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Grip Of Inertia reviewed by Virtual Ritual

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This album is Canadian Jake Vida’s first recorded material in over four and a half years. Merzbow is sited as a heavy influence and harsh noise seems to be the genre that Vida has placed his work in. “Habitual 1” is certainly harsh and blistering in distortion. It sounds quite free form and improvisatory as well, as the bed of sound shifts in texture and at times oscillates in a fixed rhythm, if only for a short while. “Metal Lord” is another good display of smooth manipulation, which requires deep listening from the audience, if they want to notice the subtle changes that occur throughout the song. “Habitual 2” incorporates a similar approach aesthetically, whereas in the beginning of “Grip of Inertia” there is a tape loop of a man and a woman talking about headlights (it becomes more and more strange after listening to it repeat throughout the song) mixed with a spastic analog synth wooshing and blipping all over the place.

http://virtual-ritual.blogspot.ca/2012/04/jake-vida-grip-of-inertia-pointless.html

Written by Jakob Pamler-Vida

April 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

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Grip Of Inertia Reviewed

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The fine folks at The Esoterrorist have given a review of the latest Jake Vida release, grip of inertia.

Here’ the LINK.

Canadian noise artist Jake Vida has returned from a 4.5-year stint with a new brutal onslaught of harsh, intense noise à la mid-90′s Merzbow in his digital release Grip of Inertia (Pointless Blank Records).  The last we’d heard from the Ontario artist was in 2007 on a couple of CD-r’s and a cassette compilation, and while the break in output hasn’t really been explained, Inertia definitely proves itself worth the wait by the first track alone.  Vida wastes no time in getting straight to business in the first hyperactive track “Habitual 1,” which churns and grinds metallic blasts reminiscent of rubbing sandpaper on a microphone ran through 4 different distortions (which I am certain has been done).  The assault is constant with no room for breathers and successfully remains active and elaborate, rather than repetitious or tedious.

Inertia was recorded live in the studio by Vida and plays through in a raw, straight-forward approach, not unlike in the origins of harsh noise composition and improvisation, giving this a truly “noise roots” feel.  The simplicity to such a gigantic explosion of acerbity is definitely a refreshing treat that brings a smile to the face.  The (non-)music’s dynamism isn’t lost in the attack, either.  There are plenty of recognizable details and samples that heighten these pieces above their influences to which they respectfully pay their homage.

The record so far is being exclusively released via Bandcamp, with the price for download optional to the consumer.  Recommended!

Written by Jakob Pamler-Vida

January 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

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Brandal & Remlap – Selective Timestream reviewed by Heathen Harvest

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http://heathenharvest.org/2011/12/01/brandal-remlap-selective-timestream/

For the experienced bud smoker, the most comfortable stretch of intoxication is the first two hours after the smoke has cleared. I suggest a two-hour track for such a time when you seriously need to think some thoughts, such as this one. This is mighty hefty entry, the fruits of the labor of Canadian Noisemaker Jake Vida and Andreas Brandal of Flesh Coffin fame, a collaboration that sees the two men exploring some very serious depths, but coming back with something as serious as the violent nature of the bile they decided to call “Selective Timestream”.

I don’t know what the hell was being thought or considered in the selection of the image that was chosen to include in the free zip folder you can get directly from Pointless Blank/Art As Intent. It’s a collage of aerial shots of various different landscapes. It looks like an uncut postcard sheet. But the sound… man… heavy.

The type of noise we get here sounds decidedly analog, there is a bit of discernible synthesis in there, but it serves as a lead into or refresher to the many long stretches of soulless rumblings, high-statics, sometimes paired up, often times lone beasts within the one beast that is the entire track.

The makeup of the material used to make this huge piece remain a mystery to me, but I could swear that the more interesting bits are some menacingly processed vocals. These appear toward the 40 minute mark, and are hopelessly cryptic in their mangled glory, if they indeed ARE vocals… When you get into the second hour, things become a little different, but if you have not been discouraged/bored/distracted, then there are some much needed tone changes, some of the best being the left/right panning of some more synth-sounding hits, sounding almost percussive, some filter sweeps, and even what I suspect is a sort of duelling-banjos moment between the Andreas and Jake. One burst of noise comes at one level, the other interrupts, both hit it at once, there are a couple of awkward silences, but the thing never wavers.

You have to be quite entranced to take this in one entire sitting. I don’t know what is the correct mindset exactly, but the sheer volume of this work is certainly not for weaklings. This is for all intensive purposes, a really fucked up journey. One I personally was happy to take. This would actually be pretty killer on a road trip, preferably along some really empty and maddening bit of desert. On another personal note: if you can experience this work the whole way through, you will return a much more empowered person. Believe you me, the most torturous thing about this free release is not the noise itself, but the shit that will no doubt come at you from within your own mind. Be forewarned!

Rating: 4/5

Can download the album here https://pointlessblank.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/a2i-9-brandal-remlap-selective-timestream/

Written by Jakob Pamler-Vida

December 1, 2011 at 5:17 PM

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