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EMERGE - Narcoses

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Attenuation Circuit ACU 1012
Release Year: 2017
Note: drops and rays of deep bass sounds and morphed frequencies build sluggish cascades of an eerie nature, only gradually structures appear which could form some kind of ultra slow motion rhythms, but the brain can hardly recognize this...one of the best EMERGE albums so far, a different kind of bleak ambience, any LUSTMORD fan should test this out! Lim. 100 only
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Starting with an almost imperceptibly slow pulsation in the deepest depths of the subsonic, this 40-minute composition works its way through rhythmic parts texturised by glitches and crackles. This release, which brings together the various musical approaches EMERGE has developed over the last few years, at times feels like an unlikely hybrid between sound sculpting in the vein of Bernard Parmegianis musique concrte and hauntological dubstep atmospheres.

This live recording is perhaps the most rhythm-based release by Sascha Stadlmeier (aka EMERGE) since his earliest musical outings under his Dependenz moniker around the year 2000. Rhythm here not only means that abstract sounds are looped into beats, in various registers from the treble to the really deep bass. The whole macrostructure of the piece is rhythmic because it is punctuated by (sometimes rather long) silences. This is markedly different from many of EMERGEs more textural, dark ambient pieces of the past, which were based on layered and ever-shifting drones. It literally gives the listener pause to think and follow their own train of thoughts while never losing the focus on the sounds themselves. This results in an atmospheric quality that is both dream-like and lucid, unhurried and full of suspense. In the excellent sense of timing and dramaturgy of narcoses, one feels the wide experience in free improvisation that Stadlmeier has acquired since his last full-length EMERGE release by playing in all sorts of improv formations.

File under: Musique concrte, electroacoustic music, dark ambient