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 wireless_within (For4Ears) CD

It's now been more than two years since the mighty Voice Crack ceased to exist, when Andy Guhl and Norbert Möslang, those pioneering virtuosos of cracked everyday electronics, parted ways, but its absence is still keenly felt by fans of experimental, improvised electronics. The memory of the one performance of theirs that I was fortunate enough to attend still rings in my mind's ear. It was a tour de force of buzzes, howls, and hums, made all the more fascinating by the tableful of disemboweled gadgets, toys, and sundry devices, replete with mysterious flashing lights, that Guhl and Möslang used to create it.

Thankfully, although Voice Crack are no more, previously unreleased recordings by the extraordinarily influential duo still trickle out from time to time. Unfortunately, these releases have been a mixed-bag at best, capturing the Voice Crack in live performance. This latest release, wireless_within feature Guhl and Möslang in collaboration with Günter Müller and the Australian sound artist, Philip Samartzis, and it is by far the best of the post-mortem VC CDs. The disc is comprised of studio recordings made by Samartzis, Müller, and Voice Crack just as the latter's partnership was coming to an end in the summer of 2002. Samartzis subsequently stitched these together to create three darkly atmospheric pieces out of the seething electronics, softly padding percussion, and field recordings. It's music that'll make the tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and tingle with joy.


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