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Cassette Review: Giorgio Dursi – Poetry reading with sound footnotes

In front of the mirror, a man opens his mouth. It goes a long way, his look, because his mouth is wide open. It is bigger than his face. It is bigger than his face and he thinks of Fantastic Voyage an American science-fiction movie. The film is about a submarine crew who shrink to microscopic size and venture into the body of an injured scientist to repair the damage to his brain. The man in the mirror doesn’t see that words leave his mouth. Words that are shrunk to…

Cassette Review: Chemiefaserwerk – Zerbrechliche Commons

In Wagner’s operas there was always a moment that all the horns united in a long sustained sound. It was a golden sound to mark a golden moment. The title could have been Alpenglühen (Glowing Alps) or Erwachen (Awakening). In this golden moment a golden boy, the hero, would finally keep his mouth shut and freeze into a heroic pose. His eyes, his chin and his chest were pointed to the people who sat on the balcony on the right side of the theatre. From the hero’s view, it would…

Cassette Review: Storch Interior Extracts – Remote Assistance Failure

I fall into an endless series of bloobs. I think of a house of mirrors and the endless reflections of self perhaps a good location for any novel or movie that needs endless reflections of reflections on self. A sonic equivalent of a house of mirrors with mothers with crying children. A car alarm that triggers all the other alarms in town a kaumgomball machine that doesn’t stop shooting balls clowns? Theo from Cellar Tapes asked if he could send the tape and I said yes. We had a short…

Cassette Review: Ezio Piermattei – Tre Madri Ludopatiche

There is a thick fog. A low hum, that sounds like a stretched melody, announces the arrival of a something. But a what? A black mass arrives out of the fog, it grows bigger and bigger. It’s a ship. On the attic, a man looks at pictures of an old magazine. He reads about an Italian warship that disappeared in the arctic sea in the winter of the year 1945. He reads about scientists who went to the North Pole to find the ship. They believed it carried a secret…

Cassette Review: F. Ampism – Black Moss Pot

First I thought of ragdolls. They take on life and dance around in a children’s dreamstate. It is all very British, because these dolls are made in the Victorian age and bring memories of a grand empire, children wearing big straw heads, riding donkey-carts meeting an Indian Sultan on the back of an elephant. The image, I agree, was a bit silly. And the music on the tape shouldn’t stop there, even if you would think of a Powell and Pressburger movie, in which the chalk-faced dolls became actors and…

Cassette Review: Felice Sciorilli – Night Has Told Me

Yes, that is what I like. Right from the start the sounds transport me to an image of a white passenger ship rising high above communal houses in an Italian port. It is a picture from the 1960s when emigrants still travelled by boat. Among them were people who left their homeland the Netherlands to find their fortune in Australia, or in Canada. The boat on the picture lay alongside the quay in Genova. And Genova is an important harbour in the story of emigration. Thousands of people embarked every…

Cassette Review! Giovanni Lami – Hysteresis I

A new feature on our website: cassette reviews. We have a special page for it. But we will publish the review also on this blog, where it can slowly bubble under.   In my temporary dwelling, from my balcony, and looking through the window as well, I enjoy a view on hills and on the hills behind those hills that roll to the South East. Houses stick out from between small patches of forest and fields. A small road heads north to Kraków, passes little villages, that are reduced to…