Genre/Influences: Experimental, Ambient-Noise, Electro-Acoustic.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Tomasz Twardawa better known under the moniker of Genetic Transmission has been without a shadow of a doubt one of the most prominent and influential artists from the Polish Experimental/Industrial/Noise scene. I didn’t notice he passed away last Summer while today Zoharum re-release the album “Strychnina / Music for Acoustic Installations” originally released in 2005 as CDR.
Content: The work features two long during cuts, which create a compact entity. The sound is mainly made of field recordings and Electro-Acoustic sound treatments. It creates a kind of sonic collage animated by monstrous sounds and crispy noises. Both cuts are untitled.
+ + + : If you like improvised music, this album is definitely one that will catch your attention, but more especially if you’re into the Electro-Acoustic approach. This work sounds to me like a sonic puzzle of noises and effects. I have a preference for the first track and its overwhelming sounds. But there also is something to say about the second cut, which is characterized by a slow progression evolving into a heavy noise outburst. Last, but not least –and it becomes pretty common, I have to say a word about the great artwork of the CD format revealing pictures of the different ‘instruments’ and noise sources this album has been made with.
– – – : Genetic Transmission remains a total Experiment, which will clearly not appeal for a wider audience, but only ravish the die-hard fans of this project and music style.
Conclusion: This album is a kind of unplugged Industrial/Noise work for fine tasters.
Best songs: “Untitled 1”.