111

Aufgehoben No Process Vs Gary Smith: Magnetic Mountain

John Eyles By

Sign in to view read count
Aufgehoben No Process Vs Gary Smith: Magnetic Mountain "Aufgehoben No Process take no responsibility for your health, hardware or other sensitivities physical, intellectual or emotional."

Believe me, they are not joking! Right from the start, this album takes no prisoners. It begins in top gear, at distorted, ear-bleeding volume, and works up from there into a relentless aural assault. With their guitar-bass-drums line up and a penchant for riffs, Aufgehoben No Process are ostensibly in some mutated heavy metal lineage. However, as their music is spontaneously improvised and then altered in post-production, it is more unpredictable than any run-of-the-mill riff band.

On their only other album, The Violence of Approbation, Aufgehoben used two drummers and a pool of (uncredited) guitarists, bassists and keyboard players, improvising straight to DAT. The results were then processed by band-member (leader?) Stephen Robinson on his PC and reconstructed into something new and unrecognisable. This time around, guitarist Gary Smith has joined the ranks, as a guest. Although that album credit (with its telling "Vs") may indicate that friction was expected. Smith's stereo electric guitar is deeply rooted in rock, blues and fusion, and he fits in like he was born to the task. His playing, with its characteristic swirling, bending sound adds greater interest and detail to the overall barrage. Listening to Aufgehoben is like being hit by a truck; listening to Aufgehoben Vs Smith you can appreciate the patterning on the front grille as it hits your head.

This music demands a reaction; it is impossible to ignore it, dismiss it or be neutral about it; you love it or hate it. Count me in.


Track Listing: No; Earphoran Eye; Gourdportalplaning; Superspurious; Ergo What?; Hapax III; Hubris; Ab Ovo; Grosse Module; Sorge; Magnetic Mountain; Hibba; Tyranny of Light.

Personnel: Gary Smith, stereo electric guitar; Aufgehoben No Process: all other instances.

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Junior Meat | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Ears Are Filled With Wonder" CD/LP/Track Review Ears Are Filled With Wonder
by John Sharpe
Published: August 20, 2016
Read "Desire & Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by John Sharpe
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Beatbox Sax" CD/LP/Track Review Beatbox Sax
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 18, 2016
Read "Invisible Man" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Man
by Anthony Shaw
Published: June 2, 2016
Read "Border Crossing" CD/LP/Track Review Border Crossing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!