Haiku Review

Zbeen – K-Frame (Ripples, 2012)


Zbeen (Gianluca Favaron & Ennio Mazzon) – Sentrert Dot (Ripples)

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/tinnitus wave tones/
/electronic consciousness/
/travel by glitch ticks/

Album Review

Nils Quak – This Once Silver Sky (Ripples, 2010)


Nils QuakQuand Meme (excerpt)

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Not sure I’ve written about too many German based sound artists on AGB, so I guess it’s kinda good that Nils Quak came my way (even if I’m a juvenile and his name makes me laugh). Think I might need some more cultured drone here and now seems like a fine time to start.

This Once Silver Sky is some glacial ambience, frozen to the core with an acute awareness of all the cracks & whips of creaking ice and slowly swirling water. A deep muffled rumble expands, like a distant submarine motor kicking out sonar that’s long since faded in the abyss. Shifting icebergs roam the empty seas, occasionally bumping into each other resulting in glitching spikes & splashes. The dead wind perks up every now and then, a hidden digital whisper that coats everything with a beautiful texture. Then the sadness washes in, some emotional tones that drip somber, mixed with heavily obscured field recordings and a mini grandeur of subtle electronic static.

It’s a single half hour track where the layers continually build & reshape and the end is an entirely different beast from the beginning, with a dozen steps of doomed ambient drone glitch bliss along the way. It’s a sentimental rollercoaster, using all sorts of processed found sounds, grainy electronics, and smoothed out tones to get the job done. Nils Quak has made a ridiculously beautiful & highly compelling piece of music. Truly awesome stuff.