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- Velours by Sacher-Pelz (Maurizio Bianchi)
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Noise archivists Urashima continue their unearthing of Italian noise pioneer Maurizio Bianchi’s intimidating back-catalogue with the other two of his four LPs which came out under his pre-M.B. ‘Sacher-pelz’ moniker in the late 1970s, described in the press release as “super primitive musique concrete recordings culled from turntable/needle abuse upon LPs by Kraftwerk, Neu!, and Conrad Schnitzler”.
It’s a million miles away from his harsher and perhaps more infamous pieces like ‘Symphony For A Genocide’, with layers of murky, hypnotic loops which gently wibble and flutter in a stumbling but almost new agey way, with disembodied rhythms and crackling drones shifting uneasily around one another. I have to admit that had I not read the press release I would have no idea as to the source material used to construct this music, which is equal parts mechanical and disconnected and engagingly human.
There’s one lengthy track on the first side and then five shorter ones on the other side (looks like six on the record but only five are listed) but the general template of weird layered wavering analogue noise loops is pretty consistent throughout, particularly impressive on the woozy metronomic wobble-fest that I think is probably ‘Orphelin’ or ‘Damenbinde’, which gets quite disorientating. Limited to 99 so if you want it then buy now!
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