Boomkat Product Review:
The prospect of a BJ Nilsen studio production is a fearsome enough proposition, but being exposed to the Swedish sound artist's challenging environmental and acousmatic sounds in the context of a live performance must be a an enormously disorientating experience. The sounds of weather and man-made industrial ambience would surely make for a jarring and intimidating presence inside a Viennese concert hall, and yet that's precisely what Nilsen unleashes during this performance. It's not so much the intensity of the noise that's so unsettling, but rather how vaporous it all is, sinking into silence one moment and then rising into a gentle, nebulous rush the next. You can make out wind buffeting on the mic and the occasional frothing of the sea, but ultimately much of this sound is difficult to place (a bit of ominous clanking here, a brittle rustling there) and therein lies the potency of Nilsen's set: there really isn't much in this to mark it out as anything recognisable as a live set. Midway between the microsonic interrogations of Francisco Lopez and the vivid sound recordings of labelmate and collaborator Chris Watson, Nilsen's in eerie and evocative form on this release. Highly recommended.