Randy Greif & DAN BURKE - FRAGMENT 56 (CD by Complacency & Swinging Axe) Two long time veterans in what some still call industrial music team up for a collaboration CD of utterly high class. Both of these guys have used sampling to a wide extend, ranging from song structured music to fields of sound. All aspects of their previous work can be found here. All of the tracks seem to be carefully constructed, using many (sampled) sources, rhythms and spoken word (in 'Utter Black Fields'). As said: excellent! Since the mid 1970's, Randy Greif has been pushing the boundaries of auditory arts, often incorporating electronic, computer and concrete music with spoken word, 'sound theater', and field recordings. Location recordings in places such as Amazonia, New Guinea, and Thailand have found their way, often manipulated, into some of Greif's music, branding it as 'tribal' electronics. Trademark styles are dense layers of atmospherics, cut-up vocals, and shifting minimal rhythms. 'Dark' and 'hallucinatory' are often used to describe the overall tone of his work. Born 1983. Illusion Of Safety (Dan Burke +) intrepidly charts the terra incognita where sound, silence, noise and music intersect. Using conventional instruments, sound generating devices and random objects, IOS hews sonic sculptures that deliberately provoke, mesmerize and even affront listeners. Their work has been continually evolving, never settling into an easy niche. Since 1991 IOS have released 20 CDs on labels such as Silent, OddSize, Staalplaat, Soleilmoon, Manifold, Tesco, Die Stadt, Ossosnossos, and Complacency. Their work has been called ambient, post-industrial, electro-acoustic, electronica, noise, sound collage, improvisation, and power-electronics. Unable to categorize their work into one style, each release, live performance, and sometimes individual piece often shifts abruptly from one atmosphere to another. Leading some to describe their output as schizophrenic. Referencing external & enhancing internal locations, manipulating semi-recognizable elements in structures of a re-arranged language of error. Destroyed music, broken sound, disturbed ambience and the quest for the sublime.
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