Boomkat Product Review:
Hyper-disorienting computer music ace from Jeff Witscher (Rene Hell) and Jack Callahan (Die Reihe), with a little help from Trump and Obama vocaloids, on a killer kick off for the their fledgling but already formidable FLEA imprint.
Joining forces on their promising new label alongside a first batch including an amazing Julius Eastman work and SEM Ensemble take on a John Cage classic, both Witscher (Rene Hell) and Callahan (Die Reihe, Sunburned Hand of The Man) bring a playfully disruptive and irreverent attitude and aptitude for dis/jointed sound to ’The Past, Present and Future of Experimental Music (Uncut GRM)’ in a way that has well informed their various, respective, actions in computer music and playfully disruptive avant composition for PAN and Bánh Mì Verlag over the past decade.
The 21 minute work unfolds with a K-holing sequence of non-sequiturs, suggesting the listener find a thread of logic between fragments of synthesised speech by a hyperreal Trump and Obama and a roll call of loony characters who emerge and recede into the matrix, seemingly channelling Florian Hecker via Vic Berger and Vicki Bennett and Nozomu Matsumoto. Working together, the oddly perceptive and disruptive powers of Witscher and Callhan are multiplied to decimating effect. Keep an eye on this duo and label.