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DARKSMITH - Total Vacuum

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Hanson Records HN208
Release Year: 2010
Note: CD version of first album by California sound artist TOM DARKSMITH - mysterious low fi musique concrete with many unidentifiable noises, scratches & scrapings, slowed, loopy & stranged out .... think of G*PARK, YEAST CULTURE, HANDS TO, JOE COLLEY.. lim. 500 in box
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"CD reissue of quickly sold out debut vinyl from California sound artist Tom Darksmith. Crude musique concrte made using tapes, voice, records, radio, guitar, drums, objects, domestic and field recordings. Assembled on cassette four track 2008-2009. A disturbing collection of sounds... lots of sounds... unknown sounds... I have no clue what is going on on this record... Tom says there is guitar, drums, etc on this... but I don't hear them... what I hear is: The sound of my neighbor weedwacking, the sound of being zipped into a suitcase then shipped via train, ghost voices roaming in sewers, the sound of riding in a helicopter with mid-grade noise reduction earmuffs on, a shitty metal door being locked on a crew of mumbling idiots... and every now and again... a garbage disposal... this is what I hear... no clue what you will hear. A total mystery of perfectly paced organization of dirt sound... not harsh... not mellow... just dirty, weird, and confusing... and to quote the sleevenotes of the first few QUEEN LP's... No Synthesizers!'. Recommended for fans of Yeast Culture, Agog, Joe Colley, Graham Lambkin, Jason Lescalleet, Hands To, etc... Packaged in a black poly jewelcase." [label info]


"The music from one Tom Darksmith was recorded on a four track, using 'guitar, drums, tapes, objects, domestic and field recordings', although that is quite hard to hear on this. What do we hear? Ah, well, that's altogether a more complicated question. It could be field recordings - recording outdoor sounds through closed doors? - or cranking of acoustic objects? There is also the occasional use and abuse of voices. Quite a mysterious release as such. If anything this is a wildly, vivid and crude assembly of musique concrete - but in its most pure sense. No electronics, or synthesizers for that matter, are used here, it seems. Just hissy street recordings, crudely cut tape loops, the battering of objects, recorded on a hand-held micro cassette recorder. At with quite an amount of variation I must say. The hissy 'The Phantom Other Half' has quite a spooky quality to it. As pleasing as it discomforting. A lo-fi version of musique concrete and more likeable than many of his high-brow peers. Indeed, as the label says, for fans of Yeast Culture, Agog, Joe Colley, Graham Lambkin, Jason Lescalleet and Hands To. I totally agree. Very much along those mysterious lines. Great noise, quite excellent!" [FdW/Vital Weekly]