September 04, 2012

scutopus - Feeding

"Feeding" was originally released as a limited CD-R on Epicene Sound Replica back in 2004 and marks scutopus's first full noise album. This, then, is a digital re-master/re-issue type of thing, with a bonus track on the end. The main sound source is a "stereo feedback loop... between a damaged tape deck and a mixing board" which means the whole album is way up in the high end and has a special character all its own. In fact, much of the sounds here have an really organic sound, like crazed digital birdsong or the VLF atmospheric recordings of Stephen P McGreevy or Joe Banks. It's only in the later tracks that the emergence of looped sections make you aware of some human agency at work here. Other reviewers (that scutopus links to on the Bandcamp page in a fit of integrity) suggested the sounds weren't differentiated enough and became boring, but I have to say this is one of the more satisfying and fascinating noise albums I've listened to in recent times.


scutopus - Feeding