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RETRIBUTION BODY
Aokighara LP
19
Type 124 / UK / 2015
Type suck us in head first with Retribution Body's (Matthew Azevedo) blooming black mass of acoustic drone alchemy, 'Aokigahara'. Specialising in architectural acoustic simulations - an increasingly crucial if discreet field of practice in modern construction and scientific research - with a side-line as a mastering engineer, Azevedo applies his incredibly fine-tuned technical perceptions to a pair of enveloping, transcendent recordings in 'Aokigahara'. Without a computer in sight, he isolates and coaxes consumptive waves of sub-harmonic bass pressure from an array of pianos and guitars recorded in the Fisher Recital Hall, Lowell, MA, using a combination of the venue's own resonance and his expert microphone placement to capture a shadowplay of abstract figures, directing the ear's lens from booming sub-bass to the electrifying crackle of stressed distortion and flights of vapourous keys.