Wednesday, 23 July 2014


"Micro​ ​cassette Session: 8​/​20​/​2013"
Year:   2013
Country:   US
City:   Rubonia , Florida
Artist:   Hal Harmon
Label:   Forever Escaping Boredom
Format:   cassette
Tracks:   2
Time:   32 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:      Micro cassette     Noise

Small DIY - punk - hardcore - harsh noise which take the interesting project and label based in Florida (USA) since 1997 and run by Hal Harmon. Having different names like VASECTOMY PARTY, Nexus Monkey, Zone Tripper, G’mork, Man With Icy Eyes, The , Manglor Mountain, Nature Boy, etc. With different names or under VASECTOMY PARTY, Hal Harmon makes experimental music recordings for several years. But not only harsh noise or HNW, but also field recordings, circuit bent, drone or tapes manipulation, as is this particular case at hand. It is also about experimental music or "non-music", and is also a succession of noises. But this time Hal Harmon wanted to experiment with manipulating micro cassettes (a format that I confess to never having seen in real format) and minimal noise or simple noise. The result in my opinion is quite interesting, original and at least a very good attempt to escape the harsh noise saturation, which sometimes leaves not see the work of the artist. Here the work is based on 2 unique tracks of 16 minutes each. But each track is a long list of small noises, electronic sounds and some sounds reminiscent of elements of nature such as: birds, cats, wind, water, rivers, etc. I think of this embodiment no physical copies were made, was only free download, but it should be endearing to see the original master, the originial recording.
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Here below a pic where we can to compare the size of 2 kinds of cassette.

Vasectomy Party + Flaming church
Year:   2012
Country:   US
State:   Florida
Label:   Saint Petersburg Noise Institute
Format:   cassette
Edition:   unlimited
Tracks:   2
Time:   22 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:       Harsh Noise Wall

In fact, this is not a cassette recording of only one project, but of 2 noise musicians together: Hal Harmon (Vasectomy Party) and Rob (Fluming Church and UH...). The result is not very varied frankly, because it is a Harsh Noise Wall recording and you all know what that means intrinsically: statism, immobilism and monotony. Nevertheless, we are not at 22-minute of ultra static noise as we do some projects, but there are variations, intensity changes and fluctuations in different textures. A friend once told me that this was called "Progressive Harsh Noise Wall". I do not know what the exact name is, but the description I have written is what my ears perceive. The overall sound is not clean or modern as the latest Merzbow albums (for example), but rather dirty, rough and low quality sound, like Richard Ramirez (another example). If you like the HNW, this is a good sign of what is HNW, no doubt. According the authors it left still physical releases (tape) for only 2 € + shipping, so you can write  HERE.
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