Mia Zabelka brings intensive and experimental approaches to the archetypally classical sound object of the violin, using both physical and digital extended techniques (prepared objects in the strings, howling, an array of live electronics) to hone her own instrumental language. On Cellular Resonance, she even has processing assistance from Lydia Lunch(!), making this a particularly noisy release of hers. Out on Little Crackd Rabbit.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 01 November 2017
Violins! Electronics! Noise! Lydia Lunch… sorry, I mean Mia Zabelka brings all of these, and more. Icon of No Wave herself, La Lunch produced the album for that extra racket quotient (also gaining co-writing credits for half the record) -- and boy, even on these headphones, is it LOUD. Herein are no fewer than 6 of her Cellular Resonances, resonating.
Vienna’s Zabelka has a long history of bringing the noise, and here she really delivers with all manner of violin abuse and electro sorcery. I mean, just what in the blazes / blinky-stinks is she doing to those strings to get these sounds? She’s thrust all manner of objects in there. By track ‘Cellular Resonance 2’ I’m picturing strangled cats. The torture! The humanity! There’s a bit of chanting, possibly from Gregorian times (spoiler: I’m not an expert on chants) complete with some distant explosions, for that bit of synthetic ambient respite. Some Grouper / Fursaxa-ish moments spread across the middle of the CD; enjoy the quiet moments for just a few minutes, won’t you please? Your howling will recommence shortly.
To recap, then: I hope you like your noises all noisy. If you do, I posit you’ll enjoy these exquisite alliances of the synthetic and organic all up in this mix. A resounding success? Surely, yes.
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