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|melon expander (usa) #me 004 cd|
lafms (united states) #lafms #104 cd
dimmer “the shining path” compact disc
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|first collaborative work by joseph hammer and thomas dimuzio; hammer’s woozy tape-grained found-sound processed in real-time via dimuzio’s array of live sampling tools.|
the disc contains six medium-length pieces, each hovering about a single tonality/drone. in spots i’m reminded of maurizio bianchi’s work (much reverbed/murky buildup in the mixes; events that would otherwise be front & center are buried far deep in the mix) ; at others michel chion’s (some of the high-frequency gloss & random interjection reminds me of “requiem”)
i’ve never been 1000% into dimuzio’s work simply for the fact it’s often too squeaky-clean (it’s clear that he’s a crazy-talented artisan in combining frequency-ranges) - hammer’s lo-fi, tape-hiss-addled sheen acts as the perfect foil, adding a necessary consumer-grade gain-stage to the equation.
|melon expander press release...|
|dimmer "the shining path" cd melonex004|
thomas dimuzio - live sampling and processing, feedback, shortwave, synthesizer, and ambient microphones
joseph hammer - real-time manually manipulated analog recording/reproducing media, audio oscillator
dimmer is a duo comprising live sampling pioneer thomas dimuzio and tape-loop maestro joseph hammer. swallowing audiences with their dark explorations of sound, dimmer specializes in a symbiotic sound process as they continually loop, reloop, sample and resample within an interactive feedback circuit linking both artists. for their debut cd, dimmer melds their recursive circuits into rich and seething sonic masses with subtle waves pulsing sound within sound. ripe with theme and variation, the shining path suspends the listener over dim and dank planes on an aural trip spanning and scanning from a celestial vista. nearly every aspect of dimmer's live performances grace the shining path, yet this is not a live document, but rather a pastiche and reworking of everything dimmer has accomplished in their years of performing as a duo. co-release between melon expander and lafms.
thomas dimuzio is one of those unsung artistic figures whose influence and abilities have substantially outstripped his visibility. composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, experimental electronic musician, sideman and recording studio owner- dimuzio has been busy doing his thing(s) since the late 1980's, but is still only known to a small circle of electronic music enthusiasts. a true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, dimuzio's listed sound sources on his various cds include everything from 'modified 10 speed bicycle' and resonating water pipe' to short-wave radios, loops, samplers and acoustic instruments clarinet and trumpet. while his wide range of musical interests make it impossible to pin a label on him, dimuzio clearly has an insider's knowledge of older experimental musical forms such as musique concrete and electroacoustic, and well as more current ambient industrial styles as promoted by artists/groups such as lustmord, lull and main.
perhaps the only living musicians whose musical instrument is simply the cross-fade, low-fi tape-loop manipulator joseph hammer is a legendary member of the eerie entity known as l.a.f.m.s. (the los angeles free music society) and a living, breathing ball of sensibility. wearing a white cotton glove, hammer subliminally "gooses" the position of his well-worn circular recording media in and out of proximity to the fields of oscillating magnetism. this interface, in combination with his fevered imagination, acts as a kind of dali-esque-soft-cheese-grater to his sentimental musical source material, revealing or creating a psychiatrist's bedside drawer of crawling sonic subtexts through a process that can only be considered sound cell grafting. hammer is also a co-founder of many influential and cryptic groups, including dinosaurs with horns, points of friction, steaming coils, and the active unit solid eye, none of whom really sound like anything else.