/ KOMATÖ SERZUSTAND: DNO
CDR: Beta-Sendung 
isn’t everything. I’ve lost count of the exquisitely beautiful
creations used to hold the most hideous of recordings. I call it the ‘mutton
dressed as lamb’ syndrome. Then I occasionally come across the reverse
of this syndrome where its ‘lamb dressed as mutton’ and I
wonder why more time and effort wasn’t put into the presentation
to enhance the overall production values. "DNO" by Funkstillesender
/ Komatö Serzustand falls into this latter category. First impressions
of this release were not good. Looking at a blank non descript CDR housed
in a slim line CD single case with a cut out paper front did nothing for
my enthusiasm. Amateurish and dull. Or dull and amateurish. Take your
pick. The sort of packaging that if for sale on a market stall you would
immediately pass over because it looked like something a twat with a new
computer had taken great pride in churning out within five minutes. That
bad. Appearances though can be deceptive and so it proved with this release.
Groundhog day part 1: No press release was forthcoming for this recording
so I’m at a loss regarding the history of either artist. Possibly
/ probably Russian groups. Groundhog day part 2: Attempting to access
the Funkstillesender website led me to a page with the word ‘Index’
on it. Nothing more. Groundhog day part 3: It could well be a limited
release but to how many copies I don’t fucking know. It would appear
I live in a continual time warp where this occurs and happens to me all
the time. Stop the world. I want to get off. If you’re looking for
more facts you’ve come to the wrong place and person…again.
But hey…these are minor trivialities. Look past the non information
and piss poor packaging and what you’ll find is a prime example,
nay the best, of Industrial machine drone music spread over five tracks
and 60 minutes that I’ve ever heard. What an absolute joy of a recording.
Really it’s a simple concept. Take the main sound, be it an fluctuating
elongated note or what sounds like pounding pistons in a machine, repeat
it continually on a loop then add extra electronics effects on top and
occasional voices reminiscent of deus ex machina. The ghosts in the machine.
You can’t go wrong with this formula. There are of course further
variants to be found within. Hints and bursts of fluxing static. Subliminal
low / high frequencies. Other exotic sounds and samples coupled with the
intricate mixing of subdued power electronics and black ambience. The
concept though stays the same throughout which is the main thing. Put
quite simply…and in words that I’ll stake my hard earned rep
utation on... ‘DNO’ is pretty fucking shit hot and amazing.
Loved it to bits and loved it to death. A quintessential industrial machine
drone recording that just begs for your attention. How you’ll get
a copy though slightly worries me. Nag your local distributor** until
you’re blue in the face and keep your fingers crossed.
can grab yourself a copy of this disc from Abgurd