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Scott McMahan — Garden of Sand
((Not on label) no#, 1996, MC)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

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After a couple times through in loop mode this collection of noisettes and electonic musical thoughts got to be pretty addicting. One sort of gets used to the low-budget sound quality and the Casios while the shimmering sound effects, sampled bells and gamelan type sounds, growling industrial drones and sampled percussives — not to mention the intentional drop-outs, splices, and garbled tape sounds, work on the subconscious level. In many ways it reminds this writer of some of the tapes by Rotcod Zzaj and friends (reviewed back in issue #6), taking more-or-less improvised and almost composed ideas, mixing the results with found sounds and samples, and running it all through a grunge filter. Yet the results here seem to cover a lot more ground. One can't be certain if a lot of the effects herein are intentional or simply the product of low budget recording processes. Either way, it's fairly engaging and works on a number of levels.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Scott McMahan

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