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- Earth Horns with Electronic Drones by Yoshi Wada
9/10 Ant Staff review, 25 January 2013
Over the last few years drone music seems to have been slowly gaining momentum and popularity. At one point the market become so over saturated it seemed like every other release turning up was a drone record and I really got fed up with the whole drone thing as a lot of it was what our Brett once succinctly referred to as "cookie cutter drone".
When drone music is done properly I adore it. This is a case in point. An early minimalism classic recorded back in 1974 created from Wada's self constructed three meter pipehorns made from plumbing materials, tuned into the electrical current of the performance space in Syracuse New York. The electronic drone is constant and really fills the room with thick heavyweight tones while the pipes tones gently shift as they interact with the electronic drones. The overall effect is massively hypnotic, pure and transcendental. The copy I have and am currently listening to is the CD edition which is a 77 minute extract of the performance and it's satisfying enough. But for the hardcore drone freaks this new whopping vinyl edition contains the full three hour performance. If you're not hovering, bumping your head on the ceiling looking down on yourself after that then you probably need to go and score some drugs or something. All-time classic drone action that bridges the gap between LaMonte Young and Phill Niblock. The real deal - Highly recommended.
9/10 hippoflopomus Customer review, 18th December 2015
From the vinyl edition - over 2 hrs of room calming horn and electronic drone straight from the 70s. Taken from the master tapes and fully licensed this is an excellent example of that most unusual of all scenes - the New York avant-garde classical / eastern drone cross over.
The most genuinely psychedelic answer to rampant urbanisation - creating heavy duty chill out zones - in one the world's biggest cities - this release is a very fine example of how drone music should be. If the music is very powerful, less so is the packaging. Three lps in an oversized LP sleeve with no interviews but some nice ephemera from concerts at the time. The great photo for the cover tastefully tinted kind of makes up for the lack of extras for an expensive release and drone lovers are pretty used to paying the extra bucks for the ride but this would easily have been 10/10 with a little more effort on the information front.
As it is though - a very welcome release licensed and mastered straight from the master tapes. Support this over the weak La Monte Young bootlegs.
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