It's not entirely clear how the installation worked, but Drekka set up microphones and contact microphones in a closet in a bed room, and the whole action was taped through airvents. People could lie on the bed for a whole and sometimes you could hear other bands performing through this system. This is one of those cases in which seeing is believing I guess. On side A we have the performance by Drekka in a rework by Assimilation and vice versa on the other side. The music on side A is one soundscape of an highly obscured nature. It takes a while before one hears something and then for a while it's just the ambient sound of airvents. But then all of sudden something arises and we have some interesting interplay of feedback like sounds, fed through a couple of sound effects, but the odd playback provides another element of alienation. Something similar we find on the other side but even perhaps more obscure, for a longer period of time. Here too sounds are away, from a distance, even when the sound effects finally drop in. Maybe the fact that this is on cassette helps further blurring the sound and normally I would maybe say something about that ('wouldn't it be great if this was on CDR?'), but here it actually is to the benefit of the rather obscure sounds that make up the music. Wonderfully great stuff.
from the one-sheet:
"Nov 2nd, 2012, DREKKA performed special installation as part of an ongoing series exploring outside the normal performance areas of a house show. Set up in the closet in one of the bedrooms of the house, DREKKA ran microphones and contact mics through the airvents and down a hallways to reach the other performance areas.
Drekka performed for the entire duration of the show; almost three hours total. While other acts were performing, Drekka sat in the closet, continuing to create using the sounds of the other performers and the house as a sound source. Sometimes, offering live deconstructions of the performance taking place rooms away or in the basement... sometimes offering a look into what goes on in the other rooms of the house while most are attentively watching elsewhere.
Between acts, audience members could return to the bedroom, relaxing on the bed and floor, as Drekka re-broadcast portions of the previous act in new, disconnected ways... offering the other performers a chance to hear their own work through the broken machinery of Drekka's soundsystem.
The tape presents DREKKA's live remix of ASSIMILATION's performance that night, as well an ASSIMILATION reworked portion of DREKKA's own performance that night.
The resulting sounds are somewhere between the hushed, cinematic, ambient, ethereal and industrial blind soundtracks of DREKKA and ASSIMILATION's attempts to reconcile multiple spheres of musical interest in one entity.
Equal parts TARKOVSKY, CINDYTALK, COIL, HAFLER TRIO, CYLON, BASINSKI, KOUFAR and ALBERICH"
released August 6, 2013
Co-released on NO! and Red Frost Industries
• (C-42) = ltd to 45 copies
• DIGITAL = unlimited
DREKKA <--> ASSIMILATION
SIDE DREKKA :
performed by DREKKA, reworked by ASSIMILATION
SIDE ASSIMILATION :
performed by ASSIMILATION, remixed live by DREKKA
performed live and recorded at
The House That Dare Not Speak Its Name,
Bloomington, IN, 02 NOV 12