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Juice Machine: Broken And Dilapidated (Love Earth Music)

An apt description for the layers of sonic decay and deteriorated sounds, loops and errata that underpin each of the five tracks on this elusively restrained noise album, Juice Machine, aka Roger H. Smith (Chefkirk) and Heather Chessman, use mangled field recordings and concrete elements of blurred looping structures and aberrant interjection, each unique work a fascinating curiosity.
 

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Heather Chessman-tapes, electronics

Roger Smith-electronics


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Label: Love Earth Music
Catalog ID: LEM-319
Squidco Product Code: 34128

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded August, 2020, though April, 2023, in Eugene, Oregon.

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Broken And Dilapidated by Juice Machine is another new name on LEM, although ... The name Juice Machine is new to me, but it is a project with many releases already; I just hadn't heard of it! Behind Juice Machine are Roger H. Smith (a.k.a. Chefkirk) and Heather Chessman. They release a few titles yearly with mixed experiments of/with / combination / and musique concrete. It's a difficult one for me, as it's just outside my comfort zone, so I honestly can't tell you if it's good or bad; I can only tell you what the tracks did to me and a bit of an opinionated comment.

The album's title might refer to the cut-up techniques (sampling analogue sources and field recordings), which would fit the outcome well. I'll get back to that in a bit. Five tracks with a total playing time of 54 minutes. Composition-wise, it's a kind of collage/cut-up technique with an intense layering. Though there aren't a lot of sudden movements and breaks, it's not the cut-ups like bang, boom, zzz, scream, drone, piano, toy box ... It's way more cut-ups on a micro level. Little sounds that - when looped - create layers or atmospheres that, in their turn, are combined into compositions. Even though each sound or layer is a composition of those sources itself.

At the same time, there is a feeling of deterioration because of how the sounds are processed Or what sounds are used. Use the sound of horses walking in the first track or the scarce use of human voices on tape at the end of "Passage of Time", the opening of noise/rattle and voices on the closing "Nothing Surplus". It's all as if the stories being told are descriptions of the past, not something about the present or the future. And that is why I think the title "Broken And Dilapidated" is fitting. Don't expect highly produced ultra-modern stuff, but expect a truthful story being told through available sounds."-BW, Vital Weekly


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Artist Biographies

Roger Smith is a British guitarist known for his work with London Musicians' Collective, his duo with Neil Metcalfe, plus duos with Adam Bohman, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Pascal Marzan, etc.

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Track Listing:



1. No Idea 20:10

2. Unrefined And Raw 11:52

3. Artlessness Not Artistry 5:40

4. Passage Of Time 12:01

5. Nothing Surplus 4:24

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Electro-Acoustic
Electronic Forms
Sound, Noise, &c.
Field Recordings
Electroacoustic Composition
Duo Recordings
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