Exhibition #3 | Various
Audiobulb
 Cat: AB011 
 Time: June 06
 Media: Digital Download

 Info: The audiobulb roster exhibit an exciting set of 
 soundworks incorporating detailed acoustics and 
 exploratory electronics. 
 
 Artist website: http://www.audiobulb.com/
 Tracklisting:

 01. Effacer - want of breath 
02. Nomad Palace - some of their backs were frozen
03. Rodolphe Kuffer - leucippe
04. Build - moraine
05. Calika - blue stem crater
06. Disastrato - canc(el)er
07. Bllix - defailir
08. Cedar A.V. - a talon for the flywheel (remix)
09. Ultre - cinece
10. Henry Leo Duclos - skeleton hope
11. Taavi Tulev - kontakt
12. Diagram of Suburban Chaos - nerve cycle
13. Marion - detache
14. Another Electronic Musician - this time
 Ultre - Exhibition #3 download  
  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE | Exhibition #3
 With its three year anniversary on the way Audiobulb 
 Records releases the third edition of its exhibition series. 
 Designed to illustrate the growing confidence in a label 
 sound that has captured the hearts and minds of 
 listeners worldwide. Exhibition #3 brings a balanced mix 
 of abstract ambience, glitch and groove electronics 
 mingled with acoustic cuts. 


 An assured compilation featuring label favourites such 
 as Diagram of Suburban Chaos, Marion & Build with 
 the detailed electro-acoustics of Calika, Rodolphe 
 Kuffer and Cedar AV. 

 Two new artists debut on Exhibition #3, Nomad Palace
 brings a bass heavy groove into play across a 
 myriad of glitched up acoustics and found sound. Ultre's 
 track features a phenomenal piece of rhythmic 
 programming crafted over a complex piano arrangement 
 played in real time. 
 
PROMO VIDEO | Bllix
REVIEWS | Exhibition #3
 VITAL WEEKLY
 
 With the release of 'Exhibition #3' UK's Audiobulb celebrates it's third anniversary and what better would 
 be than a compilation? Audiobulb already has a solid reputation when it comes to releasing compilations, 
 always introducing new names. For this one they only have two new signings, but to be honest all names 
 sound new to me (but I think I missed out on some of the releases). All fourteen tracks seem to be 
 operating in the realm of rhythm oriented music, which is a breakaway from the more ambient-dance oriented.

 However having said that, this is not fourteen time the same piece. There are differences between the artists, 
 that are sometimes subtle (perhaps even too subtle), but a track like that from Effacer and Another Electronic 
 Musician (that is a great artist name!) - the opening and closing piece - are wide apart. From a mysterious
 sounding synth and stumbling rhythm to a nice flowing bed of ambient rhythms. Straight forward, in y'r face 
 stomping of Nomad Place to the more complex piano cum melancholy rhythms of Ultre. The rhythm glitch of 
 Build or the Ikeda glitch of Bllix. This is a great guide for would be label owners or festival organizers looking
 for new talent. 
 
 TEXTURA

 Exhibition #3  celebrates Audiobulb Records' third year of activity with a fourteen-song collection of its artists' 
 explorative works. Naturally we expect to hear ambient settings and electro-acoustic pieces during the hour-
 long set, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the inclusion of uptempo cuts, like Cedar A.V.'s “A Talon for the 
 Flywheel (Remix for the Roots of Orchis)” whose rollicking percussive sway invites a post-rock label as much 
 as any other. In addition, recent signing Nomad Palace drops one of the strongest tracks in “Some of Their Backs 
 Were Frozen,” a burbling slice of bass-heavy Dabryesque propulsion that's over too quickly. Equally distinctive, 
 Ultre's “Cinece” merges elegant piano episodes with bold rhythm clatter and violent string scrapings. Elsewhere, 
 hiccupping fields of voice snippets and instrument fragments coalesce in glitchier treatments like Rodolphe 
 Kuffer's “Leucippe” while a vaguely African feel courses through Calika's “Blue Stem Crater” and Bllix's “Defailir” 
 exudes a delicate breeziness reminiscent of Plaid.

 At times one wishes the contributors would ease up on the glitch dimension, though. The soft melodies in Marion's
 “Detache” hardly require the incessant chatter of clicks for accompaniment, and the glistening harp patterns in 
 Taavi Tulev's “Kontakt” are almost negated by the song's unsubtle throb. The album is sequenced effectively, 
 though, gravitating conspicuously into quieter zones during its final third before vaporizing with Another Electronic 
 Musician's “This Time” at disc's end. Also featuring contributions from Effacer, Build, Disastrato, and Henry Leo 
 Duclos, Exhibition #3's quality and range bolster Audiobulb's reputation as a legitimate experimental label.
 
 SONIC CURIOSITY

 This CD from 2006 offers 59 minutes of fun chaos.

 Featured on this collection are tracks by: Effacer, Nomad Palace, Rodolphe Kuffer, Build, Calika, Disastrato, 
 Blix, Cedar A.V., Ultre, Henry Leo Duclos, Taavi Tulet, Diagram of Suburban Chaos, Marion, and Another 
 Electronic Musician.

 This release offers a variegated selection of abstract ambience, glitch, groove experiments, and acoustic 
 weirdness. There's a fair mixture of atonal with harmonic, not to mention the presence of overtly hostile 
 noise. Electronic bloops conspire with severe e-perc to create edgy compositions guaranteed to disturb. 
 Other pieces throw structure out the window as they explore vehement cacophony. 

 Whether the instruments of choice are manhandled traditional instruments or machinery dedicated to 
 generating unearthly sounds, the results exhibit a unity of disdain for commercial pop or rock fashion.

 A decent glimpse into the subculture of musicians who aspire to agitate.
 
 HISSIG

 Det engelske plateselskapet Audiobulb har i snart tre år levert såkalt eksperimentell elektronika, noe som 
 egentlig kan bety hva som helst. En rask titt på platecoverne gir derimot en god pekepinn på hvordan 
 musikken høres ut. Hver av deres tre ”utstillinger” og kompilasjonene Switches og Intricate Maximals har 
 hatt insekter på forsiden og nitidige disseksjoner av dem på baksiden. Dette har ført til at jeg for min del 
 assosierer de mikroskopiske, uhyre detaljerte, glitchfylte komposisjonene med manisk kravlende småkryp.

 Musikken som utgis på Audiobulb er full av paradokser. Lydpalletten til artistene er minimal, men samtidig, 
 hvis man spisser ørene, åpenbares nærmest en eksplosjon av nyanser. På samme måte som at insekter 
 blir uhyre komplekse under lupen, er Rodolphe Kuffers spor ”Leucippe” fylt med en overraskende mengde 
 finurlige detaljer som først blir hørbare etter gjentatte lyttinger. Forvrengte gitartoner og bruddstykker av 
 kvinnevokaler kjemper for å ikke å drukne i digitale rytmespiraler.

 Fjorårets Small Talk Kills Me av Calika var den første CD-utgivelsen fra en soloartist på Audiobulb, men 
 jeg syntes den var litt skuffende. Her leverer artisten derimot en vakker sang med manipulerte vokalinnslag. 
 Et annet høydepunkt på Exhibition # 3 er Nomad Palaces ”Some of Their Backs Were Frozen” som med 
 lavmælte orgeltoner og det man på engelsk ville kalt ”crunchy beats”, som gir meg assosiasjoner til Chris 
 Clark.

 For de fleste av artistene på Audiobulb er rytmene langt viktigere enn melodiene. Det resulterer i 
 rytmefigurer som er så komplekse at de nærmest blir arytmiske. Henry Leo Duclos’ ”Skeleton Hope” er et 
 prakteksempel på akkurat dette. Han nøyer seg med å hinte til melodier ved hjelp av forsiktige 
 ambientstemninger, men veier opp ved å lage rytmer som vrir og vender seg på fullstendig uforutsigbart 
 vis.

 Stykkene på Exhibition # 3 er tydelig maskinproduserte, men på grunn av artistenes avsky for den 
 elektroniske musikkens repetitive natur, blir resultatet likevel mer organisk enn det som er vanlig i denne 
 sjangeren. De mest vellykkete verkene i ”utstillingen” er de som lykkes i å blande de elektroniske 
 abstraksjonene, med konkrete akustiske melodier. Debutanten Taavi Tulev bruker fragmenter av 
 elektronisk gitar, xylofon og noe jeg antar er mandolin, mens en annen nykommer, Ultre, spiller piano og 
 skraper på fiolinstrenger over nervøse, rykkende rytmer.

 Trioen Cedar A.V.s låt ”A Talon for the Flywheel” er skapt etter mal av Four Tet. Over tilbakelente jazzete 
 rytmer spinner han, som den anerkjente folktronikakomponisten, et vev av gitarharmonier. Og idet jeg tenker 
 at det som ville ha gjort ”A Talon for the Flywheel” fullkommen, er en hornseksjon - så kaster Nicholas 
 Sanborn, Nate Zabriskie og Erik Schosteren en forvrengt synth inn i miksen som i aller høyeste grad gjør 
 samme nytten! Jeg må ærlig innrømme at jeg faktisk foretrekker Cedar A.V. fremfor Kieran Hebden.

 Exhibition # 3 er en godis for alle de som liker glitchfylt elektronika, men som oftest synes at Venetian 
 Snares’ drill ’n bass lukter litt for mye av tenåringsaggressivitet. Jeg vil ikke anbefale ”utstilling nr. 3” for 
 folk flest, men jeg vil råde alle til å ta en tur innom plateselskapets hjemmesider for å lytte til deres 
 mp3-utgivelser.

 Andreas Ervik, 02. juni 2006
 
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