Thursday, 3 April 2014

MARK DURGAN


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'Ploughing furrows into rotten burrows'
Year:  2013
Country:  UK
City:  London
Artist:  Mark Durgan
Label:  Pan rec.
Format:  LP
Tracks:  5
Time:  70 minutes
Genre:  electronic , acoustic
Style:  Free Improvisation    Noise



This is one of the earlier Pan releases, coming from clandestine noise alchemist, Mark Durgan aka Putrefier and Olympic Sh*t Man (yes!!!). Mark has had his ear at the grindstone since 1986, releasing through myriad legendary noise labels such as Broken Flag, No-Fi, MSBR, Harbinger Sound and more, collaborating with the likes of The New Blockaders in his time. His recordings deploy an array of homemade devices and environmental sounds in immersively textured electro-acoustic compositions. What separates Mark from the Noise masses is an appreciation of an equilibrium between sound and silence, and a tendency towards using highly ornate, detailed blurts of noise, rather than bold blocks used for overwhelming shock value. The label compare him to sound poets of old, despite their differences, but he's most suited to a lineage of improvised Musique Concrète stretching back to the original GRCM lot, creating tenacious, yet subtly playful arrangements of acousmatic sounds whose quietude sucks you into their fabric and meshes you in. Like the Oreledigneur LP a few weeks back, there are some fascinating, and visceral textures to be found in here for those with an ear for such things. The Lp is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker in a limited edition of 330 hand-numbered copies, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press jacket which itself is housed in a two-tone silk screened PVC sleeve with interweaving geometric designs. All artwork by Kathryn Politis and Bill Kouligas. Recommended!
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