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Swiss Drone MP3

The new entry at term (12k.com/term), the occasional netlabel for experimental music that’s a branch of musician Taylor Deuree’s 12k label, is a half-hour drone recorded just last month by Swiss musician Pe Lang. Drones are categorized more often by flavor than by structure. This one has, as its key ingredient, a static (as in noise, not as in stasis) texture that suggests either rain or a needle on vinyl (MP3). Of course, in an age as technologically mediated as ours, don’t both those possible interpretations have the same basic impact on the listener: a mix of romance and mild annoyance? The title of the piece, “Shellac,” tips the scales toward the surface noise of early analog recording technology. More info on Pe Lang at untitled-sound-objects.ch.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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