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Where Is This - High Definition Ghost [Victimology Rec - 2011]

“High Definition Ghost” this Irish based  project second stab at an all out HNW release. Where is This usually concentrate on a quirky yet creative mixture of: harsh noise, industrial textures, wonky easy listening trails, high wire yet tacky synth textures, and some HNW textures.

I’ll have to admit I approached this release from quite a negative stand point- I’ve not minded this projects sound in the past when it’s been more noise genre mixed, but I’m afraid the project first true foray into HNW (last years “Infinite Uh”) rather underwhelmed me. So I’m happy to report that “High Definition Ghost” does a lot more for me, and really stands as a fairly consistent HNW release in it’s own right.

On offer here are just two fairly lengthy slices of HNW, first up we have the title track which is the longest of the two tracks at just under the twenty nine minute mark.
This track start out with a very nasty and unrelenting mixture of rapidly paced juddering 'n' churning noise textures- these are under fed by this expanding and intense drone trail. The ‘wall’ has a very full-on yet layered feel to it, and as it progresses the churning and juddering textures seem to nicely yet subtle shift and ebb in the seared violence of the track. At times I’m sure I can make out warming 'n' pressing harmonic rubed synth textures or battering synth drum textures buried deep with-in the raging wall of sound, but this could just be my imagination. One thing though I’m sure of is there’s a lot going on with the tracks make-up and your mind picks up on all manner of textural shift and seer as the track moves along. There’s also  quite a neat yet very blown-out industrial and battering feel runing through-out the track which gives it quite a distinctive feel.

The second & last track is called “Superimposed” and this comes in at just over the fourteen minute and thirty second mark. This track moves up the pitch from the first track to a slightly higher more storm battering feel with a mixture a raging and circling wind like tonality, that are underfed by this unrelenting drilling and slight ringing drone boil. As we move towards the tracks fourth minute an overridden almost synth like grinding meets mid-tone alarm judder is let lose, and this seems to buzz and rage into your head like looped yet arcing shot of pure & thick electricity. This elements remains center stage for the rest of the track, and it  just gets more and more intense and drilling in it’s feel as the track reachers its deeply searing conclusion.

This release offers up  two rewarding tracks that sees this project sculpturing and focusing thier distinctive  mix of sounds into a thicker and concentrated HNW form. I look forward to hearing more forays into the HNW form from Where is This, and if your after a distinctive sounding take on  the  HNW genre “High Definition Ghost” is well worth a look.

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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