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Asylum Transmission (MP3)

High-pitched drones from Australia

The 11th in Tuonela‘s Asylum Transmission series is the latest in an ongoing series of experimental music releases. At less than five minutes in length, it’s a static-infused foray into composition that disregards harmony, melody, and rhythmic metrics in favor of attenuation — in particular the way that attenuation influences a listener’s expectations. “Asylum Transmission #11 Tinfoil Hat Time” unfolds as a transformed recording, or so it appears, some sort of carnival or otherwise celebratory music that torques into chainsaw sine waves that, depending on the ear’s perspective, might sound like New Year’s Day bells or the underlying sound design for the next Saw movie. There’s an intrinsic sense that the source material will return and reveal itself, but this never occurs.

Track originally posted at More music from Tuonela at More on Tuonela, who is from Sydney, Australia, at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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