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Resurfacing from the depths for the 1st time, CMvH’s vantablack drøne sides of ’83 & ’86 are merged into one helluva night in for isolationist ambient fiends by Sub Rosa
Both originally published by Von Hausswolff’s Radium 226.05 label and out-of-print since (or trés spenny on the 2nd hand market), the newly sandwiched ‘Conductor’ (1983) and ‘Life And Death Of Pboc’ (1986) regress deep back to the formative years of work by Sweden’s darkside grandee. By 1983 CMvH was already adept at working with and manipulating tape recordings, as found on his experiments in 1980’s ‘Bark & Is’, but he really came into his own with ‘Conductor’, the first side issued on Radium 226.05, the gallery-turned label run from 1983-1993 by CMvH with others. The 23’ lead piece is one single, tarry stretch of subharmonic drone that sounds like the engine room of the Nostromo, just pure, unbroken, slow-motion sci-fi tension that takes us to nether regions of the imagination, not dissimilar to certain bits of Deathprod’s equally stark Scandi sound weltanschauung.
For the first time that work is paired with ‘Life and Death of Pboc’, which was originally recorded in the following year and issued the next. Stemming from ‘Midsommardagen 1984-Mars 1985’ and ‘Okvinna’, a live installation, executed at the Sub Bau Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden, 30.3.-6.4. 1985, and mixed down in bleakest midwinter, sit feels like lying face down outdoors in a Gothenburg snowstorm, sans the hypothermia, as the powder pills up over us but street sounds and slowed down choral chants are still penetrating the padding, or is that our imagination going into overdrive as the head distracts from our slow perish?