all of his sound generation
    apparently from striking the objects, and the frame itself,
    with sticks, mallets, brushes and so forth. Side B hits like the
    monolith in 2001 to star, then gets a transfer to an almost
    magic bus, that drops us off in a forest where Werner
    Herzog is hiding from Kitaro, who appears on New Age digital
    horse. Your reaction may vary. Side B was more disjointed
    with discrete movements, and my favorite, plus easier to
    excerpt for short radio moments.It had me hoping for a locked
    groove too. Here’s a promo video for what it’s worth

    I have NOT seen the 1981 film with/about van Tieghem
    called Ear to the Ground. Ignore the cardboard box which
    says “STAY AWAY”, grab a drumstick and chime in.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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