Boomkat Product Review:
Sub Rosa's essential compilation series culminates with this cherry-picked, 38-track triple disc gatefold and 84-page booklet of critical and biographic notes. For many sonic explorers this series has provided an invaluable gateway to the outer limits of recorded electronic music, delving deep into the wormholes of musique concrète, electro-acoustic, modern composition and computer music beyond common knowledge to document a worldwide rhizome of experimentation, research and mutation following the development from national radio facilities to home studios and the advent of laptop computers. On disc 1 of volume 7 we're lead from Henry Jacob's beguiling tape loops and narration on 'Sonata For Loudspeakers' (1953-4) to the very first piece of recorded sound ever made, Éduoard-Léon Scott de Martinville's 'Au clair de la lune' (1860), taking in Bebe & Louis Barron's 'Bells Of Atlantis', Bülent Arel's incredible, alien space sounds 'Electronic Music' (1961), and the microscopic concrète of Slawek Kwi + Siobhan McDonald's 'Lava Samples' (2012), among many others along the way. Disc 2 follows a noisier, atonal theme, taking in plunderphonic pioneer John Oswald's 'Vertical Time' (1973), alongside the blistered drums of Isräel Quellet' 'Pour percussions et saturation' (2007), Fausto Romitelli's guitar feedback sculpture 'Trash TV Trance' and Experimental Audio Research's psychedelic incursion, 'Beyond the Pale' (1992) plus the avant-garde seance of Henry Cow's 'From Triondheim' (1976). Finally, disc 3 creates meta-physical ligaments between the ghostly 'Collage' (1965) of Polish composer Eugeniusz Rudnik to the decayed minimalism of Cabaret Voltaire's 'Chance versus Causality' (1979) thru the vibrational presence of Mika Vainio's 'Transformer in 7' (2011), the spectral drones of Klangkreig's 'Korpus I' (1996) and The New Blockaders' vicious blast from the abyss 'Blockade Is Resistance' (1983) to the transcendant acid techno malevolence of Agro / Brandon Spivey + Richie Anderson's 'Only Those Who Attempt The Impossible Will Achieve The Absurd' (1995).