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femme fetale 04:50


conceived & produced by C. Sigdell
cover by C. Sigdell


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released January 19, 2014

B°tong’s second release on Attenuation Circuit is, as the title suggests, quite atypical for the dark ambient soundscapes the Swedish-Swiss artist is best known for. In six rather short tracks, B°tong explores the sonic possibilities of digital audio manipulation of several sound sources, mainly recorded voices used as sources of pure sound, not linguistic information. The results feel somewhat like an unlikely combination of lowercase electronica and Mille Plateaux-style cuts’n’glitches and updated audio poetry in the tradition of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Henri Chopin.

“Un_B°tong” opens up a new direction in the artist’s work while remaining true to the spirit of experimentation with non-musical sounds that has been informing cutting edge music for about a century now, including the original practitioners of “industrial” music that have been inspiring B°tong’s work. Those with ears tuned to today’s rather limited definition of the genre as “dark” music of some sort or other may find the intellectual playfulness of B°tong’s approach on this release too lighthearted, even humorous, considering titles like “Colourful, Comfortable, Weatherproof” or the tongue-in-cheek combination of biblical quotes about the devil with the “subliminal” message “B°tong isst heimlich” (“B°tong eats secretly”) almost hidden in the cover copy. For those interested in truly contemporary audio experiments, however, this crisp little outing has a lot to offer within the space of its 18 minutes.



Blechreiz, Brechreiz. B°TONGs Un_B°Tong (ACM 1007, 3" CD-R) beginnt sogar mit einem 'Brechsalatsprechreiz'. Wobei von Sprechen kaum die Rede sein kann. Was da grunzt und um Artikulation ringt, ähnelt stellenweise den beklemmenden Artikulationsversuchen eines kaputten oder unfertigen Androiden. Eingebettet ist das in looneytuneske und sonicfiktionale Soundgimmicks, zwitschernde Impulse etc. Dazu kommt ein halbgares Bibelzitat, das sich mit diesem Unernst höllisch beißt. Zuletzt erklingt eine französische Szene mit surreal verzerrter Tonbandstimme, 'Femme Fetale' betitelt. Ist Chris Sigdell dabei, ein anderer zu werden? Die Überschrift legt es nahe.





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