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Where Is This/ Werewolf Jerusalem - Split [Bored Bear Recordings - - 2010]

This c30 split brings together two side long tracks from two openly gay ‘n’ proud noise acts(just check out the cover pic of the muscular man). On side one we have Irish extreme electrionca/ Harsh noise/ HNW project Where Is This(aka Mark Ward who also runs the Bored Bear label). And on the second side we have a side long track from  Richard Ramirez's  static textured HNW project Werewolf Jerusalem.

The Where Is This track is entitled “Teenaged Experimentation” and it starts out with very rapid ‘n’ slicing, taut and noisy electronic tone attack  that the label describes it as “sounds like a bunch of sentient computer processes fighting back during the technological revolution they organised” and I guess this is fairy apt as discription. As the track goes on the tones get faster and often more manic/noisy.  Through-out the later part of the track we drop into mini HNW like tonal dwellls, but really these never last  long or stay in place too long as Ward pushers the speed and caustic level of the track up and up. All told it’s a taunt enough slice of hectic and noisy electro texturing, I just wish there’d been longer dwells in the HNW side of the track.

Flipping over onto the second side and we have the Werewolf Jerusalem track “Close to Midnight” which is this great layered and  tense ‘wall’ of shifting static texture. It starts off being built around interlocking yet slightly different paced juddering ‘n’ static rain like textures. Then at around the three and a half minute mark a longer more persistent roll of static texture drifts over the wall, making things a lot thicker and impenetrable, as Richard weaves these wonderful stuck static patterns with-in the dense ‘wall’ of sound. The remainder of the track finds the ‘wall’ seemingly getting more dense, hypnotic and cleverly detailed with it’s  slightly buckling, shifting and juddering patterns, also here and there Ramirez is shifting layers of static texture suddenly in a most rewarding. Simply put this is great, detailed and rewarding slice of static texture done only the way Ramirez can.

So all in all an worthwhile split that offers up an slice extreme electroinca meets HNW and a great slice of shifting, dense and detailed static texturing. And if your that way inclined a picture of a male beef cake too.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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