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Amalgamated: Amalgamated (Aubjects)

An album of hallucinogenic and melodic rhythhm and sound from the Amalgamated collective, who take their influence from 80's industrial / cassette culture, as heard in these 8 tracks, balancing modern electronics with lo-fi/home taper instruments and sensibilities.

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Label: Aubjects
Catalog ID: AUBJECTS - 2
Squidco Product Code: 23338

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded 2004 - 2007 by the artist.



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"Since 2010, Amalgamated has had a handful of highly regarded releases on their own Intangible Cat label, ((Cave)) Recordings, and Denmark's Metaphysical Circuits label. A new full-length heaping of Amalgamated's electronic / organic meshing of aesthetics takes place over about 55 minutes on the present CD, and is continued in the 20 minute download-only bonus track.

This self-titled album collects 9 (counting the 20 minute download-only bonus track) specially selected pieces from the heap of material they recorded between 2004 and 2007. As per their standard procedure thus far, these tracks have been sculpted from their original improvised form into more delicate and intensely textural states. Strongly informed by 80's industrial / cassette culture artists and creation methods, they mingle the sensibilities of home-tapers with their love for more current electronic artists and technologies.

Noisy, dreamy lo-fi psychedelic elements are placed against carefully sculpted hi-fi electronics. The memebers of the group have worked on other projects; Gushing Cloud (Cory Bengtsen), Homogenized Terrestrials (Phillip Klampe), Headless Ballerinas Underwater (Bob Newell), Dog Hallucination (D. Petri), & Rebekahs' Tape (Cory Bengtsen & Mike Richards). Traces of these projects are evident in Amalgamated's work throughout the album. This recording is a further selection of standout segments in the group's improvisation oeuvre, and represents a near-purging of their 2004-2007 back-stash, setting them free to unleash materials from their recent (2013 & ongoingly periodic) cache of recordings."

"Music by the collective Amalgamated has been received well here (see Vital Weekly 842, 857, 881 and 896). So far those were 3″CDRs and cassettes but now they move to doing a real CD. The members are still Cory Bengtsen (Rebekah's Tape on sampler, keyboards, saxophone, turntable), Bob Newell (of Headless Ballerinas Underwater on sampler, keyboards, percussion, drum machine), Mike Richards (also of Rebekah's Tape, but also the man behind Makeshift Music and Intangible Cat on guitars, effects drums, percussion, keyboards and tapes), Phil Klampe (of Homogenized Terrestrials on keyboards and sampler) and D. Petri for editing and mixing. Oddly enough it seems this band is no more, as all of these releases were recorded ages ago. Here we have pieces from 2004 to 2007, recorded on 4-track cassette and 16-track digital. There are no few words that can describe what this band does. It's a bit of everything: techno, ambient house, space rock, krautrock, post rock, jazz, psychedelic, film music and a bit of studio wizzardy. The other day I was playing some old Dif Juz record and still liking that: the post rock like sound, but with some fine grooves, weird sounds and lots of (head-) space. This new release seems less based in the musique concrete techniques but more (even more!) coherent than some of the previous releases. Less exciting? No, just a different kind of excitement. There is a download bonus piece, which is a twenty-minute montage of moods and textures, and which brings out their more experimental side. This makes all this together a very strong album, close to seventy-minutes of pure listening fun. I am still very much in the 'dark' as to what this is all about, the history of this band, the recordings that are released, but I must say I still very much enjoy what they are doing. It's good to make the leap forward and release a CD. Hopefully more to come?"-Frans de Ward, Vital Weekly

"Aubjects (AUJX) is a label operated by D. Petri (Dog Hallucination , Directives) with help from close collaborator friends in Homogenized Terrestrials & Amalgamated. Under the umbrella of "experimental" music / sound work, we deal in electronic, ambient, psychedelic, industrial, noise, etc.

Term "Aubjects":
inspired by personal experiences of creating "personal audio art objects" (word combination thanks to Hal McGee) and exchanging art and correspondence by mail, in appreciation of the intimate / tactile / substantive connection achievable through such activities.

Philosophically we are centrally inspired by Buckminster Fuller's notion of precession as explained in his book Critical Path, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's notion of the Noosphere as laid out in his book The Phenomenon of Man."-Aubjects website

Artist Biographies

Track Listing:

1. Plinth 4:03

2. Borborygmus IX 5:51

3. Wires and Weeds 5:42

4. Unworm Ascending 5:27

5. Gynosome 3:04

6. No Answer 9:25

7. Embryolymbic 8:21

8. Sentinel 12:03

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