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Recording as Schneider TM in Berlin’s once down-at-heel Prenzlauer Berg, Dirk Dresselhaus found that the ambient noise outside, where builders were rapidly transforming his neighbourhood, was seeping into his productions. The result, ‘Construction Sounds’, is oddly hypnotic. It uses field recordings as its base material, but you wouldn’t know it; the eerie booms, metallic clangs, whirrs and screeches have been passed through analogue effects and then Logic. ‘Grinder In The Sky’ sounds like a mechanical lion chugging on a didgeridoo; ‘Bimanual Complexity’ adopts a sparse, technoid rhythm that morphs into a burst of white noise before dying away, as if its maker has downed tools. Strangely fascinating.
File under Proper ambient noise – with added cement mixers
Download ‘Grinder In The Sky’, ‘Bimanual Complexity’
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