Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Isa Christ/Cruudeuces - Human Error (Ghetto Naturalist Series/Idiot Underground, 2010)


The majority of the noise/generally harsher music that I stumble upon happens to suffer from monotony generated by the overabundance of dissonance. This factor also causes the music to lack any hint of variation or depth. Such is not the case with the dank, churning ten minutes to come of this pairing of East Coast projects Isa Christ and Cruudeuces entitled Human Error.

Isa's side-long piece "Ruin Song" begins with no needed introduction into a swampy abyss of relentless buzzing and squealing that emphasizes the mid and low frequencies. The tones provided throughout are constantly changing, and make it really difficult to identify what the source instrument is; at times it resembles a microphone or a guitar put through various effects pedals, and at others it seems as if Isa is using some piece of arcane machinery to create these sounds. One bit of information is certain though, and that is the fact that "Ruin Song" foretells what is to come of the following five minutes.

Cruudeuces's side "Gull Slang" is equally as unsettling as its predecessor, though in a much more progressive context. Beginning with a pulsating tapping, it empties itself into a thick swamp of hums and cries created by processed clarinet. For the most part, the tones are sustained, and overlapping to create an eerie, minor-key howl. About half way through, the bugle being played underneath the loop sputters and screams, leading to an ear-piercing conclusion. Although clarity may be more eminent here, Cruudeuces's side still encompasses the heavy dose of murk that seems to be the theme of Human Error.

Aptly represented by the artwork, Human Error is dark, ominous, and shrouded in distortion. Both contributors each offer a sound that seems unheard of in experimental music that is both engaging and horrifying, in some ways. The 7" format is also a perfect choice for this split, considering that these pieces are both five minutes in length, they never seem harshly overwhelming or monotonous. Human Error serves as a perfect introduction to both artists, and could be a breath of fresh air for those in need of a punishing auditory experience.

[Isa Christ Myspace]
[Cruudeuces Myspace]
[Buy Human Error from Ghetto Naturalist Series/Idiot Underground]

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