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Thomas Dimuzio & Andre Custodio/Conure

street of errs

>Another in the splendid split release series from Monticello, Indiana's Cohort Records, this one pairs a sound artist familiar to me with some relative obscurities, with mixed results. Famous veteran sound sculptor Dimuzio here collaborates with Bay Area improv drummer & electronic artist Custodio for a single 19-minute deep, ominous, and resonant drone, recorded live with electronic processing and spontaneous feedback, loops, and synths. The track, 'Air Way', feels much like falling into a deep, metallic cavern -- bleak and spacy, with plenty of reverb and unsettlingly cold textures. It is quite engrossing, and the full duration had passed me by without hardly noticing. The other track on 'Street Of Errs' comes from American noise artist Mark Wilson's Conure project. Recorded live at the Pussycat Lounge in New York City, the 27-minute 'Murray Street' is a thunderous, abrasive, and unforgiving feedback attack, with distortion and processing drowning out any of the street sounds that are the basis for this composition. This one's strictly for the more jaded noise-heads, as it's really pretty relentless. Still, it's enjoyable to hear some good old fashioned noise once in a while. (Goatsden)

> The releases of Cohort Records that I got in the past didn't do anything for me really, so it came as a surprise that this new release was something more interesting. It’s again a split, this time between Thomas Dimuzio, André Custodio and Conure, with again two very long tracks. The first track is a collaboration by Dimuzio and Custodio and is called ‘Air Way’. This is also what the track sounds like, as if traveling through streets in the sky. It’s a very long track, but it stays interesting because of its evolving and flowing sounds. The other track is by Conure and is called ‘Murray Street’. This one is a lot more noisy with lots of distorted sounds, kind of like Merzbow on a lighter day. This one is also pretty long, even longer, but has just enough variation to not get too boring. Although it could have some better mastering in places. This new release by Cohort Records is actually quite good! It doesn’t have the overindulgent experiments like the other splits I reviewed a while ago. You also get two very different track, one more industrial space ambient (only not in space but in the sky), and one power electronics track which is also nice. So I now expect some nice things in the future. Also, as always with Cohorts strange packaging, the cd is packaged in some nice wallpaper! So if you buy enough cd’s, you could redecorate you bedroom. Nice! (Gothtronic)

>The ongoing series of split series.  Usually with pieces that last about thirty minutes, give or take, but here has a piece that is under nineteen and one from twenty-seven minutes.  To start with the latter. The unknown Conure is one Mark Wilson, who gets credit for 'processing, looping, and sounds recorded on the streets of Manhattan', which results in a barrage of noise, distortion, feedback and sometimes the street sounds zip through the wall of sound.  Not that things have been recorded superloud, but the gritty lo-fi sound doesn't make a very solid impression.  Rather one of those on the spot recordings that is probably fun to do, but not necessarily should materialize into a release. The CDR opens with a duo piece of live sampling master Thomas Dimuzio in collaboration with the for me unknown Andre Custodio, who plays synthesizer and processing. In 'Air Way' they play some heavy electronic ambient music. It moves back and forth, like an endless steam engine of an electronic mass. I was reminded of old Roland Kayn music here. Its not gentle ambient, but a thick, swirling mass of sound, with lots of hidden tension that sometimes bursts out. Now this is something. I don't think I could have expected a weak piece by Dimuzio, and here once again, he doesn't let us down. A fine piece. Quite solid. (Vital)



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