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    Radio Java [Sublime Frequencies]

    Third sublime installment in the audio odyssey from Alan
    Bishop. He always records radio when travelling. Alan
    provides editing by both dialing live for displacement
    (#7’s great start) and computer cutting after the fact
    for crash comparisons. Unlike the first two releases,
    this is pretty much radio collage. Sometimes he lingers
    on a flavor (like Sundanese sounds on #1) other times
    it’s a blast of Radio Nacional. We get everything from
    underwater gamelan stylings (#5 2 minutes in or so)
    to another weird soap operatic drama that ends with
    a captivating double-vocal chant on #3 about 5 minutes
    in to westernized commercial sounds, check #4 about 4
    minutes in (cool chime rinses). #4 is probably my
    favorite, there’s a karate chop section of state-run
    radio that seems like a noise outing, very odd broken
    spoken sections, and ending that’s extra-terrestial.
    Solid noise on #7 as well. Cheesy metal at the onset
    of #6, Bon Scott alive and in exile? That cut is
    amazing too, with gooey banter between DJ’s. Pretty
    much a grab bag, most radio collage in the US and
    UK is played for laughs (People Like Us, Wayne
    Butane). This really is different, and rewarding.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 13, 2005 at 2:49 am
  • Filed as CD,Format,International
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