Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

181

Richard Pinhas: Metal/Crystal

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Richard Pinhas: Metal/Crystal The music of Metal/Crystal is loud and scary. It is not oxymoronic to call Richard Pinhas' creation the noisiest ambient record this year. The guitarist, perhaps the French equivalent to Robert Fripp, has been making music for 30 years, first with the electronic rock band Heldon, then as a solo act, extending ambient music with his guitar processing techniques.

Of late he has been experimenting with the international noise scene, releasing Keio Line (Cuneiform, 2008) with Masami Akita (aka Merzbow). The pair formed a mutual admiration society, whose individual voices shelved in deference to the overall project.

Merzbow is back on Metal/Crystal, joining Pinhas collaborators, son Duncan Pinhas (electronics), Jerome Schmidt (electronics), Antoine Paganotti (drums), Didier Batard (bass), Patrick Gauthier (mini-Moog) and fellow noise artist Wolf Eyes.

Disc one starts off simply enough, with Pinhas' processed guitar landscapes easily digested, with a bit of bass and drums. He paints scenes easily enough, drawing the ear to electronic waves and eerie spaceship silence and metallic hum. Things get really interesting in the midsections of the two discs, when Merzbow and Wolf Eyes apply their craft. The tracks lengthen to nearly 30 minutes apiece, and the intensity of tumult spikes.

From the beat-driven openers, "Hysteria (Palladium)" dispenses with all rhythm, focusing the flow on industrial noise. Pinhas eschews the head-bob for the head scratch. The act of listening evolves into an act of experiencing. Sounds flow and retreat, never really allowing for release. Played at differing volumes, the experience changes. At lower volumes, the ambient nature and subtly of the sound is the effect. At higher volume, the industrial power overwhelms. By the third piece "Schizophrenia (Silver)," Pinhas, Merzbow and Wolf Eyes bring a rhythm section into the mix for an extended jam.

Brilliant, and scary, at the same time.


Track Listing: CD1: Bi-Polarity (Gold); Paranoia (Iridium); Depression (Loukoum); CD2: Hysteria (Palladium); Schizophrenia (Silver); Legend.

Personnel: Richard Pinhas: guitars, electronics; Merzbow: electronics; Wolf Eyes: electronics, diverse instruments; Antoine Paganotti: drums; Didiet Batard: bass; Patrick Gauthier; mini-Moog; Duncan Pinhas: electronics; Jerome Schmidt: electronics.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Cuneiform Records


Shop

More Articles

Read #knowingishalfthebattle CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Live In Brooklyn CD/LP/Track Review Live In Brooklyn
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 23, 2017
Read King Of Xhosa CD/LP/Track Review King Of Xhosa
by James Nadal
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Blooming Tall Phlox CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read Hear & Now CD/LP/Track Review Hear & Now
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 22, 2017
Read Known-Unknown CD/LP/Track Review Known-Unknown
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Old Door Phantoms" CD/LP/Track Review Old Door Phantoms
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 5, 2016
Read "Oblivion: The Music of Bud Powell" CD/LP/Track Review Oblivion: The Music of Bud Powell
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 19, 2016
Read "Zanshin" CD/LP/Track Review Zanshin
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 3, 2016
Read "Under the Influence" CD/LP/Track Review Under the Influence
by Doug Collette
Published: July 2, 2016
Read "Of the Tree" CD/LP/Track Review Of the Tree
by Dave Wayne
Published: October 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!