Strategy / Noise Tape Self
Album: Noise Tape Self   Collection:General
Artist:Strategy   Added:Jun 2015
Label:Further Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-06-19 Pull Date: 2015-08-21 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Aug 16 Aug 9 Jul 26 Jul 19 Jul 12 Jul 5 Jun 28
Airplays: 2 1 2 1 2 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 04, 2016: subwoofer etc
Lovely Loop
4. Aug 11, 2015: Meow
Awesome Piano
2. Jan 05, 2016: subwoofer etc rough best of 2015
Lovely Loop
5. Aug 06, 2015: subwoofer etc
Awesome Piano
3. Aug 13, 2015: What was scene?
Awesome Piano
6. Jul 22, 2015: Minimum Entropy
Lovely Loop

Album Review
lionel hutz
Reviewed 2015-06-18
ambient/experimental/dubby tape loops

This is all built out of tape loops created using hacked tapes and tape players and a four track. The source material for the textures is everything from recorded sampled instruments to whatever found sound was on the tapes that were used in the looping machines, but it’s all so thoroughly manipulated and fed back in on itself, that there’s no feeling of sample collage. Instead, this is one cohesive, fuzzy, droney, listen. In the musician’s own words, a fellow producer taught him “how to make a tape loop that could be put inside a cassette tape. I got really into this, and got a 4 track, knowing this would allow me to have four synchronized loops per tape. I would then run each channel through a series of effects and 'perform' live mixes using the loops. I alternated between using source material of my own devising and using whatever source material happened to be on the cassettes I was hacking.”

RIYL: Fennesz, old Boards of Canada vibes (fuzzier versions of their nostalgic textures, less dark undercurrent), Basic Channel sans drums, Tim Hecker’s fuzz

(instrumental, FCC clean)

1. alternating fuzz tones with a little friction as the notes switch. slowly building dubby echoes, a bit of shimmer. another slightly stormier layer gets added, original layer fades in and out as echoes grow. fades out on waves of lo-fi echo. 6:22
2. foggy reverby bells sway gently, starting quiet and getting just a bit louder. ringing droney layer underneath very slowly asserts itself, occasionally taking the foreground before dropping back. 6:08
3. warm washes of dubby echoed midrange synth tones. drifting melodic tone comes up and weaves in and out, then another. main part’s texture feels like basic channel, complementary melody feels like the chillier textures of autechre. 4:21
4. more dubby pulsing warm synth wash, a bit of filtered wind (?) in the background. eventually, echoed clicking and rustling, the shadows of something percussive, maybe just the slightly sharp edge of the echo effect. another more fluid tone added toward the end, with a bit of filter. even more than #3, this feels like someone deboned a basic channel song and just left the non-percussive atmosphere. 6:43
5. gently pulsing warm tone, small glitchy clicks, static, main tone changes pitch and warbles a bit as it goes along. 3:21
6. twangy buzzing psych tone, rises and falls, pans side to side, gets echo-y. clicks woosh by, presumably the edges of the echo effect. eventually, richer buzzing midrange space age tone enters. buzzing becomes a bit more insistent and preoccupied, but not too worried. closes in on itself abruptly to end. 8:51

recommended: 4, 8, 1, any

Track Listing
1. Awesome Piano   4. Lovely Loop
2. Cassette Loop   5. Hobgoblin
3. Ominous Lovely Piano   6. Rhen's Loop