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Genetic Transmission - Chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie [Zoharum - 2016]

The second in GT Series Archive is the album entitled "Chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie" (A beetle buzzes in the reed - a Polish tongue twister), originally published on a CDR on Tochnit Aleph in 2006. In a short time it was sold out and practically unavailable until now.

Six untitled tracks based on the most primal sound sources. This is only arranged into suitable structures so that they form concise material. This album is an odd follow up to the first release. Gone are the dark ambient textures, this is more musique concrete and structural in sound.

And it’s good. It’s faired well over the years since it’s original release: from the gorgeous abrasive textures, cut up sounds, creaks, slides, bass and shifts in the sounds that emminate from the speakers all add up to a near 60 minutes of dissonant music in motion. (I refuse point blank to use the words “sound poetry”!)

This has elements of Nurse With Wound – but without so much of the whimsy – the sense of humour isn’t present at. There is a sinister nature but more than anything is the sense of adventure, of GT exploring a different avenue rather than going down the same path.

The use of sound is explorative; carefully pieced together to engage the listener and confound you to an extent. Thankfully this doesn’t sound constructed, it hasn’t got that ambience of arrogance that some musique concrete has.

There is a natural aspect, and an almost innocence, to it that makes you feel even GT don’t know what’s happening next. And you, the listener, certainly don’t know where this will lead, it’s a path little trodden, but well worth the exploration. You can see why Zoharum are giving GT this second lease of life.

However, this edition is, again, only limited to 200 copies. And once again my gripe is this - GT deserve more attention and a run of 200 just doesn’t justify it for me. Get this quickly, because I think it will sell out...fast!

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

Adam Skyes
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