For those of you who didn’t know yet: I write reviews for Earlabs: “an interactive site for composers of electronic and/or electroacoustic music, be it high brow or plain fun rhythmic stuff”. Below one of my latest ones.
A new Freiband? No, not really. A first time on CD yes, but all the tracks on True Type have in fact been released before on the (now defunct) mp3 labels techNOH, Term, Tiln and Earlabs. Why a re-release? Well, the info on the cover tells us that this is the way that the music actually should sound like. So there you have it. All the mp3 releases Freiband ever did and I guess the gentle folks at Moving Furniture were more then willing to release it and share it with us.
The first four tracks were previously released as Reflection on techNOH, a netlabel that was run by Brian Lavelle between 2000 and 2003. Abstract pieces that display low end rumble and distant repetitions and distortions. As if it was all recorded inside a deep frying pan. Great stuff.
Parallel was released in 2002 by 12k’s online-only series of minimalist sound explorations: Term. It features remixes of Theme’s On Parallel Shores Removed album that was released on UK noise label Fourth Dimension. The sound still distant and warm, but in a way more cleaner than the techNOH pieces. Lots of repetition with added layers of crackle and pops. Glitchy popmusic so to speak. The track Lights brings back memories of People Like Us, which is good.
Tiln was founded in March 2000 by Marc McNulty until January 2002, and then taken over by Aesova. For Tiln Freiband made 5 remixes of material released on the label by Richard Chartier, Formatt, John Hudak, Pimmon and Ven Voisey. The tracks are (as expected) as diverse as the artists. From the calmness of Chartier, to the short feedback hiccups of Formatt and also the natural sound deconstructions of John Hudak. Altogether, yet another fine collection on its own.
The grand finale of this album (titled EARLabs) is made up of Jos Smolders’ A-Z Blender remixes that were both originally released on Earlabs’ Laboratoire Moderne series in 2003. Using primarily Akira Rabelais’ lovely Argeiphontes Lyre software, this is a collection of harsh and rigorous noise outbursts, while layers of the original material is breathing underneath.
Quite a historical release so to speak, but at the same time a nice and welcome way to hear back some of the early Freiband material, which nowadays is hard to find.