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Column One - Feldaufnahmen I [Aufabwegen - 2008]

Feldaufnahmen I is a jarring, strange, often surreal and disturbing/sinister collection of field recordings collected by the members of post industrial/ experimental collective Column one over a one year period.

The 12 recordings on offer here where collected in east Germany in the Polenztal area within the mountain range called Elbsandsteingebirge & there’s even a handy map with-in the cd booklet to show you where each was recorded.  The band’s treatment of the field recordings goes from layering/looping up and modifying of the field recording(but never to point were it detracts from the sounds origin), down to just plain untouched field recordings. But what makes this so strangely appealing and oddly intriguing listening is the way the band suddenly and jarringly cut from one track to the next, and the way the track running order is set out. The sounds in them self's I guess are fairly common we have: insects, water, dogs, children playing and fighting, woodland crunching walks, fire tones ect.  But it’s the way the band arranged and execute of the sounds that makes this so rewarding and replayble.

The cd comes with a 16 page colour booklet full of pictures from the field recording trips, which like the sounds with-in are presented in a slightly un-nevering manner which adds nicely to the albums tone. Also the cover picture of a dead decay bird found in the forest fit’s the albums strange and sinister air perfectly. A strange and oddly appealing yet disturbing ride into sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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