Parched Throat

by ESA RUOHO

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Original: Anodyne: Empires of Dust
Remix: Esa Ruho: Parched Throat

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released March 22, 2015

In the electro-dance track “Empire of Dust” by Anodyne, dust is just a word in the title. But in Esa Ruoho’s remix of that track, which is released here, you can really hear, feel and taste the dust settling everywhere. This is why “Parched Throat” is a perfect title for this rework.

Instead of some seven minutes like the original, the rework by Finnish composer-producer Esa Ruoho aka Lackluster lasts well over an hour. Everything that used to be beats and melodies has been pulverised into drifting audio grit, sheets of hiss covering the dunes of harmonics that are left over from extensive time-stretching operations performed on the previous material. Esa Ruoho does to the original track what time and desert climate have done to the monuments of ancient cultures –he erodes them, only to eventually take the role of the archaeologist and uncover some fragments that are beautiful in their own right.

File under: drone, ambient, lowercase

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Ra Sonologyst
Emerge Attenuation-circuit is a very prolific label, with an impressive average releases quality. This Esa Ruoho (aka Luckluster) work, a remix of existing track, is a dark and cold ambient track, more than 1 hour long. But if you consider that desolated landscapes he creates will last for the eternity, what does matter 1 hour?

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VITAL WEEKLY:

The other new release is even a bit longer, clocking at seventy-two minutes and it's by Finnish composer Esa Ruoho, who sometimes works as Lackluster. I have no idea who he is or what he does, but apparently he's doing a remix here of 'Empire Of Dust' by Anodyne. I never heard that track, so I looked it up on youtube, the world's archive of music, it sometimes seems. It's a pretty neat electronic dance track, which seemed a bit dark and probably not entirely my cup of tea. The original lasts some six or seven minutes but Esa Ruoho knows how to stretch these things into something much longer. Much, much longer indeed. One doesn't recognize any beats in here, not even those that are time stretched and one doesn't recognize any of the original melodies either. I have no idea what kind of software this guy is using, but it does a great job in tearing apart of all of the original into one super long super-drone based piece of music. This could also very well have been the result of a heavily computer treatment of a field recording. Or rather: multiple treatments of the same field recording, going all over the place, as Ruoho knows how to keep the tension and attention alive in this piece. A bit industrial from time to time, but always on the safe side of things, with the ambient heart beating in the right place. Quite cosmic from time to time to, especially in the final twenty or so minutes with long sustaining, shimmering melodies. An excellent, spacious journey this is. If only remixes were more often like this. (FdW)
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BAD ALCHEMY #86:
In der jüngeren Electronica scheint man sich von dem Einerlei auf Soundcloud schon damit abheben zu können, dass man an das Heroenzeitalter auf Warp (oder von mir aus auch bei Mille Plateaux, Mo Wax, Fax und Ninja Tune) anknüpft. Der Ire Colin Cloughley, der als Anodyne seit 2010 einigen Wirbel macht, zählt Aphex Twin und Autechre zu seinen Vorbildern. Ich habe mir seinen Track 'Empire Of Dust' (von der Empires E.P., 2011) angehört, um zu verstehen, warum Lackluster das remixen wollte, erst in einer kurzen Version, die 2012 auf den Empires E.P. Remixes Part 1 zu hören war. Und jetzt nochmal unter seinem zivilen Namen ESA RUOHO als Parched Throat (ACLE 1011, CD-R) und dabei auf nun monumentale 71 Minuten (!) ausgewalzt. Als Andeutung seiner Vorstellungen sind Ruinen ins Bild gerückt, an denen der Wind und die Zähne der Zeit lange geschlürft und geschürft haben. Cloughleys knackige und tickelnde Beats sind unter dem Schmirgel des Finnen total abgeschliffen. Auch der imperiale Duktus und vitale Drang bei Anodyne sind dahin. Geblieben sind geisterhafte Schatten des einstigen Glanzes und Staub, Staub, Staub. Ruoho evoziert in dunklen Schattierungen einen schlafenden Riesen unter Schichten aus Zeit und Sand. Man kann seine Dröhnwellen aber auch als Brandung hören, die immer wieder über eine versunkene Stadt hinweg grollt und schäumt. Nun ist es nicht allzu spannend, dem Meer beim Meersein zuzuhören. Aber das elegische Feeling, ein wehmütiges Schimmern und klagendes Flöten verfolgen und erfassen einen auch dann, wenn man sich etwas anderem, etwa einem Buch zuwendet. Die Lektüre muss da schon passen. Von Prousts perversem Gemümmel über Sodom und Gomorra rate ich ab. Die große Meeresstille von Giono? Am besten gleich was Dystopisches: Als es noch Menschen gab von Clifford D. Simak, Lobgesang auf Leibowitz von Walter M. Miller, J.G. Ballards Karneval der Alligatoren?
[BA 86 rbd]
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