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Adam_is - Moles [Echomusic - 2007]

Moles is the first audio fruit of sound artist  Adam _ is  aka  Michail Adamis, it offers up five road/ Tunnel making sound based tracks. That go from echoched purring, to machine idleing drones ,to often quite  complex tapestry of different drill and machine tones.

All the sounds here were sourced during the construction of an underground  road tunnel that connects  Athens with Thessaloniki. Then the sounds have been manipulated to an extent, though it’s offten unclear how much  the sound has been altered or moved about to compose the five audio selections. Which I think shows real talent it it’s self, as your unshaw how much of the sound work is luck or chance or placed  there. Clearly there are moments like the middle of track three, which have been constructed -as a wonderful rhythmic chopping  sequenced of sound is locked into a odd work man like whistling, with other drilling & boring sounds cleverly added in around – really this is true industrial music. But like all of  the other  tracks it then seamlessly drifts  back into  less composed elements. The other clever thing  is he does is move in a composed element underneath a flowing and real time element, which again blurs the bounders.

A interesting investigation into  between a state between composed and non-composed source materials. That unlike a lot of  environmental sound/ sound art does manage to keeps one’s attention though out with it’s varied and shifting textures. To find out more dig here

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Roger Batty
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