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A brilliantly raw sore thumb in drone maverick Phill Niblock’s canon, his melange of field recordings made in Hong Kong, Hungary, Scandinavia and the US is given necessary spotlight by Room40
If you’re expecting heavyweight slabs of microtonal drone, think again, as ‘Ghosts And Others’ documents Niblock’s roving ear and cinematic sensibilities colliding in utterly transfixing style. To be fair, all of Niblock’s work is trance-inducing to some extent, but this one takes a wildly different approach to anything else in his singular catalogue; framing layered and ProTools-edited field recordings made over decades and piled into a palimpsestic sort of impossible space and time out of joint.
Presented with the artist’s recommendation to play it “very LOUD, with a mite of extra bass”, and the warning that “If the neighbors complain, and they live two miles away, it's about the right level”, the piece yields a sort of fantasy travelogue where the sounds of cows on a communal farm in Soviet Hungary moo amid the clatter of Chinese drums and the railroad clack of trains bezzing to Hartford Connecticut and between Stockholm and Copenhagen. The result is akin to being the onlooker of a gloriously cacophonous street scene in some imaginary place, serenaded by a lone pipe player, dodging cattle, and feeling energised by the abundance of life all at once.
If you’re partial to travel, ever found yrself fascinated by Sublime Frequencies’ rawest street recordings, or like the idea of prototype of too-many-YT-tabs-open-at-once, we highly advise filling your boots right here.