SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY: DEAD WEATHER MACHINE
CD: Manifold MANCD45 [2004]

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Sleep Research Facility’s first release on Cold Spring Records was an incredibly imaginative and creative tour de force that recreated a journey deep into the heart of the Nostromo spaceship from the film ’Alien’. So enamoured was I by this excellent example of ‘space ambient’ music that I send an email full of gratatioutus platitudes to the artist himself, basically I kissed his ass raw, because I do stuff like that. I have no shame. He never replied. So it goes. Unfortunately for him I’ll be sending out another colon tickler after experiencing this latest opus from him.

"Dead Weather Machine" uses a simple premise as a means to create vibrant music that is part experimental and part ambient. The artist had a heating machine in his home that was on its last legs just waiting to finally expire and join the great scrap heap of electrical metal appliances. Taking the sound sources coming from the machine by microphone and processing them through a computer he has turned that machine into a living breathing entity fighting for its own survival. This in itself isn’t anything new. I have a recording by Anna Planeta which did the same sort of thing for a deserted and disused Catholic School. What Sleep Research Facility has done though here is to make the sounds more accessible to the human ear therefore upping the enjoyment factor tenfold. There are two ways to listen to "Dead Weather Machine". Firstly…if you ignore where the sound sources came from you are left with 7 tracks of brooding dark machine like ambient music that produces just the right amount of feelings of desolation and dread that you would expect from this style of music. Secondly…and the way you should approach this to gain maximum pleasure…is to delve deeply into your imagination and visualise the inner workings of a machine neglected and clogged by decaying wires and rusting metal chocking on years of debris and dust. The 7 pieces then metamorphosis into something beautiful and tranquil yet full of melancholy for better times in the past.

In its way "Dead Weather Machine" reminds us of our own mortality and the failings yet to come through our own slowly decaying shell. A deus ex machina screaming for a survival that won’t happen. It would be an understatement to state just how important this recording is and shows how in the hands of a talented artist a piece of machinery can stir the emotions given the right treatment. Which leads nicely onto…...... [Re:Heat]


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