Onde Poussière – Silent Rain

Onde Poussière - Silent Rain

Through friends of friends, Kecap Tuyul and Doedelzak get introduced at the XtetX, an improvisational experimental group that meets up in Paris, France. Doedelzak, a synth player, ends releasing the wonderful drone album, Wandering in Dust, on Eg0cide Productions back in August 2015, and then Doedelzak and Tuyul get together and record two tracks as the duo Onde Poussière. The end result of this October 2015 session is the newly released Silent Rain.

The liner notes to Silent Rain state that the duo’s music “relies on a careful mutual listening and a quite restrained palette. It gives a particular attention to contrasts, silences, subtle shifts – but can also be quite agitated and even noisy sometimes.” Tuyul has an extensive discography of working with other musicians and is known for his playing on prepared guitar, though thinking of him solely as a guitarist would be preposterous. His journeys in sound, whether solo or others, are always quite good. After finally listening to Doedelzak’s Wandering in Dust, it was no suprise that Doedelzak and Tuyul worked well together on Silent Rain.

The first track, “Skipped Slices”, begins quietly, directing us down an ambient path. But as Doedelzak calls out to Tuyul, Tuyul responds with an answer that in itself is a call to Doedelzak, and he repeats this call wrapped in an answer. The duo quickly turn our ambient journey into the subtle and not-so-subtle noises of daily life. There are interferences, jolts, and even some pleasantness. “Silent Rain”, the second track, begins even more quietly than the first, with Doedelzak on the synth. But at this point, the listener should not be fooled by this lull, as Tuyul and his guitar scrape into the soudscape like a wounded man walking down a dark alley. Somwhere around the 4 minute mark things begin to get even more weird which is never a bad thing. “Silent Rain” comes crashing down half-way through only to regroup itself for future strangeness. Doedelzak and Tuyul’s musical wanderings may be filled with indirectness, even randonmenss, but it is their response to the other’s chaos that brings the music into one sound and makes Onde Poussière’s Silent Rain worth your time.

Artist: Onde Poussière
Title: Silent Rain
Netlabel: Eg0cide Productions
Release Date: December 2015
CC BY-NC
Download mp3: zip

Half Evidence – Enterciel

Half Evidence - Entreciel

Half Evidence is the duo of Charles premier and Kecap Tuyul, who are no strangers to the netlabel world. Solo or working with others, premier and Tuyul have made a variety of experimental music in the Creative Commons scene from the ambient to noise, but always live and improvised. Enterciel on Eg0cide Productions is their latest release.

premier and Tuyul’s latest as the duo Half Evidence is Enterciel and, by my count, it’s their fifth release over the last several years, however they have released work on the Necktar and Classwar Karaoke compilations as well. Their first work as a duo was on 2 x 2 (2012), an Eg0cide Production release which featured Tuyul with premier on a track called, “Half Evidence” and another track with Tuyul and Matthew Tyas called “Pasta Doble”. The liner notes mention that the musician Mescalibur  introduced Tuyul to both premiere and Tyas as well as recorded and mixed the “Half Evidence” track. The new duo of premiere and Tuyul would later continue making music together under the moniker Half Evidence. Most of their work has been released on the Eg0cide Productions netlabel.

In listening to Half Evidence’s early work, the releases are consistent good and they are able to keep the listener’s attention as they go from quiet to intense and loud to slow. The first track of Half Evidence’s Enterciel continues their outstanding work though this time voices are added into the fray. As “D’orage-patienter” begins with a Half Evidence whispering to you, making sure you are comfortable and relaxed, maybe they are even offering you a beer. But as the track progresses, you realize that Half Evidence is ripping at your ears, tearing them slowly off, leaving the sides of your head a mixture of blood and sound. You relish in your masochism, enjoying the assault, soaking in the sonic vibrations as best as you can.

Maybe that previous paragraph is filled with ridiculous hyperbole which was most likely caused by listening to some insipid shit previously to my first listen of Enterciel. Regardless of where my head was when I was jotting down my notes, after repeated listens, “D’orage-patienter” is still quite intense.

“D’essor-s’essouffler”, the second and last track of Enterciel, is just as forceful as the opening track though it seems to use more vocal improvisation then it’s predecessor. “D’essor-s’essouffler” grabs and twists you into unbelievable contortions and then releases you into a solitude of noise.

For a long form improvisational experimental album, Half Evidence’s Enterciel keeps the listener intrigued and never bored. Enterciel is most likely Half Evidence’s best release to date, but that should take nothing away from their previous releases which are head and shoulders above some of the work of their peers. Maybe the success of their sound has to do with their frequent collaborations with others — you know that he ability to play well with others. I surely don’t know, but I do enjoy being the recipient of such a wonderful work as Half Evidence’s Enterciel.

Artist: Half Evidence
Title: Enterciel
Netlabel: Eg0cide Productions
Release Date: February 2015
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Download mp3: zip

Dark Winds

Simply put,  Wind Spirits (Buddhist on Fire) has CDRX performing soundscapes to which Kecap Tuyul then added guitar, flute and voice. But it’s never that simple as that, is it? The beginning on this hour-long opus, the music builds and builds upon itself, guitar, soundscape, guitar, soundscape. Within Wind Spirits, CDRX and Kecap Tuyul are able to successful combine various field recordings and guitar — plus many other ‘noises’ including work from Mystified and Watzatnoiz — to a work that flows through noise, ambient and drones.