Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pete Um ‎– Look Sharp! And Hear The Difference (2011)



  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Electronic music 
  • Dada music 
  • Freeformfreakout 
  • DIY

Comment: this 10-notch issue was released exactly 7 years ago at Chinstrap Music, Ergo Phizmiz-led imprint but in fact there is no difference by listening to it 7 years before the year of 2011 or 7 years after that because this kind of music is ageless. By the way, it is the same date when the Chernobyl`s reactors exploded. Peter Um`s music is recorded by using analogue-based, reel-to-reel recorder and stylistically it is a wealthy, further pushing mess of dadaist sounds and dizzy effects. I have also had a similar experience in producing music by manipulating with the tapes only. This is a world with restricted possibilities which in fact is a good premiss to cut off innumerable possibilities and get a spot on certain, tangible things. Indeed, there are up 10 slices of uncompromising pop music with droning electronics and marching rhythms and pitched-up vocals (for instance, Slice 1, and Slice 10) though I guess for the most of people it is not pop music at all. They may right because I guess Peter Um`s purpose is not positive, I mean to produce pop music on its own. It may be more just embracing elements from it and infect them with a frenetic, dadaist fever. In fact, he hijacks primitive melodies and harmonies and change them even more into a simplistic one which is one of the practices to ridicule this pulpy mass culture. On the other side, Um adds experimental, even a bit aggressive facets to emphasize the ridiculousness and unsustainability of it. In general, however, the result is positive because there are up 10 tracks which could not be forgotten and will have surfaced many decades later in the blogs of obscure music unless the servers would not blow up due to insignificant information to be contained within them in the most part.

NB! I do not know was the album presented at yamanotedreams or not but I am very glad that rajsank is back again after a two and a half year hiatus to promote releases from the webaudio world (and especially Japanese issues). The reason of the blogger`s hiatus was he could not be remembering his password. Very dadaist indeed.      

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