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HAYNES, JIM - Electrical Injuries

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Aussenraum Records AR-LP-008
Release Year: 2017
Note: exciting and powerful, almost undescribable noises that suck you in like nothing else on this new LP by JIM HAYNES, at times loopy structures are build, but there are always multi-layers of complex drones and noises present = psycho-physical industrial at its best !! "Torn, ripped, blown apart, dissolved in acid, left to rot, atomized, electrocuted" [Jim Haynes] only 200 copies
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"Jim Haynes on the album: electrical injuries was designed as an intense record. Something akin to a sustained self-immolation. The themes of corrosion and dislocation central to the research. Similarly, the source material and the means of production also maintains a lineage that dates back to my earlier compositions and designs. I still use shortwave radio, electric disruptions and varispeed motors along with a smattering of synthesized sound that have recently blossomed from a long-term residency at the recombinant media labs. I find myself deliberately pushing these tools to engage with more volatile frequencies and to pursue more aggressive strategies for upheaval. The ruptures are more acute. The harmonic dissonance is more pronounced. In this context, the concepts mentioned above become more existentially stark, eschewing the poetics of residues in favor of an accelerated disintegration. Torn, ripped, blown apart, dissolved in acid, left to rot, atomized, electrocuted.
200 copies on 180g vinyl, cut by Flo Kaufmann, mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi." [label info]

"California sound artist Jim Haynes composes through variable degrees of acceleration and accretion, even as his research continues to ruminate on sonic decay. You gotta build something up, before you can tear it down. Electrical Injuries furthers Haynes' actionist tendencies as the density of noise waxes and wanes with a profound sense of urgency and tension. It makes for a powerful suite that amplifies the dynamics of musique concrete techniques through the aggressive volatility of industrial / noise culture. Ice is mentioned as a source material, but that's clearly not the only thing going on here. Given the title, electricity and the mishaps of hot-wiring circuits in proximity to human body (presumably his) allude to something Frankensteinian. One can discern an infernal distortion of radio-signals, the tickings of geiger counters, various motorized pistons firing and eerie pulsations from unknowably alien, electronic beacons. The clatter and grind of Electrical Injuries doesn't really align comfortably with the SPK / TG models of grim electronic sequencing, but there's more of a rhythmic spine than found in many of Haynes' contemporaries (i.e. Kevin Drumm, Francisco Meirino, S.E.T.I.). The opening salvo cycles through a shattering of glass with its correspondent frequencies glowing white hot with a corona of atonal harmonics, and Haynes reprises this compositional paroxysm at various points throughout the album. Sinews of disquieting drone and agitated texture connect these pinnacles of noise for a vibrant if at times hostile album. Highly recommended." [Stranded]