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[gfsd]Ashfordaisyak / ARC CD
Fri, 2 Nov 2001 12:58:24 -0800
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MENSCHENFEIND NEWS NEW RELEASE
Ashfordaisyak / ARC CD limited to 50 copies
ARC's sound is centred on the melodic loops, textures, & samples provided by
heavily-effected guitar. This is overlaid with tribal-esque rhythms provided by
various percussive instruments; drum kit, djembe, tabla, wood blocks. With this
combination, we create a roiling tapestry of both rhythmic & ambient sound, a
sound simulataneously prim(ev)al & avant-garde.
Ashfordaisyak Provides Cut up sound, harsh soundscapes, and odd field
recordings, blended with new wave rythms and vocals, and Reminescent of early
Residents, subgenious radio, etc.
The cd is packaged in a red jewel case, with full color artwork.
the cd is available for $10 postage paid in the u.s. $14 world
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reviewfrom BBC radio
"The aim of Ashfordaisyak in his work is to "gently disturb" the listener, or
so he told me. His unorthodox distribution policy (by taping copies of his
sound creations to train windows and public toilets) sets the tone for falling
off the left field anarchy that would follow.
The first thing of note is that I think 19 year old Dan Wilson (aka
Ashfordaisyak) has an obsession with supermarkets. They get a mention by name
on more than one occasion on this 7-track demo. I can understand that.
Supermarkets try to be light friendly places, in reality they are scary. They
are suffocating by their sheer size. This demo reeks of suffocation and
claustrophobia. The claustrophobia of the penguin who was fenced in by the
trolley park as Sainsburys. The suffocation of the vocals that finish the
telling of a story about a loner girl who wobbles named Bridget, in a strangled
crescendo. The deeply dark track about the boy whose parents keep in a cupboard
under the stairs and his attempts to escape.
Musically the demo ranges from looped electronica and spoken-word ambient to an
almost drum n bass backing of track five, "Doug's Piss Up (With Uncle Nester)."
I think maybe that Christopher Morris's Blue Jam radio shows are of important
influence to Wilson. These shows were musical pieces as much as they were
comical sketches and this what Wilson seems to create here."
incursion music review
"This self-titled, self-produced and self-distributed debut from the
improvisational ambient outfit ARC is a document of live recordings made in
1999 through 2000. ARC is (A) Aidan Baker on guitars, flutes and voices, (R)
Richard Baker on drumset and percussion, and (C) Christopher Kukiel on djembe,
percussion and decks. The music is what they call 'experimental- dark-ambient-
neo-tribal', which I would say sums things up rather nicely. Ambient textures
from Aidan's guitar interact with the sometimes driving, though often uneven
rhythms from the two percussionists, creating impressive atmospheres that are
at times calm and serene, at others dark and threatening. The pieces are
free-flowing improvisations, the musicians interact naturally with each other
and seem to feed off of one another intuitively and with great ease. Probably
the darkest track here is the third one; rough guitar and percussion textures
accompanied by a bizarre narrative using an eerie voice from some computer
speech program. this is an intriguing debut, recommended for fans of more
percussion-based ambient music, or for those who enjoy ambient guitar textures.
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