Album Review

Intonarumori: 2013 NorCal NoiseFest Audio Comp [coll] – [Norcal Noisefest]

abacus   11/13/2013   A Library, CD


A collection of tracks from the tweak-artistes that performed at this year’s Noisefest that happens every October in Sacramento. Not everyone’s here, but you get a sizable portion of the folks from NorCal area, LA roundabouts and elsewhere. Skillfully mixed and mastered by Lob from Instagon, sounds at times like they just track thru as singular pieces. Don’t let the “Noise” title scare you, there’s a wide variety and possibly something for everyone. Of course there’s the cacophonous feedback overload (3,4) and distorted machinery malfunctions (6,8,10,13), but also vacuumed vocal vexations (1,11,12), phantom soundscapes (8) and glitchscapes (20) and dirty crack soundscrapes (7), even some chopped (21) and bombarded (16) spoken word, pschedelik surf raga (15) and field recording haunts (17,19). Top it off with one of the most pleasantly confusing sound collages I’ve heard for a finale and this tickles all sorts of fancies. I especially liked 1,3,14,18,21,23. Which ones itch you?

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