nearly-live performance piece is a collaboration between Origami
Galaktika, one 'subunit' of Norway's Origami
Republika artists' collective, and baldy French industrialist Mimetic
from Von Magnet, recorded on their
travels around Eastern Europe in 2001. I say nearly-live because the CD
consists of recordings from three separate venues, without any way of
distinguishing between them; there's also no crowd noise or other artefacts
of the listening environment until right at the end. It's split into nine
tracks, with no names, just numbers in - presumably - Norwegian; I wonder
how much was rehearsed in advance and how much was improvised.
It starts off pretty minimally, with low-frequency drones and distorted,
unplaceable sounds fading in and out, but every so often a snatch of haunting
melody or a primitive fragment of rhythm emerges dreamily from the chaos.
By track three things start to warm up, with a slow, gritty breakbeat
that reminds me of Techno
Animal's seminal sleep-dep freak-out "Re-Entry". After a
brief reprise, track five opens out into an insistent technoise drum pulse
that dissolves into incoherent, bitcrushed noise at the end. None of this
will quite prepare you for track six however, which starts off as a repetitive
minimalist glitch and gradually evolves into a mutated loop as if of a
far-off violin and piano playing chamber music over a broken radio transmitter.
This continues through track seven after which it deconstructs itself
once more. Beautiful.
This is the outstanding portion of the CD, although mention must be made
of track eight, a sixteen-minute exposition comprising various more or
less rhythmic sequences with some disembodied voices and noisy atmospherics
in the mix. The more I listen to "Origamimetic", the more the
comparisons to "Re-Entry" assert themselves, and that was an
album that slowly grew on me and then stayed somewhere near my hi-fi for
many years - so it bodes well. They share a dreamlike, delerious quality,
and a knack of forging order out of chaos before letting the chaos take
the reigns again. And neither of them can be appreciated piecemeal - you
have to listen to the whole album in one sitting, as with each CD individually
in Techno Animal's opus. Give this one a try - it's quite a trip.