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Album Review

Women Take Back The Noise [coll] – [UBUIBI]

lombard   8/4/2009   A Library, CD

We originally added “Women Take Back the Noise” to KFJC’s library in fall 2006, soon after its August 2006 release. For some reason we were missing one of the three CDs (the last and noisiest one called “Vociferous”); so now, thanks to curator Ninah Pixie we have the complete package.

This collection is truly an amazing piece of both visual and auditory art. Represented on here are a variety of ladies doing experimental music. Sounds range from noisy to glitchy to atmospheric to almost danceable. You might hear train sounds, bicycle bells, motorcycles, thunder, scraping, feedback, plucked strings, telegram taps, beeps, stretched balloons, and here and there a guitar or toy piano. Occasionally there are voices, rarely singing (Merlin Coleman’s piece is one of the few to feature actual singing, although the piece also gets dark and rumbling), but sometimes chanting and incanting.

A few of the 47 participating artists (from all over the world) include Blevin Blectum, Ava Mendoza, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Fe-Mail, Michiko Kawagoe, and Jessica Rylan.

Its all housed in a zippered orange vinyl purse adorned with a noise-making flower “noise cookie” that when prodded will produce its own sounds. Trading card-like postcards in the package provide all the details on the artists. It’s limited to 1000 copies and I feel pretty lucky that KFJC scored one in all its glory.

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