- All this talk of tiny tracks and not yet a mention for the pioneers of British Grindcore !
Nostalgics like me will fondly recall the 1987 / 1988 era when the prime movers in this frequently hilarious micro-scene seemed to be having some kind of hell-bent ultra-brevity contest.
It all kicked off with "Scum" by Napalm Death, which had about 40 tracks on it. Other records, like "Reek Of Putrefaction" by Carcass and "The Only Good Punk Is A Dead One" by Electro-Hippies then joined the fray with very short songs about decaying body parts and flared trousers respectively.
But the peaks of acheivement were (I think) a track by Napalm Death called "Mega Armageddon Death" which was released as a 7" by Earache and which clocked in at 0:01; and an album by Sore Throat, the title of which I'm afraid escapes me, which had no fewer than 100 tracks on one side. To make up for it, side two featured just one 20 minute-long magnum opus. It was, of course, bloody awful.
- Worth checking out: Curd Duca's recent release Elevator 3 on Mille
Below is a decent summation of its content on behalf of the good folks at
Other Music (www.othermusic.com) in NYC:
CURD DUCA "Elevator 3" (Mille Plateaux, Germany) CD/LP $14.99/$11.99
Duca's work has long been the most coherent and structured of any
electronic artist on Mille Plateaux (yet); "Elevator 3" is no exception.
And this is probably due to the origins of his music--rather than generate
them from scratch or strip them down to near-nothingness, he tries to
retain the sonic qualities of the samples he uses, even as he fragments
them exaggeratedly. Decontextualized and de-textured, the he takes
lush muzak sounds down to a dull chill. As he grays music which formerly
had vibrant color, he's purposefully softening and muffling the impact.
This album does this even more than the two previous "Elevator"
of miniatures (there are 48 tracks in 38 minutes here), and adds a
vocalist, the wraithlike, vaporous Carin Feldschmidt. Like a journey
through Times Square, blindfolded. [RE]