Artist: Noise Arcade
Title: Static Faded Even Further
Keywords: Electronic, Metal, IDM, Experimental, Industrial, Noise
Reviewer: Alex Spalding
Hello again, reader, and welcome to the great triple-sunned desert planet YIKIS IV, located in the outer rimjob of our galaxy just a few paraseconds from the herbal trade routes that deliver cannabis to the Empire. Our main export around here, though, is cat shit. The Shith Lord Darth Disney just bought the place, so we’ve been having to really churn these sands for traces of shit lately. Tales are told of vast troves of shit, hidden somewhere just beneath the surface of the dunes, but there is the constant danger of shit raiders… and there are these creepy hooded gerbils, too, who drive massive Shitcrawlers through the wastelands, picking up broken robots and toaster ovens and selling them on the black market. I hear they get terrible gas mileage.
Still, it’s not all shitty around here. Every once in awhile, we like to get together at the cantina and have some drinks, laugh, kill each other with laser swords, and listen to weird music!
I know what you’re thinking… this sounds suspiciously a lot like the plot of a certain popular space fantasy series by the name of Firefly. Well… yeah, what can I say? They wrote my life story.
Anyway, let’s hop on a hoverbike and hit the cantina. I hear there’s a guy who goes by Noise Arcade remixing a metal band called The Machinery Of Other Skeletons from Beijing, which is apparently some city on a far away world I’ve never heard of. Should be interesting!
The first remix is for ‘Astral’, and if you know anything about the magics, well… you’ll probably realize then that the astral plane is a fictive universe that exists in the collected imaginings of 14 year olds across the galaxy. It’s where people go when they want to make out with Sephiroth.
The track begins with some noise, spinning away into the distance. Hi-frequency melodics with distortion come in, and it’s really nice. Percussive clipping bits enter… later, these are joined by some deep bass kicks arranged in a really abstract way, almost like an anti-groove. Heavily distorted vocals, as such that you might expect in a hard metal track, are then displaced here, and the effect of it is really quite nice, very strange sonic territory… like an abstract, harmonic electro piece with intense, distorted vocalizations! I’m hooked! The snorkel-alien at the bar really seems to be enjoying it, bobbing it’s proboscis up and down into it’s drink. I even spy a Bloborian blob bobbling in the corner of the large room to these electro rhythmic pulsations.
Pour me another drink, it’s time for the remix of ‘Chug’, which I intend to do. There are these sounds like a stuttering voice, more sharp overdriven tones… more galloping bass, while every sound in the mix sounds like it’s being stirred like a martini. It’s a strange swirl of noises, jittery 808 from beyond time and space, intense modulations. Some of the creatures of the cantina seem to be growing uncomfortable, I think a fight could break out.
‘Stormbound’ is the final mix, beginning with a distorted vocalization that sounds like it was recorded in a wormhole. There are some light synthesized waveforms whispering into the abyss. Into this hole, descends a sizzling electronic rhythm! Some alien that looks like a grizzly bear with muscles is having a few choice words with an old man about some robots he parked outside… this could get ugly, soon. Thankfully, the music is loud and the drinks intoxicating!
*a voice from behind* He says he doesn’t like you.
Oh… ok. Would it help if I gave him a link to where he could listen to this music elsewhere?
*the voice* … yeah.
Great! Here, have it! (and let’s get outta here, reader!):