Sealey Oddie Spybey (hushush, 2003)

by SOS

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This collaboration between Antiform (an electroacoustic / drone project created by Rich and Christie of Orphx) and Mark Spybey (Dead Voices on Air, Zoviet France, Download) was completed in 1997 and released on the Hushush label in 2003.

"SOS isn't a drone record and it isn't just a collage of sounds, it feels more like a movie meant to convey some central ideas. Drowning bells, all-knowing monks, and the enchantment of sirens act as a thematic marker by which ventures into the unknown take place. The sounds are never reduced to a pure humming, nor are there any moments where the flooding of sound meshes into an unidentifiable mass. Sounds act as individual instruments; whether it's the beat of a heart or the rotation of blades on an enormous fan, there's always a sense of general organization between sounds. The group isn't afraid to include familiar sounds in their landscape of the strange. Everything from distorted radio signals and the cold delivery of a news anchor's voice to what might be a digeridoo can be found somewhere in the haze of sonic manipulation. Melodies unfold for small portions of time and rhythm can be picked out of certain pieces, but nothing on SOS relies on either. I'm incredibly taken by this disc because I find it to be more than impossible to catergorize. Noise, drone, ambient, blah, blah, blah; none of it fits this disc in any way conceivable. Calling it a sound collage ignores the precise way the sequence of tracks played with my head and provided at least an illusion of structure and insight. I wouldn't say this is something drastically new or unique; considering Spybey's long history with sound, I doubt that there aren't some familiar themes or ideas at work here, but the entire record sounds and feels fresh. It deserves and, by way of mystical suggestion, demands repeat listens" - Brainwashed

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released April 1, 2003

All songs written and produced by Christina Sealey, Richard Oddie and Mark Spybey. Recorded in Hamilton and Vancouver, 1997 to 1998.

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Orphx Hamilton, Ontario

One of the most highly respected acts in both techno and industrial circles, Orphx have been developing their signature fusion of hypnotic rhythms and experimental noise for the past twenty years. Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker, psychedelic fringes of techno and electro, mixing these elements with the experimental aesthetics and themes of early industrial music. - Pull Proxy ... more

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