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ARTIST
TITLE
Bits, Bots And Signs
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CD

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ERST 011CD ERST 011CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/20/2000

"Otomo Yoshihide has explored the nature of sound in many different ways during his career. Over the last few years, Otomo has become increasingly interested in minimal wave-based electronics, as heard in his Filament and I.S.O projects. Swiss duo Voice Crack (Norbert Möslang and Andy Guhl) have been playing together since 1972. In 1977, they released the then underappreciated Deep Voices LP (FMP, reissued on CD by Urthona), which they created largely with acoustic instruments. Since 1983, they've been exclusively working with 'cracked everyday-electronics', modifying and/or abusing numerous small household machines in order to produce extreme, unique noises. Bits, Bots and Signs documents the long overdue first meeting of these pioneers, recorded in March 2000 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, although as Möslang says, 'from the beginning, it was as if we had played together for a long time.' The three musicians generate gently pulsing rumbles, piercing whistles and lingering whines, fusing these varied sounds into a series of expansive panoramas. The striking cover drawing was created by Swiss artist Alex Hanniman." The following quote from I-Sound "Otomo Yoshihide and Voice Crack expertly weave a brittle fabric of sound, unifying notions of instant composition with the radiating randomness of live electronics. Useful sonic "flaws" fold in upon themselves giving these works a vocabulary of fresh electronic elements that come across equally as well placed, spontaneous, and compelling. Electro-acoustic improvisation at its most fragile and leveling extremes."