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Hanna Hartman - Alianthus [Komplott - 2007]

Hanna Hartman is a wonderful skilled and creative sound artist and Alianthus finds her creating a wonderful bizarre, amusing and clever collection of dada sound craft & improvised noise tracks that bubble up every now and then with musically elements and odd beauty.

The tracks are mainly based around odd audio juxtaposition of sounds and noises, with silence and spacing playing in the big part in the effectiveness and often disorientating and jarring effect of the compositions. On all the five tracks  last just near the half an hour mark, which may sound a little short but trust me there’s 100's of bizarre sounds and strange audio environments to loose one self in. She really does manage to make a that work both entertaining, odd and very repayable. On The first track Att fälla grova träd är förknippat med risker she mixes together: apple crunching, tree creaking near to breaking , stuck toy's, cow moos and eerier tinkling almost avant jazz elements and stop-startingness. On the secound Wespen Vesper she mixes together odd lip/ mouth  sounds cut up into bizarre rhythmic patterns,  wasp buzzing, hippo groans, wind matter and rather haunted otherworld female harmonies. The last track Musik för dansstycket jag glömmer bort adds in struck bass piano cords, material ripping, creaking, water and chicken sounds.

The whole album is a really triumph of sound art and editing to make both a bizarre and entertaining album. It’s released by the excellent komplott label who also released another one of this year highlights Andreas Eriksson Paramount.

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Roger Batty
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