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Zachary Ledsinger/Rien - C10 Split [Ominous Recordings - 2022]

Here’s a short, but worthy walled noise split between USA’s Zachary Ledsinger, and Sweden’s Rien. The C10 features a single ‘wall’ per side of tape, showing two decidedly different sides to the wall noise form

The release appears on Stockholm’s Ominous Recordings. The blue-shelled cassette features an on one side ripped label- which comes presented in a purely black sleeve. With as far as I can gather this is still in print, and can be purchased directly from here 

Zachary Ledsinger is a Texas-based noise maker- he’s most known for N0123Noise, a walled noise/ ambient project that has been active since 2014. Releasing coming on for ninety releases over the years. The track here is untitled. It’s built around an even weave of mid-paced, yet folding into its self-static judder 'n' jitter. The whole ‘wall’ sounds rather like someone planing out big strips, from actual and physical mass of grey, white, and black static- each time a lump is shorn off, it seemingly reforms ready to be once more plained off again. It’s not the most complex or detailed of ‘walls’, but it’s oddly cosy and comfy in its mass.

Flipping over and we have the Rien track- which is once again untitled. This project is the highly minimalistic HNW project of Stockholm’s Johan Strömvalll Hammarstedt- who is also behind the following projects Gamiani, J S H, J.S.H., Johan Strömvall, as well as running Ominous Recordings. The track here, as you’d expect, is in total contrast to the first side's thick and firm wall. Instead, we find a series of spaced micro pops, micro crinkles, and suddenly loader snaps ‘n’ pops. These are used to create a very paired back noise picture- and to me it almost traces out/ shows a basic shaped-based picture in sonic form- I know that sounds odd, but that’s what I’m getting. I can’t really fully define what the picture is as a whole- just elements of it, and Hammarstedt lays out the elements is very firm and defined, yet of course very reduced manner. And it’s most enchanting, in an of course highly minimal manner.

So, a rather worthy little split- highlight two polar opposite sides of the walled noise, textured noise form. With both tracks have been most worthy & rewarding.

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Roger Batty
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