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Hey, fancy listening to your own ears? If so check out Thomas Ankersmit’s homage to the late Dutch electronic/tape music pioneer Dick Raaijmakers. But be prepared as this could potentially really send you spinning. I for sure wouldn’t pipe this into your brain through headphones unless you’re into bleeding from your ear cavities. There are some high frequencies on here that could literally explode your mind and cause serious damage to your precious hearing organs - so be warned.
For this album on Shelter Press, Ankersmit was inspired by Raaijmakers’ investigations in “holophonic” sound fields. This is where the listener's inner ear generates unique sounds which don’t exist in the recordings they’re receiving - in a way the sounds play the human ear like a musical instrument. This results in what is known as "distortion product otoacoustic emission" or "Tartini tone". So basically, what I’m hearing as a result from some of these frequencies will be entirely different to other humans. You may have encountered this in the work of Jacob Kirkegaard, specifically his 2008 album ‘Labyrinthitis’ released on Touch. But where that album focussed on pure tone/drone, there are way more interesting things to be found here, as Ankersmit layers all sorts of peculiar and otherworldly sounds making for a more engaging and colourful album that’s way easier to penetrate. Pretty sure I’d get some great Synesthesia like effects and optimum disorientation from this record in pure darkness. Gonna give that a go for sure. Say NO to drugs, and YES to interactive binaural sound.
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