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Gerrit – “Space Level Blaze ” – [Misanthropic Agenda]

Thurston Hunger   12/15/2005   A Library, CD

An adrenaline rush of a noisercoaster, a heady combination
of amusement and confusement…and like all such rides,
it is over much too quickly. Gerritt (Wittmer) is the man
behind the Misanthropic Agenda (label that is), a key to
his release is the amount of space and swirl he inserts
between the raw explosions of sound. There’s a nice sense
of tension mounting, before you feel a full audio overload.
And his use of effects is stellar, there’s a reverb tunnel
that #4 goes through which gets tighter and tighter until
it squeezes out into a waterfall of noise, reducing down
eventually to a rhythm of drops, or pulses really…and
then in the end we get a slow fade of white noise. All
of the tracks make nice use of panning, and stereo straying
(check the pinballing left/right early in #5, which by the
end of that piece has changed entirely into something like
a game show with electrodes and jackhammers hooked up to
contestants. But despite that, this is no Fear Factor
of a release; the sheer noise is volcanic, but very
well sculpted and honestly pretty damn fun. Two (#1, #6) of
the tracks feature human whoops of sheer exhilliration.
All cuts go through a variety of passages and make this
an exceptional release of extreme electronics. E-ticket
all the way…

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