Thursday, 14 November 2013


"moments descended in blue ash"
Year:  2015
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Artist:  Grey Holger
Label:  Chonritic Sound
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  4
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:            Noise              Drone

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"Elemental Disgrace"
Year:    2011
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Artist:    Grey Holger
Label:    Spectrum spools
Format:    LP
Edition:    200 copies
Tracks:    2
Time:    20 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:                ANW

"Elemental Disgrace" is an album that needs to happen now. Finally, the next phase has arrived - a stunning double side-long record of some of the U.S. best underground synthesizer music we have heard here at the Spectrum Spools headquarters. Whatever rise to the synthesizer came later on in the 00's is hardly of any concern to Greh Holger and his Hive Mind project. Having released private press cassettes of solo synth works as far back as 2002, Hive Mind exists as enigmatic in world of new-jack synthheads and the tidal wave of "neo kosmische" that goes with it by flying far under it's radar. The silence is now broken and here we are treated to some of the most unique sounds Spectrum Spools has yet presented. No blisscapes to be found here. No soaring latched arpeggios, no cosmic vistas. Not a single melody. This is two sides of ancestral ruin in its clearest and most focused presentation. The brutality of the Earth and the harsh reality of all that it holds. Unknowable sounds - that of the dawn of the Earth, or perhaps the sound of its demise. A toxic swamp of chemicals and mutated organisms left behind long after man has wiped himself away for good. Field recordings from the end of the world. While others are racing for the stars, Hive Mind's tetonic plate shifting and brutal rumble will give you a brand new way to look at modern synthesizer composition. With a focus on textural sounds and shifting frequency registers, this album gives the listener the a full range of listening possibilities with infinite replay value. It's worth noting that Spectrum Spools as a label would not exist without Hive Mind. An inspiration and a pioneer in the modern U.S. synthesizer circuit, it\'s with pleasure and honor to release "Elemental Disgrace" into the world. First 200 copies on stalactite yellow colored vinyl.
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"Ashen geometry"
Year:    2013
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Artist:    Grey Holger
Label:    Throne heap
Format:    casette
Edition:    75 copies
Tracks:    2
Time:    20 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:                  ANW

Ambient Noise Wall (ANW). Hive Mind is the searing creation of a Michigan resident named Grey Holger, who also runs the stellar "Chondritic Sound" label as well as the website and the forum under the same name. There have been 30 to 40 "Hive Mind" releases since 2003, mostly ultra-limited cassettes and CD's, the biggest exceptions being 2004's dark, 38-minute single-track Sand Beasts on PacRec/Chondritic and this year's Death Tone on Hanson, whose overhwelming attack even convinced digi-phobes B.Coley and T.Moore to briefly relax their anti-CD regimen. The closest parallel to Hive Mind's thunder is the thick drones of Double Leopards, but where that Brooklyn quartet stays mostly murky and blurred, Greh lets thinner sounds and clearer textures emerge from his cavernous mix. I've spent the last week glued to Metallic Thaumaturgy, a Chondritic CD-R culled from a 4-cassette box set of 2004 live recordings, and after about 25 listens, it remains awesomely tough to pin down. There's practically a cinematic progression here, as Greh's ideas gradually multiply and expand for 80 minutes like ballons that can procreate, but there's something else happening that words can't imprison. Parts are echoey and actually scary, circling ears like a hurricane's eye; other sections are finely granular, with sandpaper-like texture and infinite detail. On the final two tracks, Greh mercilessly scalpels his diligent drones using bumpy glitches and warped loops that sound like blindfolded robots marching into a fire. "Hive Mind" will play on the middle day of the 3rd No Fun Fest, whose lineup is now totally set. Way too many great things this year to choose from, but I'm especially peeled for White Rock (Mouthus + Double Leopards), Fat Worm of Error, Shackamaxon (Double Leps + Son Of Earth + Pete Nolan), and the ultra-rare apperance of the legendary Smegma... (review by "Noise Week" blog). AMBIENT NOISE WALL
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"initiation into nothingness"
Year:    2005
Label:    Chondritic Sound
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    2
Time:    39 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Dark Ambient

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"unearthed union 2"
Year:    2005
Label:    American Tapes
Format:    cassette
Edition:    50 copies
Tracks:    7
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise           Ambient

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"I've been sick"
Year:    2005
Label:   Animal disguise
Format:    cassette
Tracks:   2
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:          Noise

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