Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko – Distrust One’s Own Eyes

Review of Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko 's "Distrust One's One Eyes" on the netlabel Amplified Music Pollution.

AMP Records aka Amplified Music Pollution, a Mexican netlabel I believe, has slowed down a bit in their releases, but we should be very thankful for Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes which came out earlier this year. Both Belorukov and Kostryko come from the St. Petersburg area and both like to make weird music. Belorukov has been releasing experimental/improvisational music and jazz for several years, while Kostryko is a relative newcomer to releasing music to the general public.

Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes opens with “Nature’s Conformity to the Law” which starts out loud and abrasive. It settles down a bit or maybe that’s just me getting use to the noise and then the sounds of a chicken pen. Distrust One’s Own Eyes has Belorukov on ppooli and field recordings with Kostyrko on synth. “Two Steps Back” starts out much quieter drone and much more calm birds this time. The glitchy static fades in and and then the stronger drones start enveloping your ears. Always, various field recordings are playing in the background and some even more to the forefont.

Slight rhythms pervade “See If We Can Quiet the Dog Down” as the track wraps up the first half of Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s album. “Get Out The Business” is the closest track to ambient noise one finds on Distrust One’s Own Eyes. It’s a beautiful and humble track, if “humble” makes any sort of sense here.

“The Belief in the Matter” is full of louder glitches, though not too loud. The rhythm of the track is the fastest of all six tracks but it’s unassuming. The last track on Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes is “Non-Freedom of Will” where a screeching bird and edgy glitches begin the short track off and then a choral recording sweeps in to give an august feel to the end of the album.

There are a few must downloads throughout the year and I believe Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko’s Distrust One’s Own Eyes is one of them. Why? Because after listening to the record several times, I’m in search of more music from these two gentlemen. Hopefully you will as well.

Artists: Ilia Belorukov and Sergey Kostyrko
Title: Distrust One’s Own Eyes
Netlabel: AMP Records
Release Date: February 2015
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Download mp3: zip

Belts, Gears and Pistons


I love the juxtaposition of the cover of Tuffo’s Palomo and the music generated in the mp3s. I had a good idea that Palomo (Pigeon) wasn’t going to be a field recordings, but this, yeah, I had no idea. Tuffo’s three-part noise work is like taking a walk through a manufacturing plant, it’s loud, audacious, and completely within the confines of OSHA standards. But Palomo isn’t just straight unadulterated noise, Tuffo expertly constructs and processes various noise loops into an efficient assembly-line of chaotic sounds. Palomo could well be the noise album you were looking for.

Artist: Tuffo
Title: Palomo
Netlabel: A.M.P.
Released: 20 May 2013
Download mp3: zip
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Jazz Noise


Luis Ortega along with Blair Latham bring together various banjos, piano and manipulations to produce several stunning compositions in Konzequensyas on the Mexian netlabel, A.M.P.. Konzequensyas borders on improvisational, but each track exists in their own disciplined moment. The longest work, “KZ III” begins with a piano beat and then decays into static and electronic pulses and bells till the piano beats return which then morphs into managed bedlam. You get the idea, comfort in sound leads only to change. Highly recommended even though album isn’t tagged at all.

Artist: Luis Ortega
Title: Konzequensyas
Netlabel: A.M.P.
Released: 20 May 2013
Download mp3: zip

Noise as Audiography

Voivat’s Khmer Rouge on the netlabel A.M.P. is the equivalent of a sonic roller coaster that only descends with sharp twists turns through audio assaults. With  “Noïer” (mp3), the first track, Alex Valz aka Voivat blasts away at your ears with rough drones and high frequencies. But Valz doesn’t rest there as the second track, “Genocide” (mp3), continues to break the barriers between noise and drones. It is not until the third track, “Disintergration (mp3), that the drones slowly devolve as new sounds get introduced. And then finally, as we reach almost half-way through Khmer Rouge, we get a chance to catch our breath and rest our ears, but this — and it’s for the better — is only a brief respite until the fifth track, “Fa Bird” (mp3), which sends us back on Valz’s wild sonic ride.

I couldn’t find much about Valz or his alter-ego Voivat except for a few items. The first from the liner notes is that Khmer Rouge  is “sound experiments resulting from electromagnetic waves”. That’s description is nebulous at best, however as I’ve written before, it really doesn’t matter how the noise/music is created. The other item is several photographs that Valz has taken which show the human body, the skin in particular, as topography.

Khmer Rouge harkens back to the days of the double LP. The album is split into two parts, 4 tracks each, for a tool of some 70 minutes. The music is loud and, as I mentioned earlier, Valz seems intent on breaking though the barrier of drones and noise to good effect.

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E is for Experimental

Somehow I missed reviewing Otra Carpeta’s very excellent cero = ce ro back in June 2010, I was not ignorant enough to miss putting on my 100 Notable Netlabel Releases of 2011. I’m hoping at least some readers have gone through the list and found gems like Otra Carpeta’s release on the exceptional experimental netlabel Pan y Rosas.

So I was quite pleased to see that Carlos Edelmiro Pechant aka Otra Carpeta had released a new album, EP E, on another great experimental netlabel A.M.P.. Eldelmiro’s work on the six track 30 minute extended play successfully melds noise and glitch with improvisation. The work is a times a gentle noise and other moments rough and glandular as with “2” (mp3). Even “2’s” tumble and tough beginning, the track ends to tubular squelches and ringing bells. Throughout EP E, Eldelmiro entreats the listener with various process noises, not randomly, but in a structured, almost song-like fashion.

Yair López – epep popo

Artist: Yair López
Title: epep popo
Netlabel: Amplified Music Pollution
Release Date: 24 October 2010
Download mp3: zip

Among other things, soundscape artist Yair López likes to hack electronics. His website has pictures and sound samples of his various hacks while his October 2010 album epep popo (Amplified Music Pollution) is filled with noise and harsh sound manipulations. It was only until I started doing some research on López and his work that I discovered that epep popo opens with a track created from this:|artists=Yair Yair López’ “McDonald” (mp3)

Who doesn’t like an album that mocks McDonald’s with one of their own toys? Throughout the 7-track 20-minute experimental sound album, López displays a musical inclination in the execution of circuit bending as shown in his track, “altamar”.|artists=Yair Yair López’ “altamar” (mp3)

Though I haven’t had a chance to listen to López’ latest work, he has self-released Narita Airport earlier this year. I’ll be giving it a listen and you should probably as well.