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Für Species23 (2000): The Start of Something Beautiful (but Short-Lived)

Luftkanone, “Für Species23” (self-released CDEP)
[originally posted 14Mar2000]

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We can’t show it to you because the Internet fails us (and my copy is long lost to time and house moves).

Another noise act coming out of western Pennsylvania (what is it with farmland and noizheads anyway?), the debut demo disc from Luftkanone (german, for “sound cannon;” seems the Germans weren’t letting the French do anything on their own during the seventies!) landed on my desk the other day, and I didn’t have time to get around to actually listening to it until this morning (thanks to having to make sure my own CD-R burning had come out okay, mostly).

Anyway, nice stuff. Not overly chaotic, not overly minimal. Treading the line with simple static-based noises and a really decent mixer. Tends towards the quiet side of things until the last two or three minutes of the disc, when stuff starts burning, exploding, falling apart… you know. This is kind of like the soundtrack to a building demolition– a scurry of activity, then an interminable wait, then all the sudden everything goes boom. And then it’s quiet again… ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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