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New work from the rigorous sound-mind of Vasco Alves, of VA AA LR fame. Volume II is a set of works made up of minimal sine wave pieces processed via transistor radio broadcast. The results are stuttering and unstable fields of sound fizz: strong stuff. Highly affordable CD release on We Can Elude Control.


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Volume II by Vasco Alves
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 26 October 2016

Looking at his Discogs image, you can see that Vasco Alves is a happy man who sits under a cute umbrella making sounds between sips of beer. It’s got to be some kind of party friendly ruckus, right? Well, Robin handed this to me with the phrase ‘how about some sine tones???’, so no, the party never even existed. He’s actually knocking back the lager to the sound of grumbling, static-exuding machines.

The first thing I’m confronted with is the hiss of an old TV or something, before a cycling, whirring rasp breaks through the static to surround you with disorientating textural malaise. 30 seconds later and the repetition breaks down while the machine struggles to keep itself afloat. New levels of subtle abrasion. The following track has a lot in common with helicopter blades, trundling noisily in choppy bliss, echoing between the left and right ears. I’m really into this sort of electroacoustic machine noise nonsense. Apparently he builds his own machines for this shit, very badly I presume, which is the whole point. The result is a bold expression of textural disarray, the timbres of which are making me salivate. God damnit. I’m gonna eat a sandwich.




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