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B*TONG / EMERGE - split

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Attenuation Circuit ACV 1001
Release Year: 2012
Note: very first LP for both Drone Rec.-artists and for the young label Attenuation Circuit, with two side-long tracks full of fantastic experimental drone-muzak that never stands still => morphing & moving dronescapes from B*TONG, more slow & contemplative, eerie metallic rumblings by EMERGE; both artists use the exact same source materials but come to very different results, just excellent! Numbered ed. 100 copies, handpainted covers with great 3D-effect, our highest praise !!
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"This split LP by Swiss dark ambient artist Btong and label founder EMERGE inaugurates a new series of limited edition split LPs on white vinyl in unique hand-painted sleeves on Attenuation Circuit. Each vinyl release on the German-based experimental music label comes in a limited edition of 100 copies, with each copy painted in the same colours yet a unique design by Tine Klink and an inlay card lavishly designed by graphic artist Jens Brner. The first release combines an original 22-minute track by Btong and a composition by EMERGE which uses the same source material to create a work in its own right.

Soaring cosmic harmonies with a dissonant edge, digital glitches and voices processed beyond all recognition, and a constant tension building up through minimal variations, but massive layerings of sawtooth-flavoured loops: never has it been more obvious that Btongs music is not necessarily about darkness or any of the spiritual/occult subjects that he likes to toy with in his liner quotes, but about states of mind different from the everyday. In this track about the sun (sic!), musique spectrale meets the high (drug-induced or not) of the rave and the pleasures of minimalist repetition and proves that, 100 years after Cages birthday, experimental music outside an academic framework can still yield some quite psychedelic results (even without mushrooms).

EMERGE creates a perfect match for Btongs track. First on a conceptual level as he uses sound sources supplied by Btong as the basis of his composition, but also because the spaciousness of his musique concrte composition complements the spaced-out feel of the Btong side in an organic way. More metallic, gritty, rough, and machine-like than the Btong track, EMERGE continues the sonic journey through imaginary spacescapes begun on the Btong side of the LP with his own characteristic fusion of subsonic bass drones and high-pitched melodies whose timbral richness suggests sound sources as different as the horror-film ice-cream van, metal percussion, or a glass harmonica." [label info]