Review of Active/Freeze [12k1009]

The Wire (UK)

Tetsu Inoue has moved from ambient towards more disruptive soundwork, and moments in Active/Freeze remind me of early Cage noise collages, although general magic and pita may be another influence here. Flitting pops and crackly static are again separated out on the speakers, but move more quickly in short chains of pulse and oscillation. The sound unfolds like a weird environmental recording: dry ticking, popping and slithering, or the sounds of crickets and sparrows. At times, simple looped melodic lines create abstract Eno-esque airs, but, as on Spec, the concern is not for atmosphere but the generation of an unpredictable and abstract sonic writing. – matt ffytche

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