Articles By: Mark Teppo

Detritus :: Fractured (Ad Noiseam, CD)

(01.11.08) David Dando-Moore is making Massive Attack nervous. His latest opus as Detritus, Fractured, opens mid-phrase, hurling the listener directly into the mix with a jet-assisted flyby of strings and beasts, and Persian-inflected vocals weave through the symphonic fireworks of classical bridges and ferocious breaks. The air raid of “Desolate (5-Htp mix)” is followed by […]

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Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation :: Doomjazz Future Corpses! (Ad Noiseam, CD)

(01.10.08) A companion “group” to Jason Köhnen and Giedon Kiers’ Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, the Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is the antithesis of the “jazz ensemble” concept. Wreathed in subterranean drones and undulating tone waves, the Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is the sort of lounge act one would find playing in the lower circles of Hell, […]

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Mark Teppo :: Top lists for 2007

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Ulver :: Shadow of the Sun (Jester Records): Calling this “ambient metal” is somewhat of a disservice to both ambient and metal, but I’m at a loss to how else to quantify this record. It is a thousand miles away from their black metal beginnings, but in the wake of recent releases like Perdition […]

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Aleph Zero :: Reviews

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: V/A :: Digital Singles, Vol. 1 (Aleph Zero, MP3) This collection, in addition to being a digital-only release, is intended to give the listener a feel for the Aleph Zero roster–a track list meant to both introduce us to these artists as well as tide us over until their next full release. It’s not […]

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ALEPH ZERO :: Epitome of chill

(11.24.07) ALEPH ZERO is the epitome of chill. Releasing about two records a year over the first four years of their existence, their blend of world beat, downtempo, and liquid ambience is the atmospheric equivalent of a long luxurious vacation. You drop in, get comfortable, and suddenly weeks and months have gone by. In the […]

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Bounte :: One (Positron, CD)

(09.28.07) Bounte’s debut record, One, has been confounding me for some time. Released on Chris Randall’s Positron Records, it’s a disc whose press release intimates that it is too slippery to be confined to one genre. Pop! Hip-hop! Rock! Dance! Jazz! Classical! IDM! However, I’ve been hearing it as a house record, and one that […]

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Pimentola :: Misanthropolis (Cold Meat Industry, CD)

(04.29.07) This CD is an odd animal. In a lot of ways it’s quite traditional and in others it really does reach for some really interesting territory. I’d describe it as a cross between neo-classical, industrial, power electronics style vocals, indian classical music, folk, Test Department and Muslimgauze. With live percussion, classical instruments and vocals […]

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Atrium Carceri :: Ptahil (Cold Meat Industry, CD)

(04.06.07) Cold Meat Industry have changed quite a bit over time. There was a point when you knew every CMI CD you heard was going to be a slab of pure rage but things have changed in the CMI camp and they are now releasing a lot of neo-classical and dark ambient. Which, possibly unsurprisingly, […]

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TOR LUNDVALL :: Mystery and silence of the landscape

(01.12.07) On his website Tor Lundvall has a brief piece about the history of his painting style, a style which indelibly marks his musical efforts as well. Of the figures which populate his artwork, he says they are “merely passing through the mystery and silence of the landscape.” His music — records filled with ghostly […]

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Mark Teppo :: Top-10 Albums for 2006

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Top-10 Albums :: Cdatakill :: Valentine (Ad Noiseam) Drumcorops :: Grist (Ad Noiseam) Saltillo :: Ganglion (Hive) Loess :: Wind and Water (n5MD) Trentemøller :: The Last Resort (Poker Flat) Robert Henke :: Layering Buddha (Imbalance Computer Music) Tor Lundvall :: Empty City (Strange Fortune) Burial :: Burial (Hyperdub) Proem :: You Shall Have […]

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LUSINE :: Field of sound

(11.12.06) JEFF MCILWAIN performed twice at the 2006 Decibel Festival: once, on Friday night as part of the Headfuk showcase; and on the following day, as the headliner for the Robotspeak technical showcase. He offered two very different sets: one, a banging, four on the floor techno show that filled the room with bubbling beats […]

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Rome :: Berlin EP (Cold Meat Industry, CD)

(10.18.06) The latest addition to the neo-apocalyptic martial folk scene is Jérôme Reuter, whose initial record under his Rome moniker is Berlin, an EP tease for his full-length to be released later this month. Filled with decrepit idealism, these six tracks are filled with the fulsome atmosphere of tragedy, the lament of civilizations which have […]

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God and the Darkness :: Finding the soft light with Hollydrift

(06.26.06) HOLLYDRIFT‘s first full-length release on Parasomnic Records was a collection of tracks that made up an hour-long radio transmission from some industrial wasteland still inhabited by the ghosts of the machinery. Filled with groaning drones, intercepted radio signals, collapsing gearboxes and furnaces, Waiting For The Tiller was a collage of noise and atmosphere. Like […]

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Mark Teppo :: Top-10 for 2005

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….:::: Teppo Top-Ten :: Ah Cama-Sotz :: The Way To Heresy (Hands Production) Deru :: Trying to Remember (Merck) Detritus :: Origin (Ad Noiseam) Jason Forrest :: Shamelessly Exciting (Sonig) Jan Jelinek :: Kosmischer Pitch (~scape) Jamie Lidell :: Multiply (Warp) Micronaut :: Europa (Positron) Nurse With Wound :: Shipwreck Radio Volume Two (ICR) Richard […]

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Decibel Fest (Part 4) :: The Stillness and the Rhythm

(10.14.05) I heard more than once during the Decibel Festival‘s Ambient Showcase on Sunday that sitting still is deadly. Especially after three full days of movement music. The Ambient Showcase takes place an the Broadway Performance Hall, the seated theatre where we had our noodles experimented on the previous day, and the Festival schedule is […]

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Decibel Fest (Part 3) :: Under Your Skin and Into Your Head

(10.13.05) Decibel isn’t just about banging beats and slapping vinyl around. Both weekend days offered more cerebral activities: panel discussions about the present and future of digital music and the intersection between art and technology, as well as hands-on workshops where some of the modern toys were demonstrated. Now, I have to confess that I […]

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Decibel Fest (Part 2) :: Hip-Hop, Please Never Stop

(10.12.05) While Seattle has a long-running musical festival (Bumbershoot which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year), it has always been the last fling of summer. It’s a good weekend if you’re inclined to fight for mediocre standing room only for indie pop bands, mainstream novelty acts, AOR-sponsored reunions which have been formed so that decrepit […]

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Gunter Muller + Steinbruchel :: Perspectives (List, CD)

(08.22.05) The first time I heard Perspectives, I didn’t hear it. If you have, say, a noisy hard drive or trains rattling the neighbor’s windows, you probably won’t really hear Perspectives either. Both Günter Müller and Steinbrüchel are practitioners of the microsound, the lowercase genre that whispers at the edges of perception and darts away […]

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MICRONAUT :: Multi-Dimensional Explosion of Sound

(03.23.05) CHRIS RANDALL is a man who defies categorization. One of those rare chameleons of the music industry who constantly evolves, he has actively transformed himself from a stoic workhorse (roadie for KMFDM) to thick-maned lion, lording over his own pride. As Lord and Master of Positron! Records, Randall is a musician who has broken […]

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Machine Drum / Ilkae / Deru :: Merck Review-Roundup

(02.21.05) Soaring ambient opening notwithstanding, Bidnezz hiccups and stutters like it is the performance art piece for the Dance of the Misfit Toys. With twenty-two tracks that take anywhere from less than thirty seconds to more than five minutes to present their broken toy choreography, Bidnezz hums with the chaotic spasms of fractured hip-hop. Imagine […]

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The Mutant Fourth World Soundscapes of Verhagen ::

(Feb: 2005) SEVERAL years ago, I attended a Ryoji Ikeda / Dumb Type concert at an upscale art theater in Seattle. In the lobby was a large wicker basket filled with disposable ear plugs and a sign that said, “Really, you might want a pair for this show.” Most of the well-heeled ladies and their […]

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Escaping Restrictions :: Ad Noiseam Label Profile

(Jan. 2005) NICOLAS CHEVREUX started out in the review business with a website known as Totentanz, graduated to the Recycle Your Ears webzine and then became a label owner. The label is Ad Noiseam and, over the last four years, Nicolas has been discovering amazing new acts, designing exotic and engaging packaging, and consistently delivering […]

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Autres Directions In Music :: MP3 Label Profile

::..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Stephane Colle is giving away music. These days, such a statement isn’t nearly as head-turning as it was several years ago with the wide proliferation of Internet-based labels, but what makes Autres Directions In Music a Label of Interest is the clear-cut philosophy behind the label: everybody wins with free music. The Autres Directions […]

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