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HAFLER TRIO - Dislocation

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Korm Plastics paragraph 23, subsection 81
Release Year: 2008
Note: re-issue of this classic MC (1986) / CD (1990, Staalplaat), comes in art-cover with lovely poster-map inlay => wide field recording drones and strange concrete sounds combined to a confusing collage, a true oracle.... LAST COPIES back in stock !!
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Das frühe Staalplaat-Werk in edler Verpackung wiederveröffentlicht, kommt mit sehr kunstvollem Posterkarten-Booklet. Weitflächige field recording drones und seltsamste konkrete Sounds (die aber alle "natürlichen" Ursprungs zu sein scheinen) prägen das Album, insgesamt eher "collagig", orakelhaft, verwirrend. Wer sich für die erste "experimentellere" Phase von H30 interessiert, findet hier einen idealen Einstiegspunkt in das ominöse Multiversum des Andrew McKenzie.

"Wer dachte, mit der Staalplaat-Edition von 1990 ein Schmuckstück sein Eigen nennen zu können, dem wird die Neuauflage der 86er
H3O-Kassette einen Stich versetzen. Das Artwork ist nicht nur opulenter, es ist stupend. Die Landkarten sind nun farbig und statt eines
simplen Booklets gibt es ein raffiniert gefaltetes Kartonleporello mit den Texten über die gnostischen Nag-Hammadi-Rollen (‚Trimorphic
Protennoia‘ wird wörtlich zitiert) und über das Ptolemäische Weltbild und erneut mit dem ungelösten Rätsel der Route From Lonely Island in the Arctic Circle to Shiant Island near Lewis, to the tip of the gulf of Policastro, to Cranbourne in Dorset, to St. David in the East Archipelago. To complete the sequence and make the ‚circle‘ possible, travel from Jabbok in Perea, to the Great Salt Lake, to the foothills of the Pyrenees. (Eine 9. Karte zeigt Istrien und die Kroatischen Inseln) There is a hidden point. Als Inspiration ist wieder der Archäologe und Okkultist T.C. Lethbridge (1901-1971) genannt, Autor von z. B. The Legend of the Sons of God: A Fantasy? (1972) und The Power of the Pendulum (1978), dessen Erbe inzwischen von The Sons of TC-Lethbridge, d. s. Welbourn Tekh (ex-Sinking Ships), Doggen Foster & Kevin Bales (Spiritualized), und, wem sonst, Julian Cope ebenfalls musikalisch umschwurbelt wurde, wenn auch auf andere Weise als
durch Andrew McKenzie. Dessen ‚Tourist with Pendulum‘, das neben ‚Chronos Destroyed‘ Dislocation füllt, spielt direkt auf Lethbridge an. Der Sound - meist irritierende Fieldrecordings - ist freilich Mindfuck genug. Ein Klassiker." [Bad Alchemy]

"Travel! It's the drug of the common man! Why, it keeps the wheels of industry flowing to make sure that he has a home to come to, earned and paid for by his labours! Why don't you, the rich, privileged, indulge in a journey that (trust me) money can't buy! And send a postcard to your friends! X marks the spot!" Originally released by Staalplaat as a cassette in 1986 then as a CD in 1990. Revised now, with the proper package." [label info]


"Here we have The Hafler Trio's impressive Dislocation. Originally recorded to tape back in 1986 on Staalplaat, who later released it on disc in 1990, Dislocation was certainly one of their more obscure albums both in terms of distribution and content. It has been speculated that these recordings represent the final material that Chris Watson contributed to The Hafler Trio before embarking on his own impressive field recordist career; but there's no discernible 'proof' to back up that claim. Such is the way for the man behind the curtain of The Hafler Trio - that man, of course, being Andrew McKenzie. The title here couldn't be more apt in describing this very decentered collage, which leaps, cuts, and jumps from one tape-spliced collage of oblique, industrial-stained musique concrete to electronic decompositions of found sound, marked by short snippets of near silence and ambient room noise. In this collage, you might find yourself confronted with electrified voltage arcs bursting out of field recordings of fighter jets racing above and waterlogged ships creaking below. Elsewhere, h3o presents an unsettling sonic clamor prescient of the Schimpfluch aktions that may or may not be part of some unknowable gnostic ritual, or the sonic detritus from a display of guttural abjection. Blurting alarm calls and scraped metals disrupt streams of disembodied voices and heavily collaged media samples, and electrical drones are plucked from the ether of the shortwave radio band. There are elements from Dislocation that reappear throughout the Hafler Trio's early catalogue, say from 1984 - 1992; but with Andrew McKenzie, the act of recontextualization is a critical component to the process of splintering mediated and social metaphor. McKenzie states that he's reprocessed and even replaced some of the original material with this reissued disc on Korm Plastics. The material all has a gritty tape-grafted feel, so whatever is replacing the old material has the spirit and feel of the original. As with all of the Hafler Trio releases, sound samples are verboten by decree of the man himself." [Aquarius Records]