Boomkat Product Review:
Aussie experimental titan David Brown originally released "apsomeophone" back in 2005, and now its back in spannered, splattery glory. The title's a reference to French musique concrète instigator Pierre Henry's Apsome studio, so that should tell you all you need to know...
This is a good 'un. Brown's been involved with Australia's avant garde and noise scene for years, and he manages, against the odds, to fuse unhinged guitar skronk with GRM concrète techniques that might seem to exist on the other end of the sonic spectrum. There are echoes of Derek Bailey, or even MAIN, in Brown's unusual amalgamation of ideas; the guitar becomes a source for sharp shards of sound, and echoes of genre - folk twangs, angular metal riffs - are corrupted into dissolved scrapes, loops and drones.
Occasionally, movie samples echo thru the riffage and cut-n-paste mayhem, suddenly grounding us in the real world. It's at those moments you remember exactly what you're listening to and the power of the hard splice. So good.