3" CDR: Materia Confusa 
a succinct introduction to this American sound artist, "Rubedo’s"
two tracks draw inspiration from alchemy and electronic voice phenomenon
(EVP) respectively, with the resultant pieces showcasing slightly different
With sampled choirs acting as a calming introduction to the alchemy inspired
track 'Transmutation', the sound however quickly shifts, amassing
into a mild cacophony of sound via non rhythmic factory clatter and assortment
of fractured textures. Yet continuing on, this track really hits its stride
when it settles down to reveal some decently intense, sub orchestral tinged,
droning dark ambience.
Track two 'E.V.P' on the other hand draws comparisons to Schloss
Tegal's "Black Static Transmissions" album, by virtue of both
deriving their inspiration from electronic voice phenomenon. This is particularly
the case where a static riddled looped EVP sample provides a noisy old
school industrial atmosphere. Yet being more then merely a one trick pony,
later in the track the mood becomes subtler & slightly clinical, in
a hallucinogenic droning format.
Overall it must be said that the 3"CD format is certainly a handy
way to give a clear and concise indication of an artist’s style
and direction. Thus from the 22 minutes of varied experimental textures
& dynamic dark ambience showcased here, it has me interested in hearing
Materia Confusa's continued evolution.