Christopher Mc Fall – All for the terror that sings sweetly to you in the night..- 8CM CDR – 1000 fuessler


Christopher McFall’s work is actively extending the language of field recording by taking diverse source material and recombining it with processed textures, and digital manipulations. This neat little collection brings into play a series of recordings of roosting blackbirds, who nest within the architecture around McFall’s Kansas home. McFall homes in on the subtle interplay of avian linguistics and gesturings, and folds it into the fabric of his recording to create a dark, unnerving atmosphere – the titles of the tracks evoke the moods of the birds, Confidence, Cunning, and Endurance. Anyone who has observed blackbirds will no doubt be aware of their haunting, slightly furtive presence, not unlike wily vultures, without their physical presence, and these qualities become apparent in McFall’s recordings. Each piece is neatly and subtly handled with the field recordings taking various levels of focus within the frame of the piece, and the overwhelming sense of tension and foreboding is ever present, yet highly compelling. Overall, a capably handled collection worthy of an ever more inventive label. Highly recommended. BGN


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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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