Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Bitum - Dogheart [ Reason Art Records - 2017]

Here we have another collection of Russian literature themed walled noise from Bitum- which of course is one of the projects of highly prolific noise maker Sergey Pakhomov from Elektrostal- of projects Train Cemetery, Leichen Kara, etc, as well as the owner of the excellent Reason Art Records. This audio DVD/ digital release offers up three hours worth of taut 'n' tense walled noise, themed around the searing satire Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Heart of a Dog was written in 1925, but didn’t get published in its native Russian until 1987, but was released in English language version in the late 60’s. The 128-page novella was a savage satire on the Russian revolution and Soviet society in the early 1920's. It’s plot tell’s of a street dog who is about to perish in the cold winter night. Suddenly, an elegant man feeds him and takes him home. The dog's savior is a famous and wealthy medical professor who rejuvenates people by hormonal manipulations. 
As the dog & professor get on – he decides to take the testicles and pituitary gland of a dead criminal into the dog's body. Over time the dog gradually begins to change into an animal in human form and names himself Poligraph Poligraphovich Sharik. This half-beast-half-man gets on very well in the prevailing proletarian society, which turns his creator's life into a nightmare--until the professor manages to reverse the procedure.

The DVDR is presented in a DVD case, which takes in monochrome artwork of a dog on a street corner, the professor & his assistant, and photo portrait of Bulgakov smoking a cigarette.  This DVDR came in an edition of ten copies, and as of writing the label still has copies left.

The release features six half-an-hour tracks, and each of these is wonderful taut & often creative examples of Mr Pakhomov wall-craft. We move from the tight hacking, drilling, and spluttering static patterns of the first track. Onto the ragged rip-bound judder meets shoveling ‘n’ snipping blend of textural grind & subtle detail that is track three. Through to the extremely constricting bedded hacking of track five- with it’s deep & bone drilling layers of the motor like purr & judder. All of the ‘walls’ retain a fairly firm setting in their main make-ups, though there are some nice subtle deviations along a few of the tracks unfold.

I’ve not read Heart of a Dog, so I can’t say how it would fit with the ‘walls’ on offer here. But what I can say is that these six tracks are another great selection of worthy & often addictive wall-matter from Mr. Pakhomov. With really the whole three hours holding my attention throughout, which you can’t say for much sonic art of this length- let alone walled noise.

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

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Bitum - Dogheart
Here we have another collection of Russian literature themed walled noise from Bitum- which of course is one of the projects of highly prolific noise maker S...
071222   Mad God - Mad God(Blu Ray)
071222   Smut Without Smut Vol. 1: Thi...
051222   Christoph Dahlberg - Blackforms
051222   Richard Pinhas/ Merzbow - Coda
051222   Death Loop Faction - Max Carnage
051222   Opus Magorum - Opus Magorum
041222   RJ Myato - Doubtless Empty
021222   Ingar Zach - Musica Liquida
021222   Mattie Barbier - Threads
021222   Marcia Aitken & June Lodge - ...
Latest Articles

Dr Tom Whittaker - The notoriou...
Late last year Severin released Eloy de la Iglesia’s Quinqui Collection- a two Blu-ray set bringing together three brutal and provocative Quinqui (deli...
061222   Dr Tom Whittaker - The noto...
231122   Hastings of Malawi - Deliriou...
011122   Raffaele Pezzella - Pursuing ...
111022   Fouke - Bigfoot walled noise
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom