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 hereRoger Batty