Friday, 18 September 2015

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"The architector"
Year:    2015
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:    Monorail Trespassing
Format:    LP , cassette
Tracks:    5
Time:    56 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Modern Classical            Harsh Noise












For the 15 years Monorail Trespassing has been in operation they’ve released a staggering amount of music. To celebrate their 100th release they’ve delivered the newest offering from Pedestrian Deposit, the duo of Jonathan Borges and Shannon A. Kennedy. “The Architector” (C40) is two side-long tracks built off of material dating from February 2010 through December 2014 “recorded at lungmotor c.n., goose nest, and in the field”. Pedestrian Deposit give a bit of detail on their Facebook about the release stating, “The culmination of five years of obsessive work — fits and starts of ongoing perfectionism that spawned two solo projects and two additional records. Beginning with crude and unfamiliar source materials, each sound is examined from every possible angle, then taken apart and reconstructed along with the compositional process. From 2010 forward, each phase is represented; the past three U.S. tours have given clues, and these recordings offer more of the puzzle, but you will never get everything at once. To be experienced as foreground with no distractions. This begins a practice of self-containment and preservation from outside elements.” For the people familiar with their work already, this presents some very compelling information; but for those who aren’t, it barely hints at the intensely visceral and powerful noise ahead.










Reducing Pedestrian Deposit’s sound to a strictly “noise” signifier, however, would be a terrible disservice to the duo. Their pieces are for the most part composed, with a strict adherence to form, spatiality, dynamics, and timbre. Live performances often include elaborate rigging structures, suspending Kennedy in an array of pulleys, chains, and other pieces wielding contact mics in a seemingly dangerous but composed dance of sonic annihilation. Borges, keenly aware of dynamic minutia, switches from stoically composed to all out furious, extracting devastating feedback from the ether. Side A’s “A Cold Harvest”, begins with brief flashes of metallic dread on top of a steady and rippling undercurrent of low-end oscillation. The overwhelming feeling is that of dread. The sounds morph into labored groans of synth with triggered splashes of feedback that never seem to spiral out from their control. Sharp stabs of synth build over distant electronic wails. The tension is haunting. Dancing around the edges of complete breakdown the duo builds an already unnerving sound to near hysteria before completely falling off to slow paced crawl of clicking feedback and sublime bowed cello. “Shifted Snake” kicks of the B side with dexterous punches of harsh noise, silhouetted by almost imperceptible bed of fuzz. Glistening bubbles of synth boil over, melting into the layers of looping textured noise. Soft resonant tones float in and out of the structure. The noise eventually fades leaving only the resonance behind; a glowing orb of distant light rotating around you just beyond your arms reach that swells with a slow and steady speed before ultimately consuming you. This is an extraordinary release from a titan in experimental music. It makes you painfully aware of the intricacies of awareness, beckoning you to give everything you have to the energy of the performance. “The Architector” is released in an edition of 100 and is still available from the Monorail Trespassing which means you should go get it. (*NOTE = this review is by Ian Franklin ).
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"Kithless"
Year:    2012
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:    Arbor
Format:    LP
Tracks:    2
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic , acoustic
Style:           Electroacoustic           Noise


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Year:    2010
Country:    US
City:     Los Angeles
Label:    Monorail Trespassing
Format:    CD
Edition:    500 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Modern Classical            Harsh Noise











The work of Jonathan Borges and Shannon Kennedy of Pedestrian Deposit could be described as highly composed, often abstract sound textures combined to create dynamic experimental music that draws on the duo’s widely contrasting auditory obsessions. Borges’ use of crude electronics, tape loops, field recordings, and controlled feedback, contrasts against Shannon’s use of stringed instruments, bowing techniques and amplified metal and wood, resulting in music that is both raw and refined. Pedestrian Deposit bears elements of electro-acoustic sound, musique concrete, classical, and harsh noise, but cannot be confined to any one genre. Jonathan Borges began Pedestrian Deposit in the Winter of 2000, with the concept of combining layers of electronic sound with no pre-determined relation to one another until mixed. The project slowly evolved to incorporate elements of harsh noise, tape collage, field recordings and glitch music, resulting in a prolific few years of rich and dynamic compositions on such labels as Hospital Productions, Hanson Records, and Jon’s own label, Monorail Trespassing, to name a few. After a few years hiatus, Pedestrian Deposit returned in the fall of 2008 with the addition of multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Shannon Kennedy, and her elements of cello, violin and amplified, bowed and manipulated objects.
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"Austere"
Year:    2009
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:    Monorail Trespassing
Format:    CD
Edition:    1000 copies
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Noise           Musique Concrète


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"Fatale"
Year:    2006
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:    Hanson Records
Format:    CD
Tracks:    4
Time:    35 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Noise           Modern Classical









The music of Jonathan Borges and Shannon Kennedy of Pedestrian Deposit could best be described as highly composed, focused and dynamic, experimental music that draws on their widely varying music talents. From Borges’s interest in such areas as electronics, tape loops, sampling, field recording, and feedback, to Shannon’s use of classical instruments, contact mics and manipulated metal objects, the duo combine elements of musique concrète, ambient, drone, modern classical and pure harsh noise.
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"Vestige"
Year:    2006
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:    Hospital Productions
Format:    LP
Edition:    300 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Noise


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"morose"
Year:    2005
Country:    US
Label:    Callow God
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    8
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise


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METROCIDE / PEDESTRIAN D.
"split"
Year:    2005
Country:    US
Label:    Monorail Trespasing
Format:    CD
Tracks:   4
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:           Noise



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"Volatile"
Year:    2004
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:  Truculent Recordings
Format:    CD
Edition:    1000 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Harsh Noise












Straight off the bat this thing launches into "Kogal Fascination" with some piercing harsh noise consisting of lots of stereo panning that really screws with your ears, and some quick cutup textures that make things jump along chaotically with a lot of fluttering movement. "Testuria/Naive" has some softer moments where everything drops out to a minimal volume level, and a few moments sound like heavily distorted music, and that works nicely because the long stretch of drifting ambient-ish sounds later just explodes forth with no real warning or reprieve. "Vent 2" comes off more as typical harsh noise to me, as it's far more relentless and one-sided, using a thick, raw level of total distortion with a few bright spots of feedback and oppressive low-end - not bad, but a bit redundant and stale for more than eight minutes straight. "Naomi (In and Out of Consciousness)" begins with a nearly silent level of light, light hiss/hum that eventually leads into some subtle musical elements and strange shuffling noises. This comes as a massive surprise, but for me begins to prove that this is indeed an excellent release that encompasses not only some true thought, but a sense of originality for the genre. It's great because you're almost afraid to turn the volume up for fear of being blasted by more harsh assaults, but it never changes over! The last piece is a 21+ minute live set recorded in 2001. Interestingly enough the sound is only slightly less clear/deep than the other tracks. It's still thick and has a good level of clarity and tonal range, but there's a slight bit of distance to the sounds, and you can sense that slightly muddy live warmth. The layout is fucking excellent and looks not only stark, but quite creative and original for a harsh noise release. There's a nice, bold photograph on the cover, lots of blank space and good use of striking color, minimal text, and some black and white panels with bits of handwriting and small sketches that add a really interesting sense of thought to the work. All in all another strong and very professional CD release from Truculent that's really starting to put the label at the top of the heap for quality harsh noise. I'm impressed. (*NOTE = this review is from HERE ).
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"damsel"
Year:    2004
Country:    US
Label:    Monorail Trespassing
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    6
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise










Recorded April 2003 at Lungmotor Studio. Initial run of 50 copies; permanently available as of September 2010. Originally is just a two track tape with twenty minutes of noise, but in this link here below you can get also four more tracks extract of "Recycled" (2003) and "Median" (2001), which are perhaps too much shorts but truly dirty, raw and good noise in total lo-fi conditions... enjoy it
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"restraint"
Year:    2003
Label:    Truculent recordings
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    5
Time:    22 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise            Ambient



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